The Kewpies’ victory on Saturday was, in many ways, a rarity.
For the first time this season, the Hickman boys’ basketball team won two in a row, beating visiting Branson 65-54.
To call it a bad start would be an understatement.
“I think that any coach in America who got off to a jump like that might have been a little bit surprised,” Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson said.
It was hard not to notice Tyler Lee.
The two-year-old, who was perfectly coordinated in his Missouri tracksuit, was after something.
A player joked, “Did you see that shot? It was horrible.”
Players in RecSports’ new mens’ elite league are lighthearted and don’t take the game too seriously. Competition is fierce, but students are looking for a good time.
"Good, bad, ugly and won." That was Coach Jim Sutherland's breakdown of Hickman's game against the Logan-Rogersville Wildcats.
The Douglass Bulldogs fell to 4-13 for the year after losing Friday night to the Lincoln County Raiders, 64-46.
When Claire Schaeperkoetter’s team plays Andrea Seabaugh’s team, it is the game to watch.
Seabaugh dribbles circles around her defenders while casually chewing her gum. Schaeperkoetter moves the ball methodically on offense and then flips on the pressure switch on defense.
“Expect to win.”
That is the slogan on the wall of the new wrestling practice facility, which was officially opened Saturday afternoon. The new room is cleaner, with state-of-the-art equipment. It is also about three times the size of the old practice room.
With 23 official commitments from high school and junior college football players, Missouri ranks seventh in the Big 12 Conference and 38th in the nation according to Rivals.com.
Quarterback Chase Daniel from Southlake, Texas is the Tigers’ standout recruit. Rivals.com rates him as the sixth best high school quarterback in the country.
To Melvin Watkins it’s just another conference game.
Sure, he will see some familiar faces and receive a few more phone calls than normal, but when he arrives at College Station, Texas, this evening he will have one thing on his mind.
For the Kansas women’s basketball team this season, the formula has been simple.
If Aquanita Burras, Erica Hallman and Crystal Kemp play well the Jayhawks usually win. When those three struggle, the whole team struggles.
For the past two seasons, the Missouri baseball team has been picked ninth in the Big 12 Conference in the preseason coaches’ poll. MU exceeded expectations both years, finishing fourth in 2002 and reaching the Big 12 title game last year.
Despite reaching the NCAA Regionals both seasons, the Tigers are only gaining marginal respect in the conference. This year, the coaches picked them eighth. Coach Tim Jamieson said he expected another good result this year.
The Columbia College men’s basketball team won 62-54 on Thursday at Hannibal-LaGrange.
Guard Terrance Smith led the Cougars (15-10) with 11 points. Forward Craig Bryan contributed 10. Every Cougars player except one scored, and the team received 19 points from its reserves.
A 3-point third-quarter lead was enough for Rock Bridge on Wednesday night.
The Bruins held Jefferson City to one field goal in the final quarter and beat the Jays 53-40 at Rock Bridge.
The Missouri football team didn’t accomplish its goal of retaining in-state recruits, and its class ranking is down from the previous two years, but one analyst says the Tigers still had a strong showing.
Missouri signed nine in-state players of the 15 it offered scholarships to, below the team’s goal of 90 percent. Rivals.com ranked the Tigers’ recruiting class 38th, down from 29th last year.
The close one didn’t go Hickman’s way.
The Kewpies fell 43-34 to Smith-Cotton on Wednesday at Hickman after rallying from a 22-12 deficit.
Five Hickman athletes signed national letters of intent Wednesday. The commitments came on the first day available to athletes to announce their college destinations.
Four of the five were from the Kewpies’ Class 6 state championship football team. The fifth, Janelle Cordia, a soccer and cross country standout at Hickman, accepted a scholarship to play soccer for Missouri .
Freshman Lisa Sanderson stepped up her game when her team needed it most Wednesday night.
Late in the second half, Sanderson hit two consecutive turn-around jump shots to help Robert Morris College-Springfield pull away for a 63-48 victory against the Stephens College basketball team at Silverthorne Arena.
Even for home games, the Douglass boys’ basketball team must travel.
The players leave school and make their way to various courts around Columbia, wherever they can schedule time to play.
There has been a lot of talk, but nothing tangible. That will change today.
The Missouri football team is expected to receive letters of intent from the 23 players who have already verbally committed to MU.