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Wildwood sisters play in soccer championship 

Lauren and Hannah Henry played on U12 and U10 soccer championship teams at the Challenger Sports Invitational recently held at Scheels Park in Kansas City.

The two sisters played for Scott Gallagher’s U12 and U10 top girls Elite Teams, respectively.

Lauren’s team won 2-1 over the Flyers SC of Shawnee, Kan. Lauren opened up the scoring with a header goal early in the first half. Hannah’s team was down 0-2 to Sporting Blue Valley, of Kansas City, at half time. However, the team rallied back to tie the game and force a penalty kick tie breaker. Hannah scored the first of two penalty kick goals, which ultimately led the team to take the championship.

Lauren’s SLSG U12 coaches are Sterling Wescott and Carlton Williams. Hannah’s SLSG U10 coaches are Eric Schmidt and Matt Stichling.

Lauren is a sixth grader at Rockwood Valley Middle. Hannah is a third grader at Green Pines Elementary.

According to the sisters’ father, Shawn Henry, the two have been playing soccer since they were 4 years old.

St. Joseph’s girls golf

St. Joseph’s Academy girls golf team set a state record with their team score in the recent MO/IL River Challenge at Quail Creek Golf Club in St. Louis.

So, what did the Angels do for an encore? The team set another state record.

In the MO/IL River Challenge, the Angels shot a team score of 291. The score broke the Missouri state high school record for a par 72 course.

At the Smith-Cotton Classic played at the Sedalia Country Club, St. Joseph’s smashed the record for a par 70 course with a team score of 277.

St. Joseph’s broke its own record for the par 70 course, which it set with a 306 on Oct. 10, 2017, in the second day of the Class 2 state tournament that was held at the Sedalia Country Club. Westminster Christian Academy held the record for a par 72 course with a 308. Westminster set that record Oct. 3, 2012.

“I think I never would have dreamed we’d shoot the score we did at Sedalia,” St. Joseph’s coach Carol Fromuth said. “To be 3-under with four players is not something you think about. As good as the girls are, that’s just a great accomplishment. That would be good for anybody. That blows me away. A 306 was the lowest par score and we shattered it.”

The state tournament is set for Oct. 20-21. It will be played at Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club, located in Bolivar, Mo.

“Boliver is a good track,” Fromuth said. “It will be a true test for the kids. I think it will take a score in the low 300s or high 290s to win it this year.”

For now, Fromuth is enjoying how the Angels are playing, but state remains on her mind.

“I’m happy with the season so far but, of course, it’s that last day of the season that makes the difference,” Fromuth said. “It’s never over until then.”

Marquette wins volleyball tournament

The Marquette Mustangs won the recent Summit Tournament by defeating O’Fallon Christian 25-23, 25-19 to earn a volleyball championship title.

It was a solid showing for her squad, Marquette coach Tammy Becker said.

“The girls were ecstatic to finish out on top,” Becker said. “I think it will help build confidence in our younger players.”

Marquette was seeded third in the tournament.

The Mustangs did not start Pool B play well at Summit. Marquette sustained a 25-21, 32-30 loss to Northwest in its first match. The Mustangs followed that loss with a 25-21, 25-18 win over Hannibal, a 25-22, 25-19 victory over Ladue and a 25-23, 25-23 triumph over O’Fallon Christian to finish pool play.

In the semifinals, Marquette defeated host Summit 25-22, 25-19. In the championship match, the Mustangs again defeated the powerful O’Fallon Christian team.

New turf at MICDS

The MICDS varsity and junior varsity field hockey teams, coaches, parents, fans and friends gathered at Thomas Field recently for the first game of the season and to dedicate the new, state-of-the-art water turf installation.

Coach Lynn Mittler said, “There are only two other fields like this in St. Louis. The field allows us to push the speed and precision of our skill execution. It is a great opportunity for our girls going on to play in college to compete on the same type of surface and it allows all of our players to push themselves to an even higher level of play. We are so grateful for our community that supported this endeavor.”

Donor-initiated fundraising comprised mainly of current field hockey parents helped upgrade the field. This is the type of field that is used at the collegiate and elite levels because it allows for a smoother and faster play. The new field can be played either wet or dry.

While the field was installed without the irrigation to make the turf wet, a second phase of the installation will allow for the water cannons to make the field wet. There will be a campaign focused on the fundraising to install the irrigation system which will coincide with the 40th anniversary of MICDS’ first field hockey state championship.

Athletics Director Josh Smith welcomed guests to the ceremony.

“We are fortunate to have a passionate community to support our student-athletes,” Smith said.

Mittler praised all those who helped make the field possible.

“I simply cannot say enough about the generosity of our families who made this happen in such a short period of time so we could start our season on this surface,” Mittler said. “It has instantly impacted our program as we have been able to push our skills and speed to a level we have not been able to achieve before. Our girls have the tremendous opportunity to play on the most elite surface available to our sport and I remind them that the Olympics are played on a field just like this.

“There is not a day when I step on this field that I am not grateful for this remarkable facility, and we hope to bring that spirit to our entire season. It is easier to work hard and try your best on a daily basis when you have evidence of the support of your community under your feet.”

After cutting the ribbon to dedicate their new turf, the Rams went on to defeat Cor Jesu 4-0.

High school football

The De Smet Spartans have announced they will play next fall in the annual Gateway Scholars Classic in East St. Louis.

The Spartans will play the host Flyers.

East St. Louis will open its 2020 season against Metro Catholic Conference member CBC in the season opener. The Flyers will battle against De Smet in Week 2.

De Smet will open the 2020 campaign in Illinois. The Spartans will play at Edwardsville against the Tigers in Week 1 next season.

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