Mark Leroux knows there’s more to playing under par than mastering the mechanics of golf. Leroux, in his second year as the Missouri men’s golf coach, takes a unique approach to coaching golf that focuses more on a golfer’s mentality than his swing. He has a master’s in physical education with an emphasis in sports psychology, and he uses that background to dictate how he encourages his team.
It doesn’t seem like David Overstreet is the type of guy who would be overshadowed. To be blunt, he’s a bit of a chatterbox. One with a distinctively soft, slightly Texan voice. “He’s got a voice that he could never rob a bank because you’d know it was him,” coach Gary Pinkel said.
The NCAA is allowing college football teams to schedule 12 games each season starting next year, and Missouri is taking advantage by enjoying plenty of home cooking. The Tigers announced their 2006 schedule Wednesday, and the slate features seven home games. It will mark the first time since 1987 that MU has played so much at home and the fifth time in the school’s history.
Raised a Pacific 10 kid, Ty Morrison now wants an education in Big 12 basketball. Morrison, a sophomore from Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla., orally committed to Missouri late Monday evening. He is the top-rated junior college player listed on recruiting site JucoJunction.com for the 2006 class.
Marcus Woods was thrust into punt returning against Troy when Earl Goldsmith went out with a knee injury, but it didn’t take him long to adjust to the additional duty. He returned a third-quarter punt 73 yards for a touchdown, the first such return for MU since November 2002.
In a family of seven children, it’s hard for the second-youngest to stand out. But after playing volleyball in the last two Olympic Games for her native Kenya, Rose Obunaga couldn’t walk down the streets in her hometown of Nairobi without getting treated like a celebrity.
Coming to training camp a week late is a quick way to lose a spot in any coach’s rotation. Columbia College freshman Erin McCaffrey had no choice though. It was the first chance her parents had to move her from Kalamazoo, Mich.
After 110 minutes of soccer at Columbia College on Tuesday night, neither team could call itself the winner. For the second consecutive game, the Cougars played to a 1-1 tie. This time, it was against the Prairie Stars of the University of Illinois at Springfield.
When the lights flicker on at Columbia’s Cosmopolitan Park this evening, they will reveal two high school soccer teams headed in very different directions. Unlike in 2004, when Rock Bridge dominated mid-Missouri soccer and Hickman was an afterthought, it’s the Bruins who enter the game in a dire situation.
After a quad-match on Tuesday, the Rock Bridge girls’ golf team is planning to work hard to recover from its first non-tournament loss of the season. “I am trying to limit my social activities and just focus on golf,” senior Leslie Fischer said.
Senior Lindsey Witten was the lone bright spot in the Rock Bridge softball team’s 13-3 loss to New Franklin on Tuesday night. Witten leads off for the Bruins, and she fits the role perfectly. Witten led off in three innings and delivered two singles.
Containing Vince Young in Saturday’s game against No. 2 Texas was already going to be a tough assignment for Missouri’s linebackers, and during the Tigers’ bye week it got a little tougher. Backup linebacker David Richard quit the team last week, the latest incident to affect the position. The tragic July 12 death of Aaron O’Neal, who would have been a redshirt freshman linebacker, was the first. Junior Emmitt Morris also left the team for personal reasons and transferred to Murray State.
Kendall Foss is the lead singer, the dance choreographer, the fashion connoisseur, and the expert masseuse on the Hickman girls’ cross country team. She is also its top runner. Her teammates call her ‘the red fury’ because of her eye-catching red hair. Her coach prefers to describe her as lighthearted. All adjectives aside, Foss has a passion for what she does.
Nicole Wilson has received multiple text messages in her life. The one she was sent about an hour before practice on Monday was different than the rest, it told her she was the Big 12 Conference Volleyball Player of the Week. After practice she learned she was also named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week. Wilson, a junior middle blocker for Missouri, had a combined 23 kills with no attacking errors, a .719 hitting percentage, and 17 blocks in the Tigers’ wins against Colorado and Kansas State last week.
MegAnn Schlader had a flashback. It wasn’t because of her four kills, seven digs or because Hickman defeated Eldon 25-21, 25-13.
Anne Baxter’s roommates might not be able to critique her play as a midfielder for the Missouri soccer team, but they offer her something more important in the midst of her hectic schedule: unconditional support based on a shared Christian values system. “It’s a common tie,” Baxter said. “We’re all coming from the same place. We can all be in totally different worlds and come back into the same place.”
Missouri soccer player Erica Pusch has an odd way of responding when she collides with one of her teammates in practice. “When someone goes hard against me, I tend to thank them,” Pusch, a senior defender, said. “We’re all competitive, and we’re preparing each other.”
The Missouri women’s golf team finished 15th out of 15 teams Sunday at the Mason Rudolph Invitational in Franklin, Tenn. Senior Denise Munzlinger shot a team-best 232 at the three-day, 54-hole event to finish tied for 46th. Teammate Stephanie Wavro was one stroke behind after shooting 80 in the final round.
Of all the things yelled by the 2,438 people at Hearnes Center on Saturday during the Missouri volleyball match, one call stood out: “Kooyah”. Every time junior outside hitter Jessica Vander Kooi served the ball or made a big play, the crowd yelled ‘Kooyah’. Vander Kooi led MU offensively with 11 kills in the No. 8 Tigers’ 30-19, 30-20, 30-26 victory against No. 17 Kansas State. The win was the team’s first against the Wildcats in the past 10 meetings.
The courts at the Green Tennis Center are old territory for Kara Hickey. But when she stepped onto them Friday morning, she was in an unfamiliar position. “It was a little different,” Hickey said. “I’ve never competed on these courts.”