When Missouri and New Mexico square off Saturday at Faurot Field, it will be each team’s second game of the season. But in many ways, it will be a first. The 6 p.m. game will be the Tigers’ first home game of the year. It’s the only game they play this season against a team that wasn’t on last year’s schedule. For the Lobos, it’s the first nonconference game of the season, their first game this far east since traveling to North Carolina State in 2001, and they will be looking for their first road win against a Big 12 Conference opponent.
When the No. 3-ranked Hickman football team (1-0) clashes with No. 1 Rockhurst (1-0) tonight, the Kewpies will be in unfamiliar territory. And not because the Kewps are on the road. The last time the defending state champs encountered a higher-ranked opponent was a September 24th game against Blue Springs last season. The Kewpies dethroned then-No. 1 Blue Springs and never relinquished their No. 1 ranking. That is, until the AP writers of Missouri dropped the Kewpies two spots in their preseason Class 6 rankings.
MU senior Matt Noonan has specific goals for Saturday’s Missouri Cross Country Challenge at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course. “I’d really like to stay healthy, run with Tim (Ross) , and be first or second,” Noonan said.
Before the Hickman volleyball team’s victory against the Jefferson City Jays, the team was light-hearted and found time to sing the hokeypokey as a part of its warm-up. But by the end of Game 2, the Kewpies were turned all around, and it was during the break between Game 2 and 3 when they found what their game was all about.
Basketball has referees. Baseball has umpires. High school tennis has the honor system. That honor system was tested Thursday as Hickman’s No. 1 player, Katie Glenn, took on Shelby Penno of Jefferson City. With each girl questioning the other’s line calls throughout the match, tension rose and tempers flared.
Gary Pinkel did a lot of shopping last December, but not at the mall. After a 5-6 season that saw offensive production drop dramatically, the Missouri football coach was after something new. What he found was the spread formation. With four or even five receivers spread from sideline to sideline, the formation gives more passing options on any given play and spreads defenders thin on running plays.
When Aaron Cawlfield transferred from Rock Bridge to Hickman after his freshman year, his reputation as a football player preceded him. “We knew he was a good athlete,” Hickman coach Gregg Nesbitt said.
The Columbia College men’s soccer team defeated Baker (Kan.) University 1-0 on Wednesday on a shutout by goalkeeper Nano Recondo. Cougars forward Marcos Fernandes scored in the 80th minute on an assist from forward Justin Robinson. The win moved the 19th ranked Cougars’ to 2-0-1.
Missouri football spokesman Chad Moller said late Tuesday evening that MRI results on wide receiver Sean Coffey’s shoulder were “favorable” and that there was no structural damage. “We’re certainly treating that as good news,” Moller said.
Her statistics weren’t impressive, but that isn’t important. For Missouri middle blocker Melissa Allbery, just being able to finally play was what mattered. Allbery, a redshirt sophomore, played in her first game as a Tiger on Tuesday in a 30-13, 30-11,30-13 win against the University of Missouri-Kansas City (1-6). MU is 3-0.
Missouri goalkeeper Laura Buehrig earned her first Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week award on Tuesday. Buehrig, a sophomore earned her second straight shutout in the Tigers’ 2-0 victory against Indiana on Friday in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge. She followed that up on Sunday with eight saves Missouri’s 2-1 win against Purdue.
The Bruins swept Quincy (IL) 9-0, moving their record to 5-1 on the season. At No. 1 singles, Elizabeth Worsowicz defeated Kelsey Smith 6-0, 6-1 and at No. 2 singles, Sara Ginsburg defeated Danielle Hummel 6-0, 6-1. Allison Wulff defeated Jenny Palmer at No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-0. At No. 1 doubles, Worsowicz and Alice Litofsky defeated Smith and Hummel 6-0, 6-4.
The Bruins defeated the host Jefferson City Jays 1-0 on Tuesday night. The Bruins broke a scoreless tie in the 67th minute, when forward Brian Ogweno broke through three Jays defenders and blasted a shot from the top of the box into the right corner of the net.
The Kewpies beat Boonville 25-15, 25-19 on the road Tuesday night and improved to 3-0 on the season. Jenny Keener led the team with four kills and a block and Meg Ann Schlader had three kills and a block, but it wasn’t the Kewpies’ offense that excited coach Greg Gunn.
The Bruins defeated Montgomery County in three games Tuesday night. The score was 25-10, 21-25, 25-7. Rock Bridge cruised in the opening game and in the deciding game but service errors slowed the Bruins in the second.
One of the Rock Bridge Bruins’ softball team’s main issues is a lack of pitching. Fortunately, junior Kelsey Oerly is up for the task.
The field dug into the ground at Cosmopolitan Park is affectionately known to the Hickman soccer players as “The Pit.” And on Tuesday night, “The Pit” was rocking as students and parents came out to watch Hickman trounce Smith-Cotton 4-0.
One of the most visible sights in the dark outside of Hearnes Center at 5:57 Monday morning was the blinking red lights on the cyclists leading the way for William Tan at the start of the 46th Heart of America Marathon. Two hours, 41 minutes, and 12 seconds later Tan, 48, became the first person in a wheelchair to complete the marathon, possibly setting a world record at the same time.
A lot of blowouts by Big 12 Conference teams Saturday led to a lot of big statistical days. Missouri’s senior quarterback Brad Smith’s numbers stood out the most. The Big 12 Conference named Smith its offensive player of the week for the first week of the season Monday. In Missouri’s 44-17 win against Arkansas State, Smith completed 29-of-37 throws for 317 yards and a career-high four touchdowns passing. He also ran for 95 yards on 12 carries, all with playing just six plays in the game’s final 20 minutes.
Missouri senior setter Lindsey Hunter was named Big 12 Conference Volleyball Player of the Week, and the Tigers (2-0) moved up from No. 21 to the No. 14 spot in the national coaches’ poll Monday. In MU’s first two matches Hunter averaged 16.7 assists and 1.83 digs to lead the team to the title of the Tiger Invitational. Hunter was named Most Valuable Player for the invitational.