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Klein wants to build Marquette football program step by step

Marquette coach Matt Klein picked up the first win in his Mustangs career and he hopes for many more to come as he builds the program. Klein, who was hired from Knob Noster in mid-Missouri, has the Mustangs off to a 1-1 start. Marquette dropped the season opener at home 31-7 to a strong Ritenour squad. However, Marquette bounced back last year to score a 50-13 win over Northwest on the road. “Well, no doubt any time you get a win no matter what happens or how it happens, it’s a good thing,” Klein said. “I’m really happy for our ...

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Chaminade’s Tatum rated tops in the nation

Chaminade’s Jayson Tatum has been rated the No. 1 basketball player in the junior class in the nation by scout.com. The 6-foot-9 guard has offers to play at Kentucky, Duke, Florida, North Carolina and any other school with a scholarship to offer. He spent his summer not just playing basketball, but playing basketball for his country and traveling to Dubai, United Arab Emirates to compete in the World Championships – playing on the Under-17 USA team. The two-time defending champion USA team was pushed to the limit before a close 99-97 win over Australia. Tatum played in seven games in ...

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Ryan Rosburg represents Mizzou on mound at Busch, on court in Columbia

Playing in front of huge crowds is old hat for Missouri basketball standout Ryan Rosburg but throwing off the mound at Busch Stadium is another matter. The 6-foot-10 forward, a Marquette graduate who will be a junior this season for the Tigers, threw out the first pitch at Mizzou Night at the ballpark before a recent game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Diego Padres. “It was awesome. Oh my gosh, yes,” Rosburg said about the honor. “I’ve been going to Cardinals games for so long. You never think about getting to do something like that. I certainly ...

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Wildwood’s Teddy Jones reflects on 2014 Metropolitan Amateur win

Wildwood’s Teddy Jones showed he had the right stuff by winning the area’s top amateur golf tournament. Jones began the final round of the 24th Metropolitan Amateur at Westwood Country Club six shots behind leader John Anderson. When the day ended, Jones captured the tournament with a playoff victory that will put his name on the prestigious Jim Tom Blair Trophy. Jones, a Eureka graduate who is a junior at the University of Central Missouri, shot a final round 4-under 67 to complete 54-holes at 1-under. He ended the 54 holes tied at 212 with Anderson and Pat Riordan. “This ...

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High school boys soccer preview

 High school boys soccer has new district assignments this fall and also a new class. Missouri now has four classes instead of three as the member schools of the Missouri State High School Activities Association voted on the annual ballot to add a fourth classification to boys and girls soccer. The MSHSAA is dividing Classes 2, 3 and 4 evenly with 64 teams in each classification. Class 1 has the remaining teams. As a result, there will be 16 district tournaments across the state in Classes 2, 3 and 4. Class 1 will have only eight district tournaments.  That means ...

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High School Boys Swimming Preview

It’s time to dive into the 2014 high school boys swimming season. Parkway Central finished fourth last fall in the state meet and coach Jeff Spector has three qualifiers back from the team. Spector, who is in his third year on his second stint with the Colts, has a young team but he is confident the boys will improve as the season progresses and make a splash again at state. Marquette and Parkway West are both coming off conference championships. Marquette has two state qualifiers back from last season. Parkway West has five athletes back who went to state. Parkway ...

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High School Softball Preview

Eureka reached the Class 4 Final Four last fall but coach Mark Mosley has just one starter back from the team. The Wildcats went 27-5 but Eureka will depend on its new players to step up. Lafayette, which lost in the district title game to Eureka, has six starters back from a 20-5 squad. Standout pitcher Madison Siefert has verbally committed to play at Penn State. Marquette coach Chris Meador has five starters back from a 20-5 squad that shared the Suburban West Conference title with Oakville. Coach Amy Doyle has eight players back from last year’s 20-8 Parkway North ...

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Chaminade’s Tatum lists his top choices of colleges

Chaminade’s Jayson Tatum, who is ranked No. 1 junior class of 2106 by Scout.com., revealed his top 10 choices for a college to play at Monday (Sept. 1) on Twitter. Tatum listed his choices in alphabetical order. More importantly for local basketball fans, Missouri, Illinois and Saint Louis University are on the list. Here are the other schools: Arizona, Connecticut, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Wake Forest. All of the programs are among the top annually in the nation. The 6-foot-9 Tatum had an eye-turning sophomore season. He scored almost 26 points a game along with 10.4 rebounds. The ...

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High school girls tennis preview

It’s time to hit the courts for another high school girls tennis season. Always strong Lafayette has gotten stronger with the addition of Caroline Puzo. The sophomore finished second in Class 2 singles play at the state tournament last fall. She has transferred from St. Joseph’s Academy. Coach Donna Stauffer also has senior Abby Carpenter, a two-time state qualifier, back. Carpenter has verbally committed to play at Eastern Illinois. Coach Mary Nahm believes she has one of her strongest ever teams at Incarnate Word Academy. The Red Knights won their district last season and have three starters back, along with ...

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Aaron Hill among Rams cut from rooster, but chance to play was dream come true

Aaron Hill fought hard for a chance to win a spot on the St. Louis Rams, but on Aug. 30, Hill found out that he didn’t make the cut. The 6-foot-2, 231-pound linebacker from St. Charles who played in college at Minnesota only wanted a chance. “I’m happy to be playing football,” Hill said after a practice at Rams Park in Earth City. “My last game was a bowl game in college. It’s a great feeling to be playing the game I love. “All my hard work paid off for me. I’ve been playing football for 13, 14 years. To ...

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