Amid the poise and elegance on display Friday night during the Missouri gymnastics team’s home win against Centenary, lurked the unmistakable feel of Mardi Gras.
Darting to her right, Hana Kraftova stretched out and knocked the ball over the net. Racing back across the court, she whacked a backhand perfectly up the line. But then, on perhaps the easiest shot in the rally, she slapped the ball into the mesh of the net.
Four MU Army ROTC cadets stand with glazed eyes as their chests move in and out in a struggle to suck up oxygen. They look like they jumped in a pool with their uniforms on, but the sweat-drenched clothes are a result of a 15-mile hike they completed Wednesday afternoon in less than three hours.
What now for the Columbia College Cougars?
The reason that Rock Bridge boys’ basketball coach Jim Scanlon quit coaching after the 1999-2000 season was so he wouldn’t have to feel the way he felt on Thursday.
Many colleges and universities across the country hold “pro days” for NFL scouts to get a better look at players who did not attend the NFL scouting combine. Most schools only have players from their team participate, but MU invited players from other Missouri schools such as Missouri State, Northwest Missouri State, Southeast Missouri State, Missouri Valley and Missouri Western State to come and participate Thursday at the Devine Pavilion.
Missouri 174-pound wrestler Ben Askren showed how at ease the Missouri wrestling team was about the Big 12 Conference Championships when he walked in 5 minutes late to the Tigers’ media day wearing a tie-dyed shirt and a red bandana .
At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the sun was high and strong, the breeze light and gentle. Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” was appropriately blaring from the baseball stadium. An hour away from game time, and one stadium over at the Audrey J. Walton Stadium, the Missouri track and field team gathered for its first outdoor practice this season. A few members of the team arrived early in shorts and tank tops to enjoy the warmth and lay in the sunshine before they got to work.
The Missouri softball team doesn’t perform much music. If it does, it’s not in front of large audiences or at famous venues. But that doesn’t stop the Tigers from touring the country in a bus fit for rock stars.
The Missouri gymnastics team has had its share of leaders this season. Senior Lauren Schwartzman is ranked second in the country on balance beam. Another senior, Jodie Heinicka, is tied for second on uneven bars, and freshman Adrianne Perry is 15th in the all-around. But when you ask Heinicka about team leadership, two names are at the top of her list: Ali Gilmore and Lisa Puccio.
The muddled details surrounding former Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder’s departure Feb. 10 became clearer Wednesday following the release of MU Chancellor Brady Deaton’s findings from his initial investigation into the matter.
Was Quin Snyder fired or did he resign?
This season, it is different when Zane Taylor walks up to the plate.
Doug Mirts, the Hickman athletic director, said Wednesday that Hickman girls’ basketball coach Curt Riley will not be the Kewpies’ coach next season.
Missouri women’s basketball coach Cindy Stein has no problem with her team playing with emotion.
Columbia College guard Laura Elliot blanketed McKendree’s Katie Hasheider as Hasheider moved the ball up the court. Suzi Gerler, another McKendree player came up from the paint, unbeknownst to Elliot. With arms crossed, elbows pointed outward near shoulder level, Gerler set a screen for Hasheider. When Hasheider drove left, Elliot’s face mashed into the elbows, whipping her neck back like a rag doll’s.
Parties involved: Athletic Director Mike Alden, former men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder, UM System President Elson Floyd, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton
Welcome to the land of the moral victory.
Any conference semifinal is going to be intense.
LaToya Bond sat stewing in her own frustration after fouling out. It was overtime against Kansas on Saturday and all she could do was watch her team lose in Allen Fieldhouse.