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Sports briefs: May 23

By: Warren Mayes

Local golfers honored with scholarships

Marquette’s Sarah Lewis and Lafayette’s Paige Sanfelippo are two of the Missouri Women’s Golf Education Association [MWGEA] spring scholarship recipients.

In 1997, The Missouri Women’s Golf Association [merged with the MGA in 2017] established the MWGEA scholarship as a Missouri not-for-profit corporation with a mission to grant scholarships to female high school graduates in recognition of overall high school records and golf achievements.

Lewis was a four-year state golf qualifier. She has been a Key Club member for three years and is a Gateway PGA volunteer. She also has a 3.08 GPA.

Sanfelippo was a two-year state golf qualifier. She also is a member of Key Club and the National Honor Society. She is vice president of the Lafayette’s Women in STEM Club and has a 4.0 GPA.

High school boys water polo

The Parkway West Longhorns played for the Missouri Water Polo championship and dropped a 15-4 decision to St. Louis University High in the match played at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. It was SLUH’s fourth consecutive championship.

Parkway West, the second-seeded team in the tournament, finished with a 28-10 record. The Longhorns beat SLUH in the 2014 title game. Parkway West now is 3-4 in state title matches.

SLUH [26-1] is a water polo powerhouse. The championship was No. 20 for the Junior Billikens, who were playing in their 33rd straight Final Four and seventh consecutive title game.

To reach the championship, Parkway West defeated Ladue in the semifinals. SLUH topped De Smet Jesuit in the other semifinal.

The Junior Billikens scored five goals in the first period and never looked back. De Smet was seeded fourth and that’s where the Spartans ended. Ladue [24-3] bested De Smet Jesuit 9-7 in the game for third place.

De Smet Jesuit finished 20-12.

Spartans senior Thomas Larson scored four goals in his final game and ended the season with 107 goals and 23 assists for 237 points. As a junior, Larson recorded 107 goals and 21 assists for 235 points.

High school boys tennis

Parkway Central Colts, District 5 tennis champions

Marquette Mustangs, District 3 tennis champions

In Class 2 tennis action, Marquette and Parkway Central each scored district championships.

Marquette won the District 3 title with a 5-2 win over Parkway South. It was the third district title for the Mustangs.

“We had an outstanding regular season this year, as we finished 19-0, which is the first time a boys team had done that,” Marquette coach Alex Nelle said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better performance by the boys, as they came with a great attitude every day and played hard in every match.”

In the district doubles competition, it was all Marquette. Simon Kauppila and Jack Chen Shi beat Mustang teammates Ethan Hinni and Adnam Patton 6-3, 6-1 to win district doubles crown.

“Jack and Simon have had a great season in doubles,” Nelle said. “They were 18-3 going into the district tournament, so I was confident that they could make it to the finals. During the tournament, they just continued their great play and easily won the tournament.”

The Parkway Central Colts defeated Francis Howell North 5-0 to win the District 5 championship.

In individual singles action, Cody Zhang won the district title with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Francis Howell North’s William Schellman. The Colts’ Charles Rodgers and Alexander Shervin won the doubles district title over Francis Howell North’s Brendan Schmidt and Dev Patel 6-7 [5], 6-1, 6-2.

High school girls track

The Lafayette Lancers won the Class 4, District 2 track meet at CBC with 160 points. Kirkwood was a distant second with 120 points. Marquette was third with 111.5 points.

The Lancers recorded several first-place finishes. Anna Karner won the 800-meter in 2 minutes, 25.84 seconds. Natalie White took the 300 hurdles in 46.65 seconds. Marissa Gianino claimed the triple jump in 36-7. Brittany Hawthorne won the discus with a throw of 116 feet. Katherine Bollinger won the javelin with a throw of 114-11.

Lafayette won the 800 relay in 1:45.93 and the 1600 relay in 4:13.80.

Forest Hills junior golf

It’s been a banner year for the junior golf program at Forest Hills Country Club in Clarkson Valley.

Eight members of the junior program qualified to play in the state golf tournaments for their high schools.

This spring, the following boys competed in state tournaments: Max Krekemeier [Lafayette]; Blake Mazzola, Chris Kreh and Tyler Linenbroker [Marquette]; Zach Walsh [Chaminade]; Jeffrey Desloge [MICDS]; Max Floyd [Barat Academy]; and Jack Wachter [St. Louis University High].

Last fall, the following girls competed in state tournaments: Paige Sanfelippo and Alyssa Serafin [Lafayette]; Amelia Schroeder [MICDS]; and Annie Whiting [Visitation Academy].

The junior golf program at Forest Hills is conducted by head professional Gideon Traub, who has help from assistant coach Marvin Herrod.

Old Warson Cup

Drew Pranger walked away from Old Warson Country Club as champion of the 2018 Old Warson Cup. The 2016 Metropolitan Amateur Champion defeated Alex Ciaramitaro 5&3 in the final match to earn his second Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association title.

Pranger would get past five-time champion Skip Berkmeyer in the semifinal match with a 2-up victory. Having been knocked out of the 2017 Old Warson Cup by Berkmeyer, Pranger enacted a little revenge on the 12-time finalist in this event. The result was a very good match in which Berkmeyer actually shot 1-shot better by stroke play standards – 72 to Pranger’s 73. However, match play gives you the opportunity to win regardless.

Ciaramitaro, a dual-sport athlete at Bradley University where he competes in soccer and golf, posted a 20-hole win against two-time champ Sam Migdal into the semifinals. Jeremy Franklin pushed Ciaramitaro to extra holes in the semifinal. However, Ciaramitaro finished the semifinal match on the first extra hole to advance to the final against Pranger.

Pranger took command early in the final match and extend his lead to 5-up heading to the turn. Ciaramitaro showed some of that early mettle that was seen in his early matches by getting wins on 12 and 13 to get back in the match. Pranger would par the always difficult 15th to close out the victory 5&3.

U.S. Open qualifier

Andrew Pranger, 2018 Warson Cup winner

Parkway South and Kansas State graduate Kyle Weldon has advanced to the U.S. Open sectional qualifying round.

Old Warson Country Club played host to the 2018 U.S. Open local qualifier tournament. The field started off with 103 players competing for six spots in the sectional qualifying round.

The six spots were filled by five people finishing under par and one player sneaking in through a playoff after his round at even par. The medalist of the local qualifier was John Augenstein, a sophomore at Vanderbilt University. Augenstein finished 5-under shooting a 66 on the day. Although the weather was sunny and around 80 degrees, the course was wet from recent rain and Augenstein said that made it a little more difficult to play.

For much of the rest of the field, it was tough to score as only nine players finished the round of 18 with an even-par score or better.

Dylan Meyer of Evansville, Indiana, made it close at the top as he shot a 3-under 68, three under. Augenstein and Meyer were followed up by Weldon, St. Louisan Jay Williamson and Wesley Hunter at 1-under 70. Four other players tied for the final sixth spot.

Grant Milling, De Smet Jesuit and Duke graduate Justin Bryant, Kevin Kring and Andrew Pranger battled it out for the final qualifying spot and two alternate spots in a three-hole playoff. Milling, from Bloomington, Illinois, earned the sixth spot in the second hole of the playoff and qualified for the 2018 U.S. Open sectional qualifier.

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