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Sports briefs: Aug. 5

High school football

Two local teams are in the preseason Top 25 rankings for the high school football season, according to the national high school sports website maxpreps.com.

The website’s rankings came out last month and a St. Louis team made the list. Defending Missouri Class 6 state champion De Smet Jesuit was No. 13 in the rankings. Illinois Class 6 state champion East St. Louis checked in at No. 25.

Both teams were undefeated en route to winning their respective state titles.

It’s possible the two teams will square off this season. De Smet Jesuit and East Side are scheduled to meet in a big showdown on Sept. 2 in the Gateway Scholars Classic at East St. Louis.

High school girls volleyball

Whitfield and St. Joseph’s Academy’s 2019-2020 varsity volleyball teams are the recent recipients of the 2019-20 United States Marine Corps/American Volleyball Coaches Association (USMC/AVCA) Team Academic Award.

The United State Marine Corps (USMC) and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced that 1,315 high school and college teams have earned the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2019-2020 season, topping last year’s record by almost 200 teams. A total of 232 programs received Team Academic honors for the first time in 2020.

The award, initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors volleyball teams that maintain a year-long GPA of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale or 4.10 on a 5.0 scale.

“Coaches have the most influence during difficult times,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer in a statement. “Keeping student-athletes focused on their academic success when their volleyball identity was suddenly gone is leadership worth celebrating.”

High school baseball

Three local athletes have announced their college choices.

CBC junior Tyler Charlton and his teammate Ayden Robinson-Wayne said they will attend Missouri State University. Westminster Christian Academy’s Landen Johnson has chosen to play at Indiana State University.

“I’m very excited to announce that I have verbally committed to Missouri State University,” the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Charlton said.

Charlton is a left-handed pitcher and also plays first base. A Chesterfield resident, he also plays football at CBC and is a quarterback.

Robinson-Wayne, who will be a junior this fall at CBC, has announced his commitment to play baseball at Missouri State University.

Robinson-Wayne
Robinson-Wayne

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound shortstop/second baseman also plays quarterback for the Cadets. He plays on the summer team St. Louis Prospects 16U Scout Team.

Johnson is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound native of Ellisville. He plays first base and is a left-handed pitcher for Westminster Christian Academy.

“(I am) blessed to announce my commitment to Indiana State University,” said Johnson, who will be a senior this year. “I would like to thank my family and coaches for all of the support through the years and the Lord for blessing me with this opportunity.”

Johnson

Girls youth soccer

Greg Muhr has been named as the new girls’ director for Sporting St. Louis soccer club. Muhr will bring extensive experience to Sporting St. Louis.

Muhr played professionally over nine seasons and has been coaching for more than 27 years. This includes his time as the Region II ODP assistant head coach and as an assistant at DePaul University and the head coach of two USL Women’s league teams.

Muhr
Muhr

Muhr scored 43 goals and recorded 47 assists in his 239-game career with the Chicago Power, St. Louis Storm, St. Louis Ambush and Detroit Rockers. He began playing during the 1989 season and last took the pitch during the 1997 campaign. Collegiately, he played four seasons at Eastern Illinois University.

Muhr said he is excited to become a part of Sporting St. Louis, especially working with the coaches, players and families. 

“Sporting St. Louis has shown that we want to offer our families a great environment and create a culture that’s conducive to player development by bringing in people, coaches and trainers that have great experience, passion and a desire to learn from each other,” said Dan Donigan, technical director for Sporting St. Louis. “Greg is a longtime teammate and friend. I’m thrilled to be back on his team along with all the other great people with Sporting St. Louis.”

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