It wasn’t so long ago that Missouri football players were barely in the discussion when the NFL Draft came around.
After a lengthy drought of first-round talent, Justin Smith was the fourth pick in the draft in 2001 to the Cincinnati Bengals. Two years later, receiver Justin Gage followed his former Jefferson City teammate to football’s biggest stage, going in the fifth round to the Chicago Bears.
HOUSTON — Scott Rolen and the St. Louis Cardinals put on an impressive offensive display against the Houston Astros.
Rolen had three hits, including one of the Cardinals’ five home runs, in a 12-6 victory Wednesday night in Houston.
Hickman had to wait awhile, but it finally got its first home win of the season.
The Kewpies beat the Marshall Owls 8-1 on Wednesday, a day later than expected. The match was postponed Tuesday when bad weather forced the Owls to stay home. It also was supposed to be Hickman’s third home match. Rain canceled earlier matches against Lee’s Summit and Lee’s Summit North.
Senior Midfielder Andy Mackley did not consult his doctor before stepping onto the field at Cosmopolitan Park on Wednesday. Hickman was glad he didn’t.
Mackley jump-started the Kewpies’ attack in Hickman’s 11-2 victory against Shawnee Mission.
This time last year, Ryan Realmuto was scoring runs against Missouri. Now she is helping the Tigers as a volunteer coach.
After scoring two runs against the Tigers as Oklahoma State swept MU in a two-game series April 12-13, 2003, Realmuto touched base with Tigers coach Ty Singleton to inquire about job openings.
Minutes before the game, goalie Emily Schuenemeyer asked her Rock Bridge soccer teammates whether they were ready for their game against the Marshall Owls.
The Bruins responded with their play.
Some classmates teased him during school, but Kyle Kovar’s pink, teal, yellow and blue plaid shorts turned out to be good luck Tuesday afternoon.
The Bermuda shorts and Kovar’s solid performance brightened a blustery, wet afternoon at Lake of the Woods Golf Course. Despite the conditions, Kovar led Hickman to a 152-173 victory against Marshall.
Scott Guthrie, a tight end at Hickman, will play football for Washington University in St. Louis next season.
Guthrie, who plans to major in pharmaceutical medicine, received offers to play at Truman State, Stanford and Cornell, among others, but decided Washington offered the best education and chance to play immediately.
After 113 pitches, Kyle Smith had to throw one more. A strike would win the game for Hickman, a ball would load the bases, and a hit would most likely tie the game.
With runners on second and third and two outs in the seventh inning, Smith threw a fastball by Jefferson City’s Jimmy Cook to give Hickman a 6-4 win Monday at Hickman Field.
If Missouri is a consensus pick to make a run at the Big 12 Conference title next season, it did not affect how coach Gary Pinkel ran his spring practices.
In a conference call Monday, Pinkel said picking the Tigers to win the Big 12 or ranking them in the top 25 would mean only that national respect for Missouri has grown in the past year.
The St. Louis Rams told Kurt Warner he will be cut after June 1, the quarterback’s agent told the New York Daily News.
Mark Bartelstein, Warner’s agent, told the newspaper that Rams coach Mike Martz informed Warner on Monday of the team’s decision.
Nebraska coach Mike Anderson decided one of his outfielders might be able to stop the Missouri offense Sunday.
With centerfielder Colin Shockey earning the win, the No. 15 Cornhuskers beat Missouri 11-10 at Taylor Stadium to avoid the sweep in the three-game Big 12 Conference series.
Not even back-to-back home runs could help Baylor win at University Field.
In a 4-3 win against the Bears on Sunday, Missouri had to hold off a seventh-inning Baylor rally.
After a tough loss on Saturday, Hickman wasted no time in returning to its winning ways.
The Kewpies defeated Hazelwood Central 20-2 at Cosmopolitan Park on Sunday.
Rock Bridge players threw their lacrosse sticks into the air and stormed the field after their victory against Vianney.
The Bruins defeated the Griffins 5-4.
Hundreds of seniors played women’s college basketball last season, but only a few get a chance to continue playing the game professionally.
Evan Unrau, who completed an outstanding four-year career at Missouri in March, has an opportunity to extend her career at the game’s highest level. The Washington Mystics drafted Unrau with 28th pick in what some analysts are calling the deepest WNBA Draft in the league’s eight-year history.
Hickman is developing a pattern of falling behind early, and it’s starting to frustrate the Kewpies. Parkway Central beat the Kewpies 9-6 on Saturday after Hickman fell behind 4-0 in the first inning.
Hickman starter Steven Boyer had control problems in the first, walking the first two batters and throwing three wild pitches.
Even if he doesn’t make the NBA, Travon Bryant has a future in basketball.
Thanks, in large part, to a stellar senior season, Bryant attracted the attention of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, of the USBL. The River Rapids drafted the rights to Bryant with the 32nd pick Tuesday.
For Hickman and Rock Bridge swimmers, it was good to be home again.
After starting the season with six meets on the road, the Kewpies won their first meet at home Friday. The Kewpies won eight events to win with 506 points. Rock Bridge finished fourth with 172.
After beating its past six opponents by almost 10 goals per game, the Hickman lacrosse team found itself in an unusually tight game Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park.
A second-half letdown sank the Kewpies. Vianney defeated Hickman 9-8.