Thursday, April 26, 2012
Amy Deardeuff, a Fort Zumwalt West student, shares her Voice of Democracy themed winning essay with O'Fallon Patch.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Amy Deardeuff, a senior at Fort Zumwalt West High School, won a VFW essay contest this year with her piece titled, "Is There Pride in Serving Our Military?" Blogger Mike Nunnery praised Amy, after she read her essay at the April 12 O'Fallon City Council meeting. In his blog post, he said that her "voice, her presentation style and the content of her essay all spoke of a young woman well beyond her years." After O'Fallon Patch received emails asking that we share this essay on the site, we reached out to Amy, who gave us permission to post. “Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military?” By Amy Deardeuff It is December 1945. A soldier in the United States Army packs his bags. He has spent the last two years in the Rhineland and is relieved to…
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Check out your team's standings for the week of Jan. 22.
Boys Basketball: Gateway Athletic Conference North Duchesne: Duchesne improved to 12-7 overall after a win against St. Charles West on Friday. Duchesne won 56-64. St. Charles: Pirates are 9-10 and are on a five game losing streak. The team lost to Howell Central on Friday, 48-59. Fort Zumwalt North: The team beat Hazelwood East on Tuesday but lost to Parkway North and Pattonville at Zumwalt North on Wednesday and Friday. The team is 9-9 on the season. Fort Zumwalt East: The Lions lost to Fort Zumwalt South on Sunday, 48-62. The team is 6-13 on the season. St. Charles West: The Warriors are 4-15 after a loss to Duchesne Friday, 56-64. Read a recap of the game on St. Charles Patch. Fort Zumwalt South: The Bulldogs are on a three game …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Fort Zumwalt senior Marina Laramie scored 20 to lead the Jaguars to GAC South Win.
Fort Zumwalt West basketball coach Monica Tritz has a running feud with her six-foot-one inch senior center Marina Laramie. "She thinks she's a 3-point shooter," Tritz says. "She loves those outside jumpers. But we really need her in close to the basket." Actually, Laramie can score from anywhere on the court as she proved Tuesday night. The Indiana State University signee pumped in 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Jaguars to an impressive 53-26 win over Wentzville Holt in a Gateway Athletic Conference South Division battle at West. The Jags improved to 14-2 overall and 2-0 in league play with their sixth successive win. Holt, one of the surprise teams of the GAC this season, fell to 11-5 and 2-1. …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Senior’s eighth goal of the season gives the Jaguars a 2-1 win over heartbroken Wolves.
Soccer aficionados have a term for how the first half was played during Tuesday night’s MSHSAA Class 3 District 4 semifinal game, between visiting Timberland High School and host Fort Zumwalt West High School at West’s Hoekel Stadium. It was "blah." Almost nothing happened. Neither team gained any type of advantage. And there was virtually no excitement at all in what many expected to be an exciting playoff matchup between two of the GAC South’s most competitive teams. “We like ‘blah,’” Timberland coach Tim Shearin said. “We really do like it to be kind of ‘blah’ out there. That’s how we play. We want it to be tough for the other team to score.” The second half on Tuesday began with all kinds of fireworks, as both squads scored in the 90…
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Women missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are serving in Lake Saint Louis. One young woman from St. Charles will begin her mission to South America in a few weeks.
Both Melanie Forbush and Sydney Bentley want people to know that yes, women do serve as missionaries in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They do this because they want to, not out of duty or obligation. The motivation comes from the heart, from a deeply felt call to serve others and to share the Gospel of Jesus and the message of their faith. And to share something else. Happiness. That is a word I have not heard or used in a while, but Melanie Forbush used it, and that’s the word I thought of after I spoke with Sydney Bentley. I interviewed each woman about her calling to serve as sister missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Women missionaries are referred to as “sister,” which conforms to the …
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Jags score big in second and third quarters of dominant win over over visiting Wolves.
FORT ZUMWALT WEST HIGH SCHOOL – The Fort Zumwalt West football team won its fourth straight game, and clinched at least a tie for the GAC South championship, thanks to a 45-10 win over visiting Timberland High, Friday night at Hoekel Stadium. The Jaguars came into Friday’s action the No. 6-ranked team in Missouri Class 6 football, and after a slow start by their high-powered standards, looked every bit like one of the best teams in the state, in what became a blowout win over the league rival Wolves. “I didn’t like how we start one bit,” West Head Coach Paul Day said. “We had a bunch of mistakes, turnovers, bad plays. It was just bad. Some of that credit has to go to Timberland though. I thought they played hard.” The Wolves, who fell to 2…
Jaguars overcome shaky start, clinch at least a tie for the GAC South championship.
The Fort Zumwalt West Jaguars football team clinched at least a tie for the GAC South championship Friday night, with a 45-10 win over visiting Timberland High at Hoekel Stadium. Senior quarterback Drew Hare threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, while teammate Ray Harris scored four touchdowns (two rushing and two receiving), as West won its fourth straight game and improved to 5-2 on the season. Timberland fell to 2-5 on the year, despite a valiant defensive effort against West’s high-powered offense, which came into Friday’s contest averaging just under 40 points a game. Please tune in to Patch on Saturday morning for the full story on Zumwalt West’s big win over Timberland.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Zumwalt West's senior forward is off to fantastic start in 2011, already has more goals in six games than he did the entire 2010 season.
After a modest, but solid turn coming off the bench for the Fort Zumwalt West boys varsity soccer team in 2010, 2011 season senior forward Trevor Carter decided he wanted his final year to be something special. Carter had always worked out and played club soccer during the summers before his high school seasons, but heading into his final year and knowing he would be moved to the starting lineup, the 5’9, 170-pounder decided he wanted to be his best. “I didn’t want to be a bum, sitting around not doing anything all summer,” Carter said. “So I worked out a lot. I did a lot of weight training to get (stronger). I definitely wanted to start off strong, and hopefully, we’ll start to see it pay off.” Well, it sure seems like it has, as Carter, …
Thursday, July 28, 2011
2011 Fort Zumwalt West grad will play baseball at Truman University next spring.
In a little less than a month, the lifelong dream of O’Fallon native and 2011 Fort Zumwalt West graduate Jarod Hahn will finally come true. A standout youth league and high school baseball player, Hahn has always dreamed of playing in college, and maybe even professionally someday. And sometime around Aug. 20, when freshman orientation and fall classes begin at Truman University in Kirksville, MO, Hahn’s dream life of being an actual college baseball player will finally become a reality. “I’m stoked,” Hahn said. “I’m so excited. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was little. I’m just excited that I have this great opportunity to do it.” And the feeling is clearly mutual, as the Truman scouts and coaches came to see Hahn run, hit, and…
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
The class of 2011 received their diplomas on Saturday night at the St. Charles Family Arena.
Editor's Note: This story was updated at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday. The previous version incorrectly listed the school's colors. The evening began with a misty rain that dampened the clothes but not the spirits of the family and friends gathering Saturday night at the St. Charles Family Arena for the 11th annual commencement ceremony for Fort Zumwalt West High School. Principal Neil Berry waited in the green room, warm and dry, the prospective graduates were on the floor above plotting “The Great Marble Hand-off." After leading the dignitaries and students into the arena, Principal Neil Berry began his remarks with a story about a carrot, an egg and coffee beans. Mr. Berry made the analogy that “when all three items were boiled in water at …