Cups and soda cans mingle with the twigs and leaves in the grassy section beyond the left field fence at University Field.
A few paces from the litter is an old John Deere tractor, the paint of its yellow lettering slowly chipping from the Kelly green-painted body.
Marc VanDover, the Rock Bridge girls’ soccer coach, knew he was going to have a young team this season.
But he had no idea he would have only one senior.
Missouri pitcher Michael Anthony Cole, 20, was dismissed from the baseball team on Wednesday after he was arrested on charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with the stabbing of a 21-year-old man after a party early Sunday.
According to a release from Columbia Police Sgt. Stephen Monticelli witnesses said the stabbing occurred at about 5:30 a.m. after Cole went uninvited to a party on Tessa Way in south Columbia.
Bob Coons, the Jefferson City baseball coach, said John Wilson, his sophomore shortstop, always does the little things needed to win.
But against Rock Bridge on Wednesday, Wilson came through with several big plays.
It was the third leg of the boy’s 4x800-meter relay, and Hickman senior Tim Cornell could feel the excitement — or was it butterflies? — in his stomach. Cornell, a distance star for the past three years at Hickman, has been hampered this season by injuries.
Tuesday’s 800-meter run was his first of the season. It looked to be a tough race, too.
Dan Saab has been close to winning matches all season. He sends matches to third-set tiebreakers but keeps coming up short.
Tuesday at Hickman’s tennis courts, Saab lost his singles and doubles match in third-set tiebreakers. His team also came up short, losing to Jefferson City 6-3. Hickman (3-7) received all three points from Nate Bohon and Omeed Latifi. Bohon and Latifi won their singles matches and then won 6-3, 6-3 against brothers Josh and Zach Roling in doubles.
Despite three stellar rounds, including freshman Joe Neal’s even-par 35, the Rock Bridge boys’ golf team lost to the Hannibal Pirates on Tuesday at A.L. Gustin.
Neal’s 35 was the best round turned in by any golfer, but the Bruins shot 164 on the afternoon, three strokes behind the Pirates.
Alisha Robinson ended her gymnastics career at Missouri on a high note.
The senior All-American finished fifth in the vault at the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Auburn, Ala.
For Megan McCabe, sports has always been about being a team player.
The humble Hickman senior, a standout in basketball and soccer, has never worried about how many points or goals she scored. She just wants her team to win.
The Missouri baseball team matched a season low with three hits Tuesday night, losing to Southwest Missouri State 2-1 in Springfield.
Missouri (30-11) has lost its last two games against the Bears (13-25), who now lead the all-time series with MU 17-16.
Ben Scott had a choice to make.
Boys growing up in Lancashire, England, are encouraged to play soccer and cricket, and Scott’s cricket abilities were good enough to play past high school.
Missouri will be represented well at NFL mini-camps later this week.
The three former Missouri players selected in the NFL Draft this weekend marks the most since 1981.
The Columbia College softball team is among the best in the NAIA at No. 12 in the nation. Upper-level competition can’t even slow them.
The Cougars prevailed Monday in their final home game, earning a 7-1 victory against Central Missouri State, a NCAA Division II school.
The Hickman boys’ golf team won the 18-team Capital City Invitational on Monday.
The event was held at par-72 Jefferson City Country Club. The Kewpies shot a 316, while Rock Bridge shot a 344 to finish 12th.
After three players announced their departure in the past three weeks, the Missouri men’s basketball team needed some good news.
It got some Sunday.
The bases were loaded, and home-plate umpire Curtis Alexander wasn’t moving.
The fans roared, thinking they had just seen Missouri’s Taylor Parker throw strike three to Aaron Ivey. The Missouri players started out of their dugout, ready to celebrate a victory. But Alexander stood still behind the plate.
There was a happy ending for Damien Nash.
Nash, Missouri’s starting running back as a junior last season, left the team at the end of the year to declare for the NFL draft.
Jacob Priday might just be Doug Mathis’ new best friend.
Mathis gave up two runs to Oklahoma in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game at Taylor Stadium, giving the Sooners a 3-2 lead.
The Missouri women’s golf team earned fourth at the Big 12 Championships on Sunday at the University of Texas Golf Course in Austin.
The Tigers totaled 923 and their final round 304 was the best of the weekend. Oklahoma State won with a 900.