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High school football: St. Thomas Academy’s last run beats Mahtomedi

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High school football: St. Thomas Academy’s last run beats Mahtomedi

Whenever St. Thomas Academy and Mahtomedi meet on the football field as of late, high drama seems to ensue.

Last season, it was a four-overtime affair in which the Cadets finally came out on top.

But that, it turned out, was only a prelude for what transpired when the two teams crossed paths again Friday night in Mendota Heights.

St. Thomas Academy, which had won its first five games by an average margin of 28.4 points, had to come from behind in dramatic fashion against the Zephyrs — scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run by junior running back Love Adebayo as time expired to beat the Zephyrs 18-13.

The score came after the Cadets had lined up for a field-goal attempt by junior Mark Rogalski. But three consecutive defensive offside calls on Mahtomedi put the ball on the Zephyrs’ 2-yard-line, and St. Thomas Academy opted to go for the touchdown.

“It happened fast,” Adebayo said. “I got to the line, and it was like a blur. Suddenly I was in the end zone, and we had won the game.

“Our fullback made a great block, and our offensive line pushed everyone in. I saw the outside was open, and I just took off.”

St. Thomas Academy – ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 5A – improved to 6-0. Mahtomedi – ranked No. 10 – dropped its second straight game and fell to 4-2.

“In the heat of the moment, kids try to make plays,” Zephyrs coach Dave Muetzel said of the penalties on his team. “That’s what happened there.”

The game-winning drive came after St. Thomas Academy threw an incomplete pass on fourth down that gave Mahtomedi the ball back at its own 44, leading 13-12 with 2:18 to play. But a fumble seconds later provided St. Thomas Academy with another chance, giving the Cadets the ball back at their own 41.

“I was really pleased with the way our defense played tonight,” St. Thomas Academy coach Dan O’Brien said. “Aside from four or five plays we wish we could have back, they played an outstanding game. They made the plays when we needed them.”

Mahtomedi trailed most of the game but managed to take the lead for the first time when sophomore quarterback Charles Brandt scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with four and a half minutes to play.

That followed a 94-yard kickoff return by senior Gunnar Woods in the third quarter that cut the Cadets’ lead to 12-6 – a play that came immediately after Adebayo had scored on a 2-yard run to put St. Thomas Academy on top 12-0.

“I think I died about three times tonight,” O’Brien said.

“Anytime we play these guys, it’s a battle. I’m not sure which was more stressful – the four-overtime game or this one. I think it was this one by a little bit.”

Adebayo, who had 10 carries for 81 yards in the first half as his team built a 6-0 halftime lead on a pair of field goals by Rogalski, said being tested the way they were Friday will be good for the Cadets down the road.

“I think this shows we’re a really good team that doesn’t give up,” Adebayo said. “We didn’t blow anybody out tonight. We needed to win a hard-fought game, and we did it.”

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Health care chain zooms in on LoHi for second Denver location

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ZoomCare is focusing its lens on the Denver market.

The Portland-based health care provider opened its second location in Denver, and fourth in Colorado, last month at 3210 Tejon St. in LoHi.

“Where we place our clinics is part of our proprietary secrets, but LoHi fits the profile of the neighborhoods we like to go into,” said CEO Jeff Fee.

“And with our entrée into Denver, it’s a growing market and has similar market characteristics of our existing markets. Our goal down the road is to become a national brand, and Denver seemed like a good fit for the ZoomCare model.”

ZoomCare, which started as a neighborhood clinic in 2006, has about 60 locations in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Colorado.

The healthcare provider moved into Colorado last year, when it opened a clinic at 1431 15th St. in LoDo and another in Boulder last year. The company added one in Arvada in June.

The company signed a lease for the 1,080-square-foot LoHi space in April. Endorphin Fitness previously operated there.

ZoomCare has around 1,500 patients in the Denver area, according to Fee. Each clinic has a staff of board-certified providers who cater to a broad range of illnesses and injuries. Patients are able to schedule their urgent, primary and preventive care services in the same day. Rather than having a primary doctor, patients can visit any of the team’s providers at any of its locations across the U.S.

There are also on-site labs and prescriptions, so patients can leave with medication in hand.

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ZoomCare has around 1,500 patients in the Denver area.

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Colorado weather: Major winter storm to drop up to 3 feet of snow

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Colorado weather: Major winter storm to drop up to 3 feet of snow

Winter weather alerts are posted for many mountain regions of Colorado as a potent storm is forecast to move across the state. This storm could drop upwards of 3 feet of snow and will pack winds of 50 mph.

First off, if you have travel plans in the mountains between now and Saturday morning, prepare for intense winter driving conditions with possible closures in numerous areas across the state. Some good travel advice can be found below.

There are two waves of snow coming toward Colorado. One will push through by Thursday morning bringing mountain locations light snow. Another will begin to move through Thursday afternoon and last through Friday, and this second pulse of snow is the one that will really pack a punch.

A deepening area of low pressure is forecast to move over Colorado and as it approaches, moisture will be picked up from the Pacific ocean. What the National Weather Service in Grand Junction is calling an Atmospheric river, an anomalous amount of moisture is supposed to funnel towards Colorado. This is arguably the most important factor of this storm — that several inches of liquid precipitation are going to stack up across the mountains bringing some much-needed drought relief. The current snowpack across Colorado is sitting at 52%t of normal and this storm is likely to give a great boost to the numbers statewide.

From Denver to Colorado Springs, this will be a much different storm as less than a quarter of an inch of moisture is expected — if that.

With moisture levels as high as they will be in the mountains, snowfall rates may exceed 2 inches per hour at times. The heaviest of snows will begin Thursday afternoon and last through Friday morning beginning initially in the northern mountains and then pushing south. Winds will be very high with the storm, gusting up to 50 mph at times. This will further exacerbate driving conditions as snow-packed roads are going to be very common anywhere you travel.

When talking snow totals, wind direction plays a huge role in producing big snows. The way this storm is approaching and how it will flow across our area will bring beneficial winds to just about all mountain ranges. From the San Juans near Wolf Creek and Telluride all the way to the Park Range near Steamboat, this storm is likely to deliver so much snow that we will measure it in feet. That means that major to extreme impacts on roads are possible.

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Forecast snow totals

The Northern Mountains (including the Gore Range, Park Range, Flat Tops and the Gore Range)
1 to 2 feet of snow is expected. This includes areas like Steamboat and Vail.

The Central Mountains (including the Sawatch Mountains and the Elk and West Elk Mountains)
1to 2 feet of snow is expected. This includes areas like Crested Butte, Aspen, Sunlight and Monarch
There could be a few higher totals in these areas.

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Cahokia Heights home catches fire two days in a row

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Cahokia Heights home catches fire two days in a row

CAHOKIA HEIGHTS, Ill. – A home was on fire early Thursday morning in Cahokia Heights, Illinois.

The fire started in the 400 block of Garrison Avenue just before 5 a.m. Flames were seen coming out of the roof of the one-story home.

Neighbors told FOX 2’s Nissan Rogue Runner reporter Jason Maxwell that the house also caught on fire Wednesday. The fire department was able to quickly put that fire out.

The cause of both fires is unknown at this time.

FOX 2 will continue to update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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