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.

Hardin relishes chance on line

Something clicked in the fourth game of the season for Corey Hardin. From the first snap on offense, a new sense of comfort took over.

Up until that opening drive against Blue Springs, Hardin entered every game overly nervous about the missed blocking assignments that seemed to continually plague him.

Sharp Kewps quiet Bruins

The Hickman volleyball team headed down Providence Road on Thursday to play Rock Bridge, but it was the Bruins’ night that went south.

Hickman defeated Rock Bridge 25-13, 25-22. The Kewpies improved to 20-9-2, while the Bruins fell to 10-17-1.

Maturing motivation

Kara Hickey was scared.

Alongside teammate and sister, Cheryl, the Rock Bridge doubles team needed a win to seal a state championship match against St. Joseph’s Academy. They lost 6-1, 6-1, and the match and the title 5-4.

Expectations high for District 5 meet

If history is any indicator of future performance, then Saturday’s Class 4 District 5 cross country meet will likely deliver rewards for Hickman and Rock Bridge.

Hickman seniors Tim Cornell and Brianne Gallagher and Rock Bridge’s record-breaking boys team have had standout seasons this year.

Bruins edge Kewps

Once again, Rock Bridge’s defense was just a little better than Hickman’s.

The Bruins beat the Kewpies 1-0 on Thursday night at Cosmopolitan Park. It was their second shutout of Hickman this season.

Woods runs with start

When Damien Nash didn’t start against No. 8 Texas on Saturday, Missouri football fans might have worried about a drop off at the tailback position.

Redshirt freshman Marcus Woods calmed those fears with his best performance of the season. After a shaky start to the season, Woods gained 53 yards on 16 carries in the 28-20 loss at Texas and appeared more comfortable with the ball.

Columbia fans give Cardinals good cheer, good chances

Amidst a throng of cheering Cardinals fans at Campus Bar and Grill, on the corner of Ninth and Elm streets, Ryan Lynch, 21, had no choice but to take off his Houston Astros hat following the St. Louis Cardinals’ victory Wednesday.

Lynch, a Chicago native, was the main antagonist cheering wildly for every play that went the Astros’ way.

Coach’s work lifts Bruins

A light mist begins to fall, with a brisk wind tapping at the

coach’s back. The elements penetrate his sweatshirt but his psyche holds determined.

Cards blast by Astros

Jim Edmonds skipped around the bases, jumping into a cluster of St. Louis Cardinals waiting for him at home plate.

Now, waiting for all of them is Roger Clemens in an all-or-nothing Game 7.

Tigers too many for Raiders

Texas Tech’s volleyball team has two good offensive players but Wednesday night, the Red Raiders faced a Missouri team that has many.

The Tigers beat Texas Tech at Hearnes Center 30-20, 30-15, 26-30, 30-20 with four players in double figures in kills. The Red Raiders had two players combine for 37 kills but no other player had more than four.

Schilling, Sox force Game 7

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Gritting his teeth and grimacing throughout, Curt Schilling willed away the pain in his right ankle and the Boston Red Sox got the benefit of two reversed calls to move within one win of the most shocking comeback in baseball postseason history.

Garner tabs Munro for Game 6

ST. LOUIS — Roger Clemens can relax. For now, Pete Munro is the Houston Astros’ pick to pitch them into the World Series.

Simpson helps MU mature into elite defense

After Missouri’s 28-20 loss at Texas on Saturday, there wasn’t a Tiger angrier than Jason Simpson.

Despite leading the Tigers with five solo tackles and a forced fumble, Simpson, a junior safety, dwelled on the fact that the Tigers failed to recover more than one of the four fumbles they forced. If the Tigers had recovered some or all of those, it could have been a different outcome, he said.

SOCCER: Bruins return to form after layoff

The Bruins haven’t forgotten how to win.

After a 10-day absence from soccer competition, a 7-0 win against Marshall at Cosmopolitan Park proved that Tuesday night.

SOCCER: Scoring slump has Hickman reeling

The Kewpies are on a losing streak at the worst possible time.

The Helias Crusaders beat Hickman 1-0 at Hickman Stadium on Tuesday night. Eddie Mulholland’s header provided the lone goal, in the 17th minute.

VOLLEYBALL: Williams exploits defense’s weakness

Kendra Williams might not have been looking for holes in the California defense, but she found them anyway.

Williams had a season-high 10 kills in the Hickman’s 25-12, 25-16 victory against the Pintos at Hickman as the Kewpies improved to 19-8-2.

Strubinger leads MU to fourth place

Missouri placed fourth in the Lady Razorback Invitational with a team total of 921 on Tuesday.

Kelli Strubinger gave her best performance of the season, finishing with a 2-under par 70 in the final round of the tournament.