MU’s Bales races to Big 12 honor

Junior Amanda Bales was named Runner of the Week by the Big 12 Conference on Tuesday. Bales finished ninth in last week’s Notre Dame Invitational with a personal-best 5K time of 17:01.

The junior All-American has been conference runner of the week four times in her career.

Looking for more

Winning wasn’t enough for Payge Pleimann on Monday at the Class 2 District 4 tournament.

Although her 78 was the best out of 45 golfers, she said she could have done better.

Hoenes takes punting job for Harvey

When Missouri punter Brock Harvey left Saturday’s game with a broken left collarbone, Sheri Hoenes added one more thing to her list of things to worry about.

“Mom’s definitely not enjoying the high stress of her children right now,” Matt Hoenes, her son, said.

Ferguson sets sights on records

Michael Ferguson has a chance to make history this week. But he has been there before.

Ferguson is within one goal of the Rock Bridge school record of 28. That record was set in 1993 by Kevin Brooks and equaled by Ferguson last season. His 61 points (27 goals, 7 assists) are two shy of the mark Brooks set in 1993. Ferguson fell one point short last year.

Another pro team attractive possibility

The likelihood of a new professional sports team in Kansas City is increasing each day. The hot debate not only in Kansas City, but throughout the state, is whether an NBA or NHL franchise would be more successful.

On Aug. 3, Kansas City voters approved fee increases to fund the construction of a new arena, the Sprint Center.

Two Bruins reach state

Rock Bridge’s Lindsay Martin had a feeling it wouldn’t be a good day after an errant drive on the par-4 first hole resulted in an eight.

That feeling didn’t last for long.

Party begins early

The celebration started early for Hickman’s tennis team Monday.

With plans to go out for pizza after the match to mark the birthday of two team members, the Kewpies also had something to celebrate on the court beforehand.

Kewps can’t gain fourth straight win

The Hickman softball team fell short of its fourth straight victory Monday.

The Kewpies lost to Eugene 4-1 at Cosmopolitan Park.

Dallas hosts ‘Shootout’

Dallas is home to the biggest college football matchup of the week with Texas playing Oklahoma in a game with Big 12 Conference and Bowl Championship Series implications.

The No. 2 Sooners (4-0, 1-0) have beaten the No. 5 Longhorns (4-0, 1-0) in the past four Red River Shootouts, including a lopsided 65-13 win last year when Texas was No. 11 in the nation and Oklahoma was No. 1.

Tigers overcome mistakes to end CU’s domination

Big plays, big calls and combinations of the two were the determining factors in Missouri’s win Saturday against Colorado.

The Tigers won 17-9, snapping a five-game losing streak against the Buffaloes, but for the second straight year controversial calls by the officials and penalties were integral to the outcome.

Some heads-up play

Sophomore midfielder Elyse Nikonchuk’s ankle injury didn’t prevent her from doing what she does best: use her head.

Nikonchuk headed junior forward Jennifer Nobis’ throw-in into the goal to give Missouri a 1-0 victory against No. 23 Colorado on Sunday at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex.

Kewps’ Pleimann no newcomer

Golf is a way of life for Hickman senior Payge Pleimann.

Even before her first birthday, she had been around golf courses. Her father Dale Pleimann’s love of the sport influenced Payge Pleimann, her brother Wayde, 19, and her sister Taylor, 21.

Injury can’t stop Fischer

Leslie Fischer tried other sports, but golf provided the challenge she sought.

“It really tests your knowledge,” she said.

Fischer’s knack for the sport didn’t hurt either. When other sports began to have an effect on her golf game, they had to go.

Soccer: Tigers lose to Nebraska

Senior forward Melissa Peabody scored her first goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the 17th ranked Nebraska on Friday at the Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex. The Huskers beat the Tigers 2-1 in the second sudden death overtime to bring the Tigers record to 4-6-1, 1-2 in Big 12 play.

After spending the first part of the season on the sidelines due to a knee injury, Peabody eagerly rejoined the MU line-up last weekend. Peabody scored late in the second half after a shot by senior forward Kristen Heil was deflected by the defender.

Rose in Bloom

Most 12-year-old girls would rather hang out with their friends, go shopping for new clothes or talk about boys.

Don’t let the shy smile with braces and her love of instant messaging fool you: Rose Weston is not like most 12-year-old girls.

Defensive domination

After a quick start by Missouri’s offense, it was the Tiger’s defense that dominated Colorado.

Missouri scored on its first possession and the Buffaloes got two scores in the first half, before a stingy Tiger defense shut out Colorado in the second half of Missouri’s 17-9 win Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Defense solid on third downs

Football can be reduced to simple statements: To win, a defense must make stops on third down to get off the field.

The obvious nature of this statement doesn’t diminish its importance. Missouri’s ability to stop Colorado on third down in the second half keyed the Tigers 17-9 victory Saturday.

MU corrects past mistakes

Saturday’s win brought redemption for Missouri.

Last season, questionable calls by the officials and critical mistakes, particularly involving quarterback Brad Smith, hurt the Tigers in their loss at Colorado.

Fumble costs Bruins against top team

WEBB CITY – Fatigue from more than four hours on the road couldn’t stop the Rock Bridge Bruins from coming out strong Friday against the Webb City Cardinals.

But a second quarter fumble did.

Kruse, Bruins win tennis tournament

Rock Bridge tennis players shed layers of blankets and sweats to take the court on a cold but sunny afternoon Saturday. By the time the sun set, the Bruins had three more wins and were North Central Missouri Invitational champions.

They beat Lafayette 11-0, Kirkwood 11-0, and Shawnee Mission East (Kan.) 9-2 in picking up the inaugural event’s title.