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Rowing on the River

Katie Pfefferkorn rowed up to Cooper’s Landing in Columbia on Friday afternoon, smiling under her aviator sunglasses. Her gray life jacket, shaded in orange with lighter orange-patterned flowers depicted her mood perfectly. She stepped out of her white kayak wearing a green cotton skirt, and the blue bikini strings covered in red flowers poked out of her white T-shirt. Pfefferkorn was smiling and bubbly, like she’s on a joy ride down the Missouri River, or as she said, “an advanced float trip.”

Precision part of sporting clays

At 9 years old, Neal Cronin became a hunter. Five years later, he is shooting sporting clays at the Show-Me State Games for the first time.

Rivalry keys lacrosse contest

In Saturday’s intense afternoon sun, the Hickman Kewpies and the Rock Bridge Bruins’ lacrosse teams begrudgingly donned shoulder pads, elbow pads, helmets and jerseys 10 minutes before their last bracket game of the Show-Me State Games.

Hard work and long hours pay for young girl gymnasts

Among a sea of braided hair, glitter and spandex, two young mid-Missouri gymnasts are standouts.

Veteran racquetball player makes successful return to competition

JEFFERSON CITY - Dave Nowack hasn’t been around the racquetball courts much lately, but that doesn’t mean he’s been forgotten.

X-ceptional

His signature trick won him the silver.

Farms feel impact of heat, drought

Although Wednesday’s thunderstorm system brought relief from the heat, it did little to alleviate the drought situation in Boone County.

Friendship Force forges world links

A trip abroad can often change one’s perspective of the world — just ask Marcia Walker.

Under currents

If the St. Louis power lines damaged by last month’s heavy storms had been underground and not overhead, more than 700,000 people would not have been left in the dark, said Dan Clark, Columbia’s supervising engineer.

River racing

After stopping to rest for a few minutes before hopping back in her kayak, Katie Pfefferkorn spoke rapidly on her cell phone from Glasco on Thursday afternoon.

Next time, race’s hardships won’t be so overwhelming

Truth is, I shouldn’t be writing this now. My wife, Lisa, and I are supposed to be competing in the Missouri River 340, a 340-mile canoe-and-kayak trek across the entire state. Instead, I’m sitting here in my office wondering what went wrong.

Utley and Philles run away from slumping Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Chase Utley quickly dispensed with the suspense Thursday night, singling in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 35 games in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 8-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Owner ordered to repay investors

When a retired professor made the decision to invest in a company run by his friend of 20 years, he had no reason to think it was illegitimate.

World of reality

An oversized pink-felt toilet. Toy blocks made for giants. A fake mirror the size of a door. Six shoes without their mates. The upstairs room at TRYPS, or Theater Reaching Young People and Schools, was so littered with past props and costumes that it was hard not to play with everything.

Royals’ shoddy defense leads to downfall

KANSAS CITY — Justin Morneau had two hits and three RBIs and Brad Radke allowed two runs over eight innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 8-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

Extra Points

Missouri softball coach Ty Singleton, who has coached the Tigers for the past four seasons, was hired Thursday as head coach at New Mexico.

Art auction to benefit Children’s Hospital

Main Squeeze will be the place to bid on works of fine art Sunday night.

New director named for MU Life Sciences Center

Jack Schultz of Penn State University has been named director of the Life Sciences Center at MU. His job starts officially on Jan. 1, 2007.

Belliard big boost for Cards

ST. LOUIS — It appeared that Ronnie Belliard had a bit of the jitters in his debut with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Tigers terrific in summer league

Some Missouri soccer players spent their summer playing on two teams in the most competitive women’s soccer league in the U.S.

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