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The Willow Springs Bears will get to play at Hammons Field on Wednesday April 24th.  Springfield Cardinals play at 11:00 and the Bears play Mountain Grove following the game.  Tickets are on sale now and are available for pickup by Friday. They need to sell at least 250 tickets to fund the game. This is a huge opportunity for the Bears to play at a professional field.

Brian McNamee has been serving on the Salem High School varsity football coaching staff for the last 14 years and was promoted to head coach during a closed session of the board of education March 18.

It has been 32 years since Salem High School has had to hire a new head football coach. Coach Bill Schuchardt’s resignation was accepted last month by the board.

“There are going to be some growing pains, some challenges,” said
Principal John Smith.

Those should be limited, though, by the fact that the new coach is also the old coach, Smith says. In addition to serving as the assistant football coach, McNamee is also the head track and field coach. He played football and participated in track and field for four years at Mid American Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.

“He definitely knows the athletes. It will make the smoothest transition,” said athletic director Phil Karr. Smith stated that the search was opened up inside and outside the district, and four coaches were interviewed for the position.

The new coach isn’t worried about stepping into the cleats of the man who held the job for the last 32 years. “It’s going to be a challenge. He created a legacy. But I’m not afraid of a challenge,” said McNamee.

According to Karr, it would be wrong to think that McNamee would just be babysitting Schuchardt’s team.

“He’ll have more of a spread offense and option style,” said Karr.
Karr and Smith believe this is more in keeping with the style of play of other schools in the conference. McNamee believes this will better utilize the players he has. He says that his current team is more athletic, even though some of them have not played before. The conference is no longer playing a power game, a game of strength, but a game of express power and speed, McNamee said.

McNamee will start organizational meetings this week with a team meeting Wednesday morning and a coaching staff meeting Wednesday night.

McNamee said he is looking to draw a new assistant coach from his staff, based on the openings and needs the staff establish at their first meeting.

“I have high standards and a tough work ethic, but I think we will have a good season,” said McNamee.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (March 25, 2013) – The St. Louis Cardinals are kicking off the 2013 season by encouraging local businesses, schools and other organizations to rally behind the team and the team’s charitable arm, Cardinals Care, by participating in Cardinals RED for Kids (#RED4kids).

RED, which stands for Rally Everyone Day, is the team’s version of an office “dress down” day in which participating organizations make a donation to Cardinals Care in exchange for the opportunity to sport their Cardinals clothes at work or school. Since last year, Cardinals Care has raised over $15,000 through RED for Kids.

“Cardinals Care was formed to give fans a way of teaming up with the Cardinals to help kids in our community,” said Michael Hall, Vice President of Community Relations and Executive Director of Cardinals Care. “RED for Kids is a great way to join our effort to help kids in our community and show your support for the team as we celebrate the return of baseball.”

To participate, local businesses and organizations can log onto cardinals.com/red and download the registration form. Individual participants within the organization are then asked to pledge a modest donation to dress down ($5 for example) and wear red in support of the Cardinals for the day. Companies can even make matching donations to support the cause. Schools are also encouraged to participate in Cardinals RED for Kids, but are not required to make a donation to get involved.

Participating schools, businesses and organizations are also encouraged to share a creative photo via the team’s website (cardinals.com/red) and on social media showing their Rally Everyone Day (#RED4kids) team spirit.

The organization that raises the most funds by April 30th will receive 100 Cardinals tickets personally delivered to their office by Fredbird.  Winners will be contacted directly to select their game. For more information, or to sign up for Cardinals RED for Kids, visit cardinals.com/red.

Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the Cardinals organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field.   Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested nearly $18 million in helping children, including providing nearly $11 million in grants to over 800 non-profit youth organizations, and building 19 youth ball fields in neighborhoods in both Missouri and Illinois. In 2013, Cardinals Care celebrates the 10th anniversary of the innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.

COLUMBIA, Mo. - After the Mid-Missouri area was once again hit with snow over the weekend, the Mizzou baseball program has again adjusted its home schedule this week as it will now play Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday (March 27) at 2 p.m. at Taylor Stadium. The game was originally scheduled to be played tomorrow (March 26) at 2 p.m.

For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.

     SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Todd Helton and Josh Rutledge both went 4 for 4 as the Colorado Rockies battered Brett Myers for 14 hits Monday night in an 18-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
     Wilin Rosario also had four of Colorado’s 26 hits. He knocked in three runs.
     Chris Nelson cracked a three-run homer off Myers and finished with three hits. Leadoff batter Dexter Fowler had three hits and scored twice, raising his spring average to .364.
     Michael Cuddyer added a solo shot against Indians reliever David Huff. It was the first home run of the spring for both Nelson and Cuddyer.
     The 39-year-old Helton, coming off right hip surgery and entering the final season of his contract, is batting .435.
     CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) – A coroner says there were no signs of drugs or alcohol found in the body of the bus driver involved in a crash that killed a pregnant college lacrosse coach earlier this month in central Pennsylvania.
     The bus was carrying 23 players and coaches with the Seton Hill University women’s lacrosse team when it crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on the way to a game at Millersville University. The accident killed 30-year-old women’s lacrosse coach Kristina Quigley, her unborn child and the bus driver, 61-year-old Johnstown resident Anthony Guaetta.
     Cumberland County Coroner Charles Hall said Monday that toxicology results showed Guaetta didn’t have any drugs or alcohol in his system. They also showed he didn’t have a medical emergency.
     The cause of the crash hasn’t been determined.

The initial read on an MRI taken of third baseman David Freese’s back and how the infielder is feeling this morning has the Cardinals “encouraged” just a day after uncertainty reigned.

General manager John Mozeliak used that word to describe the reaction to Freese’s improvement and the picture taken of his lower back.

“Opening day has not been ruled out,” Mozeliak said.

Freese will receive an anti-inflammatory injection later today. That could keep him off the field for at least one additional day. The Cardinals have only four exhibition games remaining, including one this afternoon against the Minnesota Twins.

Freese remains back in Jupiter, Fla., this morning along with several other starters — including right fielder Carlos Beltran (fractured toe) — while the rest of the team plays across the state in Fort Myers, Fla. Rick Hummel, The Post-Dispatch’s Hall of Fame baseball writer, will be providing coverage here on C-Beat from Shelby Miller’s start.

Jason Motte continues to test his injured right elbow in an attempt to gauge the severity of the damage done to his flexor tendon. Motte has been doing some range-of-motion exercises and has felt relief from the pain. He must show that he can do a series of arm exercises without pain before being cleared to pick up a ball and begin the early stages of a return to throwing.

The more days he misses because of the soreness in the joint the longer it will likely take him to return because of the time needed to rebuild arm strength.

 By Derrick Goold dgoold@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8285
     PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) – The New York Mets left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano will be sent down to Triple-A for a month to build arm strength.
     The Mets informed Feliciano on Monday that he won’t make the Opening Day roster.
     Feliciano missed the last two seasons with the Yankees while dealing with shoulder injuries. He’s spent eight years with the Mets, logging a franchise-record 92 relief appearances in 2010.
     He says his “velocity is a little down,” but he feels ready and will consider opting out of his minor-league contract.
     The 36-year-old has given up one run in 4 1/3 innings over eight appearances this spring.
     His spring was briefly interrupted briefly when an irregular heartbeat was discovered during his physical. He was wearing a heart monitor while pitching until about a week ago.
     KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Tyrone Garland banked home a scooping layup with 2 seconds left and 13th-seeded La Salle beat Mississippi 76-74 on Sunday, vaulting the Explorers to their deepest run in the  NCAA tournament since they played for the championship in 1955.
     Ramon Galloway had 24 points for La Salle (24-9), which was playing its third game in five days. No. 12 Ole Miss (27-9) led 74-72 with 1:58 left but failed to reach the regional semifinals for the first time since 2001.
     After Tyreek Duren’s two foul shots tied it 74-all at the 1:07 mark, Marshall Henderson failed to hit an off-balance bank shot that would have given Mississippi the lead.
     Henderson had 21 points in game with 11 lead changes.
     Duren had 19 points for La Salle and Garland had 17.
     Murphy Holloway had 14 points for Mississippi, which fell one win shy of breaking the school record. Jarvis Summers had 12 and Nick Williams had 10 for the Rebels, who were a miserable 10 for 21 from the foul line.
 
 By DOUG TUCKER
 Associated Press
     ATLANTA (AP) – Center Todd McClure will officially announce his retirement at a news conference Monday after spending his entire 14-year career with the Atlanta Falcons.
     The 36-year-old McClure said on Twitter, “Hope I can get through it with out getting (too) choked up.” He added a hashtag with “falcon4life.”
     While McClure had hoped to play another year or two, the team is looking to build a younger roster after losing to San Francisco in the NFC championship game. He said on Twitter nearly two weeks ago that he planned to retire.
     McClure was a seventh-round pick out of LSU in 1999 and went on to become one of the team’s most durable players. He set a franchise record with 148 consecutive starts and missed only four games over the last dozen seasons.
 Will be updated after news conference at 11:30 a.m. EDT.