For third-string kicker, being around football is key

Kicker is far from the top of the list of glamorous positions on a football team. The backup kicker rarely sees the field, and the position of third-string kicker may as well not exist. So why does Trace Teas, Missouri’s third-stringer, stick with it?

Karate club’s girls get tough

The students of the Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan Karate Club are laying out their dojo on a basketball court in the Mizzou Recreation Center. The 15 students carry in stacks of blue mats, the kind most recognizable as elementary school P.E. class mainstays, and drop them on the ground with a resounding clap. The shirts differ, but everyone is wearing white martial arts pants, which resemble some sort of cross between pajamas and hospital scrubs.

Shooting for the Stars

Deb Duren’s corner office in room 223 of Stamper Commons is in the middle of the Stephens College campus. There is a plush white couch and a desk in disarray, covered in papers. Duren’s face beams in a photo of her holding a massive fish.

Cougars cruise to victory

It was a supercharged atmosphere at Southwell Complex on Saturday afternoon. There was a live band playing in the southwest corner of the gym. In a pregame ceremony, coach Mike Davis accepted a signed game ball from his 400th career victory, achieved in Monday’s win over Park (Mo.) University.

Columbia College guard Amber Lewellen ducks under a defender to drive to the basket during Saturday’s victory. (MAGGIE RIFE/Missourian)

Dominant defense leads to Stephens rout

The Stephens College Stars probably couldn’t have given away their game against Mount Mary College on Saturday if they wanted to.


For five players on the Missouri men’s basketball team, Saturday’s game at Purdue provided a new experience: a loss in a Division-I basketball game.

Former Olympic decathlete shares wisdom with coaches

Wearing his black and red Nike sweats, former Olympic gold medalist Dan O’Brien asked for a little audience assistance.

Practice in pads big hit for MU

The yells and hits at football practice Saturday morning were louder than usual.

Stein brings her perspective to poll

On Tuesdays, Missouri women’s basketball coach Cindy Stein has a responsibility.

Gymnasts keep it fan-friendly

The coaches have been preparing the Missouri gymnasts for Saturday’s Black and Gold Meet, but the gymnasts have also been preparing their friends.

Supporting cast

The whistle sounds. The referee tosses the basketball up for the Dec. 3 tip-off of the men’s basketball game between Missouri and Evansville. Some fans stand and chant “Let’s Go Mizzou!” Others patiently wait to get through the turnstiles at the entrance and then head to their seats.

Flaws expose Cougars, end winning streak

After getting buried early in the season, the Columbia College men’s basketball team has been digging and digging to get back to ground level.

Cougars’ coach learns on and off the court

Sitting on the bus with a cast on her broken ankle before the most important game of her junior season in high school, Melinda Wrye-Washington decided she didn’t want to simply cheer on the Eldon volleyball team.

Being mindful on the mat

Inhaling and exhaling to the sounds of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, five Missouri wrestlers form a circle on the mat for a cool down after yanking and twisting at one another’s limbs for the past hour and a half.

Drills take aim at tentative target

Get out of the way.

Boilermaker was nearly a Tiger

Major college basketball players are proud people. When they are being recruited, they are used to prospective coaches catering to their needs and showing interest in them as human beings, not just basketball players. Former Tigers recruit Keaton Grant said Missouri didn’t do any of that.

Wilson sheds troubled start to spark team

Moments after the Cougars’ 72-66 upset victory Tuesday night at home against Missouri Valley College, Terren Wilson’s head bobs up and down with the vigor of a boxer who has just knocked down the heavyweight champion of the world.

Resilient wrestler returns after several injuries

Aaron Brady has one more shot, and the Hickman wrestling team’s 160-pounder doesn’t intend to waste it.

Vaulting into competition

When a torn Achilles tendon nearly ended the career of senior Whitney Crater, it provided an opportunity for improvement — both for Crater and junior Nikki Bowman.

Bruins freshman quietly makes big impact

Amaya Williams stretches in a circle with her teammates, counting slowly to 10 while she reaches for her right foot with legs split. She counts quietly, as is her nature. Williams is the kind of girl who speaks only when spoken to, and even when that happens, conversations begin and end quickly.