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Matt Cosgrove: from Division I volleyball player to football kicker

Kicking the ball deep into the end zone, senior Matt Cosgrove sends his team’s opponent, Webster Groves, back. Cosgrove started kicking for the team after his spring volleyball season was canceled last year. “I didn’t think we were going to have any games because I thought they would all be canceled due to COVID, but then we did, and I was excited,” Cosgrove said.
November 4, 2020

After missing his spring volleyball season, senior Matt Cosgrove took on the position of kicker for the football team.  Cosgrove fractured his hip his freshman year going into his first high school...

Start or Sit: Fantasy Football week eight

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) runs with the ball while being tackled by the New Orleans Saints' David Onyemata (93) in the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020.
October 29, 2020

What do Steelers receiver Chase Claypool, Chargers tight end Hunter Henry and Seahawks running back Chris Carson all have in common? They all scored less than five points in week seven. All three of these...

Start or Sit: Fantasy Football week six

Carolina Panthers running back Mike Davis (28) celebrates his receiving touchdown with wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (14) in the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Oct. 11, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
October 16, 2020

The NFL is starting to get shaken up. Due to COVID-19, teams like the Tennessee Titans had to postpone games, starting to create an out of whack schedule. There is no Thursday night game this week, instead...

Start or Sit: Fantasy Football week five

The Green Bay Packers' Robert Tonyan (85) celebrates with Lucas Patrick (62) after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. on Oct. 5.
October 8, 2020

Rolling into week five of the NFL season, most players have started to hit their strides. Some, however, are playing below par for their career. I’m here to help you separate the good from the bad and...

Fantasy Football: Start or Sit week four

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41, right) celebrates his second touchdown of the game as Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (31) turns away during the second quarter on Sunday, Sept. 13, in New Orleans, La.
October 1, 2020

In week three of the NFL season, teams had to get creative with their game plans, because most had injuries in their starting roles. But when the NFL gets creative, it forces fantasy owners to do the same. There...

Fantasy Football: Start or Sit week three

Gardner Minshew II (15) of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws a pass in the first half of a game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Sept. 20 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.
September 24, 2020

As we roll into week three of this year's NFL season, managing your fantasy team will be painful after the amount of injuries from the previous week. Don’t worry though, I’ve got your back. With...

New football coach and alumnus Mario Patton, despite strict COVID-19 rules, still makes connections with athletes

Standing on the practice field after an intense scrimmage, new football coach Mario Patton is adjusting to the new playing style at West. Patton energizes the team everyday with his personality. “ I want our kids to think of me as one of the most passionate coaches that they have been around, also someone who truly cares about the best interests of kids,” Patton said. “When it is business time I think the kids know the difference.”
September 18, 2020

Handing off his knowledge to football athletes, coach Mario Patton is the new running back coach. Patton has coached for 16 years, but this year is more meaningful than others. “I had an opportunity...

Professional football returns to St. Louis, only to have the season cut short

Former Missouri Tiger and current St. Louis BattleHawks wide receiver L'Damian Washington (2) jogs down the field Sunday in St. Louis. [Mathew Kirby/For the Tribune]
May 5, 2020

Since the Rams left in 2016, St. Louis has had to live without professional football; however, the Xtreme Football League (XFL) has brought the sport back. In 2018, Alpha Entertainment announced the...

The underlying price of high school sports

Between all the sports, the average cost to play and to buy equipment is $275. Athletes have to spend  not only their health and time but also their money or their families money.
March 3, 2020

Whether it is fees for a club team, equipment, travel, event admission or other sports costs, families can spend thousands of dollars on athletics. In addition to the cost of club sports, when kids reach...

Wait of a lifetime culminates in Super Bowl LIV for English teacher Casey Holland

Holding a Kansas City sports themed picture, English teacher Casey Holland displays his classroom adorned with Chiefs decor. Holland will watch his favorite NFL team compete in the Super Bowl for the first time in his life Feb. 2. “I was born and raised a Chiefs fan. I'm from Southwest Missouri two hours south of Kansas City. My friends and I in elementary school all liked the Chiefs and our parents liked the Chiefs and we used to go to games all the time. I was just born into it.
February 2, 2020

English teacher Casey Holland jolts awake at 2 a.m.  “I haven't been sleeping well,” Holland said. “Last night I woke up at 2 a.m. and checked my Twitter feed for any Chiefs news or Chiefs videos....

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