Minor changes

After James Boone signed a professional baseball contract, he took a shopping trip looking for some flashy merchandise.

Super Kewp’s family drove her to excellence

Hickman senior Kelsey McClure has sports in her blood. And it shows on the field. McClure leads the Kewpies’ girls soccer team in scoring with nine goals in as many games, matching her total from last year.

Rock Bridge’s Loeb coaches confidence

Fabiola Lopez has become accustomed to watching her son, Daniel, play varsity tennis for Rock Bridge. Now a senior, he’s been a regular in the singles lineup since last season.

Missouri stays close against Canada

“Canada” and “Mizzou” glowed side by side on the Walton Soccer Stadium scoreboard for the first time when the Canadian national team beat Missouri 2-0.

Cougars enjoy good times, best win streak

The music that was blaring over the loud speakers at the end of the Columbia College’s softball games against Harris-Stowe State University Tuesday said it all — “Celebrate good times, come on!”

Proper welcome home

ST. LOUIS — It didn’t take Brian Haines but a split-second to pinpoint what he noticed first. The brick, red of course, that made up many of the pillars, archways and the façade of new Busch Stadium.

Bruins’ juniors hope for glory

There is renewed optimism in the Rock Bridge baseball community. It has come from a group of six juniors taking over starting rolls for the Bruins.

Cougars aim for 16 consecutive victories

Nothing is better than a warm, spring afternoon, softball and Shakey’s Frozen Custard. But for the Columbia College softball team, something is better: a 15-game winning streak.

Beating Jays puts Kewpies’ coach in fine mood

Lounging in a folding chair, Hickman boys’ tennis coach Jerry Price told a group of jovial tennis parents on Monday afternoon: “This is as good as it gets.”

Extra Points

The Hickman boys’ golf team won the Smith-Cotton Classic on Monday at the Sedalia Country Club. The Kewpies beat runner-up Lee’s Summit North 287-302. Rock Bridge tied for sixth with Camdenton at 315.

Tigers suffer rare sweep at home

Nebraska’s batting coach, Andy Sawyers, was nervous entering the weekend’s series with Missouri. He remembered Missouri ace Max Scherzer throwing a complete game win in Lincoln last year. So he took special care prepping his batters.

Missouri cheers to top-10 finishes

Missouri cheerleaders now have a reason to cheer for themselves.

Extra Points

The Missouri softball team lost 1-0 at No. 1 Texas for their second straight loss to the Longhorns. Missouri pitcher Jen Bruck gave up three hits in seven innings. Cat Osterman threw a one-hitter for Texas (40-4, 7-1). Leanne Bowers was the only player that managed a hit for Missouri (18-17, 2-4).

Tigers’ pitching drained in extra-inning loss

Weary from a 13-inning war of attrition, the Missouri baseball team sat together in the dugout after losing 5-2 to Nebraska on Saturday. Disappointment was obvious in many of the players’ downcast eyes after the team lost its longest game this year.

Extra points

The Tigers team finished third out of six teams at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Athens, Ga., on Saturday. The No. 13 Missouri team posted a 195.325, their highest score yet in a postseason meet, but fell one spot short of advancing to the national championships. No. 1 Georgia scored a 197.425 and No. 12 Nebraska a 196.350 to advance.

Triathletes prepared for Ironman

In the Mizzou Student Recreation Complex, Stephen Taylor and his girlfriend, Rachel Biber, struggle to get into their wet suits. They slip their swim caps over their heads like a sheet over a mattress and they make one last check to see if their goggles are snug against their face. As they get ready to dive into the pool for a quick 30-minute swim, they try to decide how long of a run they should take after the swim.

Fresh faces adapting to defensive roles

On the second drive of Saturday’s scrimmage, quarterback Chase Daniel threw a high-arcing pass into the far corner of the end zone to a double-covered Will Franklin. The two defensive backs in coverage, safety Travis Cardoza and cornerback Hardy Ricks, both appeared to get turned around and lose the ball. Without needing to jump, Franklin caught the ball in his stomach for a 29-yard touchdown.

Kewpies disappointed in tie

The Hickman girls’ soccer team walked off the field Saturday night tired and frustrated. The Kewpies’ game against Francis Howell Central went into double overtime and ended scoreless. The Kewpies (6-1-2) have tied the Spartans three out of the past four times they have played them.

Joining the flock

GIBBON, Neb. — As dusk approaches and the evening sun fades over the horizon, thousands of sandhill cranes cover the salmon and scarlet complexion of the Nebraska sky. Moonlight takes over, and the large ancient birds glide into the shallows of the Platte River, bleating their high-pitched call.

Jersey incentive promotes intensity

After the defense stopped the offense on the last play of Thursday’s scrimmage, Xzavie Jackson was happy. And he let everyone in Memorial Stadium know it.