The question is as much a part of St. Louis as the Arch, gooey butter cake, concretes, sweating through your shirt at Busch Stadium and rush-hour traffic on Highway 40. It’s unique to St. Louis because St. Louisans love their high schools. It’s something that connects us to one another. It’s tradition. It’s family. It’s also sports.
St. Louis’s passion for sports, high school sports in particular, runs deep. There used to be standing-room-only crowds that would gather on the coldest winter days to watch the best soccer players St. Louis had to offer knock it around in the snow (that’s right, soccer was a winter sport long ago and far away). Thousands upon thousands of football fanatics would crowd into old Busch Stadium to watch blood rivals CBC and SLUH battle it out on the gridiron year after year.
The Turkey Day Game is the oldest rivalry football game west of the Mississippi River, and no matter the weather or the records of the teams, you’d better believe bothWebster Groves and Kirkwood will be out in full force to support their boys.
That’s the kind of passion, that’s the kind of spirit that fuels what you now hold in your hands.
This is the new and improved Ladue News sports section. We’ve teamed with STLhighschoolsports.com, the only website of its kind in the nation, to bring you the stories and photos of your local athletic marvels. This is the place to read all about the people who make high school sports the treasure that they are. Whether it’s the kids who play the games or the coaches and educators who dedicate their time, you’re going to read about them here.
For our first edition, we’re trotting out the first-ever Ladue News football preview. In this section, you’ll find a team-by-team breakdown of the schools we’re going to watch on the gridiron this fall. There are stats and photos of the players we believe will have a major impact on the season.
We’ve even highlighted one of the best players in the state in Ladue senior wide receiver Jehu Chesson. He’s poised to land at a big-time college football program next season. And hey, you never know, maybe he’ll be playing on Sundays before it’s all said and done.
As much as we love football, we’ll also highlight the other sports the kids in the community play. From soccer to volleyball to cross country to field hockey, we’re going to try and shine as bright and broad a light as we can to introduce you to these wonderfully gifted athletes who are, more often than not, even better people.
It’s a new day, an exciting day here at Ladue News. And I have just one question: Where’d you go to high school?