Bruins lose despite brothers’ coaching

Without knowing the Miller brothers, most fans sitting across from the Rock Bridge boys’ soccer team’s bench would be hard-pressed to identify the two Bruins assistant coaches as brothers. Mike, 23, is shorter and stockier, with red hair and bright blue eyes and a face that belies his age.. He played soccer at the University of Chicago, where he graduated with honors with a philosophy degree.

Kewpies upset Helias in physical contest

Tuesday night was a Blaise Parker kind of night. That much was evident after No. 4 seed Hickman finished celebrating a 1-0 victory over top seed Helias in the semifinals of the Class 3 District 10 tournament at 179 Soccer Park in Jefferson City. Senior forward Jordan Cox scored the winner in the 59th minute.

Tricky treats

The ghostly costumes and Halloween tricks may be gone for now, but the ghoulish effects of too many treats could live on. Parents may want to take a closer look at the type and amount of candy they let children eat in the days ahead, dentists say. Sticky chewy favorites, such as taffy, Tootsie Rolls and gummy bears, are the most damaging, said Valle Rischer, a dentist at Woodrail Dental Center in southwest Columbia.

Boone market’s vendors like locale

For some Boone County Farmers’ Market vendors, the parking spaces behind Marketplace Antiques and Collectibles will continue to serve as a home well into the future. Others, however, might soon begin to weigh their existing setup against the potential benefits of the Columbia Farmers’ Market. If voters approve Proposition 2 next Tuesday, the Columbia market will move into new accommodations in a multi-use facility the city would build using proceeds of an extended one-eighth-cent sales tax for parks. That tax is scheduled to expire March 31.

MU examining Facebook use

If you have a profile on university social network, assume you are being watched by more than your classmates. Facebook, popular with college students across the country, allows users to create profiles containing contact and personal information, post photos, and create and join social groups. But because anyone with access to a university e-mail account can join, some of what students post online could get them in trouble and come back to haunt them when they start hunting for jobs after graduation.

City creates cleanup program

In an effort to encourage residents to pick up trash in their neighborhoods, Columbia’s Office of Volunteer Services has created the Neighborhood Pride Volunteer Program. The program comes at the request of the Columbia City Council, which asked the volunteer services staff to develop a litter-patrol effort. The city plans to fully launch the program in conjunction with the Cleanup Columbia event, planned for April 8, because of the warmer spring weather.

MUnity to assist students in Africa

Jordan Smith has spent her life creating and organizing service projects. Now taking her cue from actor Brad Pitt, she is breathing life into her latest one. Smith, a senior business major, in May founded MUnity, an organization to raise money to send African children to primary school.

Women see benefit of female schools

Compared to the glory days of the 1960s and ’70s, women’s colleges across the nation have watched their popularity plummet. But with a renewed interest and increased enrollment in recent years, things are starting to look a little brighter, and Stephens College is reaping the benefits. Creating that change has not been easy. Stephens, like other women’s colleges across the country, has gone into survival mode by implementing a five-year Renaissance Plan: changing curriculum, focusing on strengths and eliminating majors with little interest.

Three arrested after series of robberies

Two women and a man were arrested Sunday after a series of armed robberies over the weekend. The suspects face charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in at least one of the robberies, though a police report said more charges might be brought pending further investigation into similar incidents.

Suspect arrested in party shooting

A 21-year-old man was shot in the chest at a party early Monday morning and driven to a hospital by the man suspected of shooting him. Corey Frye, 19, is accused of shooting the man with a handgun at a party at 5001 Kirk Hill Road, according to Columbia police Sgt. Scott Young. The shooting occurred just after midnight, police said. Frye was later arrested and charged with assault.

Simpson says broken finger not a concern

In case an upset loss to archrival Kansas wasn’t enough, Missouri senior safety Jason Simpson left Lawrence, Kan., Saturday with another reason for pain. Simpson said Monday he broke the fourth finger of his left hand in the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ 13-3 loss to the Jayhawks. The injured hand was in a cast and will remain so for three weeks, but Simpson said the injury wouldn’t keep him out or hinder his ability.

Colorado focuses game plan on Brad Smith

The Tigers (5-3 overall, 3-2 Big 12) play at Colorado at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Boulder, Colo., with the Big 12 North Division lead on the line. Colorado’s seniors called a team meeting Monday to start fixing what went wrong in a 23-20 victory at Kansas State in time to face the Tigers.

Tiger named to the All-Big 12

Junior midfielder Elyse Nikonchuk was named to the All-Big 12 second team Monday for the second straight year. Nikonchuk, who had one goal and one assist this season, started all 19 games for the Tigers (9-7-3, 3-5-2 Big 12). Eighth-seeded Missouri will play top-seeded Texas A&M (13-3-2, 7-2-1 Big 12) at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Big 12 Tournament in San Antonio. The Tigers lost to the Aggies on Sept. 23 at Walton Stadium, 3-2.

Golfing Tigers tie

The Tigers are in a three-way tie for ninth at the 16-team Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown after shooting a 299 Monday in the first round in Henderson, Nevada. Junior Stephanie Wavro led the No. 30 Tigers with a 1-over 73 and is in a tie for 24th place. Denise Munzlinger shot 74, Madde Augustsson had 75, and Kelli Strubinger and Chelsea Schriewer each had 77s. The tournament will continue through Wednesday.

MU wrestler wins in preseason tournament

Tigers freshman Max Askren went 4-0 to win the 197-pound division in a preseason tournament Saturday at Lindenwood University. Eight other wrestlers placed for No. 14 Missouri. John Olanowski, Dane Espinosa and Sean Connole earned seconds; Mark Ellis, Nick Marable and Joey Garrity had thirds; and Ryan Joyce and Andrew Sherry finished sixth. The Black and Gold match will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hearnes Center.