High school wrestling
The defending champion Lafayette Lancers finished second in the recent 31-team All-Suburban Conference Championships at Hazelwood Central.
“We are very happy overall with the way our kids performed,” Lancers coach Jonathan Sumner said. We finished the day with eight medalists and everyone else contributed points along the way.”
Senior Alec Reid won at 138 pounds with a 5-3 decision over Efe Oshghae, of McCluer North. Reid was coming off a third-place finish in the Granite City Invitational, held over the winter break.
“He controlled the entire match from start to finish,” Sumner said. “He controlled every position, every scramble, the pace, and wrestled extremely well. He is wrestling really tough right now, and we are excited to see him achieve his end-of-the-year goals.”
Three Lancers finished second. At 113 pounds, freshman Cameron Wegener lost 6-3 to Ladue’s Justin Espinosa.
“Cameron wrestled a tough overall tournament including his finals match against a tough senior,” Sumner said. “We are excited to have such a talented freshman in our lineup and are looking forward to watching him compete at the end of the year.”
At 152, senior Alex Wier lost 6-2 to Luke Weiland, of Seckman.
“Alex wrestled a good tournament and we are pleased with the way he competed in his finals match,” Sumner said. “He showed us a lot of good stuff and realized he could compete with one of the better kids in the state of Missouri in this match. We are also excited to see where this takes him.”
Junior Brendan McKenna lost to Parkway South’s Mike Aldrich 15-6 at 182.
“Brendan has been wrestling extremely well the last couple of weeks,” Sumner said. “He has really turned it up a notch.”
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Parkway South had two weight class winners at the recent 31-team All-Suburban Conference Championships at Hazelwood Central.
“We were really focused on individual performance. We were only bringing 10 guys to the tournament, so we took a different perspective and just told each wrestler to perform to the best of their ability and where we finish will take care of itself,” coach Jim Lake said. “Coming home with a trophy was a pleasant surprise. I thought our guys wrestled a great tournament all things considered.”
The tournament gave Lake and his Patriots a good district preview.
“The top six finishing teams are all in our district,” Lake said. “The top five are all in our conference.”
At 145 pounds, senior Tyler Emerson beat Oakville’s Austin Neal 13-2.
“Tyler wrestled the way we all knew he can wrestle,” Lake said. “He showed a lot of focus and poise in that match. It was a great way to finish what was a great tournament overall for him.”
At 182, South senior Mike Aldrich beat Lafayette’s Brendan McKenna 15-6.
“This was the second time they had wrestled this season,” Lake said. “Brendan is a tough opponent and he had clearly made some adjustments to prepare for Mike. We had to just stick to our game plan.”
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Westminster Christian Academy headed to southwestern Missouri recently to compete in the Monett wrestling tournament. The 12-team tournament featured some really high level teams. The Wildcats finished sixth.
Coach Tim Muehleisen said it was a good trip for his grapplers.
“We go down there to get a different brand of wrestling and to have a different experience than we get in St. Louis,” Muehleisen said. “We love this tournament. The best kids have a bruiser of a day and the kids that need a win have a chance to get them. It’s good for everyone.
“Fourth through eighth place in this tournament was separated by six points. It really could have gone any way. We are starting to see the team I know we can be. We still have some injuries that we are trying to overcome, but the team is wrestling well.”
The Wildcats had three matmen finish second in the A pool – Michael Weston, Alex Hopkins and Tom Graham.
“They wrestled some pretty stiff competition and showed us what we need to do in order to have the results we want at the end of the season,” Muehleisen said. “All the second-placers beat solid kids to earn their spot. Both Weston and Hopkins beat guys who had wins over them earlier in the year. Graham won several close matches, which is the skill he will need later in the year. We love turning around earlier losses and improving in rematches.”
Senior Sam Parham won the B pool 138-pound class.
“Sam wrestled as well as he has wrestled all year,” Muehleisen said. “He is growing and competing well.”
High school baseball
The 28th annual Parkway South Baseball Clinic will be held March 7.
The cost is $25 a person; $20 a person for teams of eight or more. Payment of cash or check will be collected at the door on the day of the camp.
The clinic will be conducted in Gyms A, B and C. Grades one through five will work out from 9-11 a.m. Grades six through eight will practice from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Each youngster needs to bring a baseball glove, bat and indoor workout clothes.
The clinic will touch on these areas:
• Throwing and fielding mechanics and drills.
• Basic hitting and bunting fundamentals.
• General pitching mechanics and fundamentals.
The Parkway South coaching staff and varsity baseball players will serve as the instructors.
For more information or to register, visit parkwaysouthbaseball.com or call Dave McFarland at (314) 415-9715 or Adam Stahl at (314) 415-9716.
High school football
Recently, the CBC football team was one of only 50 in the nation to be honored by the MaxPreps Football Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard.
The Cadets won the Class 6 state championship last November with a 31-24 victory over Kansas City Rockhurst. The win capped a perfect 14-0 season for CBC.