- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)29
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)6
2010 was a turnaround year for Cape Girardeau Central High School's football team.
Central went 10-2 this season, with its only losses against Sikeston. The team also won its first playoff game since 2002 -- an incredible feat since going 0-10 last season and 1-9 in the year before.
Much of Central's success can be attributed to the leadership of coach Rich Payne.
Payne, who serves as the director of the Career and Technology Center, recently decided to step down as Central's coach. While he'll no doubt be missed, the school has hired a well qualified replacement in Nathan Norman, who served as an assistant coach under Payne.
Norman, a 1996 Jackson High School graduate, previously coached at Jackson before working in strength and conditioning at the University of Mississippi for a year.
Congratulations to coach Payne for turning around Central's football program, and all the best to coach Norman as he looks to continue Central's winning ways next season.