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Sports Briefs: Oct. 24

By: Warren Mayes

High school girls tennis

St. Joseph's Academy tennis

St. Joseph’s Academy tennis with the school seventh consecutive district championship trophy.

St. Joseph’s Academy won its seventh consecutive district tennis championship by defeating Ladue 9-0 to claim the Class 2 District 3 meet, which the Angels hosted.

St. Joseph’s defeated Lafayette 5-4 in the sectional round. The win reversed the 2017 state quarterfinal match, which Lafayette won 5-4.

The Angels then stopped Lindbergh 5-0 to earn a berth in the Final Four at state. St. Joseph’s improved to 19-5 with the wins.

Besides going to Springfield to play in the state team tourney, two Angels doubles teams will play in the state doubles tournament.

Freshman Elizabeth Choate and junior Alexis Woodman defeated teammates junior Shannon Sims and junior Nancy Serafin 6-1, 6-0 to win the district championship. In the sectional played at Parkway Central, Choate and Woodman punched their ticket to state with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Lafayette’s No. 2 team of Maya Martin and Lydia Koester. Sims and Serafin also qualified for state after defeating Lafayette’s No. 1 team of Meghan Ferguson and Laney Tvrdik 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

St. Joseph’s freshman Heidi Gaertner lost to Kirkwood freshman Morgan McKinnis 6-0, 6-0 in the district singles championship match. Lafayette freshman Katie Ferguson defeated Gaertner 6-0, 6-0 in the sectional round to end Gaertner’s quest to reach the state singles competition.

Lafayette won District 4 meet by stopping Parkway Central 5-1. The Lancers then lost to St. Joseph’s in the sectional to finish 12-3 this season.

In the district singles competition, Lafayette’s Katie Ferguson defeated teammate Erin Davis 7-5, 6-1. In the doubles portion, two Lancers duos battled. Ferguson and Laney Tvrdik earned a 6-2, 6-3 win over Maya Martin and Lydia Koester.

In the sectional played at Parkway Central, both Lafayette singles players advanced. Davis advanced to the state singles tournament with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Kirkwood’s McKinnis and Ferguson stopped St. Joe’s Gaertner. Both doubles teams fell to duos from St. Joseph’s Academy.

Incarnate Word Academy won the Class 1 District 5 team tournament with a 5-0 win over Crossroads Prep.

In the district singles tourney, Incarnate Word Academy’s Mary Fowler beat teammate Claire Sextro 6-3, 6-4. In the doubles portion, Elizabeth Goldstein and Lydia Dieckmann beat Incarnate Word teammates Leah Curtit and Kathryn Slapshak 6-0, 6-0.

Incarnate Word’s season ended in the sectionals with a 5-0 loss to Visitation Academy. In the singles play, both Fowler and Sextro lost. Villa Duchesne’s Elizabeth Barlow beat Fowler 6-0, 6-1. Visitation’s Laura Finnie blanked Sextro 6-0, 6-0. In doubles play, the MICDS duo of Caleigh McClain and Journee White beat Curtit and Slapshak 6-1, 6-1. Visitation’s Ashley Hagan and Sophia Louise McLellan defeated Goldstein and Diekmann 6-4, 6-2.

The Fulton School at St. Albans’ tennis team finished in second place in the Class 1 District 1 meet. St. Dominic defeated The Fulton School 5-0.

The Fulton School St. Albans tennis team [from left] Sarah Chamberlin, Erin Reynolds, Ellie Hahn, Zoe Lannert, Clare Wilkins and Maria Concha

The Fulton School St. Albans tennis team [from left] Sarah Chamberlin, Erin Reynolds, Ellie Hahn, Zoe Lannert, Clare Wilkins and Maria Concha

High school girls golf

St. Joseph’s Academy headed into the Class 2 state golf tournament undefeated and in search of a third consecutive state championship.

The Angels won the District 2 meet at Quail Creek Golf Course with a team score of 308. In the Sectional 1 tournament at Crescent Farms, St. Joseph’s recorded a four-player team score of 301 to win.

St. Joseph’s senior Lauren Gallagher tied for medalist honors in the sectional. She recorded a 1-over 73. Tied with Gallagher was Lindbergh sophomore Sofia Gamayo. In the district, St. Joseph’s freshman Mia Rallo tied with Momo Kikuchi, of Pattonville, for medalist honors with a 2-over 74.

Lafayette sophomore Brooke Biermann earned medalist honors by winning the District 3 tournament and the Sectional 2 tournament. Biermann fired an even-par 72 to win the district played at The Landings at Spirit Golf Club by six shots. In the sectional meet at Tanglewood Golf Course in Fulton, Biermann shot a 3-over 75 to win by two strokes.

Lafayette shot a 361 in the district to advance to the sectional as a team; however, the Lancers came in fifth in the sectional to end their season.

In Class 1, MICDS finished second at 354 in the District 1 tournament at Sunset Hills Golf Course, two strokes behind John Burroughs.

MICDS junior Parker Perry shot a season-best 3-over-par 75 to be the district medalist.

The Rams came in second again to John Burroughs in the sectional played at the Ste. Genevieve Golf Club but that earned the squad a trip to the state tournament set for Mozingo Lake Recreational Park Course in Maryville. Perry took medalist honors with a 3-over 76.

St. Joseph's Academy's girls golf team

St. Joseph’s Academy’s girls golf team

High school boys swimming

CBC set several school records in the recent COMO Invitational in Columbia. In the team standings, the Cadets finished fourth with 178 points.

The tournament featured teams from around the state.

“It is definitely a state preview, getting fourth overall is a great finish for us,” CBC coach Sean Dooley said. “This was our best finish at COMO. This year’s field was very competitive and I wouldn’t be surprised if the rankings at COMO repeated themselves at state.

“We had some great swims by the team as a whole and it was a very hard-fought finish,” Dooley said. “A great meet overall by the team.”

Senior August Brandt finished second in the 100 butterfly in 51.46 seconds and third in 100 back in 52.35. Both times set CBC records.

“Both those swims were top times for August or very close,” Dooley said.

Sophomore diver David Burke came in third with 417.80 points.

“David was very happy with his results, and that was a new team record for diving,” Dooley said.

Max Wehrmann set a school record in the 200 freestyle.

Two relays set school records as well. The 200-medley relay with Drew Willmann, Dominic Cyr, Brandt and Brooks Cosman and the 400-freestyle relay with Brandt, Wehrmann, Cyr and Cosman.

Cosman was fifth in the 50 at 21.58.

“Brooks felt good in the water but [he] just got over a cold so he feels like he has more to prove at state,” Dooley said.

St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame inductees

Terry Michler, CBC’s veteran soccer coach, and Dan Rolfes, Incarnate Word Academy’s basketball coach, are among the 2018 inductees into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony takes place at the Chase Park Plaza in downtown St. Louis, beginning with a noon reception on Nov. 4.

Also going in are Isaac Bruce, a standout wide receiver of the St. Louis Rams; Jackie Joyner-Kersee, a six-time Olympic track and field medalist; Mark Buehrle, a St. Francis Howell North graduate and 16-year big-league pitcher; Bernard Gilkey, a University City graduate and 12-year big-league outfielder; Frank Cusumano, the Emmy Award-winning sports director of KSDK-TV; Irv Goode, a lineman for 10 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals; Bill McDermott, of Saint Louis University; Dr. Matt Matava, the longtime team physician of the St. Louis Rams and St. Louis Blues; Pete Woods, a University City graduate and former University of Missouri quarterback; Al Nipper, a Hazelwood West standout and former big-league pitcher; Karen Davis, the longtime volleyball coach of St. Joseph’s Academy; Jim Halliburton, a longtime successful high school swim coach who now is at Saint Louis University; Dale Gildehaus, now in his 32nd year as the head football coach of St. Francis Borgia; Myron Holtzman, a St. Louis Globe-Democrat sports journalist; Travis Brown, the former director of athletics of St. Louis Public Schools; and Mark Edwards, who coached men’s basketball at Washington University for 31 years.

Sponsorship tables of 10 are $1,500 and include an autographed print and recognition in the printed program. An individual ticket is $150. For more information, call the Hall of Fame at (417) 889-3100.

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