Archive for March, 2013
The Willow Springs Bears will get to play at Hammons Field on Wednesday April 24th. Springfield Cardinals play at 11:00 and the Bears play Mountain Grove following the game. Tickets are on sale now and are available for pickup by Friday. They need to sell at least 250 tickets to fund the game. This is a huge opportunity for the Bears to play at a professional field.
Brian McNamee has been serving on the Salem High School varsity football coaching staff for the last 14 years and was promoted to head coach during a closed session of the board of education March 18.
It has been 32 years since Salem High School has had to hire a new head football coach. Coach Bill Schuchardt’s resignation was accepted last month by the board.
“There are going to be some growing pains, some challenges,” said
Principal John Smith.
Those should be limited, though, by the fact that the new coach is also the old coach, Smith says. In addition to serving as the assistant football coach, McNamee is also the head track and field coach. He played football and participated in track and field for four years at Mid American Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.
“He definitely knows the athletes. It will make the smoothest transition,” said athletic director Phil Karr. Smith stated that the search was opened up inside and outside the district, and four coaches were interviewed for the position.
The new coach isn’t worried about stepping into the cleats of the man who held the job for the last 32 years. “It’s going to be a challenge. He created a legacy. But I’m not afraid of a challenge,” said McNamee.
According to Karr, it would be wrong to think that McNamee would just be babysitting Schuchardt’s team.
“He’ll have more of a spread offense and option style,” said Karr.
Karr and Smith believe this is more in keeping with the style of play of other schools in the conference. McNamee believes this will better utilize the players he has. He says that his current team is more athletic, even though some of them have not played before. The conference is no longer playing a power game, a game of strength, but a game of express power and speed, McNamee said.
McNamee will start organizational meetings this week with a team meeting Wednesday morning and a coaching staff meeting Wednesday night.
McNamee said he is looking to draw a new assistant coach from his staff, based on the openings and needs the staff establish at their first meeting.
“I have high standards and a tough work ethic, but I think we will have a good season,” said McNamee.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (March 25, 2013) – The St. Louis Cardinals are kicking off the 2013 season by encouraging local businesses, schools and other organizations to rally behind the team and the team’s charitable arm, Cardinals Care, by participating in Cardinals RED for Kids (#RED4kids).
RED, which stands for Rally Everyone Day, is the team’s version of an office “dress down” day in which participating organizations make a donation to Cardinals Care in exchange for the opportunity to sport their Cardinals clothes at work or school. Since last year, Cardinals Care has raised over $15,000 through RED for Kids.
“Cardinals Care was formed to give fans a way of teaming up with the Cardinals to help kids in our community,” said Michael Hall, Vice President of Community Relations and Executive Director of Cardinals Care. “RED for Kids is a great way to join our effort to help kids in our community and show your support for the team as we celebrate the return of baseball.”
To participate, local businesses and organizations can log onto cardinals.com/red and download the registration form. Individual participants within the organization are then asked to pledge a modest donation to dress down ($5 for example) and wear red in support of the Cardinals for the day. Companies can even make matching donations to support the cause. Schools are also encouraged to participate in Cardinals RED for Kids, but are not required to make a donation to get involved.
Participating schools, businesses and organizations are also encouraged to share a creative photo via the team’s website (cardinals.com/red) and on social media showing their Rally Everyone Day (#RED4kids) team spirit.
The organization that raises the most funds by April 30th will receive 100 Cardinals tickets personally delivered to their office by Fredbird. Winners will be contacted directly to select their game. For more information, or to sign up for Cardinals RED for Kids, visit cardinals.com/red.
Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the Cardinals organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested nearly $18 million in helping children, including providing nearly $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations, and building 19 youth ball fields in neighborhoods in both Missouri and Illinois. In 2013, Cardinals Care celebrates the 10th anniversary of the innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.
COLUMBIA, Mo. - After the Mid-Missouri area was once again hit with snow over the weekend, the Mizzou baseball program has again adjusted its home schedule this week as it will now play Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday (March 27) at 2 p.m. at Taylor Stadium. The game was originally scheduled to be played tomorrow (March 26) at 2 p.m.
For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.
The initial read on an MRI taken of third baseman David Freese’s back and how the infielder is feeling this morning has the Cardinals “encouraged” just a day after uncertainty reigned.
General manager John Mozeliak used that word to describe the reaction to Freese’s improvement and the picture taken of his lower back.
“Opening day has not been ruled out,” Mozeliak said.
Freese will receive an anti-inflammatory injection later today. That could keep him off the field for at least one additional day. The Cardinals have only four exhibition games remaining, including one this afternoon against the Minnesota Twins.
Freese remains back in Jupiter, Fla., this morning along with several other starters — including right fielder Carlos Beltran (fractured toe) — while the rest of the team plays across the state in Fort Myers, Fla. Rick Hummel, The Post-Dispatch’s Hall of Fame baseball writer, will be providing coverage here on C-Beat from Shelby Miller’s start.
Jason Motte continues to test his injured right elbow in an attempt to gauge the severity of the damage done to his flexor tendon. Motte has been doing some range-of-motion exercises and has felt relief from the pain. He must show that he can do a series of arm exercises without pain before being cleared to pick up a ball and begin the early stages of a return to throwing.
The more days he misses because of the soreness in the joint the longer it will likely take him to return because of the time needed to rebuild arm strength.By Derrick Goold firstname.lastname@example.org 314-340-8285