Lafayette graduate Max Kreikemeier reached the championship round of the 113th Missouri Amateur Championship in just his second time playing the state’s biggest tournament.
Kreikemeier, a Wildwood native who plays at Missouri State, lost 5&4 to Nick Westrich, of the University of Central Missouri, in the six-day event played on the Ozarks National Golf Course in Hollister. Westrich, who will be a redshirt junior this fall, is a native of Farmington.
“If I was told I’d get runner up before the week started, I would be proud of that,” Kreikemeier said. “It takes a lot of good golf, to get not only into match play, but to keep advancing.”
Kreikemeier, a four-time all-state golfer at Lafayette, took an early lead in the 36-hole championship match. He won the second and fifth hole to take a 1-up lead after the front nine. Westrich would win 10 and 12, and control the lead from there.
Kreikemeier was the No. 14 seed. Westrich was the No. 5 seed.
Westrich got hot to close the first round, winning the 10th hole with a par to make the match all square. He followed that up with a par to win the 12th hole, then took advantage of Kreikemeier’s bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes to build a 3-up lead at the halfway point of the match.
Kreikemeier birdied the 19th hole to close the gap to 2-up, but that’s as close as he would get the rest of the match. Kreikemeier, who will be a sophomore this fall, won six holes in the championship match. He also recorded an eagle to win a hole — the par-5 seventh hole.
Kreikemeier posted six birdies but he lost holes with eight bogeys and one double-bogey.
“This was my second year playing in the (Missouri) AM,” Kreikemeier said. “I felt fine after nine holes. I was hitting it good and just had a few wayward drives. I missed and lipped a few putts out. Nick was very consistent — just hitting the fairway and the green. I put myself in a few tough spots and had a couple three-putts as well.
“It was a great tournament. I feel like I have some confidence going into the rest of the summer. I can’t wait to get back next year and play the Missouri Am at Porto Cima.”
Former MICDS baseball standout James Proctor has been signed as a free agent by the Cincinnati Reds organization. Becoming a major league ballplayer has been a dream for Proctor.
“It’s something I’ve definitely looked forward to my whole life,” Proctor said. “I’m so happy I can finally be experiencing this. Going into this season, one of my main goals was to get drafted.
“I got the call from the Cincinnati Reds. It worked out perfectly. I signed immediately.”
His faternal grandfather, also named James though he went by Jim, pitched for the Detroit Tigers in 1959. He played professionally from 1955-1963 but saw his only big league action during the 1959 season with Detroit.
“He was the first guy I reached out to,” Proctor said. “I’m so honored to be following in his footsteps. Hearing stories of him playing have been a big inspiration for my career and my desire to reach the same level.”
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Proctor, a right-handed pitcher, just finished an excellent collegiate career at Princeton. In 2016, he helped lead MICDS to the Class 4 state championship.
A four-year starter for the Tigers, Proctor made 28 starts in his collegiate career. However, he never threw more than 50.1 innings in a season (2019). His ERA was 5.88, and only in 2019 was his season ERA under 5.11 (4.65). In both 2019 and 2020, he struck out more batters than he threw innings.
“I’m going to be someone who works his heart out and do everything I possible to progress,” Proctor said. “My goal is to have a long career in the major leagues.”
At MICDS, Proctor was a first-team All-State player as a senior. He also was a three-time first team all-conference athlete. Proctor was named the MICDS MVP as a senior.
High school lacrosse
Nick Silva, a Chesterfield native, has announced he is stepping down as the CBC lacrosse coach.
Silva played high school lacrosse at Parkway West. He was a two-time all-state player. Silva was a distinguished player at Division I, Manhattan College, where he was two- time captain.
Silva has coached at Lindenwood and Fontbonne universities. He also was the head coach at Vianney. Silva founded the St. Louis Samurai Lacrosse club in 2006.
The Manhattan College Jaspers Athletic Hall of Fame inducted Silva into its ranks in 2014. A midfielder, he helped the Jaspers put together their best season in program history during the 2002 season.
The Jaspers went 11-6 overall and won the MAAC Tournament for the first time in program history, defeating Mount St. Mary’s in the title game. They faced Georgetown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Silva was named the MAAC Player of the Year in 2002.
He ranks second on Manhattan’s all-time assists chart (84) and has the two highest single-season assist totals in program history. Silva is also third on the all-time list with 155 career points.
The St. Cloud Blizzard of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced that Top Prospects forward Bud Winter has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Saint Mary’s University.
Winter, 21, a CBC graduate, wrapped up his junior hockey career this past spring after playing three years in the NAHL. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Winter totaled 134 games played and a career 53 points (23 goals, 30 assists) during his NAHL career. He also played for the Corpus Christi IceRays and the Brookings Blizzard.
Winter helped the Cadets win four consecutive state titles. He led the Cadets in scoring during his last three years as the team posted an 86-8 record. Winter finished his high school career with 81 goals and 68 assists. He led CBC in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior.
During the 2019-20 season, Winter posted career-best numbers with 28 points (9 goals, 19 assists) in 47 games played. He was also selected to the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament; however, he did not play due to injury.
“Playing three years of junior hockey I have grown as a person and as a player,” Winter said. “I can’t thank everyone enough who has helped me reach my goal of playing college hockey.”
Prior to playing in the NAHL, Winter spent a portion of the 2017-18 season with the St. Louis Jr. Blues in the NA3HL. In 11 regular-season games with the Jr. Blues, Winter had 17 points. In the playoffs, he had eight points in seven games played and helped the Jr. Blues all the way to the Fraser Cup Championship game.
Saint Mary’s University plays in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“I chose Saint Mary’s because I wanted to further my education at a great university,” Winter said. “I also wanted to be part of a program that is heading in the right direction with a supportive coaching staff.”