ASHLAND — The meeting took place in a tiny, overcrowded music room at Ashland’s Primary Building.
Ashland R-1 School Board members sat stiffly in a row of chairs behind a makeshift table in front of alphabet pictures pasted on the wall. Children learn how to sing in harmony in this room.
A pitching duel between seniors Scott Reller of Rock Bridge and Jake Mackey of Mexico went into the fifth inning Monday at Rock Bridge Field.
Only one pitcher returned to the mound in the sixth.
Hickman won and Rock Bridge was fifth at the Helias boys’ golf invitational on Monday at Meadow Lake Country Club in New Bloomfield.
The Kewpies scored 298, 14 shots ahead of second-place Helias.
PITTSBURGH — Mark Mulder finally ended a slide that began late last season. The Pittsburgh Pirates only wish they could do the same.
Mulder, the Cardinals’ top offseason pickup, halted a personal nine-game winless streak by allowing two hits over eight innings to lead the Cardinals past the struggling Pirates 11-1 on Monday night.
KANSAS CITY — An ailing Cliff Lee held it together just long enough to deal with the Royals.
Fighting flu-like symptoms and nausea, the Cleveland left-hander shut out Kansas City on two hits through seven innings Monday night and got the win in a 5-1 victory.
Mike Hall will likely know by the end of tonight if he will return to coach football at Southern Boone next year.
School officials did not renew Hall’s coaching contract on March 7 because of alcohol use by one of his players. Hall coached Southern Boone’s first season of varsity football last year.
Two freshmen were central characters in the biggest play of Missouri’s softball game at University Field on Sunday.
One seized the moment, acted on gut instincts and emerged a heroine.
MILWAUKEE — Scott Rolen could see it coming.
Rolen had three hits and three RBIs, including a tiebreaking home run in the top of the ninth inning, to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
KANSAS CITY — Mike Maroth, known for his finesse pitching, was pleased to have a strong fastball as well.
Maroth pitched 7 2/3 strong innings and Ivan Rodriguez had three hits, including a home run and two-run double, to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 6-1 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
Texas pitcher Cat Osterman walked toward Longhorns catcher Megan Willis to retrieve the ball after throwing a strike Sunday.
She caught the ball, then turned toward center fielder Tina Boutelle.
The Missouri men’s golf team won the Boilermaker Invitational on Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind.
The Tigers were 3-under par in the final round for an 861 to edge host Purdue by eight strokes and capture their second straight tournament victory.
The Missouri Tigers defense wore black on Saturday, but its play was nothing short of golden.
The defense out-dueled the offense 63-46 in the annual Black and Gold spring game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The scoring system was specific to the scrimmage.
Missouri kicker Scott Russell is willing to help the football team any way he can, and that included taking snaps at wide receiver during the spring.
Russell, a redshirt freshman, said he played all over the field at Rock Bridge High School. He said he does not know when he will be able to focus on one position, but playing both in the spring has been fun.
If Saturday’s Black and Gold game is any indication of how the new Missouri offense works without Brad Smith, Gary Pinkel and the other Tigers coaches better not let their starting quarterback out of their sight.
Backup quarterbacks Brandon Coleman and Chase Patton struggled during their extended work in the final scrimmage of the spring season.
The truest form of sport was on display Friday at Walton Stadium.
One athlete, trying to break a world record, was cheered on by dozens of her competitors as she turned down the front stretch of her final event.
The Rock Bridge girls’ soccer team didn’t end up needing an extra goal anyway.
Midway through the second half, Rock Bridge’s Claire Schaeperkoetter appeared to have scored a goal on a rebound of a shot that opposing goalkeeper Theresa Williams had deflected.
Ashley Hays stood waiting on the University Field dirt before the bottom of the 13th inning Saturday, just a step or two from the chalk of the first-base line.
She had set foot on the field several times in the preceding three-plus hours — to congratulate teammates who scored a run and to play catch with her fellow outfielders before every inning.
Every athlete can attest to its presence.
It’s the tightness in your chest, the trembling in your fingers and the flips in your stomach.
Stephens College tennis freshman Jaclyn Cook faced pressure from all angles Saturday.
In the third set of her singles match, a tiebreaker was needed to decide the victor. But there was more riding on the tiebreaker than just one match.
Quintin Norris, 30, is a self-described “enthusiastic friend” of Columbia College.
He appeared at the school three years ago when women’s basketball coach Mike Davis came to Columbia College and started the basketball program.