Tiger seniors eager to set tempo

The seniors on the Missouri football team aren’t fooling around this preseason.

After Sunday’s practice, the seniors weren’t satisfied with the team’s effort. They met and decided it was up to them to create a better practice environment.

Flipping over silver

ATHENS, Greece — Blaine Wilson paced like an expectant father. Teammate Guard Young sat calmly, scribbling numbers on a piece of paper. Morgan Hamm bounced like a boxer during warm-ups.

Nervous? Naturally. After two decades and too many disappointments to count, the Americans were down to one routine on the high bar Monday to determine whether they would be in the medals ceremony . . . or watch it again.

Harvey seeks old feats with foot

Last spring was painful in many ways for fourth-year punter Brock Harvey.

Harvey, Missouri’s starting punter the past two seasons, had surgery on his right, kicking foot after last season that forced him to miss the spring training period.

Punting game up in air

Senior punter Brock Harvey has had to answer the same question a lot this summer: Why was the punting game inconsistent last season?

“It was a combination of things,” Harvey said. “If it was one thing, I probably could have fixed it. A lot of it was mental and mechanic-wise and just getting comfortable behind the line. I can’t pinpoint things.”

McDonald edges Sanders for title

David McDonald might be known for his distance off the tee, but his short game won him his second straight Kiwanis Columbia Championship against nine-time winner Dee Sanders.

McDonald shot a 67 on Sunday to bring him to a 208 total and a five-stroke win against Sanders. Jim Starr was third at 217.

Mavericks finish Windy City sweep

It took extra innings, but the Mid-Missouri Mavericks got their series sweep.

The Mavericks completed the four-game sweep of the Windy City ThunderBolts, winning 7-6 in 12 innings at Taylor Stadium on Sunday.

Focused on history

ATHENS, Greece — Michael Phelps wasn’t taking any chances.

The night before, he fired up by watching the movie “Miracle.” While on deck at the Olympic pool, he had Eminem’s “’Till I Collapse” blaring in his headphones. Before climbing atop the starting block, he stared down the 50-meter strip of water.

Champ in lead after 2nd round

Lake of the Woods Golf Course is referred to as LOW, but the scores on Saturday were anything but.

Defending champion David McDonald shot a 2-under-par 69 to take a one-stroke lead at 141 in the second round of the Kiwanis Columbia Championship.

WR Bracey wants to make name for himself quickly

Greg Bracey can get where he wants to go in a hurry.

In the summer of 2001, Bracey, then at Vincent High in Milwaukee, Wis., won the 200 meters at the Junior Olympics in 21.59 seconds. When Bracey was a junior, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel named him the area track athlete of the year after he won the state 400 in 48.2. He also finished second in the 200 and 4x100 relay.

Storybook hit for Story-Harden

Thomari Story-Harden picked the best time to hit a grand slam.

The Mavericks overpowered the Windy City ThunderBolts, earning a 13-5 win at Taylor Stadium on Saturday. The Mavericks improved to 24-55, and the ThunderBolts dropped to 37-43.

MU athletes await Olympic events

Jared Wilmes has four years of his life tied up in preparing for the Olympics.

The assistant track and field coach at MU has been working closely with Derrick Peterson, a runner who will begin competing in the 800–meter event on Aug. 25.

Keeping Pace

During his two years as a star linebacker at Rock Bridge, Van Alexander seldom was unable to catch up to the play.

In setting a school record with 400 tackles, Alexander was usually making the play.

Former Missouri star dies

ST. LOUIS — Ernest Blackwell a standout on the Missouri football team in 1997, shot his stepdaughter and attacked neighbors, then died after struggling with police, authorities said Thursday.

Blackwell, 29, of St. Louis County, died Wednesday night. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday. Results were not yet known.

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.