Texas. It’s the game Missouri football coaches, players, and fans have had in the back of their minds for months now.
At a recent Rock Bridge football practice, coach A.J. Ofodile looked around for one of his team’s toughest players. “Stull get over here, I need a terminator,” Ofodile said.
Hickman’s football team had several pleasant surprises last season. In his first season of varsity football, linebacker Aaron Cawlfield played all-state caliber defense and blocked a record-setting seven punts.
It was a September game against a Sun Belt Conference team and Missouri had a 31-point lead, but Chase Daniel was acting like this was the final two minutes of a close game in the Rose Bowl. The Tigers’ backup quarterback had, after all, never led a touchdown drive in a college game.
At this time last year, Elizabeth Worsowicz was trying to fit in. She was a freshman with the two-time defending state champions. Worsowicz was content playing junior varsity for the Rock Bridge girls’ tennis team and even considered it an honor. A lot has changed in a year.
The Missouri volleyball team kept its undefeated season alive with a 30-25, 30-24, 30-11 sweep of Colorado on Wednesday in Boulder, Colo. The Tigers improved to 3-0 in the Big 12 Conference, and 9-0 overall. They are one of only nine teams in the country yet to lose. Missouri had 18 blocks in the match, the most by a Tigers team in three years. Junior Nicole Wilson had eight and seniors Lindsey Hunter and Lisa Boyd had seven each.
The Hickman softball team The Kewpies beat visiting Southern Boone 3-2 on Wednesday in the completion of a game that was postponed by rain after 1 2/3 innings Monday. Pitcher Taylor Cowan’s single drove in Shana White for the winning run in the fifth inning. White reached on a bunt, moved to second on Laura Miller’s sacrifice, then stole third before scoring.
The Cougars’ Rose Obunaga was honored as the AMC and Region V Player of the Week. Obunaga played in six games for Columbia College (11-1, 4-0 in the Amercian Midwest Conference) last week and totaled 28 kills and had an attack percentage of .521. It is the second time this season Obunaga has earned AMC and Region V Player of the Week honors. The Cougars remained at No. 13 in this week’s NAIA poll.
Matt Mueller, a senior midfielder for the Cougars (4-1-1, 1-0 in the American Midwest Conference) was named the AMC Soccer Player of the Week. Mueller scored the winning goal and had two assists in the Cougars’ 3-1 win over then-No. 14 University of Mobile on Monday in the Columbia College Classic. Columbia College dropped from No. 12 to No. 14 in this week’s NAIA poll.
The Harrisburg R-VIII school district could have a football program in its future. When is another issue.
Maddie Callis plans on playing golf her entire life. Golf is not merely a high school activity for her, it is a lifetime sport. “I want to become the most experienced person I can be,” Callis said. “I want to learn in the classroom, but I want to learn outside of it too.”
Lindsey McDaniel is a quick learner. After losing last week to Hickman, the Bruins junior setter realized she, along with the rest of the team, was giving away too many points serving the ball into the net.
Catchers need to be tough. They have to sacrifice their bodies. They need to block the plate to keep that tying run from scoring. They need to be willing to get a few bruises crouching behind the plate, where the action is heavy. Hickman freshman catcher Katlyn Britt does all those things and more.
Frustration. That’s all junior Caitlin Keith could feel after finding out she wouldn’t start the season with much playing time on Hickman’s varsity volleyball team. But spending most of the first month playing on the junior varsity level and playing sparingly on varsity helped Keith learn what she needed to work on. Her improvement in practice led to an increase in playing time as an outside hitter in the past two weeks, and in a breakout game, Keith tied for the team lead with five kills in the Kewpies 25-18, 25-15 victory against the Hermann Bearcats on Monday.
Things were going so well for the Kansas State football team. A convincing 35-21 win over Florida International to open the season, coupled with a nationally televised victory over Marshall, and Wildcat fans finally had something to smile about after last season’s 4-7 disappointment.
Adam Crossett took a minute to bask in the limelight. He had, after all, just completed a nearly flawless game. Missouri’s sophomore place-kicker hit all three of his field-goal attempts, a feat not equaled at the school since September 2002, and all five of his extra points in the Tigers’ 52-21 win against Troy on Saturday at Faurot Field.
The Missouri soccer team lost 1-0 to No. 17 Cal Poly on Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium. The loss was the Tigers first at home and breaks a five-game winning streak, moving their record to 5-2-1. The Mustangs’ Becky Clark scored less than three minutes into the game.
CHICAGO — Dusty Baker complimented Chris Carpenter last week, then cursed at him Sunday. The Cubs manager and Cardinals ace got into a shouting match during Chicago’s 7-4 victory, adding more friction to one of baseball’s most bitter rivalries.
This wasn’t the same Missouri football team that Troy upset last season. Or even the same team that lost to New Mexico last week. It showed in every aspect of the Tigers’ 52-21 victory Saturday at Memorial Stadium, as well as in the locker room afterward, where loud shouts and wide smiles replaced the quiet contemplation and dejected faces of a week ago.
Brad Smith? Not bad. Defense? Could be better. But special teams? Enough to make Troy sick. With Missouri’s offense and its star quarterback looking solid but not spectacular and its defense suffering from inconsistency, the Tigers’ much-maligned special teams came through with two key plays against Troy in a 52-21 MU victory Saturday at Faurot Field.