Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The former three sport star at Pattonville reflects on her time away from the Pirates and getting ready for a sophomore season at Missouri State.
During the first half of Friday's girls district soccer championship, a familiar face came out of the crowd to join the Pattonville Pirates on the bench as they took on Parkway Central. But this time, Head Coach Tom Iffrig couldn't put her in the game. Mikala McGhee was back to root on her former teammates. McGhee, who starred on the softball diamond, the basketball court and the soccer pitch for what seemed like forever, was back in town for a spell from Springfield, where she's wrapped up her freshman year as a Missouri State basketball Bear. "I love basketball and I love playing but I’m just real used to going from season to season and during my first full year of basketball it’s just been a really big difference," she said. "I thought …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
KSDK profiled the opportunity a senior manger had to start a late-season matchup against Kirkwood.
The story we shared earlier this month on Patch about Brian Thal, the student manager for the Parkway North baseball team who started the Vikings' game earlier this month against Kirkwood was easily one of the top-read stories in May. Read: Sportsmanship Wins In Parkway North-Kirkwood Baseball Matchup We caught word last week that KSDK-TV had heard about the Brian Thal story and was working on the station's own version of it. The story ran Monday morning and is now posted online. Congratulations Brian!
Friday, May 17, 2013
The Pirates head for a rematch with Hazelwood Central in the state soccer playoffs Tuesday.
In the games Pattonville High School's girls soccer team has lost this season, the team and the Pirates' head coach came to a conclusion. While it may sound cliche, they weren't coming out ready to play. "We all kind of sat down, we had a talk, that was one of the things we needed to fix, and looks like we fixed it," coach Tom Iffrig said Friday night, after Pattonville defeated Parkway Central 3-0 to take home the school's fifth straight district title. Hitting the field ready to play meant winning the first five minutes of the game and Pattonville did just that. Iffrig told his club afterward that the team was on fire. "We came out and misjudged the first ball that came to our backs and let 22 (Ashanti Carey) get in behind us," Parkway …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Cadet Pitcher Dan Herrmann held Parkway North hitless until the third inning.
Parkway North may have been the number one seed in the district four baseball playoff tournament which concluded Wednesday on the Vikings' campus, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a much better team coming down the stretch than the CBC Cadets, who won 8 eight of their last nine heading into the title game against Parkway North. Wednesday, the Cadets got to North pitcher Joe Hope early and chased the Sophomore after taking a 5-0 second inning lead behind two early RBI by CBC's Bobby Lang en route to an 11-6 win. The Cadets got five innings from starter Dan Herrmann, who didn't give up a hit until an Ellis Brodsky single in the third inning. The Parkway North (20-6) bench complained about getting squeezed in the strike zone early, but shaky…
Monday, May 13, 2013
The Vikings had a nip and tuck game vs. the rival Colts Monday afternoon, with a birth in the district final on the line.
One hit. That's all it took for Parkway North to get what the Vikings needed to advance past Parkway Central in a district semifinal played at North Monday afternoon. With a man on in the first inning, Colt starter Brian Hillhouse struck out Parkway North's Jon Shanker, but Central could not complete the putout at first base when the ball escaped the cather. North's Garrett Taylor followed that up with a RBI double, the only Viking hit of the game, scoring two runs. An errant throw on a double play conversion plated a third run to back Sophomore starter Joey Reeves. He'd need every one of those runs as Hillhouse shut down the Vikings for the remainder of the game. Reeves worked out of jams throughout the game, except for a Zack Lazenby …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
A truly heart-warming story about a special education student who wound up firing the first strike during Parkway North's Senior Day baseball game against Kirkwood. As told by Parkway North Head Baseball Coach Fred Friedman.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Vikings are 16-3 this season. Joey Reeves pitches a 4-hit gem over the Rams.
The Parkway North-Ladue baseball game was kind of like a 4th of July performance. While the North Vikings exploded like a bottle rocket, Ladue mostly fizzled like a cherry bomb with a bad fuse. “We really didn’t get anything going, this just wasn’t our day,” said Ladue’s coach Rob Garrett, trudging off the field after a 6-0 whitewash at the hands of the 16-3 Vikings. Ladue fell to 15-3. Sophomore lefty Joey Reeves went six innings and limited Ladue to just 4 scattered hits. The Vikings have been battled tested this year with two wins over Summit (last year’s state champs, winners over North in the title game); Parkway South, Parkway Central Troy (2 wins), Kirkwood, Hazelwood Central and Burroughs. The Vikings are really busy Coach Fred …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Left-handed Joey Reeves kept Rams batters in check, scattering four hits over six frames.
At Parkway North, baseball is pretty much all in the family. The Vikings, a close-knit bunch muscled up for 8 hits and shut out the visiting Ladue Rams Monday, 6-0 on their home field. Left-handed, Joey Reeves, a sophomore with a 4-1 record and 2.75 ERA stymied Ladue batters scattering four hits before giving way to relief help in the top of the seventh. That pushes the Vikings record to 16-3, winners of the last 8 games. “We’re all Parkway North here,” said coach Fred Friedman, a 1998 Viking graduate. Friedman, and all the other coaches, Brett Katz, Mark Reeder, Mark Linn and JV coach Bob Bunton graduated from the school. Reeves had his mind on the Rams most of the school day. “I was especially thinking about this game during the last …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Council will introduce a bill that upon a final vote, would have Metro Strikers leasing the facility for 20 years, with a graduated rental fee.
It appears Metro Strikers has decided to go full steam ahead on a a lease agreement for the Sportport property with the City of Maryland Heights. City council will introduce a bill Thursday entering into an agreement with the soccer experts, in which Metro Strikers will agree to a 20 year lease that has perks for each side. The agreement would include the installation of six turf soccer fields. But Metrostrikers would be also be allowed to enter into a graduated semi-annual lease. The first few years the Metrostrikers would pay $0 to run the facility. By the 14th year however, it would be paying $50,000 each year. Metro Strikers will also be responsible for maintaining the facility which includes the grounds, interior and exterior of …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The battery of Connor Ladig and Garrett Taylor powered the Vikings to a 2-0 start on the young season.
Parkway North Head Baseball Coach Fred Friedman can lay claim to something few coaches at any level can right now. In the last four games, his team has thrown two no-hitters. Connor Ladig did the honors Thursday in an 11-0 win to sweep Parkway South. Ladig, who senior second baseman Daniel Brodsky called a "crafty" lefty in a preseason interview, went 6-1 with a 2.54 ERA in 2012. Still, he was somewhat overshadowed by Joe Hope, who threw a no-hitter in last year's state semifinal, and Joey Reeves, who was thrust on the scene as a Freshman. Are You A Big Fan Of The Vikings? Ladig walked 5 and struck out 3 in five innings for his first no-hitter. Friedman said a diving stop by Brodsky saved it. When Catcher Garrett Taylor wasn't guiding his …