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Marquette pleased to win A Flight of Parkway Doubles Tournament

The A Flight of the Parkway Doubles Tournament was loaded with high school girls tennis heavyweights. At the end of tournament, Marquette emerged in first place with 10 points. Lafayette, last year’s A Flight winner, was second with nine points. John Burroughs finished third with eight points. Parkway Central, Kirkwood and Cor Jesu did not score any points. Marquette coach Matt Del Pizzo said winning the event was a something his squad wanted to achieve. “We finished second last year to Lafayette (17-16), so our goal was to win the tournament,” Del Pizzo said. This year, 18 schools played in ...

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Gateway Classic features 48 field hockey teams in nation’s top tournament

The defending state champion MICDS Rams head the stellar list of 48 teams ready to compete in the 18th annual Gateway Classic. The event will be held at SportPort Athletic Complex in Maryland Heights. Kelly Yates, the owner and director of Gateway Field Hockey and former head coach at Lafayette, is excited about this year’s Classic that begins Friday (Sept. 4) and runs through Sunday. On Monday, 12 junior varsity and ‘C’ teams will play in the Junior Classic. “It’s the largest high school tournament in country,” Yates said. “We have 12 pools of four teams so there will be ...

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Lafayette graduate Johnson making her mark on and off court for Missouri State

Lafayette graduate Lily Johnson is a leader on and off the floor for the Missouri State Bears. The volleyball standout is an outstanding and honored athlete. But there’s more to her than just blocks, digs and kills. Johnson recently was appointed as a member of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for a 2-year term that ends on June 30, 2017. The Wildwood native’s exceptional freshman season in 2014 culminated with a selection to the AVCA All-American Honorable Mention squad, making her the sixth player and first freshman to reach All-America status in Missouri State’s storied volleyball history. ...

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Incarnate Word Academy opens softball season with tournament championship

The Incarnate Word Academy softball team has faced adversity since Day 1 this season. Their coach, Mike Gill, suffered heart attack on the first day of practice in front of the squad.  Fortunately, Gill has recovered. His daughter, Rachel, has stepped in as the head coach for the remainder of the 2015 campaign. The Red Knights started off the season winning all three games in the Westminster Round Robin. Incarnate Word defeated Westminster 4-3 and followed that with an 8-3 victory over Lutheran St. Charles and a 16-3 romp over Rosati-Kain. “It was a a huge accomplishment to come out ...

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2015 high school girls tennis preview

St. Joseph’s Academy reached the Class 2 state championship last fall but the Angels were hit heavily by graduation. Coach Doug Smith is optimistic his Angels will be competitive. Ellie Burger back at the top of the St. Joseph lineup after missing all of last year following hip surgery. Parkway Central coach Lee Hays has four players back from last year’s Suburban Central Conference champions that won a district championship. Marquette went 16-4 in duals last season and won a district championship. Coach Matt Del Pizzo has five starters and two state qualifiers back. Depth is a strength for the ...

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2015 high school field hockey preview

MICDS will seek its third conseuctive state field hockey championship this fall. Coach Lynn Mittler enters her 14th season leading the Rams. Mittler also showed a winning knack when took over the girls lacrosse team last spring as an interim coach. She promptly led the squad to a state title. This fall, Mittler has five starters back for the Rams. Marquette is coming off a 13-5 season under coach Nina Walters. The third-year coach has seven starters back. Lafayette, 10-9 last season, has seven starters back. Coach Melissa Lantz is excited about the Lancers’ prospects this fall. Whitfield coach Maggie ...

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