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Youth Sports

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.

Runners aim high with Blue Thunder Track Club

Mikayla Logan and Kayla Funkenbusch, both 12, are on similar paths in track and field.

Tiny Tigers learn martial arts, morals

A program at three martial arts studios in Columbia teaches children the basics of tae kwon do and good citizenship.

Competitor prefers making horseshoes to rodeo

Cody Gregory, 17, is the youngest certified journeyman farrier in the American Farrier Association. A journeyman farrier is the highest level someone can achieve in making and placing horseshoes on horses.

Looking to go pro in rodeo

Jarrel Hewit, 18, is competing in the Missouri High School Rodeo. For him, it's another step toward pursuing a career in the sport. Hewit has already earned several awards and a full rodeo scholarship to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

Coach has seen Show-Me State soccer tournament grow

Nearly 11 years ago, Columbia Pride soccer coach Rick Hess was approached to be the commissioner of the first Columbia three-on-three soccer tournament, a realm of soccer he knew nothing about. Now the event has grown.

Keith Marcks more than just a coach

St. Charles Vikings coach Keith Marcks is a role model for his seventh-grade boys basketball team. Not only does he voluntarily coach this team, but he also holds a full time job and is a father to five children, two of whom have been diagnosed with Autism.

Soccer coach gives his all to change the future for children

While most parents had just one or two kids competing in the Show-Me State 3v3 Soccer Tournament at MU's Stankowski Field over the weekend, Stan Porter had 42. As head coach of the Hurricanes competitive soccer club in Waynesville, Porter says he views each of his players as an adopted child.

Family strikes it big at Games

Five-year-old Spencer Robarge and his family traveled from Springfield to compete in the bowling portion of the Show-Me State Games.

Challenger Division baseball pairs buddies, children with disabilities

The Daniel Boone Little League Challenger Division offers boys and girls with developmental or physical disabilities the opportunity to play America’s game in a fun atmosphere.

Blue Thunder Track Club sending seven athletes to national Junior Olympics

Seven children from the Blue Thunder Track Club of Columbia qualified to compete in the National Junior Olympics this month in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Carly and Ally Offerdahl bring home medals from taekwondo competition

In June, Carly won a World Champion and Ally won a silver medal at the Taekwondo World Championship in Little Rock, Ark.

Honor for tee-ball player well deserved

Six-year-old Jill Zulovich defied all odds to overcome cancer and will play in a tee-ball game at the White House.

Columbia teen qualifies for championship golf competition.

Tyler Kolb, a 14-year-old Columbia golf player, qualified for the Callaway Junior World Championship on July 13-17 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.

Missouri’s best high school rodeo stars compete in state finals

Cowboys and cowgirls from across the state will compete at the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals this weekend.

11-year-old is fast out of the blocks

Mikayla Logan has only raced for a year, but in that time she's made it to a national competition.

Garrison McLagan takes unusual route to college baseball

Two young local divers look to make splash on national scene

Christian Head,13, and Ashley Shelton, 14, have passed on playing other sports to focus on becoming top-flight divers.

Golf clinic exposes new generation to old sport

West Junior High student advances to national spelling bee

Eighth-grader Christian Ackmann won the Columbia Regional Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word "cybernetics."

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