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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.

Timberland tops Sullivan in Class 3

Softball had never made Timberland’s Lindsay Parker cry before, but when the Wolves got the final out of the Class 3 state final on Monday, tears of joy flowed from Parker’s eyes.

Parker pitched a complete game, scattering five hits, in the Wolves 4-0 victory against Sullivan at Cosmopolitan Park. Timberland (20-7) won its first softball title in only its second year of existence.

Quarterbacks running down Big 12

When Ell Roberson enrolled at Kansas State, he might have had an identity crisis. Is he a running back or a quarterback?

Like several other Big 12 Conference quarterbacks, Roberson runs the ball frequently. Alhough it might have been confusing at first, the Wildcats have benefited from Roberson’s multiple options.

Barnes a noticeable asset for Tigers

The center of attention is an unfamiliar place for Missouri linebacker Brandon Barnes, but Barnes, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior, could not avoid the spotlight on Saturday. His play was crucial in Missouri’s 62-31 win against Texas Tech, with two interceptions and a forced fumble. The Tigers, who reentered the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Sunday at No. 21, built an ample first-half lead from Barnes’ defensive effort.

Coach and Counselor

As the Rock Bridge girls' volleyball team prepares for the Class 4, District 10 playoffs, coach Vicki Reimler is preparing for something else: life without volleyball. She announced Sept. 24 that this would be her final season as coach; she wants more time to devote to her duties as athletic director.

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