One wrestling match is tough. Five matches are tougher.
Stringing together consecutive wins in a hostile environment can do amazing things for a team’s confidence.
The Columbia College volleyball team could not overcome a slow start when it fell behind by two games and lost in the quarterfinals of the NAIA national tournament to No. 2 Fresno Pacific on Friday night 22-30, 21-30, 30-26, 27-30.
Wednesday was a good day for tigers, thanks to a $2 million gift from an MU alumnus with a passion for wildlife and basketball.
The questions about it started when the schedule was first released. More were asked at Monday’s postgame press conference with coach Mike Anderson.
During the first game of the Columbia College volleyball team’s win over King College, a crowd of about 60 school children arrived from Eugene Field Elementary School to support the Cougars.
Tim Ross stood in Hearnes Center Fieldhouse on Wednesday, the place he’s waited for his team to begin practice so many times before. A teammate walked up to the senior to show off the short yellow running shorts adorned with red chili peppers he was wearing.
When asked about the Las Vegas Invitational this weekend, Missouri wrestler Ben Askren spoke about a meeting with a competitor from a different ring, Ultimate Fighting champion Randy Catoure invited the senior out to see his workout facility during Askren’s free time. It’s an opportunity that Askren admits he may take after his wrestling career has died down.
Tia LaFavor sits in the front row at Silverthorne Arena, her right leg propped on the four seats next to her. At six feet tall, it takes at least four seats to cradle the lanky limb.
With a father who had a sixth-place finish in Missouri’s state wrestling tournament in 1978, you would think Rock Bridge senior 171-pounder Chris Masters would be involved in the sport from the day he could grapple at his father’s leg.
The cluttered college bowl game situation just got a little clearer.
In the past three years at the NAIA Volleyball National Championship tournament and other major tournaments, Columbia College volleyball players have been the targets of racist verbal abuse, been spit on and had a player grabbed during game play.
In a market dominated by MU and high school athletics, Columbia College typically gets little attention from the average Columbia sports fan, something Brad Jenks, Columbia College’s assistant athletic director, and the rest of the Cougar athletic department hope to change beginning today when Columbia College hosts the NAIA Volleyball National Championship Tournament that runs throughSaturday.
Flashes of purple streaked across the Rock Bridge basketball court all of Tuesday night, surrounding the basketball wherever it moved. The purple was that of Liberty’s jerseys, but it more resembled a swarm than a team. The Bruins could not help but become engulfed.
Drae Cox watched as his mother, Cathie, sang the national anthem before Hickman wrestling’s season-opening dual against Kirksville Tuesday night at Hickman. After Mom hit the last note, the Kewpies’ starter at 152 pounds greeted her with a big smile and a hug.
It’s a three-horse race for a prize that might not be there at the finish line.
The Coppin State men’s basketball media guide refers to it as “The Upset.” There are two pages dedicated to the one game.
That was the Marshall Brown that Missouri fans had waited to see.
As a freshman, everything went right for Missouri gymnast Adrianne Perry. Almost.
The Missouri softball team signed five athletes to National Letters of Intent. In-state recruits include Megan Christopher, Marla Schweisberger and Lisa Simmons , while Rhea Taylor is from Buford, Ga., and Abby Vock is from Morrison, Ill.