High school girls tennis
The MICDS girls tennis program saw several individual Rams and the whole team perform well at the recent Class 2 state meet in Springfield.
MICDS freshmen Mikaela Mikulic and Rachel Li lost 6-4, 6-3 to Visitation senior Sophia McLellan and her sophomore sister Suzanna McLellan in the doubles championship match. In singles play, junior Journee White finished third in the competition. As a team – with eight freshmen in the top 12 and three in the top six – the Rams came in third.
MICDS coach Patrick Huewe described Mikulic and Li as “great contributors to the team this season.”
“Their presence helped lift the team to the school’s first team district title,” Huewe said. “In the team match, Mikaela and Rachel were up 7-5 in the eight-game pro-set but ended up losing 9-7. The freshmen showed a lot of maturity and poise in both matches and gained valuable experience that they can use later.”
He predicted that the two freshman have bright futures in the program.
“They played No. 1 and No. 2 singles during the year, which gave them an opportunity to play some of the best players in the area. I look forward to them improving each year and competing at the state tournament in the future,” Huewe said.
White made her third straight trip to the state tournament. It also was her third time medaling. As a freshman and sophomore, she played doubles and finished fifth and fourth, respectively. This was her first time competing in singles and she moved up yet again to finish third.
White lost to the eventual state champ, Visitation’s Laura Finnie, 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinal. However, she overcame that loss to claim third place, stopping Parkway Central’s Akansha Negi 7-5, 4-6, 10-4.
“It’s always difficult to bounce back and play your best in the third-place match,” Huewe said. “Journee asserted herself by playing aggressively in the tiebreak and took control early to win the match.”
The last time the Rams reached the state final as a team was in 2017.
2020 marked the first year for MICDS to play in the new classification system and in Class 2. It proved to be a good outing for them. While MICDS lost 5-0 to Visitation, the eventual state champ, in the semifinal, it rebounded to claim third.
“We knew were going to have to play our best tennis of the season to beat Viz,” Huewe said. “Their top four included the state doubles champions, the singles champion and the singles runner-up. Their bottom two players also medaled in state doubles so they held a huge advantage in depth that proved too difficult to overcome. Hats off to their coach and team for an amazing run to the title.”
In third place, MICDS scored a 5-0 win over Republic.
“Despite losing to Viz, I felt like it was one of our stronger performances as a team because we had some good opportunities,” Huewe said. “It was a memorable season because of all of the changes and precautions necessary to keep everyone safe.
“I am very proud of this group for the way they handled everything and for showing great team spirit all the way through to the end of the season. Our captains (Ashley Kane, Stella Kreisel and Kashish Motwani) did a fantastic job of leading the team and making it a fun season for the girls. I feel very fortunate to be the coach of this group and look forward to seeing many of them back next year.”
Kane is the only senior on the team so the Rams will be returning many players next season.
High school girls volleyball
The Marquette girls volleyball team has won its first district championship since 2013.
The Mustangs topped Francis Howell North 25-21, 25-18, 25-12 to secure the Class 5 District 5 championship. The title is the sixth overall district crown for the program.
“I felt very confident with this team heading into the postseason,” Marquette coach Tammy Becker said. “Although our record was 8-4, the matches we dropped were in five sets to the top teams in the area – St. Dominic, Cor Jesu, Lafayette and Eureka. They were all great matches but all very early in our compressed season, and we were building on each match.
“Our last regular-season match against Parkway West, we really started putting the pieces together and were playing with confidence as a team. Our junior middle, Maya Esparza, played out of her mind. She had 12 kills on 17 attempts and five blocks in that match.”
After defeating Francis Howell Central in the semifinal, Becker said she felt good about her Mustangs’ chances in the title match.
“I could tell before we even stepped on the court, the girls wanted it and were going to give it 110% to reach our goal,” Becker said. “I was elated for them and the program to accomplish a district championship after all the roadblocks we encountered to even get to play this season.”
Several Mustangs stepped up in the big game. Esparza, Adison Davidson, and Mia Scanlon, lead the team in kills, with nine, 12 and 10, respectively. Jenna Gruender provided a solid block and added another five kills. Senior setter Olivia Meier had 32 assists and chipped in with five kills.
“Our defense was like a machine and everything fell into place,” Becker said.
The season ended with Francis Howell earning a 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 27-25 win over Marquette in the sectional.
“I felt like we were slow to start in our sectional match with several unforced errors, and mental mistakes,” Becker said. “We didn’t start off crisp and the small mistakes were adding up, making our journey more difficult. I saw a glimpse of the old team in set three, but in the fourth set both teams were battling and it just didn’t fall our way. You don’t have a score of 25-27 without a battle.”
Overall, Becker was pleased with how her squad did this season. Marquette finished with a 10-5 record.
“Although this was a very short season, we became stronger as a program and our future is bright,” Becker said. “We will whole heartily miss our seniors – Olivia Meier, Jenna Gruender, Alexa Rush and Janvi Huria. They were phenomenal leaders all season through a lot of ups and downs. I attribute a lot of our success to them, they set the tone, and they demanded the right attitude and dedication. They led by example, and I will truly miss them.”
High school boys soccer
Defending state champion De Smet Jesuit has won its third consecutive district championship with a 5-1 win over Marquette. The Spartans won the Class 4 District 5 game behind three goals from senior Thomas Redmond.
It was the second career hat trick for Redmond.
Since 2012, De Smet is 6-2-1 against Marquette. The Spartans have won the last five meetings between the two programs.
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The Chaminade Red Devils won the Class 4 District 3 championship game with a 1-0 victory against Kirkwood. It was the 15th district title for the program.
Chaminade’s head coach Mike Gauvain and goalkeeper coach Joe Morgan were not at the game. Both were out for a third consecutive game because of quarantine protocols due to possible COVID-19 exposure.
Chaminade’s lone goal came from senior midfielder Sean Green about 6 minutes into the match. Senior forward Cole Ross picked up the assist on the goal.
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Whitfield won the Class 1 District 1 crown with a 3-1 victory over St. Pius X of Festus. Whitfield junior Jimmy Milgie led the way by scoring two goals for the Warriors. It was Whitfield’s second district title in the last three years.
High school girls golf
The St. Joseph’s Academy Angels recently earned a record fifth consecutive state high school championship. This title was the first for the Angels in Class 4 as the state moved from two classes to four this year.
St. Joseph’s won the team title by one stroke to slip past Notre Dame de Sion at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau. The Angels shot a 306. Rain forced the first round to be called off. As a result, the field played only 18 holes. The win also marked the school’s 10th state title, a record for the program.
Four Angels finished in the top 10. Junior Mia Rallo led the way with a 1-over-par 74, to come in third overall. Senior Drew Nienhaus and junior Izzy Arro tied for fifth at 3-over 76. Nicole Rallo tied for 10th with a 7-over 80.”
“I’m very proud of the girls,” coach Carol Fromuth said. “It never gets old. When you only have one day, there’s not much of a margin for error and it goes to show you every stroke counts. Everyone was thrilled to win it again.
“Now, we’re going to go for No. 6. That’s on the horizon. You don’t stop at the last accomplishment. You always look forward. We’re going to get working to get No. 6.”
High school football
Parkway Central had to forfeit is football team’s Class 5 District 3 semifinal game.
The school’s Twitter account announced the Colts would have to forfeit their game against top seed Fort Zumwalt North due to “issues related to COVID and quarantine.”
In the virus-shortened season, Parkway Central finished 2-4. The Colts joined other area teams that saw their seasons end the same way. Principia, Holt, Lutheran South, Kirkwood and Webster Groves were among the school that had their postseasons end due to COVID-19 quarantines or concerns.