- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)36
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
Tonight in towns all across the state, a sense of adrenaline-laced urgency fills the halls at area high schools as we are now only hours away from the kickoff of the high school football season. Chatter at area coffee shops will reach a crescendo. Band members will be mentally marching their steps. Coaches will be pumping cautioned confidence into their players. Players will be stewing and anticipating the game, their responsibilities of living up to their town's name. Parents of players will be praying for safety.
We recognize and embrace the traditions that surround the Friday night pageantry. But more, we recognize and embrace effort, competition and community spirit. The boys in all of our towns have worked hard to get where they are tonight and will give their all for their communities. And they're not the only ones. Hundreds of other athletes in other fall sports have dedicated themselves to punishing athletic commitments. These boys and are all to be commended.
In all the hype that surrounds football in our cultures let's never forget the human beings under those pads, students who happen to play a popular sport. Good luck to all tonight. Have fun. Play hard. Play well.