Cougars streak by St. Mary

The St. Mary Spires were left rather low after the Columbia College men’s soccer team toppled them on Thursday.

A 3-0 win against the Spires, from Leavenworth, Kan., gave the Cougars 11 consecutive victories at Owens Soccer Stadium.

Franklin sheds redshirt, defenders

Gary Pinkel said he rarely makes a mistake when deciding to pull the redshirt off one of his freshmen.

The performance of wide receiver William Franklin, a true freshman, in the Tigers’ 48-0 win Saturday against Ball State shows Pinkel has good reason to make that claim. In his third college game, Franklin was one of quarterback Brad Smith’s and backup Brandon Coleman’s best options, accounting for 76 of Missouri’s 268 passing yards.

Cougars sweep Bearcats

There is one American Midwest Conference team left with a perfect conference record: Columbia College. It took the Cougars two matches to outlast everyone.

Stage set for future matchup

The anticipation of the first meeting between the Rock Bridge and Hickman volleyball teams has been building for weeks and will intensify a little more tonight when the two teams play in the same gym.

Both teams face Bishop Miege of Shawnee Mission, Kan., at Hickman, but will not play each other.

MU’s Moller chosen for sports information award

Missouri Director of Athletic Media Relations Chad Moller will receive the Scoop Hudgins Sports Information Director’s Award at the All-American Football Foundation banquet on Sept. 22 in Chicago, Ill.

Moller was chosen by the Foundation as the recipient of this award because of his efforts to promote college football. This is his 11th year working with the MU athletic department and his fifth year as director of the media relations office.

Second-half score stings Spartans

Someone passing by Owens Soccer Stadium on Tuesday night might have mistaken the noise emanating from the stands for a swarm of angry hornets.

But the only sting was felt by the Missouri Baptist University soccer team in a 1-0 loss to Columbia College.

Bruins cruise to easy victory

The Rock Bridge girls’ golf team didn’t settle for second-best.

Finishing three strokes behind Hickman at the William Woods Invitational on Monday left the Bruins eager for a win.

Fatima keeps Bruins sliding

It could have been much worse.

In a subtle but noticeable display of sportsmanship, Fatima softball coach Ryan Robertson began holding base runner late in Tuesday’s game against Rock Bridge to keep from running up the score on a struggling Bruins’ team.

Efficiency keeps Bruins undefeated

The Rock Bridge tennis team used machine-like efficiency to crank out the quickest home-match victory so far this season against Marshall.

Rock Bridge (12-0) showed little emotion on the court, finishing off the Owls 9-0 in 2 hours, 15 minutes.

13 is Tigers’ lucky number

It would be hard to blame Na Yang if she complained of a sore hand.

Na, a freshman outside hitter for the Missouri volleyball team, rattled off 13 consecutive serves Tuesday night in a 3-0 (30-21, 30-7, 30-20) sweep of Southeast Missouri State at Hearnes Center.

Four TV dates on tap for Missouri

The Missouri women’s basketball team faces a lineup of top-notch opponents and four games of national television coverage, the most of any season yet.

Coach Cindy Stein announced the team’s 2004-05 schedule Tuesday, which includes 14 games at home in the new 15,000-seat, $75 million Paige Sports Arena.

Kewpies stay perfect at home with shutout

Senior forward Michael Washington found a new way to the net, but it wasn’t pretty.

Hickman beat Quincy Notre Dame 1-0 on Tuesday, in its second straight home shutout at Cosmopolitan Park.

Cougars ready for test vs. McKendree

Columbia College’s volleyball match against McKendree College today will likely be a test of patience vs. pressure.

The Columbia College volleyball team tries to capitalize on opponents’ mistakes. McKendree tries to force their opponents into making them.

Determined senior steps up game

Wide receiver Thomson Omboga wants to make his senior season count and his versatility is starting to add up.

With Missouri’s offense sputtering against Troy on Sept. 9, Omboga shined, catching six passes for 64 yards.

Most Big 12 teams take a break

Eight of the Big 12 Conference teams have a bye this week to prepare themselves for the rigors of conference play beginning next week, with Baylor, Kansas, Texas and Texas Tech playing Saturday.

The Jayhawks host the Red Raiders in the conference opener.

Hickman shows progress

Hickman tennis coach Jerry Price has been preaching improvement all season. On Monday, the Kewpies provided some tangible evidence of their development.

The Kewpies lost 5-4 in a competitive match against Jefferson City at Hickman courts, two weeks after losing an 8-1 road match to the Jays.

Keeping high intensity level key for Cougars

The Columbia College men’s soccer team opens its American Midwest Conference schedule at 7 p.m. against Missouri Baptist at Owens Soccer Stadium.

The Cougars are the two-time defending conference champions. John Klein, who is in his fifth year as coach, has guided the Cougars to three conference titles. They also won the championship in 2000.

Stars can’t capitalize on home court advantage

Silverthorne Arena didn’t feel like home for the Stephens College volleyball team Monday night. A small, but vocal group of students from visiting Central Christian College made sure their school was the one that felt at home.

The Heralds beat the Stars 30-18, 30-24, 30-25.

Extra Points: Bruins net 10th victory

The Rock Bridge soccer team won its first game in the Catholic Youth Council-Bob Guelker Memorial Tournament in St. Louis.

Smith shows triple-threat ability in win

After leading Missouri on two scoring drives to start the Tigers’ game Sep. 9 at Troy, Brad Smith and the Missouri offense stalled. The Trojans’ defense kept Smith in the pocket and the Tigers away from the end zone.

Smith finished the game with 36 yards rushing. He also attempted 46 passes, the most for Smith since he was 28-of-50 in a 51-28 loss against Bowling Green in 2002.