Blues’ arena to get state money for renovations

JEFFERSON CITY — The Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues have scored another victory — this time, at the Missouri Capitol.

Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation Tuesday that authorizes up to $70 million in state subsidies over two decades to help pay for renovations at the arena where the Blues play their home games.

The annual state payments for the Enterprise Center would start in the 2022 fiscal year. Supporters say the improvements are essential as St. Louis competes with similar arenas in other cities to attract U.S. Olympic and college sports events.

Missouri already provides $3 million of annual subsidies for the stadiums used by the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. The legislation extends those for 10 more years.

— Associated Press

Norm Stewart Classic schedule revealed

The schedule and matchups for the Norm Stewart Classic at Mizzou Arena were revealed, and nine Columbia high school teams will be represented at the event, Eric Blum of the Columbia Daily Tribune reported Tuesday.

The Tolton girls are the first city team to play, as they’ll face St. Joseph’s Academy at 1 a.m. Dec. 7. The Columbia Independent boys (5 a.m. Dec. 7 vs. Green Ridge), Tolton boys (9 a.m. Dec. 7 vs. Mehlville), Rock Bridge girls (2 p.m. Dec. 7 vs. Kickapoo), Hickman boys (4 p.m. Dec. 7 vs. Clarksville Academy), Battle boys (10 p.m. Dec. 7 vs. Raytown South), Battle girls (8 a.m. Dec. 8 vs. Lincoln), Hickman girls (10 a.m. Dec. 8 vs. School of the Osage) and Rock Bridge boys (2 p.m. Dec. 8 vs. Webster Groves) teams round out Columbia’s participants.

The Tolton boys game will be televised live on ESPNU.

Missouri swimming and diving adds assistant coach

Jennifer Cahill has been hired as an assistant coach for Missouri’s swimming and diving team, head coach Andrew Gravers announced Tuesday.

Cahill heads to MU after two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Vanderbilt, where she helped the program set eight school records.

Prior to her role with the Commodores, Cahill spent two years at TCU as a graduate assistant. She was a four-year letter winner at Boise State University and was a part of the program’s three straight conference championship run.

Columbia golfers compete in Missouri Stroke Play Championship

The Missouri Golf Association welcomed 127 golfers to the second round of the Missouri Stroke Play Championship on Tuesday at the Glen Echo Country Club in Normandy, Missouri, and some Columbia golfers were among the competitors in the field.

Following Tuesday’s round, the field was cut to the lowest 50 scores. Players had to score a combined total of 7-over or better to make it to the final day of competition Wednesday, where the remaining players will play 36 holes. After Tuesday, though, none of Columbia’s golfers cracked the top 50.

Lake Leroux finished the highest with a combined score of 154, with Ron Eilers right behind him at 155. Scott Gooch (157), Brett Allen (159) and Ben Woods (159) were also cut after round two. Caleb Rowden withdrew from the competition Monday.

— Missourian Staff

  • A summer 2019 assistant sports editor for the Columbia Missourian, Ryan is from Elk Grove Village, IL. He is a senior studying sports journalism and secondary education at the University of Missouri.

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