Hazelwood East a memorable foe

Last year’s Class 6 championship football game produced memories Hickman players won’t soon forget. Byron Bundy, then a sophomore wide receiver playing mostly junior varsity, remembers the devastating block he delivered when he was put in at the end of the Kewpies’ 34-7 rout of Hazelwood East.

Conyers improves with his sibling on the sideline

At the Rock Bridge football team’s practice Tuesday, senior Josh Conyers stood at his safety position while his defensive coordinator looked on behind him. Conyers said to his coach, “Watch how a real man hits.” His coach approached him and said, “Watch how a real man is going to hit you,” while jokingly jerking Conyer’s face mask.

Kewpies, Bruins stop teams cold

Although the calendar says it’s October, it certainly felt like December on Thursday night at the Rock Bridge softball field. With temperatures dropping into the low 40s, the Hickman and Rock Bridge softball teams were forced to adjust to the weather in the Class 4 District 10 tournament.

Busy schedule doesn’t slow Miles, Kruse

Rock Bridge tennis players Ashley Miles and Karla Kruse have spent the past week singing karaoke, running around the school selling “random things”, being escorted in Jeeps and enjoying a bonfire. “This week has been crazy,” Miles said. “But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Sea of support

The Missouri volleyball team had created a buzz this season with its No. 7 ranking and a 12-game winning streak heading into Wednesday’s game at Hearnes Center. Although the Tigers lost their first match of the season against No. 1 Nebraska, the buzz around the MU volleyball team should remain and get louder. A buzz became a roar during the match. A record 7,298 people attended. The team had been averaging 1,241. The crowd filled sections A, B and half of C at Hearnes Center.

Hunter can’t propel MU past Huskers

This isn’t what Lindsey Hunter had in mind for Wednesday night. Hunter’s 55 assists weren’t enough for the No. 7 Tigers to upset the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the top team in the country. The Tigers lost 30-26, 22-30, 30-23, 30-27 at the Hearnes Center.

No stopping for Palmer

Tony Palmer, a senior offensive lineman on the Missouri football team, doesn’t care if it’s his longtime friend and teammate Lorenzo Williams in practice, or a Big 12 Conference foe on a Saturday. He gives all defensive linemen the same, tough treatment. “He’s a person who uses all of his strength all the time,” said Williams, the Tigers’ sophomore starting defensive tackle. “He has a very strong upper body and once he gets his hands on you, you’re not going anywhere.“

Senior not afraid to take command

Senior Stefani Worley understands it’s win or go home for the Hickman softball team. This is Worley’s third year preparing for the district tournament and she wants to make sure the whole team knows the situation. So Wednesday after practice, she called a team meeting, without the coaches, to re-emphasize the importance of the tournament.

MU freshman swimmers will contribute

Jake Hoffmann is entering the 2005-2006 season with an impressive track record. In his case, it is more of a pool record, which is not to be confused with the seven high school swimming records that he has broken. Hoffmann is one of 25 freshmen who were not only recruited for MU’s Swimming and Diving team, but were expected to start swimming as freshmen.

MU ready for Huskers

For girls growing up in Nebraska, volleyball isn’t just a sport. It’s a lifestyle. Tonight at Hearnes Center, 14 girls from the state of Nebraska will display their lifestyle when No. 7 Missouri faces No. 1 Nebraska. Each team has seven players from Nebraska and all of those girls, at one point, played for the Nebraska Juniors club team.

Tigers land Bruins’ Stull

Ever since watching his first football game as a young kid, John Stull has dreamed of playing college football for the Missouri Tigers. That dream is now reality. The senior from Rock Bridge gave Missouri a verbal commitment Tuesday night. “It lifts a tremendous amount of pressure off my shoulders,” Stull said. “I’m really excited and I feel I can play better in the games now because I can play without a worry and get after it and do my thing.”

MU special teams fail against Texas

Turnovers might have put the Missouri football team in a hole during Saturday’s 51-20 loss to No. 2 Texas. But special-teams play kept it there. The special-teams unit had been arguably the most consistent aspect of Missouri’s play through the first three weeks of the season. The return teams had made big plays, kicker/punter Adam Crossett had improved considerably since the conclusion of last season, and there was a general air of confidence when offense or defense wasn’t on the field.

Bruins win again in rivalry

Opinions differ as to what characterizes a rivalry. Some say it’s proximity. Others say it is the history between the teams. Still others say it is an increase in intensity. For the two major Columbia high schools, separated by just more than four miles, playing one another is always an anticipated matchup.

Bruins, Kewpies send six to state

Columbia was well-represented in Tuesday’s Class 2 District 4 Tournament and will be in the state tournament later this month, too; Hickman and Rock Bridge will send a combined six golfers to the state tournament later this month. Rock Bridge shot a 362 to place second in the district tournament and will take three golfers to state. It was only two strokes behind Helias, which clinched the district title. Hickman shot a 372 to finish in third place.

Seniors shine for Kewpies

The lights on the Hickman football field were bright. The smells of grilled burgers and hot dogs wafted through the muggy, late-autumn air. A large crowd roared with every pass, run and strong defensive play. But, this wasn’t a Friday night Hickman home football game. This was Senior Night for the Hickman boys’ soccer team.

Robinson can’t help Cougars

After a frustrating defeat in which a ranked team lost to an unranked one, game-tying shots ping off goalposts, and your team falls just short of a win that would keep it in consideration for postseason play, there’s not a lot of positive things to say. Unless, of course, Justin Robinson is on your team.

Hickman wins as Strother fights back

After losing the second game of Tuesday’s match to Camdenton, Hickman setter Jessie Strother slowly crouched to the ground, balled up with an unbearable pain in her lower back that’s becoming all too familiar for the freshman. Strother’s 25 assists were enough to propel the Kewpies to victory over Camdenton 25-19, 21-25, 25-17. But no one except Strother was sure she would play in the third game.

Tigers’ backup fills in nicely

As an unheralded 5-foot-9 fourth-string running back among bigger, taller superstars, Missouri’s Jimmy Jackson didn’t figure to get a lot of attention at Memorial Stadium on Saturday against Texas. But with Tony Temple and Earl Goldsmith, two of the Tigers’ top three running backs, injured, Jackson not only saw some playing time but also made the most of it, rushing five times for 36 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown run five minutes into the game that tied the score at 7.

Foul finish concerns Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals are about to find out if their late-season pitching swoon was just a collective exhale after months of dominance, or a reason for concern. St. Louis, coming off its second straight 100-victory season, opens the postseason today in a best-of-five division series against the San Diego Padres, who were only 82-80. But the Cardinals’ recent pitching struggles could be the equalizer.

Bruins fight off strange week in victory

It’s been a strange couple of days for the Rock Bridge volleyball team. First, senior Amanda Hanson suffered a concussion in a car accident on Wednesday, and required stitches on her face.