Oh, Shucks

LINCOLN, Neb. — Three straight losses and three straight missed opportunities put the Missouri football team at .500 for the first time since losing its second game of the season Sept. 9 to Troy.

The Tigers lost 24-3 to Nebraska at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, extending their losing streak to three games and getting their 14th consecutive loss in Lincoln. The win puts the Cornhuskers alone in first place in the Big 12 Conference-North Division and is their 36th-straight Homecoming win.

MU backs struggle without Nash

LINCOLN, Neb. – All the questions entering Saturday’s game at Nebraska centered on whether Missouri could replace Damien Nash’s impact in the rushing game.

In the 24-3 loss, the Tigers answered those questions with resounding disappointment, producing a season-low 51 yards on 35 carries and never establishing a consistent threat.

Kewpies gain momentum early

Hickman’s Cedric Alvis stole more than just the ball early in the first half Friday.

When Alvis intercepted Rock Bridge quarterback Logan Gray’s overthrown pass only two plays after a Kewpie touchdown, he took pretty much all the game’s momentum along with it.

Stein tests lineups

The public got its first look at the Missouri women’s basketball team Saturday morning during its Black and Gold scrimmage.

The Tigers took the court for seven simulated games that lasted 10 minutes a piece. Missouri coach Cindy Stein said the team uses these scrimmages to test different lineups and judge chemistry between teammates.

Hickman, Rock Bridge runners advance to state meet

For only the second time in 32 years, Rock Bridge’s boys’ cross country team is headed to the state meet.

The Bruins’ 97 points edged Kickapoo for fourth place at Saturday’s meet at Bethel Park. Hickman’s boys’ and girls’ teams also advanced with finishes of second and fourth, respectively. The top four teams and top 30 individuals advanced to state.

Stephens College swim team loses to Cottey College

Stephens College swimming coach Laura Wacker joked with her athletes after Saturday’s meet against Cottey College.

“I saw you girls talking to those Cottey College swimmers about coming here,” she said. “That was nice of you after they whooped your butts.”

Life cyclists

Brady Beckham doesn’t bike for the fame; his team is hardly noticed. He doesn’t do it for the fortune; he pays for almost all of the expenses out of his own pocket.

The junior competes on the MU cycling team for the same reason his 25 teammates do.

MU women's soccer defeats Alabama

The MU women's soccer team reached .500 by defeating Alabama A&M 5-2 on Friday at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex. The Tigers are 9-9-1 and 5-5 in the Big 12 going into the Big 12 Tournament in San Antonio, Texas next weekend.

Determination lifts Columbia College soccer

Strange things always seem to happen around Halloween. Friday's game between No.15 Columbia College and No. 23 Mid-Continent College (Ky.) was no exception. The game was littered with yellow cards and included a scoreboard which shut off in the second half.

Kewpies cream Bruins

A downpour of rain didn’t keep Hickman running back Brandon Kendrick from compiling 192 yards rushing in the first half against the Rock Bridge Bruins on Friday.

Kendrick’s three touchdowns paced the No. 1 ranked Kewpies, who finished with a 35-0 win against the cross-town Rock Bridge Bruins at Memorial Stadium.

Cardinals’ downfall hard to figure

ST. LOUIS — It can be argued that the St. Louis Cardinals lost the World Series in mid-September, when Scott Rolen and Chris Carpenter went down with injuries.

In the space of a week they lost their ace for the season, and their cleanup hitter was never the same after returning from a calf injury.

Tigers, ’Huskers vie for control

There will be one team atop the Big 12 Conference North Division after Saturday’s game between Missouri and Nebraska.

Neither the Tigers (4-3, 2-2) nor the Cornhuskers (4-3, 2-2) have looked eager to take the lead. Both teams lost last week, and Saturday’s game in Lincoln, Neb. might be the last chance for the teams to control their destiny.

Rock Bridge relishes underdog status

When the Rock Bridge Bruins run onto the field at Memorial Stadium tonight for week nine of their season, they will set foot on the same ground where Missouri greats Corby Jones, Brock Olivo and Justin Gage once played.

But before the Bruins get too caught up in the sense of awe, they will have to remember what they are at Memorial Stadium for: a game with the No. 1 Hickman Kewpies.

Perfect Site

When Friday night rolls around and Jim McNeil sits in the locker room sliding his shoulder pads over his head, he can feel something building up.

McNeil isn’t the biggest player in that locker room. He’s surely not the most athletic. His statistics certainly aren’t worth dropping a jaw over, either.

Cougars up for start of new season

Columbia College women’s basketball coach Mike Davis had a hard time masking his excitement Thursday.

Davis, entering his fourth season as coach of the Cougars, couldn’t help but smile when reporters asked about the potential of this year’s team at media day.

Tigers’ talent to be tested

With its highest national ranking in more than 20 years, the ninth-ranked Missouri women’s cross country team should be optimistic about Saturday’s Big 12 Conference championship in Topeka, Kan.

Colorado has them feeling challenged, though.

Stephens hopes to be heard

At first, the Stephens College Natatorium shows no obvious sign the building houses a swim team.

Long, empty hallways weave throughout the building. None of them seem to lead to a pool.

Kewpies earn district title

Hickman didn’t plan on staging back-to-back comebacks to repeat as district volleyball champions. It just kind of worked out that way.

The Kewpies defeated Troy Buchanan in the championship match of the Class 4 District 8 Tournament 19-25, 25-21, 25-16.

Bruins put together record night

Sometimes ties are a good thing.

Rock Bridge tied two school soccer records in its regular season finale Thursday night while one player set a new one.

Runners tune up for sectionals

Nine Hickman and Rock Bridge seniors might be running their last race Saturday in sectional competition at Bethel Park.

Hickman coach Steve Kissane said his team, especially the seniors, needs to feel a sense of urgency heading into Saturday’s meet.