Cougars up for start of new season

Columbia College women’s basketball coach Mike Davis had a hard time masking his excitement Thursday.

Davis, entering his fourth season as coach of the Cougars, couldn’t help but smile when reporters asked about the potential of this year’s team at media day.

Tigers’ talent to be tested

With its highest national ranking in more than 20 years, the ninth-ranked Missouri women’s cross country team should be optimistic about Saturday’s Big 12 Conference championship in Topeka, Kan.

Colorado has them feeling challenged, though.

Stephens hopes to be heard

At first, the Stephens College Natatorium shows no obvious sign the building houses a swim team.

Long, empty hallways weave throughout the building. None of them seem to lead to a pool.

Kewpies earn district title

Hickman didn’t plan on staging back-to-back comebacks to repeat as district volleyball champions. It just kind of worked out that way.

The Kewpies defeated Troy Buchanan in the championship match of the Class 4 District 8 Tournament 19-25, 25-21, 25-16.

Bruins put together record night

Sometimes ties are a good thing.

Rock Bridge tied two school soccer records in its regular season finale Thursday night while one player set a new one.

Runners tune up for sectionals

Nine Hickman and Rock Bridge seniors might be running their last race Saturday in sectional competition at Bethel Park.

Hickman coach Steve Kissane said his team, especially the seniors, needs to feel a sense of urgency heading into Saturday’s meet.

Curses, foiled again

The Boston Red Sox are World Series champions at long, long last. No more curse and no doubt about it. They sure got you, Babe.

Many Cards faithful reside in Columbia

Doug Mirts, the Hickman athletic director, was a bright-eyed third grader when the St. Louis Cardinals came knocking – literally.

The Cardinals caravan, which offered communities around the state a chance to meet various players and coaches, stopped at his family’s Mexico, Mo., home to meet before it made its way through town.

Better execution is key for Missouri

With a 17-0 lead and 0:54 left in the first half Saturday, the Missouri football team’s defense had lived up to its top-ranked billing in the Big 12 Conference.

Oklahoma State had gained 36 yards of offense and its potent rushing attack was stuck in neutral. During the final 31 minutes, though, the Cowboys moved the ball with relative ease against Missouri, finishing with 388 yards, 105 more than the Tigers’ allow on average.

MU basketball going international

Missouri coach Quin Snyder has heard the international style of basketball likened to hockey but said he didn’t know enough about hockey to take the analogy any further.

Although Snyder isn’t accustomed to the sport on ice, he knows basketball and he knows his team.

Meet a Cardinals Fan: Michael Handshear

Michael Handshear’s clothing ensemble is glossed in Redbird glory. Whether it’s his vintage 1982 world champions ball cap or his personalized baby-blue Will Clark jersey, his ensemble is replete with Redbird glory. Even his white sneakers are punctuated with red trim.

Defensive duos lead Kewps

Heather Grice and Lindsey Fleming aren’t the flashiest players on the volleyball court.

Their precise passes don’t illicit roaring cheers from the crowd like a powerful spike or rally-killing block, but Hickman coach Greg Gunn said his back row players have been crucial to the success of the team.

Inconsistent play costs Missouri on the road

The Missouri volleyball team continued its inconsistent play on the road Wednesday. The Tigers fell 30-23, 30-28, 25-30, 30-26 to Texas A&M in College Station.

Missouri (13-6, 8-4) had its chances in the first game but twice allowed long runs, with the Aggies scoring four and five unanswered points after the game was tied at 8. The Tigers blew a lead of 26-22 in the second game.

New Tigers looking to surprise

The Missouri women’s basketball team isn’t fretting about the loss of two star players.

A new arena, new faces, and some added versatility could serve the Tigers well.

Is Boston’s curse reversed?

ST. LOUIS — Get ready, Boston. There’s no other outcome now.

The Red Sox will either win the World Series or add another historic collapse to their legend.

Learning from his loss

Inside Blake Tekotte’s Columbia living room, the Hickman High School senior is sprawled out in a blue leather chair on a Sunday afternoon. He is draped in a Hickman baseball T-shirt and purple Hickman shorts. The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys play on a TV in the corner, but the volume is turned down, making the game barely audible.

His right leg, a mess of ace bandages and metal rods, is propped up onto a footrest.

Recruiters, foes try to keep up with Thorpe

Demond Thorpe clearly remembers the first time he received a letter from a college recruiter.

With several teammates gathered around him before a practice last season, coach A.J. Ofodile approached Thorpe with an envelope.

Missouri foes start to mimic Smith’s style

Missouri quarterback Brad Smith developed into a Heisman Trophy contender with two seasons of dazzling runs through the heart of defenses.

On Saturday, however, it was Oklahoma State quarterback Donovan Woods who did damage running through the Missouri defense. He faked a handoff to Cowboys running back Vernand Morency and headed in the opposite direction. That counter play is a staple of the Tigers’ offense.

Cougars crush another conference foe

Columbia College defeated American Midwest Conference rival Hannibal-LaGrange on Tuesday, 30-12, 30-9 and 30-8.

Doris Wafwafwa finished with 15 kills, seven digs and three blocks. Shana Aubrey added 12 kills, six digs and five aces. The team totaled 16 service aces on the night.

Bruins pounce on Jaguars

Rock Bridge’s quick offense made the Fort Zumwalt West Jaguars look anything but catlike.

The Bruins beat the Jaguars 23-25, 25-21, 25-15 Tuesday night at Hickman. The Bruins advance to the semifinals of the Class 4 District 8 tournament, where they will face Hickman at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.