Lafayette and Marquette placed several athletes on the girls and boys all-state academic basketball teams.
To make the all-state all-academic team, which is for seniors, each player must accomplish one or more of the following verified minimum scores:
• ACT score of 27 composite or above.
• SAT score of 1920 composite or above.
• PSAT score of 185 selection index or more.
• Grade-point average of 3.25 out of possible 4.0.
Lafayette had three girls Missouri Basketball Coaches Association’s Academic All-State team.
Coach Denise Meyer had Emily Wilson, Tara Robbe, and Sydnie Wolf make the cut.
Robbe, who passed the 1,000-point career milestone, led the Lancers this season in scoring, averaging 15.3 points a game.
Wolf averaged 7.8 points a game. Wilson played in 24 games.
“All three of these players have above a 4.0 and a 27 or above ACT,” Meyer said. “Tara and Sydnie were consistent starters for us and Emily split between starting and being our sixth man. They played a huge role in our success and I am so proud of their commitment to excelling in the classroom.
“With these three in the lead, we achieved a varsity team grade point average of 4.18. They are true of examples of what it means to be a student-athlete at Lafayette High School.”
Coach Matt Landwehr had Will Tulloch and Jack Schmitt make the cut for the academic all-state team.
“It is a special accomplishment to be recognized for the MBCA Academic All-State basketball team,” Landwehr said. “This represents Will and Jack’s commitment to being great in the classroom and on the basketball court.
“Jack and Will far exceeded all the requirements. They are the definition of student-athlete and represent our program very well in the classroom, school community, and on the basketball court. They are both four-year members of our program. They are great players and even better individuals. “
Both boys contributed to the Lancers’ success this past season.
The 6-foot-5 Tulloch, a forward, averaged 8.9 points a game. Tulloch was a two-year varsity player and two-year starter.
“Will was a glue guy for us who did a little of everything,” Landwehr said. “He had some huge games for us. He was our leader in assist, took on tough defensive assignments, rebounded, scored, and did a lot of the little things that other guys may not want to do.”
Schmitt, a 6-2 guard, aveaged 11.1 points a game. Schmitt was a three-year varsity player and a two-year starter.
“Jack was a huge competitor for us,” Landwehr said. “He had some big scoring games for us and just about always took on the toughest defensive assignment every night. In our league that meant he was facing many of the best players in St. Louis.”
Landwehr said he was happy for his two seniors.
“This award is a reflection of how hard they work in the classroom and on the basketball court,” Landwehr said. “Being a student-athlete isn’t easy and it takes a lot of organization and work ethic to do well at both. Will and Jack are role models for future Lancers when it comes to succeeding in the classroom and on the court. “
Lafayette has a tradition of placing athletes on the academic all-state team, Landwehr said.
“Our program has had at least one player make the MBCA Academic All-State team for six straight years and have had 12 players overall make it in the last eight years,” Landwehr said. “We emphasize to our players the importance of academics and balancing school work with playing the game of basketball.
“This recognition shows that our players work hard to be great players and students. I’m very proud of our program’s accomplishments and look forward to our guys continuing to be great players, students, and role models in the community.
Coach Eric Schweain had two Mustangs in Robbie Norman and Andrew Sears earn a spot on the team.
“Marquette has had a strong tradition, started by Shane Matzen, of pushing for academic all-state players,” Schweain said. “I feel fortunate to work with young men that not only excel in basketball but also in the classroom. Robbie and Drew are two unbelievable human beings that I had the pleasure of coaching. Not only are they amazing students, but they also are very talented basketball players.
“They both had unfortunate injuries during the past two seasons that probably changed their numbers on the court. For both of them, they never lost sight of what is truly important and kept grinding away in the classroom while they were overcoming various forms of adversity. Their futures look very bright.”
Sears was a 6-2 forward. Norman was a 5-11 guard.
There were other Mustangs, Schweain said, who did well in the classroom as well.
“Robbie and Drew are amazing students. With that being said, I need to brag on other seniors as well,” Schweain said. “Jason Montgomery, Jalen White, Jake Hansen, and Ross Matzen also do very well in class. They consistently make the honor roll and balance the demands of a long season with expectations in the classroom.
“I have been lucky enough to have had many of them in my science class or just observed their demeanor in the hallways. They are set up to be leaders in their communities and that is the most remarkable ideal we could push for as adults in their lives.”