Sports briefing week Oct. 30 – Nov. 5


Ally Gooden

Daniel Kim, sports writer

For the first time in franchise history, “The Stros” are the champions after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in World Series Game 7 on Nov. 1. This is not only a monumental moment for the Astros organization, but also for the Houston community. After Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston nine weeks ago, the Astros gifted the city with a trophy.

Also in Houston, the Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson suffered a season-ending injury on Nov. 2. The former Clemson Tiger had 19 touchdowns and 1,699 yards in his first seven games. The projected timeline for Watson’s recovery is eight to nine months.

Local News

  • KHS football eliminated from playoffs

The Pioneers fell to the Lindbergh Flyers, 16-14, in the District one semifinals Oct. 27. Kirkwood, last year’s state champion and once listed by STL Today as the number one football team in the state this season, was the favorite to win the championship after going 7-1 in the regular season.

“It was sad that it didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to be,” Jack Kanzler, senior and offensive lineman, said. “We got knocked out of playoffs much earlier than we would have liked.”

With a 5-2 win against their bitter rival, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Blues start the year off with a 10-2-1 record Nov. 1. They are the only NHL team with no losses at home. Forward Jason Schwartz leads the team with 17 points in the first 13 games – the third highest in NHL this year.

  • KHS boys’ and girls’ varsity cross-country team goes to state

It has been 13 years since the boys’ cross-country varsity team made the cut for the state meet; more than six years for girls. First time in couple decades both boys’ and girls’ teams went to the state together.