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Kewpies look for team bid

They have met the first challenge, but the next is even greater.

After qualifying at the District 5 meet Oct. 25, runners from Hickman and Rock Bridge will race at the Sectional 3 cross country meet Saturday at Bethel Park. Eight boys teams and nine girls teams will race, and the top four teams and top 30 individuals will advance to the state championship Nov. 8 in Jefferson City.

Proven record follows Wiginton

When Craig Wiginton looks back on his playing days at Oklahoma, he doesn’t remember Hearnes Center fondly.

He describes his trips to Columbia in 1976 and 1977 as ‘butt whippings’ at the hands of Norm Stewart’s teams.

Weekend to test Missouri

If history repeats itself, the Missouri swim teams should win this weekend.

The Tigers host Truman State at 5 p.m. today at the University Natatorium. The No. 23 women’s team will then travel to Lawrence, Kan., to face Kansas on Saturday. MU won in both meets last season.

A memorable time for Davis

Adriene Davis will see her four years of Missouri soccer eligibility run out this fall, but the senior forward has made sure she will never be forgotten.

Davis set an MU career assist record with 30 on Oct. 19 in her last home game, breaking Nikki Thole’s mark set in 2000. Thole was an All-American selection in 1999.

Tigers set for Big 12 meet

The race to the NCAA Championships continues for Missouri’s cross country teams.

The postseason begins today for the Tigers, who will race in the Big 12 Conference Championships in Austin, Texas.

Extra effort helps lift Cougars

When Columbia College’s Jaime Diestelkamp went up for a kill early in the Cougars’ match against William Woods on Thursday night, things didn’t go quite as expected.

As she flew through the air, she misplayed the ball at first, only to recover at the last moment and spike it for a point.

Big improvement

Brenna Schlader grew up playing soccer, softball and basketball. She knew nothing about volleyball, though, until her freshman year at West Junior High.

“My mom was like, ‘Hey, that looks like a fun sport,’” Schlader said. “So I went out for it, and I really liked it. It was kind of different because I had never been in a public school before, so I was like, ‘Whoa, there are tall girls, too.’”

Freshmen filling roles for Missouri

Last season, Lisa Boyd, Shen Danru, Lindsey Hunter and Lindsey Noll played key roles for the Missouri volleyball team as freshmen.

Jessica Vander Kooi and Nicole Wilson fill that role for the Tigers this season.

Taking offense to 'dumb' label

Put it on the line.

That phrase has many meanings to the Missouri offensive line. Aside from the obvious play on words, it has become the rallying cry and T-shirt slogan for a group of guys that has, aside from quarterback Brad Smith, one of the toughest jobs in football.

Sticking around

Like many former Missouri players before him, Antwaun Bynum has found a home at Rock Bridge.

Bynum, who was an honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference defensive end for Missouri, used up his eligibility last season and looked for the next place to play.

Trading places

On Friday night, Jeff Moore will stare across the field, dissecting a team that was once his from a sideline he was once paid to beat.

Moore, an assistant coach for the Hickman Kewpies, was the coach of the Rock Bridge Bruins in 1998-99. Moore resigned after going 3-17, including a 0-10 season in 1999, the worst season in Rock Bridge history.

Mills' stability anchors Rock Bridge soccer

For Tanner Mills, having balance is essential, not only on the soccer field but also in life.

A junior goalie for Rock Bridge, Mills has almost as many shutouts this year, 11, as goals allowed, 17.

Cougars picked to win AMC crowns

Despite a lack of experience, expectations are high for the Columbia College basketball program.

In preseason polls of league coaches, the men’s and women’s teams are selected as favorites to win American Midwest Conference titles.

Kewps win district

Sharin Muskrat dived and saved a point for Hickman as the Kewpies trailed Jefferson City late in Game 2.

Corey Pritchett’s hitting attempt appeared to be a Jay point, but Muskrat made the play and gave Hickman momentum as the Jefferson City fans celebrated Pritchett’s hit.

Junior colleges create success

The shortest route isn’t always the best one. Sometimes a detour can be beneficial.

Nino Williams II was an All-American before he played a game at Memorial Stadium. Atiyyah Ellison had two years of growing pains out of the way before he joined the Missouri football team.

Ferguson ties Bruins record

Rock Bridge is on the brink of breaking records.

The Bruins boys’ soccer team defeated Jefferson City 3-1 on Tuesday night at Cosmopolitan Park as Michael Ferguson scored two goals.

Missouri program tightens belt

In a telling sign of the athletic department’s new economics, Missouri’s softball team cleaned Memorial Stadium before the Sept. 13 home football game against Eastern Illinois to raise money for expenses.

A 19.8 percent increase in tuition has brought a shift in policy in the athletic department that emphasizes consolidating positions while maintaining financing for the department’s main revenue sources: basketball and football.

Irrera’s energy leads to another conference title

Before each game he prays to God for no injuries and adds, “... and if you have time, please make me score.”

His quickness with the ball is superior, his moves are inventive and his energy is contagious. Columbia College soccer coach John Klein said Juan Pablo Irrera is among the elite attackers in the NAIA.

Reimler gets gallant effort in final match

JEFFERSON CITY — Glancing down the Rock Bridge bench late in the Bruins’ season-ending loss to Jefferson City on Monday night, there weren’t many sad faces. In fact, there were even a few smiles.

“It was a lot of fun playing,” senior Ashley Selby said. “That’s all I wanted to do was have fun. Of course I wanted to win, but as long as I played hard . . . and we all did.”

Win has MU thinking big

Six wins, bowl eligibility and a win against Nebraska. Each goal was possible at the beginning of the season, but after Missouri’s meltdown against Kansas, expectations changed.

Four weeks later, expectations have changed again, except this time the outlook is far more positive.

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