A lot of blowouts by Big 12 Conference teams Saturday led to a lot of big statistical days. Missouri’s senior quarterback Brad Smith’s numbers stood out the most. The Big 12 Conference named Smith its offensive player of the week for the first week of the season Monday. In Missouri’s 44-17 win against Arkansas State, Smith completed 29-of-37 throws for 317 yards and a career-high four touchdowns passing. He also ran for 95 yards on 12 carries, all with playing just six plays in the game’s final 20 minutes.
Missouri senior setter Lindsey Hunter was named Big 12 Conference Volleyball Player of the Week, and the Tigers (2-0) moved up from No. 21 to the No. 14 spot in the national coaches’ poll Monday. In MU’s first two matches Hunter averaged 16.7 assists and 1.83 digs to lead the team to the title of the Tiger Invitational. Hunter was named Most Valuable Player for the invitational.
It seemed like a comfortable situation. Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel stood on the sidelines Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, watching his team dominate a weaker opponent in Arkansas State. Pinkel was comfortable enough that with 6:49 to go in the third quarter and the Tigers leading 37-0, he interrupted senior quarterback Brad Smith’s demolition of the Indians. He replaced Smith with freshman Chase Daniel, a heralded high school recruit who was named Smith’s backup five days earlier.
Missouri volleyball coach Wayne Kreklow said he has been working with his players to become smarter hitters, on Sunday the Tigers looked like geniuses. No. 21 Missouri (2-0) used a combination of power and finesse to upset No. 9 Tennessee 30-27, 30-23, 30-20 to win the Tiger Invitational at Hearnes Center. The loss dropped the Volunteers to 2-1.
Missouri freshman Ashley Hamblin’s transition to college was made easier by her family. Her soccer family, that is.
The Mid-Missouri Mavericks (30-63) lost their eighth straight on Sunday, falling 10-4 to the Kalamazoo Kings (53-42) at Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo, Mich. Outfielder Brian Baker went 2-for-3 with a home run for the Mavs. Mavericks’ starter Ezequiel Perez fell to 1-3. Four Kings players scored two runs each, including Tim Brown, who had three hits, including a home run.
HOUSTON — Jason Marquis went more than a month without winning a game for the St. Louis Cardinals. He didn’t trust his pitches and found himself on the mound waiting for the next bad thing to happen. The right-hander is feeling much better after consecutive complete-game victories.
KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Royals had to be wondering where this offense has been for most of the season. The Royals had 18 hits, including three home runs and five doubles, in their highest-scoring game of the season, a 17-8 victory against the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
KANSAS CITY - This was nice. All summer Brad Smith had heard the questions in post-practice interview sessions.
KANSAS CITY - Gary Pinkel is known for coaching mistake-free, disciplined football. During Pinkel’s first four seasons as coach at Missouri, his offenses had the fewest turnovers in NCAA Division I-A football. MU allowed the least penalty yards in the Big 12 Conference last season and 10 yards to Arkansas State in its 52-20 win in Columbia last year.
The Rock Bridge offense might receive more publicity, but it was the defense that led the Bruins to a season opening 33-14 victory Friday at home against Marshall. With a capacity crowd on hand, the Bruins defense dominated Marshall’s running game, forcing the Owl’s quarterback, Paul Wayne Thomas, to use his leg to punt the ball as much as his arm to throw it.
If the setter in volleyball is the equivalent of a quarterback in football, then today’s Missouri-Tennessee match is Tom Brady against Peyton Manning. When the Tigers play the Lady Volunteers today in the final match of the Tiger Invitational two of the best setters in the nation will be on display.
The Columbia College men’s soccer team was hoping for more of a test before playing Baker University, ranked No. 15 in the NAIA. But Northwestern College wasn’t going to do them any favors. In the Cougars’ goalkeeper Tanner Mills’ first start of the season, he faced only five shots from a tired Raiders offense. Columbia College won 1-0.
The Hickman football team picked up where it left off last year, defeating Lee’s Summit North 31-13 on the road Friday in its season-opener. Andrew Perkins threw two touchdown passes, and Aaron Cawlfield and Jerale Nichols each ran for a score as the Kewpies scored 31 unanswered points to erase an early 7-0 deficit. undefined
The Mavericks lost 4-1 to the Kalamazoo Kings on Saturday at Homer Stryker Field. Joshua Martin pitched 7 1/3 innings for the Kings, surrendering one earned run on five hits. Agustin Rodriguez gave up four earned runs on seven hits, losing his ninth game of the season. Catcher Alex Derhak scored the lone Mavericks run. The Mavericks record fell to 30-62.
The Tigers won their first game of the season by scoring two second-half goals to defeat Indiana on Friday in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge at Walton Stadium. Senior Jennifer Nobis scored Missouri’s first goal of the season in the 53rd minute, which ended the Tigers 253-minute scoring drought. Junior Aria Hudetz scored the Tigers’ second goal on an assist from Nobis. Sophomore goalie Laura Buehrig recorded her fourth career shutout. undefined
HICKMAN CROSS COUNTRY: Taking fourth place out of 18 teams, the Kewpies girls team finished with a score of 122 in the Capital Invitational in St. Charles on Friday. Kendall Soss led the team by finishing in third place in 20:39. Mari-Jean Vance (22nd), Liz Gayer (24th) and Stacey Winter (26th) finished in a tight pack. Hannah Hassemer rounded out the scoring by finishing in 43rd place in 23:26. The boys team finished in fifth place with 161 points. Sam Masters (17th) and Zach Chapman (18th) finished three seconds apart. Masters finished the race in 17:18. undefined
The excitement of Southern Boone football fans could not be tempered at Friday night’s season opener. Not by an power surge at the end of the third quarter that plunged the stadium into darkness for 20 minutes, and not even by a 44-6 loss to visiting North Callaway.
The 46th annual Heart of America Marathon is set to kick off at 6 a.m. on Monday. The race originally began as a challenge between local runners and boxers, and the original course went from Columbia to Fulton. The boxers didn’t show up to the original race and only six runners participated.
Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington likes to joke that the girls on her team resemble a boys squad because all they want to do at practice is hit the ball for kills. Saturday at the Best Western/KMIZ Classic, the Cougars showed their coach they can play defense as well as they can hit the ball.