Kylie Bain stood out on the dirt at shortstop at the Rainbow Softball Complex at Cosmo Park wearing the glove she once used as her motivation.
She was also wearing a knee brace but other than that, watching her play Saturday and Sunday in the Show-Me State Games, you would never know what she has been through the past four months.
The Wildhaber family from Columbia has played miniature golf all over the country, from Atlantic Beach, N.C., to the Grand Canyon. Vickie Wildhaber said that they play every year when they go on vacation.
“The fun thing about mini golf is that each course is different,” Vickie Wildhaber said. “It doesn’t get boring.”
Sharen Speckhals doesn’t like to use a lot of words, in fact, the shorter the phrase the better. Neither her inflection nor her coaching advice really changes, and it is this way on and off the volleyball court.
This becomes apparent after spending time with her and the nine girls that make up the Hermann/New Haven, or HNH, club volleyball team that competed Sunday in the 16-and-under age division at the Show-Me State Games.
Joe Freeman was pleased that his son Cody’s baseball team, the Lebanon Yellowjackets won the Show-Me State Games’ 16-team 9-and-under baseball championship Sunday at Antimi Fields in Cosmopolitan Park.
But he said he would have been pleased no matter what the outcome was.
Wearing a striped black and white shirt and with her hair piled on top of her head, Barb Brummet laid down on a mat in the Hearnes Center gym, keeping her focus on her job: refereeing a boys 10-and-under wrestling match for the Show-Me State Games.
“I’m always looking for a match,” she said, pointing to the six mats covering the floor. “I want to make sure this sport is still here in 20 years for my grandchildren.”
Before the start of their match Saturday afternoon, coach Roger Hulett told his players to roll around in the dirt.
“We had just gotten new white jerseys,” said Hulett, who coaches The Wave, an under-10 soccer team from Lake of the Ozarks that participated in Show-Me State Games this weekend.
ST. LOUIS — Derrek Lee matched his career best for home runs with 65 games to spare. Of more concern to him is whether the Chicago Cubs can use the rest of the season to make a playoff run.
“It feels good,” Lee said after hitting his major league-leading 32nd home run in a 6-5 victory Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. “But it was a huge game for us. We just have to find a way to put it together and keep it together.”
After six days and more than 1,500 miles of racing, MU’s SunTiger VI is in eighth place out of 20 solar cars competing in the North American Solar Challenge.
On Friday SunTiger drove the 74 miles from Joliette, North Dakota to Winnipeg, Manitoba , completing the second leg of the competition.
Kalamazoo Kings manager Fran Riordan speaks well of Taylor Stadium.
His team was 5-0 there this season before Saturday night, having outscored Mid-Missouri 65-20.
KANSAS CITY — Three hits produced a big inning for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Shea Hillenbrand and Eric Hinske each hit two-run doubles in a six-run fifth inning as the Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 9-4 on Saturday night.
Patches of light blue, red and orange dotted the crowd gathered in the top sections of Hearnes Center on Friday evening, awaiting the ceremonial lighting of the torch, officially beginning the 21st annual Show-Me State Games.
“Everybody just tells us we need to come,” said Julie Means, wearing her red Tigers’ Baseball shirt. Along with the team, she and other parents traveled more than 240 miles from Lamar and surrounding towns to attend the games.
Derric Winder crouched at the edge of a red, white and blue mat at and offered support to his son.
“Drake, wrap her leg up,” Winder yelled.
If there was such a thing as a Show-Me State Games legend, Steve McGee would be it.
At the age of 42, McGee was the oldest competitor in the 30-and-over division at the wrestling competition held at Hearnes Center Saturday.
Dressed in a flowing red and gold sequined skirt, Fresa Jacobs doesn’t look like the commissioner of a Show-Me State Games event.
Exhausted and maybe a little delirious, Jacobs and three of her ultimate cohorts sat under a white tent on Hinkson Field on Saturday, talking about margaritas, throwing around a bruised banana and radioing each other on walkie-talkies while sitting two feet apart.
Katie Tyre can throw some weight around. And it didn’t take her long to learn to do it either.
While most of us would think long and hard about dead lifting 300 pounds, Tyre, 17, of Slater, made it look easy, winning both the bench press and overall powerlifting gold medals in the women’s 17-19, 198-pound weight class Saturday. She bench pressed 100 pounds.
Each time he bowled a strike, Steven Little of Ava, a small town in southwest Missouri, threw his arms in the air and celebrated with an arm-jerking, arm-flailing dance while his daughter Megan, 15, watched and groaned.
“Dad!” she moaned.
Two four-run innings helped the Kalamazoo Kings to an 8-4 victory over the Mavericks Friday night at Taylor Stadium.
Mid-Missouri fell to 17-35. Kalamazoo improved to 31-21.
Mavericks' third baseman Brent Metheny was 4-5 with two doubles and two RBI. His efforts weren't enough as the team stranded 13 runners.
Mid-Missouri's fourth consecutive loss wasn't the only thing to damper the spirits of the crowd of 996.
Kings' third baseman Justin McClain's failure to strike out didn't appease fans on Bud Beer Batter night. As per an in-game promotion, fans would have been able to buy a 12-ounce Budweiser beer for $1 in the 10 minutes following any McClain strikeout. It never happened.
McClain's two-run home run with one out in the fourth inning opened the scoring for Kalamazoo. He smacked the first pitch over the William Woods University sign next to the Mavericks' bullpen in left field.
Mid-Missouri concludes a six-game homestand Saturday, hosting the Kings at 7:05.
Mike Jones is all about taking advantage of opportunities.
Just look at his career in the NFL. Jones played 12 years in the league as a linebacker for the Los Angeles (and later Oakland) Raiders, the St. Louis Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
When Columbia’s David Gladura competes in the shot put and discus at the Show-Me State Games this weekend, he will have a bigger competition in mind: the 2007 State Games of America.
His goal is not just for himself. His sons Philip, 5, and Christian, 11, will also be competing in track and field.
Ken Kovach holds the Guinness World Record for the most revolutions of a hula hoop on a trampoline in one minute. He broke his original record by eight revolutions when he did 129 live on the Regis and Kelly morning show.
Hula hoop tricks are only a part of the show the Skyriders, an acrobatic entertainment group based in New York, has planned for the opening ceremonies of the Show-Me State Games at 7 p.m. at Hearnes Center. Kovach said the Skyriders will perform an impressive selection of routines.