Racing fans thought Carl Edwards would only be there to sign autographs.
As it turned out, the NASCAR star did more.
The Missouri women’s golf team will try to finish the regular season well today and Monday in the Susie Maxwell Berning Golf Classic in Norman, Okla.
It will be the No. 16 Tigers’ final tune-up before the Big 12 Conference Tournament on April 22-24 in Austin, Texas. With five other Big 12 teams at the tournament in Norman, the Tigers should know what to expect in two weeks.
The hole was set up perfectly. Straight up the hill, maybe 200 feet away, the soft green light of a glow stick could be seen hanging around the top of the 18th hole.
Missouri got unlucky on a close call in the bottom of the ninth inning of a tie game. Then Gary Arndt came to the plate and made everybody forget about it.
The No. 23 Tigers beat No. 18 Texas A&M 2-1 Friday night at Taylor Stadium in a well-played game.
The Hickman girls’ swimming and diving team defeated Rock Bridge and Glendale in a dual meet on Friday at Hickman. Rock Bridge also dropped its meet against Glendale.
Spencer Laurie, a sophomore guard for the Missouri men’s basketball team, has decided to transfer at the end of the spring semester, the Missouri athletic department announced Thursday.
“Spencer has epitomized what being a student-athlete and teammate is all about,” Missouri coach Quin Snyder said in a release. “I appreciate all of the contributions he has made while he has been here and the attitude he brought to the court each and every day. We wish him nothing but the best.”
It took Kenny Edwards a while, but he is finally venturing into the family business.
The younger brother of NASCAR star and Columbia native Carl Edwards will compete in his first race Saturday night at 24 Raceway, just east of Moberly.
C.J. Mosley and Atiyyah Ellison were the foundation of a Missouri defense that was No. 2 in the Big 12 Conference in yards allowed last season. The duo, which started every game in the interior of the defensive line last season, is gone now.
But Ellison exhausted his eligibility and Mosley decided to leave the Tigers for the NFL a year early. Rebuilding the line is perhaps the Tigers’ biggest need on defense.
The Missouri women’s tennis team will try to get back on track this weekend when they play host to Kansas State at 2 p.m. today and Kansas at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The Tigers (12-5, 2-4), ranked No. 47 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rankings, have lost their past three matches, all Big 12 Conference contests. The most recent was a tough 5-2 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday. The Tigers were swept in doubles, which led them to emphasize that this week in practice.
Hickman captured the William Woods Tournament title on Thursday at Tanglewood Golf Course in Fulton.
Hickman led the 12-team field with a score of 310. Jefferson City finished second with 314 and Helias was third with 316. Drew Wier and Kyle Kovar led the Kewpies with 76s. Nick Wilson added a 77 and D.J. Chung shot 81.
Lost in Missouri’s series win against Texas Tech last weekend were the struggles of a key group of Tiger hitters: the top three in the order. The Tigers scored 25 runs on 13 hits in Friday’s win, but even in that impressive offensive performance the top three spots were a combined 1-for-14. Saturday was another Tiger win but another rough day for Bryson LeBlanc, Derek Chambers and John McKee. They went 0-for-10.
Those top-of-the-order woes finally hurt the No. 23 Tigers in Sunday’s 5-3 loss. The top three spots were 1-for-14 without a run scored.
For the first time at home this season, the Hickman girls’ soccer team was the one shut out.
Unable to use their normal rotation, the Kewpies lost 5-0 to the St. Teresa’s Academy Stars on Thursday at Cosmopolitan Park. Coach Jon Strodtman put the blame on himself.
Rock Bridge’s Karissa Nedoma was racing down the right side of the field when a precise pass reached her feet.
Sophomore Erin Bucko placed the ball in front of Nedoma with just enough space for her to hit a shot into the back of the net to break a tie midway through the second half.
Being short a player didn’t affect Westminster’s performance Thursday against Stephens.
Bringing five players instead of the allotted six, the Blue Jays women’s tennis team overcame two forfeited matches to defeat the Stars 7-2.
It’s clear there is not much competition between Hickman and Rock Bridge tennis when neither coach can remember the last time Hickman won.
The trend didn’t change Thursday. The Bruins defeated the Kewpies 8-1 on Hickman’s tennis courts.
Aside from charting Missouri’s seven home runs, there was little suspense surrounding its two blowout wins Wednesday afternoon.
The Tigers swept Iowa State in a doubleheader at University Field. They won 9-1 in Game 1 and 11-1 in Game 2. Both games ended in five innings because of the eight-run rule.
The Hickman baseball team can be dominant. Sometimes it just takes them a little while.
Hickman hitters needed a few looks at Hannibal pitcher Taylor Logan on Wednesday before they built an insurmountable lead and beat the visiting Pirates 10-0.
HOUSTON — Andy Pettitte felt better than he had in a long time, going all the way back to his final game with the New York Yankees almost 18 months ago.
He pitched like it, too.
DETROIT — After a layoff of more than a year, Runelvys Hernandez was eager to prove his recovery from elbow surgery is complete.
“I waited a long time for this moment,” he said Wednesday after leading the Kansas City Royals to a 7-2 victory against the Detroit Tigers.
As Kyle Hawkins watched the Rock Bridge and Hickman lacrosse game from the sideline at Cosmopolitan Park, all he could do was smile.
Laughing children ran around the empty side of the field, shooting on empty goals and playing catch with their lacrosse sticks. This was one of the events that every player and fan of lacrosse in Columbia comes to.