Learning experience

There is more to Rock Bridge’s Phillip King than quick feet and long strides. While he has developed into one of the state’s top cross country runners this season, he has also set high standards for himself outside of the sport. He is the consumate student-athlete, achieving success in the classroom and on the race course.

Kewpies have ball at districts

TROY — Hickman coach Greg Gunn wanted his team to focus on volleyball this week, so he had a simple solution. He gave his players volleyballs to carry around for three straight days at school. Some girls, like senior MegAnn Schlader, named their balls. Schlader named hers “Omammy,” while senior Caitlin Keith forgot to carry her ball once, and had to run extra at practice.

Too soon for Tarr to end first season

Kat Tarr’s freshman season as a defender for the Missouri soccer team has been a learning experience, and she doesn’t want her soccer education to end today. Tarr, who has started 16 games in the backfield, and the Tigers (9-6-3, 3-4-2 Big 12) will play the Kansas Jayhawks at 3 p.m. today in Lawrence, Kan., with the season on the line. Eighth in the Big 12 Conference with only today’s game to play before the eight-team Big 12 tournament, Missouri must beat KU or rely on the outcome of ninth-place Oklahoma State’s game against Oklahoma this evening. If the Tigers lose and the Cowboys win, MU’s season is likely over. Although the Tigers will have the required .500 record for the NCAA Tournament, it is unlikely they will get a bid without a strong showing against fifth-place Kansas (10-6-2, 5-3-1 Big 12).

Sigma Nu runs to Tigers’ game

Brad Smith and the Missouri football team ran for 277 yards against Nebraska on Saturday, but that does not compare to the distance members of Sigma Nu fraternity are running as part of their first Game Ball Run. About 55 people, including others from the university community, are running about 170 miles with a football from Memorial Stadium in Columbia to Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kan.

Success runs in family for MU’s Kimball

Missouri sophomore cross country runner Kasey Kimball is technically following in the footsteps of the rest of her family. But she doesn’t like to think about it that way. Kimball, whose parents and brother, Stewart, ran for Missouri, has been strong for the Tigers all season. Her most impressive finishes came at the Southern Stampede on Sept. 17, where she was 13th overall and second for MU, and the Bradley Classic on Oct. 14, where she placed sixth overall and third for MU. She will compete for the Tigers in today’s Big 12 Championships in Waco, Texas.

Extra Points

Missouri quarterback Brad Smith was one of eight Division I-A football players named as a 2005 National Scholar-Athlete on Thursday. Smith will receive a postgraduate scholarship worth $18,000. He is the 10th MU football player to win this award; offensive lineman Rob Droege was the last Tiger to be given the award, in 2003.

Bright lights, big stadium treat for players

When the Hickman and Rock Bridge football teams step onto Faurot Field tonight for the Providence Bowl, bright lights, a video screen and the roar of an estimated crowd of 10,000 will surround them. It will be quite a change from their usual high school stadiums.

Bruin legend recalls rivalry’s first contest

Rock Bridge was threatening to break a scoreless fourth-quarter tie. The Bruins broke their offensive huddle and lined up on Hickman’s 14-yard line. Junior Tom Satalowich’s fingers sank into the wet grass as the tight end crouched into his three-point stance. The ball was snapped.

Bruins senior finds niche

Sitting with dozens of other girls in the Rock Bridge gymnasium bleachers, Addison Newton could barely stomach the wait. Last season as a junior, she played middle hitter on the junior varsity volleyball team, but it was approaching the end of August and Newton had no idea if she would play varsity after making the transition to outside hitter. One-by-one, Bruins coach Beth Newton called girls to the locker room to tell them her decision.

Pinkel pleased with defense’s progress

Gary Pinkel sat at a podium Monday, politely answering questions, tapping his fingers together, even allowing the beginning of a rare smile to fight its way to the surface of his face. A shut-down defense sure makes it easier for a football coach to relax.

Impressive loss for Tigers’ newcomer

Name any high school baseball award, and chances are left-handed pitcher Rick Zagone earned it as a senior last year at Prairie Ridge High School in Illinois. All-Area, All-Conference, All-State, Zagone grabbed a spot on all those teams. Missouri coach Tim Jamieson knew Zagone was something special when he watched him pitch in high school. That’s why he recruited him to play baseball for the Tigers.

Kewpies beat Bruins’ height

A 6-foot-5 forward in high school basketball is not an entirely uncommon sight. A 6-foot-5 midfielder on a soccer field? That’s rare.

Rushing attack gets hard task

Last week, Nebraska entered its game with Missouri ranked first in the nation in rush defense. It left Columbia ranked ninth after a 41-28 thumping in which the Tigers ran for 277 yards. This week, Kansas holds the title of second best in NCAA Division I at stopping the run, and Missouri fans, certainly, are hoping for results similar to those that occurred against the Cornhuskers.

Bruins advance in districts

The Rock Bridge volleyball team defeated Hannibal 25-21, 25-22 in the first round of the Class 8 District 4 volleyball tournament Monday night at Troy Buchanan High School. The third-seeded Bruins (15-11-3) were led by a trio of players with five kills: seniors Amanda Hanson and Lauren Jacobs, and junior Lindsey McDaniel. Rock Bridge coach Beth Newton said the game had an especially slow place to it.

Marathon victory

The White Sox are bringing the broomsticks out of the team closet. Geoff Blum’s solo home run in the 14th inning lifted Chicago past the Houston Astros 7-5 in Game 3 of the World Series early this morning.

Kings of the hill

Twelve members of the Mizzou Cycling Club traveled to another weekend getaway adventure in Houghton, Mich., on Oct. 6 for the final in a semester-long series taking them to the stretches of the Midwest that included Warsaw, Ind., and Kadiz, Ky. Split into two RVs, one hitched with a trailer loaded with 16 bikes, the other with a Suburban carrying even more bikes, the team rode 14 hours to the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference regional mountain bike races in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Tigers’ Smith in spotlight

Missouri’s Brad Smith became the first quarterback in Division I-A football to rush and pass for more than 230 yards in the same game in Saturday’s 42-21 win against Nebraska. Monday, he was honored as the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season. Smith was given the Walter Camp Foundation’s National Offensive Player of the Week on Sunday. Nebraska coach Bill Callahan said his defense, which had been ranked in the top 10 nationally, struggled to stop the multi-faceted Smith, who ran for 246 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 234 yards and one score against the Cornhuskers.

Extra Points

The Missouri volleyball team (15-2, 9-2) improved to No. 8 from No. 10 in Monday’s new coaches poll. Three other Big 12 Conference schools are ranked: No. 1 Nebraska (19-0, 10-0); No. 14 Texas (14-3, 9-2); and No. 24 Kansas State (15-6, 6-5). MU BASEBALL: The fourth game of the Tigers’ intrasquad Fall World Series has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday. The game was scheduled for today.

Franklin hauls in crucial catches

After the most important performance of his career, Missouri sophomore Will Franklin took a minute to discuss what he’s learned about college football. “Play fast,” he said. “Play fast and trust the offense. I have trust in this offense and they’re making ways for players to have big games.”

Swinehart has finishing touch

Amber Swinehart was beaming after MU’s 1-0 victory over Colorado College on Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium. With her parents and sister in the stands, the senior forward scored with 5:34 left on a pass from fellow senior forward Jennifer Nobis in the last home game of her career. The two embraced after the play.