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Anthony McRoberts

High school wrestling

Lafayette’s Anthony McRoberts will wrestle in college. McRoberts has signed to compete at Missouri Baptist University.

McRoberts wrestled for the Lancers at 285 pounds. McRoberts was a second-team all-conference wrestler as a senior.

At the Class 4 state tournament last winter, McRoberts saw his Lancers’ career end with a loss in a consolation Round 2 match. Stevie Gabb, of Fort Osage, won by fall over McRoberts in 1 minute, 33 seconds. McRoberts ended the season with a 25-11 record.

MSHSAA news

A recent decision by the Missouri State High School Activities Association [MSHSAA] Board of Directors opens the door to summer time possibilities.

At its April meeting, the board voted to grant relief to portions of the MSHSAA By-Laws that include summer limits on contact between coaches and student-athletes.

Dependent upon approval from local and state health officials, the board voted to make the summertime dead period and summer limits on contact optional for 2020.

MSHSAA by-law 1.5 requires member schools to establish a period of nine consecutive days beginning on a Saturday and lasting to the second following Sunday, in which no contact takes place between school coaches/directors of MSHSAA-sponsored activities and students enrolled in a member school, or who will be enrolled in a member school during the next school year.

With the board’s decision, a school may choose to comply with this “dead period” or allow teams to hold activities. This decision also relieves portions of by-law 3.15, sections 3 and 4, which limit teams to 20 days of contact during the summer. Under the decision, member schools may allow teams to have more than 20 days of contact in which any coaching or instruction in the skills and techniques of any sport takes place.

“The abrupt changes that took place to our normal system of education this spring, have our schools pleading for access to students this summer,” MSHSAA Executive Director Dr. Kerwin Urhahn said in a press release. “The membership asked about what possible flexibility and modifications to by-law restrictions that could be offered. If there is no local, state or national clearance for safe contact with students, then any allowances dealing with summer will be moot. But, in an effort to be prepared for what we hope is possible, this action was taken to grant some relief for the member schools.”

In other action, the board voted to allow seniors to be viewed as enrolled students through the summer, which allows them to represent their high schools in summertime interscholastic competition. This relief of by-law 3.15 is designed for the 2020 summer only.

“Hopefully, this will allow schools to play contests against other schools to provide closure and recognition for students and allow teams and kids to play together this summer,” Urhahn said.

At this point, no action was taken to alter any other sections of by-law 3.15, or the fall no contact period [3.15.1.b] that is scheduled to take place between Aug. 3 and Aug. 9, 2020. All summertime activities remain optional for students, attendance or participation cannot be required.

“The first thing that needs to be clearly understood is that all decisions about anything summer-related – be it contact, access, practice, games, conditioning, etc. – must first be approved, cleared and deemed safe by the CDC, state and local health departments, the governor and local mayors,” Urhahn said. “The end of social distancing and ‘safe at home’ is still not clearly visible yet, and summer activities may not be possible due to the covid-19 pandemic and its own timeline.”

Chris Lenzen award winners

Marquette High School’s Katie Weiss and Matt Kadlec are the recipients of the 2020 Chris Lenzen Mustang Character Award.

The two seniors have carried on what Lenzen stood for as a Mustang — sportsmanship, ethics and integrity.

Weiss played softball. She hit .288 and had one home run this past fall for Marquette.

Kadlec was a linebacker for the Mustangs football team. Kadlec recorded 108 tackles, including five for a loss of yards, along with a sack and a fumble recovery. He made first-team all conference.

Lenzen was 18 when he died in August 2013 in an automobile accident in Wildwood. He was a three-year starter for the baseball Mustangs and a four-year starter for the basketball team.

Jake McCollum

Eureka High top athletes

Jake McCollum and Jillian Oligschlaeger have been named the 2020 Male Athlete of the Year and 2020 Female Athlete of the Year at Eureka High School.

The 6-foot-2 McCollum played football and wrestled for the Wildcats. In football, McCollum was an offensive lineman and a linebacker. He recorded 117 tackes, including 10 for a loss of yards. He also had eight sacks and one fumble recovery.

In wrestling, McCollum finished his senior season with a 35-2 record. He ended his Wildcats’ 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.

McCollumn will play football at Truman State University.

The 5-foot-8 Oligschlaeger was a three-sport standout for the Wildcats. She played basketball, soccer and golf. She was a center back in soccer. Last fall, she earned second-team all-conference honors in golf. She was a forward for the basketball team.

Oligschlaeger will play soccer in college at Illinois Tech.

Jillian Oligschlaeger

College hockey

Former CBC hockey player John Serafin, who also played for Chesterfield Falcons and St. Louis AAA Blues U16 teams, will play college hockey.

Serafin will play for the University of St. Thomas.

The 20-year-old defenseman has committed to play for the NCAA Division III hockey program in St. Paul, Minnesota. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Serafin has played with the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners, Jamestown Rebels, Odessa Jackalopes and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights in the North American Hockey League.

Serafin finished the 2019-20 season with two goals and 10 assists for 12 points in 44 games played between the Knights and the Odessa Jackalopes.

“We are very happy for John committing to St. Thomas University. Although he only played eight games for the Knights after joining us in February, his impact was immediately felt and we are grateful for his contributions to our organization,” said Knights coach and general manger Tom Kowal. “John will be a great addition to the St. Thomas University hockey program and community. We wish him the best of luck in the next step of his hockey journey.”

The St. Thomas University Tommies play at the Division III level and are a part of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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