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Ferguson goes for record

Michael Ferguson tries to score every game.

It is a mind-set that has helped Ferguson, a junior at Rock Bridge, tie the school record for goals in a season at 28.

49ers dive past Rams

SAN FRANCISCO — Though Tim Rattay had a smashing debut as an NFL starter, the San Francisco 49ers’ defense was even more impressive.

Ask the St. Louis Rams, who had no luck against either of them.

Okayo sets NYC mark

NEW YORK — Margaret Okayo surged past her closest competitors and took the lead with about seven miles to go in the New York City Marathon.

There was no doubt she would win. Only one question remained: What would the new course record become?

Cautions don’t halt Earnhardt

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. kept his slim Winston Cup championship hopes alive Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.

Earnhardt passed Jimmie Johnson for the lead with 51 laps remaining in the Checker Auto Parts 500 and stayed out front through a series of restarts in a race featuring a record-tying 10 caution flags.

MU’s defense moving up

Entering the season, the Missouri defense was supposed to be the weak link. The Tigers returned only four starters at a position where they played in 2002.

Some would consider that kind of attrition on defense a big loss and expect a rebuilding year with new players taking over at many positions in MU’s 4-2-5 alignment.

Hickman’s season ends at sectional

ROLLA — Hickman coach Greg Gunn sat on the stage of the Rolla High gymnasium Saturday a half hour after the Kewpies’ season-ending loss to Marquette. As he watched Marquette and Glendale warm up for a quarterfinal match, he said he knew his team could have been out there.

“We’re capable,” he said. “It’s not that I think they were a better team than we were. They played better than we did.”

Missed chances doom Tigers

Saturday was a night of missed opportunities for No. 24 Missouri.

The Tigers missed an opportunity to win a matchup between top-25 volleyball teams and continue their winning streak at Hearnes Center.

Kewpies ground out upset

Gregg Nesbitt had seen enough of Rock Bridge quarterback Chase Patton on film.

The Hickman Kewpies kept Patton on the sideline for all but 16 minutes Friday night at Hickman. With the Bruins high-powered offense off the field, the Kewpies ended the Bruins’ postseason hopes with a 30-14 victory.

Reaching the final goal

The suspense continued even after the race ended Saturday at Bethel Park.

The Hickman boys’ cross country team pestered race officials, waiting to hear the final team standings of the Section 3 meet. In the end, it got the news it wanted. The Kewpies finished fourth, qualifying to race at the state meet Saturday in Jefferson City. The Hickman girls’ team also qualified by finishing third.

Valuable Bond key for White

Describing the Missouri women’s basketball “Tiger Night of Terror” intrasquad scrimmage as lopsided would be an understatement.

Senior Evan Unrau and sophomore LaToya Bond led the Black team to a 70-38 defeat of the White team before costume-clad fans at Hearnes Center on Friday night.

Tigers top Truman State

The list above the starting blocks at University Natatorium will soon be changed. The posting of pool records will soon bear a new name for the 200-yard breaststroke.

Missouri’s Matt North, a junior, set the pool record Friday, finishing in 2 minutes, 3.14 seconds. He beat the record of 2:05.3 Iowa’s Chris Brunson set in 2002.

First rate on third downs

Practice pays off in the game.

The Kewpies spent two days practicing third down conversions, and their success helped them beat Rock Bridge 30-14 on Friday at Hickman.

Kewpies send Rock Bridge packing

One team’s disappointment is another’s dream come true.

The Hickman Kewpies ended the Rock Bridge Bruins’ postseason hopes with a 30-14 victory on Friday night at Hickman High. The victory ensured the Kewpies a chance at a District 6 Class 6 championship, with the deciding game Friday against the Jefferson City Jays.

Third-down conversions key

Practice pays off in the game, just ask Hickman coach Gregg Nesbitt.

The Kewpies spent two days practicing third down conversions, and their success helped Hickman beat Rock Bridge 30-14 on Friday at Hickman.

What’s said on field usually stays there

The best part of this story can’t be printed.

Instead, one has to imagine the trash-talk players say to one another when they are in the pile.

Divided

Two Rock Bridge players will line up across from their friends tonight.

Ryan Washington and Demond Thorpe have several friends playing for Hickman, which the Bruins play at 7 at Hickman.

Rock Bridge gets record-setting win

One soccer record was broken when Rock Bridge faced Hickman on Thursday night. Another will have to wait.

The Bruins defeated the Kewpies 2-1 at Cosmopolitan Park to set a school record for wins in a season with 19, breaking a mark set in 1993.

Clark next up to lead the Mavs

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks have added a former St. Louis Cardinal to the team.

Jack Clark will manage the Mavericks in 2004 and has the option to renew his contract for 2005. Clark played for five major league teams over 18 years, including three seasons with the Cardinals.

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.

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