SHREVEPORT, La. — With a little more than two weeks before the Independence Bowl, just more than half the tickets for the Dec. 30 game have been sold.
The stern-faced policemen at every entrance to the gym, the crowd-surfing Bruins fan, and the cars lining both sides of every road leading to Rock Bridge High School were all signs that Thursday night’s basketball game was out of the ordinary.
KANSAS CITY — Trent Green is zipping the ball as well as ever, and Larry Johnson is making Priest Holmes seem like nothing more than a distant memory.
Lindsey Hunter is sure to be remembered as one of the best to play for the Missouri volleyball team. A senior setter, Hunter has set every one of the school’s assist records, and this season helped the Tigers go deeper in the NCAA Tournament than they ever went before.
ST. LOUIS — Isaac Bruce topped 800 catches last week and there’s no sign of slowing down for the St. Louis Rams’ star receiver.
Most teams listen to music to get pumped up for a big game.
Hickman forward Shana White wasn’t expecting the ball.
Alex Wegener could see himself getting used to this.
It might have been a little strange to shake hands as head coaches, these two men who had, at one time, both been at Rock Bridge High School.
Most teams consider playing at home an advantage. For Hickman basketball coach Jim Sutherland, playing at home is a disadvantage and a factor in the Kewpies’ 67-51 loss to Hazelwood Central on Tuesday.
The National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association named pitcher Max Scherzer to its preseason All-American first team. Scherzer, last season’s Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year and second team All-American, led the Big 12 with 131 strikeouts and a 1.86 ERA during the 2005 season.
With the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team trailing in the first quarter against Marshall, Bruins sophomore guard Claire Schaeperkoetter knew she needed to take over.
Hickman’s gymnasium was nearly vacant when the last group of players emerged from the door leading up from the girls’ locker room.
KANSAS CITY — In Ed Perry’s first game last month after replacing one of the league’s great long-snappers, Kansas City tied an NFL field goal record.
ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams are sticking with rookie quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, despite his five-interception game on Sunday.
During Matt Pell’s 15-2 major decision victory Sunday, there was a noticeable difference in his approach. He was calmer. He was more focused.
The game was well in hand and had been since the first five minutes. Well, at least that’s what it seemed like to the fans at Mizzou Arena on Sunday to see the Missouri women’s basketball team earn its seventh straight win with a 88-34 victory against the Colonels of Nicholls State.
Coach Gary Pinkel had a full plate over the weekend. One minute, he was organizing practice, intently preparing for Missouri’s game against South Carolina on Dec. 30 in the Independence Bowl, the next he was organizing dinners and mingling with parents of recruits on the sideline, turning on his softer, charming side.
Hickman girls’ basketball coach Curt Riley has a constant reminder for his team: Hold the rope.
Andrea Seabaugh has a quiet confidence about herself on the court. You won’t find her celebrating after a big shot. You won’t see her cracking a smile after a great pass. She’ll sometimes toy with defenders when she handles the ball, but not in a way that taunts them.