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Grantham’s big bat, timely offense drive Francis Howell into Class 5 title game

Francis Howell’s Kyle Grantham has never been known as a long-ball hitter during the regular season or postseason. Grantham, known more as a singles guy, turned into a mini-version of Babe Ruth for the Vikings at the absolute perfect time. The Vikings’ junior right fielder blasted a pair of home runs to right field on Thursday night and behind Grantham’s power, some timely offense, and sturdy pitching from Jake Kostyshock, Francis Howell defeated Lee’s Summit West 6-1 in a Class 5 semifinal at CarShield Field. Howell (28-11) will look to capture its third state championship since 2011 when the Vikings ...

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Howell Central girls soccer state berth repeat hopes dashed in overtime by Cor Jesu

Chances to score were abundant for the Francis Howell Central girls soccer team against Cor Jesu in the first 80 minutes of regulation, and in overtime. The Spartans were literally one goal away from going back to the Class 4 Final Four for the second time in school history, but Cor Jesu’s Kelsey Doerr ruined that dream. Doerr scored a goal off of a corner kick at the 91-minute mark, to lift Cor Jesu to a 1-0 overtime victory in a Class 4 quarterfinal Saturday afternoon at Cor Jesu Academy. “Yes, It was a great game with a lot of shot opportunities both ...

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Francis Howell advances to quarterfinals after besting Panthers

Digging out of early holes this postseason is nothing new for Tony Perkins and the Francis Howell baseball Vikings. Four days ago, Howell found themselves staring up out of a hole after falling behind two runs in the first inning against Timberland in the Class 5, District 8 title game. Tuesday in the Class 5 sectional at Howell, the Vikings were in a similar dilemma after Fort Zumwalt North scored two runs in the top of the first. But, Perkins and the Vikings did not have to worry long as Howell overcame the early deficit and scored five runs down the ...

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Roach rolls on the mound, bats boom for Lutheran St. Charles

Lutheran St. Charles is just one win away from a return trip to the Class 3 Final Four. Lutheran completed its next step on the road back to state on Monday as host Lutheran St. Charles, behind a big early hit from Jake Versemann and superb pitching from Brody Roach, rolled to an 8-0 win over Lutheran North in a Class 3 sectional Monday. The win over Lutheran North was the second straight sectional triumph for the Cougars and propels them into a quarterfinal date at South Calloway at 5 p.m. Lutheran faced South Calloway in the quarterfinal round last season. ...

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Patience, big late surge pushes Fort Zumwalt North to district title

It did not look good for a while for the Fort Zumwalt North Panthers. Down three runs through the first four innings, their baseball postseason looked like it would be over on Friday afternoon. But Panthers coach Steve Siebert preaches patience and never quitting. Zumwalt North kept grinding, pushing, and eventually found a way. Tied at 4-4 in the sixth, Malik Holts doubled home two runs in the sixth and third-seeded Zumwalt North added two more in the top of the seventh to capture an 8-4 victory over top-seed Francis Howell North in the Class 5, District 7 championship game at ...

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Fort Zumwalt North clips Fort Zumwalt South in eighth inning to claim conference title

One big task has now been crossed off the list for the Fort Zumwalt North Panthers. It took about a week and an extra inning to make it happen, but the wait was more than worth it for the Fort Zumwalt North Panthers. Zumwalt North slogged through a rainy afternoon, and a determined archrival in Fort Zumwalt South, but thanks to a two-run eighth inning rally, the host Panthers came from behind for a 5-4 victory Monday afternoon. Fort Zumwalt North (17-5) claimed the Gateway Athletic Conference Central championship with the victory as the Panthers finished conference play with a conference ...

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Fort Zumwalt West outlasts rain, Francis Howell for big conference road win

The Fort Zumwalt West baseball team had to battle the rain and the Francis Howell Vikings on the diamond, but when the day was done the Jaguars could smile for a little bit. Zumwalt West scored five quick runs before a rain delay halted play in the second inning. Solid pitching from Joe Boyle and Jeff Kuhlmann made that lead hold up and the Jaguars prevailed for a 5-3 GAC South conference win at Francis Howell Tuesday afternoon that puts them in first place for at least one day. A quick start at the plate got Fort Zumwalt West (13-7, ...

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