State champion Kewps roll in season opener

The Hickman football team picked up where it left off last year, defeating Lee’s Summit North 31-13 on the road Friday in its season-opener. Andrew Perkins threw two touchdown passes, and Aaron Cawlfield and Jerale Nichols each ran for a score as the Kewpies scored 31 unanswered points to erase an early 7-0 deficit. undefined

Kings beat mavs

The Mavericks lost 4-1 to the Kalamazoo Kings on Saturday at Homer Stryker Field. Joshua Martin pitched 7 1/3 innings for the Kings, surrendering one earned run on five hits. Agustin Rodriguez gave up four earned runs on seven hits, losing his ninth game of the season. Catcher Alex Derhak scored the lone Mavericks run. The Mavericks record fell to 30-62.

Tigers win first soccer match

The Tigers won their first game of the season by scoring two second-half goals to defeat Indiana on Friday in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge at Walton Stadium. Senior Jennifer Nobis scored Missouri’s first goal of the season in the 53rd minute, which ended the Tigers 253-minute scoring drought. Junior Aria Hudetz scored the Tigers’ second goal on an assist from Nobis. Sophomore goalie Laura Buehrig recorded her fourth career shutout. undefined

Hickman cross country teams do well

HICKMAN CROSS COUNTRY: Taking fourth place out of 18 teams, the Kewpies girls team finished with a score of 122 in the Capital Invitational in St. Charles on Friday. Kendall Soss led the team by finishing in third place in 20:39. Mari-Jean Vance (22nd), Liz Gayer (24th) and Stacey Winter (26th) finished in a tight pack. Hannah Hassemer rounded out the scoring by finishing in 43rd place in 23:26. The boys team finished in fifth place with 161 points. Sam Masters (17th) and Zach Chapman (18th) finished three seconds apart. Masters finished the race in 17:18. undefined

Fans pile in to cheer for Eagles

The excitement of Southern Boone football fans could not be tempered at Friday night’s season opener. Not by an power surge at the end of the third quarter that plunged the stadium into darkness for 20 minutes, and not even by a 44-6 loss to visiting North Callaway.

Marathon set to start early Monday morning

The 46th annual Heart of America Marathon is set to kick off at 6 a.m. on Monday. The race originally began as a challenge between local runners and boxers, and the original course went from Columbia to Fulton. The boxers didn’t show up to the original race and only six runners participated.

Cougars win with solid defense

Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington likes to joke that the girls on her team resemble a boys squad because all they want to do at practice is hit the ball for kills. Saturday at the Best Western/KMIZ Classic, the Cougars showed their coach they can play defense as well as they can hit the ball.

Young Bruin runners cruise

Going into its first meet of the season, Rock Bridge cross country coach Neil Blackburn was eager to see how his young team would perform. His runners responded with record-breaking performances.

New coach brings Kewps together

Marie Vineyard has brought a wealth of knowledge to the Hickman girls’ golf team. “A lot of characteristics you need in order to be successful in life are also needed to be successful in golf,” said Vineyard, who is in her first year as the Kewpies’ coach.

Wulff helps Bruins claim third place

Allison Wulff had something to prove when she stepped on the court Saturday morning. Three hours and two matches later, she walked off with a new nickname: Allison “The Comeback” Wulff.

Nash survives Titans’ cuts

Former Missouri running back Damien Nash survived cuts the Tennessee Titans made Saturday to reach the 53-man roster deadline. The Titans waived eight players Saturday, including running back Jarrett Payton, son of the late Hall of Famer Walter Payton. “Jarrett has given us everything he has and certainly played well enough to make this team, but Damien has an upside,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement on “Damien has some run skills without question. He just hasn’t had an opportunity to display them.”

Arrowhead provides day of firsts for MU players

KANSAS CITY — Missouri’s spread offense did more than rack up 657 yards in a 44-17 win against Arkansas State. It gave four Tiger receivers their first career receptions. Running back Tony Temple, a sophomore who played in one game last year, made a short catch in the first quarter, the first of his career. Freshman tight end Chase Coffman made his first catch as a Tiger later in the quarter. Both receptions went for first downs, with Coffman’s coming on a nice 16-yard catch-and-run over the middle.

Tigers down Utah in season opener

Missouri defeated Utah 3-0 (30-28, 30-22, 30-21) in the first match of the Tiger Invitational. The match was the Tiger’s season opener. MU won the first two games, then came out of the 10-minute break between games two and three cold. The Utes took an early 10-5 lead, but MU quickly came back going on a seven-point run to take the lead. The Tiger’s went on to lead by as many as six points in the match clinching game.

Columbia College volleyball cruises to victory

Nancy Sikobe had to smile. Her team, No. 3 Columbia College, was cruising to a 30-9, 30-6, 30-12 victory over winless Culver-Stockton College when one of Sikobe’s serves hit the net on the Cougars side. Somehow, the ball crawled its way up and over the net and found its way to the floor for an ace.

Ticket sales slow for season opener

Lax ticket sales leading up to Saturday’s season-opening football game between Missouri and Arkansas State could make one of the most intense stadiums in the National Football League feel like a ghost town when the teams take the field at 11 a.m. Saturday. According to Dean Lee, athletic director at Arkansas State, the game’s host, ticket sales were resting right around 21,000 as of Thursday afternoon, less than 48 hours before the teams are set to meet. The figure is well below the Tigers’ average attendance from a year ago, 59.570 and almost 40,000 less than when the teams met last season in Columbia.

Going home to K.C.

A kid without a field. That’s what Adam Crossett was 15 years ago, when he would strap on his plastic helmet and pull on his tiny red jersey with the tiny white number, and tear through his Liberty neighborhood on Halloween, pretending he was one of those players that played every Sunday a few miles down the road.

Gray ready to start second year

A year ago a Rock Bridge sophomore quarterback made his varsity debut against Marshall. Logan Gray threw two interceptions but managed to lead the Bruins to a 7-0 victory. Since that game, a lot has changed for Gray. After that game, Gray blossomed in his first varsity season, throwing for 2,029 yards and leading Rock Bridge to a 6-4 record. His impressive season has made major programs such as Georgia, Iowa and Missouri take notice. Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile said Gray is a completely different player since that first game.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Arkansas State

10. The Arkansas State student union is home to “Clyde”, a 1,000-pound statue of a Native American chief carved in marble. 9. Until 1970, freshmen wore beanies and it became tradition for freshmen to tip their beanies as they passed Clyde.

Second-ary to none

Gary Pinkel was in a Columbia hotel room, taking a phone call from his recruiting coordinator Dave Yost, when he realized just what he had gotten himself into. It was 2000, and the Missouri football team had just named Pinkel to his first BCS Conference coaching job. Yost was there to bring him back to reality.

Backs set to help Kewps

Most of the positions on the Hickman football team’s season-opening depth chart list two players. Some go three deep. Running back goes five. As the Kewpies prepare to kick off their season Friday at Lee’s Summit North, they do so with no clear-cut heir to Brandon Kendrick, last year’s All-State running back.