Soccer squad waves goodbye to clean jerseys

Before the start of their match Saturday afternoon, coach Roger Hulett told his players to roll around in the dirt.

“We had just gotten new white jerseys,” said Hulett, who coaches The Wave, an under-10 soccer team from Lake of the Ozarks that participated in Show-Me State Games this weekend.

Hot Chicago bats scorch St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Derrek Lee matched his career best for home runs with 65 games to spare. Of more concern to him is whether the Chicago Cubs can use the rest of the season to make a playoff run.

“It feels good,” Lee said after hitting his major league-leading 32nd home run in a 6-5 victory Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. “But it was a huge game for us. We just have to find a way to put it together and keep it together.”

SunTiger rests on day off

After six days and more than 1,500 miles of racing, MU’s SunTiger VI is in eighth place out of 20 solar cars competing in the North American Solar Challenge.

On Friday SunTiger drove the 74 miles from Joliette, North Dakota to Winnipeg, Manitoba , completing the second leg of the competition.

Mavericks’ Dantibo dethrones Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Kings manager Fran Riordan speaks well of Taylor Stadium.

His team was 5-0 there this season before Saturday night, having outscored Mid-Missouri 65-20.

Blue Jays pounce on Royals in fifth

KANSAS CITY — Three hits produced a big inning for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Shea Hillenbrand and Eric Hinske each hit two-run doubles in a six-run fifth inning as the Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 9-4 on Saturday night.

Games begin with flips, flare

Patches of light blue, red and orange dotted the crowd gathered in the top sections of Hearnes Center on Friday evening, awaiting the ceremonial lighting of the torch, officially beginning the 21st annual Show-Me State Games.

“Everybody just tells us we need to come,” said Julie Means, wearing her red Tigers’ Baseball shirt. Along with the team, she and other parents traveled more than 240 miles from Lamar and surrounding towns to attend the games.

Winder keeps judo in the family

Derric Winder crouched at the edge of a red, white and blue mat at and offered support to his son.

“Drake, wrap her leg up,” Winder yelled.

Gold wrestled from former champion

If there was such a thing as a Show-Me State Games legend, Steve McGee would be it.

At the age of 42, McGee was the oldest competitor in the 30-and-over division at the wrestling competition held at Hearnes Center Saturday.

Ultimate turnout concerns players

Dressed in a flowing red and gold sequined skirt, Fresa Jacobs doesn’t look like the commissioner of a Show-Me State Games event.

Exhausted and maybe a little delirious, Jacobs and three of her ultimate cohorts sat under a white tent on Hinkson Field on Saturday, talking about margaritas, throwing around a bruised banana and radioing each other on walkie-talkies while sitting two feet apart.

Bonding by bowling

Each time he bowled a strike, Steven Little of Ava, a small town in southwest Missouri, threw his arms in the air and celebrated with an arm-jerking, arm-flailing dance while his daughter Megan, 15, watched and groaned.

“Dad!” she moaned.

A weighty effort gives Tyre the edge

Katie Tyre can throw some weight around. And it didn’t take her long to learn to do it either.

While most of us would think long and hard about dead lifting 300 pounds, Tyre, 17, of Slater, made it look easy, winning both the bench press and overall powerlifting gold medals in the women’s 17-19, 198-pound weight class Saturday. She bench pressed 100 pounds.

Mavs lose fourth straight

Two four-run innings helped the Kalamazoo Kings to an 8-4 victory over the Mavericks Friday night at Taylor Stadium.

Mid-Missouri fell to 17-35. Kalamazoo improved to 31-21.

Mavericks' third baseman Brent Metheny was 4-5 with two doubles and two RBI. His efforts weren't enough as the team stranded 13 runners.

Mid-Missouri's fourth consecutive loss wasn't the only thing to damper the spirits of the crowd of 996.

Kings' third baseman Justin McClain's failure to strike out didn't appease fans on Bud Beer Batter night. As per an in-game promotion, fans would have been able to buy a 12-ounce Budweiser beer for $1 in the 10 minutes following any McClain strikeout. It never happened.

McClain's two-run home run with one out in the fourth inning opened the scoring for Kalamazoo. He smacked the first pitch over the William Woods University sign next to the Mavericks' bullpen in left field.

Mid-Missouri concludes a six-game homestand Saturday, hosting the Kings at 7:05.

Tackling chances as they come

Mike Jones is all about taking advantage of opportunities.

Just look at his career in the NFL. Jones played 12 years in the league as a linebacker for the Los Angeles (and later Oakland) Raiders, the St. Louis Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Family aiming for Games of America

When Columbia’s David Gladura competes in the shot put and discus at the Show-Me State Games this weekend, he will have a bigger competition in mind: the 2007 State Games of America.

His goal is not just for himself. His sons Philip, 5, and Christian, 11, will also be competing in track and field.

Skyriders get the jump on opening

Ken Kovach holds the Guinness World Record for the most revolutions of a hula hoop on a trampoline in one minute. He broke his original record by eight revolutions when he did 129 live on the Regis and Kelly morning show.

Hula hoop tricks are only a part of the show the Skyriders, an acrobatic entertainment group based in New York, has planned for the opening ceremonies of the Show-Me State Games at 7 p.m. at Hearnes Center. Kovach said the Skyriders will perform an impressive selection of routines.

MU pays tribute to O’Neal with service

Outside Mizzou Arena on Thursday, a university flag flapped gently at half-staff.

It served as a solemn reminder that only a little more than a week ago, Aaron O’Neal, 19, died after a voluntary practice.

Pickups with pick-up

Gathered around the starting point shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday, competitors in the side-by-side mud races at the Boone County Fair had an air of seriousness about them.

The drivers, all outfitted in tattered jeans, T-shirts and ball caps to keep the sun off their faces on the hot and sticky evening, were all there to have fun. It was clear, though, that the racers were focused on winning.

Emergency start sours abruptly for Mavs’ closer

The Mavericks had endured numerous lopsided defeats this season before Thursday night’s 19-7 drubbing at the hands of the Kalamazoo Kings.

Last weekend at Gateway, Mid-Missouri allowed a nine-run inning in consecutive games.

Brewers warm up against hot Cards

ST. LOUIS — The Milwaukee Brewers are looking like a team on the upswing.

Their four-game split with the St. Louis Cardinals was their third straight solid showing against a contender, after taking three of four from Washington and two of three at Atlanta.

Peralta pushes Indians by K.C.

CLEVELAND— Jhonny Peralta hit a three-run home run to lead Jake Westbrook and the fading Cleveland Indians to a 10-1 victory Thursday against the Kansas City Royals.

Westbrook (7-12) didn’t allow an earned run, scattered nine hits and worked out of several jams, only once retiring the Royals in order. He walked none and struck out five in seven innings.