Youth Sports

Track club helps offer early exposure to sport on national level

Bruins, Kewpies post 16 state qualifying times at COMO Invitational

The Hickman and Rock Bridge girls swimmers competed against five schools from around Missouri at Saturday's meet.

Roller figure skaters look toward championships next summer

Emma Trent is an up-and-coming competitor in the world of roller figure skating. She recently had a chance to learn from a world-class skater who is about to compete in Australia.

Phase one of new baseball complex on schedule for April completion

The first phase of the complex includes the construction of two baseball fields, one 400 feet deep and the other 300 feet; an irrigation lake; and a 140-space gravel parking lot.

Columbia little league wins another state crown

COLUMBIA - Laura Knoesel couldn’t hold back tears of joy as her son slid into home. Jack Knoesel, who just turned 11 this week and was starting for the first time in state tournament play, hit an inside-the-park home run, giving his team a 4-0 lead in the state championship game.

‘Coach Wendell’ leaving impact on players, youth league

As a coach, parent, president of the CYBA and leader in the drive to build a new recreation complex, Wendell Coonce is working to inspire youth throughout Columbia.

Youth set to try luck at triathlon

Around 120-150 athletes ages 5 through 14 will test their endurance Saturday in the Youth Lions Triathlon at Wilson’s Beach Club in Columbia.

Next stop: San Francisco

Kelly Murray sat in the right field bleachers watching her 11-year-old son, Mason, pitch at Busch Stadium.

The next thing she knew, he was holding his trophy on the stadium JumboTron and beaming. Moments later, as she walked on to the concession stand, the moment simply became too much for her.

Swimming a fun challenge

While Micah Wright would finish the last few weeks of his kindergarten year in a cast, something else was on his mind. He had a full summer of swimming ahead of him.

Full Steam Ahead

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.

Need for volunteers continues

The need for volunteers at the Special Olympics Missouri 2007 State Summer Games has decreased by half since Friday.

Ready for the challenge

Four wheels and two sets of feet approach the batter’s box. Tyler Roberts takes the hand of his brother Trevor to share the grip on the red plastic bat. Trevor has cerebral palsy, but he’s about to hit a home run.

With his brother guiding the bat, Trevor connects and sends the ball five feet on the foul side of the first baseline. But when the last batter of the inning hits, everyone is supposed to score. Tyler takes hold of the stroller and pushes toward first. John Henrikson slides into home, followed by Torie Boyles, who vaults across using arm braces.

Columbia rallies behind its Little Leaguers

For years Columbia has followed college football and basketball. This weekend, however, the city will be watching 11 boys play baseball at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Daniel Boone All-Stars fall short at regionals

The Daniel Boone National League All Stars from Columbia lost to Harney from South Dakota 2-1 at the Little League Baseball Midwest Regional Tournament on Tuesday. Daniel Boone National will be eliminated from the tournament if Harney defeats Hillside from Nebraska today.

Local Little Leaguers win State

The Daniel Boone National Division 13-14 year-old all-star baseball team won the Little League Junior Division state championship Monday in Higginsville.

Daniel Boone National won with a 4-3 victory against McDonald County. Garrison McLagen ended the game by stealing home with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.