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Mudballers not just messing around

Mudball ’07 was held Saturday to raise awareness for the organization. The mud volleyball tournament featured seven co-ed teams of at least six players ages 18-and-older.

Acrobatic athletes

Anybody who says that acrobatic gymnastics is not a sport has never seen the Columbia Acro and Tumbling Team practice in the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

Former MU star balances track with fatherhood

As a former Olympian, Derrick Peterson is used to hearing the roar of the crowd as he sprints around the track, but on this day he has only one spectator — and she has better things to be doing.

Special Olympic golfer Joe Garrard takes to the sport quickly.

Joe Garrard or Joey as he is better known, hit that tee shot a little more than 100 yards down the fairway, evidence of the practice he has put in to get his game ready. It has been just two years since he first picked up the game, but at about 5 p.m. every Monday night, he and his coach, Dave Houston, hit the course.

New spin for unique sport

Fire heats the street in front of the Living Canvas Tattoo, Piercing, and Art Gallery. Flames shoot high into the summer air. It’s the Sphyres of Prometheus performance June 7 at the District Twilight Festival.

Kelly competes in U.S. Open

University of Missouri’s John Kelly, who competed in the Masters earlier this year, will be competing in the U.S. Open Thursday in Oakmont, PA. Kelly is one of eight collegians across the country who will be participating in the tournament.

Exercise, not Breaking The Record, was the goal

For some people 5:30 a.m. is time to call it a night and head home. But for the 167 participants in Tuesday’s Breaking the Record Run, 5:30 a.m. was the perfect time to go for a jog.

Turning it on

Jacob Schneider, a 17-year-old student from Hickman High School, has been around horses all his life. His entire family competes in barrel racing, a horse racing event where riders have to maneuver their horse around barrels.

Getting back on his feet

While shaving, Howard Wilson, 58, of O’Fallon, noticed a small bump the size of a golf ball on his throat. On Oct. 31, 2006, Wilson found out that he had a life-threatening form of lymph node cancer. Less than two weeks later, Wilson underwent a 61/2-hour surgery to remove the growth.

Tigers men’s basketball holds elite hoops camp

Missouri men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson and his staff hosted the Tigers annual Elite Camp Friday and Saturday. The first day of camp began with team stretching, and then the campers were split into six groups. Each group went to a station with an assistant coach and was taught some of basketball’s most fundamental lessons.

Bowling big part of couple’s life together

Most couples enjoy doing things together, but this husband and wife takes the concept to another level.

Greg and Jo Ann,56, Schlafer love to compete in bowling leagues together. The couple admits that their competitive natures have led to many arguments.

Accomplished golfer

As a freshman in high school, Kelsey Meyer accomplished something few Missouri golfers have done. She won individual state titles in 2003 and 2005. But, that’s not all. In 2006, she helped lead the Nerinx Hall girl’s golf team to its first state title. “The kid is just amazing,” Nerinx Hall coach Tammie Deschler said. “She’s so level headed and she has a great work ethic.”

Special Olympics memorable for athletes, volunteers

The Special Olympics have been part of Shauna Balk’s life for as long as she can remember. Balk is the volunteer coordinator for the Special Olympics, but her involvement began long before she held this position. After being introduced to the games by her grandmother, who was a coach for the athletes, Balk also decided to volunteer, and the athletes kept her coming back.

Special Olympics to leave Columbia

For the last four years, the Special Olympics Missouri have been held in May, but last year, MU learned it would host the NCAA Mideast Track and Field Regional on the Audrey J. Walton Track-Soccer Stadium on May 25 and 26 earlier this year. In response, Special Olympics held its games in June this year, causing several hundred athletes to miss the games.

Blanche Deal, 91, can’t stop bowling

Blanche Deal, 91, a native of Marshall, began her bowling career at a six-lane makeshift bowling alley. She was 27 the first time she rolled the old ball at the pins at the far end of the lane. Bales of hay were placed at the end to stop both the pins and ball.

Physical chess

JEFFERSON CITY- Joe Galbraith, 11, has been a fencing student for seven months.

Across the strip from him is 19-year-old Nick Bateman, who has been fencing since he was Joe’s age, and easily clears six feet tall. Joe does not appear intimidated as he advances, His upper half still bounces a little too much, but right now he’s focusing on Bateman’s body, which he knows is very fast.

Still competing after all these (85) years

A basketball goal hangs outside the house. Inside there are weights, an exercise mat lies on the floor, and a display stand full of medals.

SOMO swimmer showing confidence

Over the weekend, Columbia’s Matthew Montgomery celebrated his 20th birthday with two of his closest friends, but that’s not the only reason he’s smiling.

Truex Jr. lifts DEI with win at Dover

After another weekend of nonstop Earnhardt speculation, Truex gave the Dale Earnhardt Inc. team a much-needed victory Monday in the 400-mile race at Dover International Speedway.

Accomplished Athlete

Pushing his goggles snug to his face, Matt Hood looks down the lane before the 400-meter freestyle. Hood, a 28-year-old Special Olympics Athlete with Down syndrome, has had to overcome a lot to be a competitive swimmer.

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