As she slowly makes her way across the outfield grass of Cosmopolitan Park’s Red Field, the expression on Courtney Haskell’s face says it all.
Moments earlier, her Hickman softball team lost its fifth straight game, an 8-1 romp at the hands of Parkway South, and as the coach walks towards the dozen teenage girls waiting for her in left field, she is noticeably upset.
It didn’t take Jennifer Mast long to realize her life ambition.
By the time she was playing as a sophomore first baseman for the Rock Bridge softball team in 1991, she had all but decided on a career.
When Sean Coffey switched his jersey number to 12 before last season, he was immediately compared to Justin Gage, who wore that number during his time at Missouri.
They were a similar height and physical build and had similar potential to break a game open with a deep pass.
Joe Tantarelli’s not kicking himself for his missed kicks Saturday.
In Missouri’s 17-9 win against Colorado on Saturday, Tantarelli missed three field goals, more than he has missed in one game.
They gathered for pictures, hugged, chatted and smiled. They did not cry, reminisce or bid farewell.
The Rock Bridge tennis team left the pomp and circumstance for another night, dispatching Hickman 9-0 Tuesday.
The war is over, but the showdown has just begun. The nationally recognized rivalry between MU and the University of Kansas, formerly known as the Border War, will now be called the Border Showdown, following discussions between KU, MU and Midwest Ford Dealers.
“We feel that in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, and the ensuing events around the world, it is inappropriate to use the term ‘war’ to describe intercollegiate athletics events,” said KU athletics director Lew Perkins in a release. “We need to be more sensitive to the men and women who defend our country for real.”
Rock Bridge did all it could to earn the top seed in its district tournament with a 2-0 victory against Helias on Tuesday at Cosmopolitan Park.
Now a committee of the district’s other teams has to decide if it was sufficient. “I hope it’s enough for a top seed,” Graham said. “We’re undefeated in district. That should put us in good position, but that’s up to the other teams, really. We don’t get to vote for ourselves. But we’ve taken care of our part of it.”
DAYTON, Ohio — Former Missouri Tiger and current Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Justin Smith was arrested early Tuesday and charged with drunken driving after he failed a breath test, the Montgomery County sheriff’s department said.
Smith, 25, was stopped because the truck he was driving was weaving. He told police he had five beers, the arrest report said, and he swayed while trying to walk during a field sobriety test.
Junior Amanda Bales was named Runner of the Week by the Big 12 Conference on Tuesday. Bales finished ninth in last week’s Notre Dame Invitational with a personal-best 5K time of 17:01.
The junior All-American has been conference runner of the week four times in her career.
Winning wasn’t enough for Payge Pleimann on Monday at the Class 2 District 4 tournament.
Although her 78 was the best out of 45 golfers, she said she could have done better.
When Missouri punter Brock Harvey left Saturday’s game with a broken left collarbone, Sheri Hoenes added one more thing to her list of things to worry about.
“Mom’s definitely not enjoying the high stress of her children right now,” Matt Hoenes, her son, said.
Michael Ferguson has a chance to make history this week. But he has been there before.
Ferguson is within one goal of the Rock Bridge school record of 28. That record was set in 1993 by Kevin Brooks and equaled by Ferguson last season. His 61 points (27 goals, 7 assists) are two shy of the mark Brooks set in 1993. Ferguson fell one point short last year.
The likelihood of a new professional sports team in Kansas City is increasing each day. The hot debate not only in Kansas City, but throughout the state, is whether an NBA or NHL franchise would be more successful.
On Aug. 3, Kansas City voters approved fee increases to fund the construction of a new arena, the Sprint Center.
Rock Bridge’s Lindsay Martin had a feeling it wouldn’t be a good day after an errant drive on the par-4 first hole resulted in an eight.
That feeling didn’t last for long.
The celebration started early for Hickman’s tennis team Monday.
With plans to go out for pizza after the match to mark the birthday of two team members, the Kewpies also had something to celebrate on the court beforehand.
The Hickman softball team fell short of its fourth straight victory Monday.
The Kewpies lost to Eugene 4-1 at Cosmopolitan Park.
Dallas is home to the biggest college football matchup of the week with Texas playing Oklahoma in a game with Big 12 Conference and Bowl Championship Series implications.
The No. 2 Sooners (4-0, 1-0) have beaten the No. 5 Longhorns (4-0, 1-0) in the past four Red River Shootouts, including a lopsided 65-13 win last year when Texas was No. 11 in the nation and Oklahoma was No. 1.
Big plays, big calls and combinations of the two were the determining factors in Missouri’s win Saturday against Colorado.
The Tigers won 17-9, snapping a five-game losing streak against the Buffaloes, but for the second straight year controversial calls by the officials and penalties were integral to the outcome.
Sophomore midfielder Elyse Nikonchuk’s ankle injury didn’t prevent her from doing what she does best: use her head.
Nikonchuk headed junior forward Jennifer Nobis’ throw-in into the goal to give Missouri a 1-0 victory against No. 23 Colorado on Sunday at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex.
Golf is a way of life for Hickman senior Payge Pleimann.
Even before her first birthday, she had been around golf courses. Her father Dale Pleimann’s love of the sport influenced Payge Pleimann, her brother Wayde, 19, and her sister Taylor, 21.