Just enough offense

WACO, Texas — After the defense’s lead, the Missouri offense recovered from a sluggish start to make Missouri undefeated in two weeks of Big 12 Conference play.

The Tigers beat Baylor 30-10 at Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday, taking sole possession of first place in the Big 12 Conference-North Division for the first time since the conference formed in 1996. The game was a big road win. The Tigers (4-1, 2-0) improved to 5-12 in away games under coach Gary Pinkel.

Highs and lows

Jason Simpson intercepted Dane King’s pass at the Missouri 45 and raced to the Baylor 9 before wide receiver Trent Shelton dragged him down with 2:27 left in the half. The interception was Missouri’s second on the night. Two plays later, Brad Smith found Martin Rucker for a touchdown to put the Tigers up 13-3.

Late start turns into slow start

WACO, Texas – Lost in the late start time against Baylor was Missouri’s quick offensive start.

For only the second time this season, the Tigers failed to score on their first drive and those struggles continued as Missouri scored only three points in the quarter. The Tigers went three-and-out to open the game against Ball State on Sept. 18.

5 keys answered

Missouri showed it could maintain focus with big games looming. The win helps Missouri build confidence before playing nationally-ranked Texas and Oklahoma State in its next two games.

Top performers

Kirsten Seaberg, Hickman: Playing in her last home match, the senior tennis player teamed with Amy Trae to win the deciding doubles match in a 5-4 victory against Hannibal on Monday.

Jennifer Bieberly, Hickman: The sophomore first baseman scored the Kewpies only run in a 4-1 loss to Eugene on Monday. After a single to left rolled beneath the glove of Eugene’s left fielder, Bieberly rounded the bases and scored on the play.

Hickey rolls, Bruins take 6th title

Kara Hickey won’t be seeking her fourth consecutive doubles championship.

Instead, the Rock Bridge senior is trying to become the first state singles champion from Columbia.

Tigers survive Aggies’ rallies

With Missouri’s lead cut to 19-15 in the first game of the night, a bad pass threatened to bring Texas A&M even closer.

Then sophomore Abbie Booth stuck her fist at the ball in desperation, sending it over the net.

Kewpies defeat Hazelwood East

Despite a 23-8 win against Hazelwood East Friday night, Hickman’s overall play paralleled the conditions of the football field it was playing on: sloppy.

The Kewpies racked up 14 penalties for 145 yards, turned the ball over four times and squandered three scoring opportunities in their opponents red zone.

Bruins victorious against Spartans

It took six weeks of hard work for Bruins sophomore receiver Brandon Gerau to finally have a break out game.

Until Friday, Gerau made 14 receptions for 289 yards, but his only touchdown came in the second week of the season, a 48-yard reception from quarterback Logan Gray.

Tigers beat Kewpies in the final moments

The Kewpies soccer team was munching on a post game spread of barbecue but the end of the game left them with a bitter aftertaste.

Tigers set for trips to Texas

Starting Saturday, Missouri is looking for Texas to be a friendly place over the next week.

The Tigers (3-1, 1-0) make the first of back-to-back trips to Texas on Saturday, traveling to Waco to play Baylor (2-2, 0-1) in their first Big 12 Conference road game of the season. Saturday’s game starts at 9 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Net.

Harper anchors Kewpies’ success

Luke Harper has a motor inside that won’t quit.

It’s a motor that earned him a varsity starting job his freshman year and all-state honors his sophomore and junior seasons. When it comes to Hickman football, Harper just hasn’t figured out how to stop.

Stopping the run is key for Bruins

In the first five games of his varsity career, Francis Howell Central sophomore Brad Bira has been on the receiving end of two long touchdown passes from senior quarterback Johnnie Collins.

Tonight, Bira will be the one throwing to receivers.

Reys up for three-peat

Rock Bridge senior Whitney Reys is optimistic about state tennis this year. As part of a team that has won two consecutive state championsips, she and her teamates have high hopes for the state tournament. In her fourth year as a starter on the Bruins girls tennis team, she has a lot to live up to. “We want to win state,” Reys said. “How could you not? Once you’ve done it twice, you can’t lower your standards.”

Bruins overcome defensive miscues

Fueled by aggressive jump serves and long rallies, the Bruins racked up a second win against the Osage Indians.

Glenn puts new spin on season

She holds the taped handle of her racket, twirling it with the ease of a child spinning a top.

Her grip tightens only after a frustrating point, but even then she loosely gravitates to the familiar motion, whooshing her strings through the air. The twirl is her reaction to the last point, relaxation between points, and preparation for the next point.

Off the diamond

As she slowly makes her way across the outfield grass of Cosmopolitan Park’s Red Field, the expression on Courtney Haskell’s face says it all.

Moments earlier, her Hickman softball team lost its fifth straight game, an 8-1 romp at the hands of Parkway South, and as the coach walks towards the dozen teenage girls waiting for her in left field, she is noticeably upset.

Mast’s passion leads Rock Bridge

It didn’t take Jennifer Mast long to realize her life ambition.

By the time she was playing as a sophomore first baseman for the Rock Bridge softball team in 1991, she had all but decided on a career.

Coffey meets expectations

When Sean Coffey switched his jersey number to 12 before last season, he was immediately compared to Justin Gage, who wore that number during his time at Missouri.

They were a similar height and physical build and had similar potential to break a game open with a deep pass.

Tantarelli puts bad day behind him

Joe Tantarelli’s not kicking himself for his missed kicks Saturday.

In Missouri’s 17-9 win against Colorado on Saturday, Tantarelli missed three field goals, more than he has missed in one game.