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ST. LOUIS AMERICAN • OCTOBER 4 – 10, 2012

INSIDE SPORTS With Earl Austin Jr.

Coach Cren passes at 78 Had huge impact at St. Dominic and University City The St. Louis basketball was later inducted into the community lost a wonderful Quincy U. Hall of Fame. human being last week with Ed Crenshaw had a huge the passing of Ed Crenshaw at impact at St. Dominic and the age of 78. University City during his “Coach Cren,” as he was coaching career that spanned known to all of us, was an outfour decades. He led St. standing player at Sumner Dominic’s program from 1960High School and Quincy 74 before moving over to University. He went University City, on to enjoy a sucwhere he coached  You know cessful high school some great teams you have coaching career at for the next 17 St. Dominic and touched many years. University City At U. City, lives along the High Schools, Crenshaw develway when two oped many great where he won a different total of 677 games. players such as Crenshaw was a Johnny James, schools tall, soft-spoken Hasan Houston, decide to youngster who was Barry Curtis, name their one of the stars of Ronnie Tyler, floors and the all-black Ill-Mo Redditt Hudson, gyms in your League during his Chris Peay and so days at Sumner. He many more. honor. was the Player of Coach Cren defithe Year in the Illnitely left his mark Mo League after at both places, leading the Bulldogs to the which was clearly evident in championship in 1952. The Illrecent years when both schools Mo League consistent of allbestowed a most special honor black schools during the era of on him. St. Dominic named the segregation. Crenshaw was floor at their new gymnasium considered one of the best in Crenshaw’s honor (Ed shooters in Ill-Mo League hisCrenshaw Court) in 2010. On tory. January 20, 2012, University He went to play collegiately City renamed its gymnasium at Quincy College (now the Ed Crenshaw Gymnasium Quincy U.) in Illinois, where at a special ceremony at the he was a four-year starter. school. Crenshaw scored 1,476 points, You know you have which is still among the career touched many lives along the leaders in school history. He way when two different

PREP Continued from B3 showdown last Friday, knocking the Panthers from the ranks on the unbeaten. The Flyers used an tremendous defense to pull off the victory. They forced eight turnovers, which included five interceptions. Defensive end Julius Jackson led a strong pass rush with four quarterback sacks. The Flyers recorded seven sacks on the evening. 437 yards rushing! Vianney junior tailback Markel Smith turned in one of the area’s top rushing performances last Friday night. Smith rushed for a whopping 437 yards on 35 carries and three touchdowns to lead the Golden Griffins to a 49-41 victory over Washington in a nonconference game. 248 not shabby either DeSmet junior tailback Marcus Jester rushed for 248 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Spartans past SLUH 56-7 in a Metro Catholic Conference game at SLUH last Thursday night. Ramon Alton breaks record Kirkwood High senior Ramon Alton became the school’s all-time leading rusher

in the Pioneers’ victory over Seckman last Friday night. Alton rushed for 128 yards, to give him 2,318 yards for his career. The old record of 2,299 was held by former Pioneers’ standout Michael Tillman. Congratulations, Ramon. Top Games of the Week • CBC at DeSmet, Friday, 7 p.m. • Ladue at Clayton, Friday, 7 p.m. • Westminster at Borgia, Friday, 7 p.m. • Gateway Tech at Jefferson City, Friday, 7 p.m. • Lafayette at SLUH, Friday, 7 p.m. • St. Dominic at Duchesne, Friday, 7 p.m. • Hazelwood East at Hazelwood Central, Saturday, 1 p.m. • Miller Career Academy vs. Soldan at Southwest, Sat., 1 p.m. • Holt at Fort Zumwalt East, Saturday, 1 p.m. • Mater Dei at Priory, Saturday, 2 p.m. (You can catch Earl Austin Jr. talking high school football on The Prep Zone on Friday nights on KTVI-Fox 2 with host Maurice Drummond at 10:20 p.m.)

Coach Ed Crenshaw, who enjoyed a successful high school coaching career at St. Dominic and University City High Schools, passed last week at the age of 78.

schools decide to name their floors and gyms in your honor. They want everyone to know that you were a big part of their history. It goes way beyond wins and losses. That was the essence of Ed

Crenshaw. St. Dominic, then called Assumption High, was an all-white Catholic school in O’Fallon, Mo. University City was a predominantly AfricanAmerican school. Coach Cren was beloved and respected at

both places because he was a man of class and great character. Above all of his accomplishments as a player and a coach, Ed Crenshaw was a tremendous person and a true

gentlemen. He was a kind and decent man who was true role model for many young people. I felt very honored to have had Coach Cren as a friend. We will all miss him.

ST. LOUIS AMERICAN

Prep Athletes of the Week

Gregory Taylor

Gabriel Lloyd

East St. Louis – Football

Miller Career Academy – Football

The 5’11” 176-pound junior was a prime-time performer in the Flyers’ 34-21 victory over O’Fallon last Friday night. Taylor caught four passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns in the East Side’s Southwestern Conference showdown victory. He scored on TD passes of 75 and 30 yards. Taylor also had two of the Flyers’ five interceptions on the evening as the team curtailed an explosive O’Fallon offense. For the season, Taylor has 54 tackles and two interceptions from his defensive back position. East St. Louis will take its four-game winning streak into Friday night’s conference game against Granite City.

The 6’0” 230-pound senior enjoyed a dominant performance in leading the Phoenix to a 40-22 victory over Vashon in Public High League action last Saturday. Lloyd was huge on both sides of the ball. On defense, he had 12 total tackles, six assists, three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. On offense, he rushed for 68 yards and scored two touchdowns. For the season, Lloyd has 73 solo tackles, 33 assists, three sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He was the PHL Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. Lloyd will lead the undefeated Phoenix into Saturday’s PHL showdown against Soldan on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Southwest.


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