ASHLAND — Volunteers are working overtime to prepare for Southern Boone High School’s first home varsity football game tonight.
At 7 p.m., the Eagles (0-2) kick off against Missouri Military Academy in the small town 10 miles south of Columbia.
Because Missouri previously played Thursday, it has had an extra two days to let the sick feeling of loss sink in.
“It won’t be gone for me until I get another win, beat another team,” wide receiver Thomson Omboga said. “I would think about it all week.”
Hickman pitcher Stefani Worley has learned to appreciate a victory because they haven’t been coming too often.
Hickman entered Tuesday night’s game against Rock Bridge with a 1-10 record, but after a strong offensive outburst, doubled its season win total with a 6-4 victory at Rock Bridge Field.
The Rock Bridge Bruins have more than one quarterback to worry about when they play the Liberty Blue Jays at William Jewell College at 7 tonight.
They have to worry about two.
At the end of his sophomore year, Ryan Nesbitt knew he desperately wanted to get on the field wearing a varsity uniform but wasn’t quite sure how that would ever happen.
Lacking the blazing speed of a cornerback or the brute strength of a middle linebacker, Nesbitt needed to find some other way to earn a starting spot. He sought out the nearest advicehe could.
Despite a loss to Nebraska on Wednesday, the Missouri volleyball team called the night a success because of a number of bright spots. One of the brightest was serving.
The No. 8 Huskers beat MU 3-0 (30-27, 30-24, 31-29) in Lincoln, Neb., but the Tigers hung around in every game with a top-10 team on the road partly because they served better than their opponent.
The Columbia College men’s soccer team will try to turn their drop in the NAIA poll into motivation to beat William Jewell College this weekend.
Saturday’s match will be the second home game for the Cougars this year. Columbia College (4-2) has not lost a game at Owens Soccer Stadium since Nov. 13, 2002, in the Region V semifinal game against Graceland University. The game was an overtime tie that was decided by penalty kicks.
Hickman’s soccer team still looks unfamiliar to its fans.
Four games in to the season, the Kewpies faithful still didn’t recognize their team Tuesday when Lucas Blount, Nate Bohon and John Doyle played for the first time against Jefferson City. They became eligible to play Tuesday after taking part in the required 14 team practices.
Rock Bridge has defended its goal well this season. As a result, the soccer team has something to defend that no team from mid-Missouri has ever had: a national ranking.
The Bruins, though, aren’t letting the recognition go to their heads.
With its offense struggling to move the ball in its loss to Troy, Missouri had many opportunities to evaluate punter Brock Harvey.
With the exception of a blocked punt in the third quarter, Harvey had an excellent game, averaging 45.3 yards on seven kicks, pinning the Trojans inside their 20-yard line once and kicking his longest punt 53 yards.
Hickman pitcher Stefani Worley has not forgotten what happened the most recent time her team squared off with Rock Bridge, and she hopes her teammates have not forgotten either.
Last season, with the Bruins holding a 6-4 lead in the top of the seventh inning, rain and lightning caused umpires to call the game, leaving Hickman without a chance to make a comeback in the bottom of the inning.
Jim Edmonds’ sacrifice fly snapped an eighth-inning tie and Matt Morris bounced back from one of his worst starts of the season, bringing the St. Louis Cardinals one step closer to the NL Central championship with a 4-2 victory against the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.
Edmonds also hit his 42nd home run, matching his career best set in 2000. The Cardinals have won three of eight, but reduced their magic number for clinching the division to four.
Damione Lewis’ statistics in St. Louis’ season-opening victory against Arizona last weekend might not be too telling; six tackles and a sack for an eight-yard loss.
Ask Mike Martz, though, about the 6-foot-2, 300-pound Lewis and the Rams coach smiles much like he did the day St. Louis got the former Miami Hurricanes star with the 12th overall pick of the 2001 draft.
KANSAS CITY — At least one man engaged in a lively competition at middle linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs is not happy about it.
Monty Beisel went to training camp in July as a former defensive end who had been asked to take off weight and retrain himself as a backup outside linebacker.
Since Gary Pinkel arrived at Missouri, the Tigers have been one of the best teams in the nation at not beating themselves, by committing penalties or committing turnovers.
Heading into the season, the Tigers led the nation with fewest turnovers since the beginning of the 2001 season, giving the football away only 41 times. Minnesota and Northern Illinois are second on the list with 51 giveaways.
Missouri’s volleyball team needs to play two different games tonight. One is against No. 8 Nebraska. The other is the mental game of facing a two-time national champion.
“Just the name Nebraska is intimidating,” sophomore outside hitter Jessica Vander Kooi said. “They’ve always been a strong program for so many years.”
Being underestimated by an opponent has its advantages. Hickman’s soccer team erupted with a 4-0 win against Jefferson City on Tuesday night at Cosmo Park, bringing their record to 3-1 on the season and 2-0 against district opponents.
After averaging one goal in their first three games, the Kewpies haven’t dominated their opponents.
A windy day at the Rock Bridge tennis courts couldn’t stop the Bruins from blowing past Jefferson City on Tuesday.
The Bruins easily took their second match against a capital city opponent in as many days, winning 9-0. Rock Bridge swept Helias on Monday.
Virgil Ward, who started making fishing lures as a side business and became one of the nation’s best-known fishermen through his syndicated television show, has died at 93.
Ward died Monday of cancer at his home in Amsterdam, said his daughter, Barbara Ward.
The Columbia College Cougars beat Benedictine (Kan.) College 1-0 on the road Tuesday.
The victory comes after the Cougars (4-2) dropped 15 spots, to No. 22, in the most recent NAIA soccer poll.