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Missouri Baptist football will play three Division I foes in debut season

  In just three weeks, the inaugural season of play will kickoff in earnest for the Missouri Baptist football Spartans and head coach Jason Burianek. The historic inaugural game for Missouri Baptist will involve a road trip down I-55 to Cape Girardeau to take on Ohio Valley Conference member, Southeast Missouri State at Houck Stadium. After going to SEMO, MBU will have to tackle back-to-back road games to the University of St. Francis (Ind.) on Sept. 4 and then nine days later at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee (Ok). The Spartans finally get a taste of home cooking on Sept. ...

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Westminster Christian Academy graduate Turner designated for assignment by Miami Marlins

Westminster Christian Academy graduate Jacob Turner, who was once expected to be a key part of the Miami Marlins’ future, was designated for assignment on Tuesday (Aug. 5). The Marlins let Turner, a native of St. Charles, go after enduring his struggles as a starter for the past two years. He went 8-19 in 47 games over three seasons with Miami, including 39 starts. Turner, 23, who is 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA in 20 games this year, was considered a top prospect when Miami acquired him in July 2012 in the five-player trade that sent right-hander Anibal Sanchez to ...

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Beal does not make roster of U.S. men’s national basketball team

Chaminade graduate Bradley Beal did not make the roster for the U.S. men’s national basketball team. The Americans have 16 players left in their roster pool after cutting three players Tuesday (Aug. 5). In addition to Beal, who plays for Washington, the other two cut were Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal, and Atlanta’s Paul Millsap. The remaining players will report to Chicago for practices that begin Aug. 14. They have to get down to 12 before the World Cup of Basketball begins Aug. 30 in Spain. The players remaining are: Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Cleveland’s Kyrie ...

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Gabbert adjusting to new role with the San Francisco 49ers

Parkway West graduate Blaine Gabbert has had plenty of time to familiarize himself with the San Francisco 49ers’ playbook. The latest addition to the quarterback group comes with solid credentials, though without much NFL success despite starting 27 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars the past three years. “The biggest thing is a lot of talent on the offensive side of the ball,” Gabbert said to the Associated Press. “That makes the quarterback’s job easy.” Gabbert, drafted in the first round, the 10th pick overall out of Missouri, of the 2011 draft was handed the job in Jacksonville without much preparation ...

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Glotta, Steinberg, Barnes receive basketball offers

  The month of July was a busy and productive one for several West County and St. Charles County area prep basketball players. Several area players performed quite well during the July evaluation period and as a result gained new offers from different schools around the country. Zach Glotta from Fort Zumwalt North has been polishing his skills with the Gateway club this summer and Glotta, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, recently picked up an offer from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. 6-foot-8  Zach Steinberg from Lafayette is busy playing with the Missouri Impact this summer. Steinberg offered a scholarship from ...

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Westminster names assistant athletic director

Westminster Christian Academy has named Lindsay Carlile as assistant athletic director for the 2014-15 school year. Carlile will assist Athletic Director Todd Zell in supervising and evaluating the school’s six-year athletic program. She will focus particularly on directing the Center for Coaching Excellence – a program to effectively train, serve and support the school’s coaching staff. “My greatest passion is seeing athletes and coaches use the platform of athletics to glorify the Lord, so I am incredibly humbled to have the opportunity to support our athletic department in that pursuit with this position,” Carlile said. “Having coached at Westminster these ...

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Villa Duchesne fires athletic director Smith

  There will be a new athletic director put in charge of running the atheltic department at Villa Duchesne. On the first day of fall practice, Villa Duchesne fired its athletic director. It was announced Dory Smith was relieved of her duties Monday afternoon. No reason was given for her dismissal. It is Villa Duchesne’s stated policy to not comment on personnel matters. There is no interim athletic director in place as the school commences its search for a replacement. Also, Smith’s abrupt dismissal has caused a bit of turmoil for Metro League programs. Smith, was the president of the ...

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Alex Cusumano puts golf on hold – but only for a while

Alex Cusumano not only gets it done on the golf course, he got it done in the classroom as well. Cusumano, who graduated this spring from Loyola University of Chicago, recently was named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Earlier, he was selected to the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete Team. “It is a tremendous honor to receive because it reflects the time and effort put into both academics and athletics,” Cusumano said. “I am very proud to be one of the few, if any, to have three teammates on the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All ...

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Weldon to compete in U.S. Amateur

Kyle Weldon, who will be a senior this fall at Kansas State, qualified for the U.S. Amateur by finishing second in a recent qualifier in Louisville, Kentucky. Weldon finished 8-under par with rounds of 67-69. It will be the second time Weldon, a Parkway South graduate, will compete in the U.S. Amateur. Weldon, a native of Des Peres, missed the cut in the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club near Denver. “I was young back then; still giving away some easy strokes,” Weldon said. “Nowadays I may not give them up. I’m looking forward to playing in that ...

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High school boys lacrosse

MICDS midfielder Harry Wellford has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Virginia. The program is widely known for its recruiting successes, mainly from the East Coast. Wellford is the first St. Louis lacrosse player to commit to an Atlantic Coast Conference school. After considering Duke, Princeton, Georgetown, Notre Dame and a few others, Wellford decided on the Cavaliers. In addition to having the opportunity to play for the all-time winningest coach, Don Starsia, Wellford said he is excited to attend one of the best academic schools in the nation. He plans to study ...

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