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Vashon High School

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    City's Homicide Total for 2012 Matches Previous Year

    The city of St. Louis saw 113 homicides in 2012 -- the exact same tally as the previous year. Some of these homicides got more press than others. Sarah Billingsley-Walker, age 18, was Vashon High School's homecoming queen and co-valedictorian. She was strangled to death. Aniya Cook, also 18, was a N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Sarah Billingsley-Walker: St. Louis Homicide No. 20; Found Strangled

    ​Sarah Billingsley-Walker, Vashon High School's homecoming queen and co-valedictorian, was found strangled in a home in the 3700 block of North 21st Street on Monday night. A suspect is in custody, reportedly her 17-year-old boyfriend, but that is unconfirmed.Billingley-Walker had just celebrated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Floyd Irons Out of Prison and Coaching Basketball

    ​Last we checked, legendary basketball coach Floyd Irons was serving a 12-month sentence in federal prison for mortgage fraud. Just prior to his 2008 sentencing, came even more bad news: The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) stripped the coach and Vashon High School of thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Weekend Crime Roundup: Shooting, Suspicious Death, Hit-and-Run

    From this weekend's St. Louis crime roundup (a special holiday edition!):* A 50-year-old black male was found dead yesterday morning around 7:30 at the 1400 block of Glasgow, just a few blocks from Vashon High School. The man had apparent trauma to his face; the case is being handled by homicide inv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Today's Board of Aldermen Meeting: A Plea for Public Art

    photo by Keegan HamiltonAntonio French chats with the members of the Regional Arts Commission​The St. Louis arts community was out in force this morning to show their support for the proposed "Public Art Trust Fund" being considered by the Board of Aldermen. About a dozen artists and representativ ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010
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    February 18, 2009

    Hump Day Slow Jam of the Week: Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack, "Where is the Love?"

    The Singers: Though born in Chicago, Donny Hathaway was raised in St. Louis: He grew up in a housing project in the Carr Square neighborhood and attending Vashon High School. Hathaway began singing gospel at a young age but made his mark in the soul scene back in Chicago. His most enduring compositi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Anthony Bonner Bids Adieu to Vashon

    Vashon High School boys' basketball coach Anthony Bonner told me today that he's hung up his high-school whistle in order to pursue a new career opportunity with the New York Knicks.Bonner quit substitute teaching at Vashon in December and spent his last day as the Wolverines' coach on Monday. Assis ... More >>

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    June 13, 2008
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    June 11, 2008

    Vashon Fouls Out: Wolverines Stripped of Three Missouri State Basketball Titles

    Vashon High School today was stripped of three state championships in basketball for recruitment violations and use of ineligible players. The school was also forced to forfeit five seasons' worth of games for the years 2000-'01 and 2002 through 2006. The ruling by the Missouri State High School A ... More >>

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    June 11, 2008

    Vashon Fouls Out: Wolverines Stripped of Three Missouri State Basketball Titles

    Vashon High School today was stripped of three state championships in basketball for recruitment violations and use of ineligible players. The school was also forced to forfeit five seasons' worth of games for the years 2000-'01 and 2002 through 2006. The ruling by the Missouri State High School A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2008

    Vashon High School Says It's Guilty

    Officials from Vashon High School reported today that five ineligible students played for its championship boys’ basketball team between the years 2002 and 2006. Two violations resulted from improper recruiting; the other three students were ineligible because of residency violations. The find ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2008

    Vashon High School Says It's Guilty

    Officials from Vashon High School reported today that five ineligible students played for its championship boys’ basketball team between the years 2002 and 2006. Two violations resulted from improper recruiting; the other three students were ineligible because of residency violations. The find ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2008
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    March 26, 2008

    Read Floyd Irons' full interview with investigators (transcript)

    I have received a lot of requests for the entire transcript of the November 12, 2007, interview between former Vashon High School basketball coach Floyd Irons and executive director of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), Kerwin Urhahn. We previously published the first 5 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008

    Floyd Irons' Mortgage Fraud Saga: The End

    Former Vashon High School coach Floyd Irons, one of Missouri's most victorious high school basketball coaches, and his former confidant and booster Mike Noll, were sentenced to federal prison Monday, along with mortgage broker John Mineo Jr., thus closing the book on a real estate fraud case that ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008

    Floyd Irons' Mortgage Fraud Saga: The End

    Former Vashon High School coach Floyd Irons, one of Missouri's most victorious high school basketball coaches, and his former confidant and booster Mike Noll, were sentenced to federal prison Monday, along with mortgage broker John Mineo Jr., thus closing the book on a real estate fraud case that ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2008
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    February 26, 2008

    Milestone Christian Academy Pastor/Principal Suspended

    Kansas City’s NBC affiliate took hidden cameras into Milestone Christian Academy, the new school that hoped to become a hoops powerhouse, and which drew from KC and St. Louis schools. Regina Taylor Gilbert, mother of former Career Academy and Vashon High School player Marcel Taylor-Smith, sent me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2008

    Floyd Irons: The MSHSAA Interview Transcripts, Part 1

    At the bottom of this post you can download two pdf documents that contain chunks of the transcript of former Vashon High School basketball coach Floyd Irons' November 12, 2007, interview with officials from the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA). This portion of the intervi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2008

    Floyd Irons: The MSHSAA Interview Transcripts, Part 1

    At the bottom of this post you can download two pdf documents that contain chunks of the transcript of former Vashon High School basketball coach Floyd Irons' November 12, 2007, interview with officials from the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA). This portion of the intervi ... More >>

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    February 7, 2008

    Basketball by the Book: Documentary Evidence

    I went off on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the other day for not giving credit where credit was due regarding Kristen Hinman's investigative series "Basketball by the Book," which painstakingly provided documentary evidence of residency violations on the part of Vashon High School and its boys' baske ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2008

    Basketball by the Book: Documentary Evidence

    I went off on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the other day for not giving credit where credit was due regarding Kristen Hinman's investigative series "Basketball by the Book," which painstakingly provided documentary evidence of residency violations on the part of Vashon High School and its boys' baske ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    Basketball by the Book: Floyd Irons Déjà Vu All Over Again

    Readers of Riverfront Times who happened upon David Hunn's story about disgraced Vashon High School basketball coach Floyd Irons in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch may have noticed something missing. Headlined "Inquiry into player eligibility leaves Vashon's titles at stake," Hunn's story outlined ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    Basketball by the Book: Floyd Irons Déjà Vu All Over Again

    Readers of Riverfront Times who happened upon David Hunn's story about disgraced Vashon High School basketball coach Floyd Irons in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch may have noticed something missing. Headlined "Inquiry into player eligibility leaves Vashon's titles at stake," Hunn's story outlined ... More >>

  • News

    January 30, 2008

    Floyd Irons' trial is delayed.

    He may be facing additional charges.

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2008

    Devon Alexander Finds the Spotlight -- and Makes the Most of It

    A few years back, Ben Westhoff profiled local boxing trainer Kevin Cunningham, corner man to the pride of St. Louis', Cory Spinks. But the ultimate focus of the story, written in the wake of Spinks' deflating defeat at the hands of Zab Judah, was an up-and-coming welterweight named Devon Alexander. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2008

    Devon Alexander Finds the Spotlight -- and Makes the Most of It

    A few years back, Ben Westhoff profiled local boxing trainer Kevin Cunningham, corner man to the pride of St. Louis', Cory Spinks. But the ultimate focus of the story, written in the wake of Spinks' deflating defeat at the hands of Zab Judah, was an up-and-coming welterweight named Devon Alexander. ... More >>

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    January 16, 2008

    Floyd Irons’ Sentencing Delayed -- Again

    The former coach of the Vashon High School boys’ basketball team,Floyd Irons, was to be sentenced in federal court Friday for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme that to date has ensnared three others (Michael Noll, John Mineo Jr. and Andrew Tegethoff). For a link to Kristen Hinman's "Basketba ... More >>

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    January 16, 2008

    Floyd Irons’ Sentencing Delayed -- Again

    The former coach of the Vashon High School boys’ basketball team,Floyd Irons, was to be sentenced in federal court Friday for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme that to date has ensnared three others (Michael Noll, John Mineo Jr. and Andrew Tegethoff). For a link to Kristen Hinman's "Basketba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2007

    Vashon Basketball Legend Floyd Irons In Federal Court on Criminal Charges

    Floyd Irons, the former basketball coach at Vashon High School, has an 11 a.m. hearing in U.S. District Court in downtown St. Louis today at which he is expected to plead guilty to charges of wire and mail fraud in connection with a real estate venture. Jennifer Silverberg Better days: Floyd Iron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2007

    Gimme a "P"! Gimme an "H"! Gimme an "L"!

    Richard Gaines, a member of the Special Administrative Board of the St. Louis Public Schools, presided over the first meeting of the board's new High School Athletics Committee Tuesday night. It's the first committee of its kind for the district, and its purpose is to restore long-lost glory to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2007

    Gimme a "P"! Gimme an "H"! Gimme an "L"!

    Richard Gaines, a member of the Special Administrative Board of the St. Louis Public Schools, presided over the first meeting of the board's new High School Athletics Committee Tuesday night. It's the first committee of its kind for the district, and its purpose is to restore long-lost glory to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2007

    Forum on Paul McKee's North-Side Doings Devolves into Name-Calling

    There were no hoops when local pols gathered at Vashon High School, just trash talk. Thursday night's forum on developer Paul McKee Jr.'s north-side properties was a time for declarations. Fifth Ward Alderwoman April Ford-Griffin warmed up the crowd with these lines: "We will not live with public ... More >>

  • News

    August 29, 2007

    Overkill

    Some readers say Cloy Richards is the exception, not the rule.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2007

    Won More Time!

    The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced the recipients of its 2007 Salute to Excellence Awards at its convention earlier this month in Las Vegas. Competing against other newspapers nationwide with circulations of less than 150,000, Riverfront Times received first-place awards ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2007

    Have They No Shame? Part 2

    Better make that: What Planet Are They Living On? Or: What Are They Smoking? The other day we blogged about the Post-Dispatch's penchant for ripping off RFT stories by re-reporting them and publishing them as their own. Today we opened our P-D and encountered this headline, on page two of the Spor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2007

    Have They No Shame? Part 2

    Better make that: What Planet Are They Living On? Or: What Are They Smoking? The other day we blogged about the Post-Dispatch's penchant for ripping off RFT stories by re-reporting them and publishing them as their own. Today we opened our P-D and encountered this headline, on page two of the Spor ... More >>

  • News

    March 7, 2007
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    December 20, 2006

    Unreal News Challenge 2006

    Week of December 21, 2006

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    December 13, 2006

    Basketball by the Book, Part 3

    Two Vashon hoopsters are benched pending eligibility investigations.

  • News

    November 15, 2006

    Basketball by the Book, Part 2: Foul Play

    Diana Bourisaw asks her staff to blow the whistle on ineligible basketball players.

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2006

    School Board President: Open the Books

    dhrinternational.com Diana Bourisaw Two days after Riverfront Times published "Basketball by the Book," an account of Vashon High School's apparent violations of state rules regarding athletic eligibility, St. Louis Public Schools Board of Education president Veronica O'Brien requested that distri ... More >>

  • News

    June 28, 2006
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    May 17, 2006

    An Incomplete Education

    More than 50 teachers allegedly gave passing grades to AWOL Vashon students

  • News

    November 16, 2005

    Irons in the Fire

    Critical audits zero in on Vashon's storied basketball program

  • Calendar

    April 7, 2004
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    October 22, 2003

    Offside!

    The Public High League once dominated the local gridiron scene, and suburban districts were perennial doormats. Now it's the other way around. Ever wonder why?

  • Music

    February 27, 2002

    Lunatics Fringe

    Jefferson City lawmakers hit the roof over Nelly's visit to the statehouse

  • News

    June 27, 2001

    Letters

    Week of June 27, 2001

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