[ {"id":"d4ccc780-e7cd-11e1-948b-0019bb30f31a","type":"article","starttime":"1345140660","starttime_iso8601":"2012-08-16T13:11:00-05:00","priority":38,"sections":[{"sports":"diversions/sports"}],"application":"editorial","title":"Ritter\u2019s Jones Among the Nation's Track Elite","url":"http://www.laduenews.com/diversions/sports/article_d4ccc780-e7cd-11e1-948b-0019bb30f31a.html","permalink":"http://www.laduenews.com/diversions/sports/ritter-s-jones-among-the-nation-s-track-elite/article_d4ccc780-e7cd-11e1-948b-0019bb30f31a.html","canonical":"http://www.laduenews.com/diversions/sports/ritter-s-jones-among-the-nation-s-track-elite/article_d4ccc780-e7cd-11e1-948b-0019bb30f31a.html","relatedAssetCounts":{"article":0,"audio":0,"image":1,"link":0,"vmix":0,"youtube":0,"gallery":0},"byline":"By David Kvidahl","prologue":"C.J. Jones is the top youth 800-meter runner in the nation. And he has the medals to prove it. Jones, a soon-to-be junior at Cardinal Ritter, spent his summer collecting national championships. He brought home four\u2014count \u2018em, four\u2014national titles between the last week of July and the first week of August. He even set a new national record.","supportsComments":true,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["sports","c.j. jones","track and field","cardinal ritter","aau junior olympics"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"45388649-17f7-5ddc-b2a8-edf01757b9a1","description":"RICK GRAEFE / JOURNAL Charles Jones, Junioe leads the pack of 800 meter runners at Saturday's Class 3 Missouri Track and Field Championship in Jefferson City. Jones won the event in a Class 3 record time of 1:49.96","byline":"Rick Graefe","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":null,"versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"507","height":"760","url":"https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/53/45388649-17f7-5ddc-b2a8-edf01757b9a1/502c199a0c5fc.image.jpg?resize=507%2C760"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"149","url":"https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/53/45388649-17f7-5ddc-b2a8-edf01757b9a1/502c199a21af0.preview-100.jpg"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"449","url":"https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/53/45388649-17f7-5ddc-b2a8-edf01757b9a1/502c199a6e5f0.preview-300.jpg"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1535","url":"https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/laduenews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/53/45388649-17f7-5ddc-b2a8-edf01757b9a1/502c199a0c5fc.image.jpg"}}}],"revision":1,"commentID":"d4ccc780-e7cd-11e1-948b-0019bb30f31a","body":"

C.J. Jones is the top youth 800-meter runner in the nation. And he has the medals to prove it. Jones, a soon-to-be junior at Cardinal Ritter, spent his summer collecting national championships. He brought home four\u2014count \u2018em, four\u2014national titles between the last week of July and the first week of August. He even set a new national record.

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Jones, 16, ran the fastest 800 in AAU Junior Olympic history last week in Houston. Competing in the Young Men\u2019s division, the 6-foot-3, 165-pounder blistered the track in an eye-popping one minute and 49.78 seconds, almost two full seconds ahead of the runner-up. It was just a hair faster than the old record set in 1980 by John Marshall. Marshall would represent the U.S. at the Olympics and become one of Villanova University\u2019s top track athletes.

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That, in and of itself, would make for one incredible summer. But Jones went bigger. He won the 1,500 in 4:02.59. He also helped the St. Louis Express Track Club take home the 4x800-meter relay national championship in 7:43.44, three seconds off the national record.

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When the AAU Junior Olympics came to a close, Jones was recognized as the Joel Farrell Outstanding Performance Award recipient. Other notable recipients include Festus\u2019s Brittany Borman (2007) and Seckman\u2019s Sarah Gretzmacher (2002, 2003).

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The week prior to the AAU Junior Olympics, Jones locked up his first national championship of the summer. He took home top honors in the 800 at the USATF Junior Olympics in Baltimore. Competing in the highest youth division, Jones raced to gold in 1:50.03. He was three seconds ahead of the runner-up.

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Jones, the reigning Post-Dispatch track and field athlete of the year, said the summer was good but he wants more. \u201cI want to get better and work harder. \u201cI\u2019m not satisfied with what I did. I want to make the next Olympics, definitely.\u201d

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It\u2019s a goal that would appear to be well within his grasp. His tireless work ethic put him atop the pedestal in every race he\u2019s run the past year. He credits his success to his borderline-masochist summer workout routine. \u201cI work out four or five times a day,\u201d he says. \u201cI do three official workouts and then I do two on my own.\u201d

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More amazing is that Jones wasn\u2019t at his best at the AAU meet. He could have gone faster but his body tightened up on him down the stretch. \u201cI tightened up from my neck to my legs,\u201d he explains.

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The fall will be a time for Jones to let his body rest and recover from the grueling spring and summer. He\u2019ll stay in shape and hit the gym to prepare the winter and basketball season. He started at shooting guard for Cardinal Ritter as a sophomore. \u201cI\u2019ll stay in shape,\u201d he says. \u201cI\u2019ll work on basketball.\u201d

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(Note: Both the boys and girls AAU 800 records are held by locals. Jones holds the boys mark. Last year, Ladue graduate Samantha Levin set the girls mark.)

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DAVID KVIDAHL HAS COVERED HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS FOR 10 YEARS AT SUBURBAN JOURNALS AND STLHIGHSCHOOLSPORTS.COM. CONTACT HIM AT DKVIDAHL@STLTODAY.COM. FOLLOW HIM ON TWITTER @STLPREPSCRIBE.

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After putting together one of the most dominant seasons ever recorded in Missouri, the defending Class 2 soccer champion Priory Rebels will look much different this fall. Much different.

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Fourteen seniors graduated from last year\u2019s 27-0 title team that is only the second in state history to go unbeaten and untied. The Rebels scored 107 goals and allowed five, three of which came in one game against Duchesne. To say they were dominant doesn\u2019t do them justice.

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This year\u2019s team, however, will pay for that success. With just one returning starter from last year\u2019s team and one who committed to play for St. Louis Scott Gallagher Academy, the Rebels will look almost entirely different.

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\u201cWe graduated 14 seniors and a lot of those guys had been on the varsity for a while,\u201d coach John Mohrmann says. \u201cThe last couple of years, we\u2019d start the season with a pretty good idea of who\u2019d be in the fold.\u201d

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This year, it\u2019s open season. Whether they\u2019re coming from the junior varsity or trying to step out of their reserve roles from last year, the players have opportunities to step in and make an enormous impact. With just five seniors, the bulk of the roster is juniors with a few sophomores sprinkled in. Several of those players got time last year and that should help. \u201cThe nice thing about being a second stringer on a team that wins all of its games is you get your feet wet,\u201d Mohrmann says.

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The lone starter back is Sam Newman. He scored 11 goals and handed out 11 assists last year. Mohrmann envisions him in an attacking role he\u2019s just not sure where that is at the moment. He could play up top or in the midfield. It all depends on the pieces around him.

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And while the faces on the field might be different, the name on the front of the jersey hasn\u2019t changed. And after handing out losses left and right last year, the Rebels are going to be No. 1 on every opponent\u2019s wish list. This Priory team will take the brunt of last year\u2019s frustrations. \u201cEvery game is going to be a battle,\u201d Mohrmann says.

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And the Rebels schedule isn\u2019t exactly loaded with cream puffs. After the Metro League lifted the home and home mandate for conference opponents, a few dates opened up on the Rebels schedule.

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They filled them with CBC, SLUH, Chaminade and De Smet.

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Not exactly cupcake city. Mohrmann had tried at various times throughout the past few years to get some of those programs on the schedule, but this year everything just came together. He\u2019s hoping the stiff competition might sting at the start but provide some much-needed experience for the postseason. \u201cWe have our eye on the second season a little more than we used to,\u201d Mohrmann says. \u201cIt can help season us a little bit.\u201d

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If Samantha Levin could have been on the next plane to St. Louis, she\u2019d have booked her flight and flown back in a heartbeat. She was worn out, beaten down, tired and drained.

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It\u2019s not easy being a college freshman far from home. It\u2019s even harder when you\u2019re competing for the most storied women\u2019s track and field program to ever lace up a pair of spikes. Levin took her talents to Louisiana State University last fall. The LSU women\u2019s program won its 26th NCAA track and field national championship the second week of June. The LSU ladies have won 15 outdoor and 11 indoor titles. The Bayou Bengals are the standard by which other programs are measured. Elite talent doesn\u2019t just pass through LSU. You have to be elite just to get your foot in the door.

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Levin, 19, is elite. A standout at Ladue, Levin won the Class 4 800-meter state championship three times and her time of 2 minutes and 6.74 seconds is the state record. She was a big fish in what she thought was a pretty big pond.

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Then she went to practice. Her teammates had as many, if not more, accolades. Seven of them competed at the Olympic trials last week in Eugene, Ore.

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\u201cIt was very tough,\u201d the 5-foot-6 Levin says. \u201cIt\u2019s a good thing to train with some of the best athletes, but it was different. It was hard being a freshman. I think I learned a lot.\u201d What she learned was that for all her talents and hard work, she was back at the bottom of the totem pole.

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Levin learned that the jump from high school senior to college freshman is wider than the Grand Canyon. She thought she was prepared for it. Levin spent her high school career working with former Ladue assistant coach Sean Burris, who is revered in track circles for his dynamic training of both the mind and body. Levin ran for Burris in the summertime, too. She\u2019d been to the biggest meets, she\u2019d seen the fiercest competition. The difference was she saw that competition every day at practice.

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\u201cThe competition, that was kind of a shock,\u201d she says. \u201cThe workouts were similar to what I did with coach Burris.\u201d

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Levin was training every day: She practiced with the cross country team in the fall, indoor track in the winter, and outdoor track in the spring.

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Despite her struggles, Levin was named to the outdoor track and field All- SEC Freshman Team in the 800 after finishing eighth at the conference meet.

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Things were just starting to turn around for her when her body started giving her fits. Her back began to ache. After it was looked it by the training staff and team doctors, she was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in her spine. Levin says her form changed at college and when her body tried to compensate for the adjustment, it caused the fracture.

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\u201cI wasn\u2019t used to using certain muscles,\u201d she says. \u201cI have to do lots of core work (for rehab).\u201d

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Levin, who battled injuries throughout her high school career, was heartbroken her season came to an end that way. But the summer has given her a chance to recharge her batteries. There is hope that the rough patches are past and she\u2019ll be able to get back to doing what she\u2019s always done\u2014dominate. Her teammate, Charlene Lipsey, is a junior and the reigning SEC 800 champion ran 2:02.6. She too had a rough start to her collegiate career.

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\u201cIt really does give me confidence,\u201d Levin says.

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Jayson Tatum has a target on his back that\u2019s bigger than his size 14 shoes. A soon-to-be freshman at Chaminade, Tatum has a name people recognize and a basketball game few have seen in someone so young.

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The son of CBC and Saint Louis University alum Justin Tatum, Jayson has all the makings of being the next great player to come out of St. Louis. At least, that\u2019s what people tell him. The younger Tatum, for his part, isn\u2019t trying to be all of that. His goal is to be the best player he can be each and every day. Anything else is beyond his control. His ears do work, though. He hears the chatter.

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\u201cIt helps me work harder,\u201d Tatum, 14, says. At 6-foot-5 and 160 pounds as an incoming freshman, Tatum has the physical makeup that projects him to grow to nearly 7 feet tall. His father is 6-6. His mother is 6-1. Both played high-level college sports. His genetics are hardwired to be athletic. The most telling physical trait Tatum possesses is his wing span. When his arms are spread, his fingers are 6 feet and 9 inches apart. He looks like a pterodactyl.

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While his physical gifts could make him a post player, like his father was at CBC and SLU, Tatum is developing his all-around game. Justin wanted his son to have a guard\u2019s skills to pair with his large body. So instead of planting him under the basket, Tatum has grown up handling the ball and shooting jump shots. \u201cHis ball handling for his size is really good,\u201d Corey Frazier says. \u201cI think his midrange game is his best asset. He has great upside.\u201d

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Frazier is Tatum\u2019s club team coach with the Whatever It Takes To Succeed Training (W.I.T.T.S.) team. He\u2019s also one of Justin Tatum\u2019s close friends. Frazier\u2019s co-founder of W.I.T.T.S., Ryan Johnson, is Tatum\u2019s cousin. The trio has been hands-on in helping develop the youngster. According to Frazier, it\u2019s all in the family.

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\u201cHis mom and dad pushed him to work with us. I think that\u2019s because there\u2019s no hidden agenda,\u201d Frazier says. \u201cMy goal is to see him get better every single day. He\u2019s like a little brother. I just want to see him succeed.\u201d

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He\u2019ll try to do that while following in the ever growing footsteps of one Bradley Beal. The Chaminade graduate and lottery pick in the NBA draft, Beal was arguably the best high school player to dribble a ball in this town. Tatum will be at Chaminade in the fall and Frazier is one of those who believe he can reach that lofty perch among the area\u2019s best players.

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\u201cBrad (Beal) and B.J. (Young) set the bar high,\u201d Frazier says. \u201cI think he can carry the torch.\u201d

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This summer will be a huge step in his development. The W.I.T.T.S. 14U team won the Nike Memorial Day Classic in Atlanta at the end of May. The victory gave the team a slot at the prestigious Peach Jam July 19-22 in North Augusta, S.C. There, Tatum and his teammates will take on the top talent in their age group that the nation has to offer. If he and W.I.T.T.S. are successful, that target, like Tatum, will only get bigger.

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Lex Kaplan is spending his summer vacation like most Americans. He\u2019s taking in some sights, getting plenty of sun and riding on the open road. Except he\u2019s doing it with eye black on his face, a bat in his hand and his traveling buddies aren\u2019t his family, they\u2019re his teammates.

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Kaplan, a soon-to-be senior at Ladue, is spending his summer playing with the Bayside Yankees, an elite baseball program based in New York. The 6-foot-2, 180- pound Kaplan will be with that team, if all goes well, from June 4 through Aug. 10. He will, literally, spend his entire summer playing baseball across the country. When reached last week, Kaplan\u2019s team was wrapping up a two-week road trip that started in Delaware and wound its way into Tennessee. He was hoping he could make it back to his coach\u2019s house in Queens to do laundry before he ran out of clothes. That\u2019s where Kaplan is living this summer. He and two of his Yankees teammates are shacked up with their coach in Queens.

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\u201cIt\u2019s so much different,\u201d Kaplan says. \u201cI love living in Ladue a lot more.\u201d

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Not that they\u2019re at home all that often. The team practices every day at 8:30 a.m. whether it has games or not. And the day there isn\u2019t at least one game scheduled is rare.

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\u201cWe play every day,\u201d the 18-year-old says. \u201cWe\u2019re either playing games or we\u2019re on the bus.\u201d

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Ah, yes, the bus. The Bayside Yankees have done most of their road trips this summer on the bus. They will fly to Springfield, Mo., later this month and to the Connie Mack World Series in New Mexico in August, if they qualify. Otherwise it\u2019s a road warrior\u2019s life for Kaplan. Which, it turns out, is rather droll. Earlier this summer, the team rolled from New York down to Georgia. It was 11 hours on the road. Kaplan caught Z\u2019s the whole way.

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Kaplan was able to play for this elite team because his brother knew one of the coaches from their playing days together at Tulane University. Kaplan got a tryout and was asked to join them this summer. A standout centerfield for Ladue, the left-handed Kaplan recently was named to the All-Metro First Team after hitting .488 with six doubles, seven triples, eight homers, 39 runs scored, 39 runs batted in, 14 stolen bases and drawing 12 walks.

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Ladue coach Rob Garrett says that Kaplan didn\u2019t come by those kinds of numbers by chance. He\u2019s the type of kid whose work ethic knows no bounds.

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\u201cIf he has a bad day, he\u2019s the guy who\u2019ll go home and practice,\u201d Garrett says. \u201cHe\u2019d pull out flashlights and keep going in the dark. That\u2019s the kind of work ethic he has.\u201d

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Kaplan\u2019s days are often far from bad, which was one of the reasons the University of Miami offered him a scholarship to play baseball. The Hurricanes are a baseball powerhouse that routinely has players taken in the Major League Baseball draft.

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Kaplan still has to pinch himself when he thinks there\u2019s a roster spot at Miami with his name on it.

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\u201cI never thought I\u2019d get to go to Miami,\u201d he says. \u201cI thought, No way, when they emailed me.\u201d

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The day the coaching staff came to watch Kaplan play a club game was \u201cthe most stressful day of my life.\u201d He didn\u2019t disappoint, however. A leadoff hitter for his club team, he displayed the pu-pu platter of talents he possesses to seal the deal. With his college choice behind him, Kaplan says he can enjoy his senior year without the burden of wondering where his future will take him.

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\u201cNow I can just go play,\u201d he says.

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DAVID KVIDAHL HAS COVERED HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS FOR 10 YEARS AT SUBURBAN JOURNALS AND STLHIGHSCHOOLSPORTS.COM. CONTACT HIM AT DKVIDAHL@STLTODAY.COM. FOLLOW HIM ON TWITTER @STLPREPSCRIBE.

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Erwin Claggett could do without the yips. An avid golfer, Claggett plays three or four times a week in the summer. His putter, though, hasn\u2019t been good to him the last couple of times out.

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\u201cOtherwise, I\u2019d be going really low,\u201d he says. \u201c(Golf) is therapy for me.\u201d

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There\u2019s a part of Claggett, 39, that has to laugh at that. The idea of him wearing a polo shirt, riding around in a cart and wondering which iron to pull out of the bag would leave the high school version of himself slack-jawed. The golf course is so far away from where Claggett came from, it might as well be a different planet.

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A product of the rough-and-tumble community of Venice, Ill., Claggett didn\u2019t know what golf was when he was a kid. The only ball Claggett ever paid attention to was basketball. And rightly so. He was bloody good at it.

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\u201cComing up, I never heard of golf. Basketball was always first. Everybody hooped, whether it was at the school ground or the park. At 5 o\u2019clock, you could find a good game at three or four different places,\u201d Claggett says. \u201cIt wasn\u2019t a cupcake game. It was competitive.\u201d

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Dubbed the \u2018Venice Menace,\u2019 Claggett would go on to become a local sensation as a school boy. He earned player-of-the-year honors and took his game to Saint Louis University. He led the Billikens to the NCAA tournament twice and finished his career as the second leading scorer in school history with 1,910 points, second only to Anthony Bonner\u2019s 1,972. He was inducted into the SLU Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Basketball then took him overseas for a professional career and there was a stint locally with the St. Louis Swarm. When he hung up his sneakers, Claggett moved into coaching. He was tabbed as McCluer High School\u2019s head boys basketball coach in 2003. His teams compiled a record of 168-60 and Claggett was named Suburban North Conference Coach of the Year three times.

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In April, Claggett was offered and accepted the same position at St. Louis University High. He is the 14th head coach in the program\u2019s history. He replaced John Ross, who had been the head coach for 11 seasons.

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Claggett is the man the Jr. Billikens are asking to turn around their program. For all of SLUH\u2019s athletic success, the basketball program has struggled. SLUH didn\u2019t win a Metro Catholic Conference game the last two years and finished over .500 just twice the last 11 years. Every sport has its peaks and valleys. Basketball never managed to climb out of the valley.

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After wrapping up two weeks of camps on campus, Claggett is optimistic it won\u2019t take as long as he originally thought to right the ship at SLUH. There is talent in the program. It\u2019s just a matter of developing it.

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\u201cWe\u2019re doing a lot of skill work, both mental and physical,\u201d he says. \u201cThey\u2019re really competitive students in the classroom. We want to translate that over to the basketball court.\u201d

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Claggett has experience with this sort of project. While at McCluer, he guided the program back into upper-echelon of area teams. And while the Comets never won a district title after tussling with the likes of McCluer North and Hazelwood Central regularly, they were always in the conversation of great local teams. SLUH isn\u2019t in that conversation, yet. Give Claggett some time and it will be.

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Claggett\u2019s passion alone will have a positive effect on the program. It\u2019s infectious. Teaching is how he feels he can give back to the game that has given him so much. Basketball took him to college, overseas and now a coaching career.

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\u201cIt\u2019s still giving back to me,\u201d he says.

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Now if it could only get rid of those yips.

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For one last time, the area\u2019s top soccer players will take the field to compete with and against one another. The 28th annual Missouri Athletic Club Senior All-Star high school soccer game will take place Saturday at the renovated Anheuser-Busch Center. The girls all-star game kicks off at 6 p.m. The boys will start just after 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. It costs $2 to park.

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The MAC game is, like most things soccer in St. Louis, a hallowed tradition. The game has seen many of its participants go on to be college standouts and then have professional careers. Some of the players eventually work their way back into the game as coaches.

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Cor Jesu coach Melissa Bruno played in the MAC game in 2001 after a dominating career at Ursuline. After guiding the Chargers to the Class 3 state title this spring, she\u2019ll be on the girls South sideline as the head coach. The only thing is, she doesn\u2019t plan on doing much coaching.

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\u201cIt\u2019ll be a lighthearted bench,\u201d Bruno says.

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Instead, her plan is to let the girls go out and play. It\u2019s a unique experience for the players, one Bruno remembers fondly even after a standout career at Mizzou.

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\u201cIt was so much fun to play with girls you battled against for four years,\u201d she says. \u201cIt was an honor to be chosen.\u201d

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The hardest part of Bruno\u2019s job will be giving everyone plenty of playing time. When you\u2019re coaching an all-star team, there is an abundance of talent to go around.

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\u201cI\u2019m going to have girls on the bench that have never seen the bench before,\u201d Bruno says.

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One of the girls who will suit up for Bruno is Jenn Miller, the Post- Dispatch All-Metro Player of the Year and a standout midfielder for Cor Jesu. Miller says getting tabbed to take part in this game is significant.

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\u201cI guess the main reason is just that I think it\u2019s a great honor to be nominated for it and to be able to represent Cor Jesu one more time,\u201d Miller says. \u201cI\u2019m also looking forward to being able to play with my club teammates in a high school setting. I think it\u2019ll be really fun.\u201d

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As much fun as the games are, they have been a bit lopsided lately, especially on the boys side. The teams are split into the North and South with Interstate 64 acting as the dividing line. The North boys team owns the South with a 19-5-4 record. The girls are closer as the South leads 12-11-4. The last two years the North has outscored the South 18-4. The South boys haven\u2019t beaten the North since 2001.

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Which, it just so happens, was the last time Oakville coach Dave Robben coached the South. Robben is back on the South sideline this year after his Oakville boys lost to De Smet in the Class 3 title game last fall. Robben would like to see a competitive game but, more than anything, wants the players to enjoy themselves.

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\u201cIt\u2019s a good conclusion to the season,\u201d he says. \u201cThe kids enjoy it and that\u2019s what it\u2019s for.\u201d

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The life of a professional golfer is filled with fairways and greens, runways and highways. That\u2019s life for Scott Langley. The pride of Parkway South, if you\u2019re looking for Langley you can find him on a train, in a plane or in a car headed to the next tournament, the next qualifier and the next shot at making it onto the PGA Tour.

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There are plenty of places you can catch him. His Florida home, however, isn\u2019t one of them. Langley has a lovely piece of paradise on the water he calls his. He\u2019s spent all of one night there in the past month.

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\u201cI had to return a rental car and pick up my car,\u201d Langley, 23, says. Langley drove home, caught a few winks and was out the door early the next day, back to the airport. The last four weeks have seen Langley play tournaments in Raleigh, Mexico and San Francisco, where he finished tied for 29th at the U.S. Open. He was just in New York City to see his swing coach and visit his girlfriend. Then it\u2019s off to Indiana this week and Utah the next.

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If you\u2019re counting at home, Langley went across the country twice, out of the country once and will go just about across the country once more. No wonder the guy had to buy some extra underwear. There is only so much one man can pack in his suitcase.

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Not that Langley is complaining. The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder is living out his dream. He\u2019s grinding his way across the country in an effort to make a living. And he gets to do it playing the game he loves.

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\u201cWhen I wake up every day, I get to go to the golf course,\u201d he says.

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And he is at the golf course every day. Langley doesn\u2019t have status on the PGA Tour or the Nationwide Tour. He must qualify for most of the tournaments he competes in. That means teeing it up on a Monday or Tuesday in a qualifying tournament and finishing in the top 14. Only then does Langley get a shot at that weekend\u2019s tournament. He hopes to have status by the end of this season, which would make his hectic schedule more palatable.

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\u201cAt this point, it\u2019s tough to figure out my schedule. It\u2019s tough to piece it together,\u201d he says. \u201cHopefully, I\u2019ll have status soon.\u201d

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He can earn his status in a variety of ways, but Langley is focused on making his mark on the Nationwide. If he can qualify at or near the top of the money list on the Nationwide, he\u2019ll be granted status on the PGA Tour. This year, he\u2019s only played two Nationwide events and is tied for 145th on the money list.

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\u201cAt the start of the year, I set a goal to win a Nationwide Tour event and earn my tour card (status) by the end of the year,\u201d Langley says. \u201cThe plan is to go ahead and earn it on the Nationwide.\u201d

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That Langley is scraping and scrapping is a testament to just how hard it is to make a career out of golf. Langley was one of the best prep players to come through Missouri and won the NCAA championship as a junior at Illinois. He was a member of Parkway South\u2019s inaugural Hall of Fame class. He\u2019s money. Only there are a lot of guys out there that are money, too.

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\u201cThere are so many good players, you have to play your best every shot,\u201d he says. \u201cYou can\u2019t waste any shots.\u201d

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That being said, Langley feels confident it\u2019s just a matter of time before he breaks through. With his talent and work ethic, there\u2019s no reason to think he won\u2019t attain his goals.

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\u201cIt\u2019s a process of getting better,\u201d he says. \u201cIf I stick to my game and do what I do, I can be really successful.\u201d So successful that he\u2019ll actually get to go home.

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Dan Tlapek sat under a canopy and rang the sweat out of his shorts. It wasn\u2019t just hot on the artificial turf at Lindenwood University. It was the oven that\u2019s behind the barbecue in the back of hell\u2019s kitchen. Hot would have been pleasant. This was torture.

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Tlapek and his St. Louis University High lacrosse teammates were in need of some relief, and it wasn\u2019t coming in the form of a cold shower. MICDS was leading the Junior Billikens in the state title game and time was ticking away. Unbeaten by a local team all season, MICDS was the juggernaut of the playoffs. The Rams might not have been a heavy favorite, but they were the favorite.

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Down a goal at the start of the fourth quarter, Tlapek took things into his own hands. A 5-foot-7, 155-pound attacker, he would score the tying goal minutes in. Then he would tally the go-ahead goal with 1 minute, 33 seconds remaining in regulation to lift SLUH (21-2) to a 7-6 victory and the state title. \u201cAs a captain, I had to give all that I can give,\u201d Tlapek, who scored 23 goals and handed out 10 assists, says.

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Tlapek dipped into a reservoir of energy deep inside himself that was fueled not by the joy of winning but the pain of losing. The year before SLUH lost in overtime to Rockhurst in the state semifinals. Two days later, Rockhurst would win the championship as the SLUH players watched from the stands. \u201cThe feeling of losing would be worse than the (joy) of winning,\u201d Tlapek, 18, says. \u201cI hate to lose.\u201d

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So Tlapek did everything he possibly could to avoid it. He and his teammates pushed each other through grueling training sessions. They worked tirelessly in every game to leave everything they had on the field.

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When it looked like SLUH had nothing left to give, Tlapek delivered. That he came up large in a clutch situation is nothing new. He\u2019s the guy who kicked four field goals more than 40 yards to push SLUH to a thrilling win over De Smet in the Class 6 quarterfinals in the fall. The school paper tabbed his kicks as the top sports moment at SLUH for the past year. Days after the paper printed Tlapek worked his magic on the lacrosse field. \u201cI feel blessed it happened to me,\u201d Tlapek says.

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And to think that\u2019s how his athletic career could come to an end. Headed to Mizzou in the fall, Tlapek doesn\u2019t plan on playing lacrosse and he\u2019s only kind of toying with the idea of trying out as a walk on kicker for the football team. But that doesn\u2019t seem likely at this moment.

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For all his accomplishments on the field as a kicker and attacker, Tlapek will actually attend Mizzou on a scholarship for, of all things, caddying. A regular at Algonquin Golf Club, Tlapek has schlepped bags for the past five years. He applied for and was named an Evans Scholar. The scholarship is awarded annually to caddies who demonstrate a strong caddie record, excellent academics, financial need and outstanding character. Tlapek will join 11 other caddies at the Evans Scholars House when school starts. The scholarship is valued at $70,000 for four years.

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If Tlapek\u2019s athletic career is complete, then he went out the way you dream it up\u2014on top. \u201cTo know everything ended the way it did, I have to pinch myself,\u201d Tlapek says.

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As elusive as an Bigfoot or the chupacabra, a hole-in- one is the ultimate goal for golfers. Here, readers tell us the stories of their success:

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