Zach Young, the girls volleyball coach at Lafayette High, has been named the American Family Insurance All-USA Coach of the Year, thanks to the votes of USA Today High School Sports readers.
Young finished with nearly 40 percent of the vote among all the coaches who were named All-USA Coach of the Year in their respective sports during the 2016-17 academic year.
Young was named the All-USA Girls Volleyball Coach of the Year after he led the Lancers to its fifth consecutive state title in his five seasons as coach. Overall, the program set a Missouri state record with its sixth consecutive title, breaking the record that it shared with Incarnate Word Academy, which won five titles from 1983 to 1987.
Lafayette [33-6-1] lost only once in its final 24 matches, a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Francis Howell on Oct. 13.
Away from the court, Young and wife Jill welcomed triplets – David, Matthew and Hope – on Sept. 5 to join older sister Leah, 3.
Former NHLer Trent Klatt, who recently resigned as the boys hockey coach at Grand Rapids, Minnesota, finished second with nearly 20 percent of the vote. Kevin Kelley, the trailblazing football coach at Pulaski Academy in Arkansas, was third with 10 percent.
Malik Johnson and Cevion Severado, rising seniors at CBC, are slated to compete in upcoming world wrestling competitions.
“This is a big deal,” said CBC wrestling coach Cornell Robinson. “Two guys of ours are on the world team. It’s really exciting for them and our program at CBC.”
Johnson, a three-time state champion who lives in St. Peters, won the recent world team trials in Las Vegas and will represent the U.S. at the Cadet World Championships in Athens, Greece, site of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. The Cadet World Championship is a yearly event where the world’s best Greco-Roman, freestyle and women wrestlers, ages 16 and 17, compete. Johnson will compete at 126 pounds.
Severado, of Cottleville, has earned a spot on the World Juniors team. The World Juniors Championships will be held in Tampere, Finland.
The Rockwood Swim Club’s Jack Dolan keeps swimming faster and faster.
Dolan, a 16-year-old junior at Eureka who lives in Ellisville, competed in the recent Los Angeles Invitational, known as the L.A. Invite, and the Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis.
“Jack has had a rapid learning curve in the past 12 months, from attending an age group camp, to Olympic Trials, to winning events at Junior National level from June to August of last summer,” said Mary Liston, the Rockwood national coach. “It has not slowed measurably since then.
“It is fun to challenge Jack in the pool for practice and racing, and out of the pool, to be mentally strong, know his weaknesses and learn how to handle success and disappointment.”
Dolan earned a gold medal at the L.A. Invite with a top showing in the men’s 200 back, stopping the clock at a final time of 2 minutes, 2.51 seconds at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. He also finished third in the 100 free in a tight race and came in sixth in the 100 butterfly.
The Phillips 66 Nationals was a long course meet, held at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI. Dolan swam the 100 free in 50.43 seconds, setting a Rockwood Swim Club record, and finished eighth overall in the 18-under group.
De Smet Jesuit graduate David Goodwin is going to play professional hockey. Goodwin, who just graduated from Penn State, has departed for Finland to begin his professional career with the SM-Liiga team Saipa Oy of the Finnish Elite League.
For Goodwin, playing professional hockey is a dream realized, and one he says would not have been possible without the support of the De Smet Jesuit family.
“De Smet allowed me to excel in areas where I have strengths, and supported me as I worked to reach my goals,” said Goodwin, who graduated in 2010 from the school.
A key part of that support system was the Campus Ministry team, especially Mike Callahan and Goodwin’s 64 Kairos co-leaders, with whom he keeps in touch on a regular basis. Goodwin said he also remains in touch with his former De Smet Jesuit coaches, including President Corey Quinn.
“I carry the core principles of the ‘Grad at Grad’ with me every day,” Goodwin said, noting that he has especially embraced “Developing as a Leader” in the Ignatian tradition of service and collaboration. Most recently, he was an instructor at De Smet Jesuit’s Hockey Prospect Camp for middle school students.
“I told the boys at camp that, if they make a commitment to working hard, they will see the rewards of their efforts,” he said.
Following his graduation from De Smet Jesuit, David played junior hockey, a requirement to secure recruitment by a Division I school. He joined Penn State’s hockey team during the school’s first year playing Division I hockey. Goodwin was a senior and captain of the team. He graduated from Penn State with a degree in Spanish and Economics.
Now, professional hockey awaits. The Finnish Elite League season runs through the end of April and Goodwin is looking forward to a new adventure.
The Dodgers are champions of the St. Louis Metro Collegiate Baseball League. The Dodgers finished with a 33-1 record to win the league title.
“I think this is the best team I’ve had,” said coach Gus Lombardo. “We had five good starting pitchers, and that’s rare at any level. If you put a good team together, you have a chance to win the whole thing.
“The whole year was amazing. We’ll never duplicate it again, I don’t think. It was just a magical season.”
“I can’t say with a straight face, I thought we’d go 33-1,” said assistant coach Adam Stahl, who is the head baseball coach at Parkway South and assembled the Dodgers team this summer. “I don’t care who you’re playing, going 33-1 is unheard of. It’s more than pretty good. Nobody could have predicted it. It’s a testament to the character of these young men. They came out ready to play every night.”
The Dodgers went 28-0 on the season. In the first round of the playoffs, the Dodgers swept the Knights in a best-of-three series. Then, the Dodgers won the best-of-five championship series against the Bandits.
Skip Berkmeyer defeated Parker Goldman 4 and 3 to win his fifth Griesedieck Men’s Championship, which is conducted by the St. Louis District Golf Association.
“I’ve been fortunate to win at some of the top courses in the area but I’ve never done it at St. Louis Country Club,” said Berkmeyer, 43, who lives in Wildwood. “I’ve won at Old Warson, Boone Valley and Bellerive. It was nice to win here now. It’s one of the great courses in St. Louis, if not the best.”
Berkmeyer, who has played in 28 USGA events and won three Missouri Amateur championships along with other statewide championships, also won the Griesedieck in 2003-05 and in 2008.
“I played as good as I’ve played all year,” Berkmeyer said. “I made five birdies in 15 holes. I could have made a lot more. I had a ton of opportunities.”
“Winning never gets old, but there are things in golf that bring out different emotions in me,” Berkmeyer said. “It’s nice to hold the trophy at the end. But, as nice as this stint was, I’ve got to play better golf to compete.”
Goldman is an MICDS graduate who recently graduated from Miami University of Ohio.