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New athletic directors named

It’s a new school year and two West County schools have new athletic directors. John Theobald replaced Mike Roth at Parkway Central and Pat Burns is taking over at Parkway South. Theobald had been the boys and girls soccer coach for the Colts. He gave up those positions when he became Central’s new AD. “I am honored to take over the role of AD here and serve this phenomenal community in a new capacity,” said Theobald, who is 46 and a graduate of Parkway North. Theobald was the head coach of the boys team for the last 18 years after ...

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Klein set to begin at De Smet Jesuit’s first new soccer coach in 46 years

The only soccer coach in De Smet history stayed on the job for 46 years. Last spring, Greg Vitello retired after a storied career. As the Spartans coach, Vitello led the program to five state championships. John Stewart, athletic director for De Smet Jesuit, hired Josh Klein, a 1997 De Smet Jesuit graduate to serve as the school’s new varsity soccer coach. Following a legend is difficult especially the only coach the school ever had. “I don’t know if we’ll see that sort of run in coaching anymore,” Klein said. “It was incredible. The hours you have to put in. ...

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O’Connell set to be first new Kennedy soccer coach since 1984

There will be a new coach working the sidelines this fall for Kennedy boys soccer. Bob O’Connell, 34, is the head varsity soccer coach and will be the sixth boys soccer coach in Kennedy’s history. He is first new coach at Kennedy since 1984. O’Connell begins his tenure when the Celts host Lutheran St. Charles at 6:15 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 28). He replaces Tom Rapp, who was not retained. Rapp also coached the girls and assistant coach Rob Madison, 26, will move up to take over the girls’ program. O’Connell previously coached at Saint Louis University. Most recently, he coached ...

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Evans begins at new volleyball coach at Incarnate Word Academy

Volleyball coach Jean Evans looks to be busier this fall. The Westminster Christian Academy boys volleyball coach also will coach Incarnate Word Academy’s girls volleyball team. “I heard that IWA was looking for a coach, so I asked my friend, Lisa Orlet, about the position,” Evans  said. “Lisa coached there years ago and is now at McKendree (University).  She put me in touch with the AD — Chris Jaco.” Evans, a Westminster alumni. She has led the boys team to the state championship. She will keep that job. “Absolutely. I’m staying at Westminster with the boys’ program,” Evans said. “I ...

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Former Mizzou, Zumwalt West standout Moe among 10 players cut by Rams

  T. J. Moe did everything he could to stick in training camp this summer with the St. Louis Rams. But on Monday afternoon, the Rams decided to go another route. Moe, a Fort Zumwalt West standout and former Missouri star, was listed among the first 10 players cut by the Rams as the Rams whittled their roster down to 79 players. The Rams needed to release another four players to get down to the league mandated limit of 75 by the end of Monday. Moe signed with the Rams as a free agent in May after spending the 2013 ...

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Tate Matheny gets a taste of baseball on the world stage

Tate Matheny loves to play baseball and he got to see some of the world this summer doing what he enjoys most. Matheny, a Chesterfield native who will be a junior at Missouri State this fall, played on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. The Westminster Christian Academy graduate had a productive summer for Team USA and played not only on the East Coast but also in the Netherlands and Cuba. The center fielder started in 21 of the squad’s 28 games and played in five others. He finished hitting .288 with two doubles, a home run and 11 RBIs. ...

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CYC youth baseball

The St. Joseph’s Manchester Crusaders are the eighth-grade CYC City/County Champions. All the boys are 14 years old. Eight of them attend school at St. Joseph Catholic School in Manchester while five of the remaining six are parishioners who attend local public schools, with one boy attending St. Alban Roe in Wildwood. “This is the first year all the boys have played together on one team,” manager Jeff Dacus said. “Many of them have played together over the years on different teams but not for CYC. Prior to the season, several of the boys asked if they could form a ...

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De Smet Jesuit falls, John Burroughs rolls in football openers

Hazelwood Central senior quarterback Mike Glass and senior running back Kevin Batt made life as miserable for the De Smet Jesuit defense as the blistering heat at Hazelwood Central on Saturday. Glass passed for 194 yards passing and ran for 122 yards on the ground while Batt ran for 125 yards on 12 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns as Hazelwood Central pounded the Spartans 49-24. All in all the Hawks rolled up 596 yards of offense on an overmatched De Smet Jesuit defense. The day was not a total loss for the Spartans though as junior quarterback Andrew Effer ...

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Eureka holds off Lafayette with stop in final minute

  When it was over, Eureka coach Farrell Shelton and his staff could breathe a big sigh of relief. But not until the final seconds and the final drive. On the Lafayette side of the field, it was a frustrating sense of rallying back but coming up short. Eureka’s defense stuffed Lafayette quarterback Cameron Scales on a two-point conversion in the closing seconds and the Wildcats held on for a 17-15 victory over Highway 109 rivals Friday night at Lafayette. In a sloppy opener that took over three hours and had 20 penalties racked up by both teams, it was ...

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