Gymnast devoted to sport

For Columbia’s Breanna Dumbacher, competing in the Show-Me State Games’ gymnastics competition is only part a year-round involvement with the sport.

Young archers make friends through sport

Connor Wilson, Spencer Berry and Drew McCutchan all participated in the archery competition in the Show-Me State Games. The boys say the competition is a great place to make new friends.

Teams vie for spots at national dodgeball tournament

The Show-Me State Games’ dodgeball tournament served as a qualifier for the National Amateur Dodgeball Association’s national tournament next July.

Taekwondo medalist ready for military

 Jonny Stevenson, who has been training in taekwondo for the past two and a half years, will join the army in the spring.

Clubs help cross-country runners train for events

Runners from across the state came with their clubs to compete in the Show-Me State Games’ 5K event

Columbia athletes discuss benefits of swimming

Swimmers of all ages at the Show-Me State Games said that swimming helps them stay healthy and keeps them in shape for other sports.

Boy, 13, dies after injury playing catch

He was struck on the neck, below his ear, and collapsed.

Cantwell gets his shot at the Olympics

Former MU shot putter Christian Cantwell says he is prepared for his first Olympics. He is part of an American group that is expected to sweep the medals in the event.

Those attending Show-Me State Games keep busy during downtime

"Eat, shop and swim" is what the tens of thousands of people attending the Show-Me State Games do after the final buzzers and whistles sound.

Adrenaline drives demo derby competitors

Demolition derby drivers put a lot of work into stripping down and modifying cars to get them derby-ready.

Director says Show-Me State Games have been a success so far

This year the Show-Me Games, which began July 18, consists of 40 different sports. Overall, the games’ staff says they have been successful in dealing with challenges during the past couple of weekends.

Demolition derby a smashing conclusion to Boone County Fair

 As the sun begins to set, the grand finale of the Boone County Fair got ready to start. By 7 p.m. Sunday the stands were packed with eager fans waiting for the demolition derby to begin. 

Avid bowler rolls into town for Show-Me State Games

COLUMBIA — A tall woman wearing a green-collared bowling shirt, white shorts and blue knee guards picks up a bowling ball from the ball return. She rolls the ball down the lane and it knocks down nine pins.
Gail Menke, 69, of St. Louis has been bowling since she was 10. She was a semi-professional bowler and has been inducted into the St. Louis Bowling Hall of Fame and the Missouri State Bowling Hall of Fame. She has bowled three 300 games and had more than 200 series of 700 or greater.
Sunday is Menke’s first time bowling as a senior in the Show-Me State Games.
“I almost got a strike,” Menke says as she returns to the table of the AMF Town and Country Lanes in Columbia.
Menke gives her companions high-fives before she sits down.
“See how we all high-five? We pass on the good stuff. We don’t have any of this,” Menke says as she makes a fist.

Columbia College hosts Show-Me State Games volleyball

Parents and supporters cheered on fifth- and sixth-grade volleyball teams Saturday at Columbia College. Games continued with different divisions Sunday.

Racewalkers step it up

Those who tried the racewalking competition at Sunday’s Show-Me State Games 5K race said they found the event invigorating.

Motocross group honors founding members

There might not have been a 25th annual Hot Dog Shootout motocross race Sunday at Finger Lakes State Park if it weren’t for the hard work of Louis Frech and Randy Whitesides.

Columbia soccer team wins gold medal

A group of men with different backgrounds won the gold medal in the Show-Me State Games’ men’s over-30 soccer tournament Sunday.

Mini golf offers a fun alternative to serious competition at Games

People of all ages participated Sunday in the Show-Me State Games’ miniature golf tournament.

Younger players put new spin on sport at Show-Me State Games

The Show-Me State Games table tennis tournament was held at the Helias High School gym Saturday.

Young paintballers gain experience at the Show-Me State Paintball Competition

On Saturday, the Show-Me State Paintball competition took place at Battle Creek Paintball in Kingdom City, Mo. Eight teams competed to win the tournament, the Mid-west Assassins being the youngest of all teams.