Leslie Fischer couldn’t have been happier about her and the Rock Bridge girls’ golf team’s play Monday. Rock Bridge finished first in the 12-team tournament with 345 stokes at the Crusader Classic outside of Jefferson City at Redfield Golf Club. Fischer led the Bruins with an 81 and finished in a first-place tie.
KANSAS CITY – Nick Punto made good on his second chance. After striking out in the eighth inning with a runner on third, Punto hit a two-run double in the 10th inning to lead the Minnesota Twins past the Kansas City Royals 3-1 Monday night.
Brad Smith, you have a backup. And he just graduated from high school three months ago. The Missouri football team released its final depth chart for Saturday’s game against Arkansas State, and chief among the surprises was that Chase Daniel, a true freshman, passed both redshirt junior Brandon Coleman and redshirt freshman Chase Patton, a Rock Bridge graduate, to become the No. 2 man behind Smith.
She doesn’t play like a freshman, she has the confidence of a senior and she has been waiting for this opportunity since the seventh grade. On the eve of Hickman freshman Jessi Strother’s first high school volleyball game, where she’s expected to start tonight against Hannibal at setter for the Kewpies, she displayed self-confidence not normally shown by most 15-year-olds.
Six players remain from the Mavericks’ 23-man opening day roster. Half are pitchers and two start on the infield. The other, Thomas Bowker, gleefully fills in wherever and whenever he can.
The Mid-Missouri Mavericks met with the Boone County Commissioners Monday afternoon to discuss the team’s proposal for a new privately-funded stadium. “We made a presentation regarding the possibility of building a new stadium out at the fairgrounds,” Mavericks’ co-owner and president Gary Wendt said. “They couldn’t have been more professional or more receptive.”
This fall, Ashland is looking ahead. A community that waited more than 20 years for its own high school football team is eager to start its second varsity season and just as eager to make the controversy surrounding head coach Mike Hall a fleeting memory. “I think he’s ready to move on, like everybody here, and just get on with the act of coaching and working with the students and school,” said Pat Lacy, Southern Boone High School Athletic Director. “Everybody’s kind of ready to put it behind them and get on with business. I think he’s doing an outstanding job of working with kids.”
Third-base coaches risk serious injury every time they trot out to their designated boxes. There they stand, hands on knees, 90 feet from potential doom. Any batted ball could come screaming their way.
During the scorching months of summer, most high school girls spend their days lounging out by the pool and watching television in their air-conditioned living rooms. That was not the case for the Rock Bridge girls’ golf team. “I can tell that many girls practiced hard over the summer,” Bruins coach Melissa Melahn said. “I am excited to see that pay off.”
The Missouri women’s soccer team couldn’t convert strong defense and goaltending into a victory Sunday against No. 19 California, playing to a double overtime scoreless tie. Goalkeeper Laura Buehrig turned away five shots, and Tiger defenders also tallied two saves. The Tigers (0-1-1) will look for their first win Friday when they host Indiana.
In less than a week, the Missouri football team will begin its 2005 season with much to prove. After last season’s 5-6 disappointment, highlighted by a five-game losing streak late in the year, Missouri enters this season with a new offense, a new set of uniforms, and a new attitude. Here’s a game-by-game preview of the Tigers’ 2005 schedule. Complete with predictions and analysis, the Missourian takes an up-close look at each opponent, beginning with the opener Sept. 3.
The Missouri men’s basketball schedule, released Saturday by the university’s athletic department, has the Tigers slated to play 27 games in 2005 (with a possibility for as many as 30), including 10 games against teams that qualified for the postseason a year ago. The Tigers begin the regular season in the opening round of the Preseason NIT with a Nov. 14 game against Sam Houston State in Columbia, with the winner facing either Drexel or Princeton in the second round, and the winner of that game earning a trip to New York City for the semifinals and finals of the tournament, held Nov. 23 and Nov. 25, respectively.
Children ran around doing cartwheels on the floor of Hearnes Center while a few hundred people waited in line to get autographs from the Missouri volleyball team after its Black and Gold match on Friday. Allowing fans on the court and signing autographs isn’t a one-time deal for the Missouri volleyball players. They do it for every game. The team prides itself on being fan friendly and reaching out to the community as much as possible. The team and coaches know how much the fan support helps them throughout the season, so the Tigers do whatever it can to give back to the fans and share its passion for the sport.
No one stirred in the Mavericks’ bullpen as right-hander Brett Smith sputtered through a shaky three-run first inning Saturday night. His teammates didn’t appear uneasy, either. They were steeled with the knowledge that Wes Hutchinson, the River City Rascals’ regular third baseman, would be taking the mound against them.
Gary Pfau has played baseball, coached baseball, and now hosts baseball players. Pfau and his sons, Chris, 15, and Brandon, 4, host Mavericks pitcher Augie Rodriguez and pitching coach Quentin Jones in their home in Columbia.
The younger, less experienced Black team defeated Gold 2-0 (30-25, 30-25) in the Missouri volleyball team's Black and Gold game. The Black team had five freshmen, while the Gold team only had one. Juniors Nicole Wilson and Jessica Vander Kooi of the Black team led all players with 10 kills each.
The Missouri football team made four years’ worth of plans for Labor Day weekend on Thursday. The St. Louis Sports Commission announced that the Tigers signed a four-year contract, starting in 2007, to play Illinois at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. The games will be played on the first weekend in September, meaning the rivalry game likely will be the season opener for each team through 2010.
Karla Kruse is used to pressure situations. Against St. Joseph’s Academy in the Final Four of last year’s Class 2 team competition, a berth for the Rock Bridge girl’s tennis team in the state championship came down to Kruse and her partner Kirsten Stople at No. 2 doubles. And while Kruse and Stople came up just short, Kruse is ready for another chance.
Ken Ash, Show-Me State Games executive director, is not shy about expressing his goals for participation in the event. “We’d like to get everyone in Missouri to participate,” he said.
Mavericks’ co-owner and president Gary Wendt is planning to cowboy up. He mailed letters to season-ticket holders earlier this week, giving them a choice in how they wanted half of their money refunded.