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Sports briefs: Aug. 16

Kevin Wahle

Junior boys golf

De Smet Jesuit’s Kevin Wahle, of Wildwood, won the recent Missouri Golf Association Junior Amateur championship at Jefferson City Country Club.

Wahle, who will be a senior this fall, won a sudden-death playoff with Taylor Haltom, of Thornfield. Wahle finished with a 140 on identical rounds of 70 and 70. Haltom’s rounds were 72 and 68.

Wahle made his par putt on the first hole to earn the first place and the overall title for boys aged 16 to 18.

In first round, Wahle eagled No. 2, a 574 par 5. He also had four birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey, which came on No. 6, a par 4 444-yard hole. He registered three birdies in his second round.

In the male ages 14-15 division, Peter Weaver, who will be a sophomore at Priory, took first with an impressive 145 [69-76]. Weaver had six birdies in his opening round and two birdies in the second round.

Peter Weaver


High school wrestling

CBC’s Josh Saunders, 15, recently won the 126-pound title in the national wrestling championships at the Fargodome in North Dakota.

In his second time competing in the big meet, Saunders, who will be a sophomore this fall, defeated California’s Ryan Franco 8-0.

Another local wrestler did well, too. Two-time state champion Max Darrah, of Whitfield, also competed at the Fargodome. Darrah, a three-time state medalist, finished fifth at 220 pounds in Greco-Roman. He also came in eighth in freestyle in the Junior Division.



High school soccer

Barat Academy soccer coach Buzz Demling is to be inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2017 and receive the Jimmy Dunn High School Coach award.

Other inductees are Pat Baker, Billy Becher, Sam Bick, Pat Gaffney, Keith Gehling, Jack Jamieson,Tony Kuster, Jeff Sendobry, Herb Silva, Mike Sorber and Jamie Swanner. Baker, Gehling and Jamieson are being inducted from the Veterans Group.

The Monsignor Jimmy Johnston award will go to Bob Reid.

The Bob Burnes Benchwarmer award will go to Dan Gaffney and Tom Howe.

The Monsignor Meyer Team Award will be presented to the 1967 NCAA Division I Co-Champions, Saint Louis University Billikens and Michigan State.

The Future Stars and Keough Awardees will be announced later.

The ceremony will be held Oct. 19 at the America’s Center.


Blake Ahearn [center]

Pro basketball

Former De Smet Jesuit and Missouri State standout Blake Ahearn is headed to Texas at the end of August to be part of one of the most successful franchises in professional basketball.

Ahearn, 33, was named head coach of the Austin Spurs, the NBA G League minor league affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not announced.

Ahearn joins the Spurs after serving one season as the head coach of his high school alma mater. He led the Spartans to a 12-16 record last season. De Smet Jesuit finished 1-7 in Metro Catholic Conference play and second in their district.

“We are thrilled that one of our alums and current faculty members, Blake Ahearn, has accepted a position with the Austin Spurs,” said John Pukala, De Smet Jesuit’s interim athletic director. “We are always excited when a Spartan chases his dream and is passionate about what he does. We are grateful Blake shared that passion with us, even if it was just for a short time.”

It was bittersweet to leave the school, Ahearn said, but it ultimately is “a great opportunity for me and my family.”

Ahearn also spent one season as the head coach at Clayton High. The Greyhounds were 7-17 under Ahearn.


PGA Championship

Ticket registration is underway online for the PGA Championship, which will be held Aug. 6-12, 2018 at Bellerive Country Club.

Visit www.pga.com/pgachampionship/2018 to register. There is no fee to register and no obligation to buy tickets. The window to purchase tickets will be based on the date of registration.

Tickets will come in three price tiers, from Monday through the championship.

  • Daily grounds tickets for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are $35 each, and include access to the championship grounds at Bellerive for the specific day purchased.
  • Daily grounds tickets for Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday are $100 each.
  • Weeklong grounds tickets are $325 each.

Fans aged 17 and younger will be admitted free to the PGA Championship. Each ticketed adult can bring up to four juniors each day at no charge. Junior tickets will be available at admissions and will-call at the main entrance.

Admission also is free to active and retired military members.

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