Bruins test focus for district action

The Rock Bridge girls’ soccer team is looking forward to a warm-up for the district tournament.

The Bruins will travel to Quincy, Ill., today to compete in the two-day Quincy Tournament.

Stephens signs three

Dane Pavlovich has had a good week. Pavlovich, the basketball, volleyball and tennis recruiter at Stephens College, signed a player in each sport this week.

Control issues sink K.C.

CHICAGO — Even with just a little offense, Jose Contreras and the Chicago White Sox found a way to win again.

Contreras pitched four-hit ball for eight innings, and the streaking White Sox scored twice in the eighth without a hit to beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 Thursday.

Breakaway victory

Hickman was ready coming into Wednesday night’s game against Rock Bridge and it showed.

The Kewpies waited only 15 seconds before taking the upper hand.

Heath’s spot start rescues weary Kewps pitching staff

The only bad news the Hickman baseball team got during Wednesday’s home game came before a pitch was thrown.

After starting lineups were announced and the Kewpies took the field, junior pitcher Casey McIntosh threw his glove to the ground as he walked off the mound toward the Hickman dugout. He appeared to be indicating discomfort in his throwing arm.

Rock Bridge’s hitting comes alive in clutch

Collin Hoeferlin wasn’t patient at the plate Wednesday but it turned out to be exactly what Rock Bridge needed.

Hoeferlin, the Bruins’ senior first baseman, hit the first pitch in his first three at bats and reached base each time.

Rivalry gets more intense

In what Rock Bridge coach Marc VanDover calls a “very healthy” rivalry, the Bruins girls’ soccer team is beginning to close the gap.

Rock Bridge lost 3-0 to Hickman on Tuesday night, but VanDover said he thought his team was improving.

Hickman names Riley new coach

Curt Riley will take over the reins of the Hickman girls’ basketball program next year.

Hickman athletic director Doug Mirts made the announcement Tuesday in a news conference at the school.

Top Bruin leads sweep

Rock Bridge tennis fans came to Bethel Park with yellow rally towels in hand and hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill Tuesday.

They were treated to a 9-0 sweep of rival Hickman, the fourth time this season the Bruins (13-0) have swept an opponent. But the fact that it was the Kewpies made the win even more special.

A thorn in MU’s side

Sure, it was a little chilly outside.

Yeah, the Southwest Missouri State Bears haven’t had a great season.

Cardinals continue to baffle the Reds

CINCINNATI — Jason Marquis made sure the St. Louis Cardinals wouldn’t need another historic comeback.

The right-hander gave up three hits and took a shutout into the ninth inning Tuesday, and the St. Louis Cardinals’ depleted bullpen held on for a 4-2 victory against the Cincinnati Reds.

Thriving under pressure

Rock Bridge coach Terry Whitney was standing in his team’s bullpen watching his freshman-and-sophomore team play Hickman on Tuesday when Scott Reller’s name was brought up.

“What a jerk,” Whitney said, laughing. “No, he’s a very, very, very hard worker. I said that three times, didn’t I? That’s how hard of a worker he is.”

Roening’s big week gets national honor

On Tuesday, junior outfielder Janessa Roening became the first Missouri softball player to be named the USA Softball National Player of the Week. She was also named Big 12 Player of the Week.

Roening was 7-for-13 with four runs scored, seven RBI and two home runs in three games – a win against North Dakota State and two victories against No. 4 Texas A&M. She was 4-for-6 on Saturday against Texas A&M, including the winning single. On Sunday, Roening hit a two-run home run in the fifth and tied the game with her two-out single in the seventh.

Kewpies win district golf tournament

Chris Johnson said Monday’s round felt different. He felt more comfortable than earlier this year.

Johnson, a Hickman sophomore, decided to change his approach entering the Class 4 District 5 boys’ golf tournament at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield.

Comeback Cards

CINCINNATI — Jim Edmonds considered bunting, then changed his mind and hit a three-run home run. John Mabry just tried to put the ball in play, but put it over the center-field wall for the go-ahead runs.

The greatest ninth-inning comeback in St. Louis Cardinals history was made of odd moments.

Ex-Tiger charged with felony

For former Missouri basketball player Jeffrey Ferguson, the prospects of continuing a basketball career received a blow early Saturday morning.

Ferguson was arrested around 2 a.m. Saturday and charged with unlawful use of a weapon, a felony, and three misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault.

Kansas City takes pass on White

Oklahoma quarterback passed over in the NFL draft, won’t be invited back to the Kansas City Chiefs’ mini-camp.

White, who won the Heisman Trophy as a junior in 2003, got the news Sunday from coach Dick Vermeil at the end of a three-day tryout for rookies. He had been competing with seventh-round draft choice James Kilian of Tulsa for a possible spot with the Chiefs, who already have three veteran quarterbacks on the roster.

Club team wants to stick

As the ball moves down the field toward the opponent’s goal, the crowd begins to cheer. One section in particular is the loudest.

“Go Columbia” the group yells out.

Atlanta scrapes by Cardinals

ATLANTA — John Smoltz wasn’t going to give in to the St. Louis Cardinals. If he had to keep pitching his way out of trouble, so be it.

Smoltz scattered nine hits and four walks, both season highs, for his second straight win, outdueling Jeff Suppan to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Cardinals 2-1 on Sunday.

At long last, Royals own win streak

CLEVELAND — Jose Lima didn’t get his no-hitter, but Mike Sweeney continued his success at Jacobs Field.

Lima took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning before Cleveland rallied, and Sweeney hit his second home run of the game to break a tie in the eighth, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 6-5 win against the Indians on Sunday.