Cougars get strong youth support

During the first game of the Columbia College volleyball team’s win over King College, a crowd of about 60 school children arrived from Eugene Field Elementary School to support the Cougars.

Tigers’ best runner has left his mark on program

Tim Ross stood in Hearnes Center Fieldhouse on Wednesday, the place he’s waited for his team to begin practice so many times before. A teammate walked up to the senior to show off the short yellow running shorts adorned with red chili peppers he was wearing.

Individual performances key for Tigers

When asked about the Las Vegas Invitational this weekend, Missouri wrestler Ben Askren spoke about a meeting with a competitor from a different ring, Ultimate Fighting champion Randy Catoure invited the senior out to see his workout facility during Askren’s free time. It’s an opportunity that Askren admits he may take after his wrestling career has died down.

Freshman plays big role for Stephens College

Tia LaFavor sits in the front row at Silverthorne Arena, her right leg propped on the four seats next to her. At six feet tall, it takes at least four seats to cradle the lanky limb.

Following in father’s footsteps

With a father who had a sixth-place finish in Missouri’s state wrestling tournament in 1978, you would think Rock Bridge senior 171-pounder Chris Masters would be involved in the sport from the day he could grapple at his father’s leg.

Gator Bowl a wrench in bowl mix for Missouri

The cluttered college bowl game situation just got a little clearer.

Cougars welcome tournament

In the past three years at the NAIA Volleyball National Championship tournament and other major tournaments, Columbia College volleyball players have been the targets of racist verbal abuse, been spit on and had a player grabbed during game play.

Cougars happy with spotlight

In a market dominated by MU and high school athletics, Columbia College typically gets little attention from the average Columbia sports fan, something Brad Jenks, Columbia College’s assistant athletic director, and the rest of the Cougar athletic department hope to change beginning today when Columbia College hosts the NAIA Volleyball National Championship Tournament that runs throughSaturday.

Liberty’s defense downs Rock Bridge

Flashes of purple streaked across the Rock Bridge basketball court all of Tuesday night, surrounding the basketball wherever it moved. The purple was that of Liberty’s jerseys, but it more resembled a swarm than a team. The Bruins could not help but become engulfed.

Hickman’s pinning makes Kirksville fall

Drae Cox watched as his mother, Cathie, sang the national anthem before Hickman wrestling’s season-opening dual against Kirksville Tuesday night at Hickman. After Mom hit the last note, the Kewpies’ starter at 152 pounds greeted her with a big smile and a hug.

Alamo Bowl still possible for Tigers

It’s a three-horse race for a prize that might not be there at the finish line.

Eagles relish early-season underdog role

The Coppin State men’s basketball media guide refers to it as “The Upset.” There are two pages dedicated to the one game.

Brown finds his game

That was the Marshall Brown that Missouri fans had waited to see.

Perry aims for team success

As a freshman, everything went right for Missouri gymnast Adrianne Perry. Almost.

Missouri softball team signs five new players

The Missouri softball team signed five athletes to National Letters of Intent. In-state recruits include Megan Christopher, Marla Schweisberger and Lisa Simmons , while Rhea Taylor is from Buford, Ga., and Abby Vock is from Morrison, Ill.

Pescaglia not burdened by expectations

K.C. Pescaglia isn’t buying into his own hype.

Berth ends suspense

With their eyes glued to ESPNews on a big screen television on Sunday afternoon at the Clinton Club at Mizzou Arena, nervous Missouri volleyball players squirmed in their chairs and bit their nails.

Coach, daughter balance family with basketball

With in-state competition from NCAA Division I schools Missouri State, Saint Louis, UMKC, not to mention smaller NCAA schools such as UMSL and Rolla, it can be difficult for the Columbia College women’s basketball team to get top-notch talent.

Temple works through errors to run over KU

On Nov. 20, Tony Temple stood in the corner of the large meeting room on the first floor of the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex, away from the lobby where the majority of media members were grilling the Tigers about losing four of their past five games.

Bruins co-captain Rachel Drennan returns after a major injury

An ugly black brace, Velcroed together and bending just enough to allow normal movement, partially hides Rachel Drennan’s right leg, covering her knee with the exception of a single racquetball-sized hole directly over the joint. It’s a unmistakable piece of evidence about where Drennan has been, but being on the court during Rock Bridge girls basketball practice is a sign of where she is going.