Sports Coverage

St. Louis City Shuts Out San Jose
St. Louis City SC is still undefeated after a 3-nil win over San Jose at CityPark on Saturday. Nicholas Gioacchini and Joao Klauss de Mello both scored in the first half, and Tomas Ostrak added a goal in the 68th minute. St. Louis has won every match it has played as an MLS squad. City is in first place in the Western Conference with four win, no draws, and no losses for 12 points. St. Louis visits Real Salt Lake this Saturday.

Cardinals Rally Past Mets
The Cardinals scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to take down the Mets 8-7 in Spring Training yesterday. Nolan Gorman had a home run and two RBI in the victory. Dakota Hudson had a rough start, giving up five runs on ten hits in just three-and-two-thirds innings. The Cardinals at 13-and-6 in exhibition play, and they take on the Miami Marlins this afternoon.

Blues Blank Jets
Joel Hofer stopped all 33 shots that he faced as the Blues beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 at Enterprise Center. Hofer helped the team earn the shutout in his fourth career NHL start. Kasperi Kapanen, Nathan Walker, and Jakub Vrana all lit the lamp in the victory. St. Louis has won four of its last six contests. The Blues remain in sixth-place in the Central Division with 67 points and a 31-33-and-5 record. St. Louis hosts Detroit tomorrow night.

Mizzou Falls To Princeton In Second Round
The Mizzou Tigers lost to 15-seed Princeton 78-63 in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament at Golden One Center on Saturday. The Tigers trailed for the finals 37 minutes of the game and were down by as many as 21 points in the second half. DeAndre Gholston scored 19 points in the losing effort. The Tigers went 25-and-10 overall and a 11-and-7 in the SEC during their first season under head coach Dennis Gates.

XFL-St. Louis Battlehawks
The XFL saw a rematch with the D.C. Defenders vs. St. Louis Battlehawks in Week 5 of the 2023 XFL season. Defenders Running Back Abram Smith ran for 218 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns as D.C. stayed undefeated beating St. Louis Quarterback A.J. McCarron and the Battlehawks 28-20.

World Baseball Classic Recap
The United States clinched a spot in the World Baseball Classic Final with a dominant 14-2 victory over Cuba at loanDepot Park in Miami. Paul Goldschmidt got the scoring started with a two-run homer in the first inning that put the U.S. ahead 2-1. Trea Turner homered twice and tied Goldschmidt for the team-lead with four RBI. Adam Wainwright earned the win on the mound after allowing one earned run in four innings. The USA will face the winner of Monday night's WBC semifinal matchup between Japan and Mexico. Shohei Ohtani and Japan have outscored their last three opponents 26-to-6 heading into the game. Randy Arozarena leads a Mexico team that is looking to secure its' first ever trip to the WBC Final.

High School Sports-Monday, March 20th
Four Rivers Conference Tournament
Sullivan at Union-4:00
Hermann vs. St. James at Union 6:30
Pacific vs. St. Clair at Owensville 4:00
New Haven at Owensville-6:30

Troy Tournament-Washington has two games against Parkway West at 9:00 and Timberland at 2:00.

Girls Soccer
St. Clair at Union
Pacific at Owensville
Sullivan vs. Festus at Lutheran St. Charles

Sweet 16 Set For NCAA Tournament
The Sweet 16 is set for the NCAA Tournament. Eight more teams kept their seasons alive as they battle for a trip to Houston. Michigan State and Creighton each advanced with upset wins over Marquette and Baylor, respectively. Florida Atlantic ended the dream run of 16th-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson, while Gonzaga edged TCU to advance on. Fellow third seeds Kansas State and Xavier also earned second round victories. Miami and UConn rounded out the day's winners. The action continues on Thursday with four games scheduled to be played in Las Vegas and New York.

Johnnie Brock's Party Store Student/Athlete of the Week
Junior Baseball Player Nick D'onafrio-Union Wildcats. 

Nick opened the season with a dominant performance on the mound against St. James.  He struck out 10 with no walks on 53 pitches over four innings leading Union to an 8-1 win.  

D'onafrio pounded the strike zone and was consistently out in front of hitters.  

Nick was also 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 runs, 1 rbi and 1 stolen base.  

High School Sports-Saturday, March 18th
Girls Soccer
Warrenton Tournament
Washington dominated the field in taking the championship of the season opening Warrenton Tournament Saturday.  The Blue Jays outscored opponents 24-0 over three games with eight different players finding the back of the net.  Sammy Williams led the Jays with five goals and 4 assists and Avery Lanemann had five goals and 1 assist.  Nora Mendoza was solid in net. 

St. Louis Patriots 3 Sullivan 1
Washington 8 St. Clair 0
Sullivan 7 Fulton 0.  Emily Willman with 4 goals.  
St. Clair 5 St. Louis Patriots 0.  Izzy Tiepelman with the hat-trick. 

Rolla Tournament-Borgia 6 Blair Oaks 0.  Pacific won the championship with a 3-0 win over Springfield Catholic Saturday.  

Boys Volleyball
Borgia beat Cape Notre Dame in 4.

Blais scores twice, Blues defeat Capitals

 Sammy Blais scored twice for the St. Louis Blues in a 5-2 win against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Friday.

Blais, who was acquired by St. Louis in a trade with the New York Rangers on Feb. 9, has four goals in his past five games. It was his first multigoal game in the NHL.

"He was strong in the offensive zone," Blues coach Craig Berube said of Blais. "That's his game. When he gets there, he's hanging onto pucks, being around the net. He's a heavy guy and he ended up with two goals tonight because he's at the net."

Martin Fehervary and Nicklas Backstrom scored, and Darcy Kuemper made 17 saves for the Capitals (33-30-7). They remained five points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders, who are tied for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

Joel Hofer made 32 saves in his first NHL start of the season, and Brayden Schenn had a goal and an assist for the Blues (30-33-5), who lost their previous two games, including 8-5 to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. Brandon Saad had two assists.

"The other night against [Minnesota] it was one stretch of time in the second period where it kind of collapsed on us," Berube said. "But overall, I think we've had the energy and the compete level that we've wanted, and our team's bonding together. We've got some new faces, and I think it's going in the right direction."

Blais gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead at 1:54 of the first period, tapping in a feed from Saad at the right side of the crease.

Jordan Kyrou made it 2-0 on a breakaway at 4:51 of the second period after a pass from former Washington forward Jakub Vrana.

Spring Training Baseball
Friday-Cardinals 16 Marlins 2. 

Saturday-Cardinals vs. Tigers-12:05.

Missouri Dominates Second Half To Beat Utah State
A strong second half helped propel seventh-seeded Missouri past Number-10 Utah State 76-65 in the First Round of the NCAA tournament in Sacramento. D'Moi Hodge led all scorers with 23 points, while Kobe Brown netted 19 points with eight rebounds for the Tigers. Missouri outscored the Aggies 41-34 in the second half after taking a four-point lead into the break. It was the Tigers' first tournament win since 2010. Mizzou will play 15-seed Princeton in the Second Round tomorrow.  5:10 tip. 

High School Sports-Friday, March 17th
Four Rivers Conference Tournament-First Round
At Sullivan
Sullivan 10 Hermann 4.  Sullivan blew it open in the 6th inning.  Lucas Parsons was 3 for 3 and Nolan Ulrich posted 3 rbi.  Drake Gawer struck out 10 with 1 walk over 3 innings for the win.  Hermann was held to 4 runs on 3 hits and the Bearcats committed 10 errors. 

Nick D'onofrio posted 10 strikeouts with no walks on 53 pitches leading Union past St. James 8-1.  Ardell Young pitched the last three innings and struck out 5 with 2 walks.  The game was scoreless until the fourth when Union sent nine batters to the plate and scored 5 runs.  D'onofrio and Will Mentz had 2 hits each and Hayden Burke tripled.  Aiden Moffet pitched five innings in the loss.  Luca Giacolone went 2 for 3 for the Tigers.  

At Owensville
Pacific 17 New Haven 0.  The Indians banged out 13 hits.  Ayden Biedenstein and Colton Kossuth both had 2 hits with 3 rbi.  Drew Beffa pitched all three innings with 4 strikeouts.  

St. Clair 14 Owensville 4.  Anthony Broker and Carter Short both homered and Sam Ruszala got the win on the bump.  

The Tournament resumes Monday.


Borgia took both games of a doubleheader with Wright City 11-4 and 6-1.  Jack Nobe with a 3 run homer in game 1.  Caden Carroll pitched 4 innings for the win.  Game 2-Nobe pitched 6 innings with 6 strikeouts and 2 walks.  Drew Eckhoff went 2 for 3 with a run scored.  

Francis Howell 6 Washington 2.  Tytus Cissell logged two doubles with 2 rbi and 1 run for the Vikings.  Grant Trentmann struck out 10 with no walks over 6 innings for Washington.  Hanon Jarvis was 2 for 3 at the plate.  

Girls Soccer
Warrenton Tournament
Washington 8 Fulton 0.  Avery Lanemann and Sammy Williams with 2 goals each and Maddie Grimes with 2 assists.  Nora Mendoza with the win in net.  

St. Clair 3 Sullivan 1. 
St. Louis Patriots 3 Warrenton 1


Pacific 2 Borgia 0

Boys Volleyball
Fort Zumwalt West beat Borgia in 4.

Olivia Strode Named Head Volleyball Coach at Washington High School
Olivia Strode has been named the new head volleyball coach at Washington High School. A familiar face around the WHS volleyball program, Strode played for the Lady Jays and has been a member of the coaching staff for the last three years. She replaces Lindsay Moritz, who stepped down following the 2022 season. A 2014 graduate of Washington High School, Strode previously served as Washington’s junior varsity volleyball coach for the last two seasons. She was the freshman coach for one season before that. She also has coached seventh-grade volleyball at Washington Middle School for three years. “I’m really excited and grateful for this opportunity. I’m very passionate about coaching because of my love for volleyball. I have a desire to teach others,” Strode said. “I want to help others succeed, not only in sports, but in every aspect of life, whether it’s my students or my players. Coaching allows me to do that. I have the ability to motivate my players. My knowledge of volleyball and being a positive mentor in my players’ lives gets me really excited. I want to constantly be involved with volleyball, whether it’s playing or coaching.” “We are very excited to have Olivia taking over the volleyball program. She brings with her a vast knowledge of the game and a passion for the sport,” said WHS Activities Director Bill Deckelman. “She also bleeds blue and white from her playing days and now most recently, teaching elementary education and assisting with the high school and middle school volleyball programs.” Strode was a standout volleyball player at Washington High. She was a three-year letter winner on the varsity level, earning all-conference honors while playing for Kym Blankenship. She went on to play volleyball at East Central College for two years. Following her time at ECC, Strode attended Missouri State University in Springfield. She played on MSU’s first ever beach volleyball team, and she also played club volleyball at the school. “Playing indoor volleyball and beach volleyball has given me knowledge for both,” Strode said. “It’s so different, but I want the girls to learn how to play beach volleyball, too. Just training over the summer would help them become better at the indoor game.” Strode currently is a third grade teacher at Labadie Elementary. She’s been with the School District of Washington for four years. She previously was a teacher at Marthasville Elementary for two years and Washington West Elementary for one year. Strode holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Missouri State University and will complete her Master’s Degree in July in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University. To say Strode has a passion for volleyball would be an understatement. “I remember playing volleyball in high school and watching Coach Blankenship coach, I told myself that I wanted to be in that role someday. That’s really what led me into teaching,” Strode said. “I love going to the camps and teaching the little girls how to play volleyball. Whether it’s middle school or high school, I just love volleyball. I can’t stay away from it. I can’t imagine my life without volleyball.” To be the head volleyball coach at her alma mater is icing on the cake for Strode. “I’m so excited to get the chance to be the head volleyball coach at Washington. I can’t imagine myself coaching anywhere else. Lindsay was a great mentor. I played with her and I coached with her. I’ve had a lot of great mentors,” Strode said. “I want our program to become more of a Blue Jay family. I want our program to be together and support other teams and other activities that are going on at the high school. It’s a great team building experience. That’s what we did at Missouri State. It was fun to go see the other teams play and cheer them on. That includes sports, or a band event, or whatever it may be.” Strode is anxious to get to work in her new role. “I’m excited about the girls we have in the program,” she said. “The group that will be seniors, I coached them when they were freshmen. Two of them have been with me four years in a row. We’re going to be ready to go and we’re going to have fun.”

Cardinals Get Blanked By Astros
The Cardinals weren't able to score despite eight hits in a 3-0 loss to the Houston Astros in Spring Training yesterday. Brendan Donovan had two hits in the losing effort, while Jack Flaherty gave up two earned runs and one unearned run in four-and-a-third innings of work. The Cardinals dropped to 10-and-6 in exhibition play. They send Steven Matz to the mound against the Miami Marlins today.

St. Louis City Hoss San Jose
St. Louis City SC will try to stay undefeated when they host San Jose at CityPark tomorrow night. City has begun its first season in the MLS with three consecutive wins after a 2-1 victory against Portland last Saturday. St. Louis leads the Western Conference with nine points.  7:30 kickoff.

Binnington Gets Suspended For Two Games
The Blues will be missing their starting goaltender for the next two games. Jordan Binnington received a two-game suspension from the NHL for roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct yesterday. Binnington was ejected from Wednesday night's game against the Wild after attacking Minnesota's Ryan Hartman after he scored in the second period. Joel Hofer was recalled from AHL Springfield to replace Binnington during the suspension. The Blues visit the Capitals today.  6:00 puck drop. 

Report: Former Chief Orlando Brown Signs With Bengals
A marquee free agent who helped the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl last season is heading to Cincinnati. NFL Network reports Orlando Brown Jr. has agreed to a four-year, 64-million-dollar deal to join the Bengals. The offensive tackle will earn a 31-million-dollar signing bonus, which is the largest ever for an offensive lineman. The four-time Pro Bowler was originally selected by the Ravens in the third round of the 2018 draft. He's started every single game over the past four seasons.

Cardinals Take Down Mets
The Cardinals held the New York Mets to five hits during a 4-1 win in Spring Training yesterday. Connor Thomas surrendered just two hits over four scoreless inning. Relievers Jordan Hicks and Ryan Helsley each tossed a scoreless inning out of the pen. The Cardinals improved to 10-and-5 in exhibition play. They send Jack Flaherty to the mound against the Astros today.

Blues Get Crushed By Wild
The Blues gave up five goals in the second period of their 8-5 loss to the Minnesota Wild at Enterprise Center. Pavel Buchnevich and Jakub Vrana combined for three first-period goals to give St. Louis a 3-1 lead heading into the second, but the Blues gave up three goals in under two minutes to go down by one. Buchnevich scored his second of three goals to briefly tie things up at four, but the Wild scored a minute later to take the lead for good. St. Louis is in sixth-place in the Central Division with 63 points and a 29-33-and-5 record. The Blues visit the Capitals tomorrow night.

Mizzou Plays Utah State
The number-24 Mizzou Tigers will try to make some noise in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers take on Utah State in the First Round of the bracket at Golden One Center today. Mizzou is a seven seed after going 24-and-9 overall and 11-and-7 in SEC play this season. The Tigers have not made it out of the round of 64 teams since 2010. Today's game tips off at 12:40PM.

World Baseball Classic Recap
The United States picked up a big win by defeating Colombia 3-2 in the World Baseball Classic at Chase Field in Phoenix. Mike Trout drove-in all three runs for the U.S. on two singles. Kendall Graveman earned the win on the mound while Ryan Pressly notched the save. The USA finished pool play 3-and-1 and will advance to face Venezuela in the quarterfinals on Saturday night. Elsewhere, Puerto Rico knocked off the Dominican Republic 5-2. New York Mets reliever Edwin Diaz, who earned the save for Puerto Rico, suffered a knee injury while celebrating the win that will knock him out for what reports fear will be a "significant period." In other action, Cuba defeated Australia 4-3 in the first quarterfinal matchup of the WBC, Mexico trounced Canada 10-3, and Venezuela topped Israel 5-1. The action continues Thursday with one quarterfinal game on the slate. Mike Piazza and Italy are set to battle Shohei Ohtani and Japan in Tokyo.

NCAA Tournament Field Officially Set
The NCAA tournament field is officially set after the remaining First Four matchups went final in Dayton on Wednesday. Fairleigh Dickinson blew out Texas Southern 84-61 to claim the 16th seed in the East region. The Knights will play Number-1 Purdue in the first round of the tournament. A clash of 11-seeds wrapped up the night in Ohio. Arizona State cruised past Nevada 98-73 and will play sixth-seeded TCU in the West region. Sixteen games will tip off in the first round of the tournament starting Thursday afternoon. Number-1 seeds Kansas, Alabama and Houston are all in action as the Crimson Tide take on Texas A-and-M Corpus Christi while the Jayhawks square off against Howard. The Cougars battle Northern Kentucky in one of the night games.

Local College Softball

Game 1:  Frontier 8  ECC 2   (4-7)

LP:  Taylor Hanger

Nicole Truitt:  3 for 4 w/an RBI


Game 2:  ECC 16  Frontier 12   (5-7)

WP:  Kylie McDaniel

Team:  16 runs on 22 hits

Mya Hillermann:  5 for 5 w/7 RBI's

Taylor Hanger:  4 for 5 w/1 RBI

Nicole Truitt:  3 for 4 w/an RBI

Alexa Smalling:  3 for 5 w/an RBI

Kylie McDaniel 2 for 3 w/2 RBI's

Sierra Spencer:  2 for 4 w/1 RBI

Lexi Lewis:  2 for 5

GAC Central Wrestling Academic All Conference
Parker Kelpe 
Couper Deckard
Devon Deckelman
Will Kelpe
Tristen Koehmstedt
Alec Pecka
Casey Olszowka
Steven Smith 
McLaine Graham 
Nolan Hendrix 
Pablo Ballesteros
Tanner Schwoeppe
Will Kelpe 

Lindsey Mueller 
Nina Zimmermann 
Julia Donnelly 
Ava Griffey 
Kendra Bliss 
Stella Secor 
Annelise Obermark 
Bri James 
Maggie Ortmann 
Loren Thurmon 
Paytin Welsh 

Sportsmanship: Stella Secor 

Due to the predicted temperatures this Friday evening and Saturday, there have been some changes in dates/times for the Four Rivers Conference Baseball Tournament.
Due to the predicted temperatures this Friday evening and Saturday, there have been some changes in dates/times for the Four Rivers Conference Baseball Tournament. 

The tournament will now run Friday, Monday and Wednesday with no games Saturday. 

Games Friday have been moved back to early to mid afternoon start times.

At Owensville 
Pacific vs. New Haven at 1:00. 
Owensville vs. St. Clair-3:30. 

At Sullivan 
Hermann vs. Sullivan at 1:00. 
Union vs. St. James at 3:30 on the KLPW SPORTS STREAM.

Washington School District Hires Two New Head Coaches
The School District of Washington has hired two new varsity head coaches. 

The school board took action Wednesday evening. 

The new head football coach is Matt Klein and the new head volleyball coach is Olivia Strode.

Southeast Missouri State Loses In First Four Round
The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks are one-and-done in the NCAA Tournament. The Redhawks lost to Texas A&M Corpus Christi 75-71 in a First Four game at UD Arena yesterday. The game was tied at 64 with just over three minutes left in regulation before Corpus Christi hit three consecutive free throws to take the lead for good. SEMO had a chance to tie things up right before the buzzer, but Phillip Russell missed a three in the final seconds. Chris Harris led the Redhawks with 23 points. SEMO finishes the 2022-23 season with a 19-and-17 record overall.

Cardinals Draw With Astros
The Cardinals and the Houston Astros played to a 3-3 draw in Spring Training yesterday. Nolan Gorman had a big game with two hits and three RBI. Top-prospect Jordan Walker added a base-hit in the tie. The Cardinals send Connor Thomas to the mound against Justin Verlander and the New York Mets today.

Local College Softball
Game 1: 
ECC 3 MAC 2 WP: Taylor Hanger 

Game 2: 
ECC 6 MAC 4 (8 innings) 
WP: Taylor Hanger 
Mya Hillermann: Solo Home Run in the 2nd 
Grace Mosley: Solo Home Run in the 4th 
Payton Robinson: Walk off 2 run Homer w/2 out in the bottom of the 8th.

GAC Boys Basketball All Conference Team
GAC Central
First Team -Mark Hensley-Washington

Second Team-Sam Paule-Washington

Sportsmanship Award-Carter Riegel-Washington

All Academic Team
Ian Junkin
Braydon McCullouch
Kaner Young
Wyatt Bobo

GAC North
First Team-Troy Anderson-Warrenton

Sportsmanship Award-Deacon Forrest-Warrengton

All Academic Team
Eli Peth
Kannon Hibbs
Maison Rader
Evan Schenck

Blues Host Wild
The Blues look to get back in the win column when they take on the Minnesota Wild at Enterprise Center tonight. The Blues lost to the Golden Knights 5-3 on Sunday. The defeat snapped a two-game winning streak. The Blues are 16 points out of a playoff spot with 16 games left to play in the regulation, and they're in sixth-place in the Central Division with 63 points and a 29-32-and-5 record.

Southeast Missouri State Plays In First Four Game
Southeast Missouri State will try to keep its season alive with a game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the First Four round of the NCAA Tournament at UD Arena today. The Redhawks earned an automatic bid to the bracket by beating Tennessee Tech in the Ohio Valley Conference Championship on March 4th. SEMO is 19-and-16 overall this season. Today's game will tip off at 5:40PM.

AAA Basketball All Conference Selections
First Team 
Adam Rickman and Grant Schroeder-Borgia.  Rickman was named Player of the Year.

Honorable Mention
Brody Denbow and Sam Dunard.

Second Team
Celia Gildehaus

Honorable Mention
Clara Nowak

Southeast Missouri State Begins Play in NCAA Tournament Today
The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament begins Tuesday with a pair of First Four matchups in Dayton, Ohio. The action gets started with Southeast Missouri State facing fellow 16-seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Pittsburgh and Mississippi State then meet in a battle of eleven-seeds. The First Four continues Wednesday before a slate of 16 first round games on Thursday. That's also when the ninth-seeded Illini will play eight seed Arkansas - that will happen in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday.

Blues Prepare For Wild
The Blues are gearing up for tomorrow night's game against the Minnesota Wild at Enterprise Center. The Blues lost to the Vegas Golden Knights 5-3 on Sunday.  St. Louis is in sixth-place in the Central Division with 63 points and a 29-32-and-5 record.

Cardinals Take On Astros
The Cardinals go up against the Houston Astros in a Spring Training game at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches today. The Cardinals enter the contest with a 7-and-4 record in exhibition play. St. Louis has not announced a starter for this afternoon's game.

Girls Basketball-Four Rivers All Conference Team
2022-23 Four-Rivers Conference Girls Basketball All-Conference Teams 

Conference Champions: Union Lady Wildcats 
Conference MVP: Sophia Helling - Union 
Coach of the Year: Brian Karvinen - Union 
6th Girl of the Year: Lydia Kemnitzer - St. James 

1st Team All-Conference 
Sophia Helling 10 Union
Emma Daniels 11 Owensville 
Brenna Langenberg 12 New Haven 
Abby Peterson 12 Sullivan 
Kelsey Brake 11 Union 
Emily Recker 11 St. James 
Kendall Costoplos 11 St. James 
Ava Hughes 10 Hermann 

2nd Team All-Conference 
Ali Daniels 10 Owensville 
Livi Herron 12 St. James 
Camryn Caldwell 10 Owensville 
Aubri Meyer 11 New Haven 
Mya Minor 11 Union 
Dakayla McClain 12 Sullivan 
Vada Moore 12 St. Clair

Battlehawks Draw Sellout Crowd for Home Opener
The St. Louis XFL football team has pulled in a record crowd for its first home game. Team officials say the Battlehawks drew more than 38-thousand fans for their opener Sunday afternoon at the Dome at America's Center. Team marketers say the number of tickets made available for the home opener were the most it could offer for current operations at the Dome, but more tickets at future home games will be made available if demand continues. The Battlehawks defeated the Arlington Renegades 24-11, bringing their record to 3-1 for the 2023 season.

Missouri Earns 7 Seed In NCAA Tournament
The Missouri men's basketball team is heading out west for the start of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers earned the number-seven seed in the South Regional. Mizzou is facing number-ten Utah State on Thursday in Sacramento, California. Missouri earned its highest seed since 2012.

Johnnie Brock's Party Store Student/Athlete of the Week
The Johnnie Brock's Party Store Student/Athlete of the Week is 5-6 Senior Guard Brenna Langenberg-New Haven Shamrocks. 

Brenna posted 12 points, 5 assists and 4 steals helping New Haven take 3rd Place at State with a 44-43 win over Norwood.  

Season stats-per game
16.3 points
3.1 rebounds
2.76 assists
2.48 steals

Brenna was also good from the line-102 for 139-73.4 percent.

She was named Class 2 District 4 Player of the Year.  In two district games, Brenna scored a combined total of 45 points with 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 5 steals.  In the district semifinal, she was 8 for 12 outside the arc.

Brenna was also named to three all tournament teams this season at Montgomery County, Union and Hermann. 

GPA-3.6-Academic All Conference.

Brenna will attend Fontbonne University to play basketball.

Billikens Lose To VCU
The Saint Louis Billikens had their season ended by VCU in a 90-78 loss in the A-10 Tournament at Barclays Center on Saturday. The Billikens trailed by five at halftime and started off the second half on the wrong side of a 24-7 run. Javon Pickett scoured 18 points in the losing effort. Saint Louis ends the season with a 21-and-12 record overall and a 12-and-6 mark in A-10 play.

St. Louis City Downs Portland
St. Louis City SC remains undefeated in its first MLS season following a 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Saturday. City surrendered a goal in the third minute of the match, but Jared Stroud tied things up before halftime. Kyle Hiebert knocked in the go-ahead goal in the 75th minute. St. Louis is in first-place in the Western Conference with three wins, zero draws, and zero losses. The club hosts San Jose this Saturday.

Cardinals Take DOwn Nationals
The Cardinals earned a 5-1 win over the Washington Nationals in Spring Training yesterday. Steven Matz earned the win after giving up one run in three-and-two-thirds innings of work. Kramer Robertson hit a home run and had two RBI in the victory. The Cardinals are 9-and-5 in exhibition play, and they take on the Astros tomorrow.

Blues Comeback Falls Short
The Blues couldn't finish off a two-goal comeback during a 5-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights at Enterprise Center. Trailing 3-1, Jordan Kyrou and Tyler Pitlick both scored to even up the game early in the third period. However, Vegas went back on top less than two minutes later and added an empty-netter in the closing seconds. Jakub Vrana also lit the lamp in the losing effort. The Blues remain in sixth-place in the Central Division with 63 points and a 29-32-and-5 record. St. Louis hosts Minnesota on Wednesday.

Girls High School Basketball-Show Me Show Down
Girls Class 2 Show Me Show Down 

Friday-Semifinal-Bishop LeBlond controlled the game from the opening tip in 45-23 win over New Haven. Shae Lewis led the Eagles with 15 points, Tatum Studer followed with 13 and Katie Beam 12. The Eagles connected on 11 of 25 three pointers and shot 38 percent from the floor. The Rocks shot 29 percent and were 2 for 12 outside the arc. Brenna Langenberg scored 13 in the loss. 

Saturday-3rd Place-Alayna Lagemann posted 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks leading New Haven to a 44-43 win over Norwood. Brenna Langenberg added 12 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and Jessica Underwood chipped in 6 points. New Haven ends the season 18-11 and 3rd at state. Norwood was led by Kaytlynn Drake with 14 points and Loran Mooney with 10. The Pirates end the season 23-8.  The game featured 15 lead changes and 5 ties.  

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Field Set
Alabama is the overall top seed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament after topping Texas A&M to win the SEC championship on Selection Sunday. The Crimson Tide were awarded the top spot over Kansas and Houston, each of whom failed to win their conference tournament. The Jayhawks and Cougars are the other number-one seeds along with Purdue. Alabama will have to wait to find out its opponent in the first round. The Tide will play either Texas A&M-Corpus Christi or Southeastern Missouri State in the South region. Purdue's opponent in the East region will be either Texas Southern or Fair Dickinson. The other first four matchups feature Mississippi State against Pittsburgh for the 11th seed in the Midwest and Arizona State against Nevada for the 11th seed in the West. The tournament begins on Tuesday.

Tigers Fall In SEC Semis
The Mizzou Tigers lost to number-two Alabama 72-61 in the SEC Semifinals at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. Mizzou led by three early in the second half, but Alabama went on a 16-3 run to take control of the game. Despite the loss, the Tigers earned a seven-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Mizzou will play against ten-seed Utah State in Sacramento on Thursday.

Mizzou Takes On Tennessee In SEC Tournament
The Mizzou Tigers begin their quest for an SEC Championship with a quarterfinal game against number-19 Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena today. The Tigers are the number-four seed in the tournament after going 11-and-7 in SEC play and 23-and-8 overall. Mizzou beat Tennessee 86-85 when the two teams played in Knoxville on February 11th. Tip-2:30.

Cardinals Rally Past Team Nicaragua
The Cardinals scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat Team Nicaragua 6-4 in Spring Training yesterday. Jeremy Rivas hit a two-run go-ahead single in the inning to put St. Louis up for good. Dakota Hudson tossed four scoreless innings in the victory. The Cardinals send Jordan Montgomery to the mound against the Mets tonight.

Blues Rally Past Sharks In Third Period
The Blues scored a pair of third-period goals to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 at Enterprise Center. Jakub Vrana scored a go-ahead goal in the third minute of the final frame, and Robert Thomas added an insurance score with less than five minutes left in regulation. Torey Krug and Sammy Blais also lit the lamp in the victory, which snapped St. Louis' two-game losing streak. The Blues are in sixth-place in the Central Division with 61 points and a 28-31-and-5 record. St. Louis visits Columbus tomorrow at 6:00.

High School Basketball-Show-Me Show-Down
Girls Class 2 State Semifinal. 

Friday-Bishop LeBlond controlled the game from the opening tip in 45-23 win over New Haven.  Shae Lewis led the Eagles with 15 points, Tatum Studer followed with 13 and Katie Beam 12.
The Eagles connected on 11 of 25 three pointers and shot 38 percent from the floor.  The Rocks shot 29 percent and were 2 for 12 outside the arc.  Brenna Langenberg scored 13 in the loss.

Saturday-Alayna Lagemann posted 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks leading New Haven to a 44-43 win over Norwood.  Brenna Langenberg added 12 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and Jessica Underwood chipped in 6 points.   New Haven ends the season 18-11 and 3rd at state.  Norwood was led by Kaytlynn Drake with 14 points and Loran Mooney with 10.  The Pirates end the season 23-8.   

St. Louis City Visits Portland
St. Louis City SC will try to stay undefeated when they take on the Portland Timbers at Providence Park tomorrow night. City has two wins in its first two MLS matches, including a 3-1 victory against Charlotte last Saturday. St. Louis is tied for first-place in the Western Conference with six points. Tomorrow's match begins at 9:30PM.

Billikens Crush George Mason In A-10 Tournament
The Saint Louis Billikens dominated George Mason during an 82-54 win in the A-10 Tournament at Barclays Center. The Billikens outscored the Patriots by double-digits in each half. Gibson Jimerson poured in 21 points in the victory, and Javon Pickett finished with 13. Saint Louis goes up against VCU in the A-10 Semifinals tomorrow afternoon at 12:00.

St. Louis City Adds To Defense
St. Louis City SC is strengthening its defense. The club signed defender Lucas Bartlett to an MLS contract yesterday. The 25-year-old's contract ends after the 2023 season, but it includes options for both 2024 and 2025. Bartlett was with FC Dallas last season, but he didn't appear in any matched. Bartlett and the undefeated City squad visit Portland on Saturday.

Cardinals Blank Yankees
The Cardinals surrendered just four hits during a 4-0 win over the New York Yankees in Spring Training yesterday. Jake Woodford picked up the win after starting the game and tossing four scoreless innings. Brendan Donovan hit a home run and had three RBI, while top-prospect Jordan Walker went two-for-four and is now hitting .429 this Spring. The Cardinals improved to 7-and-4 in exhibition play. They take on Team Nicaragua this afternoon.

Blues Host Sharks
The Blues will try to break out of a cold stretch when they host the San Jose Sharks at Enterprise Center tonight. The Blues are coming off a 6-2 loss to the Coyotes on Tuesday. The defeat was St. Louis' eighth in its last nine games. The Blues remain in sixth place in the Central Division with 59 points and a 27-31-and-5 record.

Three Teams Punch Ticket To NCAA Tournament
Three new teams punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday. Colgate, Montana State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi each earned an automatic qualifying bid to take part in March Madness after claiming their respective conference tournament titles. Colgate toppled Lafayette 79-61 in the Patriot League Championship final to clinch their third straight trip to the Big Dance. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will be making its third-ever appearance after defeating Northwestern State 75-71 in the Southland Tournament final. Montana State knocked off Northern Arizona 85-78 for the Big Sky title to make the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.

Boys Four Rivers All Conference Basketball Team
Player of the Year: Parker Anderson-Hermann 
Coach of the Year: Chris Simmons-Union
Defensive Player of the Year: Quinn Blackburn-Pacific-12 
6th Man: Nolan Brune-Hermann-11

1st Team
Parker Anderson-Hermann-12 
Ryan Rapert-Union-11 
Quinn Blackburn-Pacific-12 
Peyton Gruver-St. James-12
Will Lauth-Owensville-12 
Connor Coffey-Hermann-12 
Sam Summers-Sullivan-12
Jordan Rodrique-St. Clair-12

2nd Team
Bryce Payne-Owensville-12 
Jack Meyer-Pacific-12 
Kieran Wors-Union-11 
Gavin Dace-Sullivan-12 
Andrew Rethemeyer-New Haven-12
Isaac Nunez-St. Clair-12 
Ozzie Smith-Union-12 

Final Conference Standings
1. Union 6-1 16-11 
2. Hermann 5-2 22-6 
3. Pacific 4-3 11-16 
Owensville 4-3 8-19 
5. Sullivan 3-4 16-11 
St. Clair 3-4 10-16 
St. James 3-4 9-18 8. 
7.New Haven 0-6 6-18

Wainwright Earns Game One Start For Team USA
Adam Wainwright is taking the rubber for another big game. Team USA manager Mark DeRosa announced yesterday that the Cardinals legend will start the first game of the World Baseball Classic on Saturday. The 41-year-old had a solid regular season in 2022, going 11-and-12 with a 3.71 ERA in 191-and-two-thirds innings of work. Saturday's game against Great Britain will start at 8:00PM.

Cardinals Get Crushed By Tigers
The Cardinals got knocked around during a 16-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers in Spring Training yesterday. Cardinals pitchers surrendered 19 hits in the losing effort. Nolan Gorman and Dylan Carlson both went deep, and Gordon Graceffo gave up four runs in two-and-two-thirds innings of work. St. Louis dropped to 6-and-4 in exhibition play. The Cardinals take on the Yankees today.

Blues Collapse Against Coyotes
The Blues gave up four goals in the third period of a 6-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes at Mullett Arena. Pavel Buchnevich gave the Blues an early lead in the third minute of the game, but Arizona tied the game before the end of the first period and took the lead for good at the end of the second. Buchnevich had two goals in the losing effort. St Louis remains in sixth-place in the Central Division with 59 points and a 27-31-and-5 record. The Blues host the Sharks tomorrow.

High School Basketball-Tuesday, March 7th
Class 4 Sectional at the Farmington Civic Center
St. James trailed the entire game, erased a four quarter deficit to force overtime, then came up short losing to the Lift for Life Academy Hawks 62-57 at the Farmington Civic Center.  

St. James ends the season 20-8 while the Hawks advance to the quarterfinal with a 14-15 record.  Kendall Costoplos scored 22 points and Emily Recker added 21 in the set back. 

Local College Sports
 A double header sweep of the Rock Valley Golden Eagles (Rockford, IL) at a neutral site was highlighted with good pitching and some timely hitting as the ECC Baseball Falcons (7-6) jumped above the .500 mark for the first time this season with wins of 3-2 and 6-5. 

Upcoming Games: ECC vs. Lewis & Clark (Union, MO). Tues. March 7 at 1:00PM ECC vs. Lansing (Michigan (Union, MO) Sunday, March 12 at Noon 

The ECC Softball Falcons (2-4) will play their first home double header of the season today, Monday, March 6 starting at 2:00PM against the Southwestern Illinois College Blue Storm. The Falcons hope to get on track in front of a home crowd to bring home two wins today. 

Upcoming Games: ECC vs. Central Methodist JV (Union, MO) Thurs. March 9 at 2:00PM ECC vs. Missouri Baptist JV (Union, MO) Friday, March 10 at 2:00PM.

Mizzou's Brown Earns Post-Season Awards
Mizzou forward Kobe Brown is being recognized for another spectacular season. The SEC coaches named the senior to the All-SEC First Team yesterday, and he was also given the conference's Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. He is the first Mizzou player to win the Scholar-Athlete Award, and he averaged 15-point-nine points and six-point-two rebounds during the regular season this year. Brown and the rest of the Tigers will play either number-19 Tennessee, South Carolina, or Ole Miss in the SEC Tournament on Friday.

Cardinals Take Down Astros
The Cardinals scored six second-inning runs en route to a 7-1 win over the Houston Astros in Spring Training yesterday. Dylan Carlson had a home run with two RBI in the victory, and Juan Yepez also drove in two runs. Jack Flaherty earned the win after giving up one run in three innings, and Steven Matz tossed three hitless innings of relief. St. Louis improved to 6-and-3 in exhibition play. The Cardinals go up against the Tigers today.

Blues Visit Coyotes
The Blues wrap up a three-game road trip when they visit the Arizona Coyotes at Mullett Arena tonight. The Blues are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. The defeat was St. Louis' seventh in its last eight games. The Blues remain in sixth-place in the Central Division with 59 points and a 27-30-and-5 record. Tonight's game begins at 8:00PM. In other team news, St. Louis signed defenseman Anton Malmstrom to a two-year entry-level contract yesterday.

Cardinals Fall To Mets
The Cardinals managed just five hits during a 7-1 loss to the Mets in Spring Training yesterday. Jordan Montgomery was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs in three innings of work. Tres Barrera hit a home run in the losing effort. The Cardinals dropped to 5-and-3 in exhibition play, and they send Jack Flaherty to the mound against the Astros today.

Blues Lose Late To Kings
The Blues gave up a pair of late goals during a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Crypto-dot-com Arena on Saturday. Kasperi Kapanen scored for St. Louis in the middle of the third period to tie the game at two, but Gabriel Vilardi lit the lamp for LA with three minutes left in regulation. Kevin Fiala scored an empty-netter just over a minute later. The Blues remain in sixth-place in the Central Division with 59 points. St. Louis visits Arizona tomorrow.

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