Match is more than just a game

When the girls’ tennis teams from Hickman and Rock Bridge met Tuesday, the atmosphere felt less like a heated rivalry and more like an ice cream social. Players from either side of the net spent their downtime around a single picnic table, doing the things girls their age usually do ­— giggling, gossipping, and posing for pictures — and doing them together.

Tigers have trouble with turnovers

The Missouri football team isn’t doing a good job at converting turnovers into points.

Bruins ready for districts

The Rock Bridge softball team’s season has been one of near-misses.

Pressure gets to Bruins

Through the beatings and the battles, between the goals and the saves and the desire to win, sometimes high school athletes let the pressure get to them.

Familiar foe will be challenge for Bruins

The last time Rock Bridge played Helias, the Bruins were almost able to shut down Helias forward Scott Miller for the entire game. Almost.

Royals turn to the future

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Royals have been so inept for so long, things go bad even when they go right.

Chiefs’ first victory pleases Edwards

KANSAS CITY — Savoring one of the most convincing victories he has ever experienced as a player or coach, Herm Edwards decided to have a little fun at his postgame news conference.

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The Hickman softball team defeated Eugene 4-0 on Monday behind a pitcher Taylor Cowan’s one-hitter and Laura Miller’s two RBIs.

No need for game calendar

In a meeting back in January, some of the seniors on the Missouri football team came up with the idea to take down the schedules around the training center and locker rooms. Following a vote by coaches and players, they were removed, hammering home the point of taking things one game at a time.

Hickman focused on patching weak areas

As Hickman’s last line of defense, goalie Brent Tegerdine has a good view of the game going on in front of him. As the goalie and one of the team captains, Tegerdine has to be vocal on the field. Even in practice, Tegerdine is often yelling orders at the defenders and pointing out open players.

The Bruins’ Crystal Chapin leaves fans speechless with her powerful home runs

The scoreboard at the Rock Bridge softball field stands behind the left field fence 200 feet from home plate.

Patience pays off for St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Scott Linehan pleaded patience after the St. Louis Rams’ offense stumbled the first few weeks of the season. Then he outscored Mike Martz’ attack.

Earning their respect

Missouri players said Colorado didn’t respect the Tigers’ defense.

Keeper’s nice stop one of few positives

Minutes into the second half, and down by three goals, Missouri goalkeeper Mallory Forst awaited the penalty kick of Baylor forward Missy McConnell. The penalty kick was the first that Forst has faced this season and could have decided the shape that the soccer game would take in its remaining minutes.

Loss teaches Kewpies about sloppy soccer

The Hickman soccer team lost only one of its first 10 games, but the second loss of the season Wednesday might not have been a positive turn for the Kewpies.

A familiar gallery

Rock Bridge senior Allison Coffelt tapped in on the ninth green at Lake of the Woods Golf Course on Thursday and walked towards the clubhouse. Instead of talking to her coach or asking her teammates how they did, she stopped to talk with her father, Terry. In a sport where crowd participation usually isn’t a factor, Rock Bridge parents are making sure the team knows it has loyal supporters.

Kewpie, like father, likes running

For one of Hickman’s top cross country runners, senior Josh Mantooth, learning to run was as natural as learning to walk.

Fabulous fifth

At the start of the second half Saturday, on the first offensive play, Colorado quarterback Bernard Jackson hit receiver Dusty Sprague for a 63-yard pass. Jackson punched it into the end zone on the next play, immediately draining the energy out of Memorial Stadium.

Guard shoots away slumps

Missouri guard Jason Horton knows the numbers. And shooting 34.6 percent from the floor simply isn’t good enough for a starting point guard. Horton knows that more than anyone.

MU tight ends catch up with hype

When Martin Rucker dropped an uncontested touchdown pass from Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel last week, he took it personally.