It all seemed so innocent and routine.
Since starting tee-ball when she was 5, Denise Buxton has played countless softball games en route to her senior season at Hickman.
Yet on a day in July, her chance for a fourth straight letter was almost ended.
One sentence from the person he looked up to most, and Scott Willingham knew what he wanted to do with his life.
Ryan McReynolds, the leader of the Campus Crusade for Christ student group at New Mexico State told Willingham he was “a disgrace to Christianity.” At that moment, everything in Willingham’s world changed. He realized there was a better path for him than the one he was traveling.
When the ball is hit to Columbia College setter Nikolina Rastovac, opponents had better beware. She can do much more than set up her teammates.
The McKendree Bearcats learned that the hard way Thursday night. Rastovac passed, served and hit the Cougars to a 30-20, 30-22, 30-18 victory at Southwell Arena.
Demorrio Williams hides behind defensive linemen so his talent can’t hide anymore.
Williams, a wiry senior linebacker who leads Nebraska in tackles, sacks and tackles for losses, has blitzed out of several shadows.
Rock Bridge is expected to win Saturday’s District 5 tennis tournament, but Hickman is not far behind.
The Bruins (14-1), the defending state champions, and the Kewpies (8-7) are expected to be serious contenders in the nine-team meet at Bethel Park.
Missouri just scored a touchdown to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. Thousands of MU fans in the stands leap to their feet, clapping and screaming, even though most are hoarse.
But an MU fan standing on the sidelines, a prime football-viewing location, remains motionless, expression serious, posture straight and tall. He is one of nearly 50 Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers called to the duty of football detail.
The victories keep adding up for the Rock Bridge tennis team.
The Bruins defeated Jefferson City 9-0 on Wednesday at Bethel Park and improved to 14-1. It was the Bruins’ third consecutive shutout and ninth this season.
Kevin Millar was tired of excuses.
Millar, the Boston Red Sox’s first baseman, said so in a way that has caught on across the country.
After losing its first home volleyball game in nearly nine years Saturday, Columbia College didn’t sit around and bemoan its defeat. Instead, the Cougars took drastic action.
They redecorated the locker room.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Bo Pelini is the most popular man in Nebraska. Just ask NU defensive end Trevor Johnson.
“The feeling around Nebraska right now is, Coach Pelini’s the man,” Johnson said.
Coaches often say district tournaments are like the beginning of a new season. Unfortunately for many teams, these seasons will last only one game.
Six softball teams, including Hickman and Rock Bridge, will compete today and Friday for the Class 4 District 10 championship. The single-elimination tournament is at Ber-Juan Sports Complex in Rolla.
Rock Bridge’s Stephanie Smarr continued her chase on the Bruins’ record book Tuesday afternoon.
Smarr won her 102nd singles mat-ch, defeating Amy Trae, which helped the Bruins to a 9-0 win at Hickman. Smarr beat Trae 10-0.
If the Missouri football team were a lawn mower, its best selling point might be its zero-degree turning radius.
In a matter of hours, the Tigers went from a team on the rise to a downward spiral, suffering their first loss, 35-14 to rival Kansas no less, and plummeting out of the polls and into mediocrity. It got worse before it got better.
After Brenna Schlader started Hickman’s scoring with consecutive kills, the Camdenton defense shifted its focus to the middle.
Hickman then went outside and used a balanced attack to defeat the Lakers 25-16, 25-14 on Tuesday at Hickman.
When the high school volleyball season started in late August, the game was a little different.
Hickman junior Bank Prommoon plays soccer wearing a piece of protective gear on his right forearm. He said it causes him to lose his balance during games.
It didn’t stop him from becoming the hero Tuesday night.
It will be impossible for American Midwest Conference teams to beat Columbia College if they don’t score.
So far, opponents haven’t figured a way to do either.
The book closed on a familiar chapter for Hickman on Tuesday.
In the final softball game of the regular season, Hickman lost 3-1 to Salisbury at Cosmopolitan Park.
The Hickman girls’ volleyball team entered this season with senior leadership, depth and confidence that it could have a successful season.
The Kewpies hoped to win the district title, but they didn’t expect their undefeated start. Hickman is 21-0 after winning at Helias 25-12, 25-9 on Monday.