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Smith runs into records books

Running free on Faurot Field, with the No. 114 defense in the nation knocking heels to hamstrings trying to catch up, Missouri quarterback Brad Smith made it look so easy.

Quarterback draws to the left, to the right, through the middle. Two sets of three-fake jukes in one play. Wobbling and teetering down the sidelines, but keeping his balance.

Abron climbing to top of MU career lists

He is not as fast as Brad Smith or as flashy as Damien Nash, but tailback Zack Abron continues to put up record numbers.

On a day when Smith overshadowed him with the best performance of his career, Abron’s season-high 139 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns went almost unnoticed.

Hickman picks off Kickapoo

SPRINGFIELD — Facing a much-anticipated district game with Rock Bridge this week, the Hickman football team could have easily looked past Kickapoo.

The Kewpies avoided the potential pitfall, defeating the Chiefs 21-10 in their first district game Friday night at Pottenger Stadium.

Hickman claims girls’ district title

JEFFERSON CITY — It took the Hickman girls’ cross country team 13 years to reclaim the district championship.

Hickman’s girls’ team and the Kewpies’ Tim Cornell won titles at the Class 4 District 5 cross country meet Saturday at Cole County Park.

Jefferson City comes back to beat Rock Bridge

The fans rushed the field when the game ended—most of the fans were wearing red and black.

Jefferson City stunned Rock Bridge with a 28-24 come-from-behind victory.

Bruins claim another state title

For Rock Bridge, winning its second straight Class 2 state tennis championship Thursday was only slightly different than winning in 2002.

The Bruins defeated St. Joseph’s Academy 5-3 to earn the 2003 crown at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, their third since 1999.

Bruins can’t stop Kewps

In their final game before the state volleyball tournament, Hickman’s success and Rock Bridge’s struggles continued Thursday.

The Kewpies defeated the Bruins 25-13, 25-12 at Hickman.

Tigers prepare for a shootout

Memorial Stadium might as well be the OK Corral because this one is bound to be a shootout.

When Texas Tech (5-2, 2-1 Big 12 Conference) comes to town to take on Missouri (5-2, 1-2) for homecoming at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, there should be plenty of scoring.

The Chase For Chase

This week, for us, may possibly be the key game of our season. Coming off a good win against Helias for the conference championship, a whole new season is about to begin.

Districts is what it all comes down to. It determines if our season will continue or not, and tomorrow night we will face our first Class 6 team, Jefferson City. The Jays have done some good things this season and after watching some film, they have gotten it together and are playing some good football. We have had a great week of practice with a lot of hard work and focus. Being that it is senior night tonight, the seniors have even more riding on this game. This will be our last game on Rock Bridge Field and we want to make it a good one.

Perkins takes talent where it’s needed

Adam Perkins is a traveling man, departing and arriving at different positions for the Hickman football team weekly.

Perkins and the Kewpies (4-3) open their district season at 7 tonight against the Kickapoo Chiefs (5-2) in Springfield at JFK Stadium.

Russell goes the distance

The kickoff team has had a lot of running to do this year.

Because of kicker Scott Russell, Rock Bridge’s coverage team has a 65-yard sprint on almost every kickoff. On touchbacks, the coverage team is required to run through the end zone.

Team unity to be asset for Bulldogs in semifinals

Experience gives New Franklin High a big advantage this weekend.

The Bulldogs hope to use that to earn a Class 1 state softball championship.

Cornell runs toward college objective

Steve Kissane has coached Tim Cornell in cross country and track since Cornell was in sixth grade at Smithton Middle School, but his favorite memory of Cornell is about walking, not running.

During Cornell’s freshman year at Hickman, they played a round of golf the day before the Show-Me State Games track meet. Impressed by Cornell’s golf swing, Kissane asked him if he would consider playing golf instead of running. According to Kissane, Cornell’s reply was “Too much walking … I’d get bored.”

Pair easily tackles leadership role

As someone who has pingponged from defense to offense and back again, Brandon Barnes considers being called a leader a compliment.

This season, Barnes and James Kinney, Missouri’s starting linebackers, have set a thumping example for the rest of the defense.

Different fashions

A year ago, Brad Smith came out of nowhere, earning Missouri’s starting quarterback job as a redshirt freshman.

This season, Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons made a similar rise from relative obscurity to the national spotlight.

Transfers finding home at Missouri

They did everything together. They ate, hung out and went to high school together. When it came time to choose where to play college football, David Richard and Brandon Massey chose Michigan State.

Richard and Massey, Hazelwood East graduates, decided to transfer in the spring when they chose to return home to Missouri. With the transfer, Richard and Massey got everything they wanted, almost.

MU catching recruits’ eyes

Signing Day is about three months away, but Missouri coach Gary Pinkel and his staff are entering one of the most crucial times of the year in recruiting.

Eight recruits have given MU an oral commitment, including seven in-state pledges. Each weekend in fall becomes a showcase for potential recruits with players and staff doing their best to make sure the athletes leave with Missouri on their mind.

Bruins advance to tennis semifinals

Rock Bridge didn’t have long to savor its Class 2 state tennis championship Thursday night. Five of its six players competed in the individual singles and doubles championships on Friday.

The team of Kara Hickey and Whitney Reys advanced to Saturday’s semifinals with two victories on Friday. They defeated Sarah Dalton and Stacey Goebel of Oakville 6-0, 6-0 in their opening match, and they beat Jordan Lipira and Megan Varma of St. Joseph Central 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

Digging it out

Taran Eckenrode could not have been more excited. It was Sept. 2, the day the Rock Bridge Bruins were set to open their volleyball season in Jefferson City, and for Eckenrode, a senior setter, it meant a chance to see all her hard work pay off.

She had battled back from a season-ending injury in 2002, and opening day was the culmination of her road back.

Stopping air show a puzzler

Some questions might never be answered.

How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? How does a defense stop the Texas Tech offense?

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