Bruins poised for perfection

From sideline to sideline, baseline to the net, the tennis player is alone covering the court. Professional tennis is as much of an individual sport as there is.

Not so in high school.

Variety part of Cougars’ rotation

The nationally ranked Cougars have perservered despite the numerous injuries of teamates this season. Cougars coach Melinda Wrye-Washington and the team have counteracted this hardship with optimism and a readiness for whatever comes, including various lineups. The teammates are ready for today's challenge at the Houston Baptist University Invitational today.

Bruins running up wins behind Keown

It was during the summer that Rock Bridge senior Jimmy Keown began realizing what might be in store for this year’s Bruins cross country team. He could feel the expectations of the upcoming season rising while running with other teammates.

“We hoped we could do our best,” Keown said, “and in the back of my mind, there was the possibility that maybe we could do this.”

Hickman settles down to defeat Jays

Hickman almost got a little too comfortable with its lead Thursday night.

The Kewpies volleyball team defeated visiting Jefferson City 29-27, 25-14 and improved to 14-7-1.

23 Texan Tigers ready for trip home

Although Missouri’s Homecoming game is Oct. 23 against Oklahoma State, Saturday’s game at Texas will be a homecoming for many of the Tigers.

There are 23 players on the Missouri roster who will face old high school opponents when the Tigers travel to Texas to play the No. 9 Longhorns.

Red tide of Cardinals fans rises in Columbia

The world of staunch St. Louis Cardinals fan and 9-year-old Colin Glennon turned upside down on a winter day in 1988.

As he walked into the kitchen of his family’s Columbia home before school one morning, he heard the news: The Cardinals traded beloved second baseman Tommy Herr to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Tom Brunansky.

Extra Points

Texas snapped Missouri’s four-match winning streak Wednesday night in Austin.

Missouri dropped to 10-5 on the season and 5-3 in the Big 12 Conference.

Ekwerekwu at home in Texas

After losing his redshirt status last season, Brad Ekwerekwu entered his sophomore season with high expectations and a starting position.

But as the Arlington, Texas, native prepares to face No. 9 Texas (4-1, 1-1 Big 12 Conference), he has yet to live up to the preseason hype.

Lions deliver late knockout blow

It wasn’t a soccer match Tuesday night. It was a heavyweight fight, and a wet one at that.

At the end of 90 minutes the scorecard gave the nod to No. 6 Lindenwood as the Lions beat Columbia College 2-1 at Owens Soccer Stadium.

Defense ignored as key to volleyball

Defense is obviously a key part of every football or basketball game. In volleyball, however, it’s often overlooked.

But Missouri used strong defense to confound Texas A&M on Saturday night for its four-th straight victory. The streak gives the Tigers much-needed momentum before they trek to Austin, Texas, at 6:30 tonight to play undefeated and No. 9-ranked Texas.

MU golfers finish third at Bluffs

The Missouri men’s golf team finished third out of 13 schools at the Missouri Bluffs Challenge Tuesday in St. Charles.

The Tigers were tied for first with Miami of Ohio going into the final 18 holes, but Memphis, which entered the final round two strokes back, posted an 11-under 273 to jump both teams.

Smith thrives after change

Last season, Brian Smith provided Missouri with a speed rusher off the edge of its defense and the team named him freshman of the year, an honor he shared with fellow defensive end Xzavie Jackson.

After leading the team with eight sacks in 2003, Smith had none in the first two games this season and was making little impact for the Missouri defense.

Game 3 letdown Cougars’ lone slip

Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington could have been critical of the Cougars’ Game 3 performance Monday against Missouri Baptist.

It was the No. 7 Cougars’ closest game in their 30-18, 30-12, 30-26 win at The Arena of Southwell Complex. The Cougars fell behind 7-1 but came back to tie at 19. The Spartans also had a mini-rally after falling behind 28-22, scoring three consecutive points before losing the game.

Sooners out for revenge

The rematch of last season’s Big 12 Conference championship game looks like a good opportunity for Oklahoma to get revenge against Kansas State.

The Wildcats demoralized the Sooners 35-7 last year, ending Oklahoma’s perfect season and showing that the Sooners were not invincible before the Bowl Championship Series title game. Oklahoma then lost 21-14 to LSU in the Sugar Bowl, ending its chance to share the national championship with USC.

Missouri men’s golf team second at Bluffs Challenge after first day

The Missouri men’s golf team is tied with Miami of Ohio for the lead at 1-under after the first day of the Missouri Bluffs Challenge in St. Charles.

The Tigers shot the best score of the afternoon round with a 283.

Rucker thrives near goal line

Quarterback Brad Smith has found a reliable, big target down around the goal line in tight end Martin Rucker.

Rucker, a 6-foot-5 redshirt freshman from St. Joseph, helped jumpstart the Missouri offense, catching two touchdowns in the Tigers’ 30-10 win at Baylor on Saturday night. Rucker has caught nine passes this season, three of them for touchdowns.

Bad aim limiting Tigers’ scoring

The Missouri women’s soccer team fired 21 shots at the Iowa State goal, only to watch them hit the posts, hit the crossbar or fail to elude Iowa State goalkeeper Jo Haig. It was a frustrating end to a frustrating weekend for the Tigers, who fell to Iowa State 2-0 at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex.

Young & Restless

It was a key match for the Missouri volleyball team. After the Tigers easily won the first two games against No. 23 Colorado on Oct. 2, the Buffaloes made the third-game close.

MU had a match point at 32-31, but it looked like the Tigers wouldn’t capitalize. Colorado’s best outside hitter, Allie Griffin, leaped for a set on the right side and spiked the ball.

Tigers soccer unable to defeat Kansas

The Missouri Women's soccer team fell to rival Kansas 3-1 on Friday at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex, bringing MU's record to 5-7-1, 2-3-0 in the Big 12 and the ninth-ranked Kansas moves to 12-2-0, 4-1-0 in the Big 12.

Big 12 turnover

Missouri took control of its destiny, and it did so in unexpected fashion.

After entering the season known for offensive brilliance, the Tigers have relied on their defense to win and did again Saturday night, securing a 30-10 defeat of Baylor.