Brentwood sophomore to train, compete in Finland

Brentwood sophomore, Sophia Rivera, 2013 Class 2 state shot and discus champ, received big recognition as a javelin thrower in December, according to the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF). Rivera took part in the Kultan Keihas Project Javelin clinic in Chapel Hill, NC, and so impressed the coaches that she was invited to join the full, year-round program, which includes a summer training trip to Finland, a country where where javelin throwing is loved. The program develops young javelin throwers who have potential for success at national and international levels. Before the camp Rivera’s best throw was 117 feet. After a coaching session she was throwing in the 130’ – 140’ range.

Eagles make all-state, all-district in football

Three Brentwood football players have received statewide attention. Placekicker Dylan McGehee was named to the Class 2 all-state second team. Offensive guard John Surgener and running back Jacob Clay made the all-state third team. Surgener and McGehee are seniors; Clay is a sophomore. Head coach Keith Herring announced the honors at the team banquet on Jan.

MRH girls hoops fights back, sends Crossroads a message

Maplewood Richmond Heights girls basketball met Crossroads Friday at MRH, and sent a message that the blue Devils are a new team, according to coach Erica Anderson. Crossroads snuck past MRH 40-37. The loss puts the Blue Devils at 2-7 on the season. More game photos at 40 South News Facebook. “We’ll see this team again, and they know now that we’re not the same team from last year,” Anderson said.

Juniors lead MRH boys hoops to win

Three juniors led Maplewood Richmond Heights in its 63-48 win over O’Fallon Christian on Friday. Chris Blocker had 18 points and 18 rebounds, Reggie Gyunn added 17 and Satchel McDonald hit 15, including going 9 for 10 from the free throw line, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Overall, the Blue Devils shot 19 of 24
from the free throw line, while out-rebounding O’Fallon Christian 39-19. See the complete box score at the St.

Erby hits 28 in losing effort for Eagles against Lutheran North

Brentwood boys basketball fell to Lutheran North 83-63 in a non-conference game on Monday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Senior guard Will Erby was team-high for the Eagles with 28, followed by also senior guard, Marc Powells,
with 16. Lutheran North was led by senior Cameron Jackson, shooting 8 for 10 from 3-point range. The Eagles were out-scored in each quarter, but particularly in the third, scoring 17 to the Crusaders’ 27.

Brentwood coach Bob Penn to be inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

Brentwood football coach for 27 years, Bob Penn, will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in January. The 2014 inductees were announced in November. Penn spent his entire teaching and coaching career at Brentwood. He was a teacher from 1967 through 1982, then an assistant principal for the last 12 years of his tenure. He served as Brentwood’s assistant football coach for six years before being named head coach in 1974, a position he held for the next 27 years, according to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Brentwood girls hoops off to a strong start

Brentwood girls basketball lost its first game but won five in a row after that. It’s one of the best starts for the girls in recent years, according to the Brentwood Spirit. They made it all the way to the championship game at the Cardinal Ritter Holiday Tournament, which they lost, but head into the season with a 5-2 record. Head coach Chris Jones told the Brentwood Spirit he’s got a young team, and the good tournament finish and strong record is a nice surprise. “We have two sophomores, two juniors and a senior starting,” Jones said.

MRH boys basketball rolls over Carnahan

Maplewood Richmond Heights boys basketball raced to a 12-0 lead against Carnahan, then stumbled but managed to hold down Carnahan for a 60-42 win Thursday at Maplewood,
according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We have to be better rebounding, we have to be better about turning the ball over and we sure have to be b

etter shooting free throws,” Frazier told the Post-Dispatch. “Free throws are free shots — you have to make them.”

See more game photos on 40 South News Facebook. Maplewood senior guard Drew Weaver had a game-high 23 points, 13 in the first half.

David Backes-signed Tees Benefit the Animal Protective Association

Scratching your head over what to give the Blues fan who has it all?  Score one for the holidays by bidding on exclusive David Backes autographed ‘Holiday Blues’ t-shirts and ticket pack, while also helping homeless pets! As part of the Ugly Holiday Sweater Tees campaign (, the APA and local marketing agency Switch partnered to auction several St. Louis Blues-themed t-shirts signed by the team captain. Two of the shirts for auction are packaged with a pair of nearly-front row tickets to an upcoming game, one against the Coyotes in January and the other against the Predators in February. These very limited edition shirts are available for bidding only until Saturday afternoon.

Brentwood boys hoops is Coach Kern’s largest, Bayless will be tough

With Maplewood Richmond Heights playing for the first time last year as an independent in basketball, Brentwood (17-9) controlled the South Central Athletic Association conference, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This year the Eagles will depend on seven seniors and three returning starters, the Post-Dispatch reports. Among them:

Will Erby (5-9) averaged 15 points a game last season. Marc Powells (6-3) averaged 12 points a game.

Blue Devil wins scholarship to Culver-Stockton College

Maplewood Richmond Heights senior, Seddrick McShan has been accepted to Culver-Stockton College for enrollment in the fall 2014 semester, according to a press release from the school. McShan has also been awarded the Wildcat Scholarship, a four-year award. McShan’s anticipated major is athletic training. See a video of some of lineman McShan’s big blocks from the 2013 football season on Hudl. By attending Culver-Stockton, McShan will benefit from the C-SC Advantage, which includes research, professional experiences, leadership opportunities, service learning, simulations, creative expression and travel studies.

Brentwood boys win, coach Brad Kern gets 100th

Brentwood boys basketball won a tournament game at Valley Park Monday night against Confluence. The Eagles beat confluence 54-47, led by Xavier Bratcher and Marc Powells, both with 11 points. Justice Bratcher had 10. The win puts the team in a Thursday game; the championship game is Friday. The win was coach Brad Kern’s 100th game as an Eagle coach, according to the Brentwood Spirit.

Brentwood girls hoops: conference champs last year, looking at tough 2013-14

Brentwood girls basketball were SCAA Conference champs last year, but could have tough competition this year from Valley Park, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Eagles beat Valley Park 53-50 in a late-season game last year. Brentwood coach Chris Jones told the Post-Dispatch the Eagles will have to work hard to defend their title this year. He said he’s hoping to be able to split the two games against the Hawks.

Eagles season ends with tough loss to Lutheran North

Brentwood football’s season ended Wednesday night at home against Lutheran North in the second round of Class 2, District 2 playoffs. The Eagles scored first early on a Kyle Pudlowski run, but fell behind in the second quarter, for the first time all season. The Crusaders went on to win 26-20. Brentwood ended its season with a 10-1 record. See more game photos on 40 South Facebook.

All-American, NFL linebacker to open personal-training storefront in Brentwood

An All-American college linebacker (Murray State) who went on to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints is set to open a personal training storefront in Brentwood. Nathan Williams, 28, has been working with clients independently for four years, and is now opening St. Louis Strength Academy, at 8617 Manchester Road. He began with training high-level athletes, and has now expanded his reach. “The focus is to help people become the strongest version of themselves possible, both physically and mentally,” Williams said, “whether it’s for athletics or to build a great physique or to lose weight—that’s our mission.”

Brentwood downs MRH in first-round football districts

Fortunately for Brentwood and unfortunately for Maplewood Richmond Heights, their second meeting, in the first round of Class 2 football playoffs, confirmed the regular season for both teams.

The Eagles took the first game, early in the season, 42-22. On a chilly, muddy night in Brentwood, the Eagles ended the Blue Devils’ season 46-0. See more game photos at 40 South News Facebook. Brentwood’s perfect record was extended to 10-0 and MRH finished at 1-9. Brentwood got touchdowns from Jake Zivic (2), Austin Koster (2), Jacob Clay, Will Erby and Justice Bratcher.

Brentwood, MRH football to face off in 1st post season game

Brentwood and Maplewood Richmond Heights football teams will play each other at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Brentwood to start the post-season. Brentwood beat MRH in the second game of the season 42-22. They met last year in the district final, and MRH won that one 54-14. Brentwood (9-0) is the 2-seed in the Class 2, District 2 championship tournament. MRH (1-8) is the 7-seed.

Brentwood stays perfect, Districts loom

What the Eagles might have thought would be a test turned out to be another romp, when they played Principia on Saturday. The Panthers have a running, gunning quarterback in Matt Gilman, but Brentwood held him to touchdowns in the second and and fourth quarters—the final one with 14 seconds in the game. See more game photos at 40 South News Facebook. The Eagles clobbered the Panthers 55-21, which leaves Brentwood undefeated (8-0) with one regular season game remaining, against Wright City (4-4), at Brentwood on Friday. Brentwood is the #2 seed in the upcoming district playoffs.

MRH football drops another, Brentwood to play Principia on Saturday

Maplewood Richmond Heights failed to better its record Friday, as the Blue Devils lost  to Cardinal Ritter 34-6. Junior, Darren Williams broke away for the only MRH score of the night in the first half. MRH’s record drops to 1-7 with one game remaining in regular season, against John Burroughs next Saturday at 1 p.m.

See more game photos at 40 South News Facebook. Brentwood hopes to improve on its 7-0 record Saturday afternoon at Principia (4-2) at 2 p.m. Eagle senior, Jake Zivic has 16 touchdowns on the season. Principia quarterback Mathew Gilman has 18.