COLUMBIA COLLEGE SOFTBALL: The Cougars won two games Saturday to stay alive in the NAIA National Tournament in Decatur, Ala.
The Cougars defeated Union University (Tenn.) 3-0 and College of St. Mary (Neb.) 1-0.
Bill Clark, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks director of player procurement, set one goal when he started assembling this summer’s team.
“What I’d like to have here is a staff of pitchers and position players that can play at the Single A level,” Clark said.
Charles Allen had a gift. Too small to play football and too short to play basketball, he could sprint like the wind.
He would take that gift and sprint his way through Douglass School and then Hickman High, where he transferred in 1959.
Having a top-ranked goalie is a good thing. Having two top-ranked goalies is almost unheard of.
After school, Jeremy Richardson does not hang out with his friends, go home or stay after to study.
He hops in his car, turns on some music and drives.
When John Hamilton looks at Hickman’s five state qualifiers in the swimming pool, he sees beyond the faded swim caps, pink goggles and innocent smiles.
What he notices has been apparent since the first day of practice, and he is confident little will change entering today’s preliminaries of the Swimming and Diving Championships at St. Peter’s Rec-Plex.
SEDALIA — The opportunities were adding up and so was the tension.
Hickman had numerous chances to score Wednesday in the Class 4 District 10 championship game in Sedalia. The Kewpies hit almost every inch of the goal except for the back of the net.
In 1956, William “The Rocket” Richardson was considered the best back in a University of Missouri freshman class that included Mel West and Norris Stevens.
A graduate of Frederick Douglass High School, “The Rocket,” averaged 17.5 yards per carry his senior year. In one game, a 42-6 win against Helias, “The Rocket” had 126 yards rushing, 141 yards receiving and 32 yards passing.
Ty Singleton entered this season, his second as the Missouri softball coach, needing to come up with an encore.
After earning Big 12 Coach of the Year honors in 2003 and leading the Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in four years, it seemed as if Singleton would have a hard time following such an act, but he did not disappoint.
Helias teammates Kelly Fick and Josh Wilson proved to be too much for Rock Bridge.
Fick, a freshman left-hander, pitched a three-hitter and Wilson, a third baseman, hit a home run over the right-field wall in each of the first two innings as Helias beat Rock Bridge 7-1 on Wednesday at Hickman Field in the Class 4 District 10 semifinals.
By the time Hickman finally sent its ninth batter to the plate, in the bottom of the third inning, Jefferson City had scored nine times.
“That’s the worst thing that can happen in a district game, to get behind early like that,” Hickman coach Kent Fewell said. “The momentum switches to them.”
Doug Black has resigned as Hickman’s wrestling coach to take the job at Blue Springs South.
“A good opportunity came up for me and my family,” Black said. “I couldn’t turn it down.”
The first nine innings featured a lot of scoring Wednesday that the extra innings lacked.
Missouri beat Southeast Missouri State 12-11 at Taylor Stadium in 13 innings. The game was 10-10 after nine innings, and neither team could produce the winning run until Lee Laskowski drove it in with two outs in the 13th.
NEW YORK — Kaz Matsui tied the game with a two-out, broken-bat single in the ninth inning and Cliff Floyd followed with a winning single as the New York Mets rallied for a 5-4 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Trailing 4-3, the Mets got life in the ninth when Mike Cameron opened with a walk against Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen (2-1). Joe McEwing bunted Cameron to second, and pinch-hitter Karim Garcia also walked.
ST. LOUIS — A month and a half into the season, the St. Louis Cardinals are waiting for the real Albert Pujols to show himself.
The reigning NL batting champion and two-time MVP runner-up was batting a so-so .278 heading into a stretch in which the Cardinals play 13 of 16 games on the road, beginning with Tuesday night’s 5-4 loss to the New York Mets. That’s 81 points below his .359 average last year and 56 points below his career average.
On a warm Saturday afternoon in March, it’s crowded at Dino’s Steakhouse, where customers are taking in breakfast and lunch.
Bill Clark sits across the table and spins yarn after yarn about Douglass School’s athletes. He speaks slowly, and his sentences often trail off with a gentle laugh.
Pressure has followed the Rev. Raymond Hayes for much of his life.
The feeling was there in high school when, in 1958, he chose to transfer as a junior from Frederick Douglass School to Hickman High School. Hayes felt pressure on the football field where he was the first black football player for Hickman.
SEDALIA — The Hickman soccer team kept its season alive Monday, but that does not mean coach Sandy Paulsen is happy.
The Kewpies beat Helias 4-0 in the Class 2 District 10 semifinals at Susie Ditzfield Memorial Field, but Paulsen said her team did not play as well as she expected.
SEDALIA — Rock Bridge coach Marc Vandover said between the Bruins’ prom and freshman dance it was difficult to get the effort he wanted in practice this last week.
“I had two girls come up to me and say, “Coach, I’m here and I can’t sweat,’” Vandover said.
While Blake Tekotte takes most of the spotlight during Hickman’s baseball games, Justin Jackson’s improved performance is often overlooked.
Jackson has hit .500 and surprised a lot of pitchers more worried about Tekotte, who hits in front of Jackson.