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Sports Briefs: Nov. 22

By: Warren Mayes


Priory celebrates its 2017 Class 2 championship win

High school boys soccer

Priory is sitting back on top of the Class 2 high school boys soccer world, having captured its third state soccer championship with a 3-0 win over Lincoln College Prep. Priory also earned a 3-0 win in the semifinal over Southern Boone.

Freshman forward Will Kelly helped seal the championship victory with two goals. His first goal came in the 14th minute. His second goal came at the 32-minute mark when he got a pass from junior forward Jackson Taul.

Priory scored quickly to put Lincoln on notice. Junior forward Drew Ahlering scored, when the match was only 2 minutes and 12 seconds old, on a pass from junior midfielder Jack Hopson.

Against Southern Boone in the semifinal, Kelly made it 1-0 at 14 minutes, and then junior back David Villarreal made it 2-0 just three minutes later to effectively put the game out of reach. Sophomore midfielder Joe Hunt found the back of the net at the 68-minute mark with Kelly assisting for the final goal.

Kelly scored seven goals and added three assists in district and state tournament games for the Rebels. He led the Rebels in scoring with 15 goals and four assists.

Priory finished with a 19-7 record. The Rebels also won Class 2 titles in 2005 and 2011. The Rebels went 26-0 in winning it all in 2005. In the 2011 season, Priory went 27-0.

Lincoln wound up 19-6 and finished second in its first-ever state tournament appearance.

High school boys swimming

This was the first year that two classes competed in the Missouri Boys Swimming and Diving Championships at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.

In Class 2, recording a second-place finish was Eureka senior Trevor Fischer in the one-meter diving competition with 413.95 points. CBC’s David Burke was third in diving with 402.13. Those were the only medal-winning performances by local swimmers.

In team scores, CBC was seventh with 126 points to lead West County schools. Marquette came in ninth with 105 points.

In Class 1, Parkway West finished fifth with 128 points.

The Longhorns set a school record in the 200-yard medley relay, relying on the strength of junior Chris Frederick, senior Alec Zhou, sophomore John Ransin and freshman Carter Murawski. Breaking the school record in the event in the prelims, the Longhorn quartet recorded a time of 1 minute, 39.53 seconds. The time in the finals was 1:40.08, which was good for second place.

Frederick also was a third-place finisher in the 100-yard backstroke. He finished the event in 54.34 seconds.

Parkway Central had two performances that earned a medal. Kazu Gavin, a senior, had a sixth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle and was seventh in the 200 free. Senior Logan Sheehan was third in diving with a score of 444.70.

High school boys cross country

In the Class 4 team scores, Parkway West earned a trophy by coming in third place with 98 points in the recent state meet at Hough Park in Jefferson City.

“We ran a strong team race, so we were happy with our effort and preparation,” Parkway West coach Kevin John said. “The boys recognized that it was a great accomplishment to earn a trophy and get on the podium. I was really proud of the depth we displayed. All seven of our racers competed effectively.

“It was a great season for us. It was really fun to get to be a part of it. We accomplished many of our goals. The seniors led the program to one of its best finishes in a while, and the underclassmen began the work that will hopefully allow us to continue the success of this season.”

Lafayette was fifth with 124 points and Marquette came in sixth with 191 points.

Here are Parkway West’s results, with the finish placement, athlete’s name and time: 14. Blake Selm 16:14.87; 15. Andrew Lofgren 16:15.44; 23. Cerow Aligab 16:23.79; 37. Kyle Andersen 16:37.24; 48. Zane Yates 16:50.23; and 61. Thomas Anderson 16:57.24.

Here are Lafayette’s results: 6. Nassim Oufattole 15:55.96; 8. Harrison Brown 16:01.53; 47. Jack Groos 16:47.33; 68. Aiden Murphy 16:59.69; 96. Michael Nicholson 17:14.82; and 103. Nathan Reed 17:18.73.

Here are Marquette’s results: 9. Nick Warmann 16:04.55; 51. Mason Walters 16:51.54; 66. Stone Burke 16:59.08; 72. Ryan Hoefferle 17:00.71; 73. Ethan Koop 17:00.84; 94. Jadon Schroeder 17:12.70; and 125. Robert Gary 17:34.07.

Eureka’s Nick Mungenast came in 63rd overall at 16:57.87.

Parkway Central’s Gottlieb Gerstenecker finished 54th at 16:52.84.

Parkway South’s Brett Davis was 88th at 17:06.92.

In Class 3, Westminster Christian Academy came in seventh with 172 points.

Westminster’s results were: 12. Anthony Lloyd 16:47.16; 44. Matthias Jowdy 17:35.28; 56. Alexander Smith 17:44.94; and 63. Blake Elder 17:53.45.

MICDS’ John Hall came in 45th at 17:35.61.

Priory had two harriers running. Jacob Cichelero was 23rd in 17:06.86 and in 87th place was Anthony O’Sullivan in 18:07.32.

In Class 2, Whitfield finished 10th with 252 points.

Whitfield’s results were: 23. Andrew Smith 17:41.39; 49. Donald Diemer 18:10.93; 58. Zach Gore 18:19.01; 144. Matt Schueddig 19:57.27; 155. John Nichols 20:28.88; and 171. Lucas Kazmierski 23:22.33.

Principia came in 14th as a team. Its results were: 40. Boone Steele 18:01.57; 102. Kimanii Ogilvie 18:58.50; 126. Taine Dry 19:29.17; 133. Sean Thornton 19:35.61; 141. Aidan O’Hagan 19:49.67; and 170. Evan Woolston 22:49.52.

In Class 1, The Fulton School at St. Albans had two runners compete. Senior Elliott Voelkel and freshman Jace Cavness ran and did well. Out of 165 runners in Class 1, Voelkel finished fifth overall with a time of 17:13.65. Cavness came in 51st in 18:38.97.

High school girls cross country

In Class 4 team scores, Parkway West came in sixth with 175 points and Eureka was 11th with 238.

Parkway West’s results were: 25. Chloe Hershenow 19:48.63; 31. Leah Selm 19:57.73; 41. Claire Smout 20:04.35; 137. Hannah Rushing 21:36.21; and 154. Emily Dickson 22:18.97.

Eureka results were: 49. Savannah Lesher 20:16.45; 88. Alyssa Jakcsy 20:46.14; 92. Anna Lombardo 20:48.60; 103. Adyson Delaney 20:59.90; and 105. Courtney Reid 21:01.90.

Lafayette had one runner, Mollie Rogan, who was 81st in 20:43.14.

Marquette had the 24th place finisher in Anna Warren 20:14.51.

Parkway North had two girls running. In 112th place was Lauren Steffen whose time was 21:08.52 and in 122nd place was Safiya Ratliff in 21:23.38.

In Class 3, Westminster Christian Academy with 198 points came in eighth and Incarnate Word Academy was 155th with 337 points.

Westminster’s results were: 32. Isabella Francois 20:44.44; 35. Amanda Espy 20:46.48; 51. Rachel Strothkamp 21:12.59; 95. Kathryn Kramer 22:07.15; and 112. Ashley Moellenhoff 22:26.07.

Incarnate Word Academy’s results were: 58. Brooke Fredrickson 21:19.55; 113. Sydney Fredrickson 22:26.40; 114. Ellie Vazzana 22:26.76; 128. Helen DeMarcantonio 22:51.61; 145. Maia Luem 23:31.94; 151. Molly Whitehead 24:11.25; and 161. Grace Breakfield 25:52.71

MICDS had three runners compete. Coming in 23rd was Palmer Mihalevich in 20:19.70; at 71st was Jacqueline Zoeller in 21:34.57; and at 89 was Simrin Phatak in 21:58.21.

In Class 2, Whitfield and Principia each had runners competing.

Whitfield’s results were: 81. Anna Curtin 22:56.69; 115. Eleanor Margulis 23:57.54; 133. Rebecca Zlepper 25:06; and 143. Ellie Lefton 25:57.74.

Principia’s results were: 120. Kara Heroy 24:03.19; 145. Geena Richards 26:03.65; 147. Cassidy Proctor 26:17.16; and 153. Jaiden Vandeventer 27:27.06.

Junior golf

The Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association team stopped a three-year losing streak to the Kansas City Golf Association squad in the recent 2017 Mid-America Junior Cup but also failed to win it.

Team MAGA found itself down 3-1 after the  first day’s Four-Ball matches. So, the local juniors would need 3.5 points on the final day to bring home the cup against a talented KCGA squad at Shadow Glen Golf Club in Olathe, Kansas.

Playing for the MAGA team were Max Kreikemeier, the 2017 MAGA Junior champion and a junior at Lafayette; Jack Cronin, a sophomore at Marquette; Tyler Linenbroker, a freshman at Marquette; and Tommy Alferman, the 2016 MAGA Junior champion and a senior at St. Francis Borgia. Making up the girls’ side of the roster were Shannon Gould, a senior at MICDS; Brooke Biermann, the 2016 MAGA Junior champion and a freshman at Lafayette who came in fourth this fall in the state meet; Lacey Snell, who is a senior at Northwest; and Claire Solovic, the 2017 MAGA Junior champion and 2016 Class 2 state co-champion who came in third this fall in the 2017 state meet and is a sophomore at Seckman.

Leading off the second day were Kreikemeier and Gould. While the match started off slow, the Kreikemeier/Gould pair had a 2-up lead at the turn. Four consecutive wins from holes 10 through 13 put that first needed point on the board for MAGA with a 6 & 5 win.

The all-southpaw side of Solovic and Cronin came out of the game with four straight holes won to start the day and never looked back. They would close out their match on hole 15 with a 5 & 3 win for another point.

The final match out was Bierman and Linenbroker, who battled back and forth in their match the entire front nine to all square. They grabbed the lead on hole 10 and would close out with wins on holes 15 and 16 for the 4 & 2 win.

MAGA needed 3.5 points on Sunday and the final match out was Alferman and Snell. They fell 6 & 4 for KCGA’s lone point on the day.

The 2017 matches ended in a tie at 4-4 for the third time in its 19-year history. So, KCGA retains the cup for the year.

St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame

Barat Academy boys soccer coach Arthur “Buzz” Demling was honored during the recent St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame 2017 ceremonies.

Demling, 69, received the Jimmy Dunn Memorial High School Coach of the Year award. Demling is a Hall of Fame member. He was inducted in 2002.

A graduate of St. Louis University High School, Demling attended Michigan State University and, in 1970, was named a first-team All-American. He is a former U.S. soccer defender who played in the North American Soccer League and the Major Indoor Soccer League. He was a member of the U.S. soccer team at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Future Stars – high school athletes honored by the Hall – included Incarnate Word Academy’s Emily Groark, Rockwood Summit’s Billy Hency, Fort Zumwalt South’s Joey Spotanski and Hazelwood North’s Hannah Friedrich.

The 2017 St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame class consisted of Pat Baker, Bill D. Becher, Sam Bick, Pat Gaffney, Keith Gehling, Jack Jamieson, Tony Kuster, Jeff Sendobry, Herb Silva, Mike Sorber and Jamie Swanner.

Bob Reid was honored with the Msgr. Jimmy Johnston Award. Tom Howe and Dan Gaffney were given the Bob Burnes Benchwarmer Award.

The Msgr. Louis Meyer Team Award was given to the 1967 NCAA Division I co-champions: St. Louis University and Michigan State University.

The Keough Awards went to Josh Sargent and Alyssa Mautz.

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