Kewpies find positives in hard-fought losses

The Hickman girls’ soccer team might be 1-3-1 in its past five games, but the Kewpies say they are playing better than they have all season. Saturday afternoon, the Kewpies suffered their worst loss of the season in their last game at Cosmopolitan Park. Hickman fell 6-1 to St. Thomas Aquinas, who is ranked No. 8 in the NSCAA/Adidas National High School poll. Despite the loss, assistant coach Stephanie Krawczyk said she was impressed with her team.

Extra points

Errors hampered the Missouri softball team Saturday in a 3-1 loss to No. 14 Nebraska that dropped the Tigers to 23-24.

Depth is difference for Bruins in wins

Kirkwood defeated the Rock Bridge boys’ tennis team in last year’s state semifinals. Three graduates who were part of that 2005 team were on hand when the teams met again on Saturday.

Hickman earns biggest win yet

As of 11 a.m. Saturday, the Hickman boys’ lacrosse team had not beaten a school from the Parkway district or a team ranked in the top 10 in the state this season.

A modified life

A wide-eyed child sits in the race stands at the Lebanon I-44 Speedway. His future is playing out in front of him and he doesn’t even realize it.

On her own

The Missouri softball team’s starting rotation consists of Jen Bruck. And Jen Bruck.

Kewpies proud despite loss

The Hickman girls’ soccer team held off Nerinx Hall for 79 minutes Friday night. And despite a first minute Nerinx goal, the Kewpies were proud of their performance. After the 1-0 loss at Cosmopolitan Park, Hickman is 9-4-4 on the season.

Kewpies nab narrow district win

The scene at A.L. Gustin golf course could not have been more contradictory. Framed by dank, slate clouds and rolling, green hills, Hickman golf coach Clark Swisher stood beaming, with a hunk of polished wood tucked under one arm.

Weekend triathlon chance for rookies to test their ability

Completing a triathlon can be grueling. Tackling three sports at once for the first time, with no time to rest between events, can seem like a brief lapse in sanity. However, it can be addicting to conquer the challenges that each race holds, constantly pushing beyond perceived limits.

McKee enjoys taking many for the team

When he is at the plate, John McKee doesn’t move out of the way.

Passionate pitching

Rock Bridge pitcher Erik Darkow leans at the waste awaiting the call from the catcher during the Bruins’ practice on Tuesday. He shakes off the first call, then nods to the second. His 6-foot-5 frame takes a big stride from the mound as his hand comes around with a semi sidearm throw. The only sound is the ball smacking the catcher’s mitt.

Hickman will count on defense this weekend

The Rockhurst lacrosse team has demolished plenty of opponents this season.The Hawklets are 21-0 and ranked No. 1 in the LaxPower state poll. They have scored in double digits in all of their games and won 16 times by 10 or more goals. Things were no different when they beat Hickman 14-2 on April 25. But the Kewpie defense left a lasting impression on the Hawklet coaching staff.

Natural talent

Without taking any warmup shots, Landon Willett lines up on the first tee at the Country Club of Missouri. Only five seconds after setting up, he swings, his arms moving like the pendulum of a grandfather clock.

Oswalt gives Cards third straight loss

HOUSTON — Roy Oswalt pitched eight strong innings and Lance Berkman drove in three runs to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

K.C. remains winless on road

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins finally are showing signs of pitching to their potential.

Reds complete Cardinals sweep

CINCINNATI — Javier Valentin watched the ball leave his bat and fly right toward second baseman Aaron Miles, giving the pinch-hitter a momentary fright. The way the Cincinnati Reds are playing, he should have known better.

Bruins serve up Kewpies

The last time the Rock Bridge boys’ tennis team played Hickman on April 6, the Bruins came away with the victory but had no answer for Hickman’s Latifi brothers. Freshman Eemaun Latifi and senior Omeed Latifi won both their singles matches and teamed up for a doubles win in the 6-3 loss.

Hickman readies for rivalry

The Hickman girls’ soccer team is usually exhausted and relieved when practice is over. The girls slowly pull off their knee-high socks, gather their bags and head toward home, looking forward to warm meals and relaxation.

At 36, Chiefs’ Roaf not feeling his age

KANSAS CITY — Willie Roaf’s mammoth body just turned 36 and he’s feeling spry as a cat.

Road-weary Royals lose fifth straight

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers know they have played two struggling teams this week. They also know that, for the first time in years, they were able to take advantage of it.