New look complements Missouri’s new arena

The first day of practice is always like a holiday for Jimmy McKinney, but this year he found a $75-million present under the tree.

McKinney and the Missouri men’s basketball team started the season Saturday with an early morning practice at Paige Arena, the Tigers’ new state-of-the-art home.

Rock Bridge 31, Helias 13

Sophomore Scott Concannon could get used to playing on his home field.

With a 14-0 lead and the ball on his own 1-yard line, Concannon took the hand -off from his quarterback, broke a few tackles, and ran 99 yards to the end zone.

Kewpies dominate Rams

On a cold October evening in front of half-empty stands, Hickman seemed to be on fire all night.

With district play creeping around the corner, the Kewpies went on the road and put together one of its most complete games of the season, shutting out Riverview Gardens 54-0.

Hickman (5-1) dominated the Rams from the outset, giving up just 84 yards on defense and totaling 366 offensive yards.

Top defense seeks to halt UT running

The word the Missouri football team has been using this week is, appropriately, “challenge.”

That word is a good choice with the Tigers facing No. 9 Texas in Austin.

Kendrick big in numbers

Don’t let Brandon Kendrick’s stature fool you.

The Hickman running back’s 5-foot-8, 165-pound frame is all that’s small.

Bruins expand pass options

Brandon Gerau, a sophomore wide receiver for the Bruins, said his surprising performance was a result of perseverance.

After making 14 receptions for one touchdown through the first five weeks of the season, Gerau had a breakout game last week against Francis Howell Central.

Bruins poised for perfection

From sideline to sideline, baseline to the net, the tennis player is alone covering the court. Professional tennis is as much of an individual sport as there is.

Not so in high school.

Variety part of Cougars’ rotation

The nationally ranked Cougars have perservered despite the numerous injuries of teamates this season. Cougars coach Melinda Wrye-Washington and the team have counteracted this hardship with optimism and a readiness for whatever comes, including various lineups. The teammates are ready for today's challenge at the Houston Baptist University Invitational today.

Bruins running up wins behind Keown

It was during the summer that Rock Bridge senior Jimmy Keown began realizing what might be in store for this year’s Bruins cross country team. He could feel the expectations of the upcoming season rising while running with other teammates.

“We hoped we could do our best,” Keown said, “and in the back of my mind, there was the possibility that maybe we could do this.”

Hickman settles down to defeat Jays

Hickman almost got a little too comfortable with its lead Thursday night.

The Kewpies volleyball team defeated visiting Jefferson City 29-27, 25-14 and improved to 14-7-1.

23 Texan Tigers ready for trip home

Although Missouri’s Homecoming game is Oct. 23 against Oklahoma State, Saturday’s game at Texas will be a homecoming for many of the Tigers.

There are 23 players on the Missouri roster who will face old high school opponents when the Tigers travel to Texas to play the No. 9 Longhorns.

Red tide of Cardinals fans rises in Columbia

The world of staunch St. Louis Cardinals fan and 9-year-old Colin Glennon turned upside down on a winter day in 1988.

As he walked into the kitchen of his family’s Columbia home before school one morning, he heard the news: The Cardinals traded beloved second baseman Tommy Herr to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Tom Brunansky.

Extra Points

Texas snapped Missouri’s four-match winning streak Wednesday night in Austin.

Missouri dropped to 10-5 on the season and 5-3 in the Big 12 Conference.

Ekwerekwu at home in Texas

After losing his redshirt status last season, Brad Ekwerekwu entered his sophomore season with high expectations and a starting position.

But as the Arlington, Texas, native prepares to face No. 9 Texas (4-1, 1-1 Big 12 Conference), he has yet to live up to the preseason hype.

Lions deliver late knockout blow

It wasn’t a soccer match Tuesday night. It was a heavyweight fight, and a wet one at that.

At the end of 90 minutes the scorecard gave the nod to No. 6 Lindenwood as the Lions beat Columbia College 2-1 at Owens Soccer Stadium.

Defense ignored as key to volleyball

Defense is obviously a key part of every football or basketball game. In volleyball, however, it’s often overlooked.

But Missouri used strong defense to confound Texas A&M on Saturday night for its four-th straight victory. The streak gives the Tigers much-needed momentum before they trek to Austin, Texas, at 6:30 tonight to play undefeated and No. 9-ranked Texas.

MU golfers finish third at Bluffs

The Missouri men’s golf team finished third out of 13 schools at the Missouri Bluffs Challenge Tuesday in St. Charles.

The Tigers were tied for first with Miami of Ohio going into the final 18 holes, but Memphis, which entered the final round two strokes back, posted an 11-under 273 to jump both teams.

Smith thrives after change

Last season, Brian Smith provided Missouri with a speed rusher off the edge of its defense and the team named him freshman of the year, an honor he shared with fellow defensive end Xzavie Jackson.

After leading the team with eight sacks in 2003, Smith had none in the first two games this season and was making little impact for the Missouri defense.

Game 3 letdown Cougars’ lone slip

Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington could have been critical of the Cougars’ Game 3 performance Monday against Missouri Baptist.

It was the No. 7 Cougars’ closest game in their 30-18, 30-12, 30-26 win at The Arena of Southwell Complex. The Cougars fell behind 7-1 but came back to tie at 19. The Spartans also had a mini-rally after falling behind 28-22, scoring three consecutive points before losing the game.

Sooners out for revenge

The rematch of last season’s Big 12 Conference championship game looks like a good opportunity for Oklahoma to get revenge against Kansas State.

The Wildcats demoralized the Sooners 35-7 last year, ending Oklahoma’s perfect season and showing that the Sooners were not invincible before the Bowl Championship Series title game. Oklahoma then lost 21-14 to LSU in the Sugar Bowl, ending its chance to share the national championship with USC.