Stories by Brent
In battle for starting QB job
Missouri quarterback James Franklin has been in this situation before. Entering the 2011 Black and Gold Game, Franklin — then a sophomore with zero career starts — was battling for the starting quarterback job with fellow sophomore Tyler Gabbert.
It’s a chance for fans to get together, strike up the grills and tell their comrades how good or bad their favorite team is going to be. But spring games offer little in the way of meaningful football, if that’s what someone is looking for.
It’s not very often a husband and wife get to coach alongside each other. It’s even more rare to do so while having an unparalleled level of success spanning decades. Meet the Lickliders. Longtime Jefferson City High School track and field coaches Roberta and Dennis Licklider were inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Sunday night at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.
Former Jefferson City High School football coach Pete Adkins is not short by any stretch of the imagination when it comes to accomplishments. He won 405 games, owns a 71-game winning streak and captured nine state football championships during his 43 years as a head coach. He was even the subject of a Melissa Etheridge music video (which was shown during the ceremony) honoring his accomplishments. All of that only scratches the surface. But when he learned he was going to be named a Missouri Sports Legend by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, he knew he had something he could put up there with all the other highlights in his career.
To go 2-for-2
The Jefferson City Jays have started a trend of falling behind early in games. But they’ve made a habit of having big innings to counteract the early trouble.
Used as a training exercise, a physical challenge and a way to have fun, members of the Missouri National Guard biathlon team have taken a liking to the winter biathlon, a sport few Missourians are familiar with.
At Capital City Invitational
Jefferson City head coach Brian Ash was happy with his team’s 2-1 performance in the Capital City Invitational.
The Jays (9-2) scored the winning run on a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to rally past Fatima 3-2 in a loser’s bracket semifinal of the Capital City Invitational on Friday at the American Legion Sports Complex.
For six innings, Fatima pitcher Patrick Schnieders handcuffed Jefferson City’s offense.
Capital City Invitational
Jefferson City’s first-round game Friday afternoon in the Capital City Invtational could be categorized as a series of missed opportunities.
Wait until next year. With 26 NCAA Tournament appearances and no Final Fours, it’s a phrase Missouri basketball fans know all too well.
A year ago, the Missouri Tigers were coming off a Big 12 Tournament championship and carrying the expectation on their backs they were about to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. That dream died hard on the tournament’s second day when Missouri suffered a stunning first-round loss to 15th-seeded Norfolk State.
A young and inexperienced Jefferson City golf team took its share of lumps on the course a season ago. But with most of its varsity team returning, the Jays are hopeful to turn some of the struggles into more positives this season.
The Jefferson City Jays were three points shy of a trophy at the state track meet last season.
Year 1 of Blair Oaks golf ended with two golfers in the state tournament and the team barely missing out on qualifying for the sectional round.
The fate of Jefferson City’s baseball season a year ago was pretty well determined after just nine games. An early eight-game losing streak was tough for the Jays to overcome during an 11-15 season. So it’s no surprise this year the Jays are focusing on their first set of games as a way to build up some confidence. “I think the key for us is to get off to a quicker start,” Jefferson City head coach Brian Ash said. “I think if you get off to a quicker start, the confidence level gets there.” The Jays, who open the season today with a doubleheader against Springfield Glendale and Helias at Vivion Field, started to play more consistent baseball at the end of last season, but it was too late to erase a slow start.
When it comes to teams on the NCAA Tournament bubble, the Southeastern Conference seems to have more than its share. Combine that with a lack of dominant teams at the top, and the SEC Tournament that tips off today in Nashville, Tenn., has the makings to be an interesting five days.
In searching for a new activities director, Jefferson City Public School administrators were looking for someone passionate about helping make Jefferson City High School competitive across the board. Turns out Mark Caballero was looking for the same thing from the school. The two found their match as the Ozark High School athletic director was named the new activities director at Jefferson City High School on Tuesday.
Missouri’s first season in the Southeastern Conference didn’t exactly play out like it was scripted. Five conference losses that came down to the final possession and a sixth-place finish in a league many experts thought Missouri could compete for a title in seemed to leave a disappointed taste in the mouth of some Tiger players. But with the regular season complete, the Tigers seemed ready to flip the page to the postseason, where they realize there is plenty still on the table.
Missouri coach Frank Haith has probably had to answer one question more than any other this season: Have all of the transfers and new parts figured out how to gel together as a team? Haith seems to finally have the answer he has hoped for all season.
Arkansas coach Mike Anderson helped rebuild Missouri’s basketball program that had fallen on hard times during his five years as Missouri’s coach from 2006-11. In his return Tuesday night to Mizzou Arena, all of the goodwill seemed like a distant memory. The Tigers raced out to a 26-point halftime lead and routed the Razorbacks 93-63 in front of a capacity crowd of more than 15,000.
COLUMBIA — When Missouri forward Laurence Bowers was a freshman, he was coming off the bench helping Missouri during its run to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament.
COLUMBIA — As Mike Anderson prepares to return to Mizzou Arena today as Arkansas’ head coach, the Missouri basketball team is playing the role of silent observer regarding the matter.
Fresh off a road victory at South Carolina, Missouri will try and keep its perfect home season alive today.
As March rolls around, a lot will be made regarding where the Missouri basketball team stands as it relates to the NCAA Tournament. Just don’t expect to hear much of that talk from the team.
Missouri coach Frank Haith has said all season the key to his team’s success lies on the defensive end. It’s an area he’s gone out of his way to praise, especially after Missouri’s 63-60 victory against then-No. 5 Florida last week. But Monday, Haith was pointed about how disappointed he was with the team’s defensive effort in Saturday’s 90-83 overtime loss at Kentucky.
Clinging to a 33-32 advantage with less than three minutes remaining, Jefferson City closed the game on a 10-0 run, with all 10 coming from Megan Foster, to defeat Sedalia-Smith Cotton 43-32 in the first round of the Class 5 District 9 Tournament on Monday at Hickman.
ASHLAND — Ranked second in the state in Class 3, Blair Oaks has relied on a mixture of offense, defense and intangibles to reach this point in the season.
In boys basketball
Trailing almost the entire time in its district semifinal against Hallsville, Blair Oaks couldn’t get the key baskets when it needed them the most.
Following a schedule not the most important thing
Schools around the state made wise decisions last week when they canceled classes due to the impending winter weather. But some school districts dropped the ball when it came to extra curricular activities, particularly Friday night when a number of schools did not cancel basketball games.
COLUMBIA — Since returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for five games, Missouri forward Laurence Bowers has been looking to regain his form offensively.
Less than 30 minutes after Missouri knocked off fifth-ranked Florida, Missouri coach Frank Haith said he received a notice of allegations from the NCAA regarding his role in the NCAA’s investigation at Miami. But Haith said there was no unethical conduct reported in his notice, meaning, whatever the allegations are, they could be less severe than once thought.
Trailing nearly the entire game against fifth-ranked Florida, Missouri put it all together in the final minutes and downed Florida 63-60 in front of more than 15,000 fans.
It’s no secret Phil Pressey wants the ball in his hands in late-game situations. A dynamic playmaker who can create his own shot or create one for others is a good weapon for the Tigers to have.
Missouri will try to avenge the loss today at Mizzou Arena (8 p.m. ESPN-TV), a game that sits in the middle of a critical stretch for the Tigers.
When Mike Anderson left Missouri following the 2010-11 season to become head coach at Arkansas after a sticky departure in Columbia, most figured it would be a long time before the Tigers and Razorbacks renewed their rivalry. That was nothing a simple switch in conferences couldn’t take care of. Now a Southeastern Conference matchup, Anderson meets his former team for the first time at 3 p.m. today in Fayetteville, Ark. (ESPN-TV).
Jamaal Tatum is no stranger to being in the spotlight on the basketball floor.
Jefferson City High School activities director Mike McGurk said Thursday he is leaving his post to take a similar position at Lee’s Summit North High School.
After a tough way to end the state tournament last year, John Carter had a little bit of an axe to grind.
Jefferson City’s wrestlers are short on experience when it comes to the state wrestling tournament.
The Tigers head to Starkville, Miss. today (7 p.m. KMIZ-TV) looking for their first road win of the season at Mississippi State.
With only seven scholarship players last season, it didn’t take long for players to find their roles for the Missouri basketball team. If for no other reason, they had no choice.
Once a lock to reach the postseason, Missouri’s play away from Mizzou Arena has caused a sense of panic among fans on whether this team will play itself out of the NCAA Tournament.
Missouri routs Ole Miss on Saturday
Missouri raced out to a 22-point first-half lead and routed Mississippi 98-79 at Mizzou Arena in a game that turned chippy, and nearly ugly, late in the second half.
No. 21 Missouri returns home to take on Mississippi at noon today (KRCG-TV), trying to bounce back after another road loss in a season that could be slipping away from the Tigers.
Without three of their normal starters, there was a lot of uncertainty for the Jays heading into the district tournament. It wasn’t the best-case scenario Jefferson City had hoped for, but four Jays advanced to the semifinals of the Class 4 District 3 Tournament on Friday at Fleming Fieldhouse.
Jefferson City wrestling coach Phil Cagle has the philosophy that wrestling’s regular season is a massive buildup to two weekends in February.
College basketball coaches hope their teams are playing their best basketball in February and March. Missouri is no different.
For many high school football players, the final decision made on National Signing Day can be a gut-wrenching call.
Phil Pressey has had to wear many hats for Missouri this season. In the Tigers’ 73-70 loss to LSU on Wednesday, he scored 25 points while taking 21 shots. Saturday against Auburn, the point guard took two shots and scored four points while dishing out 10 assists in a 91-77 victory. Add the role of defensive preacher to his duties.