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New ballpark named for Country Atkins

The long-awaited baseball complex is nearing completion but can’t open without a name. It is named in honor of Country Atkins, the father of Tom Atkins, who donated the land for the park.

Blue Thunder Track Club sending seven athletes to national Junior Olympics

Seven children from the Blue Thunder Track Club of Columbia qualified to compete in the National Junior Olympics this month in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Missouri grad heads to Arena Football League playoffs

Craig Heimburger, a offensive lineman for the Cleveland Gladiators, has extended his professional football career by playing for the team.

Carly and Ally Offerdahl bring home medals from taekwondo competition

In June, Carly won a World Champion and Ally won a silver medal at the Taekwondo World Championship in Little Rock, Ark.

MU softball team shows smarts

During the spring 2008 semester, the Missouri softball team combined for a 3.37 grade-point average, marking the highest team GPA for the softball team since the start of the program in 1975.

Free sports will be available to MU students starting this fall

Under a new plan, MU students will be able to attend many sporting events for free. The All-Sports Pass will also be replaced by a new Student Season Ticket Combo.

Honor for tee-ball player well deserved

Six-year-old Jill Zulovich defied all odds to overcome cancer and will play in a tee-ball game at the White House.

Columbia teen qualifies for championship golf competition.

Tyler Kolb, a 14-year-old Columbia golf player, qualified for the Callaway Junior World Championship on July 13-17 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.

Diabetes doesn't deter dancer

Even though diabetes makes it difficult for her to dance at times, Eureka High School senior Danielle Scheetz refuses to give up her craft.

Gibson named to U.S. national baseball team

Missouri pitcher Kyle Gibson earned a spot on the National Team's 20-man roster after two weeks of trials .

Tour of Missouri to add new stage when race returns in September

The race, which drew about 370,000 spectators last year, will not go through Columbia.

Tour of Missouri bicycle race adds extra day of competition

The competition could include participation from Olympic medalists of the Beijing Games.

Senior shooters aim for camaraderie not just competition

Competitors in this weekend’s Missouri State Senior Games shooting competition said they were there more for each other than winning medals.

Senior bowling games breed fellowship with competition

Competitors at the Missouri State Senior Games say there are several reasons they enjoy spending time at the bowling alley.

High School bull rider competes after injury

Kaleb Baurichter, a 15-year-old bull rider, was injured at the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals last weekend but came back to compete the next night.

Runner going strong at 88

Although 88-year-old Ed Burnham’s 15-minute mile pace would have put him last place in the Missouri State Senior Games’ 10K run, he says he doesn’t care. He runs because of his love for it.

Senior Games pool tournament given new look

Both the game and the venue changed this year.

Seniors compete in Missouri State Senior Games darts tournament

The Missouri State Senior Games held a darts competition Saturday morning at Hearnes Center.

Women and men share basketball court at senior games

Only one women’s team registered for the 3-on-3 basketball competition. Three men’s teams agreed to play them so they could participate in the Missouri State Senior Games.

Archer overcomes the odds to continue competing

In 1978, Carroll Walker lost his right arm in a farming accident. Since then, he has had to learn how to shoot his bow and arrow by using his mouth.

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