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Soccer Falcons Sign Parkway West’s Prsha For 2014 Roster Spot

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Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 10:00 am

Continuing to build for the 2014 season, East Central College soccer recently signed Parkway West senior midfielder Gavyn Prsha to its squad.

ECC Head Coach Kean Barclay feels Prsha will help to fill a huge role for the Falcons.

“Prsha has shown the attributes of what we’re looking at what can be effective in our program,” Barclay said. “First, he’s got good technical ability. He’s had great coaching in his youth development and that’s important. Second, he’s got grit. I think one of the things we lacked this year was gritty players that had the attitude of working harder than their opponents. We scored first in every game but five last year, and just didn’t possess the resolve to close out those games. I think a lot of that comes down to the determination to finish out games, and I believe Prsha has a great blend of ability and grit.”

Prsha said he became interested in East Central two years ago.

“I started to email Coach Barclay,” Prsha said. “My playing style really interested him. I thought it was really cool that someone was as interested in me as I was in them. He did really well in keeping in contact with me.”

Prsha can play a number of positions and has been playing for Sporting St. Louis U18 Boys-Howe.

“I’ve played everywhere over the high school years,” Prsha said. “I prefer to play in the midfield.”

Prsha is looking forward to continuing to play with another 2014 Falcon signing, Borgia forward Jake Erwin.

“It’s pretty cool knowing I’m going to be playing beyond high school with someone I play with in club,” Prsha said. “Jake’s a phenomenal player up top and I think it will be a lot of fun playing with him.”

Being able to stay near home was a huge selling point for Prsha, too.

“Location was a big factor, too,” Prsha said.

Prsha said he’s learned a lot playing for Tommy Howe.

“My playing style represents Tommy Howe,” Prsha said. “I play simple as possible and never give up. I’m relentless and don’t want to get outworked.”

Prsha said Howe is something of a coaching legend in the St. Louis club ranks.

“He’s really great at coaching,” Prsha said. “He’s not a soft guy. He tells you, without cushioning, what you need to work on. It could be harsh sometimes. My teammates and I know how to cope with that, so it has a positive effect on us.”

Prsha was a member of the Missouri Olympic Developmental Program team pool in 2011 and 2010. He was too old to play in 2012.

Prior to playing for Sporting St. Louis, Prsha played for St. Louis Scott Gallagher Elite for the 2011 and 2010 seasons.

In high school ball, Prsha started all four years at Parkway West.

“I sure went through a lot of adversity playing against good public school teams,” Prsha said. “It was not as well organized as club. Most of the high school players don’t play club. Whenever they come to play in high school, it can be hard to work. By the end of the season, we developed a pretty good chemistry.”

At East Central, Prsha hopes to work on getting into sports management or athletic training.

“I’m excited to be here and to play here next season,” Prsha said. “It should be a fun time.”


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games