Yelena Olshanskaya can remember growing up watching her sister Kristina Olshanskaya play tennis for Missouri.
“It was exciting,” Yelena Olshanskaya said. “When I was 12, I looked up to the 18- or 19-year-olds and now I’m one of them.”
Nothing disrupts a team’s offensive rhythm like a myriad of whistles. Fortunately for Columbia College, Khamari Ballard found an effective tempo well before the opening tip.
The Cougars beat Illinois-Springfield 88-74 on Thursday at The Arena of Southwell Complex in a game with 56 fouls. The win broke a tie for third between the Cougars and the Prairie Stars in the American Midwest Conference.
Women in Columbia’s recreational basketball league better be ready to play this season. They might be lining up against a Hall of Famer.
Columbia’s Debbie Chavez-Newby will be inducted into Central Methodist College’s Hairston Hall of Fame on Saturday. Chavez-Newby will be honored for her athletic achievement on the basketball court and the track.
Rock Bridge’s Chris and Jake Hardesty plan to wrestle in the state tournament. It’s a goal that has helped form a strong bond between the brothers.
Chris Hardesty, a 135-pound senior, and Jake Hardesty, a 140-pound junior, practice together every day at Rock Bridge. Outside the wrestling room, though, they usually follow different paths.
Lauren “Bunny” Schwartzman ran out of the locker room for Monday’s practice as cheery and energetic as her nickname. A casual observer would guess from the skip in her step that she was content with the way the season is progressing.
Schwartzman started this season ranked No. 1 in the balance beam after she scored a 10 against Iowa State on Jan. 11. It was the first perfect score on any event in the program’s 25 years. She scored 9.90s against New Hampshire on Jan. 16 and Southeast Missouri State on Jan. 25.
Gary Pinkel could have been any college football coach in the country.
Sitting in front of a crowd in the Tiger Lounge at Memorial Stadium, Pinkel beamed about his newest recruiting class. Wednesday was National Signing Day, the first day recruits can sign letters of intent with their school of choice.
Two similar paths converged again Wednesday at Rock Bridge.
Quarterback Chase Patton and linebacker Van Alexander made their oral commitments to Missouri official Wednesday when they signed letters of intent to become Tigers.
Top 10 teams don’t normally change their starting lineups in the middle of the season, but Bob Burchard is strongly considering ignoring conventional wisdom.
Burchard, the Columbia College men’s basketball coach, said his team’s Achilles heel was exposed Jan. 29 in its 73-65 loss at McKendree (Ill.).
Before and during Missouri’s Big 12 Conference game at Kansas on Monday night, Jayhawks supporters repeatedly chanted “N-I-T” at the Tigers.
The fans’ suggestions that the Tigers belong in the National Invitational Tournament aren’t necessarily correct, even considering how bleak things appear for the Tigers (9-9, 4-4 Big 12 Conference). History indicates a hot finish could vault the Tigers into the NCAA Tournament. With nine losses, though, it won’t be easy.
To experience a dreamlike end to its season, the Hickman wrestling team is cutting back on sleep.
In addition to their usual afternoon practice, the Kewpies have added a session starting at 6 a.m. in preparation for the Class 3 District 5 tournament at Francis Howell High on Saturday.
Nick Fuchs didn’t expect to wrestle, but his match decided the outcome.
Fuchs, of Rock Bridge, expected a bye at heavyweight, but in a last-second move, Smith-Cotton coach Chad Hopkins moved Jimmy Brown from 215 to heavyweight.
It took a while for the Smith-Cotton Tigers to score Tuesday night.
Once they scored they found themselves too far behind to catch Hickman, which defeated the Tigers 66-38 at Hickman.
Kansas coach Bill Self offered a simple, yet thoughtful suggestion Monday night that could lead to many victories this season.
“There are going to be nights when we don’t shoot the ball well,” Self said. “In those games, we have to play great defensively.”
KANSAS CITY — Tony Temple’s perfect world isn’t hard to find.
Instead of all of the interviews, photo shoots and unrealistic expectations, Temple pictures a football field. The field is his escape, 100 yards of green solitude with freshly painted white lines.
The Columbia College women’s basketball team defeated No. 18 McKendree College 79-75 on Tuesday night in Lebanon, Ill., in an American Midwest Conference game. The Cougars took over first place in the AMC.
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Missouri appeared to have the perfect plan and had it working.
Pound the ball to Arthur Johnson and Travon Bryant, get the big men of No. 20 Kansas in foul trouble and hold down forward Wayne Simien.
The question can’t be answered now. It won’t be answered next year or the year after.
Five years is probably the earliest anyone can answer the most asked question about Missouri football’s 2004 recruiting class: Is it MU’s best?
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Coaches love to emphasize how important it is to get the ball inside. Moving the ball to the big men often leads to high-percentage shots, open looks at 3-pointers and foul trouble for the opponent.
Each team followed that formula in one half of Missouri’s 65-56 loss at No. 20 Kansas on Monday night. Missouri’s big men dominated the first half, allowing the Jayhawks to hold a two-point lead at halftime.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Missouri junior point guard Randy Pulley, suspended indefinitely Saturday after missing two practices last week, did not make the trip to Lawrence.
A Missouri spokesman said the team has had contact with him since Saturday’s game, which he did not attend.
HOUSTON — The New England Patriots have Adam Vinatieri’s foot to thank for a Super Bowl victory.
Vinatieri gave New England its second NFL championship in three seasons with a 41-yard field goal with 4 seconds left for a thrilling 32-29 victory against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night.