My first thought was, “No way. I’m a city girl. City girls don’t do that.”
Less than 24 hours later, I found myself in the middle of a rodeo arena, tying my first goat.
At 18 months, Casey Chasteen was in the saddle. Around the time most children are becoming used to walking on their own two legs, this Columbia native, now 17 years old, was learning how to stay steady on not two, but four legs.
Cindy Wood didn’t walk across the stage during the 2007 Hickman High School graduation ceremony at Mizzou Arena. She was at a rodeo.
By the start of kindergarten, Collin Bartels had already beaten cancer. In 2005, the cancer came back. Bartels, now cancer-free again, is competing in this weekend’s Missouri State High School Rodeo Championships at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
High schoolers across Missouri gave up their weekends to compete in rodeos throughout the school year.
The athletes travelled to 16 different locations across the state to compete in 32 rodeos throughout the Missouri High School Rodeo season in order to qualify for the state finals.
When the Rock Bridge boys’ basketball team won its first game last season, it was more than a successful beginning to their year.
For coach Jim Scanlon the victory marked his 500th career win, a key factor in earning a spot in the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame.
Rock Bridge junior Lauren Borduin won two Class 4 state championships at the MSHSAA Track and Field Championships.
The Class 3 and 4 state high school track and field championships take place this weekend at Lincoln University’s Dwight Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.
Rock Bridge junior Daniel Ni has only been playing tennis on a regular basis since summer 2005. Many of his teammates have been playing since they were 3.
According to Athletic Director Steve Levingston, first-year coach Kelly Gates knew from the beginning of the Rock Bridge Bruins’ soccer season that her team had a chance to be very competitive.
Lauren Borduin was out in front of the pack, several strides in front of the other runners in the last lap of the 1600-meter run. She was alone.
Oklahoma evened the series with Missouri by taking a 5-0 win on Saturday at Taylor Stadium. It was the second time this season that the Tigers have been shut out.
With a purple knit hat covering her long brown hair and dressed in sweats, the keeper defending one of the goals during a Rock Bridge girls’ varsity soccer practice doesn’t look much different than the other athletes running around the field struggling to keep warm in the abnormally cool April weather.
Rock Bridge senior Jack Campbell walked to the plate with the Bruins trailing Hickman by one run.
On a mile-long warm-up jog earlier in the Rock Bridge girls’ soccer season, the team charged at two freshman, Kelsey Reimler and Isabeau Reiske, picking them up and throwing them into the nearby lake.
In the bottom of the seventh inning of Rock Bridge’s 4-3 home victory over Southern Boone on Tuesday, a Gerau scored the winning run for the Bruins (11-7).
In its last game before the district tournament, the Hickman girls soccer team defeated Sedalia 1-0. The goal came early in the second half, when junior Liz Gayer violently headed an Edith Lopez corner kick into the net.
The game took place at Cosmopolitan Park, on a field that overlooked the flowered graves of Memorial Park Cemetery. There was only one set of bleachers, so many fans brought folding chairs, or stood.
With the Class 4, District 10 seed meeting on Monday, the Rock Bridge baseball team needed a big road win on Saturday against Jefferson City to solidify its chances for a No. 2 seed and a first-round tournament bye.