Saturday was supposed to be a quiet day off for former Missouri Tiger Christian Cantwell before heading to the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships next weekend.
It was anything but.
When Hickman’s Kevin Croom saw Pattonville’s Nathan Waldrum grab his shoulder, Croom knew he had the match won.
Croom was down 7-3 in the middle of the second period of his 130-pound first-round match at the MSHSAA state wrestling tournament at Hearnes Center on Thursday, but he used a quick takedown and near fall to tie the match. Waldrum had to take an injury timeout and looked noticeably weaker.
The gym was packed at the start of the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team’s final home game. Unfortunately for the team, most of the crowd was there to see Chase Patton, Missouri’s quarterback prospect, crowned king of this year’s Courtwarming dance at halftime.
By game’s end only a few groups of parents and students could be seen in the stands. Those who stayed saw a disappointing performance by the Bruins.
His team had just won three consecutive games for the second time this season, and it was clear Missouri coach Quin Snyder was happy with his players’ efforts.
In such an up-and-down year, every win feels good.
Things are starting to look familiar for Jesse Sims.
Sims, a junior, is looking to return to his All-American form in the high jump at the Missouri All-Comers Meet, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.
Most coaches want a state championship or at least a state champion. All Jefferson City coach Steve Johnson wants is 100 percent.
“One hundred percent effort, it’s all I can ever ask of a kid,” Johnson said. “I don’t worry about team scores; I worry about kids when you get to this point.”
Ask Ben Loeb where he got his passion for tennis and he will tell you it came from his passion for coaching.
“I got my passion for coaching first,” Loeb said.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After opening its season for the past two years in St. Louis, Missouri is planning on taking its road show to the other side of the state to Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium. The Iowa Hawkeyes apparently are watching closely.
Missouri has been trying to work out the details of a matchup in 2005 against Arkansas State at Arrowhead in what would be the Tigers’ first visit to Kansas City since 1945, said Chad Moller, Missouri’s sports information director.
Before Norm Stewart’s No. 22 jersey descended from the Hearnes Center rafters Wednesday night, he had to make one thing clear.
“I want to dispel the rumor that your name has to start with ‘S’ to get your number retired,” Stewart said.
Six weeks don’t mean anything in any conventional relationship or job, but in the Big 12 Conference, that time can make all the difference. It did for Missouri.
The Tigers trounced Iowa State 82-70 on Wednesday at Hearnes Center, expunging almost every blemish that plagued them in a conference opening letdown to the Cyclones more than a month ago.
During peak hours, there are lines six deep waiting to use treadmills. Any number of basketball players, from five to 25, are waiting to get court time at the MU Student Rec Center.
Construction scheduled to last until next year is the reason for all the holdups. Peak hours at the center have broadened to between 12-1 p.m. and 2-10:30 p.m. during the week.
Jeremy Spates didn’t celebrate, but he had 100 reasons to.
Spates, Missouri’s 149-pounder, earned his 100th victory during the dual against Northern Illinois on Wednesday. Spates, ranked third, helped the Tigers defeat the Huskies 31-7 at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.
Three years ago, Will Martin’s father urged him to join the wrestling team. Now Martin wishes his father had acted earlier.
Martin said he loves to wrestle. He doesn’t love the practices. He doesn’t care much about winning. He loves the six minutes on the mat when he and his opponent compete to determine who’s better.
Marquette High wrestler Bobby Conn has waited all year for this weekend.
“It’s been the focus of his life,” Marquette coach Joe Wier said.
Missouri home games against Big 12 Conference opponents are becoming a recurring nightmare for the Tigers.
Following an all-too-familiar script, Missouri mounted an impressive comeback but fell short in the final seconds against No. 9 Texas Tech on Tuesday at Hearnes Center.
Rock Bridge’s defense through most of the game helped it survive a late-game letdown.
The Bruins held off a Kirksville rally and won 60-50 on Tuesday night at Rock Bridge.
When Missouri coach Quin Snyder mapped out this season for his crew, he packed the essentials.
His four seniors added experience, and he bagged shooting power in a preseason All-American in Rickey Paulding and his protégé, Thom-as Gardner.
At least Rock Bridge looked good for the first two seconds.
After that, everything went downhill as Kirksville cruised to a 61-38 girls’ basketball victory Tuesday night at Rock Bridge.
J.P. Reese has a unique wrestling style that allows him to earn a lot of falls. So many falls that he owns the Missouri record.
Missouri coach Brian Smith said Reese (141) is one of the most dangerous wrestlers in the nation because of his ability to get a fall in any situation.
Missouri knows to expect tough inside play in the Big 12 Conference; dealing with it on the other hand is being worked on.
Aggressive inside play helped No. 9 Texas Tech defeat the Missouri women’s basketball team 73-68 on Tuesday at Hearnes Center.