For many coaches, getting to see players they have coached grow up and evolve into better competitors can be more rewarding than winning.
“I coach just to help out to teach them the game and the fundamentals of it,” said Dan Feiertag, an assistant coach for the St. Charles Sting. “It will help these girls get to the next level of competition, like playing at the high school.”
With 54 seconds to warm up and having not taken a shot, the Lady Hornets were unprepared, and point guard Amber Harris knew it.
“Starting the game I was worried because we were all a little cold but we got into it,” Harris said.
Parents flooded into Brewer Field House on Friday morning as the 13-and-under basketball division of the Show-Me State Games began. Girls came from all over Missouri to compete, and while some of the girls warmed up by shooting layups, Megan Moser of Fredericktown, Mo., concentrated on blocking shots.
There aren’t many basketball coaches who have to worry about being a coach and a dad at the same time. Dan Schmucker is one of the few.
For 12 years, Schmucker has coached both of his daughter’s basketball teams. He started by coaching his oldest daughter’s Catholic Youth Council team, from kindergarten to high school. He gained experience coaching that team and that experience is paying off.
Coach of the Mid Missouri Shooters Steve Walton believes his center/forward Samantha Heck can do it all herself, but usually doesn’t.
Heck, of Middletown, Mo., has played basketball since she was in kindergarten. The 13-year-old Heck has played on 11 different teams, including the Shooters. On Friday during the opening round of the 13-and-under Show-Me Games girls basketball tournament, Heck warmed up with her Shooter teammates preparing to play the Crusaders from Springfield, Mo. At 6-foot, Heck was tallest player on the court.
When you’re on the bench you never know how much playing time you’ll receive. When you enter the game you have a burning desire to prove to your team, your coaches, and yourself that you deserve a starting position. What’s hard about being a bench player is you have good days and you have bad days, just like everyone else, but the bad days seem to be what the coaches remember.
When it comes to playing sports for point guard Lindsey Erickson, basketball is her first choice. Erickson is member of the Springfield, Mo., Crusaders competitive basketball team, but that doesn’t prevent her from being involved with other sports.
Kevin Teevan, Independence Starzz basketball coach, is trying to reach the same goal he did last year. Teevan is trying to coach the Starzz to the 13-and- Under competitive division championship.
The Capital City Lady Knights couldn’t pass up an opportunity to pass.
The Capital City Lady Knights from Jefferson City displayed their basketball skills on Friday in round-robin play in the 13-and-under girls’ tournament in the Show-Me State Games at Brewer Field House.
Derrick Peterson, a former Missouri track standout who will compete in the 800-meter run at next month’s Olympics in Athens, Greece, will be the keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies for the Show-Me State Games. He will speak at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center.
It is the 20th summer the Games, an Olympic-style festival for Missouri amateur athletes of all ages, will be held in Columbia. Competition takes place for the next three weekends at sites throughout the city.
After Thursday, people might not be able to substitute “confusion” for the C in BCS.
A “complete re-evaluation” of the Bowl Championship Series has prompted sweeping changes to the formula that selects the participants in the college football’s national championship game. The system places a greater emphasis on human voters and no longer includes the strength of schedule, quality win and loss components in the formula.
CINCINNATI — Matt Morris knew he had a chance, even after a rough first inning.
Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen each hit two-run home runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-2 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.
Missouri senior Janae Strickland failed to reach the women’s shot put finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif., finishing 15th in Thursday’s preliminaries.
In her final meet as a Tiger, Strickland’s threw 50 feet, one-half inch in her third and final throw.
The Gateway Grizzlies led the league in transactions last year with nearly 50 and won the Frontier League championship.
Entering the second half of this season, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks have shattered the Grizzlies’ number with 68 roster changes, but the results are no where near the same.
With all the changes the Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ roster has undergone, the front gate at Taylor Stadium might as well be a revolving door.
The same can be said for the homes of the Mavericks’ host families.
A hole in one is rare, but Wednesday at the Country Club of Missouri, Denise Knaebel of Moberly made it look easy.
A storm front threatened the final round of the 66th Missouri Women’s Amateur Championship, but as the clouds parted, more than the sun began to shine.
The Show-Me State Games were Melinda Kidder’s first local tae kwon do events competition when she moved to Columbia three years ago, and she has competed in it every year since.
Kidder is pleased the Games, which start Friday, are local so she can bring Boone, her 3-year-old daughter, with her. The competition is close enough to home that she does not have to worry about finding her daughter a place to rest.
Kate Gallagher’s age wasn’t a disadvantage as she took on high school girls at the Big I Youth Championship tournament at A.L. Gustin Golf Course on Tuesday.
“It was fun,” Gallagher said. “I’ve played with them before. I’ve played in this tournament for three years, and I’m kind of used to it.”
Stephens College is adjusting well to its new athletic affiliation.
“It’s really been a smooth transition,” said Dane Pavlovich, the Stars basketball and volleyball coach, said. “It’s been a situation where we had a lot of things in place and ready to go before we heard the official word.”
Missouri junior Brad Smith is included on the preseason watch list for the 2004 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. The list of 42 athletes was released Monday. The award is the oldest and most prestigious in the country for college quarterbacks.
Smith has set the Missouri career offense record with 6,745 yards in 25 games for the Tigers and has 4,310 career passing yards.
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