Friday, June 17, 2011
Girls soccer coach challenges players to live up to athletic potential, produces eight winning seasons in 10 years.
Belief in the inevitability of success is a starting point for success in any varsity sports program. Clayton High School Greyhounds girls soccer coach Paul Hoelscher sets goals that his athletes have consistently lived up to. Since taking the reins of the girls program 10 years ago, Hoelscher has led the team to eight winning campaigns. “You just have to be consistent and have high expectations,” Hoelscher said. “The kids at Clayton are hardworking, bright and mature, however, many of them have not been challenged athletically to achieve their own potential. We try to tap their talents and support their unique personalities.” Clayton finished the 2011 season with an 11-7 overall record. The Greyhounds won the Suburban East Conference with…
Monday, June 13, 2011
Clayton's track, soccer and baseball teams can look ahead for even brighter 2012 seasons.
Clayton Greyhounds sports teams fought their way through another spring sports season--one defined by more than one success story. The Clayton Greyhounds boys and girls track and field teams each had relay teams that made the cut for the all-state track team. The boy’s 4 x 100-meter relay team, comprised of Tyler Walker, Kameron Stewart, Frank May and Jeremiah Camp made the state finals. So did the girls 4 x 200-meter relay team, comprised of Kayla Brown, Traci Walker, Leah Johnson and Laci Sams. Both relay teams earned all-state honors with eighth place finishes at the state track and field tournament in Jefferson City. The top eight placers in each event in the state tournament are named all-state. The Greyhounds girls soccer team …
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Maplewood Richmond Heights wrapped up a tough season Tuesday with a loss to John Burroughs.
The girls soccer season is over for the Maplewood Richmond Heights. The team lost in the first round of district playoffs. The Blue Devils were in a three-team district tournament with the John Burroughs Bombers and the Brentwood Eagles. The Bombers beat MRH easily on Tuesday, 10-0, ending the Blue Devils' season. MRH finished 0-9 in the South Central A.A. Conference and 1-23 overall. MRH coach Amber Godfrey said the team struggled with numbers. While the team didn't always field a full team, it competed hard. "We had a group of good dedicated girls that, everytime we went on the field— whether we were playing with 11 or playing with seven—they went out and played hard," Godfrey said. "Our win-loss record may not show that, but they …
Friday, April 8, 2011
The game happened Wednesday afternoon at Centene Stadium.
The Clayton Lady Greyhounds soccer team had few problems with the Affton Lady Cougars in a Suburban East Conference contest at Centene Stadium in Clayton on Wednesday afternoon. Clayton improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the SEC with the 6-1 victory. The Lady Greyhounds wasted little time in scoring. Forward Meg Sutter netted the first goal less than a minute into the contest. Abby Rivard’s goal with 36:18 left to play in the first half gave Clayton a 2-0 lead. Haley Stewart scored Affton’s only goal on a penalty kick with 27:37 left to play in the first half. The goal cut Clayton’s lead to 2-1. The Lady Greyhounds maintained a 2-1 lead until halftime. “I wasn’t impressed with the first half,” said Paul Hoelscher, Clayton's coach. “And we …
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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Monday, March 28, 2011
The Maplewood Richmond Heights girls soccer team has 13 members this year, meaning each person will get additional playing time.
During a Maplewood Richmond Heights girls soccer practice Thursday, the team spent several minutes running up and down flights of stairs and across the gymnasium floor. Finally, coach Amber Godfrey shouted, "Two more, ladies." When they completed their final two laps, the girls stopped beside Godfrey. Some leaned against a wall, and others hunched forward while catching their breath for a few moments. The team practiced inside because of bad weather. But despite not being on the soccer field, the Blue Devils worked on endurance, something they're going to need this season. For a soccer program that's grown accustomed to having large teams, the 2011 roster of 13 players will require each girl to play more minutes. But senior defenders …
Sunday, March 27, 2011
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The event for incoming freshmen and their parents happened in the Maplewood Richmond Heights High School theater.
*Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the title of Dr. Deann McCann. She is assistant principal at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School. This article has been updated to reflect her correct title. Principal Kevin Grawer told eighth-graders on Monday that he and other staff want them to succeed in high school. He likened the relationship to that between a coach and a sports team. "'I'm on your side,'" Grawer said, describing what a coach might say to his team. "'Why would I not want anybody here to succeed?'" The meeting, held for incoming Maplewood Richmond Heights High School freshmen and their parents, happened in the school's auditorium. It featured Grawer and other speakers who explained their role…
Friday, December 10, 2010
For the first time ever, the Clayton Greyhounds boys soccer team took third place in the Final Four.
This fall, the Clayton Greyhounds boys soccer team did something no Clayton High School soccer team had done before when it made the Final Four for Class 2 schools in Missouri. With a third-place finish, the team cemented its status as Clayton's most successful boys soccer team in history — for now. It reached that benchmark under the leadership of first-year head coach Tom Redmond, whose experience might lead one to speculate that there are more good things to come in future seasons. Although it is Redmond's first year with Clayton, he is hardly a rookie coach. He served as an assistant coach for five years (1986–90) and as a head coach for nine years (1991–99) at the University of Missouri St. Louis, and as an assistant coach for two …
Friday, November 19, 2010
Clayton was shooting for third place Saturday in its last game of the season.
The Clayton High School Greyhounds fell 0-2 to the St. Mary's Dragons in the second half of a semi-finals matchup Nov. 19 in Fenton that featured fierce competition and determination. Coach Tom Redmond said that the Greyhounds have had an impressive year. He spoke as the team headed into the race for third place in Class 2 of the 43rd Boys Soccer Championships. The championships are sponsored by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. "I'm very proud of my boys," Redmond said. "They played hard and did their best." Redmond said he knew that getting to the championship would be a battle based on challenges the team faced earlier this season from University City and Priory. "We knew coming into this game that St. Mary's was …