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Sports briefs: Nov. 6

High school softball

Marquette Mustangs softball team

The Marquette Mustangs softball season ended with a loss in the Class 4 sectional round to Webster Groves.

Marquette [17-13] fell 10-03 Webster Groves [21-8] in the sectional round in a game that was the third meeting of the two teams this fall. Marquette lost 5-0 to Webster in an early season tournament. Then, in a regular season game, the Mustangs recorded a 7-1 victory. 

The regular season was ups and downs for the club, Coach Adam Starling said.

“Our regular season was filled with injuries,” Starling said. “We had six games the entire season with all 13 players on our varsity roster healthy. It was great to see so many players step up and contribute throughout the season, many at positions that they had minimal experience playing.

The players did a great job handling difficult situations and kept a positive outlook throughout the season. I was very proud of the maturity and team culture that developed as the season went on.”

Marquette met district host Parkway South in Class 4 District 3 semifinal and scored a 4-3 victory. The Mustangs then faced Eureka for the district title and won 9-8.

The district title was the fifth consecutive championship for Marquette. It also is sixth title earned by the club in the last seven years for the program.

“Any time you win a district title, it is exciting,” Starling said. “This is our fifth district title in a row. Each one has been different. This year playing one-run games in both the semifinal versus

Parkway South and final versus Eureka made it an amazing experience for the girls.”

St. Joseph’s state golf champs

Girls golf

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, St. Joseph’s Academy earned its fourth consecutive Class 2 girls golf state title. The two-day tournament was played in windy conditions at Silo Ridge Golf and Country

Club in Bolivar.

St. Joseph’s shot a 299 in the first round and finished with a 607, thus giving the Angels the best score at state and a 15-shot advantage over runner-up Notre Dame de Sion. The 15-shot margin of victory is the Angels’ biggest in the last four years. The 607 score tops St. Joseph’s best score in the last four years by 16 shots.

“It’s always hard to win when you’re supposed to,” St. Joseph’s coach Carol Fromuth said. “Anything can happen. Notre Dame is a good team and we knew they would want to beat us. We had the two best teams and they had a great player. We didn’t go into state being cocky. They all felt they could win. There [are] no substitutions in golf, so you have to get it done. The kids came through in terrible conditions.”

Senior Grace Aromando shot rounds of 76 and 74 and junior Drew Nienhaus had rounds of 72 and 78. Each finished with a 150 and tied for fourth place. Nichole Rallo came in eighth with a 153 and sophomore sister Mia finished ninth with a 159. Mia had a first-round 84 but then shot a 75. Sophomore Isabella Arro, who watched the state tourney as a freshman, came in 12th with a 162. There were 90 players in the field. The team was thrilled to take the state crown again. 

“They were very excited to win it again,” Fromuth said. “Three in a row was a great accomplishment. To win this one and make it row in a row is wonderful. Next year, we’ll look to five.”

With the state title, St. Joseph’s Academy has the most championships in Missouri history with nine.

High school girls golf

MICDS senior Parker Perry earned all-state honors in the Class 1 state girls golf tournament.

Perry, a captain, finished fifth with a 165 in the two-day tournament at Fremont Hills Golf Course in Nixa. She shot an 84 in the first round and followed it with an 81.

Perry finished third at state last fall. She shot a 164. Two years ago, as a sophomore when MICDS played in Class 2, Perry tied for 20th with a 163. As a freshman, she finished second in the Virginia state tournament.

“She’s had a great career,” Johnston said. “And [she] led by example as captain the past two years. She’s earned a bunch of medals in the playoffs and the majority of our game balls in dual matches over her career. She will be playing in college but hasn’t made her decision yet. [I] wish her the best adapting to independent living, adapting to college life and hopefully excelling on her college golf team.”

Senior Garrett Goltermann played in her fourth consecutive state tournament. She just missed earning a medal by coming in 16th place. She shot 184. Her highest finish at state was a 13th- place showing as a junior. The other Ram at state was sophomore Katie Mikulec. She finished 22nd, shooting rounds of 92 and 95 for a 187.

The Rams did not make state as a team this year, snapping a six-year string.

Graduation will hit the Rams hard, too.

“Our team is losing seven seniors, so hoping we have some rising freshman to complement our returning players,” Johnston said.

High school girls volleyball

Lafayette senior Shannon McClain reached a career milestone in volleyball this season. McClain, a senior, reached a landmark 1,500 assists as a Lancer.

“I knew I was getting very close at the end of September, and I hit 1,500 assists during our match against the Marquette Mustangs,” McClain said. “I do not remember the point. [I] wish I did. You are just so focused on your team being successful and playing well together to win points, sets and, hopefully, the match.”

McClain said she is proud of the achievement.

“It’s very special to me,” McClain said. “I have, and have had, amazing teammates at Lafayette that helped me achieve the milestone … I am so thankful to be a part of the Lady Lancers volleyball family and to have the talented and close-knit teammates we have.”

As a freshman, McClain was a 6-rotation player running a 5-1 rotation. As a sophomore, she started for the varsity and ran a 6-2 rotation with another setter. It was the same last season, and by mid-season, she was running a 5-1. This year as a senior, McClain is starting and running mostly a 6-2 while also serving as a co-captain for the Lancers.

“It’s so nice that your teammates have the confidence in you, to vote you into the role,” McClain said. “I am honored. I love being a leader, representing the team, and helping all my teammates on and off the court, and especially taking the freshmen under my wing and helping them learn about the program.”

Shannon McClain celebrates her 1,500 assists with the Lafayette Lancers volleyball team.

McClain noted her teammates and coaches have played a big role in her ability to reach the assists milestone.

“I want to thank my coaches [Ben O’Day, Kim Aschoff, Mama T, Zach Young, Chris Toomey and Steve Burkard] and teammates for helping me achieve this milestone,” McClain said. “[It] takes an entire team and great coaches and they are the very best II could hope for.”

High school boys cross country

The Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats boys cross country team won the Metro League cross country boys’ championship held at Jefferson Barracks on Oct. 24.

The Wildcats won with 36 points. John Burroughs was a distant second with 80.

Junior Hayden Freiner placed third overall in 17 minutes, 45.87 seconds. Junior Colin Ring was fourth in 17:47.69.

Westminster coach Nile Heefner said he was pleased with how they ran.

“Along with juniors Ring and Freiner, our varsity team has two other juniors, Hayden Turley and Thomas Gorline; sophomore Luke Beachy; freshman Connor Vennemann; and three other boys contending for varsity, senior Clayton Perona, junior Vaughn Goff and senior Ethan Storer.”

His squad was happy to win the conference meet.

“The boys and I were very excited to see the Westminster white and blue uniforms in five of the top 12 places,” Heefner said. “It’s always thrilling to see that many Wildcats running so close together up front.”

According to Heefner, another season highlight was the team’s trip to Columbia on Sept. 27 to run in the first annual Gans Creek Classic on the new Mizzou cross country course.

“We went on and finished second out of 33 teams in the Blue Division,” Heefner said.

Westminster Christian Academy celebrates its Metro League championship. [Photo provided by the team]
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