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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.”

Reaching new heights

What appears to be a menacing medieval structure near Epple Field on the southwest edge of the MU campus is really a tool for personal growth and team building.

Family gives youth triathlon high marks

Standing atop the 10-foot water slide at Wilson’s Beach Club, 13-year-old Mariah Lucero had butterflies in her stomach — not because she’s afraid of heights or because she had never gone down the slippery track to the pool below.

Young athletes test skills

Young athletes gathered Saturday at Hickman High School in hopes of qualifying for a trip to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in August.

Woman inspires golf tournament participants

The comments were overheard constantly.

Everyone involved with the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Golf Tournament brunch Saturday at the Old Hawthorne Golf Course had good things to say about Diana Ash, 41, of Columbia.

No break for this dance

Nick Rodriguez finds inspiration in different places. “I’ll find ideas from people walking, music, actors, the ballet. Anything that can relate to dance, really,” he said.

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.

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