One of the hardest things a high school football player must do is survive two-a-day practices at the start of the season.
High school teams across the state officially begin fall sports practice today and many athletes, including Rock Bridge quarterback Chase Patton, said they are looking forward to returning to competition.
“I can’t wait to get out there and get some pads on,” Patton said. “It’s been tough all summer just talking about football.”
Dave McDonald was due.
After playing in the Kiwanis Columbia Championship Golf Tournament for the past 10 years, McDonald won for the first time Sunday at Columbia Country Club.
The resume of the Missouri football team’s offensive line reads longer than its grocery list: two preseason All-Americans, three preseason All-Big 12 Conference candidates, six returning starters, eight letterwinners.
“We think we’re pretty good two-deep, pretty solid, it’s a close battle,” Dave Christensen, the MU offensive line coach said.
Marshall Brown of Austin, Texas gave Missouri assistant basketball coach Tony Harvey an oral commitment to join the Tigers’ class of 2004. Rivals.com ranks Brown, a 6-foot-6 small forward, eighth in the country at his position.
“I felt really good about it and my family is behind me,” Brown said. “I like the coaching staff and I think I’m going to be able to come in and play.”
Mid-Missouri lost 2-0 to the Washington Wild Things on Sunday at Falconi Field in Washington, Penn. It was the second day in a row the Wild Things (41-27) shut out the Mavericks (28-42) .
The Wild Things’ Jared Howton pitched six innings and struck out five to earn his seventh win of the season. Anthony Kozol pitched the ninth to finish the three-hit shutout and pick up his 13th save.
In late June, 11 members of the Hickman cross country team found themselves standing in the middle of Michigan’s Manistee National Forest with a trip home more than a week away.
They were dumped off in Manistee minutes earlier, after a 12-hour trip, with nothing more than a stool to sit on, running clothes for the week, a flashlight, a sleeping bag and a three-ring notebook.
Mike Martz called for a long pass. This wasn’t a shock to one of the NFL’s most pass-oriented offenses. The only person surprised was former Missouri quarterback Kirk Farmer.
After struggling in the early part of camp, Farmer entered the St. Louis Rams’ preseason game Friday night against Oakland as the fourth-string quarterback. When Farmer’s performance was over, he had gone eight-of-13 for 130 yards and a touchdown and had sole possession of the No. 3 job behind Kurt Warner and Marc Bulger.
No, Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire aren’t roaming the secondary for the Missouri football team.
This pair, though, is going by the same nickname.
Friday night, Columbia native Carl Edwards was in a place that has become familiar to him — victory lane.
Edwards, 23, won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway, his second straight win and third in five races.
Jessica Bunge is not through talking about Ricky Clemons.
Bunge, a former Missouri student, agreed to meet with NCAA officials to discuss her statement that Clemons, her former boyfriend, received money while a member of the MU basketball team.
After two rounds in the 29th annual Kiwanis Columbia Championship Golf Tournament, Dave McDonald is looking to do something he has never done.
McDonald, 36, could win the 54-hole tournament for the first time.
It’s never too late to start playing a new sport.
Paul Rubenstein, 54, played soccer for the first time in the second annual Rock Bridge High Boys’ Soccer Alumni Game on Saturday at Rock Bridge.
Two Washington Wild Things players took care of the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Saturday.
The Mavericks lost 4-0 to the Wild Things at Falconi Field in Washington, Pa. Shortstop Jon Cahill and first baseman Josh Loggins accounted for three of Washington’s four hits and each scored two runs.
It came as no surprise when Missouri coach Gary Pinkel traded in his old tight ends for new, sleeker models.
Missouri tight ends combined for 19 catches, 182 yards and two touchdowns in 2002.
The chase for Rock Bridge quarterback Chase Patton is closer to an end.
Patton visited Missouri’s football practice Thursday and said he is looking forward to finishing the recruiting process.
Two Missouri swimmers are one step closer to the Olympics.
Senior Rebecca Wolfe and junior Matt North qualified for the U.S Olympic Trials at the U.S. Summer Nationals on Wednesday in College Park, Md.
Twenty-eight years without a win is a long drought.
Columbia golfer Hardeep Bhullar has played in the Kiwanis Columbia Championship Golf Tournament every year since it began in 1975 but has never won.
Only at a charity golf tournament can golfers improve their scores with a piece of string.
The 13th Annual Helping Little Hearts Charity and String Golf Tournament on Thursday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course had one big difference from other charity tournaments.
The Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ game against Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo, Mich., was suspended because of rain Thursday.
The game was tied at 4 in the top of the seventh inning when play was halted.