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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 10:30 am

How productive was Travis Sanders during the 2011 high school football season for the St. Clair Bulldogs?

Despite missing the first four games of the season after suffering a separated shoulder during the Bulldogs’ jamboree, Sanders still was named the Four Rivers Conference defensive player of the year.

When Sanders played, he made a big difference on both sides of the ball at running back and defensive end.

“Travis was easily the best player in the area,” said St. Clair Head Football Coach Cody McDowell.

Sanders will take his football talents to Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.

Southeast is an NCAA Division I school that plays in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Sanders also considered offers from NCAA Division I schools Northern Iowa and South Dakota, along with NCAA Division II school Washburn, but decided to go with the Redhawks of SEMO.

“It’s closer to home, so it will be easier for my family and friends to watch me play. It’s exciting to get a chance to play Division I football,” Sanders said. “They also offer the major I’m interested in, which is horticulture. I like the layout of the campus and I also like the coaching staff.”

Due to the fact that St. Clair had good depth and balance and that Sanders missed the first four games of the season, his statistics on the season don’t jump out to anyone.

To understand how effective and important Sanders was to the team, you had to be a part of the St. Clair squad or at least around for most of the games.

Sanders finished the season with 39 total tackles, including 11 1/2 tackles for loss and 1 1/2 sacks.

“It felt good to be named the defensive player of the year in the conference,” said Sanders, also a second team all-state selection in Class 4. “My shoulder isn’t a problem anymore. It feels fine.”

Offensively, Sanders carried the ball 34 times for 259 yards, an average of 7.6 yards per attempt.

“Travis ran the ball hard,” McDowell said. “We took away some of his carries at the end of the season to give his shoulder a break.”

The FRC’s coaches saw his importance to the Bulldogs with the defensive player of the year selection.

When Sanders returned from his injury, the Bulldogs took off. They won five straight games, improving their overall record to 7-2.

In those five games, St. Clair’s defense allowed a total of 41 points.

“When Travis came back from his injury, it made a huge difference to the team,” McDowell said. “He was probably the best leader on our team. Considering it was his first year at defensive end, it made his accomplishments even more special. He played linebacker in previous seasons. He could have been the player of the year at linebacker, too. With his size and frame, we thought defensive end was a better fit for him.”

At 6-2, 230 pounds, Sanders will play defensive end at Southeast Missouri.

“I like rushing off the edge and getting to the quarterback. I think my quickness is one of my strengths,” Sanders said. “I need to keep working and try to get bigger for the college game.”

Sanders was a regular contributor on the varsity level at St. Clair for three seasons and even saw varsity playing time as a freshman.

“We had good success here at St Clair over the last four years,” Sanders said. “My senior year, I’ll always remember our game with Union (21-20 loss) and our win over Sullivan (19-6). Both of them were great games against two of our biggest rivals.”

McDowell believes Sanders will have a successful career at Southeast Missouri.

“Southeast Missouri did a good job recruiting him. Northern Iowa and South Dakota also showed a lot of interest,” McDowell said. “I think Southeast is a good fit for him. He’s a tough, blue-collar kid. I think he’ll be able to make an impact once they’re ready for him. It’s a great opportunity.”

Travis plans to major in horticulture at Southeast Missouri. He is the son of Roger and Gina Sanders.

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American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington vs. Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.), Blue Springs South High School, 2 p.m.

Friday, July 11

Washington vs. Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.), Hidden Valley No. 1, 11:30 a.m.

Washington vs. Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit), Jim Moran Field (Hidden Valley), 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

Washington vs. TBA, TBA

Sunday, July 13

Semifinal Games, 11 a.m.

Championship, 2 p.m.

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 New Haven vs. Wentzville, 6 p.m.

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union vs. G5 winner, 6 p.m.

G10 Elsberry vs. St. Charles, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 11

G11 G7 winner vs. G8 winner, 6 p.m.

G12 G9 winner vs. G10 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 2 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 2 p.m.

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters vs. Warrenton, 6 p.m.

G6 Wentzville vs. West, 8:30 p.m.

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles vs. Hannibal, 6 p.m.

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Hannibal vs. G5 winner, 6 p.m.

G10 G7 loser vs. G6 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 11

G12 G9 winner vs. G10 winner, 6 p.m.

G11 G7 winner vs. Washington, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 1 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 1 p.m.

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    8 a.m.

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

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Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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