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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.

State semifinal a first for Rock Bridge baseball team

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.

Relays lift Hickman, Rock Bridge at state track meet

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.

Hickman's Leftwich takes his speed to the track

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

Rock Bridge track team set for state championships

The Bruins' Lauren Flaker is on track to do well in the girls 100-meter dash.

Rock Bridge advances to Class 4 baseball semifinals

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.

Rock Bridge tennis team striving for repeat

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.

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