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Rookie roller

The clash of bowling pins could be heard from the parking lot, but the smell of fried food and lane wax, key in the identification of a bowling alley, wasn’t obvious until you enter the doors of AMF Town and Country Lanes. The building was also alive with the cheering of grandparent or parent/child teams.

Plenty of good cheer

The short pause in the cheer for Kaitlin was not because of a lack of spirit or because someone forgot the words.

Lazy days

Roller rumble

Saturday was the first official bout of the Destruction Junction Derby Dames roller derby league. The Blarney Ban-Shees, donning green, orange and black skated against the Yo Ho Hos in blue and black.

No obstacles for winner

On a sun-splashed, warm afternoon, 52-year-old John Weston showcased his talent on Sunday at A.L. Gustin Golf Course, winning the Columbia Seniors Golf Championship over close friend, 51-year-old Dee Sanders.

Preparation put partners in motion

It’s 6:20 a.m. Friday and she doesn’t seem ready to begin. However, Freude will be competing at 7:27 this morning, and she needs to practice with her partner if their dance is going to be perfect.

By any name, couples golf tournaments popular events

“Get a good picture of this birdie I’m about to make,” Zane Cobb said confidently from the green on the fifth hole of L.A. Nickell Golf Course on Friday.

Golfer long overdue for title

Golf is a tough sport. Sometimes the ball just doesn’t bounce your way, no matter how hard you try, something Doug Solliday is all too familiar with.

Derby Dames

The clunk of rubber wheels on the wooden floor and the smell of sweat. Hot red faces under shining, colorful helmets. These are a few of a roller girl’s favorite things.

Midway hosting horse contest

This weekend at Midway Exposition Center, about 111 horses and riders from Missouri and various other states will compete in the 2007 Missouri Dressage Classic.

Event will have top wake pros

Wakeboarding enthusiasts will have a chance to see some of the best at the fourth annual Midwestcoast Summerfest wakeboard competition on Saturday and Sunday at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Tour of Missouri an idea officials couldn’t ignore

An avid cyclist, Summers had seen the Tour of California and the Tour de Georgia, the two most notable cycling events in North America. He mentioned the possibility of a race in Missouri to the governor.

Young gymnast unwilling to let go of her aspirations

Brittany Haines, 18, was born without a thumb on her right hand. That didn’t stop her from stepping onto the mat when she was 2 years old and beginning her gymnastics career. As her daughter grew older, however, Vivien Haines was confronted with a surgery that would give her daughter more use of her right hand.

Sanders to defend Columbia Seniors crown

One week after failing to make the cut in the U.S. Senior Open, Dee Sanders is back on the golf course and facing a new group of competitors at this year’s Columbia Seniors Championship.

About 100 racers face Tall Oak Challenge

The sound of cow bells cheers on the riders as more bikes fly past a clump of trees, on their next run through the 5 1/2-mile course Sunday at the Tall Oak Challenge mountain bike races.

Games showcase Columbia players

Despite the warm temperatures and that most people don’t consider the first part of July to be football season, athletes from throughout the state came to Columbia to participate in this weekend’s Show-Me State football games.

Columbia golfer earns first berth in Senior Open

Dee Sanders thought he had come just short of an invitation to the U.S. Senior Open. Hoping to join the 156-man field, Sanders made the trip to Kansas City for the qualifier at Oakwood Country Club.

Four-miler starts Columbia’s celebration

Runners from as far away as Utah and Idaho joined Columbia residents Wednesday for the annual Parley Pratt Memorial 4-Mile run.

Rainbow House to hold golf tourney

Fifteen PGA Tour Professionals will be in Columbia on Monday, July 9 for the kick-off of the 17th annual Rainbow House Cornerstone Insurance Golf Classic at the Country Club of Missouri.

A different big-league dream

Justin Phillips announces strikes with a low, guttural rumble that can be heard from the outfield.

To add a bit of showmanship to his performance, Phillips turns his body to the right, pauses, and then throws up a firm fist to prove his groan indicated, “Strike one.”

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