Columbia links see areas’ best

At first glance, the Kiwanis Columbia Championship is another local tournament. There are tee times, local courses and familiar players, but without an invitation, there is no hope to compete.

The tournament takes place on three courses, including Lake of the Woods and the Country Club of Missouri, beginning today and ending Sunday.

Timing right for full pads

Putting the Missouri football team in full pads today for the first time this preseason might be more of a necessity than part of the regular practice plan.

Thursday’s two-hour practice at Memorial Field, with players in upper body pads and helmets, featured some hard hits by the offense and defense.

Attempting to beat the odds

At 236 pounds, Zach Kauflin looks the part of a defensive lineman. His biceps bulge from underneath his gray shirt. His 6-foot-2-inch frame reflects his dedication to athletics.

Underneath this powerful exterior, bandages and IV tubing affixed to his chest tell another story.

Heading in the right direction

Freshman quarterback Darrell Jackson is an inch taller and ten pounds heavier than Brad Smith. Maybe one day he can fill Smith’s shoes.

Jackson is competing with freshmen Mack Breed and Chase Patton, a former Rock Bridge standout, and sophomore Brandon Coleman to back up Smith, a potential Heisman Trophy candidate.

Eligibility issue stalls tailback

After participating in the first two fall practices, Tony Temple, a freshman running back, was held out of Wednesday’s practice after a problem with his eligibility arose with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Temple, from Rockhurst High in Kansas City, was ranked the No. 2 running back in the country by last year and the No. 18 player overall.

Chasing a new system

Even though Missouri’s preseason is two days old, quarterback Chase Patton has his hands full dealing with a faster game.

“(It is faster) all around. Just like the plays they put in, they put in a lot more than I’m used to in high school,” Patton said before Tuesday’s practice. “Then you get out there and the defense’s speed is different, a lot faster.

Club tri-ific again

The Columbia Multisport Club won its second straight National Club Triathlon Championship on Sunday in Boulder, Colo.

CMC won Division I, the grouping for teams with the most racers. The event used five divisions.

Forward progress

In the second day of practice Missouri’s offense did what teams are expected to do in preseason practices: improve.

Although the defense intercepted five passes Tuesday in seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills at Memorial Stadium, the offense had more success with its passing game than it had Monday.

Mavericks stay on roll, slam Rascals

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks beat the River City Rascals 12-1 on Tuesday night at T.R. Hughes Ballpark, in O’Fallon for their third straight win.

It is the first time the Mavericks (21-53) beat the Rascals (38-37) by more than two runs this season. The Mavericks are 3-10 against River City.

Going deep

Judging from Monday’s first practice, coach Gary Pinkel’s recruiting efforts have started to yield dividends.

Pinkel and the Missouri football team began preseason practices at Memorial Stadium with what Pinkel called his most competitive team since arriving at Missouri.

Starting from scratch

Southern Boone High and the town of Ashland have something to cheer about on Friday nights this fall.

Monday was the first day of practice for the Eagles’ 45 varsity football players. The team’s coach, Mike Hall, is set to return to the varsity sidelines. Hall coached junior varsity football for Southern Boone last year.

New coach, new direction

It was a new start Monday for the Rock Bridge volleyball team.

Beth Newton ran her first practice as the Bruins’ coach. An assistant at Hickman last year, Newton said she is eager to start her own program.

Mavs take series from Grizzlies

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks won their first series against the Frontier League’s defending champions.

The Mavericks beat the Gateway Grizzlies 6-5 Monday night at Taylor Stadium to win their second game of the three-game series. It was the third night in a row the Mavericks played the Grizzlies in a one-run game.

MU’s Uldal gets Olympic berth

Hans Uldal, a decathlete for the Missouri track and field team, will compete for Norway in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Uldal is the first Tiger decathlete to go to the Olympics since Brutus Hamilton competed in 1924.

Uldal, a sophomore, set the MU record two weeks ago at the Norwegian National Combined Event Championships with 7,733 points. Earlier in the year, Uldal took fifth in the NCAA Championships and second at the Big 12 Conference Championships.

Football in the air

After a solid 2003 season, the long wait for football to return to Missouri has ended.

The Tigers will begin preseason practice at 3:45 p.m. today in Memorial Stadium. The preseason period will continue for 23 more practices, two scrimmages and conclude with the home opener Sept. 4 against Arkansas State.

Renteria sparks Cards

ST. LOUIS — One of the players who might have to move to another spot in the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup to make way for Larry Walker helped them finish off the New York Mets.

Edgar Renteria tied his career high with five hits and the Cardinals handed Al Leiter his worst loss of the year in a 6-2 victory Sunday that completed a three-game sweep.

Mavs hold off Grizzlies

For a while it looked like the Mid-Missouri Mavericks were going to let another one slip away.

After making it interesting in the end, the Mavericks held on and defeated the Gateway Grizzlies 7-6 on Sunday at Taylor Stadium.

Two chances not enough for Post 202

SEDALIA — It is heartbreaking enough to lose one championship game. Columbia Post 202 lost two of them.

The Blue Springs A’s foiled Post 202’s two chances to win the American Legion state championship, winning 11-6 and 11-10 on Saturday at Liberty Park.

Multisport club on the road again

Last August, 52 triathletes from Columbia Multisport Club confidently went to Boulder, Colo., to compete in the USA Triathlon National Club Championship. They were so confident that they brought T-shirts and a banner declaring them national champions.

It was their first year at the competition, and they won Division I.

All-Stars’ run ends

The Columbia All-Stars were eliminated Friday in the semifinals of Little League Baseball’s 11- and 12-year-old Midwest Regional, losing for the second time to Iowa 5-4.

Columbia manager Mark Pfeiffer said he was pleased with his team’s performance despite the loss.