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Sports Briefs: June 13

By: Warren Mayes

Parkway Central claims Class 3 volleyball title

Parkway Central Colts, Class 3 state volleyball champions [Photo courtesy of team]

The Parkway Central Colts galloped into another state boys volleyball championship.

The Colts won the Class 3 boys volleyball championship match played at Webster Groves High. Parkway Central swept the St. Mary’s Dragons 25-20, 27-25.

The two teams have met three consecutive years for the championship contest.

“Two years ago, we battled them through three sets in the semifinals in order to get to the finals,” Parkway Central coach Tom Schaefer said. “Last year, we met them in a hard-fought three-set match in the state championship.

“Each time, we had been victorious, but we knew each of those matches came down to a couple of extra plays and making that extra effort and that this one was going to be another battle.”

Many Colts contributed in helping Parkway Central earn the victory.

Jack Meier had 33 assists. Mark Diekroeger had 13 kills and Sam Pannett had 14 kills. Daniel Buffum had 14 digs.

“Sam, Mark and Daniel combined for 45 serve receives with no errors,” Schaefer said. “We also had four block kills as a team and two aces. If you add up the points earned, we earned 44 of the 52 we got, which is a very high number [and] which means St. Mary’s played a very clean game [and] made very few errors. We had to earn everything we got.”

Parkway Central finished the season with a 31-6 record. St. Mary’s wound up 30-5-1 for the season.

The Colts captured their second successive state title, the fourth in school history and the third during Schaefer’s tenure with the Colts’ program.

“I couldn’t be happier for this group of guys,” Schaefer said. “We had 14 players, 11 of which are seniors, and all such good people. They are all good friends off the court, such good students with a team GPA of 3.8 and all eight starters making the All-Academic Team, and outstanding individuals in the school.”

High school boys lacrosse

The 20-2 MICDS Rams finished the spring season ranked as the No. 3 team in the Midwest, according to U.S. Lacrosse magazine.

The Rams closed out their fifth straight state title recently, easily dispatching St. Louis University High by a 13-1 margin. Junior Graham Bundy Jr. scored three goals, and senior Alex Feldman had six helpers. The title victory came four days after MICDS defeated De Smet Jesuit 10-4 in the state semifinal.

Bundy, an attacker, also was named Midwest Player of the Week by the magazine.

Bundy set an unofficial state record for points in a season at 141, helping MICDS to its most recent state title. He scored three goals in the state championship win over SLUH. Bundy also scored twice in a semifinal win over De Smet Jesuit. He is committed to play at Georgetown.

High school girls lacrosse

The 19-2 MICDS Rams wound up ranked as the No. 10 team in the Midwest, according to U.S. Lacrosse magazine.

The Rams won their fifth state title in six years, defeating Marquette 20-7 in the final. The win came two days after MICDS defeated Lafayette 17-6 in the state semifinals.

Junior Olivia Proctor had a monster Final Four, scoring five times in both games last week and adding a pair of assists in the game. Mollie Schmid also had a solid week, scoring nine times and adding four assists.

Proctor also was named Midwest Player of the Week by the magazine.

She tied as the team’s top goal scorer with 66 tallies.

High school boys tennis

Rams freshman Evan Erb is off to a good start in his high school tennis career.

Erb won the Class 1 singles state championship played at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield.

In a battle of freshmen, he got past John Burroughs’ Rory Sutter 7-6, 6-3 in the final match. Erb forced the first set tiebreaker. He won it 7-2.

It was the fifth time Erb faced Sutter this season as both teams are in the Metro League. Erb won three of the matchups. He was two points away from winning a fourth when the team match was stopped.

During the season, Erb played as the No. 3 player in coach Patrick Huewe’s lineup.

In the District 5 singles championship match, Erb slipped by Sutter with a hard-fought 6-7 [5-7], 6-2, [10-7] victory.

Erb won the Sectional 3 match with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Grant Cronin, of Lutheran St. Charles, to advance to the state tournament.

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CBC’s A.J. Woodman, who was part of the state championship doubles team last season, opted to play singles this spring. The move paid off as the junior earned a medal in singles.

Woodman finished third in Class 2 singles action played recently at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield. He and Clayton Maack won state doubles in 2017 as sophomores.

“I decided about three-fourths through the season [to play singles] and it was tough because I know we [Woodman and Maack] would have had a good chance to win again,” Woodman said, “but I wanted to play the top kids from the past two years in the singles draw.”

Woodman defeated Finn Wartick, of Springfield Glendale, 6-3, 6-1 in the opening round at state. He beat Kavin Anand, of Rock Bridge, 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. However, he lost a competitive match against Staley senior Carson Gates in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-3. Staley lost in the championship match to Carson Haskins.

Woodman topped Joplin’s Garret Lewis 6-2, 6-3 in the third-place match.

“Although my goal was first place, I’m very happy with third place,” Woodman said. “I was 3-1 at state and everyone I played ended up on the podium. I can keep getting better by playing great players and working hard in the gym.”

In Class 2 doubles, Marquette’s Simon Kauppila and Jack Shi finished seventh overall.

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