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Sports Briefs: Feb. 20

Youth wrestling

Andrew Wier at the Missouri Nationals

Andrew Wier is continuing a family tradition.

Andrew recently wrestled in the prestigious Missouri Nationals and won his weight division.

The 12-year-old is in the seventh grade at Rockwood Valley Middle School. He has been wrestling for seven years and competes with the Bonhomme Wrestling Club. He is the son of Joe Wier, Lafayette High’s head wrestling coach.

The Missouri Nationals, held in Lebanon, is an all-comers meet with kids from Kansas, Tennessee, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois and Kentucky attending.

Andrew competes at 130 pounds. He had four matches, Joe said. “He pinned 3 opponents and won 15-0 in the finals.” He defeated Johnny Williams, who competes with the Terminator Academy in Springfield.

“He was excited; he placed fifth last year so this was a nice turnaround,” Joe said. “These are the best kids from five states so it is a large event.”

For his success in the tournament “he got some ice cream,” Joe said laughing.

“Andrew has had a decent amount of success in the sport,” Joe said. “He is a three-time AAU triple crown winner, which means he won the Missouri Challenge, Ozark Tourney and AAU state meet three times including last year.”

Moreover, Andrew is a three-time Missouri USA state medalist. He was fifth place in 2016 at 120 pounds in the 10-and-under category. He was third in 2017 in 10-under at 120 pounds. He came in fourth at 12-under in 2018 at 120 pounds.

Andrew’s older brother, Alex, was a three-time district champion at Lafayette and a two-time state medalist. He finished fifth at 145 pounds in 2016 and sixth at 138 pounds in 2015.

High school cheerleading

The Parkway South cheerleaders have won their first state championship since 2001.

In the recent state championship competition held at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, the Parkway South squad took first place.

Coach Taylor Farmon had 24 girls on the squad.

Farmon said the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association [MCCA] hosts two regional competitions where teams can qualify to attend the state championship.

“Parkway South Varsity placed first in the Small Co-Ed Division at the St. Louis Regional,” Farmon said. “Each team performs a routine that is not to exceed 2 minutes, 30 seconds, including a 1-minute crowd-leading cheer. This routine is performed once in front of a panel of judges who evaluate a number of things in the routine such as skills execution, crowd appeal and routine execution.”

Parkway South finished with a score of 343.9 points to win. The second-place team was close behind with a score of 343.5.

“Their reaction was priceless,” Farmon said. “Even though they had won first place at regionals, I don’t think they were expecting to win at state as well.”

The win qualified them for the National Cheerleading Association [NCA] tournament held in Dallas. They earned second place at nationals with a score of 92.39, capping a good year for the team.

“It’s honestly hard to put into words but I am extremely proud of everything this team has accomplished this year,” Farmon said. “It was not easy, but they set goals during camp over the summer and worked hard to make sure, through everything, that they would achieve those goals. I’ll admit they doubted themselves quite a bit during this long competition season, but they can now say that they are No. 1 in the state and No. 2 in the nation.

“Coaching this team has been such a privilege. I hope that they recognize how significant all of their achievements are and continue to strive to be best.”

Cor Jesu’s Molly Hummel and her teammates celebrate her reaching the 1,000-point milestone in her career playing for the Chargers.

High school girls basketball

Wildwood native Molly Hummel recently reached the 1,000-point milestone in her career at Cor Jesu.

In a recent home game against Cape Girardeau Notre Dame, a 58-45 victory by the Chargers, Hummel etched her name in the Cor Jesu record book.

“I made my 1,000th point with a free throw,” Hummel said. “I was fouled driving in for a layup, which sent me to the line for two free throws. I made my first free throw. As I saw my second free throw go in, I was shocked and so excited, and my teammates were cheering and screaming. After I made my second free throw, the game kept going, but luckily Notre Dame’s coach called a timeout for us so we could make the announcement.”

“Out of respect for the other team we did not want to stop the game, but Notre Dame’s coach understood the moment and he called a timeout so we could recognize Molly,” Cor Jesu coach John Neff said. “That was a class move on his part, and we made sure to let him know how much we appreciated it.”

When she was given her 1,000-point ball, she was “very emotional and teared up a bit,” Neff said. He noted that “her teammates were thrilled.”

Hummel will be playing in college at Rockhurst. It’s kind of a family thing.

“When I visited I thought it was perfect,” Hummel said. “It just so happens that my two older sisters go there now, and both my parents met at Rockhurst as well. I couldn’t be more excited for Rockhurst and am looking forward to what the future brings me, especially on the court.”

Neff said he will miss having Hummel in his program.

“I’ve been trying to find a loophole somewhere that would keep her at Cor Jesu one more year,” Neff quipped. “She is an excellent student. Cor Jesu is demanding academically. Our kids usually have three to four hours of homework each night. Molly is a poster child of [being] a good kid – polite, quiet, sometimes too quiet, and easy to coach.

“The sky is the limit for Molly going forward, on or off the court. She a smart, likable young lady that will do well in whatever direction she goes.”

The Marquette Mustangs celebrate their conference championship in the water along with their coach Joe Schoedel, whom they tossed in the pool. [Jeffrey Nebot photo]

High school girls swimming

The Marquette Mustangs capped another solid swim season by winning the Suburban Conference Yellow Pool girls meet with an astounding 515.5 points.

The victory marked Marquette’s fifth consecutive league title.

“Especially in the conference that we are in, we are very proud to continue what is becoming a tradition,” Marquette coach Joe Schoedel said. “They’ve been swimming well all year. They just keep working to get better.”

The Mustangs were the Marquette Relay champs, COMO champs and Kirkwood Invite champs. Marquette went undefeated in dual meets and ended 11-0, marking a remarkable five straight seasons going undefeated in dual matches. Marquette is 55-0 in that span.

Junior Amanda Yu won the 50 free [24.44 seconds] and the 100 butterfly [57.85]. Senior Taryn Zweifel won the 500 free in 5 minutes, 16.47 seconds. The 200-free relay team finished first in 1:40.42. Girls on the relay were Zweifel, junior Lexi McClard, freshman Carsyn Cosman and Yu.

The girls celebrated by tossing Schoedel in the pool. He didn’t mind.

“Always nice to end the night getting thrown in the pool,” Schoedel said. “I remember my first four years coaching, watching other coaches getting thrown in and leaving with a sense of wanting more. There are always teams wanting to take us down, and next year will be no exception. I’ll never take it for granted.”

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The MICDS girls swim team won the recent Metro League meet championship.

The MICDS Rams won the Metro League swim meet, snapping Westminster Christian Academy’s three-year hold on the championship.

In fact, MICDS won all the swimming events. Only the diving crown eluded the Rams.

The Rams finished first with 559 points. Westminster wound up second with 473 points.

Freshman Abby Wickersham won the 50 meter in 24.21 seconds and the 100 free in 52.89. She set a meet record in the 50.

Freshman Anna Baur also won two events. She claimed the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 12.51 seconds and 100 breaststroke in 1:09.77.

Freshman Sophie Henriksen earned two victories, winning the 100 fly in 57.83 and the 100 back in 57.67.

All three relay teams won.

The 200-medley team – Henriksen, Madigan Kinsey, Elle Haines and Athena Tharenos – won in 1:59.04.

The 200-free team – Wickersham, Fox, Henriksen and Baur – set a meet record with a time of 1:41.63.

The 400-free team – Wickersham, Fox, Kinsey and Baur – swam to a winning time of 3:50.22.

“We won every event that started from the blocks instead of the diving board,” assistant coach Chris McCrary said. “The cap of the night was our breaststrokers going one, two, three, four and sweeping the medals as they only give medals to the top four places.”

Head coach Kristen Witzman missed the meet. On the day of the event, she gave birth to her first child. Bennett Evan Witzman checked in at a healthy 9 pounds, 5 ounces.

“It’s one of those things that confirms the universe has a sense of humor,” McCrary said. “I mean, what are the chances? Kristen wanted to make the meet so badly for the girls, and I think little Bennett got confused as to why the date was so important to her. He must have figured that was supposed to be his birthday. So the whole thing is crazy and special all at the same time.”

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The Lafayette High Lancers won the recent 25-team Springfield Invitational.

“We go there every year and have been in the top 3 at the meet in the past,” coach Todd Gabel said. “We go to Springfield to have fun and see other competition from the state.”

Lafayette finished first with 284 points. Glendale was second with 276 and Rock Bridge came in third with 194 points.

“The girls were very excited about the win,” Gabel said.

Lafayette won two relays in the meet. The 200-medley team of Sarah Higgins, Katie Haefner, Catherine Behl, Claire Vanbiljon and the 200-free team of Behl, Haefner, Dylan Moulton, and Vanbiljon both won.

“It was a big win going into conference,” Gabel said. “It gave the girls confidence that they can swim fast.”

In the Suburban Conference Yellow Pool meet, Lafayette came in third with 298.5 points.

Vanbiljon won the 100 free in 51.72 seconds.

“Claire was amazing at the conference meet,” Gabel said. “She swam some lifetime bests.”

The Lancers also won the 400-free relay in 3:38.64. Higgins, Behl, Vanbiljon and Moulton were on the relay. Higgins, Haefner, Behl and Vanbiljon lay claim to the 200-medley title with a time of 1:49.32.

“They all swam great lots of best times,” Gabel said.

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Parkway North finished third in the 10-team Suburban Conference Red Pool meet. The Vikings had 316.5 points.

Webster Groves won with 503 points, and Ladue was second with 396 points.

Sarah Jellis finished third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:05.35.

The Vikings also were third in all three relays. In the 400-free relay, their time was 3:58.86. In the 200-free relay, they finished in 1:47.80. In the 200-medley, they ended at 2:01.81.

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