Woods sparks Cowboys

Oklahoma State doesn’t require too much of quarterback Donovan Woods.

Keeping mistakes to a minimum, getting the plays off in time and handing it to running back Vernand Morency typically comprise his duties.

Comeback twins

When twin sisters Aileen and Brianne Gallagher are healthy, they are among the best all-time cross country runners at Hickman High School.

But the most difficult obstacle for them has been injuries that have tested how dedicated they are to running.

The man behind the camera

In the corner of Quintin Norris’ bedroom sits a desk with drawers, shelves and pigeonholes that hold anything anyone might want to know about Columbia College’s sports teams.

Norris, 29, can find every schedule, pamphlet, stat sheet, team picture and roster in a matter of seconds. Most of those statistics are as handy in his memory as they are on his desk.

Tigers show preseason glitches

It was hard for Quin Snyder to find anything to get excited about as he watched his team scrimmage.

Snyder, the Missouri men’s basketball coach, played the role of spectator while assistant coaches Melvin Watkins and Jeff Meyer did the coaching during the Black and Gold game at Paige Sports Arena on Saturday.

Five Bruins advance to tennis semifinals

SPRINGFIELD-- A day after a disappointing third-place finish in the team competition, several Rock Bridge tennis players had little problem advancing through the first day of the individual tournament.

Soccer: MU 4, Texas Tech 1

The MU women's soccer team was missing their lead scorer on Friday night, but the rest of the Tiger offense more than made up for her absence, defeating Texas Tech 4-1 at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex to bring MU's record to 7-9-1, 4-5 in the Big 12. Texas Tech is now 3-14-0 and 0-9 in the Big 12.

Upset eludes Bruins

For the Rock Bridge Bruins, it was hard enough walking into Adkins Stadium and seeing the list of state titles won by the Jefferson City Jays. Trying to beat them was even harder.

The Bruins fell just one touchdown short of upsetting one of the area’s perennial powerhouses, losing 14-7 on Friday.

Kewpies dominate Ft. Zumwalt West

It didn’t take long for Hickman to make a statement in district play.

In fact, it only took 14 seconds for the Kewpies to put their first points on the board.

Cedric Alvis received Fort Zumwalt West’s opening kickoff at the seven-yard line, hit a seem created by a handful of blockers in front of him and then made a cut to the left sideline at midfield where he took it into the end zone untouched.

Rolen into Boston

ST. LOUIS — The best team in baseball now gets a chance to prove it in the World Series.

MVP Albert Pujols hit a tying double, Scott Rolen followed with a home run and the St. Louis Cardinals suddenly erupted against Roger Clemens, startling the Houston Astros 5-2 Thursday night to take Game 7 of the NL championship series.

Trench battle key for Tigers

Football games are won in the trenches.

Defensive linemen can disrupt offensive schemes by plowing into the backfield, and offensive linemen are the front line marching the football downfield.

Bruins miss chance for state three-peat

SPRINGFIELD — A lone racket lay on lower court 3 at Cooper Tennis Complex after Thursday’s state tennis Class 2 semi-final between Rock Bridge and St. Joseph’s.

Left with it were the Bruins’ state championship hopes.

Tigers focus on Homecoming foe

A sellout crowd of alumni, students and fans will fill Memorial Stadium on Saturday for Missouri’s 93rd Homecoming game, a tradition that is one of the oldest in the country.

Although the game is the focal point of homecoming weekend, the Missouri football players have other things on their mind, such as beating the No. 22 football team in the country.

Trick plays earn special status

Even though Missouri was lining up for a field goal attempt, Victor Sesay couldn’t stop himself from being excited.

His excitement came from the fact it wasn’t a normal field goal attempt. The Tigers’ trailed Nebraska 24-21 with less than 12 minutes to play last season. What occurred next became one of the most important plays in recent Missouri history and was anything but conventional.

Finding his game

Shirdonya Mitchell arrived at Missouri with the same dream as most college football players: Make it to the next level, the National Football League.

After two seasons and only eight catches at wide receiver, though, Mitchell decided if he was going to play in the NFL, he needed to make a switch. So, he went to the coaches and offered to play defensive back.

Turnover battle turning tide

Since his arrival at Missouri, Gary Pinkel has consistently emphasized the importance of turnovers in determining the outcome of every game.

This season, his defense looks like it buys into that philosophy.

Cowboy brothers

Donovan and D’Juan Woods grew up competing with and against older brother Rashaun.

That competition led the three Woods brothers to Oklahoma State where they provide stiff competition for Big 12 Conference opponents.

Visitors split on Paige

Saturday’s Black and Gold game will be the first chance for most Missouri fans to see the inside of Paige Sports Arena, the Tigers’ new $75-million home, but the basketball arena is getting mixed reviews from some.

The Missouri athletic department held an open house at Paige Sports Arena on Oct. 13, for students. Similar public events will be held Monday though Wednesday.

Columbia fans cheer on Cards

A short walk through downtown Columbia told the city’s mood Thursday night. Chants of “One more strike” preceded jubilant cheers outside of Harpo’s.

The mood seemed warranted. After all, the St. Louis Cardinals had just won Game 7 of the National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros and were in their first World Series since 1987. They travel to Boston to face the Red Sox on Saturday.

Bruins facing tough task

Rock Bridge running back Scott Concannon knows the statistic. That’s why he won’t make any guarantees about tonight’s district-opening game with the Jefferson City Jays.

“I would like to win,” he said. “It can put us in the playoffs if we win our district games. Beating them would be a step in the right direction.”

Kewps, Bruins to play at Memorial

The lights at Memorial Stadium will shine on a different football game next week.

The Missouri Tigers will be on their way to Lincoln, Neb., for a Big 12 showdown with the Cornhuskers when their home stadium will host a showdown of its own.