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Hard-nosed, gritty Perkins was driving force in Howell’s success

As recent Francis Howell graduate Nic Perkins looks back, there are two things that come strongly to mind when he recalls his time as a high school student-athlete – it boils down to classwork and sports. The catcher and soon to be University of Mississippi Rebel sums it up this way: “It pretty much was classes, studying and preparing for classes and working hard in sports and trying to be the best in three sports (football, basketball and baseball) for four years.” Nic’s hard-driving work ethic paid dividends on his personal player development and paid even bigger dividends for the ...

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St. Peters golfer wins 55th Junior Girls Championship

For Logan Otter, the summer golf season is going great. Otter, who lives in St. Peters, will be a senior this fall at John Burroughs, the defending Class 1 state champion girls golf team. Last fall, she finished third at the state tournament – and her resume has gotten brighter since winning the Missouri Women’s Golf Association 55th annual Junior Girls Championship at WingHaven Country Club in O’Fallon. She followed that win with a victory in the qualifier to represent Missouri in the Big “I” National Championship set for Aug. 5-8 at the Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West ...

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Sports Briefs: Metropolitan Open tees off July 10

Men’s Golf The ninth Metropolitan Open for professionals and amateurs begins July 10 and concludes July 12 at The Country Club of St. Albans. The tournament will feature the richest first-place prize yet. With a full field of 72 professionals, first place will be $15,000 this year, up from $13,500 last year. Marthasville native Shawn Jasper, the 2010 and 2011 champion, said the event has developed into one of the top tournaments in the area. “In just a few short years, the Metropolitan Open has become one of the premiere events in the Midwest,” said Jasper, a University of Missouri ...

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Incarnate Word Academy’s Collier earns spot on Team USA’s 3×3 team

Incarnate Word Academy senior Napheesa Collier will be going to China next month. Collier, who committed to the University of Connecticut earlier this spring, has been named to the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Women’s Basketball Team. The team will take part in the 3×3 basketball competition in the second annual Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The games, featuring 15 sports, will run from Aug. 16-28. In addition to Collier, three USA Basketball veterans, including De’Janae Boykin (Charles H. Flowers H.S./Springdale, Md.), Arike Ogunbowale (Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.) and Katie Lou Samuelson (Mater Dei H.S./Huntington Beach, Calif.), will ...

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Creve Coeur rallys but falls short against Washington

They were down and then back in it and then just before their last scheduled at-bat, Mother Nature pulled the plug on the evening. Such was the plight of the Creve Coeur Post 397 senior legion club on Monday evening at Parkway Central. Despite pulling within a run by the seventh and being down just two runs in the eighth, Creve Coeur dropped a 9-7 non-district contest to Washington which was halted after eight innings due to impending bad weather. “This (game) was about work,” Creve Coeur manager Mark Little said. “We put in some players who actually hadn’t been getting a lot of playing ...

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Eureka High’s Hannah Long earns four titles at state track meet

Hannah Long doing well on the track is not surprising, but the Eureka standout recently outdid herself in the Class 4 state track and field meet. In the annual meet at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City, Long competed in four events for the first time and won them all. “I am very proud of my accomplishments at state this year,” said Long, who will be a senior this fall. “Winning four events this year meant a lot to me because I think it shows my strength and how I’ve grown as a runner.” Long captured the Class 4 ...

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Dolan ready to tee it up in defense of state Women’s Amateur Championship

It’s a busy time for Catherine Dolan, who has a big golf to-do list. First, she begins the defense of her Missouri Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship this week at the Golf Club of Creekmoor in Raymore. Next week, Dolan will play in the USGA’s Women’s Amateur Public Links at the Home Course in DuPont, Wash. The tournament begins Monday (July 14). The Parkway West and Missouri State graduate is planning on going to “Q School” at the end of August in an attempt to turn professional. But first, Dolan has the state tournament to play. It begins Tuesday (July ...

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Sports Briefs: Local triathletes earn right to compete on world stage

Local triathletes earn right to compete on world stage Three area athletes have qualified to represent the United States in the world triathlon championships. The athletes recently participated in the USA Triathlon Long Course National Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Chris Beuer, of Chesterfield; Jen Hankins, of St. Louis; and Matthew Zupan, of Wildwood, each earned spots on Team USA by finishing in the top 20 in their respective age group categories in the Half Ironman distance race. They will compete at the World Championships to be held in Sweden in the summer of 2015. Zupan, 18, finished first in ...

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Cheak leaving CBC to take over SLUH volleyball club

When the CBC Cadets volleyball club takes the court in the spring of 2015, it will have a new leader on the bench. Longtime coach Jeff Cheak is leaving to take over as head coach at St. Louis University High School. Cheak formally accepted the SLUH job early last week. In eight seasons at the helm at CBC, Cheak fielded one of  the area’s most competitive programs in and out of the Metro Catholic Conference. Cheak’s CBC squads went 145-65 during his tenure there and the Cadets finished 20-11 while making the state title match. Also, under Cheak’s direction, CBC advanced to the ...

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High school all-conference baseball teams

Here are the high school boys all-conference baseball teams that were submitted. Suburban West 2014 all-conference team: Player of the year: OF Matt Scheibel, sr., Marquette Coach of the year: John Meyer, MarquetteFirst team P Ryan Brady, sr., Oakville; P Willie Buskuehl, sr., Fox; P Mitch Carr, sr., Marquette; P Winston Chien, sr., Marquette; P Ian Cassidy, sr., Parkway South;  P Bo Highfill, jr., Eureka;  P Tyler McMurray, sr., Lafayette; C Cameron Collier, jr., Parkway South; C Eric Hipp, jr., Oakville; C Tyler Wood, sr., Marquette; INF Luke Bakula, sr., Parkway South; INF Jake Drysdale, sr., Fox; INF Keith Grieshaber, ...

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