It might seem like the same old Missouri football team. For the third straight year, the Tigers fell to that “basketball school” from Lawrence, Kan. Quarterback Brad Smith and the Missouri offense couldn’t elude the Jayhawks defenders who must have looked like deadly birds of prey to the Tigers in their 13-3 loss. So it’s time to put away that Brad Smith jersey for the winter and head over to Mizzou Arena to see if the basketball team can fair any better, right?
When Missouri diver Evan Watters confidently hoists himself up the slick, wet, ladder to the 1-meter springboard, he is not thinking about how he was a 2001 Nationals qualifier as a senior in high school. When he walks to the end of the sky blue springboard, feels the wet sandpaper-like surface under his wrinkled bare feet, and balances himself precariously on the balls of his feet, he is not thinking about how he was a two-time Big 12 Diver of the Month as a Missouri freshman.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Three measly points. No one could have expected this kind of output from a Missouri offense that, a week earlier, was pumping out points against the nation’s No. 1 rush defense.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — This was too hard to put into words, so most of the Missouri football players didn’t try. It was a sad sight to see them, filing out of the visiting locker room of Kansas’ Memorial Stadium, hushed and red-eyed. For three years they had tried to shake this beast of a Kansas team. For three years they had done their best to regain the edge in the annual Border Showdown. For three years they had tried and for three years they had failed, this time in an emotional 13-3 loss.
LAWRENCE, Kan. - There are certain images no Missouri fan wants to see. Many of them appeared in Lawrence on Saturday afternoon: Kansas’ Memorial Stadium, minus its goalposts.
The Missouri volleyball team set multiple season highs against Colorado, unfortunately they were all in error categories. The Tigers lost to Colorado 30-20, 28-30, 30-23, 27-30, 12-15 Saturday night at Hearnes Center.
Lisa Morris is accustomed to working through pain. Morris, a Missouri volleyball player from 1998 to 2002, had multiple serious injuries during her time at MU. Morris sat out her freshman year while recovering from a tumor that had been removed from her left tibia before coming to MU. During her junior year, Morris was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, which caused her to have a rib removed.
The Missouri women’s swimming and diving team’s first away meet of the season wasn’t typical. The Tigers lost at Kansas to end a five-year winning streak against the Jayhawks. “Kansas is one of those teams you really want to beat,” MU coach Brian Hoffer said. “We just couldn’t do it this year.”
His coach called him a “one of a kind kid.” His teammates described him as an optimist, and a big brother-type figure. But Zach Chapman shrugged, grinned, and tried to turn the attention away from himself and onto the team.
Rock Bridge’s record-setting season began almost three months ago with a knock on Lauren Borduin’s door. It was a Saturday morning in early August, and members of the Bruins’ cross country team were out for their daily training run. They decided to take a short detour, hoping that they could finish their run with one more person than they started with.
Hickman defenders Omeed Latifi and Gabe Widmer couldn’t be more different. Latifi is a hard-hitting, fast-talking left back. He’s gregarious, loud and confident. He is cut, quick, with dark features and lots of stubble. He plays with reckless abandon, sometimes too reckless, as even he admits. Chest-bumping teammates after goals, tackling threatening-opponents hard and starting the counter-attack quickly is all in a day’s work.
Among the items coaches found on the Rock Bridge soccer bus after a recent game were the standard empty wrappers, bottles, a missing soccer cleat and “Young Cowboy” magazine. “Young Cowboy” magazine?
One Rock Bridge Bruin wasn’t on the field Friday night to watch his team shock No. 2 Hickman. He wasn’t able to rejoice to the chants of “district champs” or run into the arms of his teammates and fans as many of the Bruins did. Instead, this Bruin was listening to the game on the radio from his hospital bed. He could only hear and imagine in his mind what was happening.
Pale purple balloons are everywhere. They line railings, adorn tables and are even tied to trash cans.
The defending state champions won’t be returning to the postseason. Hickman, the No. 2 team in Class 6, was dominated for three quarters by Rock Bridge, which upset its cross-town rival 21-18 in the Providence Bowl at Faurot Field. Only a late rally in which the Kewpies scored 15 fourth-quarter points made the game close.
It seems to be a matter of proximity. The pesky, no-good, next-door neighbor eager to ruin your concentration. Welcome to the Missouri football team’s noon matchup Saturday at Kansas, its oldest and biggest rival.
Down on one knee, awaiting the snap, the holder knows what’s coming. Along with the ball, there will be a rush of defenders coming at him like a freight train. He yells “hike” to the center and the extra point attempt begins. He catches the snap, turns the ball laces out and suddenly what he feared was coming, arrives. Hit by a defender, his leg rolls under him awkwardly and he lies on the field in pain.
Hickman football coach Gregg Nesbitt calls his senior quarterback “blue collar.” Andrew Perkins is not the fastest player on the Hickman football team. He’s probably not even in the top five.
There is more to Rock Bridge’s Phillip King than quick feet and long strides. While he has developed into one of the state’s top cross country runners this season, he has also set high standards for himself outside of the sport. He is the consumate student-athlete, achieving success in the classroom and on the race course.
TROY — Hickman coach Greg Gunn wanted his team to focus on volleyball this week, so he had a simple solution. He gave his players volleyballs to carry around for three straight days at school. Some girls, like senior MegAnn Schlader, named their balls. Schlader named hers “Omammy,” while senior Caitlin Keith forgot to carry her ball once, and had to run extra at practice.