For most of the day, it looked like the Missouri volleyball team would have an easy Saturday. Then the Idaho Vandals made things a little tougher.
In the end, the Tigers (4-2) came away with two victories Saturday at Hearnes Center to take second place in the Tiger Invitational behind Creighton.
The first two weeks of the Rock Bridge volleyball season produced one victory. Saturday, the team posted three.
The Bruins won the Rock Bridge Tournament, defeating the Osage Indians in the championship match 25-17, 25-18. The Bruins went 3-1 in the tournament, evening their record at 4-4.
The score: 21-0.
The time: Less than three minutes left in the third quarter.
That was the scenario for sophomore quarterback Logan Gray as he stepped up and made a key play to ensure the Bruins would win.
They waited through the first quarter and then the second.
They waited through halftime as Hickman’s boys’ swimming team ran around the field in nothing but Speedos.
Both players managed to beat their defenders, and each fired at the goal and saw the ball sail over the goalkeeper’s head. One watched her shot hit the back of the net, while the other saw her ball bounce off the crossbar.
“The difference was their once in a lifetime shot went in and ours didn’t today,” MU coach Bryan Blitz said.
Even with a shorthanded team, the Missouri women’s cross country team proved Saturday why it deserves to be the No. 12 team in the nation.
Both the women’s and men’s teams routed Southwest Missouri State, but Rock Bridge had mixed results in the high school division in the 12th Annual Missouri Cross Country Challenge held at A.L. Gustin Golf Course.
Rock Bridge tennis coach Ben Loeb has repeatedly said the state tennis tournament goes through Joplin. If that’s the case, the Bruins have to like their chances of making a run at a third consecutive championship.
Rock Bridge defeated Joplin 9-0 on Friday, and also swept Kickapoo 9-0 later in the afternoon in the Columbia Quad Duals. Joplin’s district hosts the state sectional the Bruins could play in this year, setting up a potential rematch later this season.
The Missouri volleyball team looked fine in front of a crowd Friday. It was the match that hardly anyone saw that didn't look so good.
The Tigers split two matches in their own round-robin tournament at Hearnes Center, losing the opener 3-1 (31-29, 16-30, 30-26, 30-28) to Creighton before rebounding to beat Arkansas State 3-1 (30-32, 30-24, 30-28, 30-21).
Both shots were “lucky.” The players managed to beat out their defenders, and as they each fired at the goal and saw their balls sail over the goalkeeper’s head, one watched hers hit the back of the net, while another saw her ball bounce off the crossbeam of the goal.
“The difference was their once in a lifetime shot went in and ours didn’t today,” Coach Bryan Blitz said.
In a battle between two top-five football teams in the state, it took nearly two and half quarters before either side scored a point.
When the game was over, No. 3 Rockhurst outlasted No. 5 Hickman, 14-7, at Hickman High Friday night.
When junior Josh Conyers said he was confident his defense could stop the Smith-Cotton Tigers on Friday, he wasn’t kidding.
The Rock Bridge Bruins improved to 2-0 and held the Tigers’ offense scoreless until the fourth quarter. By then, the Bruins had a big enough lead to leave the field with a 42-14 victory in their home opener.
TROY, Ala.— Road struggles continued for the Missouri football team under Gary Pinkel.
The No. 19 Tigers lost 24-14 to unranked Troy University on Thursday night, dropping Pinkel’s road record to 4-12 in his four seasons at Missouri. A record crowd of 26,574 packed Movie Gallery Stadium in Troy to watch the Trojans defeat the favored Tigers (1-1) in nationally televised game on ESPN2.
A different group of Tigers will be in Columbia when Smith-Cotton visits the Rock Bridge Bruins at 7 p.m. today.
Led by senior quarterback Michael Franklin, Smith-Cotton (1-0) scored 47 points in its victory against the Springfield Parkview Vikings on Sept. 3. Franklin, a second-year starter, ran for more than 100 yards and three touchdowns and passed for another score. Running backs Demario Claxton and Alex Foote each had more than 100 yards on the ground.
As he threw passes to his teammates during summer seven-on-seven drills, Hickman’s Andrew Perkins, a junior quarterback, did not expect to see that practice come into play so early in the season.
When senior Blake Tekotte, who was Hickman’s returning starter at quarterback, went down with an injury early in the first quarter during the season opener Sept. 3, Perkins showed few signs of inexperience.
It's not typical that a team is happier with its performance after a loss than a win. Then again, Rock Bridge isn't your typical volleyball team.
The Bruins fell 25-18, 25-23 to the Boonville Pirates on Thursday but coach Beth Newton said she was happier with her team's play then she was after its victory against Montgomery County two days ago.
Rock Bridge softball coach Jennifer Mast never likes to see her team trailing early.
So she knew the Bruins were in trouble Thursday night when Kirksville opened the game with a four-run first inning.
TROY, Ala. — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel has said to become a good team, the Tigers needed to have consecutive strong offensive showings.
After Thursday, Pinkel’s team had not accomplished that goal. An offense that appeared dominant at times last week failed to move the ball consistently in the Tigers’ 24-14 loss at Troy State on Thursday night.
Midway through the third game against visiting Missouri Valley, the Stephens College volleyball team showed a flash of brilliance.
Trailing 14-9, the Stars fought off several hard spikes from Missouri Valley and used some impressive passing to take control of the point, finishing with a tip by senior Freda West.
Jason Samples completed the biggest pass of the night for Troy State University and also caught the touchdown that put the final touches on the Trojans’ 24-14 upset victory against No. 19 Missouri.
The Trojans’ offense struggled in the first quarter. Troy State did not pick up a first down until 9:22 remained in the first half. Samples, a senior wide receiver, made a clutch throw on a gutsy trick play as the Trojans reached the end zone for the first time.
Craig Snethen of Fulton will mount his bike and pedal away from Midway Expo Center at 7:30 a.m. Saturday for a 75-mile trek through Missouri's heartland.
He won't be alone. More than 2,500 cyclists will join Snethen for Day 1 of the 20th annual MS 150 Bike Tour which raises money to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis.