In a family of seven children, it’s hard for the second-youngest to stand out. But after playing volleyball in the last two Olympic Games for her native Kenya, Rose Obunaga couldn’t walk down the streets in her hometown of Nairobi without getting treated like a celebrity.
Coming to training camp a week late is a quick way to lose a spot in any coach’s rotation. Columbia College freshman Erin McCaffrey had no choice though. It was the first chance her parents had to move her from Kalamazoo, Mich.
After 110 minutes of soccer at Columbia College on Tuesday night, neither team could call itself the winner. For the second consecutive game, the Cougars played to a 1-1 tie. This time, it was against the Prairie Stars of the University of Illinois at Springfield.
When the lights flicker on at Columbia’s Cosmopolitan Park this evening, they will reveal two high school soccer teams headed in very different directions. Unlike in 2004, when Rock Bridge dominated mid-Missouri soccer and Hickman was an afterthought, it’s the Bruins who enter the game in a dire situation.
After a quad-match on Tuesday, the Rock Bridge girls’ golf team is planning to work hard to recover from its first non-tournament loss of the season. “I am trying to limit my social activities and just focus on golf,” senior Leslie Fischer said.
Senior Lindsey Witten was the lone bright spot in the Rock Bridge softball team’s 13-3 loss to New Franklin on Tuesday night. Witten leads off for the Bruins, and she fits the role perfectly. Witten led off in three innings and delivered two singles.
Containing Vince Young in Saturday’s game against No. 2 Texas was already going to be a tough assignment for Missouri’s linebackers, and during the Tigers’ bye week it got a little tougher. Backup linebacker David Richard quit the team last week, the latest incident to affect the position. The tragic July 12 death of Aaron O’Neal, who would have been a redshirt freshman linebacker, was the first. Junior Emmitt Morris also left the team for personal reasons and transferred to Murray State.
Kendall Foss is the lead singer, the dance choreographer, the fashion connoisseur, and the expert masseuse on the Hickman girls’ cross country team. She is also its top runner. Her teammates call her ‘the red fury’ because of her eye-catching red hair. Her coach prefers to describe her as lighthearted. All adjectives aside, Foss has a passion for what she does.
Nicole Wilson has received multiple text messages in her life. The one she was sent about an hour before practice on Monday was different than the rest, it told her she was the Big 12 Conference Volleyball Player of the Week. After practice she learned she was also named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week. Wilson, a junior middle blocker for Missouri, had a combined 23 kills with no attacking errors, a .719 hitting percentage, and 17 blocks in the Tigers’ wins against Colorado and Kansas State last week.
MegAnn Schlader had a flashback. It wasn’t because of her four kills, seven digs or because Hickman defeated Eldon 25-21, 25-13.
Anne Baxter’s roommates might not be able to critique her play as a midfielder for the Missouri soccer team, but they offer her something more important in the midst of her hectic schedule: unconditional support based on a shared Christian values system. “It’s a common tie,” Baxter said. “We’re all coming from the same place. We can all be in totally different worlds and come back into the same place.”
Missouri soccer player Erica Pusch has an odd way of responding when she collides with one of her teammates in practice. “When someone goes hard against me, I tend to thank them,” Pusch, a senior defender, said. “We’re all competitive, and we’re preparing each other.”
The Missouri women’s golf team finished 15th out of 15 teams Sunday at the Mason Rudolph Invitational in Franklin, Tenn. Senior Denise Munzlinger shot a team-best 232 at the three-day, 54-hole event to finish tied for 46th. Teammate Stephanie Wavro was one stroke behind after shooting 80 in the final round.
Of all the things yelled by the 2,438 people at Hearnes Center on Saturday during the Missouri volleyball match, one call stood out: “Kooyah”. Every time junior outside hitter Jessica Vander Kooi served the ball or made a big play, the crowd yelled ‘Kooyah’. Vander Kooi led MU offensively with 11 kills in the No. 8 Tigers’ 30-19, 30-20, 30-26 victory against No. 17 Kansas State. The win was the team’s first against the Wildcats in the past 10 meetings.
The courts at the Green Tennis Center are old territory for Kara Hickey. But when she stepped onto them Friday morning, she was in an unfamiliar position. “It was a little different,” Hickey said. “I’ve never competed on these courts.”
When No. 2 Texas comes to Memorial Stadium to play Missouri on Saturday, the Tigers will have a chance to snap their 27-game losing streak against teams ranked in the top five. The last time Mizzou hosted a top-10 team, Nebraska in 2003, the Tigers broke a 45-game losing streak against top-10 competition. But what happened the last time Missouri was host to a second-ranked team? What about No. 1? Here’s a list of the last game at Faurot Field featuring a team from each slot in the top five.
Four years ago, three athletic directors began exploring the possibility of fitting the football fields of Hickman and Rock Bridge with artificial turf. Two weeks ago, the collective dream of district AD Bruce Whitesides, Hickman AD Doug Mirts and former Rock Bridge AD Vicki Reimler took a step closer to reality when the school board gave Hickman and Rock Bridge the go-ahead to seek bids from turf companies.
In her first big test since returning from an illness, Rock Bridge softball pitcher Kayla Turnbull proved she still can get hitters out in key spots. In the bottom of the seventh inning, with Rock Bridge leading 7-6 on Saturday afternoon, Turnbull forced a Pattonville hitter to ground out with the tying and winning runners on base.
Lindsey McDaniel is sick of losing. She’s sick of her team’s inconsistent play. She’s sick at the lack of answers for her team’s problems. McDaniel, one of the Rock Bridge volleyball captains, was clearly frustrated trying to digest the Bruins’ 25-12, 25-22 loss to Farmington on Saturday. It was the third home loss for the Bruins (7-5) in four games.
When linebacker Ricky James recovered a fumble in the first quarter of Hickman’s victory Friday, he didn’t jog off the field like most of the Kewpie defense. Instead, he made his way to the offensive huddle to line up at running back. Three plays later, when a pass intended for Hickman wide receiver Ryan Florence was intercepted, Florence didn’t head to the sideline. The next play, he was looking to make an interception of his own at free safety.