Missourian sports writer Brian Nordli got closer to the action than most Saturday at the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals.
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.
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.
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.
Riders gathered at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Wednesday night to open this year's high school rodeo with the Open Barrel Jackpot.
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 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.
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.
Rock Bridge baseball coach Justin Towes said the Bruins have nothing to lose entering Friday's game against Fort Zumwalt South in the semifinals of the Class 4 state tournament at Meador Park in Springfield, Mo.
Rock Bridge tied for eighth and Hickman placed 10th Saturday in the Class 4 boys state track and field finals. In the girls meet, Hickman tied for 15th and Rock Bridge finished in a seven-way tie for 39th.
The Kewpies' Wesley Leftwich qualified to compete in four events at the state track and field competition beginning Friday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City
The Bruins' Lauren Flaker is on track to do well in the girls 100-meter dash.
The Rock Bridge baseball team beat Nixa 8-2 in the quarterfinals of Class 4 tournament Thursday at Rock Bridge. It is the first time Rock Bridge has advanced to the semifinals of the tournament.
The Rock Bridge boys tennis team travels Thursday to Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, Mo., looking to repeat as state champions. The Bruins play Rockhurst in the state semifinals in a rematch of last year's Class 2 championship match. The Bruins’ winning streak of 50 consecutive dual matches, dating back to last year’s state title run, will also be tested.
Rockhurst earned 5-4 victory over Rock Bridge in the semifinals of the Class 2 state boys tennis tournament Thursday in Springfield, Mo. The loss ended the Bruins' bid for a second straight state title.
Former Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart was on hand Tuesday at Columbia College to introduce the Missouri Challenge, an all-star high school basketball tournament for boys and girls players from throughout the state.
Key hits with the bases loaded propelled the Rock Bridge baseball team to a 7-1 victory over host Troy Buchanan on Tuesday in Class 4 sectional play.
The Rock Bridge boys tennis team beat Springfield Central in its sectional and Jefferson City in the quarterfinals Saturday at Bethel Park to advance to the semifinals of the Class 2 state tournament for the eighth straight time.
The Hickman track and field teams won four events Saturday at the Class 4 Lebanon Sectional and qualified several others to the state championships next weekend at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
Thanks to a strong start from pitcher Clay Leible, Rock Bridge beat host Hickman 5-4 on Wednesday in the Class 4, District 10 championship game. It is the Bruins' first district championship in at least two decades according to Rock Bridge coach Justin Towe.