Monday, November 28, 2011
Nearly 4,000 runners, joggers and walkers took to the streets as part of the annual Kirkwood-Webster Groves tradition.
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- Eva Connors
Monday, November 28, 2011
Early Thanksgiving morning, thousands of runners, joggers and walkers met in downtown Kirkwood for an annual tradition—the Kirkwood-Webster Turkey Day Run. The 29th annual run included 3- and 6-mile courses. Brackets were separated by age and gender, and first-, second- and third-place runners in each catagory received medals. In the 3-mile run, Tim Cornell, of Columbia, MO, and Katie Sutton, of Kirkwood, were the first male and female runners to cross the finish line. In the 6-mile run, Ben Rosario, of St. Louis, and Nikki Dillard, of Bellaire, TX, were first male and female runners to cross the line. Complete race results can be found on the Big River Running website. Click through the gallery for photos from the event.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Webster Groves wins the turnover war on its way to a dominant victory on Thanksgiving.
Kirkwood proved to be no match for Webster Groves as the Statesmen capitalized on several Kirkwood turnovers to cruise to a 40-14 victory on Thanksgiving. With Kirkwood on the verge of playing a state championship game, both teams' junior varsity squads clashed in the annual Turkey Day Game. Kirkwood started the game with a fumble on the opening kickoff. After Webster failed to capitalize on the turnover, the Pioneers took over possession deep in their own territory. On the Pioneers' first offensive play, quarterback Connor Scott was sacked and fumbled, which led to a defensive touchdown by Webster Groves' Thomas Higgins. The Statesmen held an early 7-0 lead. Scott never returned to action and appeared to be nursing an arm injury. William …
Kirkwood's traditional chili cookoff an overflowing success this year.
Thanksgiving is steeped in tradition for most Americans, but in Kirkwood, Thanksgiving week would not be the same without football, chili and turkey. For over 100 years Kirkwood High School has played football against their rival Webster Groves High School on Thanksgiving Day. Known far and wide as the Turkey Day Game, many other traditions now coincide with the big game, including the Kirkwood School District Foundation Turkey Day Chili Bowl. This year’s chili cookoff was an overflowing success. Sponsored by Mike Duffy’s Pub & Grill and Great Harvest Bread Co., the Chili Bowl attracted a big crowd. Perhaps it was the weather? Perhaps it was the state championship bound football team? Perhaps people were just hungry? Whatever the reasons, …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The 29th Annual Kirkwood-Webster Turkey Day run is expected to draw 4,000 participants.
On Thursday morning, runners will hit the streets of Kirkwood and Webster Groves to carry on a Thanksgiving tradition that's nearly three decades old and a staple of St. Louis road races: the Kirkwood-Webster Turkey Day Run. This year's race is expected draw about 4,000 participants with runners coming from across the country to participate in the local athletic tradition. The 29th Annual Kirkwood-Webster Turkey Day Run features a 3-mile and 6-mile course that start and end at the Kirkwood Farmers' Market (see attached map). The 3-mile run starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 6-mile run begins at 8:10 a.m. Registration details can be found here. The first 2,000 runners to register will receive a commemorative giveaway. The event is geared toward …
Monday, November 21, 2011
St. Louis Wing Company sponsored a pre-Turkey Day Game wing eating competition between the high school football players.
As part of pre-Turkey Day Game festivities, the St. Louis Wing Company in Rock Hill hosted a chicken wing eating competition between stars from the Kirkwood Pioneers and Webster Groves Statesmen football teams. Kirkwood's BJ Buckner and Mike McHugh squared off against Webster's Rayshawn Simmons and Tony Smith. The teams were charged with the task of eating 60 wings per pair. While all the athletes put up an admirable effort, Simmons and Smith won the competition by seven wings, according to Bobby Tessler, owner of St. Louis Wing Company.
Kirkwood's advancement to the Class 5 State Championship Game has set the stage for the 2011 Turkey Day Game to be played by the Pioneers and Statesmen junior varsity teams for the third year in a row.
For the third straight year and sixth time in the last 10 years, the annual Kirkwood-Webster Groves Turkey Day Game will not feature varsity squads. The annual Thanksgiving Day matchup between Kirkwood and Webster has been a tradition since 1907. The two teams met nearly 100 times in that span with the Frisco Bell and year-long bragging rights on the line for the winning team. But in recent years, the Turkey Day Classic has been played with a little twist. Specifically, it has become a showdown between the schools' junior varsity teams because one of the two varsity teams had earned itself a shot at the Show-Me Bowl State Football Championship game, which is usually played on the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving. In 2009 and 2010…
Thursday, November 17, 2011
2011 Turkey Day Game festivities are kicking into high gear in Kirkwood. Here's how you can be part of the one of the most epic football rivalries in the country and show your Pioneer Pride.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Turkey Day Game festivities kick into high gear next week at Kirkwood High School. In anticipation of the 2011 century old bout, KHS students and alumni will begin the “Turkey Day Game” countdown. Be a part of the historic rivalry by staying up-to-date on all the events surrounding Turkey Day Game 2011. KHS Spirit Week – Nov. 21-25 Monday, Nov. 21 Tuesday, Nov. 22 Wednesday, Nov. 23, 5:30-8 p.m. – Thursday, Nov. 24 Friday, Nov. 25 Friday, Nov. 25 Student Council Football Sales for Muscular Dystrophy Association: The KHS Student Council sponsors a friendly competition between KHS and WGHS students to see which school can raise the most funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Student Council members at both schools sell paper MDA …
Many think 1907 was the first year of football between Kirkwood and Webster because there was no prior history. But the Turkey Day Game has an earlier existence.
Yearly, newspapers and broadcasters want to know the same thing: Which annual Turkey Day Game is this? Such a question seems simple but is not. The Turkey Day Game, the name now of the Kirkwood-Webster (or, depending upon who says it, Webster-Kirkwood) football contest, overly simplifies what the game was prior to Thanksgiving Day 1928. It is a game that precedes by 70 years the first Show-Me Bowl game, precedes by 28 years the creation of the Missouri State High School Activities Association and precedes by at least nine years the Suburban League and its related formations, including its predecessor, the St. Louis County Interscholastic League, which both Kirkwood and Webster were key players in founding. Because the two schools and their…