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No. 1 singles victory spurs Rock Bridge to sweep of Hickman

Rock Bridge's Kelsey Kindernecht beat Hickman's Dina Kaissi 3-6, 6-3, (10-2) on Monday in the Rock Bridge girls tennis team's 9-0 victory against Hickman. 

Rock Bridge runs down Lee's Summit North

Junior quarterback Sean Rush ran for two rushing touchdowns and Trey Millard ran for 137 yards on 17 carries in the Rock Bridge football team's 22-13 victory Friday night at Lee's Summit North.

Liberty too tough for Hickman football team

The Blue Jays dominated the visiting Kewpies 42-6 on Friday night thanks to an offense that produced five touchdowns on more than 400 yards rushing.

Rock Bridge senior football standout focused on final season

Chase Rome, a senior defensive end on the Rock Bridge football team, has committed to play for Oklahoma State and starts there in December. With his decision behind him, Rome is focused on succeeding in his final high school season.

Hickman begins football season on road

The Kewpies begin their 2009 footbal season with a difficult game at Liberty, which is ranked No. 5 in Class 6A.

Hickman wins softball opener

The Hickman softball team won 4-0 Tuesday at Boonville.

Preseason football jamboree energizes Rock Bridge

The Rock Bridge football team finished the 2008 season with a 1-9 record, but Bruins coach A.J. Ofodile said his team has an opportunity to be competitive in 2009.

Hickman challenged at preseason football jamboree

The Hickman football team got a chance to to see how it matched up against a real opponent Friday with a preseason jamboree.

Columbia Public Schools athletics department gets $17,000 budget cut

The Columbia Public Schools athletics department saw a $17,000 cut to its budget when the School Board approved the 2009-10 district budget in June.

COMMENT: Cheerleading's thrills make risks worth taking

Coaches don’t waste time babying cheerleaders, even though an estimated 16,000 cheerleaders are injured every year in accidents involving dramatic stunts and tumbles. It’s called competitive cheerleading for a reason — the stakes are high and there are always other talented cheerleaders waiting to take your spot on the team.

Cheerleading a low-cost Title IX fix

Not everyone is cheering the rise of competitive cheer — especially those in the fight to expand women's collegiate sports. They say cheerleading is a support activity, like a marching band, and claim calling it a sport just gives universities an excuse to eliminate more recognized women's teams.

Bullfighters find friendship doing what they love

Darren Murray and Mark Wilson are rodeo clowns, or as they prefer to be called, bullfighters. Their job this week has been to protect the cowboys at the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals at all costs— even if that means getting run over by the bull.

COMMENTARY: Taking a turn on Top Gun

Missourian sports writer Brian Nordli got closer to the action than most Saturday at the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals.  

Rodeo 'roughies' are as close as family

The 15 competitors sitting on the chutes at the Boone County Fairgrounds  ride in rodeos throughout the year. They call each other “roughies” because the events are called the “rough stock events.” This weekend they're competing in the Missouri High School rodeo.

Competitor prefers making horseshoes to rodeo

Cody Gregory, 17, is the youngest certified journeyman farrier in the American Farrier Association. A journeyman farrier is the highest level someone can achieve in making and placing horseshoes on horses.

Looking to go pro in rodeo

Jarrel Hewit, 18, is competing in the Missouri High School Rodeo. For him, it's another step toward pursuing a career in the sport. Hewit has already earned several awards and a full rodeo scholarship to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

Barrel racing fundraiser begins state high school rodeo

Riders gathered at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Wednesday night to open this year's high school rodeo with the Open Barrel Jackpot.

State high school rodeo finals to kick off Thursday

More than 50 Missouri high school students, including two siblings from Rock Bridge High School, plan to compete in this weekend's state rodeo finals at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Rock Bridge loses in semifinals of Class 4 tournament

Rock Bridge lost 9-1 to Fort Zumwalt South on Friday afternoon in the Class 4 semifinals, ending the Bruins' deepest run in the state baseball tournament.

Father big part of Rose's baseball career at Rock Bridge

Rock Bridge's Jaide Rose has benefitted from the tutelage of his father Rick Rose, a former high school baseball player who even built a field for his son and his teammates to use.

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