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Francis Howell Central girls cagers make mark with strong playoff run

Last Saturday was a bittersweet experience for the Francis Howell Central girls basketball team but for the Spartans, their run in the Class 5 playoffs definitely reenergized the student body and the program. The Spartans were eliminated from the playoffs by Kirkwood 52-39 in the quarterfinals at Hyland Arena on the Lindenwood University campus, but the 22-7 season was one that brought Spartans back among the elite in St. Charles County basketball circles. “I’m very proud of what we were able to accomplish with this season,” Howell Central coach Hayley Leake said. “Going towards the end of the season we ...

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Ramey, Gordon propel Webster Groves over Fort Zumwalt South for return trip to state

  The Fort Zumwalt South Bulldogs had plenty of youth, energy, and desire when they faced defending champion Webster Groves on Saturday. Unfortunately, that was not nearly enough as the Statesmen, led by super recruits Courtney Ramey and Carte’Are Gordon. The super tandem played above the rim all night, driving Webster Groves to a 78-45 Class 5 quarterfinal win over the Bulldogs at Hyland Performance Arena on the campus of Lindenwood University. Defending champ Webster Groves (20-9) will face Liberty from Kansas City in a Class 5 semifinal on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in Springfield. “I picked him up today ...

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Whitfield uses big stops, clutch free throws to edge Duchesne in key small school clash

Amechi Ramsey had only two points for the Whitfield Warriors, but his two points ended up being the biggest of the night. Ramsey, a senior point guard for the Warriors, drained a pair of free-throws, giving his team a three-point lead with 59.4 seconds and Whitfield held on in the final minute for a 48-41 win at Duchesne on Wednesday in a key matchup of Class 3 powers. “It’s not hard, my teammates have faith in me every time I step to the free-throw line,” Ramsey said. “It was a big relief. I was like we’ve got to finish this ...

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Francis Howell falls to Hazelwood Central in triple overtime

    It was billed as a decided underdog in Francis Howell going against perennial power Hazelwood Central. After 44 crazy, gut-wrenching minutes of basketball, it will likely be remembered as a classic. Francis Howell junior guard Daylan Dalton’s last-gasp three-pointer clanged the rim at the buzzer, and Hazelwood Central held off a gritty Vikings club for an 85-82 win in the second game of Day 4 of the GAC/Suburban Shootout at Lindenwood University’s Hyland Arena. The finish was tough end to a great performance for the Vikings but there was no frustration for Howell in this one against the ...

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