Kevin Millar was tired of excuses.
Millar, the Boston Red Sox’s first baseman, said so in a way that has caught on across the country.
After losing its first home volleyball game in nearly nine years Saturday, Columbia College didn’t sit around and bemoan its defeat. Instead, the Cougars took drastic action.
They redecorated the locker room.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Bo Pelini is the most popular man in Nebraska. Just ask NU defensive end Trevor Johnson.
“The feeling around Nebraska right now is, Coach Pelini’s the man,” Johnson said.
Coaches often say district tournaments are like the beginning of a new season. Unfortunately for many teams, these seasons will last only one game.
Six softball teams, including Hickman and Rock Bridge, will compete today and Friday for the Class 4 District 10 championship. The single-elimination tournament is at Ber-Juan Sports Complex in Rolla.
Rock Bridge’s Stephanie Smarr continued her chase on the Bruins’ record book Tuesday afternoon.
Smarr won her 102nd singles mat-ch, defeating Amy Trae, which helped the Bruins to a 9-0 win at Hickman. Smarr beat Trae 10-0.
If the Missouri football team were a lawn mower, its best selling point might be its zero-degree turning radius.
In a matter of hours, the Tigers went from a team on the rise to a downward spiral, suffering their first loss, 35-14 to rival Kansas no less, and plummeting out of the polls and into mediocrity. It got worse before it got better.
After Brenna Schlader started Hickman’s scoring with consecutive kills, the Camdenton defense shifted its focus to the middle.
Hickman then went outside and used a balanced attack to defeat the Lakers 25-16, 25-14 on Tuesday at Hickman.
When the high school volleyball season started in late August, the game was a little different.
Hickman junior Bank Prommoon plays soccer wearing a piece of protective gear on his right forearm. He said it causes him to lose his balance during games.
It didn’t stop him from becoming the hero Tuesday night.
It will be impossible for American Midwest Conference teams to beat Columbia College if they don’t score.
So far, opponents haven’t figured a way to do either.
The book closed on a familiar chapter for Hickman on Tuesday.
In the final softball game of the regular season, Hickman lost 3-1 to Salisbury at Cosmopolitan Park.
The Hickman girls’ volleyball team entered this season with senior leadership, depth and confidence that it could have a successful season.
The Kewpies hoped to win the district title, but they didn’t expect their undefeated start. Hickman is 21-0 after winning at Helias 25-12, 25-9 on Monday.
Hickman’s defense showed up too late.
Hickman lost to Southern Boone County 4-1 on Monday at Cosmopolitan Park, after the Eagles scored three runs in the first inning on three Kewpies errors.
After a blowout loss to Kansas, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel took the blame for his team’s performance.
There was nothing unusual about that. Pinkel usually shoulders the blame for his team. On Monday, Pinkel was more direct about his shortcomings, saying he needed to improve his coaching like his players needed to improve their game.
Stephen McMullen looked good on videotape.
It’s a good thing because it was the only way the Columbia College soccer coaches could gauge his skills. Although the Cougars’ coaches never saw him in person, McMullen became a Cougar.
The Stephens College volleyball team showed some character Monday night at Silverthorne Arena.
The Stars’ defeated Harris-Stowe 30-12, 26-30, 30-20, 30-27, overcoming a sloppy performance in their second game.
Call it the system, or call it what you will, but Texas Tech hasn’t missed a beat.
B.J. Symons, the Red Raiders’ senior quarterback, has planted himself solidly in the Heisman Trophy debate, throwing for 2,467 yards and 24 touchdowns in just five games.
If ever there was an encouraging loss, Monday night was just that for the Rock Bridge girls’ volleyball team.
“If you can be happy in a defeat, I’m okay with tonight’s loss, because we fought hard,” Bruins coach Vicki Reimler said. “I thought we played tough until the very end, and that’s what I’ve wanted to see.”
The finish Sunday left players, coaches and fans wondering what happened.
The goal that handed the Missouri women’s soccer team a 2-1 overtime loss to No. 24 Oklahoma wasn’t a typical winning score.
Payge Pleimann is playing the best golf of her career, and it couldn’t come at a better time for the Hickman Kewpies.
The Kewpies join the Rock Bridge Bruins today at the Class 4 District Championship at Redfield Golf and Country Club in Eugene.