At game point of the first game in the Columbia College volleyball team’s 30-21, 30-22, 30-19 sweep of Benedictine College on Tuesday, setter Luana Branco received a pass, jumped, and instead of setting to a hitter, tipped the ball behind her, hitting the Ravens’ sideline perfectly to end the game.
You might not have known it, but Columbia has a championship cross country team and no, it’s not the Tigers, Bruins or Kewpies.
Dane Pavlovich stands pensively outside the door to his tiny office next to the men’s restroom in Silverthorne Arena. A pair of Little League teams are doing battle on Stephens College’s home hardwood, though turnovers far outnumber points in the contest, and the atmosphere falls somewhat short of intense. The young girls on the floor are participating in an activity that might be called basketball, one where benevolent referees ignore traveling violations as if Michael Jordan committed them. The 10-foot-tall rim may as well measure 50 feet.
Maybe freshman guard Keon Lawrence should be believed when he speaks.
The Nebraska footballl team’s win on Saturday against Texas A&M clinched the Big 12 Conference North title for the Huskers. Missouri was frustrated when the team’s goal of winning the division title disappeared, but the Tigers are still playing for something this season.
CLAYTON — It’s settled. Basketball really did evolve from a childhood game called “Duck on a Rock.”
KANSAS CITY — Injuries to Pro Bowlers and key starters continued to mount for Kansas City on Monday when tight end Tony Gonzalez, having perhaps his finest season, was declared out this week and possibly longer.
ST. LOUIS — “If the Steelers can do it, so can we.” That was what first-year St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan told his players, reeling after four straight losses, on Monday.
NEW YORK — Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins won a tight race for National League Rookie of the Year, and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander took home the American League award Monday.
Missouri coach Mike Anderson has said his players will thank him one day for the amount of running they do in practice.
The Missouri women’s basketball team got its first taste of a challenge this season in its season opener Sunday at Southern Illinois.
Missouri loves company. Well, perhaps love is too strong of a word.
KG for MVP.
You might expect to hear that in the NBA, with star Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves. But Sunday, that meant Missouri center Kalen Grimes.
Mark Whitehill didn’t think he would have any problem sitting near the floor.
Hickman senior Dante Jones won the 1-meter diving event at the MSHSAA Boys State Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday in St. Peter’s. Jones won with with 418.20 points after finishing second in last year’s event in February. Rock Bridge placed fifth at the championships the with 134 points. Hickman was 15th with 65.
The 7 mm Weatherby rifle rested upright, strategically placed between Sharon Brandkamp’s knees. Her eyes and head shifted in unison — left, right, left again — as she scanned the land. Temperatures in the low 30s assured that every breath she took was visible.
Yet again, Stefhon Hannah was rolling. The junior guard was 5-of-5 in the first half, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range, totaling 13 points in the Tigers’ 38-26 halftime lead.
EeTisha Riddle is recruiting. She’s sending out e-mails, making phone calls and bragging about her team. But the senior center on the Missouri women’s basketball team isn’t rounding up future players, she’s mobilizing fans.
Matt Lawrence scored 37 points all of last season. So if North Carolina A&T coach Jerry Eaves forgot about him on Friday, maybe he could be forgiven. But after watching Lawrence score 27 points on Friday against Eaves’ Aggies, Army coach Jim Crews didn’t make the same mistake.
For a college gymnast, training is a year-round job.