Fair play stressed in steroid talk

Thomas Murray says the most valuable attributes in sports are natural talent and the way in which an athlete works to perfect that talent. Steroid use undermines the spirit of sports and disrupts the beauty of hard work and natural ability, Murray said in a Thursday lecture at MU.

New beginning

A lone temporary tent was erected on the north concourse of Memorial Stadium in mid-April for an autograph session before the Black and Gold game. Brad Smith, Missouri’s star quarterback over the past four years, was making his last public appearance before this weekend’s NFL draft.

Unusual relays excite Missouri

At a recent Missouri track and field practice, coach Rebecca Wilmes brought out a golden baton. Although the baton itself was nothing out of the ordinary, its familiarity depends on the carrier. On Wednesday, even the distance runners were practicing handoffs in preparation for the Tigers’ trip to the 97th-annual Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

extra points

The Columbia College softball team won its first two games of the American Midwest Conference Tournament on Thursday at Springfield-Illinois.

MU players want to talk after their quiet finish

The Missouri volleyball team learned a lesson in communication from a team whose language they could not understand.

Kewps, Bruins will have to share

The Hickman track team is used to walking out the back doors of its school and down a small grassy hill for practice on the track at Hickman Stadium. On Wednesday, though, the team traveled by bus across town and up a slightly larger hill to the Rock Bridge track for its daily practice.

Gridiron girth

Tony Palmer has always been large. His mother, Adrianne Gaines, said she noticed that when Palmer was just days old.

Bruins’ rally saves streak

When two undefeated teams face each other, strange things can happen.

Friends meet in rivalry matchup

For Thomas Schuenemeyer and Kyle Kovar, Wednesday’s round of golf together was typical. Schuenemeyer and Kovar go out to play golf with each other, usually once a week. They play even more in the summer.

Cougar translates hockey to softball

As a catcher for the Columbia College softball team, Stephanie Stowe is used to people barreling down the third base line at her so they can get to home plate. But, in the other sport that Stowe grew up playing, physical play was also a part of the game. There were body checks and fighting and spearing, not to mention a frozen puck flying through the air at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

Park plan gets positive reaction

City Manager Bill Watkins said the stadium proposal submitted Monday by the Mid-Missouri Mavericks entails “almost zero risk” for the city.

Fire and Ice

Derrick Ming stands at the edge of his dream.

MU faces Chinese squad in exhibition

For the past week, Missouri volleyball has hosted a team from BeiHang University of Beijing. The visit is part two of an exchange system between BeiHang University and MU.

Jefferson City rules at Hickman Relays

On a 45-degree night with scattered showers and chilling wind, Hickman held the fifth annual Hickman Relays, hosting Rock Bridge, Jefferson City, Helias, Mexico and Rolla. The meet turned individual events, such as discus and long jump, into relays by combining the top three scores from one school in each event. Medals were awarded for each event.

Outfielder combines skill, luck in batting

Rock Bridge junior Brandon Gerau may be the luckiest guy on the Bruins’ baseball team. And he’s the first to admit it.

Extra points

Columbia College (36-13) ended its regular season by losing both legs of a doubleheader to NCAA Div. II Central Missouri State in Warrensburg.

Bruins tie, don’t play OT out of courtesy

Despite taking a lead 10 minutes into the second half of their game Monday night against Quincy Notre Dame, the Rock Bridge girls’ soccer team is still looking for its first home victory in over a month.

Dreaming of the draft

Calvin Washington has made many tackles during his four-year career as a defensive back at Missouri, but this weekend, Washington will try to tackle his biggest dream: playing in the NFL.

Mavericks propose new stadium deal

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks minor league baseball team made a presentation to the Columbia City Council on Monday night detailing a plan for construction of a stadium on city land.

Extra Points

The Hickman boys’ golf team won the 20-team Jefferson City Invitational at Jefferson City Country Club on Monday, shooting a 306. Helias finished second with a 316, and Camdenton was third with a 317. Nick Wilson led Hickman with a 73 for second. Drew Wier followed in fifth with a 75, and Kyle Kovar shot a 77 for seventh. Rock Bridge finished in 14th with a 339.