Sports Coverage

Panthers Come Back To Beat Golden Knights In Stanley Cup Final
The Panthers pulled off a comeback win against the Golden Knights in Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final. Florida trailed 2-1 in the third period until Matthew Tkachuk netted the equalizer with about two minutes left to force OT. Carter Verhaeghe buried the game winner just four minutes and 27 seconds into overtime to secure a 3-2 victory. Vegas is still ahead 2-1 in the best of seven series with Game Four taking place in Sunrise Saturday night.

NBA Finals Game Four Preview
The NBA Finals continue tonight in South Beach. The Miami Heat will host the Denver Nuggets at the Kaseya Center for Game Four of the 2023 NBA Finals. The Nuggets enter with a 2-1 series lead after a commanding 109-94 victory in Game Three on Wednesday in Miami. Denver star center Nikola Jokic finished with 32 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists in the win. Jamal Murray added a triple-double of his own with 34 points, 10 boards and 10 assists.

St. Louis City Takes On LA Galaxy
St. Louis City SC will try to get back in the win column when they host the L.A. Galaxy at CityPark on Sunday. City lost to FC Dallas 2-nil on Wednesday in a continuation of a suspended match from last month. City is in first place in the Western Conference with nine wins, one draw, and five losses for 28 points. Sunday's match kicks off at noon.

Cardinals Host Reds
The Cardinals are back home to begin a weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals are coming off a rough road trip that saw them get swept in Pittsburgh and lose two-of-three in Texas. St. Louis is in last place in the NL Central at 26-and-37. Jordan Montgomery starts for the Cardinals against Cincinnati tonight. First pitch is at 7:15PM.

American Legion Baseball
Reagan Kandlbinder was dominant on the mound with a complete game 1 hitter with 13 strikeouts and no walks on 78 pitches leading Washington Post 218 to a 12-0 win over Ballwin Post 611 in 6 innings. Will Mentz was 3 for 4 with a triple, 1 run and 4 rbi. Aden Pecka, Kannon Hibbs and Gavin Matchell added 2 hits each. Matchell doubled and tripled with 3 rbi and Sam Paule scored 3 runs. Washington banged out 10 hits and stole 7 bases.  Washington improves to 6-0.

Washington is back in action Saturday at 1:00-Opponent to be determined.

In its 38th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, Gatorade today announced Taylor Brown of Washington High School is the 2022-23 Gatorade Missouri Softball Player of the Year. 

Brown is the first Gatorade Missouri Softball Player of the Year to be chosen from Washington High School. 

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Brown as Missouri’s best high school softball player. 

Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award to be announced in June, Brown joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports, including Jordyn Bahl (2020-21, Papillion-La Vista High School, Neb.), Megan Faraimo (2017-18, Cathedral Catholic High School, Calif.), Rachel Garcia (2014-15, Highland High School, Calif.) and Cat Osterman (2000-01, Cypress Springs High School, Texas). 

The 5-foot-10 junior right-handed pitcher and first baseman led the Blue Jays (34-4) to a third-place finish in the Class 4 state tournament this past season. Brown compiled a record of 20-2 in the circle with a 1.12 ERA and 253 strikeouts. She also batted .470 with 61 RBI and nine home runs. 

A three-time Gateway Conference Player of the Year, she was named First Team All-State for the second straight season. A member of her school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 

Brown has volunteered locally offering pitching instructions to youth softball players. She also has donated her time to multiple community service initiatives through her church youth group.

“In the circle, she possesses all the tools to be an elite pitcher,” said Warrenton High School head coach Chad Berrey. “She is a commanding presence and competes regardless of how big or small the situation. All in all, she’s the best softball player in Missouri and is probably the best all-around player I have ever coached against.” Brown has maintained a 3.64 GPA in the classroom. 

She has made a verbal commitment to play softball on scholarship at Texas A&M University beginning in the fall of 2024. 

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. 

The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which leverages experts including coaches, scouts, media and others as sources to help evaluate and determine the state winners in each sport. 

Brown joins recent Gatorade Missouri Softball Players of the Year Cierra Harrison (2021-22, Lee's Summit North High School), Julia Crenshaw (2020-21, Fort Zumwalt West High School), Mac Morgan (2019-20, Sherwood High School), and Makenna Kliethermes (2018-19, Blair Oaks High School), among the state’s list of former award winners. 

Being a Gatorade Player of the Year means paying it forward for the next generation. Through Gatorade’s Play it Forward initiative, every Player of the Year receives a grant to give to one of Gatorade’s social impact partners, supporting Gatorade’s ambition to fuel the future of sport. 

To date, Gatorade Player of the Year winners’ grants have totaled more than $3.5 million across more than 1,300 organizations. For nearly 40 years, Gatorade has honored high school athletes at the top of their game as teammates, supporting their communities and achieving academic success. 

From CEOs and coaches to star athletes and community leaders, Gatorade Player of the Year winners showcase the power of sport. 

To learn more about the Gatorade Player of the Year program, check out past winners or to nominate studentathletes, visit or follow us on social media on Facebook at, Instagram at and Twitter at

American Legion Baseball
Peyton Straatmann tripled home 3 runs in the sixth inning leading Washington Post 218 to a 6-2 win over Maryland Heights in the Ballwin Tournament. Gavin Matchell was 1 for 3 with 1 rbi. Will Mentz pitched 4 2/3 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 5 strikeouts and 3 walks in a no decision. Jacob Weidle pitched the final 2 1/3 innings for the win. Washington improves to 5-0. Spivey suffered the loss. Fowler was 2 for 4 for Maryland Heights. 

The Tournament continues Thursday night. Washington goes up against Ballwin at 8:00. 

The Tournament runs through Sunday.

Borgia and Washington in the Top 10 in Final Baseball State Rankings
Borgia and Washington are in the top 10 in the final Baseball State Rankings in Class 5.

Borgia finished second behind state champion Festus and Washington finished 9th.  

Borgia closed the season 25-6 and Washington 27-9.  

Isiaih Mosley Leaving Missouri
Isiaih Mosley is leaving the Missouri basketball program. The Columbia native announced on social media that he is departing college to pursue a professional basketball career. Mosley appeared in just 14 games with the Tigers last season, averaging just under ten points per game.

City Loses To FC Dallas
St. Louis City gave up a pair of late goals during a 2-nil loss to FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium yesterday. The match was a continuation of a suspended contest from last month. FC Dallas scored in the 80th and 89th minute to earn the victory. City remains in first-place in the Western Conference with nine wins, one draw, and five losses for 28 points. St. Louis hosts the LA Galaxy on Sunday.

Flaherty Out-Pitches Gray As Cardinals Down Rangers
Jack Flaherty had a sensational night on the mound as the Cardinals took down the Rangers 1-0 in Texas. Flaherty struck out eight and held Texas to three hits over six scoreless innings in a no-decision, while Jordan Hicks came on in relief to earn his first win. Ryan Helsley picked up his seventh save after Alec Burleson drove in the game's only run with an eighth-inning solo home run. The Cardinals remain in last place in the NL Central at 26-and-37. They host the Reds tomorrow night.

Panthers Look To Get On The Board In Stanley Cup Final
The Panthers are looking to get on the board against the Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final. Game Three of the best of seven series takes place tonight in Sunrise. Florida is down 2-0 after losing the first two matchups in Las Vegas. The Knights have outscored the Panthers 12-4 so far in the series. The Panthers are also hoping to avoid the wrong side of history. Only one team in Stanley Cup Final history has come back from being down 3-0 in a series. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings on home ice in Game Seven to complete the comeback.

Nuggets Crush Heat, Take 2-1 Lead In NBA Finals
The Nuggets are taking back the lead in the NBA Finals. Denver crushed the Heat 109-94 in Game Three in Miami. Nikola Jokic dominated with 32 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists in the victory. He became the first player to register at least 30 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in an NBA Finals game. Jamal Murray also posted a triple-double with 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The Nuggets now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 as they seek their first NBA championship. Jimmy Butler paced the Heat with 28 points in the losing effort. The teams will meet for Game Four on Friday in Miami.

Canadian Fires Force MLB, WNBA Game Postponements
The Canadian wildfires are altering the schedules of several American pro sports teams. Major League Baseball made the decision to postpone games in New York and Philadelphia on Wednesday night due to the poor air quality throughout the region. The Yankees will now host the Chicago White Sox for a doubleheader that begins this afternoon, while the Philadelphia Phillies welcome the Detroit Tigers to town today. The WNBA's matchup between the New York Liberty and Minnesota Lynx and a National Women's Soccer League game in New Jersey were also postponed.

Cardinals Lose Fifth Straight
The Cardinals continued their downward spiral with a 6-4 loss to the Rangers at Globe Life Field. Nolan Arenado gave the Cardinals an early lead with a two-run homer in the first, but Texas tied the game in the bottom of the third and took the lead for good with a three-run fourth. Willson Contreras and Jordan Walker also went deep in the loss. Matthew Liberatore was charged with the loss after surrendering four earned runs and one unearned run in four frames. St. Louis is last in the NL Central at 25-and-37. Jack Flaherty starts against the Rangers tonight.

American Legion Baseball
Gavin Matchell was 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 rbi leading Washington to a 2-0 win over Pacific Post 320. Aden Pecka and Jacob Weidle both scored a run and Anthony Broeker and Noah Hendrickson logged 2 hits each. Kannon Hibbs worked 5 innings on the mound with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks for the win. Ryan Weidle pitched 2 innings of relief for the save. Washington improves to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the 9th District. Pacific drops to 4-2. Jack Meyer and Trevor Klund posted 2 hits each. Mason Snider suffered the loss. 

Washington is back in action Wednesday night with a game against Maryland Heights in the Ballwin Tournament. Game time is 8:00.

Panthers Hope To Avoid 3-0 Hole Against Knights In Stanley Cup Final
The Panthers are hoping to defend home ice against the Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final. The puck drops in Sunrise for Game Three on Thursday. Las Vegas is ahead 2-0 in the best of seven series after a convincing Game Two victory at T-Mobile Arena. Jonathan Marchessault and Brett Howden each scored a pair of goals to pull Vegas within two victories of hoisting the Stanley Cup.

City Resumes Match With FC Dallas
St. Louis City SC continue a suspended match against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium tonight. Last month's match between the pair was suspended in the second half due to inclement weather. The contest will resume in the 50th minute, and the score is nil-nil. St. Louis is looking to increase its lead in the Western Conference. The club is in first place with nine wins, one draw, and four losses for 28 points. Tonight's match kicks back off at 7:30PM.

American Legion Baseball-Tuesday, June 6th
American Legion Baseball Tuesday night.

Pacific at Washington.

Game time-6:00.

On KLPW FM 92.7/AM 1220/

Johnnie Brock's Party Store Student/Athlete of the Week
Bryson Pickard-Senior-Union Track and Field. 

Coach Sara Hurt "Bryson ran 2 seasons of cross country and 3 seasons of track in high school. In that time, he broke our cross country 5k record and placed to All State honors in cross country (17th—highest place in Union history). 

During his 3 season track career, Bryson qualified for the Class 4 State Meet in 8 events and earned All State honors in each of those events, making him one of the most decorated athletes in Union school history. 

He smashed (not just broke…SMASHED) 4 of Union’s track and field records, all in the 2023 Class 4 State Meet—the 400, 800, 4x400 relay, and 4x800 relay. 

Bryson has been a continuous example of hard work and determination to reach his goals.

Bryson will continue his track and academic career at Fontbonne University in St. Louis."

Mizzou Names New Baseball Coach
The Mizzou Tigers have wrapped up their search for a new baseball coach. Former Memphis skipper Kerrick Jackson was announced as the Tigers next head coach yesterday. Jackson spent only one year with Memphis, leading the Tigers to their first winning campaign since 2017 this past season. The St. Louis-native was an assistant at Mizzou from 2011 through 2015. Jackson takes over for Steve Bieser, who was fired by the university last month.

Cardinals Comeback Falls Short
The Cardinals couldn't finish off a two-run comeback during a 4-3 loss to the Rangers in Texas. The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second before giving up three runs in the next half-inning. In the top of the eighth, St. Louis tied the game with a sacrifice fly from Paul Goldschmidt and an RBI double by Nolan Arenado. However, Nathaniel Lowe hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to give Texas the win. Genesis Cabrera was charged with his first loss in relief. The Cardinals remain in last place in the NL Central at 25-and-36. Matthew Liberatore starts for St. Louis against the Rangers tonight. In other team news, outfielder Dylan Carlson will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Memphis tonight.

NBA Finals Game Three Preview
The NBA Finals has shifted to South Beach. The Miami Heat will host the Denver Nuggets for Game Three of the 2023 NBA Finals on Wednesday night at the Kaseya Center. The Heat evened the series at one win apiece with a 111-108 victory on Sunday night in Denver. Miami's star duo of Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler both totaled 21 points in the win. Denver's Nikola Jokic [[ yo-kitch ]] led all scorers with 41 points in Game Two. The Nuggets are now 0-and-3 this postseason when Jokic scores 40-or-more points. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday.

Golden Knights Take 2-0 Series Lead In Cup Final
The Golden Knights are two wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup. The top-overall seed in the Western Conference blew out the Panthers 7-2 in Game Two from Las Vegas. Jonathan Marchessault and Brett Howden each scored a pair of goals while Alec Martinez, Nicolas Roy and Michael Amadio also lit the lamp. Adin Hill made 29 saves for Vegas, which is up 2-0 in the best of seven series. Anton Lundell and Matthew Tkachuk each scored for Florida while Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 13 shots. The Panthers are hoping to avoid a 3-0 deficit when the series shifts to Sunrise for Game Three on Thursday.

Missouri Hires Kerrick Jackson As Baseball Coach
A familiar face is taking over as the new coach of the Missouri baseball team. Kerrick Jackson was named the Tigers 15th head coach. The St. Louis native led the University of Memphis to 29 victories this season, their first winning season since 2017. He returns to Columbia after having served as a Mizzou assistant from 2011 to 2015.

Mizzou Basketball Nabs Transfer
The Mizzou Tigers basketball program is poaching a player from Oral Roberts. Seven-foot-five center Connor Vanover announced over the weekend that he is transferring to Missouri. Vanover averaged 12-point-seven points and seven-point-two rebounds in 34 starts with Oral Roberts last season.

St. Louis City Blanks Houston
St. Louis City SC are on a three-match winning streak following a 3-nil victory over Houston Dynamo on Saturday. Eduard Lowen scored in the ninth minute, while Tomas Ostrak and Nicholas Gioacchini added goals in the second half. City are back in first place in the Western Conference with nine wins, one draw, and four losses for 28 points. St. Louis takes on the LA Galaxy next Sunday.

Cardinals Get Swept By Pirates
The Cardinals are back on the bottom of the NL Central following a 2-1 loss to the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Miles Mikolas gave up a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning, and St. Louis trailed the rest of the way. Andrew Knizner homered in the top of the seventh, but that was the Cardinals only run of the day. Mikolas was charged with his second loss after surrendering the two first-inning runs in five innings of work. St. Louis dropped to 25-and-35. Adam Wainwright goes for the Cardinals against Texas tonight.

Johnnie Brock's Party Store Student/Athlete of the Week
Bryson Pickard-Senior-Union Track and Field. 

Pickard earned medals in four events at the Track and Field State Championships. 

He finished 4th in the 400 with a time of 49.07. \

6th in the 800 with a time of 1:55.09. 

He also ran two relays.

4 X 400-4th with a time of 3:23.21. 

4 X 800-5th with a time of 8:02.94.

American Legion Baseball-Thursday, June 1st
Washington Post 218 scored 6 runs in the first inning and cruised past St. Charles 14-2 at Blanchette Park. 

 Anthony Broeker posted 3 strikeouts and 1 walk while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits over 3 innings for the win. 

Washington banged out 12 hits. 

Kannon Hibbs was 3 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 rbi.  Gavin Matchell was 3 for 4 with 1 run and 1 rbi.  Anthony Broeker chipped in with 2 hits, 2 runs and 1 rbi.  Will Mentz and Aden Pecka scored 2 runs each.  Hibbs and Jacob Weidle both homered. 

Washington improves to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in 9th district action.

The Showcase is Sunday at 9:00 at Ronsick.

Washington is back in action Tuesday, June 6th with a game against Pacific at 6:00 at Ronsick Field.  

Golden Knights And Panthers Face Off In Stanley Cup Final On Saturday
The puck drops for the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday. The Golden Knights host the Panthers in Las Vegas for Game One in the best of seven series. The number-1 seed in the Western Conference beat the Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars on its way to the final. Florida squeaked into the playoffs as the last team in the Eastern Conference and dispatched the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes on its road to the Stanley Cup Final. Neither team has won a cup in their history. The Golden Knights made one cup final appearance in 2018 and lost to the Washington Capitals while the Panthers went to the cup in 1996 and fell to the Colorado Avalanche.

High School Sports-Friday and Saturday
Class 5 State Semifinals at Sky Bacon Stadium in Ozark. 

Festus 2 Fort Zumwalt South 0

Borgia 4 Webb City 0

State Championship Game-Festus 8 Borgia 1

Girls Soccer
Class 3 State Semifinals at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton.
Fort Zumwalt South 2 Ursuline Academy 0

Smithville 3 Union 2

3rd Place Game-Ursuline Academy 4 Union 0

Championship Game-FZS 2 Smithville 1

St. Louis City Hosts Houston Dynamo
The St. Louis City SC goes for their third win in a row when they host Houston Dynamo at CityPark tomorrow night. City is coming off a 3-1 win over Vancouver last Saturday. St. Louis is in second place in the Western Conference with eight wins, one draw, and four losses for 25 points.

Cardinals Visit Pirates
The Cardinals are back in action after two scheduled off-days. The Cardinals visit the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park tonight. St. Louis split a two-game home series against the Kansas City Royals earlier this week, and the club climbed out of the cellar of the NL Central. The Cardinals are now in fourth in their division with a 25-and-32 record. Additionally, top prospect Jordan Walker is expected to be recalled from Triple-A before tonight's game. Jack Flaherty starts for St. Louis.

Nuggets Beat Heat, Take 1-0 Lead In NBA Finals
Nikola Jokic posted his ninth triple-double of the postseason as the Nuggets defeated the Heat 104-93 in Game One of the NBA Finals in Denver. The two-time MVP finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists in his NBA Finals debut. Jamal Murray poured in 26 points for Denver, which led by as many as 24 in the dominant win. The Nuggets now lead the series 1-0 as they seek their first NBA title. Bam Adebayo paced Miami with 26 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort. Miami shot only two free throws in the loss. The teams will meet for Game Two in Denver on Sunday.

American Legion Baseball
Washington scored early and often in an 11-1 win at Elsberry Wednesday night.  Gavin Matchell pitched a complete game with 1 run on 5 hits, 6 strikeouts, no walks and 1 hit batter over 6 innings. At the plate, Sam Paule was 2 for 3 with 2 runs and 2 rbi. Kannon Hibbs posted 2 hits with 1 run and 1 rbi. Ryan Weidle 2 for 3 with 3 runs. Jacob Weidle chipped in 2 rbi and Aden Pecka 2 runs as Washington improved to 2-0. Elsberry drops to 0-3. Gavin Woodson pitched 4 1/3 innings in the loss.

Washington is back in action Thursday night at St. Charles.  Game time is 6:00 at Blanchette Park.  

Missouri's Kobe Brown Staying In NBA Draft
Missouri basketball player Kobe Brown won't be returning to the program next season. The 23-year-old announced on social media that he will stay in the NBA Draft. The deadline for players to decide whether or not to stay in the draft was last night. Brown first declared for the NBA Draft on April 22nd, while maintaining one year of college eligibility.

Cardinals Prep For Pirates
The Cardinals are using an extra off-day to gameplan for the Pittsburgh Pirates tomorrow. The Cardinals earned a 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, and they had yesterday off and don't have a game today either. St. Louis currently sits in fourth-place in the NL Central with a 25-and-32 record. Jack Flaherty is expected to start for the Cardinals tomorrow, and first pitch is at 6:05PM.

Cardinals Earn Series Split With Royals
The Cardinals earned a series split with the Royals following a 2-1 victory from St. Louis. Miles Mikolas was terrific on the mound and earned his fourth win of the season after surrendering just three hits while striking out 10 batters over eight scoreless innings. Nolan Arenado and Nolan Gorman each drove in a run for St. Louis, which improved to 25-and-32. The Cards are still at the bottom of the NL Central. St. Louis returns to action with a game against the Pirates on Friday.

High School Sports This Week
High School Sports This Week

Borgia Baseball Games at State will be broadcast on KLPW FM 92.7 and AM 1220. 

Semifinal-Friday, 6/2-Borgia vs. Webb City-1:00. 

Union Girls Soccer Games at State will be on the KLPW SPORTS STREAM. 

Semifinal-Friday, 6/2-Union vs. Smithville-1:30.

City Prepares For Houston
St. Louis City SC are gearing up for their weekend match-up against Houston. City hosts the Dynamo at CityPark on Saturday night. St. Louis is on a two-match winning streak after a 3-1 take-down of Vancouver this past weekend, and the club is in second place in the Western Conference with eight wins, one draw, and four losses for 25 points. Saturday's match kicks off at 7:30PM.

Johnnie Brock's Party Store Student/Athlete of the Week

Tanner McPherson-Senior-St. Francis Borgia Baseball.


Tanner plays 3rd Base and bats 3rd in the lineup.

Batting average .400-Highest on the team.  On base .500  Slugging .494 with 5 doubles  1 home run and 19 rbi.  Tanner also leads the team in hit by pitches with 10. 

Tanner is a good defender at 3rd Base.  He displayed his talent in the field in the 4th inning of the Class 5 quarterfinal by throwing out a runner on a bunt attempt up the line and then gloving a line drive the next batter.   At the plate, he was 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored in a 2-0 win over Springfield Glendale.  


Tanner will play baseball at East Central College in Union.

Career Path-Welding.


Cardinals Get Blanked By Royals
The Cardinals almost came out on the wrong side of a perfect game during a 7-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals didn't get a runner on base until the bottom of the eighth, when Nolan Arenado hit a lead-off single. St. Louis finished the game with just two hits, and Adam Wainwright was charged with his first loss of the season after surrendering three runs in five innings. The Cardinals remain in last place in the NL Central at 24-and-32. They send Miles Mikolas to the mound against Kansas City tonight.

American Legion Baseball-Monday, May 29th
Washington used five pitchers in a 6-0 win over the Jeffco Blazers Monday evening. Gavin Matchell pitched the first two innings for the win and also went 1 for 3 at the plate. Sam Paule was 2 for 4 with a triple and Ryan Weidle doubled.  Gus Schoenbough suffered the loss.  Washington is 1-0 and Jeffco is 2-1. 

Washington is back in action Wednesday at Elsberry at 6:00.

Friday-Cleveland 4 St. Louis 3



Monday-Cardinals vs. Royals-12:15.

High School Sports
Class 5 Quarterfinal-Borgia 2 Springfield Glendale 0

Class 3 Quarterfinal-Union 1 Springfield Catholic 0-PK

Class 1 Quarterfinal-Villa Duchesne 1 Borgia 0

Track and field State Championships in Classes 3, 4 and 5 at Jefferson City High School. 
Class 4
Washington-Clyde Hendrix-5th in the Javelin. Alyssa Repke-4th in the Discus. Julia Donnelly-8th in the 3200. Ella Kroeter-2nd in the Pole Vault. 4X800 Relay-5th-Donnelly, Leah Wheeler, Izzy VonBehren, Josie Keiser. 

Union-Bryson Pickard-6th in the 800. Pickard was 3rd in the 400. 

Cardinals Down Reds In Pitcher's Duel
Miles Mikolas tossed a gem as the Cardinals beat the Reds 2-1 in Cincinnati. Mikolas earned his third win after holding Cincinnati to five hits over seven scoreless innings. Neither team had a run entering the eighth, but Nolan Gorman drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI double and scored the Cardinals second run of the inning on a wild pitch. Giovanny Gallegos picked up his fifth save. St. Louis has won two of three. Matthew Liberatore starts for St. Louis in Cleveland tonight.

ECC Student Athletes Recognized Within Region 16

Several East Central College student athletes were recognized for their talent within the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 16.

Taylor Hanger, Pacific, a pitcher in her second year at ECC was named to the all-region first team.

Hanger led the Falcons throughout the regular season and into the post season, playing the last 12 games of the season with a slight fracture in her glove hand. She even pitched some of her best games with the injury, according to Dr. Jay Mehrhoff, ECC athletic director.

“It was difficult for her to swing the bat, but the coaches in NJCAA Region 16 noticed her talent and named her first-team all-region,” he said.

Hanger, a nursing major from Pacific High School, was an NJCAA Academic All-American and the ECC Female Scholar Athlete Scholar Athlete her freshman year at ECC.

“Hanger has had a tough balance in her last semester but has managed to be successful in all aspects of being a student athlete at the intercollegiate level,” Mehrhoff added.

She ended the regular season with a 12-8 record striking out 77 batters. Her grit and determination were not always evident as she would be all business when she was in the circle pitching for the Falcons.

Region Player of the Year

ECC Baseball Falcon Shane Kearbey, O’Fallon, Mo., was named the Region Player of the Year by the NJCAA Region 16 DII coaches’ vote. Kearbey, a left-handed pitcher, had a fantastic regular season going 5-1, pitching 61.1 innings and striking out 68 batters with a 2.39 ERA, Mehrhoff said.

Kearbey graduated from ECC May 13 with an Associate of Arts degree in Business. He graduated from Francis Howell High School in 2021.

Rounding out the first team all-region selections for the Falcons were two outfielders, Luciano Terilli, and Trey Orman.

“Terilli gave opposing batters nightmares with his good glove patrolling center field making spectacular plays,” Mehrhoff said. “His at the plate and defensive approach to the game made him an all-around player. 

“Orman had his best season in college leading the Falcons in doubles with 12 and hit 4 home runs driving in 24 runs on the year,” he added.

The NJCAA Region 16 DII All-Defense team included Terilli along with Cameron Leach and Andy Hueste. Leach was a formidable outfielder with his glove and led the team with 22 stolen bases.

Hueste was injured early in the season but found his glove and bat heating up at the end of the season with 24 hits and some great plays from second base and shortstop positions.

ECC selections to second-team all-region were Seth Shannon (.341 batting average), DeVon Jennings (5 home runs), Mario Colombo (.316 batting average), Will DesHotels (2-2, 44 strikeouts), Billy Underwood (2.69 ERA), and Hayden Steelman. All six were starters and contributed to the team’s success throughout the season, both at the plate and from the mound.

Missouri Football To Open 2023 Season In Prime Time
Missouri football is opening the 2023 season in prime time. The Tigers will face South Dakota on Thursday, August 31st, at Faurot Field. The game will air nationally on SEC Network at 7 p.m. The match was initially scheduled for Saturday, September 2nd.

College Baseball Round Up
In college baseball yesterday, EIU lost to Morehead State 2-1 before beating Tennessee Tech 8-2 in the OVC Tournament. The Panthers take on either Morehead State or Little Rock tonight. In the MVC Tournament, Southern Illinois fell to Belmont 6-5, and Missouri State beat UIC 5-0. The Bears play against Murray State this morning, while Saint Louis goes up against George Mason in the A-10 Tournament.

City Hosts Vancouver
St. Louis City SC will try to get a winning streak going when they host Vancouver at CityPark tomorrow night. City is coming off a 4-nil win over Sporting KC last Saturday. St. Louis is in third place in the Western Conference with seven wins, one draw, and four losses for 22 points. Tomorrow's match kicks off at 7:30PM.

High School Sports-Saturday, May 27th
Class 5 Quarterfinal-Springfield Glendale at Borgia-Game time 2:00 on KLPW FM 92.7/AM 1220/online 

Class 3 Quarterfinal-Springfield Catholic at Union-1:00. 

Class 1 Quarterfinal-Borgia at Villa Duchesne-12:00. 

Track and field
State Championships Friday and Saturday in Class 3, 4 and 5 at Jefferson City High School.

College Baseball Round Up
In college baseball action yesterday, conference tournaments continued throughout the area. Saint Louis destroyed Saint Joseph's 23-8 in the A-10 Tournament. In the OVC Tournament, Eastern Illinois snuck past SEMO 7-6, and SIU-Edwardsville fell to Tennessee Tech 4-0. EIU takes on Morehead State this morning. In the MVC Tournament, Southern Illinois lost to Evansville 7-3, and Missouri State was defeated by Murray State 6-1. Today, SIU takes on Belmont while Missouri State plays UIC.

Cardinals Get Crushed By Reds
The Cardinals were lacking all game long during a 10-3 loss to the Reds in Cincinnati. The Cardinals gave up four runs in the bottom of the first and never got close the rest of the way. Steven Matz fell to 0-and-6 after surrendering six runs on 11 hits in four innings. Brendan Donovan and Lars Nootbaar both homered in the losing effort. The Cardinals are fourth in the NL Central at 22-and-29. Miles Mikolas starts for St. Louis against Cincinnati today.

High School Sports-Tuesday, May 23rd
Baseball-Class 4 Sectional 
John Burroughs scored 5 runs in the first inning and cruised past Sullivan 10-0 in 5 innings.  Julien Schenck struck out 7 with no walks over 3 innings for the win.  Hall Chapman closed it out.  Chapman was also 3 for 3 with 3 runs.  Tucker Desloge was 2 for 3 with 2 runs and 4 rbi.  The Bombers advance to the quarterfinal with a 25-3 record.  Sullivan ends the season 16-11 with only 3 seniors.   

Johnnie Brock's Party Store Student/Athlete of the Week
Sam Paule-Senior-Washington Baseball. 

Sam holds the single season hits record at Washington with 41.  He also tied Kevin Gratza for the career hits record with 101. 

#2 Shortstop 

Paule hits second in the lineup. Average-.364 On-base .466 Slugging .591 36-runs 23-rbi 4-home runs 9 doubles and 2 triples. 24 stolen bases.

Paule will continue his career at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.

Four Rivers All Conference Soccer Team

Awards for 2023:

Player of the Year: Mya Minor (JR) Union

Offensive Player of the Year: Kennedy Travis (SR) St. Clair

Defensive Player of the Year: Lauren Langenbacher (SR) Pacific 

Coach of the Year: Matt Fennessey Union


First Team:

O: Kennedy Travis (SR) St. Clair

O: Abbey Hall (JR) Pacific

O: Sophia Helling (SOPH) Union

O: Izzy Tiepelman (SR) St. Clair

O: Lexi Clark (JR) Pacific

O: Addison Williford (SR) Union

D: Lauren Langenbacher (SR) Pacific

D: Holly Pipes (SOPH) Union

D: Dorie Richardson (SOPH) Sullivan

D: Zoey Arnold (SR) Pacific

G: Ali Thwing (FR) Union


Second Team: 

O: Emma Brune (SR) Sullivan

O: Cambria Pohlman (JR) Sullivan

O: Kamryn Bukowsky (SR) Pacific

O: Audrey Declue (JR) St. Clair

O: Jewelle Anderson (SOPH) Union

O: Brooke Bearden (FR) Pacific

D: Autumn Morgan (SR) St. Clair

D: Sammi Nickerson (SR) St. Clair

D: Lucy Koenigsfeld (SOPH) Union

D: Ava Sykes (SOPH) Union 

G: Maria Schatzl (JR) Sullivan

College Baseball Round Up
In college baseball action yesterday, Mizzou lost to Auburn 10-4 in the SEC Tournament, and Saint Louis earned a 6-3 win over Richmond in the A-10 Tournament. The Billikens face Saint Joseph's this morning. In the OVC Tournament today, SIU-Edwardsville takes on Tennessee Tech, EIU plays Southern Indiana, and SEMO takes on the winner of EIU's game against Southern Indiana. In The MVC Tournament, Southern Illinois faces Evansville, and Missouri State goes up against Murray State.

Cardinals OF O'Neill's Recovery Hits Snag
Tyler O'Neill's return to the Cardinals line up is being delayed. The outfielder was supposed to resume baseball activities this week, but manager Oli Marmol told reporters yesterday that O'Neill's rehab assignment was cancelled because of his lower back injury. O'Neill has been on the injured list since May 5th after suffering a low back strain. Marmol says that the team doesn't have a timetable for O'Neill's return to the lineup. The 27-year-old is hitting .228 with two home runs and six RBI in 29 games this year.

Goldschmidt Shines To Lead Cardinals Over Reds
Paul Goldschmidt homered in his first two at-bats of the day to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-5 win over the Reds in Cincinnati. Goldschmidt finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored. Tommy Edman totaled a team-high three RBI to help St. Louis improve to 22-and-28. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright earned his second win of the season, while Ryan Helsley notched his sixth save. Steven Matz starts for the Cardinals against Cincinnati tonight.

College Baseball Round Up
In college baseball action today, Mizzou takes on Auburn in the SEC Tournament, while Saint Louis goes up against Richmond in the A-10 Tournament.

Three City Players Make Team Of The Matchday
St. Louis City SC is well represented on the 14th Team of the Matchday of the 2023 season. Indiana Vassilev, Tim Parker, and Roman Burki all received the honor after St. Louis' 4-nil win against Sporting KC over the weekend. Vassilev scored twice, while Parker played great defense in front of Burki, who made six saves in the shutout. City hosts Vancouver this Saturday.

Cardinals Get Walked Off By Reds
The Cardinals were defeated by a walk-off sacrifice fly in a 6-5 ten-inning loss to the Reds in Cincinnati. The Cardinals trailed by a run entering the top of the eighth, but Paul DeJong hit a game-tying double to send the game to extras. However, Spencer Steer scored on Nick Senzel's sacrifice fly in the tenth to give Cincinnati the win. Ryan Helsley was charged with his third loss in relief, while DeJong had a home run and four RBI in the losing effort. The Cardinals remain fourth in the NL Central at 21-and-28. Adam Wainwright starts for St. Louis against Cincinnati tonight.

High School Sports
Baseball-Monday, May 22nd 
Class 5 District 5 Championship Game
Borgia scored 6 runs in the top of the 7th inning to beat Washington 7-2 at the Fields at South Point.  Jack Nobe was 3 for 4 with 1 run and Tyler Kromer added 1 hit with 2 rbi.  Nobe pitched 6 2/3 innings with 4 strikeouts and 3 walks for the win.  The Knights improve to 23-5.  

Hanon Jarvis went 2 for 4 for Washington.  Grant Trentmann allowed 1 run on 7 hits with 5 strikeouts and 3 walks over 5 2/3 innings in a no decision.  Kaner Young suffered the loss.  The Blue Jays end the season 27-9.  

Baseball-Tuesday, May 23rd
Class 4 Sectional-Sullivan at John Burroughs at 4:00.  The Eagles are 16-10 and the Bombers are 24-3.  

The Borgia Knights will host Springfield Glendale in the Class 5 Quarterfinal Saturday.  Glendale beat Willard 2-0 in the District 6 title game Monday night with Junior Lefty Drew Wedgeworth pitching a no-hitter.  

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sportswriter Rick Hummel Passes Away
The writer considered by colleagues and St. Louis Cardinals fans as the dean of baseball writers -- Rick Hummel -- has passed away at the of 77. His family says Hummel died at home in his sleep this past weekend after an aggressive and short-lived illness. Hummel, affectionately known as "The Commish," used his mastery of the written word and his encyclopedic knowledge of the game to tell the stories of games and of the hundreds of players who wore the Birds on the Bat over his five-plus decades of coverage for the Post-Dispatch. Hummel was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 and was named a Media Person of the Year by the St. Louis Press Club in 2014.

Johnnie Brock's Party Store Student/Athlete of the Week
Sam Paule-Senior-Washington Baseball. 

#2 Shortstop 

Paule hits second in the lineup. 

Average-.364  On-base .466  Slugging .591  36-runs  23-rbi  4-home runs  9 doubles and 2 triples.  24 stolen bases.

Paule will continue his career at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.  

Cardinals Defeat Dodgers In Series Finale
Oscar Mercado knocked in five runs as the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 10-5 at Busch Stadium. Mercado finished three-for-four at the plate, while Paul DeJong homered and plated four runs in the victory. Drew VerHagen collected the win in relief after starter Jack Flaherty gave up three runs over four-and-two-thirds frames. St. Louis won the four-game series and improved to 21-and-27. Jordan Montgomery starts for St. Louis against Cincinnati tonight.

High School Sports-Saturday, May 20th
Class 5 District 5 Semifinals
Game 1-Ian Junkin allowed 1 run on 5 hits with 6 strikeouts and 2 walks over 5 innings leading Washington to a 2-1 win over Pacific.  Kaner Young pitched the last 2 innings for the save.  At the plate, Hanon Jarvis and Sam Paule had 1 hit and 1 rbi each.  The Blue Jays improve to 27-8.  Andrew Payne had 2 hits for the Indians and Jack Meyer pitched well in defeat with a complete game, 3 strikeouts and 1 hit batter.  Pacific stranded 12 runners on base.  Pacific Ends the season 20-11.

Borgia scored 11 runs on 10 hits with Justin Mort going 2 for 4 with 2 rbi.  Jack Nobe and Noah Hendrickson logged 2 hits and 2 rbi each.  Drew Eckhoff had 1 run and 2 rbi.  Caden Carroll struck out 5 with 2 walks over 6 innings on the hill for the win.  Reagan Kandlbinder closed it out.  The Knights improve to 22-5.  Trey Jennings suffered the loss.  The Cavaliers end the season 12-20.  

Borgia and Washington will meet in the championship game Monday afternoon at 4:00 on the KLPW SPORTS STREAM.  

Track and Field
Class 2 State Championships
Girls-New Haven-Shot Put-Aubri Meyer finished 3rd and Mekela Waters 6th.   Waters also finished 7th in Discus.  Katherine Holtmeyer-11th in Discus.  

Boys-New Haven-Jack Feldmann-14th in the Javelin.  

College Softball Wrap-Up
In college softball action over the weekend, Mizzou, Eastern Illinois, and Southern Illinois were all eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. Mizzou beat Cal 5-1 on Friday, but the Tigers lost to Oklahoma 11-0 and to Cal 7-5 on Saturday. Eastern Illinois lost to Northwestern 2-0 and fell to Miami of Ohio 4-0. Southern Illinois was defeated by Utah 11-9 and lost to Baylor 13-9.

College Baseball Wrap-Up
In college baseball action over the weekend, Mizzou was swept by Auburn, Saint Louis swept Fordham, Lindenwood took two of three from SIU-Edwardsville, Missouri State lost all three of its games against Indiana State, EIU beat SEMO three times, Southern Illinois lost twice in three games against Murray State, and Western Illinois was swept by Oral Roberts.

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