Joel McCune is in the zone.
The only sounds at Finger Lakes State Park this late morning are the geese and the ripples McCune makes as he glides his small boat through the water.
The Missouri women’s gymnastics team beat Southeast Missouri State and a flu bug this week.
Despite battling a team-wide flu strain, the team scored its second highest team score of the season. MU out performed SEMO 195.350-190.200. The score beat last week’s Cat Classic’s performance that bolstered the Tigers’ ranking into the top 20 according to updated national rankings.
Sophomore pitcher Max Scherzer was so dominant in Missouri's 7-1 victory against Eastern Michigan on Friday he was boring his teammates.
"Playing in the outfield, it gets real monotonous because he'll just throw it by them," outfielder Hunter Mense said. "When you do get a ball hit to you, you're kind of surprised."
Quick, name the Missouri baseball player third on the team in batting average, slugging percentage and RBIs and second in on-base percentage.
Third-year starter James Boone, who was third in average last year? Nope.
It’s hard to determine which told the story better, the numbers or the looks on their faces.
One-by-one they filed out of Missouri’s locker room. Glen Dandridge was first. A half hour later, Thomas Gardner was last.
Sometimes reaching the semifinals of the conference tournament is as easy as beating a 20-loss team at home.
And sometimes it’s as difficult as withstanding the hardest charge a well-coached underdog can muster.
The Big 12 Conference is the best wrestling conference in America. Period.
All five teams are ranked in the top-15 in the country with Oklahoma State (No. 1), Iowa State (No. 3) and Nebraska (No. 4) in the top-five. No. 7 Oklahoma is the fourth team in the top-10, while No. 15 Missouri brings up the rear.
Big 12 coaches voted Trisa Nickoley the 2005 indoor track and field Female Freshmen Performer of the Year Wednesday.
Nickoley, from Tecumseh, Kan., won two Big 12 indoor titles at last weekend’s Big 12 Championships. She won an individual championship in the 800 meters and was also a member of the winning distance medley relay team.
For every Missouri player, the biggest game of the season is the home game against Kansas.
Even the Tigers’ four freshmen know how important it is, and they’ve never played against the Jayhawks in Columbia.
From the moment Jamie Sweeney wakes up to the moment he goes back to sleep, there is only one thing on his mind: diving.
“I don’t think about anything else,” Sweeney said. “Some people may think that’s lame, but this sport is my life.”
Wayne Simien is the bruiser. Aaron Miles is the passer. Keith Langford is the shooter.
For Michael Lee, Kansas’ fourth senior, the description is a little different and took longer to adjust to.
AMES, Iowa — Don’t talk to the Missouri Tigers about a postseason, even though their 14-15 overall record means they need to win Sunday to be eligible for the National Invitational Tournament. Teams with losing records can’t be invited to the NIT.
Don’t talk to them about the Big 12 Conference Tournament, even though the Tigers appear to be destined for a first-round meeting with either Iowa State, the team that trounced the Tigers 67-49 on Wednesday, or Kansas State, which swept the regular season series with Missouri.
An essential portion of her life’s time, effort and focus is coming to an end.
The game clock began for her in third grade. But with every dribble, steal or block the clock ticks closer to the final buzzer.
AMES, Iowa — One team played like it wanted the postseason more than anything Wednesday night. But it wasn’t the Tigers.
Iowa State destroyed Missouri at Hilton Coliseum in a 67-49 rout and made a statement to the selection committee that would be hard not to hear.
AMES, Iowa – Wednesday marked the end of an era for Iowa State.
Gary Thompson called his last game for Iowa State, when the Cyclones defeated Missouri 67-49 at Hilton Coliseum. He is retiring after almost 40 years in sports broadcasting.
There were 10 minutes left. The scoreboard at Mizzou Arena showed Kansas State’s Twiggy McIntyre, who had just driven through the lane untouched for an easy basket. Then, the screen flashed to Missouri coach Cindy Stein, who wore an expression of confusion, frustration and disgust.
It’s been an all-too familiar face this season for Stein, whose Tigers were in the process of losing another Big 12 Conference game at home.
Two special guests attended Wednesday’s game between Missouri and Kansas State: former Tiger Amanda Lassiter and former Wildcat Nicole Ohlde.
“It was so good (to be back),” Lassiter said. “It was disappointing that we lost, but it was still good to come back and see everybody, see what’s going on with the team.”
AMES, Iowa — When Iowa State’s Jared Homan walks on the court, his size alone makes him stand out.
Leave it to the 6-foot-10 center to make an even bigger statement before his final career game.
Within a four-hour period, an orange 1983 Mercury Zephyr was reduced to scrap metal on the MU campus Tuesday.
The first dent made to the Zephyr came at about 10 a.m. at MU’s Speaker’s Circle, and left a mark in the word “chickenhawk” spray-painted on its side. The car was in decent shape when it arrived, but by noon, it was obliterated.
When Missouri plays Iowa State tonight, there more at stake than just a basketball game.
Both teams are trying to keep postseason hopes alive.