Disabled find new way to compete at Yippee 5K

Nellie Owen is used to a challenge.

Owen, 50, who broke her back and was partially paralyzed after a car accident 27 years ago, was the second disabled person in the United States to graduate from a veterinary school when she got her MU degree in 1998.

Rock Bridge tops Wildcats

If Rock Bridge had a hangover after an emotional win over Hickman, Montgomery County provided a better cure than aspirin or water ever could.

The Bruins blitzed the Wildcats 11-1. Michael Ferguson had six goals and David Hilderbrand added three goals and two assists for the Bruins.

Bruins get inside info from Jeffrey

When Marissa Jeffrey runs onto the volleyball court to face Hickman on Saturday, she will be staring down familiar opponents. The Rock Bridge defensive specialist has played club volleyball on the Columbia Vipers with six of the Kewpies since middle school.

“I’ve played with pretty much their entire starting lineup,” Jeffrey said.

Error lifts Kewpies

They did it for the seniors.

A seventh inning error gave the Kewpies a 3-2 win Thursday against Rolla at Cosmopolitan Park.

Oerly allows two hits; Bruins shut out Mexico

Rock Bridge shuts out Mexico 10-0 on Thursday. The 10-run mercy rule shortened the softball game to five innings.

Junior Kayla Turnbull led the Bruins going 3-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and a run.

Adjustments can’t save Bruins

Rock Bridge volleyball coach Beth Newton made some changes Thursday night, and the Bruins temporarily stalled.

The Bruins fell to Helias 25-6, 25-19 at Rock Bridge.

With extra kick

When Adam Crossett came to Missouri to play, he did with only the guarantee of a tryout.

Crossett, a redshirt freshman, played well enough, though, to earn a spot on the Tigers’ traveling roster as a kicker, primarily handling kickoffs.

Tigers’ secondary passing the test

Gary Pinkel had one main concern after Missouri’s 52-20 win in its first game of the season against Arkansas State.

The Tigers allowed 350 passing yards against the Indians, including 240 to quarterback Nick Noce, who was making his first college start and left the game in the third quarter with cramps in his calf muscle. This performance by Missouri’s secondary was reason for Pinkel to worry.

Hard to miss

Atiyyah Ellison says opponents seek him out on the football field. C.J. Mosley, Missouri’s other starting defensive tackle, says he doesn’t believe Ellison is as big a focus as he claims.

“From what he tells me, he attracts a lot of attention,” Mosley said after Missouri‘s game against Troy. “Last time out, he told me he saw a lot of triple teams. I don’t know if that’s possible. But he said he’s seen triple teams so far.”

Backup QB relatively untested

Every time Brad Smith scampers out of the backfield, Tiger fans collectively hold their breath.

They’re anticipating Smith breaking tackles with another dazzling run and fearing that the star quarterback might take a hit that knocks him out of the game.

Adversity follows running back

Twenty minutes into his first college football practice, Bobby Purify encountered a problem that has plagued his life: injuries.

Purify, a running back at Colorado, had a fracture in his foot. The injury forced him to sit out and watch the first six games of the 2000 season. As a result of the injury and accompanying rehabilitation, Purify learned early what is required to recover from the adversity of an injury.

Soccer: Bruins shut down Kewps

Shots took every possible path around or over the goal for the first 54 minutes of Hickman and Rock Bridge’s game .

The Bruins beat the Kewpies 2-0 on Wednesday at Cosmopolitan Park with Michael Ferguson breaking the drought in the 55th minute with his 21st goal of the season.

Crossbar costs Rock Bridge goals

Clang! Ping!

For most of the game between Hickman and Rock Bridge, these sounds rang louder than any crowd noise. And the crowd even had a megaphone.

Hickman football rises to No. 1 ranking

After a 34-16 win against then-nationally ranked Blue Springs, Hickman (3-1) jumped up two spots to No. 1 in the Associated Press’ state high school football rankings.

Blue Springs (3-1) fell to the No. 2 spot, with Rockhurst (2-1), who defeated the Kewpies 14-7 earlier this season, rounding out the top three teams.

Race allows avid runner to support his sport

Steve Stonecipher-Fisher never really knew what he wanted to do with his life, but he knew what he didn’t want to do.

In his hometown of Sedalia everybody seemed to be either a farmer or a factory worker.

Woods jukes jitters

Marcus Woods said he has gotten rid of the redshirt-freshman jitters that caused him to struggle early this season.

The tailback had an inauspicious start on his first college carry in the Tigers’ season opener Sept. 4 against Arkansas State. With Missouri leading 21-10 in the second quarter, Woods fumbled the ball on a rush up the middle, giving the Indians possession in Tiger territory and a chance to stop Missouri from putting the game out of reach.

Missouri’s defense set for Purify, Buffaloes

Moments after Missouri’s 48-0 win against Ball State on Sept. 18, Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said the level of competition would rise 15 notches when Big 12 Conference play begins.

When Missouri (2-1) plays Colorado (3-0) on Saturday, the Tigers will face better athletes and the defense will see their first complete offensive opponent.

Fine line trips up Kewpies

The theoretical fine line between victory and defeat on the volleyball court took on an all-too-literal meaning Tuesday night for the Hickman Kewpies.

That line was the backline on the court at the Hickman High School gym.

Senior rediscovers soccer success

Before this season, senior forward Michael Washington had never even seen a Hickman boys’ soccer game.

But 12 games into the Kewpies’ season, the 5-foot-10 inch forward is leading the team in scoring with six goals.

Double duty no problem for Mills

Tanner Mills practices sliding across the goal mouth.

“This stuff is really slippery,” the Rock Bridge goalkeeper tells backup Adam Andrews.

Mills is referring to the artificial turf at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in St. Louis, where he is getting ready for one of the biggest games in his career.

The opponent is the Christian Brothers College Cadets, a St. Louis team that heads into the game ranked No. 1 in the nation by and No. 2 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.