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By: Warren Mayes

Bill Greenblatt

Honored for their achievements

Retired St. Joseph’s Academy volleyball coach Karen Davis and photographer Bill Greenblatt will be among the 15 people inducted this month into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame.

The dinner will be held Sept. 15 at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel. The cost of a ticket is $150.

Davis was a longtime coach at St. Joseph’s Academy. Davis turned St. Joseph’s into a national power over two tenures spanning three decades. She ended her career with a 611-138 record in 21 seasons. Her Angels’ teams won eight state championships and advanced to four state semifinals.

Davis became a member American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame last December.

Greenblatt, who is the president of the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis, has been shooting sports since the late 1980’s. He began as a stringer for United Press International and has been the UPI photographer in St. Louis since 1993.

Greenblatt has been a photographer for the St. Louis Cardinals since 2012. He can be seen shooting pregame activities as well as action photos. His photos frequently appear in the annual West Newsmagazine Cardinals Preview.

In addition, Greenblatt has been the official photographer for the St. Louis Fire Department since 1986.

Also to be inducted are Randy Albrecht, basketball; Chris Carpenter, baseball; Bill McDermott, media; Karen Davis, volleyball; Sandy Pomerantz, basketball; Roy Green, football; Charlie Share, basketball; Jayne Watson, golf; Robert Hyland, media; Pete Weber, bowling; and Mike Martz, football.

Cevion Severado

High school wrestling

CBC’s Cevion Severado went from Junior World alternate to the Junior World finals.

A junior this year at CBC, Severado became the first American to reach the Greco-Roman Junior World finals since 2000 when he earned a spot in the 50-kilogram gold medal bout.

He ended up taking second place. Junior Asian champion Poya Dad Marz, of Iran, scored a 6-0 decision over Severado.

Severado, of St. Peters, wrestled at 112 pounds in the big meet at Tampere, Finland.

The Junior World Championship is a yearly event that brings together the best wrestlers from each category [Greco-Roman, freestyle and women’s]. Severado was glad to be there and compete. He got the call when Elijah Varona, the two-time Florida 3A state champion, was injured.

Severado made the most of his opportunity.

“I always knew I was the same level as these guys,” Severado said. “I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to perform and show what I could do. I’ve shocked myself a little bit in wrestling but I knew I could be at this level.”

Marquette’s 2017 softball team

High school softball

For the first time since 2007, the Marquette Mustangs won the Parkway Invitational.

Marquette blew out Francis Howell North 11-0 to win the championship.

“This tournament is a great way to start the season because it allows you play a lot of games in a short period of time, which allows us to begin the process of determining what we need to build upon going forward,” Marquette coach Amy Doyle said.

Marquette opened against McCluer North and scored a 13-1 win. In the quarterfinals, the Mustangs scored a 2-1 win in eight innings over Parkway South.

In the semifinals, Marquette got by Fort Zumwalt West 10-8 to reach the title tilt.

“The girls were really excited to win,” Doyle said about the tournament. “It’s always nice to set the tone of the season early. Our players have high expectations for the season, and we need to continue to build on what we saw this week.”

Grace Renfer

Summer golf

Grace Renfer earned the 2017 Accelerated Golf Tour Player of the Year Award for the High School Women’s Division.

Renfer had a great golfing summer. She scored her first hole in one. It came at Persimmon Woods on No. 3, which is 188 yards. She used a 3-wood and recorded the ace.

Renfer, of Wildwood, also played in the 42nd Girls Junior PGA Championship at The Country Club of St. Albans.

A senior at St. Joseph’s Academy, she has committed to play golf for Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in 2018. As a junior, Renfer helped the Angels win the 2016 Class 2 State Championship.

She won Player of the Year honors in 2014 and 2015 in the Gateway Junior PGA. Last summer, she was the co- Player of the Year in the AGT.

On the boys’ side, Barat Academy’s Max Floyd and Ray Knight, of St. Louis University High, are co-Players of the Year.

The Accelerated Golf Tour [AGT] is a series of two-day tournaments designed for male and female collegiate and advanced high school golfers. It began in the St. Louis metro area in the summer of 2011. The AGT consists of a series of tournaments during June, July and, in some years, the first week of August. The tournaments are conducted on challenging courses in the greater St. Louis metro area.

Shannon Gould

High school girls golf

MICDS senior Shannon Gould shares medalist honors with Cape Girardeau Notre Dame senior Allison Bray in the first Midwest Shootout Girls Golf Classic played at Far Oaks Golf Club.

Gould and Bray ended tied at 3-over par-75. Both girls birdied a playoff hole. Then, they decided to call it even.

Cape Notre Dame finished 17 strokes ahead of second-place St. Joseph’s Academy. Notre Dame shot a 323 to St. Joseph’s 340. Notre Dame was the 2016 Class 1 state titleholer while the Angels were the 2016 Class 2 champion.

MICDS finished fifth with a team score of 357.

The tournament featured 12 teams from Missouri and Illinois. A total of 74 golfers competed. The Far Oaks course was set up to play at more 6,000 yards.

MAGA Amateur site named

The Country Club of St. Albans has long been a leader of perpetuating championship golf in this region and it will again in 2018.

It was the first member Club of Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association back in 1992. The club hosted the third Amateur Championship in 1994.

Beginning in 2006 and until now, St. Albans has been the site of the Metropolitan Open Championship.

Now, after 25 years, the region’s premier amateur championship will make its way back to St. Albans with the 28th playing of the Amateur on the Lewis & Clark Course at St. Albans, Aug. 2-4, 2018.

“St. Albans and the MAGA have been very close over the last 12 years growing the Open to where it is today, to bring our flagship championship, the Amateur, back in 2018 is a huge commitment and testament to the club,” said Curt Rohe, MAGA’s executive director.


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