Missouri defeated Utah 3-0 (30-28, 30-22, 30-21) in the first match of the Tiger Invitational. The match was the Tiger’s season opener. MU won the first two games, then came out of the 10-minute break between games two and three cold. The Utes took an early 10-5 lead, but MU quickly came back going on a seven-point run to take the lead. The Tiger’s went on to lead by as many as six points in the match clinching game.
Nancy Sikobe had to smile. Her team, No. 3 Columbia College, was cruising to a 30-9, 30-6, 30-12 victory over winless Culver-Stockton College when one of Sikobe’s serves hit the net on the Cougars side. Somehow, the ball crawled its way up and over the net and found its way to the floor for an ace.
Lax ticket sales leading up to Saturday’s season-opening football game between Missouri and Arkansas State could make one of the most intense stadiums in the National Football League feel like a ghost town when the teams take the field at 11 a.m. Saturday. According to Dean Lee, athletic director at Arkansas State, the game’s host, ticket sales were resting right around 21,000 as of Thursday afternoon, less than 48 hours before the teams are set to meet. The figure is well below the Tigers’ average attendance from a year ago, 59.570 and almost 40,000 less than when the teams met last season in Columbia.
A kid without a field. That’s what Adam Crossett was 15 years ago, when he would strap on his plastic helmet and pull on his tiny red jersey with the tiny white number, and tear through his Liberty neighborhood on Halloween, pretending he was one of those players that played every Sunday a few miles down the road.
A year ago a Rock Bridge sophomore quarterback made his varsity debut against Marshall. Logan Gray threw two interceptions but managed to lead the Bruins to a 7-0 victory. Since that game, a lot has changed for Gray. After that game, Gray blossomed in his first varsity season, throwing for 2,029 yards and leading Rock Bridge to a 6-4 record. His impressive season has made major programs such as Georgia, Iowa and Missouri take notice. Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile said Gray is a completely different player since that first game.
10. The Arkansas State student union is home to “Clyde”, a 1,000-pound statue of a Native American chief carved in marble. 9. Until 1970, freshmen wore beanies and it became tradition for freshmen to tip their beanies as they passed Clyde.
Gary Pinkel was in a Columbia hotel room, taking a phone call from his recruiting coordinator Dave Yost, when he realized just what he had gotten himself into. It was 2000, and the Missouri football team had just named Pinkel to his first BCS Conference coaching job. Yost was there to bring him back to reality.
Most of the positions on the Hickman football team’s season-opening depth chart list two players. Some go three deep. Running back goes five. As the Kewpies prepare to kick off their season Friday at Lee’s Summit North, they do so with no clear-cut heir to Brandon Kendrick, last year’s All-State running back.
Despite not starting, last season was a big learning experience for Hickman soccer player Brent Tegerdine. Tegerdine, a junior goalkeeper, dutifully watched the seniors and soaked up everything he could. He backed up Drew Huckla, last season’s standout senior goalkeeper, and watched his brother and then-co-captain Travis Tegerdine, who now plays for Columbia College.
Brad Smith leveled for a sack. Marcus Woods dropped for a loss.
Three months and six days ago, 1,071 curious Mavericks fans filed into Taylor Stadium, hoping that things would be different. Nine innings later, they had their answer.
With the game tied at 30-all, Hickman’s No. 1 singles player Katie Glenn took a backswing, ready to put away a shot that would even the second set at five games apiece. But what was intended to sound like a solid shot hit off the sweet spot of the racket was instead the shrill sound of a popped string. Glenn lost the point, and soon after, the match.
Playing the first game of the season is enough to unnerve even the most seasoned player. But Tuesday night, the Hickman volleyball players had a new reason for pre-game jitters. They had to sing the national anthem.
The Rock Bridge boys soccer team, a team with a new coach, new system and several new players, opened the regular season Tuesday evening. The Bruins are preparing to defend their district title by playing a daunting regular-season schedule. Five of their opponents appeared in sectional games last season. Even more challenging is that four of those games are on the road. Not exactly easy for a team with only two players with meaningful varsity experience.
When Rock Bridge, Hickman and Rolla met on Tuesday on the first tee of L.A. Nickell Golf Course, the scene was familiar. The teams took part in the 12-team Crusader Classic Monday, and on Tuesday, they met in a three-team match. Both times, Leslie Fischer led her team to a win.
It took nine innings, but the Hickman softball team kept fighting and captured a 2-1 win against the Kirksville Tigers. Kirksville knotted the game 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, but the Kewpies refused to hang their heads. They kept the score tied into the bottom of the ninth, when junior Jennifer Bieberly came up with runners at second and third and one out. Bieberly ripped the game-winning single up the middle to help the Kewpies improve to 2-0.
Rock Bridge coach Beth Newton likes her volleyball team to play as fast as road runners. Last night’s loss to Helias seemed to her like it was playing in slow motion. The Bruins (0-1) played an improved game compared to last year’s season-opening loss to the Crusaders (1-0), and if it wasn’t for a late breakdown in Game 1, the 25-22, 25-20 loss could have ended differently. The slow play of Helias, however, kept Rock Bridge off-balance all night long.
A strong pitching performance by junior Kelsey Oerly helped the Rock Bridge softball team win its home opener against Sedalia Smith-Cotton 10-5. Oerly got the win for the Bruins (2-2), shutting down the Tigers’ offense for the first four innings before re-entering the game in the sixth inning to close out the victory.
Leslie Fischer couldn’t have been happier about her and the Rock Bridge girls’ golf team’s play Monday. Rock Bridge finished first in the 12-team tournament with 345 stokes at the Crusader Classic outside of Jefferson City at Redfield Golf Club. Fischer led the Bruins with an 81 and finished in a first-place tie.
KANSAS CITY – Nick Punto made good on his second chance. After striking out in the eighth inning with a runner on third, Punto hit a two-run double in the 10th inning to lead the Minnesota Twins past the Kansas City Royals 3-1 Monday night.