Missouri knew it would be difficult to follow last week’s record-setting Cat Classic, the best gymnastics performance in school history. It was ready for another challenge this week, though.
Breaking the school uneven bars record and tying the school vault record in the process, No. 10 Missouri defeated No. 15 Arkansas 196.600-195.925 at Hearnes Center on Friday.
Missouri coach Rob Drass can’t remember the last meet in which his squad did not break a record.
The Tigers gymnastics team broke its uneven bars record again Friday against No. 15 Arkansas at Hearnes Center. The Tigers’ 49.325 was more impressive considering the struggles of one of the squad’s top performers in the event.
After Linas Kleiza dislocated his right shoulder Jan. 28 at Colorado, the initial prognosis was that he would miss two weeks and could return Sunday.
Two days before his potential return, the situation has changed dramatically. Kleiza, a freshman and Missouri’s leading rebounder, will have surgery and will miss the rest of the season.
He isn’t blind, and he isn’t deaf.
Although Missouri coach Quin Snyder said he doesn’t pay attention to the fans falling off the Tigers’ bandwagon or the critics assessing blame, he knows they are out there.
Nearly all coaches stress the importance of senior leadership but only the lucky ones see its benefits firsthand. Bob Burchard, the Columbia College men’s basketball coach, certainly falls into that category.
Senior guards Andre Amos and Khamari Ballard led the Cougars on both ends of the court, helping Columbia College beat Hannibal-LaGrange 98-88 on Thursday at The Arena of Southwell Complex.
KANSAS CITY — There he is, off to the side, in the shadows and away from the glare of the spotlight.
When Tony Temple is your cousin, best friend and teammate, getting lost in the glow isn’t difficult. Steve Redmond is used to it, and it doesn’t bother him much.
Even if Missouri loses all of its meets this season, the Tigers can be national champions.
Every gymnast on the MU squad knows that though it’s nice to defeat opponents, high scoring is what will propel the Tigers to bigger victories.
Carl Edwards sits patiently behind the wheel. His right foot is lightly pressed against the gas pedal. His right hand is carefully cradling the clutch.
He is waiting for the green flag to wave. He is prepared to compete. He is ready to win. Above all else, he is focused.
Cam Purcell, Will Martin and Erin Slate have their team behind them. Not only is it behind them, but it also is underneath them, around them and next to them.
The season goes on for only three wrestlers, but the Rock Bridge wrestling team practices every day. Purcell (152), Martin (160) and Slate (171) placed third in the Class 3 District 5 Tournament last week in St. Charles to advance to the Sectional 3 Tournament on Saturday in Jefferson City. If they place in the top four at the sectional tournament, they qualify for the state championships Feb. 19-21 at Hearnes Center.
Jefferson City wrestler Jeremy Hudson has owned Hickman’s Zach Arnold.
Although Arnold has kept every match between the 171 pounders within three points, he is 0-4 against Hudson this season.
Hickman junior John Willett knows what he is up against at the state meet.
Willett, along with six other Kewpies and seven Rock Bridge swimmers, will travel to the Rec-Plex in St. Peters for the state swimming and diving meet today and Saturday.
As troubling and disappointing as the dismissal of former point guard Randy Pulley might be, Pulley’s departure has opened the door for Jason Conley.
Conley, a 6-foot-5 junior, has taken advantage of this situation and again become a viable, offensive threat off the Missouri bench. After several weeks of struggles, Conley looked more like the player who led the nation in scoring two years ago at Virginia Military Institute.
Frustration was Missouri coach Cindy Stein’s word of the night.
The disappointment was apparent after the Tigers 83-59 loss to No. 18 Baylor on Wednesday at Hearnes Center.
Rock Bridge’s Ashley Guy made her 3-pointers, while Smith-Cotton didn’t.
Guy’s shooting helped the Bruins come back to win 50-46 against the Tigers on Wednesday at Rock Bridge.
The disappointment surrounding Missouri’s loss to Baylor on Wednesday overshadowed the much-anticipated return of LaToya Bond.
Bond, a 5-foot-7 sophomore who started at point guard in Missouri’s first 11 games, missed the Tigers’ past nine with a broken left foot.
Nahowan Saxon comes from an exotic, distant land where cricket and soccer are king. How does someone from Ashton Union Island, St. Vincent, wind up playing basketball for Columbia College?
“I’m better at cricket than I am at basketball, but in cricket it’s hard to get a scholarship,” Saxon said. “Basketball was my second thing, and that is how I pretty much got up here.”
Seven players have joined the Missouri women’s soccer team.
Jason Conley had never seen it before. It was something unique, and it gave Missouri a different pregame attitude.
Sparked by a brisk pregame practice with coach Quin Snyder, the Tigers came on late in the second half to beat Colorado 77-65 on Tuesday night at Hearnes Center.
Travon Bryant isn’t ready to give up on his senior season, and his play Tuesday night proved it.
Bryant, a 6-foot-9 senior from Long Beach, Calif., did everything necessary to help Missouri to a 77-65 Big 12 Conference win against Colorado at Hearnes Center.
JEFFERSON CITY — When Emily Light’s shot went through the basket, Jefferson City fans erupted and Hickman fans breathed a sigh of relief.
The final buzzer had sounded and Light’s 3-pointer left the Jays short of upsetting the Kewpies, who won an up-tempo, hard-fought game 44-43 on Tuesday at Jefferson City High.