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Defense, Vaughn help Fort Zumwalt North stop Timberland for district championship

  A fast-paced, run-oriented offense gets the headlines these days for the Fort Zumwalt North football team. But the Panthers also have a pretty good defense as well. Fort Zumwalt North’s defense showed its muscle against Timberland. The Panthers “D” shut out Timberland for over three quarters and the offense did just enough as Zumwalt North defeated the Wolves 24-7 on Friday night for the Class 5, District 3 championship at Fort Zumwalt North High School. Fort Zumwalt North (11-0), which won it’s 11th straight game will host Lebanon in a Class 5 quarterfinal next Saturday at 1 p.m. It ...

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St. Dominic spikers fall short, still enjoy first trip to Class 4 Tournament

For the St. Dominic volleyball team, making it to last weekend’s Class 4 Tournament in Cape Girardeau was not so much about winning it all, but enjoying the journey and the experience. The Crusaders finished fourth behind champion St. Joseph’s Academy, Ozark, and St. Teresa’s Academy from Kansas City. Still, it was a worthwhile trip for the St. Dominic club which finished the season at 24-14-3. “We’re a small school in the largest class there is so we definitely got there and there is a size difference and we were a bit outmatched,” St. Dominic coach Courtney Bland said. “But ...

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Sports Briefs: Nov. 1

High school boys cross country Winning the Gateway Athletic Conference South Championship meet was so enjoyable for the Fort Zumwalt West boys cross-country team that they made it their mission to do it again this fall. Mission accomplished. The Jaguars recently captured the six-team meet title with a superb performance turned in by just five runners. “It was an outstanding performance given we only ran five guys,” said Fort Zumwalt West coach John Cunningham. “We have a big team with 61 guys but a lot of it is youth, so we hadn’t quite determined the full varsity lineup. So, we ...

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St. Dominic spikers pull off iconic sweep of Timberland to advance to Class 4 tournament

    The culmination of a lot of hard work, focus, and drive is now a happy reality for the St. Dominic volleyball team. The Crusaders, focused on controlling what they could control after knocking off Class 4 runner up Francis Howell to win districts, are heading to Cape Girardeau this Friday for the Class 4 semifinals, thanks to an amazing 25-23, 28-26 quarterfinal sweep of  host Timberland last Saturday. “We really feel good about it and obviously we are super stoked,” St. Dominic coach Courtney Bland said. “Our girls played really good in both the Howell and Timberland games ...

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Despite tough state finish, Francis Howell softball has stellar season

The 2017 Class 4 softball tournament did not go the way the Francis Howell Vikings would have liked. Not even close to that. Still, for coach Jenn Beckmann-Brown’s 2017 club, the Vikings had a season that will be long remembered and cherished by the Francis Howell community. Howell lost to Marquette 6-4 in the Class 4 semifinals and fell to Staley 12-1 in the third place last Friday at Killion Sports Complex in Springfield. “We knew we had a special group of girls early this year and we knew that we had the ability to go to state and so ...

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Foster, Hawkins vault Parkway North past St. Dominic in district opener

Cameron Foster made it happen for the Parkway North football team with his arm and Jason Hawkins did his thing in the receiving and return game. Foster threw for three touchdowns and Hawkins scored four touchdowns, three of them on pass receptions as the Vikings snapped a two-game losing streak with a convincing 47-11 win over St. Dominic in the Class 4, District 3 opener at Parkway North High School on Friday. It was an ideal way start to the postseason, as North scored twice in the first quarter and added 21 second quarter points to roll to a 33-3 ...

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Francis Howell prepares for state after Boschert’s big day in quarterfinal win over Howell North

In 2015, Francis Howell senior softball player Whitney Boschert was just a sophomore when the Vikings got bounced from the Class 4 quarterfinals by rival Francis Howell North. Last Saturday, Boschert led the charge to make sure the Vikings would get revenge for that playoff loss. Boschert went 5 for 5 with two home runs, knocked in five runs, and pitched the Vikings past the Knights for a 12-2 quarterfinal win at Howell North. Saying it was vindication for Boschert and the Vikings would be a spot-on description. “It felt great since we thought 2015 was going to be our ...

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Liberty’s Larouere, Harrington finish in top 15 in Class 2 Tournament

On a day better suited for ducks and beavers to frolic outdoors, Liberty golfers Madeline Larouere and Zoee Harrington played like the elements were no big deal at all. A day after finishing 8th and 12th individually in the Class 2 Tournament in the first round, the Eagles super duo was even better on a chilly, rainy, and windy day at Sedalia Country Club. Larouere shot a final round 75 to finish 9th individually and Harrington shot a 76 to finish 10th in the two-day tournament on Tuesday in Sedalia as the pair finished up the season helping Liberty to ...

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Big fourth inning drives Holt to regular season finale win over Francis Howell Central

It took the Holt softball club a few innings to wake up the bats on Monday at Francis Howell Central. After not doing much at the plate for three innings, the Indians bats woke up and made some noise. Taylor Bell slapped a 2-run single to center field to break a 1-1 tie in the fourth, and the Indians erupted for five more runs en route to a 9-3 victory in the regular season finale for both teams. Bell was one of five Holt batters that had two hits or more to lead the Indians 18-hit barrage against Howell Central ...

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