Bruins take second

The Rock Bridge Tournament of Champions saw two Bruins take first place and three more take second place Saturday at Rock Bridge High School.

Tigers’ junior gymnasts reaching their potential

Last spring, Missouri assistant gymnastics coach Paul Scardina was frustrated with the women of the 2004 recruiting class. Despite there being five gymnasts, the most of any class on the team, they only made up four of 24 routines for the Tigers at the Big 12 Championships and five of 24 at the Southeast Regional Meet.

Coping through competition

Higher and higher he went, pumping his legs on the baby sitter’s swing set, the tops of his feet nearly touched the sun-baked clouds.

Group effort helps team grow quickly

Their arms are pistons, propelling their black, custom-made wheelchairs across the basketball courts. Tires leave faint white trails on the floor, like airplanes tracing paths in the sky. Their flights briefly stop at the sideline but quickly resume once the coach blows his whistle.

Quick shots hurt Tigers on offense

Missouri men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson wants to play up-tempo all the time – at least on the defensive end.

Brotherhood and basketball

Away from the spotlight, the cheering fans, and the game he has grown to depend upon, DeAndre’ Carroll’s breakthrough is confirmed in the form of an indiscreet phone call from a familiar voice.

Home crowd gets first look at Rock Bridge

You don’t have to win anything to be in Rock Bridge’s Tournament of Champions.

Trainer keeps Tigers on court

It’s Wednesday afternoon, and members of the MU women’s basketball team are trickling into the locker room to get ready for practice. Amanda Hanneman is sitting on a large black padded seat, her legs propped in the air. Eric McDonnell faces her with his back bent, his hands moving furiously about her feet.

Bruins start strong in Tournament of Champions

The return of Rock Bridge’s Tournament of Champions made for a successful Friday for the Bruins wrestling team.

Transferring power

Basketball coaches spend the months in between seasons blazing around the country trying to find new recruits. Most visit countless high schools and usually stop by smaller colleges to talk to older players considering a change of schools.

Tigers finally considered nation’s best

When Brian Smith took over as coach of the Missouri wrestling program nine years ago, he had trouble getting recruits to even visit the Missouri campus.

Tigers raising level of intensity

DeMarre Carroll said he didn’t know whether he got his shot off before the buzzer sounded. His teammates on the Black team didn’t know either. But it was close, close enough to need a review.

Ankiel made free agent by Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Rick Ankiel’s wild and difficult time with the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization could be over.

Free tickets look good in fans’ hands, on paper

MU students hoping to get a hold of a free ticket to the Sun Bowl are now out of luck.

Rivalry meets again

Athletes and coaches often try to downplay rivalries, saying they are not any more important than other games on the schedule.

Fast start, post play helps Bruins work around zone

The Rock Bridge boys basketball team spent the past few days preparing for the Marshall Owls and their 2-3 zone. It’s safe to say the extra practice serviced them well.

MU wrestling now ranked No. 1

The Missouri wrestling team was announced as No. 1 in the nation Tuesday, receiving nine of the 12 first place votes in the National Wrestling Coaches Association poll.

‘The only thing we do’

There are no glamour positions in wrestling. In football, a quarterback stands out while a left guard goes unnoticed. In baseball, a pitcher gets all the credit for a great game while most people forget that it was the catcher signaling what pitch to throw.

Talent not issue for Kewpies, Bruins

The Hickman and Rock Bridge wrestling teams have a common theme this season: talent.

Hester, Bears high-step over St. Louis in victory

ST. LOUIS — The dome was rocking with chants of “Let’s Go Bears,” and Chicago’s football team looked right at home in St. Louis.