Local Club Fire & Ice SC Wins WPSL National Championship
Fire & Ice Soccer Club, headquartered in Belleville, Illinois, made the trek to California over the weekend for the Women’s Premier Soccer League Final Four and will return as the 2017 WPSL National Champpions.
FISC, otherwise known as the “Britneys”, won the WPSL’s Central Division to qualify for the National Championships and beat the San Diego SeaLions 2-1 on Saturday in the semi-final. The club then turned around and beat Gulf Coast Texans by the same 2-1 score on Sunday to win the National Championship.
Kelsey Dinges and Katya Hessel scored for the local club in the semi-final. Dinges scored both goals for FISC in the final.
Dinges is a native of Smithton, Illinois who played her prep soccer locally at Althoff Catholic. For college, she took her talents to Oxford, Ohio where she starred for the Miami University Redhawks, leading the team in scoring during her junior and senior campaigns. She is currently a schoolteacher in Columbia, Illinois.
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Fire & Ice SC set up a GoFundMe campaign last week in order to help with the trip to California. The campaign raised $10,820 from 137 people in 7 days. That total included a $5,000 donation from Saint Louis FC, CEO Jim Kavanaugh and CFO Tom Strunk.
Dunkirk Edges Out Emoji At Weekend Box Office
The Emoji Movie brought in just shy of $26 million in its debut over the weekend, but Dunkirk took the weekend box office crown with a $28 million second weekend of release.
Atomic Blonde fell right in line with expectations and debuted to the tune of $18.5 million. It took the fourth spot on the box office chart behind the $20 million second weekend of Girls Trip.
Check back with RealLifeSTL on Thursday for this week’s edition of the Weekend Movie Guide. I’ll have more on the weekend box office numbers I’ll also preview the films opening this weekend; The Dark Tower, Detroit and Midnight Sun.
Blake Ahearn Named Head Coach of San Antonio Spurs G-League Team
Blake Ahearn has resigned as the head boys basketball coach at De Smet High School, according to a report by Frank Cusumano on 590 The Fan and InsideSTL.com. According to Cusumano, Ahearn has been named the head coach of the Austin Spurs. Austin is the NBA G-League affiliate of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs.
Ahearn starred at De Smet during his prep career, graduting in 2003. He went on to set the NCAA record for free throw percentage while at Missouri State. Ahearn went on to play a total of 19 games in the NBA over 3 seasons.
De Smet named Ahearn the head coach of its boys basketball team in April of 2016. Ahearn coached one season at Clayton High before moving to his alma mater. De Smet finished 12-16 this past season, losing to Christian Brothers College in the Class 5 District 6 Championship.
Saint Louis FC Beats Richmond
Saint Louis FC took a valuable three points on the road in Virginia over the weekend. Recent signeee Emmanuel Appiah scored the lone goal in the 1-0 win over the Richmond Kickers.
Adam Grinwis picked up the clean sheet for STLFC.
Saint Louis FC returns to Toyota Stadium at World Wide Technology Soccer Park this Saturday to face the Swope Park Rangers.
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