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Sports Briefs: March 11

Marquette High, class 2 state swimming champions [Team photo]

High school girls swimming and diving

The Marquette Mustangs captured the Class 2 state title at the recent 45th annual Missouri Girls Swimming and Diving Championships at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. Marquette finished with 242 points to top second-place Kirkwood’s 237. Eureka came in third with 220 points.

The title was the fourth overall for Marquette. The Mustangs previously won state crowns in 1999 and 2000. The last two have come with Joe Schoedel as the head coach.

While last year’s win was memorable, this year’s triumph will hold a sweet spot for Schoedel. Marquette graduated 14 seniors from last year so this season, the team had to pull together to overcome the loss of so many talented athletes.

“Each is special, but in a way, this one is more rewarding,” Schoedel said. “There wasn’t much doubt last year, but it will always have a special place because it was my first team win. To bring back half the girls we had last year, keep that mental edge, and just watch the returning girls and new girls step up was extremely satisfying as a coach.” 

Marquette won the 200-freestyle relay in 1:38.03. The time was 0.4 off the school record. Sophomore Carsyn Cosman, junior Haley Hume, sophomore Maya Esparza, and senior Amanda Yu were on the relay. The other top eight finishers for Marquette were Cosman in the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle, junior Hailey Benting in the 200 individual medley [IM] and 100 breaststroke, Yu in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly in a school-record time of 57.05, senior Abby Bomball in the 500 freestyle, sophomore Sydney Tolbert in diving and the 200-medley relay team consisting of senior Lexi McClard, Benting, Yu and Esparza.

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Parkway West High, Class 1 state swimming champions [Team photo]

The Parkway West Longhorns captured the Class 1 girls team championship at the recent 45th annual Missouri Swimming and Diving State Championships at St. Peters Rec-Plex. 

The Longhorns finished first with 171 points. That put them just past Parkway Central’s second-place total of 168.50 points. 

“It was pointed out that we won state without winning any events, but to win you don’t need winners, you need a team and that is what we brought,” coach Coleen Sumner said. “Every single point mattered. We had girls placing second through 15th.”

Parkway West finished second in the 400-freestyle relay, the final event, with a time of 3 minutes, 42.11 seconds and gave the Longhorns the state championship. The girls on the relay were senior Lauren Beard, sophomore Megan Van Valkenburgh, sophomore, Mallory Stirrat and freshman Campbell Murawski. 

The 200-medley relay team also came in second in 1:51.33. Murawski, junior Reese Berry, Stirrat and Beard swam on the relay. 

The title was the program’s 13th team championship – a state-record. 

“[That’s] very impressive and a record the school is very proud of,” Sumner said. “The tradition continues.”

High school boys wrestling

CBC freshman Santino Robinson showed coach Cornell Robinson he has the right stuff.

Robinson [35-4] won the Class 4 championship at 113 pounds in the 90th Missouri Boys Wrestling State Championships at Mizzou Arena. He won by a 4-2 decision over Carter Mccallister, of Rock Bridge. It was Mccallister’s first loss after winning his first 32 matches of the season.

“That’s the third time a freshman has won at the state meet for us,” said Cornell Robinson, who is no relation to Santino. “You know, he’s on the right track.”

CBC finished fourth in the team competition. The Cadets compiled 106.5 points to finish as the top St. Louis area school. Teams from the Kansas City area took the top three spots – Liberty [241], Park Hill [146.5] and Staley [121]. 

The fourth-place finish snapped a three-year span in which the Cadets won state in 2018 and 2019 after coming in second in 2017.

“You’re never happy about taking fourth,” Cornell Robinson said. “But it’s OK. It’s about where we should have finished. You get what you deserve.

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The Whitfield Warriors went out on top as the program bid goodbye to Class 1 state wrestling.

The Warriors scored a program first by winning its fourth consecutive Class 1 team championship. The Warriors finished first with 172.5 points in the 90th Missouri Boys Wrestling State Championships at Mizzou Arena. Whitfield earned its ninth championship in the last 13 seasons. Whitfield captured four individual titles, and had two second-place finishes to secure the victory.

“We had a pretty good tournament,” veteran Whitfield coach Charlie Sherertz said. “We had pretty high expectations for state. For the most part, the kids lived up to them. All in all, it was a good tournament for us.”

Whitfield will move to Class 3 next year to compete.

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The Lafayette Lancers finished fifth in the Class 4 state tournament. The highest individual place for a Lancer was junior Evan Boren [23-5]. He lost by fall in the second period to Liberty’s Drake Smith at 160. Smith [35-2] had finished third twice in previous state appearances. 

Eureka’s senior Jake McCollum [35-2] ended his career with a second-place finish at 195. Staley’s Rocky Elam [32-0] won his second straight title with a 15-6 win over McCollum. McCollum was a fourth-place finisher as a junior.

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