At age 7, he started driving a pickup on his family’s farm. When he was 12, his father gave him the keys to a 1968 Ford truck to drive around the property. Curtis Francois got the racing bug early and hasn’t shaken it. Fast forward to a Tuesday night in March: It’s 7:30, and the husband and father of two is observing drag-racing in the pits at his track, Gateway Motorsports Park. You do what you love. So this real estate developer does the real estate stuff in the morning, and then goes to the track and stays late.
Shane Matzen stood surrounded by 300 of his closest friends. The Marquette boys’ basketball coach was inundated by hugs, handshakes, well wishes, thanks-yous and attaboys. Matzen’s back was raw from all the slaps it took. While he worked his way around the crowd, those who couldn’t be there shared their joy and appreciation by blowing up his phone with text messages, emails, Tweets and calls. His pocket was vibrating so much it looked like his hip had a twitch.
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Ryan Rosburg knows many things the average person does not. The standout center for the Marquette boys’ basketball team knows what it’s like to throw down monster slam dunks. Just last week, he won the slam dunk contest at the Webster Classic Tournament over at Webster Groves High School.
Marquette junior Ryan Rosburg led the Mustangs to a 41-26 victory over Lafayette Monday night at the Meramec Holiday Tournament. Pictured here, Lancer Aereon Smith defends a Rosburg move to the bucket.
FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2010 Parkway West's Patrick Sodemann (left) and Dwayne Henderson-Murphy (30) vie for a rebound against Marquette's Ryan Rosburg in the Class 5 District 8 title game Friday at West. West won 40-21. (Photo by Don Adams Jr.)