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Desir’s first season with Cleveland requires his trademark perseverance

His first season in a Cleveland Browns uniform hasn’t started well for former Lindenwood University and Francis Howell Central player Pierre Desir. Picked up as a fourth round draft pick, Desir became the first Lindenwood football player taken in the NFL Draft. Cleveland’s scouts liked Desir’s size at 6-foot-1 and 198 pounds. They also liked his athleticism. Desir won the 2013 Cliff Harris Award, given to the nation’s top small college defensive back. He had 33 tackles, eight pass breakups and four interceptions during his senior season. He was a four-time all-MIAA selection, including three first-team honors, and earned All-American ...

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Lafayette’s cross country team ready to uphold winning tradition

The 2014 Lancers have a lineup many coaches would love to have an opportunity to work with. But Lafayette coach Sean O’Connor has them and he wants to keep them. “I love this year’s team,” O’Connor said. “They are a great group of guys who are dedicated and have worked extremely hard this summer to improve. I can’t wait for them to realize their potential this year.” The Lancers program ranks among the best  in the state. In the last two years, Lafayette has won two sectional championships and finished third in the state meet in Jefferson City. That’s the ...

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GROWING LACROSSE: Four MICDS players commit to Division 1 schools

Missouri’s reputation in high school boys lacrosse is growing by leaps and bounds. MICDS has played a large role in that development. The program that coach Andy Kay has worked hard to build resulted in a state championship last spring with an 11-10 overtime victory against CBC. From that team, four members of the Rams now have made Division 1 commitments – which has never been done before with underclassmen. “We have three juniors committed and one sophomore,” Kay said. “This is the most that any Missouri team has ever had committed to Division 1 schools. I think it shows ...

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Port wins first round of match play, advances to play another day in U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Stroke-play medalist and two-time defending champion Ellen Port, 52, of St. Louis, defeated Kimberly Briele, 53, of New Bern, N.C., 6 and 4, on Monday (Sept. 15) in the first round of match play at the 2014 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, held at the 6,109-yard, par-73 Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, N.J. Port, who won the stroke-play portion by nine strokes with a two-round total of 2-under-par 144, won four of the last five holes on the outward nine to take control against Briele and went on to record her 80th match-play victory in USGA competition. “It was nice ...

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Mustangs bring home season’s first big win

The Marquette Mustangs girls golf team won the first major tournament of the season when they captured the Summit Invitational championship at the Falls Golf Club. Marquette’s team score was 319 to top the 17-team field. The other team scores were: Fort Zumwalt South, 330; Cor Jesu, 333; St. Joseph’s, 339; Nerinx Hall, 341; Kickapoo, 342; Francis Howell, 344; Visitation, 345; Cape Notre Dame, 346; Lafayette, 347;  Parkway West, 367; Ursuline, 374; Eureka, 379; Parkway South, 390; Howell Central, 419; Rockwood Summit, 442; and Farmington, 512. Mustangs junior Allison Tichenor led Marquette with a 73 on the par-71 course to ...

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College baseball

Kevin Moulder, the head coach of  Rebels St. Louis Metro Collegiate Baseball, has accepted the head coaching position at Murray State University. As a player, Moulder was a league-leading pitcher and a Metro Collegiate All Star. He started his coaching career with Metro Collegiate. “We are very proud that Kevin has been such a large part of our organization on and off for the last 10-plus years,” said Marty Stein, Metro League president. “He is an outstanding young man and an excellent baseball coach. There’s no doubt he’ll be successful as he moves to the head coaching role at his ...

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River City falls to Schaumburg in game two of championship series

  There would be no late-inning magic for the River City Rascals in game 2 of the Frontier League championship series. On Sunday night (Sept. 15), the Rascals fell 6-2 to the Schaumburg (Il.) Boomers at T. R. Hughes Ballpark. A three-run homer off the bat of Schaumburg’s Gerard Hall in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and helped the Boomers square the series at one game each. Hall’s second homer of the playoffs drove home Tony Delmonico and Mark Nelson, who had reached base on Rascals reliever Patrick Crider as those runs gave the Boomers the winning edge. ...

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Port earns medalist honors at U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

Ellen Port fired a 2-under-par 71 Sunday for a 36-hole total of 2-under 144 to earn stroke-play medalist honors at the 2014 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, held at the 6,109-yard, par-73 Hollywood Golf Club. St. Louis native Port, 52, the two-time defending U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion, bettered four players by nine shots and became the fifth player since 2002 to win medalist by three or more strokes. “This game doesn’t owe you anything, you have to work for everything you get,” said Port, who went back to the basics in practice after missing the cut at this year U.S. Women’s ...

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Crespo leads Rascals past Boomers in championship series opener

  River City second baseman Hector Crespo picked a great time to come through at the plate for the Rascals. Crespo went 2 for 3 at the dish to propel the River City to a 5-1 victory over the Schaumburg Boomers in game one of the Frontier League championship series Saturday night (Sept. 13) at TR Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon, Mo. Crespo singled in the fifth and sixth innings, scored two runs and drove in a run to pace the Rascals attack. Joe Staley went 2 for 4 with a run scored and Curran Redal drove in two runs as ...

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Defending champion Port tied for the qualifying lead after one round at U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Two-time defending champion Ellen Port and Brenda Pictor shared the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur qualifying lead at even-par 73 on Saturday (Sept. 13) at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, N.J. The 52-year-old Port has a record four U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur titles and captained the winning U.S. Curtis Cup team in June. “The last three weeks, I have really worked hard on my game,” Port said in a news conference after her round. “On the range, I probably have hit the ball as well as I have ever hit it. I feel really good with where my game is now.” The ...

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