Luke Harper has a motor inside that won’t quit.
It’s a motor that earned him a varsity starting job his freshman year and all-state honors his sophomore and junior seasons. When it comes to Hickman football, Harper just hasn’t figured out how to stop.
In the first five games of his varsity career, Francis Howell Central sophomore Brad Bira has been on the receiving end of two long touchdown passes from senior quarterback Johnnie Collins.
Tonight, Bira will be the one throwing to receivers.
Rock Bridge senior Whitney Reys is optimistic about state tennis this year. As part of a team that has won two consecutive state championsips, she and her teamates have high hopes for the state tournament. In her fourth year as a starter on the Bruins girls tennis team, she has a lot to live up to. “We want to win state,” Reys said. “How could you not? Once you’ve done it twice, you can’t lower your standards.”
Fueled by aggressive jump serves and long rallies, the Bruins racked up a second win against the Osage Indians.
She holds the taped handle of her racket, twirling it with the ease of a child spinning a top.
Her grip tightens only after a frustrating point, but even then she loosely gravitates to the familiar motion, whooshing her strings through the air. The twirl is her reaction to the last point, relaxation between points, and preparation for the next point.
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.