Few sports programs for children go to the length that Rising Stars Sports Association does to make education a priority for players.
In December, the year-old sports association started an education campaign that encourages young players to excel in school and to learn outside class. Players on each of five teams are competing to win one of five computers donated by Frito Lay/Quaker Oats, where Rising Stars cofounder Ray Magruder works.
LINCOLN, Neb. – Kevin Young put it in the top-10 list of Missouri’s best dunks of the year.
Jason Conley said it showed some confidence.
LINCOLN, Neb—It was Nebraska forward John Turek’s birthday on Saturday. He turned 21, but the Missouri men’s basketball team had designs to spoil his party.
Missouri defeated Nebraska 56-53 and left Turek to celebrate a birthday without being able to celebrate a victory.
NORMAN, OKLA. — The Missouri women’s basketball team demonstrated strong effort on Saturday, but the 3-point shooting of Oklahoma stifled any Tiger offensive threat.
“A lot of time we were flying at them, and they penetrate so well,” Missouri coach Cindy Stein said.
Tony Pescaglia can finally smile.
Pescaglia told his mom he wouldn’t smile for any pictures until he won a state title. Saturday, Pescaglia stood atop the podium on the Hearnes Center floor with a first-place medal around his neck, and smiled for all the cameras.
Though trailing behind the others, the little girl with glasses kept on running. As the runners crossed the finish line, the crowd at Hearnes Center’s field house began to clap. They were applauding not for the winner, but for the girl who was just making the last turn around the track.
Despite being the youngest participant in her heat, Shelby Stowt, 7, finished the girls’ 400-meter dash at full speed to the applause of the crowd.
At 74, Lewis Mead was the oldest participant in the competition. He raced in the 3,000-meter walk. He said he has been race walking for 15 years and trains three times a week.
Two new meet records for the high school competition were set. Shannon Leinert of Wildwood broke the mile record in 5:11. Jared Huske of Topeka, Kan. broke the 60-meter hurdles record in 7.91 seconds.
They got their roses, thanked God and their families, and received a standing ovation.
Then they took the court.
The ineptitude of the Illinois-Springfield men’s basketball team was on full display Saturday at the Arena of Southwell Complex.
While the Prairie Stars committed technical fouls and missed free throws, Columbia College led throughout its undramatic 69-52 win.
A small slab of concrete next to a little house with an old basketball hoop attached to the side. It wasn’t exactly a gym, but it was enough to make Columbia College women’s basketball coach Mike Davis fall in love with the sport.
“His mom always told me it didn’t matter; rain, sleet, or snow, he’d get out there,” Cindy Davis, his wife, said. “If it snowed, he wouldn’t shovel her sidewalk off, but he’d go out there, shovel the court, cut the fingers off his gloves and shoot baskets in the middle of winter. He’s always had a true love for the game.”
The Missouri softball team advanced to 6-0 this season after recording two wins Friday in the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Twelve hours and 43 minutes is a long time to wait.
Hickman’s Zach Arnold woke up at 7:30 a.m. and didn’t get to wrestle until 8:18 p.m.
Alisha Robinson stopped being normal when she was 10.
Now she is 22 and still hasn’t found the groove of a typical college student. She is a Missouri gymnast, and to her, that’s just fine.
With six scholarship players, Baylor doesn’t know the first thing about striking fear in its opponents.
But it sure does have a great hypnotizing act.
The Baylor men’s basketball team received a different kind of pep talk before its game Wednesday at Mizzou Arena.
Baylor coach Scott Drew invited Michael Booth, ‘grand poobah’ of the Antlers, a non-university-sponsored fan group, to rile up his team before the game, said Heath Nielsen, Baylor’s director of media relations.
Coach Brian Smith has been saying it all along.
“Nothing really matters until the end of March,” Smith said after the Tigers lost on consecutive days to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.
The Missouri women’s basketball team is hoping history will repeat itself this weekend.
The most recent time Missouri played Oklahoma, Jan. 28, 2004, the No. 20 Sooners were 13-5, but the unranked Tigers won 77-65. Four seniors scored in double digits to lead Missouri.
The Missouri baseball team lost to Winthrop 7-4 in its opening game of the Griffin Pontiac Challenge on Thursday in Rock Hill, S.C.
Missouri starter Max Scherzer had six straight strikeouts in the first and second innings to help the Tigers (1-1) build a 4-2 fourth-inning lead. Winthrop (6-0) took controlwith a 3-run fifth and Eagles right fielder Daniel Carte added a two-run home run in the sixth.
When a star player says the game put him to sleep, it’s usually not pretty.
The Tigers defeated Baylor 60-53 on Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena. It certainly wasn’t pretty, but at this point, the Missouri men’s basketball team will take its wins any way it can get them.
Last year about this time, Rock Bridge’s Cam Purcell trudged slowly into a lonely, dark tunnel at Hearnes Center, vowing never to feel the same disappointment again.
Purcell had just been eliminated from the state wrestling tournament, losing in the first round and again in wrestlebacks, after he had qualified for the first time. He hopes not to repeat the feeling this year.