Paige gets 20-game schedule

Paige Sports Arena will see plenty of action during its inaugural season.

The Missouri men’s basketball team announced its 2004-2005 schedule Friday, and it includes 20 games at the new 15,000-seat, $75 million facility.

Seniors set to lead Kewps

There was something in the air Saturday outside the Hickman High School football office.

It wasn’t only the dreary skies and an off-and-on drizzle.

For the Hickman football team, there was a subdued eagerness to begin the season after two 7-7 ties Friday night at Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City.

Bruins try to find new stars

When the Rock Bridge football team plays Friday in Marshall, it will officially begin defending its North Central Missouri Conference title. The team will have to adjust after losing two key stars from last year.

After leading the Bruins to an 8-2 record with 2,630 passing yards and 30 touchdowns in 2003, quarterback Chase Patton will no longer pull a green and yellow jersey over his shoulder pads. Instead, he will be competing for playing time with the Missouri Tigers, as will last year’s tailback Van Alexander, who rushed for 760 yards and 14 touchdowns during his senior season at Rock Bridge.

Rain caps dreary week for Kewpies

For Hickman softball coach Courtney Haskell, it’s been one of those weeks.

After going 0-3 and getting outscored 33-3 to start the season, the team was leading Hannibal 2-1 in the second inning Saturday at the 16th annual Columbia College High School Invitational. Thunderstorms forced tournament officials to stop the game, though, and eventually end it as a draw.

Missouri soccer team wins opener

Senior Karen Bauer converted a penalty kick less than three minutes into overtime to give Missouri a 2-1 win against host Northwestern on Friday in the Tigers’ season opener.

After Northwestern goalkeeper Whitney Jones stopped a run at the goal by Jennifer Nobis, Nobis collected the rebound and was fouled inside the box to set up Bauer’s winner.

Experienced Cougars aim for success

For the 14 returning Columbia College men’s soccer players, frustration will be motivation this season.

Last year, after earning a No. 16 ranking and a spot at the national tournament, the team lost in the first round to end its season at 16-4-1.

Missouri rolls out backup quarterbacks

The college football world knows who Brad Smith is and what he can do.

As a result, Smith spent most of Thursday’s scrimmage, the final one scheduled this preseason, watching from the sideline as the Missouri football team let Brandon Coleman and Chase Patton handle most of the snaps. Smith ran the team for one series.

Competition drives new Bruins coach

Everybody who knows Beth Newton agrees on one thing: She hates to lose.

“It’s hard for me to play in recreational situations,” said Newton. “When I’m playing, I want to win.”

Softball teams get season underway

The Hickman and Rock Bridge softball teams are finding out that the start of the season doesn’t mesh well with abundant rainfall.

After a week of thunderstorms, the teams will enter this weekend’s 16th annual Columbia College Invitational having had limited time to prepare. The two-day, eight-team tournament begins today at Cougar Field and Rock Bridge Field.

No small decision

Football was born in the United States and Americans love it. But like domestic cars, the home-grown game competes with a foreign import: soccer.

The two games reward different athletic skills. Football is a game of strength, but also well-laid plans, with playbooks detailing precise moves. Soccer games, in contrast, rely on quick thinking and proper execution of practiced skills to create an offense.

Kewpies’ golfers second at invite

Hickman senior Payge Pleimann finished fourth overall with an 85 on a par 71 course, bringing the team to a second-place finish Thursday at the Warrensburg Lady Tiger Invitational at Hidden Pines Golf Course.

Hickman shot 375 while Rock Bridge finished third with 387 in a field of 12 teams. Blue Springs South won the tournament with a 366.

Olympic talent graces Cougars

There are not many volleyball teams that feature four Olympians and leaves its coach thinking it might be underrated.

The Columbia College volleyball team, which starts the season ranked No. 6 in the NAIA, has three members of Kenya’s 2000 Olympic volleyball team and one member of its 2004 Olympic team playing for it.

Impressive catches drawing attention

Following a shortened practice on Sunday, as many players headed to ice down or shower, quarterback Brad Smith stayed behind to work with a pair of Missouri receivers.

Not Sean Coffey and Thomson Omboga, or Brad Ekwerekwu and Jason Ray, but Tommy Saunders and Andrew Hoskins.

MU volleyball team loosens up in scrimmage

A preseason scrimmage is for smoothing out wrinkles. So it’s a good thing the Missouri volleyball team brought plenty of wrinkles to Wednesday night’s Black and Gold scrimmage at Hearnes Center.

The gold Tigers beat the black Tigers in a shortened match at the annual scrimmage 2-1 (14-20, 20-15, 20-18), but not before the two sides played through many missed spikes, wildly tipped balls and serves into the net.

Tigers track star will miss finals for 800 meters

Former Missouri runner Derrick Peterson failed to qualify for the semifinals in the 800-meter run Wednesday in Athens, finishing fourth in his heat.

Peterson, a volunteer MU track and field assistant, completed the race in 1 minute, 47.60 seconds. He placed 42nd in a field of 72.

Peterson primed for Olympic debut in 800

Four years ago, Derrick Peterson, a former Missouri runner, almost walked away from track.

Disappointed in his performance in the 800 meters at the 2000 Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif., Peterson said he didn’t want to continue training, the 2004 Olympics seemed too far away. Peterson finished fifth in his semifinal run at the trials in 2000, missing a chance to advance to the finals and a possible Olympic berth by one-hundredth of a second. He came back to finish third at July’s Olympic Trials, earning an Olympic berth. Peterson competes in the opening round of the 800 today.

Jackson needs no nickname

Jimmy Jackson’s name may be simple and unexciting, but his game is something special.

While he may not have the flashy nicknames of fellow freshmen “Touchdown” Tony Temple or William “Helicopter” Franklin, Jackson, a 5-foot-9, 190 pound running back from Caruthersville, is turning heads with his impressive play in recent practices.

Bauder’s shot helps Grizzlies top Mavs

The Gateway Grizzlies completed a three-game sweep of the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Tuesday in Sauget, Ill.

Brad Bauder hit a two-out, two-run home run in the sixth inning that gave Gateway the lead in a 5-3 win. The Mavericks managed a run in the ninth inning but couldn’t come back.

MU’s Uldal finishes at 27th

Missouri sophomore Hans Uldal moved up in the standings on the final day of the decathlon in the 2004 Athens Olympics, finishing 27th out of 39 competitors.

Uldal, who was representing Norway, had been 30th after the first day of the decathlon, which combines an athlete’s scores from 10 different events to determine a winner. Uldal finished with 7,495 points. Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic won the event with an Olympic-record score of 8,893. American Bryan Clay took the silver with 8,820 points. Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan won the bronze with 8,725 points.

Freshmen use one another to quell fears

When some out-of-state freshmen enter college, they often worry about not knowing anyone or having friends at their new home.

When Mack Breed and Aaron Saunders arrived at Missouri, they didn’t have that fear. They entered with each other.