The Kirkwood Call

From The Lou to the League

With a combined 25 years of NBA experience (and counting) between the three of them, Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum and Larry Hughes have lived most of their professional lives under the scope of national attention. Art by Merry Schlarman.

Hayden Davidson, sports writer

February 5, 2020

  TKC had exclusive interviews with three of the best basketball talents to ever come out of St. Louis. Here are their journeys from local high schools to the national spotlight.   Bradley Beal 2011 Chaminade College Preparatory School graduate College: University of Florida NBA career: 2012-pr...

Super Bowl LIV preview

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers meet in Miami for Super Bowl LIV Feb. 2. Art by Hayden Davidson.

Hayden Davidson, sports writer

January 30, 2020

Anything can happen in sports, especially in high-stakes, heat-of-the-moment games. In the Super Bowl’s recent history, we’ve seen a two-point conversion play that earned its own nickname (the “Philly Special”), a comeback from 28-3 at halftime and a puzzling pass play call at the goal line with time about...

Top five sports stories of 2019

From covering March Madness, to the Super Bowl or even to previewing the Cardinals’ season, we reported on everything throughout the year.

TKC Staff

December 29, 2019

2019 was an eventful year in sports, and TKC was there for it all. From covering March Madness, to the Super Bowl or even to previewing the Cardinals’ season, we reported on everything throughout the year. Our coverage wasn’t limited to professional or collegiate sports, though. TKC staffers covered to...

Making the case for a St. Louis NBA team

St. Louis supported three major sports teams (Cardinals, Blues and Rams) from 1995-2015. With the Rams' move to Los Angeles in 2016 and the other two teams finding success recently, now is the time to give St. Louis an NBA team. Art by Hayden Davidson.

Hayden Davidson, sports writer

December 9, 2019

The 2019-20 NBA season is underway, and fans across the world are watching the 30 teams compete from October to April (and the top teams in the playoffs until June). But what if there were more than 30 teams, and how likely is it for a team to come to St. Louis? Basketball is becoming an increasingly globa...

Nov. 28 Turkey Day Game Recap: Kirkwood 42, Webster Groves 28

“My mindset throughout the game was just win,” Lee said.

Hayden Davidson, sports writer

November 30, 2019

Each year, many people in the Kirkwood and Webster communities wake up on Thanksgiving thankful for the upcoming Turkey Day Game. The seniors on both teams are thankful for the opportunity to play one last game in their high school football careers. But one specific group, Webster Groves’ defensive backs...

Intense: Coach Farrell Shelton

Shelton and senior players look on before the team's season opener vs. Jefferson City.

Hayden Davidson, sports writer

November 27, 2019

The tumultuous crowd of family, friends, the band, the PA announcer and the rest of the fans at a packed KHS football game creates an enjoyable Friday night atmosphere. Through the noise, some spectators can place a certain voice from up in the stands, but it comes from down on the field. Many in the ...

Nov. 1 Game Recap: Kirkwood 54, Northwest 7

Juniors Mekhi Macklin (13) and Cole Johnson stand at the front of the line as the Pioneers raise their helmets at the end of the national anthem.

Hayden Davidson, sports writer

November 2, 2019

“Stay focused,” juniors Will Lee, Kannon Nesslage and Jaylen Phipps each said after the game. These players, along with the rest of the Pioneers, keep this message in their heads to remind themselves that now it’s win or go home. And they don’t want to go home, advancing to the next round of ...

JMac: Back to where it all started

Before all the fame, Jeremy Maclin, 2006 KHS graduate, walked the same halls KHS students do today.

Hayden Davidson, sports writer

October 15, 2019

For the past decade, people across the country, especially Kirkwood residents, have turned on the TV every Sunday in the fall to see the name “Maclin” on their screen. But before all the fame, Jeremy Maclin, 2006 KHS graduate, walked the same halls KHS students do today. Now, he is back as a foo...

Sept. 27 Senior Night Game Recap: Kirkwood 38, Pattonville 17

KHS football's Senior Night ended in a 38-17 win for the Pioneers. Photos by Ella Davies; visual by Hayden Davidson.

Hayden Davidson, sports writer

September 30, 2019

KHS varsity football delivered on its Senior Night, winning 38-17 over the Pattonville Pirates on Friday, Sept. 27. The Pioneers (now 3-2) lost to Pattonville (now 1-4) the past two years, but KHS played with high energy, especially once the second half rolled around. KHS displayed their best offensiv...

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