Marquette Relays provide teams with first big test of the boys swimming season

The first big swim test of the fall campaign is annual Marquette Relays. Parkway West returns to defend its championship in the strong 12-team field. The event begins at noon Saturday (Sept. 6). Other teams competing in the relays are Parkway Central, Parkway South, Lafayette, Chaminade, Columbia Hickman, Battle, Rock Bridge, St. Louis University High, Fort Zumwalt West, Cape Girardeau Central and the host Mustangs. Marquette coach Joe Schoedel said the field is competitive again. Many of the top-finishing teams in the state meet from last year are competing. “Overall its strong. Parkway Central was fourth at state last year, ...

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District completes capital improvements over summer

While school was out for the summer, Fort Zumwalt district officials were busy getting buildings ready for students this fall. Bill Weber, assistant superintendent for the district, said projects were completed in 10 facilities this summer. West Middle School had a new wooden floor installed in the gym, and security cameras were added. The band room addition and orchestra renovations project also were completed. The interior of North Middle School was painted, new flooring was added and an overlay was installed in the parking lot. “It really made a significant impact on this building,” Weber said. Progress South, South Middle, ...

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Youth hockey

Several local players have made the 22-man USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program for the 2014-15 season. The players, members of the Under-17 and Under-18 squads, will live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and attend school there. The U-17 squad will play in the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in the United States. It will also compete in three international tournaments, including the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. St. Louis area players on the team include forward and Wisconsin recruit Trent Frederic and defenseman and Michigan recruit Luke Martin. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Frederic scored 15 goals and added ...

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Lindenwood gives Ross 100th win with opening victory at Washburn

  On Thursday night (Sept. 4) the Lindenwood football Lions gave head coach Patrick Ross a double present with a season-opening 44-38 victory over Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. Lindenwood moves to 1-0  (1-0 in the Midwest Intercollegiate Athletic Association) to start the season, and in addition the win was the 100th in Ross coaching career. In the first 10 minutes of the game. the Lions got shoved into a 17-0 hole courtesy of the host Ichabods as Washburn converted good field position into a blocked punt that was returned 26 yards for a score, followed by another touchdown and ...

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Rascals clinch West Division with season-ending win over Florence

A week ago the River City Rascals clinched a playoff berth and on Thursday night the Rascals clinched the Frontier League West Division title thanks to a 9-2 pounding of the Florence Freedom in Florence, Ky. The division crown is the third title in River City history. River City came out blazing as the Rascals pushed across three runs in the top of the first inning to put Florence in a rough spot. Brian McConkey and Hector Crespo each knocked in runs off Florence starter Michael O’Neal. McConkey knocked in two runs with a double and  Crespo singled home McConkey ...

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High school girls basketball

Incarnate Word Academy’s Napheesa Collier made the most of her opportunity to earn her first international medal playing for USA Basketball’s 2014 Women’s Under-18 National Team. In the Gold Medal game, Team USA scored a lopsided 104-74 victory over Canada at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was the USA’s third win over Canada – once in scrimmage and twice in competition. Collier, who is a senior, closed out the championship game in impressive style, recording 18 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot. “I thought we came out super focused because ...

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Parkway transportation head receives special needs training

Will Rosa, Parkway’s director of transportation, has earned a Special Needs Training endorsement from the National Association for Pupil Transportation. The training program offers a rigorous curriculum designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of transporters working with special needs students. Topics covered include child passenger safety restraint and safety “roadeos.” Parkway joins 83 other schools districts across the country in completing the select specialized training. Rosa, who is one of nine transportation specialists receiving the endorsement at this time, said, “Professional development is important to ensure we are current with the best transportation practices for the Parkway special needs ...

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Promising Practices recognized

Each year, as part of the National Schools of Character program, the Character Education Partnership (CEP) recognizes educators who have implemented unique, specific and effective character education strategies. This year, the following Rockwood Schools/programs were recognized as exhibiting Promising Practices in character education: Chesterfield Elementary: Meet Me in St. Louis program, Chef Leaders program; Crestview Middle: Crestview Complementary Club, Veterans Day Assembly; Fairway Elementary: Thank Yous from the Fairway Lollipop Gang, Got Your Back Pack program; Individualized Learning Center: ILC Python Time program; Lafayette High: Community Service Class; Marquette High: Spring Break Service Learning Trip; Pond Elementary: Proud of My ...

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New requirements added to A+ program

Students participating in the A+ program this year will now have to achieve an ACT math subscore of 17 or higher to qualify for immediate benefits. The new requirement set by the Missouri Department of Higher Education will go into effect for the 2014-2015 school year. The Fort Zumwalt Board of Education was presented with the new requirements to the A+ program at its Aug. 18 meeting. Board Member Renee Porter was concerned with the new ACT requirement set by the state. “Sometimes students don’t test well, but they do well in college,” Porter said. “Students are really counting on ...

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St. Peters puts temporary stop to red-light camera use

St. Peters has suspended use of its red-light cameras for traffic enforcement until it gets a clearer picture of the legal issues surrounding the devices. The city’s Board of Aldermen approved a resolution by a 6-0 vote at its Aug. 28 meeting to suspend the city’s use of red-light cameras at intersections until the Missouri Supreme Court rules on legal challenges to their use. The resolution states that the city “wishes to review the outcome of the pending legal challenges and legislative action that are being heard and proposed before continuing further operation of its ‘red-light cameras.’” The city suspended ...

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