Was longtime voice of local radio sports broadcasts.

My prayers go out to the family of Tom Colvin, who passed away May 25 at the age of 67.

Tom was a dear friend I made in this business some 30 years ago. While I as a sportswriter for the Daily News and Tom as the News/Sports Director at Radio Station KTTR/KZNN, we covered hundreds of the same games. For a few months my wife Donna also worked for Tom at the radio station.

We both had the highest regard for Tom and considered him one of the true gentlemen in our lives.

Tom LOVED his family as well as the sports teams he covered. In particular, he was the voice of the University of Missouri-Rolla football and men’s and women’s basketball teams for nearly two full decades.

We were both from the Missouri bootheel area and swapped stories about our time down there. He was older than I and talked about working some of those little towns in basketball-crazy southeast Missouri and northeast Arkansas.

I can’t recall which town it was that we had similar connections to, but I remember Tom talking about having to climb a telephone pole at one of them to do his play-by-play at one of those little schools. The thought of that sight kept both of us in stitches.

We shared lots of stories, lots of road trips, lots of games, lots of hospitality room meals. And I enjoyed every one of them. I’m not supposed to consume sugar now. But in his honor I’m going to try what seemed to be Tom’s favorite - a regular Mountain Dew with a package of peanuts poured in! It has to be sugar - he said back then he would never drink a diet Mountain Dew!

I will continue to pray for his family, particularly wife Janet, son Brad and daughter Tonya, who were his pride and joy back when we worked side-by-side.

Tom was a true professional and a true friend.

Tradition Gone
Well, one of the best reasons to attend the Missouri High School Track and Field Championships has ended.

Ever since I can remember, one of the fraternities at Lincoln University - the longtime host of the high school track championships - raised funds with a barbecue stand during the track weekends. A barbecue pork steak sandwich, along with either a polish sausage dog or a pulled-pork sandwich, was as much a constant to the state meet as the starter’s gun.

But, apparently, no more. Because the barbecue stand was ‘killing the concessions,’

I’ve been told the fraternity will no longer be allowed to sell the barbecue on campus grounds during the track meet.

A cruel blow for me.

Perhaps someone can petition the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA). Save Our Pork Steak Sandwich!

So Close
It must be difficult for the Rolla High School girls’ soccer team to watch the Missouri Class 2 State Tournament play out.

For the second straight year Rolla lost to Jefferson City Helias by a goal in the finals of the Class 2 District 10 Tournament. For the second straight season Helias has roared into the state playoff Final Four.

This year before clipping Rolla, the Helias Lady Crusaders destroyed Columbia Battle 10-0 in the district semifinals. Helias has since hammered Union 5-1 in the sectionals and blanked Carl Junction 5-0 in the quarterfinals before being defeated by Kearney 2-1 in overtime during the semifinals Friday.

Until the Kearney game, Rolla was by far the toughest competition Helias had faced in the postseason.