Playing the first game of the season is enough to unnerve even the most seasoned player. But Tuesday night, the Hickman volleyball players had a new reason for pre-game jitters. They had to sing the national anthem.
The Rock Bridge boys soccer team, a team with a new coach, new system and several new players, opened the regular season Tuesday evening. The Bruins are preparing to defend their district title by playing a daunting regular-season schedule. Five of their opponents appeared in sectional games last season. Even more challenging is that four of those games are on the road. Not exactly easy for a team with only two players with meaningful varsity experience.
When Rock Bridge, Hickman and Rolla met on Tuesday on the first tee of L.A. Nickell Golf Course, the scene was familiar. The teams took part in the 12-team Crusader Classic Monday, and on Tuesday, they met in a three-team match. Both times, Leslie Fischer led her team to a win.
It took nine innings, but the Hickman softball team kept fighting and captured a 2-1 win against the Kirksville Tigers. Kirksville knotted the game 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, but the Kewpies refused to hang their heads. They kept the score tied into the bottom of the ninth, when junior Jennifer Bieberly came up with runners at second and third and one out. Bieberly ripped the game-winning single up the middle to help the Kewpies improve to 2-0.
Rock Bridge coach Beth Newton likes her volleyball team to play as fast as road runners. Last night’s loss to Helias seemed to her like it was playing in slow motion. The Bruins (0-1) played an improved game compared to last year’s season-opening loss to the Crusaders (1-0), and if it wasn’t for a late breakdown in Game 1, the 25-22, 25-20 loss could have ended differently. The slow play of Helias, however, kept Rock Bridge off-balance all night long.
A strong pitching performance by junior Kelsey Oerly helped the Rock Bridge softball team win its home opener against Sedalia Smith-Cotton 10-5. Oerly got the win for the Bruins (2-2), shutting down the Tigers’ offense for the first four innings before re-entering the game in the sixth inning to close out the victory.
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.