N The Zone…is so St. Louis!

nthezonelogoFor the first time in N The Zone Show history, the entire show is devoted to St. Louis (our hometown). Every guest is from St. Louis or currently lives here in St. Louis. Check out the list. Pick out your favorite segments or listen to them all (We would rather you choose that option). Don’t forget to support minority-owned businesses. Thanks. Keep listening.

NOTE: All segments are below their description.

On this NEW edition (no not the group) of N The Zone, we go all St. Louis! “The Monologue” delivered by The Livn Legend touches on the illustrious comments given by STL radio personality Bob Romanik and “Who Wants To Run For STL Mayor?”

NOTE: The following does contain language that some will find objectionable. Parental discretion is advised. How rude of us. CHE-TOA-TAH!

N The Zone ST. LOUIS: Open and The Monologue 02-12-17

Dana Kerns, founder and CEO of “Rich Girls, Real Women,” is the guest and also our newest sponsor of N The Zone. Kerns talks about her organization plus a prom event for all high students coming in April.

N The Zone ST. LOUIS: Dana Kerns 02-12-17

STL mayoral candidate Antonio French sits down in-studio with Palmer in this two-part interview talking his campaign ideas he want to get across if elected mayor of the city. Plus he sets the record straight on his love for sports.

N The Zone ST. LOUIS: Antonio French (Part 1) 02-12-17

In part 2, Antonio French talks STL city-county merger, how to get Lanbert Airport as a hub for international flights and more plans for STL, plus what he plans to do even if not elected as mayor. A great conversation for everyone in St. Louis and outside of the area.

N The Zone ST. LOUIS: Antonio French (Part 2) 02-12-17

Angela O’Brien is the guest in this segmemt of “N The Zone.” She sits down with Palmer talking about her new website called “LoveNotes” bringing together love and music (the latter is something that is a favorite of Angela’s).

N The Zone ST. LOUIS: Angela O’Brien 02-12-17

Alderman Jeffrey Boyd joins the show to talk about his campaign updates. Also check out his newest commercial spots for his campaign.

N The Zone ST. LOUIS: Jeffrey Boyd 02-12-17

Rebecca Harris joins the show recapping the St. Louis Surge championship season. Plus what she is looking forward to in the new season, being a new venue and gaining new teammates. Also how she gets herself prepared for the season.

N The Zone ST. LOUIS: Rebecca Harris 02-12-17

“The Sage of St. Louis” Wade B. Olson returns to talk about the last few weeks of Donald Trump in office. The discussion is about some of the cabinet members that were selected, particularly the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

N The Zone ST. LOUIS: Wade B. Olson 02-12-17

John Albert, assistant coach at Vashon High is the guest in this two-part interview. In this first part, we talk about the return success of Vashon and how hard it is to continue the prominence of this STL-area basketball program. Also, we talk about LeBron and his “awkward positions.”

N The Zone ST. LOUIS: John Albert (Part 1) 02-12-17

STOP THE MADNESS! STOP THE MADNESS! In part 2 with John Albert, the conversation shifts on Valentine’s Day hijinx…from being with the #1…and the #2. NOTE: The following contains language that some might find objectionable. Parental discretion is advised.

N The Zone ST. LOUIS: John Albert (Part 2) 02-12-17

Let’s be honest…again! Co-host Mia Earnest along with guest Renee Kay join the “N The Zone” crew to talk about “fake love.” What is fake love? Do you have fake love? Is fake love truly necessary?

NOTE: The following segment does contain language that some will find objectionable. Parental discretion is advised.

N The Zone ST. LOUIS: Let’s Be Honest (Part 1) 02-12-17

Part 2 with Mia Earnest and Renee Kay and we take questions from Facebook on fake love and we delve into fitness with Renee and how that ties in with relationships. Definitely an intriguing segment that you want to check out.

NOTE: The following contains language that some will find objectionable. Parental discretion is advised.

N The Zone ST. LOUIS: Let’s Be Honest (Part 2) 02-12-17

Flyers Fly High to Regional Championship over Surge

 

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This past Saturday the St.Louis Surge lost in the Regional Championship game 91-76 to the Elite Flyers. The last time these two teams crossed paths, the Surge won 93-88 in a chippy contest. And this game had plenty of chippy play and lived up to what Surge head coach Tony Condra called “a rivalry game.” Surge point guard Rebecca Harris told me during shootaround that the Flyers “has an axe to grind with the Surge,” especially since the Flyers coach Brittney Koch-Dowell was let go by the Surge. “This is war man, I’m ready for battle, I wish I had some of the eye black to put under my eye,”said Harris. I approached Coach Koch-Dowell for an interview before the game and not only she refused the interview, she also refused to shake my hand as I extended it to her. So since my hands was still clean I shook Surge owner Khalia Collier hand instead.

Now once the game began it clearly looked like the Surge was just out of sync on offense, and they blew several point blank shots at the basket. They easily cheated themselves out of 24 uncontested points right by the basket. And you have to give the Flyers credit, they played their type of game, which reminds me a lot of the New York Knicks in the mid-1990’s. The Flyers were led by Kari Koch-Dowell who won the Midwest Region Tourney MVP. Koch-Dowell put on an impressive shooting performance making all kind jump shots pull ups, shooting across her body, a hand in her face. She was finishing in transition with either hand and challenging Surge defenders to slow her down. Surge coach Tony Condra threw different people at her and it was just her night. The Flyers also got great contributions from forwards Channon Haywood and Hasina Muhammad. The Flyers will move on to San Antonio, Texas for the National tournament, while the Surge wait and see if they still get a wild card berth.

After the game, Surge players and fans were disappointed about the loss. Coach Condra looked at me in the hall and said,”How in the hell were we going to win? We missed 43 shots.” And that was the PG version of the conversation. The Surge just never got into any kind of offensive flow or rhythm and never went on a sustained run. They cut the lead to as close as 9 points in the fourth quarter with plenty of time remaining, they just couldn’t string together enough stops and had several unforced errors and erratic free throw shooting. The Surge came into the fourth quarter in the bonus and drew fouls but couldn’t cash in at the line. For more information about Surge go to @STLSurge on Twitter for updates. And congratulations are also in order for Surge coach Tony Condra, who is now Director of Girls Basketball at Matthew Dickey Boys and Girls Club.

UPDATE (as of this post): The Surge gained a wild card bid for the National tournament and will be participating in San Antonio as well.

Surge Crush…The Crush

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The St.Louis Surge showed no signs of rust after having the previous weekend off due to Independence Day, winning convincingly 95-72 over the Cleveland Crush. Every single Surge player got a chance to play in the game and also get into the box score. Shanity James led the Surge with 13 points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds, Jaleesa Butler and Michala Johnson also helped lead the Surge offensive attack scoring 12 points a piece. Starting point guard Rebecca Harris played limited minutes as head coach Tony Condra wanted to give her some much needed rest for the stretch run. Jenny Rocha, a Lindenwood University graduate, logged plenty of minutes running the point and she is showed off her ability to push the ball up the floor and is a very nifty passer. She is definitely a pass first type of player and an ideal fit for a team that really loves to get out and run off missed attempts at the other end of the floor.

The Cleveland Crush had moments where it looked like it might become a contest. Guard Porsha Poole put up 22 points and Taylor Ruper had 20 points for the Crush. Poole made several acrobatic shots and is no slouch with her game offensively. However, on defense the Crush pretty much imploded. And their head coach James Lacy told me prior to the game that his team lost its last game on the road by 10 points because of poor rebounding. Not only did the poor rebounding continue, there were breakdowns on defense and at times it looked like the Surge was having a conga line to the basket for a layup. And I was even more surprised that Poole was left sitting on the bench at the start of the second half and she was one of their best offensive players and the only one creating problems for the Surge in the first half of the game.

Despite those events happening in the game, Surge coach Tony Condra paced the sidelines, constantly checking the scoreboard as if the massive 30 point lead halfway through the final quarter would disappear. Condra was happy after the game about the win, yet was still unhappy about some things he saw. Typical head coach right? The Surge next game is coming up this Saturday at 1:05 pm against Kansas City, tickets are still available. For post game interviews of the St.Louis Surge go to @NTZNetwork on Twitter.

Surge Knock Off Elite

 

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ST. LOUIS, MO

Last Saturday the St. Louis Surge took on the Flyers Elite and won 93-88. This was as electric of a basketball atmosphere you could ask for. The game featured hard fouls, long icy glares, technical fouls, and plenty of back in forth on the scoreboard. Before the game I caught up with Surge head coach Tony Condra and asked him what I should expect to see and a big grin came across Condra’s face and he paused for a second and said, “This is going to be a very competitive game. They don’t like us too much. It’s going to be like the Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks in the 90’s.” Then Condra channeled his inner Gregg Popovich, head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, when I followed up about what the Surge needs to do. “Play D,” said Condra then there was a pause and he walked off. Now I know how TNT sideline reporter David Aldridge feels.

I also stopped and chatted with Flyers Elite coach Brittany Koch-Dowell before game, she was definitely in game mode and had this to say about the upcoming game;” They have a good team over there, but they are going to have to stop us, because we are going to run at them for 40 minutes,” said Dowell. The Elite came into the game with a 6-1 record and it showed early and often why they are a formidable opponent for the Surge.

Early in the contest the Surge had a few defensive breakdowns and head coach Tony Condra wasn’t having any of it. He pulled Michala Johnson quickly after getting back-doored for an easy lay-up. She had a quiet first half, but made up for it in the second half, and the Surge needed every single shot, she made finishing the game with double digit points. And Leah Cotton was the Surge best player on the floor going a blistering 14/15 from the free throw line totaling 19 points and played smothering defense knocking down several big free throws during that tight fourth quarter and yanked down 7 rebounds and added three steals.

That was the biggest difference in the game: free throw shooting. The Elite had plenty of chances from the charity stripe and were unable to cash in. But the Elite didn’t go down without a fight neither despite their untimely misses from the line, they at least gave themselves a chance to win, and those that were in attendance for the Surge latest promotion “Heroes’ Night” left UMSL happy, especially Surge guard Rebecca Harris. “Man this was a hard fought game and this is a team we usually see in National Championship game, and there are some former Surge associates, players, coaches, etc., and a couple people that we’ve gone back and forth with over the years so it was interesting to say the least, “said Harris. Harris also told me this team knows them best and they are just satisfied to get that victory. The Surge will be off this week next game at UMSL against the Cleveland Crush, tipoff is at 7:05. For more sports please subscribe to our YouTube page www.stlamerican/youtubevideo and you can also follow me @thelegendkil and our podcast @NTheZoneShow.