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.

Tigers defeat Bears by taking early lead

Missouri beat Missouri State 2-1 on Tuesday. Senior pitcher Travis Wendte took the win and senior outfielder Zane Taylor led MU with two hits and one RBI.

Chick digs quality pitching

A red crate half-full of baseballs sits in the bullpen.

Year later, Kewpies bring back old coach

Hickman hired a familiar face to fill its girls’ basketball coaching vacancy.

Kelly’s goals extend streak

Despite gloomy conditions Monday night, there was plenty for the Rock Bridge girls soccer team to be happy about. The night started with a spirited celebration of the team’s seniors and ended with a 2-0 victory.

Tigers hit stride at Drake Relays

Despite the bleak weather conditions across the Midwest last weekend, Missouri track and field managed to shine at the 97th annual Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kewpies’ exhibit depth in sweep

To day’s rematch against Rock Bridge loomed on Hickman’s schedule. It is a match that most of the Kewpies think they can take this time around, after dropping the first one 6-3 in early April.

Smith looking ahead to NFL career

Sitting around his Youngstown, Ohio home on Saturday afternoon, Brad Smith waited for the call.

No doubt, Palmer set to earn roster spot with St. Louis

Even though 242 players had been drafted before him, Tony Palmer had no doubts.

Priday saves the day for Tigers

Several key offensive plays were all the Missouri baseball team needed to beat Baylor on Sunday at Taylor Stadium.

Minner’s hits get Tigers even

Micaela Minner got her revenge.