High school boys golf
The Priory Ravens made the most of their opportunity to play at Bellerive Country Club by winning the Metro League Tournament.
The tournament was shortened to 15 holes (12, 13 and 14 were not played) because of the late afternoon start to the tournament. But Priory coach Jake Parent said that was “no problem.”
“It was a fantastic opportunity to play Bellerive,” Parent said. “The history surrounding that course added to the feel of the tournament and I know the players felt that as well.”
The Ravens won the Metro event with a team score of 334. Westminster was second at 358 and MICDS came in third at 359.
Priory junior Nick Seifried was the medalist with a 1-over-par 62.
“Nick is an excellent golfer who can compete with anyone in St. Louis,” Parent said. “His score was indicative of the talent he has and his capabilities. Nick will tell you that he still has a lot of work to do to get where he wants, but he is on the way to doing really neat things.”
Junior Andrew Wasinger shot a 67 and Matthew Margiotta added a 69. Grant Vineyard ended with a 72 and Owen Farley finished at 74.
This was the third year in a row Priory has won the conference meet. It helped make up for the loss of not getting to play last spring.
“Last spring was so disappointing as we felt as if we could compete for a state title,” Parent said. “For those seniors not to get that opportunity was heartbreaking. In addition, the younger players did not get that very important experience of playing at that level. But right now, we are just enjoying the spring and the opportunity to play golf this season.”
MICDS senior Henry Mikula finished tied for second at 64. The other Rams’ scores were Cal Barton, 71; RV Sabalvaro, 76; Sam Liu, 83; Justin Goldenberg, 73; and Matt Hood, 75.
Westminster’s scores were Jack Woolridge, 71; Luke Burke, 71; Nick George, 81; Cole Willyard, 72; Jackson Lawrence, 74; and Sam Vestal, 70.
High school girls basketball
The Whitfield Warriors won the Class 5 state championship game with a 50-34 win over West Plains at the John Q. Hammons Arena on the Missouri State campus in Springfield.
Senior Kelsey Blakemore, who was playing in her third Final Four, scored eight points and dished out four assists. Sophomore Brooklyn Rhodes and freshman JaNyla Bush each scored 11 points. Treazure Jackson chipped in 10 points.
The Warriors women had come up short in their previous three visits to the Final Four. Each loss was to eventual state champion Strafford in Class 3. It was the second basketball championship for Whitfield, who ended the season (25-4). The men won the title in Class 2 in 2000.
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The Incarnate Word Academy Red Knights won the Class 6 title.
Incarnate Word finished an unbeaten campaign with a 58-37 win over Webster Groves in the Class 6 state championship game in Springfield. Junior Saniah Tyler paced the Red Knights with 15 points. Sophomore Natalie Potts chipped in with 12 points along with pulling down a team-high 11 rebounds.
The Red Knights wound up 29-0. Incarnate Word scored a record 11th state championship. It was the 20th trip to the Final Four in the program’s history.
Parkway Swim Club
Coach Jon David Williford took 13 swimmers to compete in the recent ISCA International Senior Cup at St Petersburg, Florida. The meet included more than 80 teams from all over the nation, including Hawaii, as well as pro groups from West Virginia and former Olympic coach Gregg Troy, of Gainesville, Florida. Some of the Olympic swimmers there were Ryan Lochte, Caeleb Dressel, John Conger, Joseph Schooling, and Farida Osman on the women’s side.
“The competition level at this meet was deep,” Williford said.
Parkway South’s Kylee Sullivan finished in the top 10 in five out of her seven events in the 16 and under women’s division – fourth in the 50-meter butterfly, sixth in the 100-meter butterfly, seventh in the 200-meter butterfly, 10th in the 50-meter backstroke and eighth in the 200-meter IM (individual medley).
Parkway West’s Will Bonnett in 17 and over events finished 19th in the 100-meter breaststroke, 28th in the 200-meter breaststroke and 24th in the 200-meter IM.
Other good results came from Alayna Henage in 16 and under, as she came in 12th in the 50-meter breaststroke and 23rd in the 200-meter breaststroke. Jake Hansen, in the 16 and under men’s division, was 28th in the 100-meter breaststroke, 25th in the 50-meter breaststroke, and 15th in the 50-meter backstroke. Samantha Lee, in 16 and under, was 17th in both the 800-meter freestyle and the 1,500-meter freestyle. Gabe Porter, in 17 and over, was 27th in the 200-meter butterfly. Brooke Shadduck, in 16 and under, was 24th in the 100-meter breaststroke and Erin Morie was 26th in the 200-meter butterfly.
Matthew Judkins, Addie Ludbrook, Caleb Munger and Max Wehrmann also competed at the meet.
Westminster Christian Academy graduate Kirsten Davis recently was drafted by the Louisville Racing FC.
Currently playing at Texas Tech, the 5-foot-9 Davis was selected 13th overall in the National Women’s Soccer League College Draft. Davis heard her name called virtually via Twitch, where the league hosted its ninth iteration of the college draft. Racing Louisville will hold Davis’ rights until after she plays the fall 2021 season at Tech, which she intends to do.
“You dream about this since you’re a little girl,” said Davis in a video chat. “Once it actually happens and they call your name, I didn’t even know how to react. I’m just so excited and I still can’t even believe it’s happening right now.”
For Westminster Christian Academy, Davis racked up 37 goals, including seven game-winners, and seven assists as a senior. She was honored with three All-State, All-Conference and All-District awards over her last three years, including First Team accolades in all three in 2016.
She has received All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and TopDrawerSoccer.com. She also has been a staple on the U.S. Soccer U-18, U-19 and U-20 teams, earning several call-ups over the past two years.
Davis said she will play one more season of college soccer next fall before moving on to the professional ranks.
“Kirstin has worked tirelessly on her game since the day she stepped onto the campus of Texas Tech,” said head coach Tom Stone. “Her approach to growing as a player/person and leader has been very mature and she is a great example of doing things the right way and the benefits therein. I have no doubt KD will grow her game again this spring and fall and be more than ready for her career as a pro in the NWSL. Could not happen to a more deserving young lady.”
Racing Louisville was announced as an expansion team in late 2019. The club, managed by fifth-year NWSL coach Christy Holly, will begin play in 2021. Davis, upon joining the roster in 2022, is excited for the opportunity to be a part of a new franchise’s first squad.
“It’ll be so cool to be there when their culture is just starting,” Davis said. “I’ve been following them on social media since they announced that they were having a team and have always thought it would be so cool if I got to play for them. I like Kentucky, I like the Midwest and I’m just excited to be a part of Racing Louisville.”
Parkway South grad debuts in MLB
Parkway South graduate Jake Brentz finally made it to the major leagues and had a debut he will forever remember.
Brentz, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound left-handed pitcher made his major league debut April 3 with the Kansas City Royals. He allowed one hit and one walk in two-thirds of an inning in his debut against the Texas Rangers. He faced the top of the Rangers’ lineup in the eighth inning.
He struck out left-handed-hitting Nate Lowe swinging on a 98-mph fastball in the eighth inning. Kansas City manager Mike Matheny relieved Brentz with right-hander Jesse Hahn to finish off the frame.
“It was just something I’ll never forget,” Brentz, 26, said after the Royals’ 11-4 win over the Rangers in a postgame video chat. “I knew I wanted to go out there and attack, and I wanted to get in the dugout as quick as I could. Keep us in the ballgame. When Mike came out and grabbed the ball from me, it was a pretty special moment.”
Brentz made the Royals’ roster after coming to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
He did not play in his senior season at Parkway South, choosing instead to pitch in an Iowa wooden bat league to get regular mound work. His professional career began as an 11th-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2013 draft. After spending two years in the entry-level Gulf Coast League, he toured the minors: Bluefield, Everett, Tacoma, Clinton, Bradenton, Altoona, Indianapolis and Northwest Arkansas.
He owns a career 8-12 record and 5.34 ERA in 157 minor league games, only 23 of which he started.