Weekly sports briefing 1/15/17 – 1/21/17

Daniel Kim, features writer


Minnesota Vikings beat New Orleans Saints 26-24 with the last-second touchdown

With 25 seconds left, Saints kicker Wil Lutz kicked a 43-yard field goal to give the Saints a 24-23 lead. Two plays later, Vikings quarterback Case Keenum connected to Stefon Diggs for a miraculous 61-yard touchdown as time ran out. Keenum, an undrafted quarterback considered a role player most of his career, became an overnight star with the improbable last-second touchdown. The Vikings will face Philadelphia Eagles, led by quarterback Nick Foles for the division championship game. The two quarterbacks, once teammates in 2016, will now face off for the conference championship game.


North and South Koreans will march together at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics

North and South Korea are two rival countries separated by a demilitarized zone since 1953. But they put politics aside and the athletes representing the Korean peninsula march together on the opening ceremony of the upcoming Winter Olympics. The two countries will also compete together in an unified women’s ice hockey team. After the civil war that devastated the country, the two countries were in bitter stalemate for decades, characterized by nuclear threats and constant tensions. But recently, the talks of reunification have been spurred between the leaders, and this event might be the first step towards bridging that gap.



Kirkwood varsity boys’ basketball beat Lindbergh 47-26

Even with the absence of star guard Damien Loyd, junior, due to an injury, the Pioneers breeze past the Lindbergh Flyers on with a standout performance from forward Jonah McDowell, junior on Jan. 17. McDowell scored 18 points and four shots made beyond the arc. KHS boys basketball is off to a fast start with an overall record is 11-3. KHS will host the Pattonville Pirates on Friday, Jan. 19.

Kirkwood girls varsity swim team placed fourth in the first annual Kirkwood Invitational

The first ever Kirkwood Invitational was hosted at Walker Natatorium on Jan. 13. The KHS girls’ team, scoring 241 points, placed fourth, behind state favorite teams Marquette, Lafayette and Park Hill South. Maddie Pearl, senior, placed second in 100 backstroke and Claire Lin, senior, placed second in 100 breaststroke and swam a 1:09:60, her personal best.

“There was a lot of competition in this meet,” Lin said. “There were 13 teams, a lot of quick swimmers, like the defending state championship team was there as well. I just wanted to go into the meet thinking about racing and doing the best I can. My expectations weren’t really thinking I was going for the personal best time, so I was very proud of [achieving the personal best].”

St. Louis Blues beat Ottawa Senators 4-1

Vladimir Tarasenko celebrated his 20th goal of the season in the game on Thursday, Jan. 18 against the Senators. Alex Pietrangelo, Brayden Schenn and Alexander Steen also contributed with a goal from each. The Blues are now 28-17-3 for the season, 3rd place in the Western Central division.