Youth Sports

Eight-year-old boy wonder wins shot put national championship

New to track, an 8-year-old from Columbia has shown he's a quick learner.

FROM READERS: Volunteering as a Challenger Division "player buddy" is meaningful experience

"Player buddy" finds the Daniel Boone Little League program to be just as rewarding for the volunteers as it is for the children.

As Williams twins can attest, rodeo's a family affair

Hannah and Morgan Williams, 16-year-old twins from Odessa, are among high school students from across Missouri gathered in the Central Missouri Events Center to show off their skills.

Baseball program's opener to pit Columbia police against firefighters

The game could get competitive as the police and fire departments help to kick off the Douglass Athletic Association's summer baseball activities.

FROM READERS: Seventh-graders turn out for first track and field meet

The short season for Columbia's seventh-grade track and field teams has begun. The teams from the area schools gathered last week at Battle High School for the season opening meet.

Columbia to host YMCA swimming championships in March

The 2014 Heartland Area YMCA Championships will be held in March at the MU Aquatic Facility.

184 soccer teams descend on Hickman High for Show-Me State Games

Hickman High School's football field was divided into 10 small soccer fields for the Show-Me State Games SoccerFest tournament Saturday and Sunday. 

Rock Bridge volleyball's Bailey Lawson excels on the court, in the kitchen

The Lawson family shares a passion for volleyball, helping run Club CoMo because 16-year-old Bailey fell for volleyball as a fourth-grader. The family's other passion: food.

Hall of Fame golfer Tom Watson to design kid-friendly course

The initiative began with Maryville dentist Bruce Twaddle, who first saw a children's course during a trip to Scotland before the 2011 British Open at England's Royal St. George's Golf Course (where five-time champion Watson finished with a 6-over-par 286).

Tolton to host free youth basketball coaching clinic

Tolton Catholic High School plans to hold a free youth basketball coaching clinic at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Missouri volleyball sets dates for youth league

The Missouri volleyball program's annual Elementary Youth League starts Sept. 9.


Swimming together, competitor cheers on others

Nine-year-old Brooke Nutter enjoys cheering for other Show-Me State Games  swimming competitors, no matter what age or whether she knows them or not. 

Fencer slowly fell in love with saber

Anurup Krishna from Kansas City competed in the Show-Me Games on Saturday in Dorsey Gym at Columbia College.

Gymnast has new coach at Show-Me State Games

Gymnast Sophie Kennedy, 12, experiences first year without her mother as a coach at the Show-Me State Games.

Columbia soap box drivers compete in Akron

Columbia winners Blake Holmes, Dylan Soper and Jordan Weltha qualified to compete in the Stock, SuperStock, and Masters divisions respectively in the 76th running of the Soap Box Derby Saturday in Akron.

PHOTO GALLERY: Basketball teams take to the court for Show-Me State Games

Today's games took place at Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic and Hickman high schools, the MU Student Recreation Complex and the Southwell Complex at Columbia College.

Columbia youth softball team wins state tournament

The Daniel Boone Little League's 9- and 10-year-old Nationals won the championship of the Missouri Little League's State Softball Tournament over the weekend.

Show-Me State Games soccer player likes multiple sports

Columbia's David O'Rourke comes from a sports-playing family. His mother played basketball, his father played football and soccer, and his brother plays lacrosse and soccer. 

Show-Me State Games youth softball team boasts multi-sport athletes

The lineup for the 12-and-under Ellisville Cardinals softball team is littered with soccer and basketball players who also like to step up to the plate.

Hallsville 11-year-old joins Show-Me State Games powerlifting competition

Madeline Gresham, 11, competed in her first Show-Me State Games in powerlifting. She trained for about two months before competing Saturday.