At 46, Rowdy Gaines stood on the edge of the Oakland Family Aquatic Center pool with his goggles strapped on tight. The race was to be a 50-meter sprint. The pool water reflected to him the image of an aged three-time 1984 Los Angeles Olympic gold medalist.
Gaines had raced and beaten heats of world-class athletes in similar pools across the globe.
When skater Ryan Sublette arrived at Cosmo Park on Saturday, he was really just looking to hang out and skate.
He knew the 2005 Skate Jam was at the skate park, and he knew there was competition for best trick, but he wasn’t really thinking past having fun.
Last year at this time, Jim Parkinson played one of the worst rounds of his life and failed to qualify for the Francis Hagan Match Play Championship field of 64.
So he circled this year’s event on his calendar, and set out for vindication.
The fans aren’t averse to yelling at the players, but the tone is much different than at other kinds of ball parks.
Cheering is as prevalent as anywhere, but it flows steadily and the plays that garner appreciation are usually had to recall later. A force out at second base can put the entire park in an uproar.
Brett Winn would still be involved with baseball, even if the Mavericks hadn’t kept a promise.
He would merely be giving instructions instead of receiving them.
Rodeo is a unique sport. While we see bull riding on TV, there is more to rodeo than just that. It is a sport rich in tradition and Western culture. Here is a list of ten things that you probably do not know about rodeo.
1. The Missouri High School Rodeo Association receives no tax dollars to support the athletes.
As the Saturday morning slack competition ended, everyone in the stands shuffled out the door, the overhead lights started to shut off and Brady Wilson began a seven hour wait until the evening short-go performance and the completion of his first season calf roping in the Missouri High School Rodeo Association.
An hour later, Adrienne Vought, the student president of the MHSRA, began her own wait. She exited a side room after attending her last Board of Directors meeting and strode into the parking lot of the Boone County Fairgrounds. In six hours she would compete in her last high school rodeo, hoping to make it to nationals for the third- consecutive time.
The first 1,000 fans to enter the Taylor Stadium turnstiles Friday night received a free seat cushion. They didn't get much mileage out of their gifts in the early going.
The crowd spen most of the first two innings standing and applauding. Mid-Missouri scored seven runs in that span en route to an 18-1 win over the Chillicothe Paints.
Thomari Story-Harden and Eli Albertson each hit their fourth home runs of the season in the second, tying them for the team lead. Greg Buscher added his second home run of 2005 in the Mavericks' five-run seventh inning.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Mavericks (7-14). Chillicothe fell to 11-11.
Chillichothe's bullpen was so bare near the end of the game that manager Glenn Wilson summoned position players to pitch. The Paints' right fielder and second baseman fared no better on the mound than its regular pitchers.
Mavericks' right-hander Nick Renault (2-1) threw a complete-game four-hitter. His 13 strikeouts werea a team season high. Renault had a perfect game through four innings before Paints' third baseman Beau Blacken singled to lead off the fifth.
Mid-Missouri and Chillicothe play again tonight at 7:05.
Rowdy Gaines tightened his goggles and stepped onto his block for the final of the 100-meter freestyle in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Around 25,000 people watched as the fastest swimmers in the world stood over the pool.
“I remember thinking this was a great chance to swim as an American,” Gaines said.
Dusty Young did more than solidify the Mavericks’ middle infield when he joined the team as its shortstop Tuesday.
He made it possible for Mid-Missouri to boast one of the more inane distinctions in the Frontier League.
For as long as she can remember, Keiara Tatum, 16, has gone to the Armory Sports Center in the heart of downtown Columbia. She said her mother, who played in the Armory’s adult volleyball league, began taking her there when she was a small child.
Tatum said a lot of teenagers hang out at the Armory at 701 E. Ash St., and many would take advantage of the proposed extension of late-night activities the City Council discussed in its June 6 meeting.
Whether it’s on the golf course or in life, D.J. Chung never seems to hit a bad shot.
Chung will continue his pursuit of the Francis Hagan Match Play Championship on Saturday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course. Chung is one of 16 remaining golfers to survive the field of 64.
KANSAS CITY — First they sweep the New York Yankees. Now they’ve swept the Los Angeles Dodgers.
What gives with these supposedly lowly Kansas City Royals? Three weeks ago, they were on track to lose more than 110 games. But since Buddy Bell became their manager they have won 11 of 15, including a 9-6 defeat of Los Angeles on Thursday night that gave them a three-game sweep of the Dodgers.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Tayshaun Prince looked down upon Manu Ginobili, faked him out with a quick move and darted to the basket for a resounding dunk.
It was easy, really. Almost too easy.
Everyone stood as Sara Cunnings rode faster and faster. The 2004 rodeo queen made her way around the arena carrying the American flag while “God Bless America” was sung in the background. Announcer Travis Birdsong started the rodeo by blessing the riders and their families, “as they enjoy the sport we love.”
The arena at the Boone County Fairgrounds erupted in applause as the 2005 Dodge City Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals began at 7 p.m. Thursday. As anticipation grew, Brady Wilson, relieved to be competing in front of his home crowd, stayed relaxed.
There is a unique approach to skateboarding. For skating enthusiasts, it is more about having fun and hanging out with friends than seriously competing and trying to be the best.
So when there is an event dedicated to skating, it shouldn’t be surprising it follows that approach.
TORONTO — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has practically made it his mantra: Ted Lilly has to have a good season if Toronto is going to contend in the AL East.
Lilly finally lived up to the expectations Wednesday night, pitching seven scoreless innings in a 5-2 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Goat tying, pole bending and steer wrestling are some of the events at this year’s Missouri high school rodeo finals.
The 2005 Dodge City Missouri Finals, held today through Sunday at the Boone County Fairgrounds, includes 10 contestants from Boone County.
KANSAS CITY — Jose Lima pitched eight solid innings for his first victory in 14 starts and Emil Brown drove in two runs Thursday night in Kansas City’s 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
To hear Florence manager Jamie Keefe tell it, Jeff Johnson, the team’s radio voice, is Superman.
“He’s outstanding,” Keefe said. “First of all, he’s, in my eyes, probably the best broadcaster in the league. But, more importantly, he throws good BP. And he’s a good sales guy.”