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 …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The senior swimming standout was the choice of Creve Coeur Patch voters this past week.
Parkway North's Heather Lundstrom can add another plaudit to her list of accomplishments. The senior, who capped her high school swimming career with wins in the 100-butterfly and a new state record in the 500 free at the state meet last weekend, was voted as Creve Coeur Patch's Athlete of the Week in voting that began last Monday and ended Friday. Chaminade's Andy Kleinlein got out to an early lead, but Lundstrom's supporters had her back, storming from behind for the win. Check back Monday for the next round of voting. Have someone you'd like to nominate? Email email@example.com to tell us why and to share their photo.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
We want to know what you think was the biggest sports story over the last year, from high school teams to pros with local ties.
As we wrap a bow on 2012, it is the appropriate time to get a little reflective in our thinking about what's happened over the past 12 months. We're asking you for the photo of the year, the business story of the year and the newsmaker of the year, so why not ask for what you think is the biggest sports story of the year? For the record, I'm painting this with a very wide brush. It could be anything from Parkway North basketball's first district basketball title in school history, or the remarkable run to the state finals by the Viking baseball squad. Maybe you think the exploits of a player who honed their high school talents in our local schools and went on to big things in 2012 deserve merit--like Chaminade graduate Bradley Beal getting…
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Vikings unable to rally back, after falling behind No. 7 Summit 21-0 in the first quarter.
After losing the Missouri Class 4 state baseball championship game in heart-breaking fashion last spring to Suburban South Conference rival Rockwood Summit, the Parkway North football team had plans on returning the favor when the Vikings and Falcons met in Week 3 of the football season. Many prominent figures from the baseball teams for both schools also put on the helmets and pads in the fall. But Summit put any thoughts of Parkway North revenge to bed early Saturday, by scoring on each of its first three possessions, then adding a fourth score on the final play of the first half, to build a 28-point lead that eventually became a 34-14 victory for the Falcons over the Vikings. The anticipated matchup was forced into Saturday when severe …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
The Vikings use several goal-line stands to hold on for a home win against the visiting Tigers.
This is why we have artificial turf. That's what Parkway North Head Coach Bob Bunton said after his Vikings survived a rainy evening and the Oakville Tigers Friday night in the school's 2012 home opener. The game was played despite heavy downpours as the St. Louis area was drenched by the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. Had the game not been played Friday, it would have been made up early Monday morning. One week after chewing up the game clock by running the ball in a loss to SLUH, the Vikings (1-1) took a slightly different approach in Week 2, converting a fake punt for a first down in the first half against Oakville (0-2) to take a 6-0 lead at the half. In the second half, the teams traded costly fumbles deep in Parkway North territory. A …
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Ahead 3-2 going into the last inning, Vikings can't hold off Rockwood Summit, which gets game-winning hit from football star Eric Beisel.
SPRINGFIELD, MO. -- College football coaches around the country are chasing after Rockwood Summit High junior Eric Beisel. The 6'4, 230-pounder is considered one of the best linebackers in the state, and ever since his first game his sophomore year, Beisel has been one of the most sought after football recruits in the midwest. But Saturday afternoon, in the MSHSAA Class 4 state championship baseball game at historic Meador Park, Beisel showed he can do more than sack quarterbacks and bring down ballcarriers. And he did so by whacking a high fastball off the right-field wall with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, to cap a spine-tingling comeback that lifted Summit to a 4-3 win over rival Parkway North, claiming for the …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Sophomore Joe Hope throws just the 13th no-hitter in MSHSAA baseball Final Four history, in 1-0 Viking victory, that sets up an all-St. Louis championship game on Saturday, against local league rival Rockwood Summit.
SPRINGFIELD, MO. -- Parkway North baseball coach Fred Friedman has said several times that he has no problem turning the ball over to his two youngest players, sophomore Joe Hope and freshman Joey Reeves, even with the Vikings playing their biggest games of the season. That trust has paid big dividends through the playoffs, as Hope and Reeves have taken turns tossing complete-game victories for North in the district and sectional championship games, as well as last week's state quarterfinals. But on Friday night, Hope made his coach look like a genius, with a performance for the ages, as he tossed a no-hitter to lead Parkway North to a 1-0 win and a trip to Saturday's Class 4 state championship game. Hope struck out seven, walked two, and …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Vikings head out Friday morning for a state semifinal game against Willard (MO), and will go with Sophomore Joey Hope on the mound, leaving a Freshman in reserve to pitch a potential title game Saturday.
Just about every person in this country got the day off on Memorial Day Monday, and most of them spent it lounging around the pool, or possibly enjoying some barbeque in front of the TV, while pausing to remember the men and women of our Armed Forces who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country. But for the members of the Parkway North baseball program, Monday was also a work day, and a tough one thanks to sweltering temperatures. But to a man, the Vikings players and coaches all agree that their 2012 Memorial Day couldn't have been spent any better, as they were preparing for a trip to Springfield this weekend for the State Baseball semifinals. "It's very cool," senior Michael Bozarth, North's starting centerfielder …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Parkway North’s Jovonte Suber nearly pulled the upset of the day in the open 800 meter run while his sister Jasmyne was part of a top-5 relay team.
JEFFERSON CITY -- Parkway North senior Jovonte Suber was oh so close to pulling off the upset of the day in the boys 800-meter run at last Saturday’s MSHSAA State Track and Field Championships at Lincoln University’s Dwight T. Reed Stadium. Suber came into Saturday’s final seeded fourth, behind favored gold medal contenders Kolton Sheldon of Lee’s Summit North, Spencer Haik of Springfield Glendale, and Jordan Cook of Columbia Rock Bridge, and wasn‘t really considered a favorite to win against such big name runners in the half-mile event. But the Parkway North speedster, who finished in 10th place in the 800 last year, and starred on the Vikings varsity football and basketball teams this past fall and winter, had a gameplan that nearly …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Freshman pitcher Joey Reeves threw a complete-game masterpiece to lead the Vikings to state baseball Final Four for first time since 2003.
When he went to bed on the evening of March 30, Parkway North head baseball coach Fred Friedman wasn't sure what the heck was going on with his Vikings. The team had just played its first seven games of the season, and had only won two of them. And in fact, that particular night, North had just lost its fourth straight. It was early in the season still, but Friedman was already concerned about his club. But beginning that next day, things got a whole lot better for the Vikings, who snapped their losing streak with a win over St. Charles on the last day in March, then continued winning in April and May -- all the way through this past week's district and sectional championship games. Thursday though, was North's biggest win of them all, as …