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Back in the saddle

By the start of kindergarten, Collin Bartels had already beaten cancer. In 2005, the cancer came back. Bartels, now cancer-free again, is competing in this weekend’s Missouri State High School Rodeo Championships at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Chasing Rodeo dreams

High schoolers across Missouri gave up their weekends to compete in rodeos throughout the school year.

The athletes travelled to 16 different locations across the state to compete in 32 rodeos throughout the Missouri High School Rodeo season in order to qualify for the state finals.

Rising Above

KANSAS CITY — Brian Bannister won his third consecutive start with seven scoreless innings and Esteban German had three hits and three RBIs, leading Kansas City past St. Louis 8-1 Tuesday night.

Kelly competes in U.S. Open

University of Missouri’s John Kelly, who competed in the Masters earlier this year, will be competing in the U.S. Open Thursday in Oakmont, PA. Kelly is one of eight collegians across the country who will be participating in the tournament.

Exercise, not Breaking The Record, was the goal

For some people 5:30 a.m. is time to call it a night and head home. But for the 167 participants in Tuesday’s Breaking the Record Run, 5:30 a.m. was the perfect time to go for a jog.

Full Steam Ahead

Franklin comfortable with setup role in Cards’ bullpen

ST. LOUIS — Ryan Franklin has found his comfort zone. After working most of his first five seasons as a starter with Seattle, the right-hander spent last season with Philadelphia and Cincinnati as a reliever. Both the Phillies and the Reds bounced him around in various roles and he said he never felt settled with either team.

Pujols befuddles Angels

Albert Pujols said he wasn’t making pitchers pay for mistakes earlier in the season. He’s making them pay now.

Turning it on

Jacob Schneider, a 17-year-old student from Hickman High School, has been around horses all his life. His entire family competes in barrel racing, a horse racing event where riders have to maneuver their horse around barrels.

Tigers men’s basketball holds elite hoops camp

Missouri men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson and his staff hosted the Tigers annual Elite Camp Friday and Saturday. The first day of camp began with team stretching, and then the campers were split into six groups. Each group went to a station with an assistant coach and was taught some of basketball’s most fundamental lessons.

MU’s Bond, Frey headed to pros

Missouri center fielder Evan Frey and second baseman Brock Bond had their names called on Friday, Day 2 of the Major League Baseball draft. The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Frey in the 10th round. Bond, the 734th overall pick, went in the 24th round to the San Francisco Giants.

Cardinals can’t keep pace

Recent Cardinals and Royals games summarized

Getting back on his feet

While shaving, Howard Wilson, 58, of O’Fallon, noticed a small bump the size of a golf ball on his throat. On Oct. 31, 2006, Wilson found out that he had a life-threatening form of lymph node cancer. Less than two weeks later, Wilson underwent a 61/2-hour surgery to remove the growth.

Money shot

One of thousands of clay targets met its demise at the hands of shooters and the Rock Bridge Lions Club on Saturday, who for the past 13 years have helped put on the Food Bank Classic at the River Hills Shooting Range.

Vanderbilt lefty top draft pick

David Price is bringing his blazing fastball and sizable shoe collection to Tampa Bay. The hard-throwing left-hander out of Vanderbilt was selected by the Devil Rays with the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft Thursday.

Accomplished golfer

As a freshman in high school, Kelsey Meyer accomplished something few Missouri golfers have done. She won individual state titles in 2003 and 2005. But, that’s not all. In 2006, she helped lead the Nerinx Hall girl’s golf team to its first state title. “The kid is just amazing,” Nerinx Hall coach Tammie Deschler said. “She’s so level headed and she has a great work ethic.”

The Mightiest of all

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Teemu Selanne sat on the bench with tears in his eyes, remembering the days when the Anaheim Ducks were mighty in name only. After 14 seasons and various stops around the Western Conference, the Finnish Flash and the rest of his Ducks teammates are first-time Stanley Cup champions. Well, all except Scott Niedermayer, now a four-time winner of hockey’s most cherished prize.

Kansas City falls to Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Fausto Carmona is putting himself in position to make the American League All-Star team.

Carmona won his seventh consecutive decision, leading the Indians over the Kansas City Royals 8-3 Thursday.

“The people picking the team are going to have to consider him,” Cleveland catcher Victor Martinez said. “He’s throwing the ball great.”

Cardinals draft seven prospects

ST. LOUIS — Intangibles beyond the raw numbers led the St. Louis Cardinals to select Oklahoma high school shortstop Pete Kozma with the 18th overall pick of the baseball draft on Thursday.

Royals use No. 2 pick on prep star

KANSAS CITY — There was pandemonium at the Mike Moustakas house.

The husky shortstop knew that setting California high school home run records had made him a hot topic among major league scouts. But not until his name was called on television Thursday afternoon did he know the Kansas City Royals would make him the No. 2 selection in baseball’s June draft.

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