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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]

Michael Lolley, Staff Writer

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 creation of the ten team league, which included the St. Louis Battlehawks. After five weeks of playing,...

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.

Michael Lolley, Staff Writer

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 high school, parents must pay what is required to participate in high school athletics. “We...

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.

Tyler Kinzy, Deputy Managing EiC

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. That’s what's been getting me through: watching Patrick Mahomes highlights.” Holland, born a...

Football preps to make a run in the playoffs

Raising his hands in the air, junior quarterback Isaac Kittrell celebrates a touchdown. The team defeated Oakville 28-0 Sept. 6, and as they prepare for districts, they hope to have a similar outcome. “If we follow our assignments, make the right decisions and overall play well, we’ll have the potential of making a deep run,” Kittrell said.

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

November 7, 2019

As you look at the football field, you see a group of determined and focused boys getting ready to make a deep run in the playoffs. “It's win or go home at this time.  We will be the underdog in all of our games from this point on, so we know that we have to play our best football of the season in...

“The sky’s the limit”: Sophomore Ja’Marion Wayne breaks 52-year-old school yardage record

Hustling on the field, sophomore Ja’Marion Wayne breaks records at the Mayor’s Cup football game Oct. 17. Wayne broke two school records for rushing yards and all purpose yardage. “That record stood for 52 years, and he hit it as a sophomore. I think his ceiling is very high,” assistant football coach Zaven Nalbandian said.

Susie Seidel, Convergence Media Editor

October 25, 2019

Under Thursday night lights at the Mayor’s Cup football game Oct. 17, sophomore Ja’Marion Wayne carried the ball 463 yards, breaking a record set in 1968, the school’s first year. The first record was for rushing yards: the total number of yards gained by a single player as the result of a rushi...

Practice makes perfect: Varsity football coach Melvin Bethany trains football players for the field and the classroom

Leading the running backs, coach Melvin Bethany uses his own experience playing football to help Varsity football against Ladue High school. Bethany has been the running back coach for the last 11 years. “He does a great job teaching the game,” sophomore Tyree Simms said. “He really wants to help players get better and meet their goals.”

Michael Lolley, Staff Writer

October 16, 2019

NFL Pro Bowler Ezekiel Elliott, Super Bowl champion Carey Davis and sophomore Tyree Simms. These athletes all have one thing in common: coach Melvin Bethany. Bethany not only coaches varsity football, freshman boys basketball and track and field, but he also manages Running Performance, an athleti...

Football beyond Friday nights: senior Jackson Barnhart’s journey to Lindenwood University

Under the lights of the crowded stadium, senior Jackson Barnhart watches junior Luke Ward make a tackle after a passing the ball to him. Barnhart scored 124 points this season and 1054 rushing yards this season. “I was worried about the running back getting through me and having to make the tackle,” Barnhart said.

Ross Harter, Staff Writer

May 10, 2019

You might know him from his name being called over the loudspeaker during Friday night football games after a complete pass, or for winning first in districts wrestling. What you do not see is the player staying after practice in hopes of making a career out of football. Senior Jackson Barnhart recently committed t...

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