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.
In Rock Bridge’s football game Friday night against Liberty, one of its key players was nowhere to be found in pads or in the game. Junior tight end/linebacker, Aron White was found in jeans on the sidelines Friday night after being diagnosed with mononucleosis on Thursday. Bruins coach A.J. Ofodile said he is expected to miss about four weeks. Looking at White, you can see the pain and disappointment in his eyes as he sat and watched his team from the sidelines.
In its home opener, the Hickman football team treated its fans to a 33-6 thrashing of Parkway South. The Kewpies (2-1) employed a no huddle offense throughout the game. Andrew Perkins rushed for two touchdowns, and Ricky James and Cortez Thompson each ran for a score. Perkins also hooked up with Ryan Florence on several big passing plays. Andrew Wier picked off two passes (his fifth and sixth of the season), and Aaron Cawlfield blocked a punt and had two sacks.
In the first 45 minutes of the Cougars’ 3-1 victory against University of Mobile (Ala.) Saturday, both teams had as much trouble scoring as the youth teams that took the field at halftime. In the second half, if the No. 14 Rams’ shots weren’t sailing over the goal, they were sinking into goalie Nano Recondo’s waiting hands. That’s when the No. 12 Cougars pounced, scoring three goals in 13 minutes. Marcos Fernandes, Matt Mueller and Mark Wilcox scored for Columbia College, with Mueller and Ivan Navarrete picking up assists.
If Jenna Holdmeyer had her way, Columbia College would play Williams Baptist every game. The Cougars’ 5-foot-6 inch defensive specialist played outsider hitter for Game 3 and had five kills in a 30-10, 30-12, 30-11 victory over the Eagles.
In the barrage of bland-colored Escalades and Tahoes that filled the Memorial Stadium parking lot Saturday morning, it was hard to miss the bright yellow, black-striped mini-bus parked conspicuously near the stadium’s West entrance. In the lazy morning hours Saturday, before the Missouri football team had locked up a 52-21 victory against visiting Troy, quite a crowd had gathered around the bus, and that was just fine with Rick Burk.
Liberty gave Rock Bridge its first loss of the season as the Blue Jays defeated the Bruins 26-7 Friday night at Rock Bridge Field. The Bruins were plagued by 13 penalties and four turnovers. Bruins running back, junior Scott Concannon, ran for 13 carries for 150 yards including a 75-yard run late in the second quarter.
A chat with a college football coach is usually a one-stop-shop for upbeat cliches and praise for his team, even in the grimmest of circumstances. Troy coach Larry Blakeney isn’t one of those coaches. He is quite candid about the state of his team.
James Joyce once called mistakes the portals of discovery. One must wonder, then, what Joyce would have thought had he joined the throng of 50,701 fans at Faurot Field last Saturday, to watch the Missouri football team continually err, often at the most inopportune times, on its way to a 45-35 loss to New Mexico.
They have their hardware: 90-plus individually tailored rings and a team trophy. They have their tributes: A banner hangs in the gym, and a team poster greets visitors at the entrance to the school commons.
After his team allowed an average of 325 yards in its four losses last season, Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile said the Bruins have made stopping the run a priority this season. In their first two games against Class 4 teams this season, they have shown great improvement, allowing an average of 108 rushing yards.