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Youth Sports

Lil' Lady Bulldogs Dance and Cheer Group strives for 'sense of accomplishment'

Part of the Columbia Community Recreation program, the Lil’ Lady Bulldogs Dance and Cheer Group assists young girls in gaining self-esteem and accomplishment through the instruction of cheer and dance skills.

Kids learn basketball fundamentals at Mizzou Arena

Children ages 6 to 10 got the opportunity to play basketball and learn fundamentals of the game at Mizzou Arena.

Coach brings 'infectious passion' to Columbia Swim Club

Columbia native Phil Garverick, who has swam for Hickman and MU, is keeping his love for swimming alive as head coach of the Columbia Swim Club.

Jeremy Kempker has big dreams in the rodeo

Jeremy Kempker finished third in calf roping in Saturday's Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals. Kempker plans to pursue calf roping professionally instead of going to college.

Soap box derby racers battle the elements

Racers Thomas Ferguson and Jordan Weltha came away happy at the Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby after winning their divisions. The two will get the opportunity to compete at nationals in Akron, Ohio.

Rock Bridge baseball repeats as District champion

Missouri House panel says no to sports as gym credits

Physical education professors from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Truman State University testified against the provision that would've allowed schools to award one unit of physical education credit to students who participated in three years of marching band or interscholastic sports.

Coach helps third-graders transition to tackle football

Coach Stuart Parnell has been involved with the Columbia Youth Football League for more than 10 years, coaching boys in first through sixth grade. This year, he is the head coach of the third grade Packers team and must work to help the boys transition from flag to tackle football.

Upward Football League gives everyone playing time

The Upward Sports League at Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church allows children of all skill levels to get equal playing time in its fall football league. Consequently, the players gain self-esteem and learn the fundamentals of the game.

Columbia Colts quarterback prepares for high school football

In his final season in youth football, eighth-grader Zach Reuter is looking to hone his passing skills before he competes for a spot on the Rock Bridge High School team.

383-pound eighth-grade athlete's death revives heart testing debate

A 6 feet 2 inch, 383-pound eighth-grade football player collapsed and died while running a lap at the beginning of practice last week, causing some to ask whether children's hearts should be tested before they are allowed to participate in sports.

Nicole Mello brings experience to Hickman cross country team

The Columbia teen will enter her fourth year of competitive running when she joins the Hickman cross country team this fall. She got her start with the Columbia Colts youth track team in 2006.

SLIDESHOW: Twister Hockey League holds championship tournament

The Twister Hockey League, the only hockey league in mid-Missouri, held its playoffs and championship tournament on the evening of Aug. 9 at the Whitney Briggs Memorial Arena.

Buchert claims another singles championship

The Rock Bridge senior is achieving success in summer tournaments.

Youth soccer coach brings military experience to his team

Les Shaeffer, an eight-year veteran of the Marines, coaches the Neosho United soccer team, which won a bronze medal in the under-6 division at the ShowMe State Games.

Injured gymnast hopes to prove herself at Show-Me games

Eleven-year-old Stephanie Gregg returns to compete at the Show-Me State Games after she fractured a vertebrae practicing a vault pass in December.

Missouri Athletic Center swim club enjoys meet competition

The Missouri Athletic Center's youth swim club, called "The Sharks," concluded its summer meet schedule with the Youth Swimming Championships in Fulton on Saturday.

MU basketball camps see increased numbers

Unlike other camps in the area, MU basketball camps have seen an increase in the number of participants because of many factors, most notably the success of the team last season.

Athletics run in the Hinton family

As part of the Columbia Colts sixth grade football team, K.C. Hinton draws athletic inspiration from his family.

Umpires for Daniel Boone Little League feel summer's heat

Ryan Schmidt, a 15-year-old umpire for the Daniel Boone Little League, is learning how to endure the heat he faces in the course of his job.

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