Carl Edwards doesn’t have many typical days anymore. He’s sitting inside a trailer at the Kansas Speedway talking to yet another reporter by phone. It’s a mere four hours before the scheduled start of his Busch Series race. He doesn’t get as much time to reflect anymore. That’s because Edwards has hit the big time in NASCAR and it’s happened sooner than he or anyone expected.
Byron Bundy has the smile of an overjoyed 8-year-old, and the schedule of an overbooked surgeon. On weekdays, the Hickman junior is at school by 6 a.m., honing his basketball shot before the school day begins. At lunch, he’s in the gym shooting. After school, the wide receiver hits the practice field with the rest of the football team.
Rock Bridge doubles partners Ashley Miles and Karla Kruse are going to the state tennis tournament. They qualified Saturday in dominating fashion. Miles and Kruse cruised through a 6-0, 6-0 state-qualifying, semi-finals match at the district tournament in just over 20 minutes on their home courts at Rock Bridge.
After Rock Bridge junior running back Scott Concannon’s sixth carry at Friday night’s game, he and the rest of the Bruins feared the worst. Less than five minutes into the game and with the Bruins driving on the Francis Howell Central 8-yard line, Concannon took a toss right to the outside and planted on his left foot only to have his left knee met by a Spartans defender.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oh, to have watched this game from inside the mind of Gary Pinkel. What a whirlwind of thoughts might have been spiraling through the head of Missouri’s football coach as he watched a 22-point lead slowly disintegrate in the second half of Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State.
STILLWATER, Okla. — Brad Ekwerekwu promises he didn’t play quarterback in high school. He says he never threw the ball. Of course, that didn’t stop him from launching an important second-quarter touchdown pass that made Missouri’s usual pass-thrower proud in the Tigers’ 38-31 win against Oklahoma State on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.
STILLWATER, Okla. - There’s smiles all around at Stillwater’s best-known bar. From signs, to t-shirts, to cups, it’s hard to go more than a few steps without seeing Eskimo Joe’s ear-to-ear grin. The bar, which was named as one of 10 perfect college sports bars by Sports Illustrated on Campus, offers patrons a fun, unique environment just a couple blocks from Boone Pickens Stadium. Customers are greeted with no cover charge, a casual atmosphere, and an “I know Stan” stamp.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was in a candid mood Monday. It was two days after his then-unbeaten Cowboys lost their first game of the season, a 34-0 whitewashing from Colorado in which Gundy’s freshman quarterback Bobby Reid threw footballs like a sprinkler — sprayed all over the place — and ran as if he were going the wrong way on a escalator — lots of steps, little progress.
Last year’s Class 6 championship football game produced memories Hickman players won’t soon forget. Byron Bundy, then a sophomore wide receiver playing mostly junior varsity, remembers the devastating block he delivered when he was put in at the end of the Kewpies’ 34-7 rout of Hazelwood East.
At the Rock Bridge football team’s practice Tuesday, senior Josh Conyers stood at his safety position while his defensive coordinator looked on behind him. Conyers said to his coach, “Watch how a real man hits.” His coach approached him and said, “Watch how a real man is going to hit you,” while jokingly jerking Conyer’s face mask.
Although the calendar says it’s October, it certainly felt like December on Thursday night at the Rock Bridge softball field. With temperatures dropping into the low 40s, the Hickman and Rock Bridge softball teams were forced to adjust to the weather in the Class 4 District 10 tournament.
Rock Bridge tennis players Ashley Miles and Karla Kruse have spent the past week singing karaoke, running around the school selling “random things”, being escorted in Jeeps and enjoying a bonfire. “This week has been crazy,” Miles said. “But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
The Missouri volleyball team had created a buzz this season with its No. 7 ranking and a 12-game winning streak heading into Wednesday’s game at Hearnes Center. Although the Tigers lost their first match of the season against No. 1 Nebraska, the buzz around the MU volleyball team should remain and get louder. A buzz became a roar during the match. A record 7,298 people attended. The team had been averaging 1,241. The crowd filled sections A, B and half of C at Hearnes Center.
This isn’t what Lindsey Hunter had in mind for Wednesday night. Hunter’s 55 assists weren’t enough for the No. 7 Tigers to upset the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the top team in the country. The Tigers lost 30-26, 22-30, 30-23, 30-27 at the Hearnes Center.
Tony Palmer, a senior offensive lineman on the Missouri football team, doesn’t care if it’s his longtime friend and teammate Lorenzo Williams in practice, or a Big 12 Conference foe on a Saturday. He gives all defensive linemen the same, tough treatment. “He’s a person who uses all of his strength all the time,” said Williams, the Tigers’ sophomore starting defensive tackle. “He has a very strong upper body and once he gets his hands on you, you’re not going anywhere.“
Senior Stefani Worley understands it’s win or go home for the Hickman softball team. This is Worley’s third year preparing for the district tournament and she wants to make sure the whole team knows the situation. So Wednesday after practice, she called a team meeting, without the coaches, to re-emphasize the importance of the tournament.
Jake Hoffmann is entering the 2005-2006 season with an impressive track record. In his case, it is more of a pool record, which is not to be confused with the seven high school swimming records that he has broken. Hoffmann is one of 25 freshmen who were not only recruited for MU’s Swimming and Diving team, but were expected to start swimming as freshmen.
For girls growing up in Nebraska, volleyball isn’t just a sport. It’s a lifestyle. Tonight at Hearnes Center, 14 girls from the state of Nebraska will display their lifestyle when No. 7 Missouri faces No. 1 Nebraska. Each team has seven players from Nebraska and all of those girls, at one point, played for the Nebraska Juniors club team.
Ever since watching his first football game as a young kid, John Stull has dreamed of playing college football for the Missouri Tigers. That dream is now reality. The senior from Rock Bridge gave Missouri a verbal commitment Tuesday night. “It lifts a tremendous amount of pressure off my shoulders,” Stull said. “I’m really excited and I feel I can play better in the games now because I can play without a worry and get after it and do my thing.”
Turnovers might have put the Missouri football team in a hole during Saturday’s 51-20 loss to No. 2 Texas. But special-teams play kept it there. The special-teams unit had been arguably the most consistent aspect of Missouri’s play through the first three weeks of the season. The return teams had made big plays, kicker/punter Adam Crossett had improved considerably since the conclusion of last season, and there was a general air of confidence when offense or defense wasn’t on the field.