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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?

MU men’s basketball team No. 1 in Big 12 Conference

Missouri is the team to beat in the Big 12 Conference.

At least that’s the way the men’s basketball coaches voted in a preseason poll.

The conference released its preseason coaches’ poll Wednesday with the Tigers the favorite to win.

Tigers quick to recover from injury

Already missing outside hitter Mary Lauren Smith, the No. 24 Missouri volleyball team received another scare when outside hitter Shen Danru injured herself against Colorado on Wednesday night.

Even with the injury, the Tigers beat the Buffaloes 31-29, 30-27, 30-25 in a Big 12 Conference game at Hearnes Center.

Loeb’s Bruins used to success

Rock Bridge tennis coach Ben Loeb knows how to inspire his players.

Winning has become routine for Loeb. After 15 years coaching boys and girls teams at Rock Bridge and Hickman, Loeb has the second most wins in the state at 408. North Kansas City coach Arthur Loepp, who has been coaching since 1975, has 468. Loeb has qualified 10 teams to the state tournament, and three have won state titles.

Missouri picked to finish seventh

Look for the Missouri women’s basketball team to finish in the middle of the pack in the Big 12 Conference this season.

The league’s coaches Wednesday picked the Tigers to finish seventh in the conference.

United States settles for tie with Italy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Moira Placchi scored in the 63rd minute to lift Italy to a 2-2 tie against the United States in a women’s soccer exhibition Wednesday night at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

Alvis assists in all areas for Kewps

Cedric Alvis walks sluggishly off the football field, his eyes focused on his cleats, silently reliving his team’s loss.

Although Alvis speaks somberly after the game, three hours earlier he was bouncing up and down, cracking jokes with teammates and hardly able to control his excitement about the night’s game.

Sanchez at home with MU

A few months before Steven Sanchez moved to Columbia to play offensive tackle for Missouri, he didn’t know which conference the Tigers played in.

That’s one reason Sanchez doesn’t understand how he ended up at MU.

Focused freshman

Missouri freshman Yelena Olshanskaya is adjusting nicely to college tennis.

Olshanskaya rolls into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional Tournament today undefeated in singles competition. The five-day event in Salt Lake City is an individual tournament where the Tigers match up against the top players from 25 other teams.

Cougars sweep Spartans

Everything seemed to be going according to plan late in Columbia College’s match with Missouri Baptist on Tuesday night at Southwell Arena.

The Cougars had coasted to easy victories in the first two games, and with a big lead late in Game 3, they seemed poised for another easy win.

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