Spring Sports Wrap-Up 2016
The spring season was another successful one for athletes throughout the T&S area, but it was especially noteworthy for MICDS. The Rams had team champions in golf, girls track, tennis and baseball, with numerous individual champions as well. The school had a total of 11 programs that finished either first or second this school year! “It’s the kids, and it’s the coaches,” says athletic director Josh Smith. “It was an amazing finish to the school year.”
John Burroughs captured the Class 3 team championship at the state meet at Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City. The Bombers finished with 73 points, 15 more than second-place Lamar. The team had both an individual champion (Ronald Smith in the 110-meter hurdles) and a relay champion (the 4×400 meters). They also finished second in the 4×200 relay and had two runners in the championship heat 100-meter dash: Christopher Booker and Xavier Miller. Smith added a third-place finish in the triple jump to his state title in the hurdles. Principia’s Carey Carter was also a state champion in Class 3, winning the 200-meter dash.
Lafayette won a team title, capturing the Class 5 (largest school) division with 81 points. Another area school, SLUH, was second with 59 points. The Lancers had a pair of individual champions (Dylan Quisenberry in the 800 and Austin Hindman in the 3,200), who also ran legs in the state champion 4×800 relay team, along with Alec Haines and Devin Meyrer.
SLUH had a pair of individual state champs in Class 5: Jayson Ashford won the 200-meter dash, and Dustan Davidson captured the 1,600-meter run. Lafayette finished second, third and fourth (Meyrer, Haines and Quisenberry) in the 1,600. Lafayette dominated the distance events at state, as Hindman, Meyrer and Haines finished one, two and three in the 3,200-meter run. Parkway South’s Austin Lawless, another state champ, won the shot put.
MICDS captured its second title in girls track, and it was a team effort. Three different champions starred, and the Rams also won a relay in Class 4. Parkway Central (fourth), and Webster Groves (10th) also had top 10 finishes. Zionn Pearson (long jump), Cara Johnson (100) and Margaret Sliney (400) were individual champs for MICDS, while the Rams won the 4×400 meters. They took second in both the 4×100 meters and 4×200 meters.
Ladue‘s Kaitlen Crawford had an outstanding state meet, finishing second in the 300-meter hurdles and third in the 100-meter hurdles. Parkway Central had a pair of top-three finishers: Lizzie Dejoie in the 400 and Sarah Madsen in the 800. Webster’s Nia Lyles was second in shot put, and Visitation‘s Maegan Saleh was third in long jump. Brentwood standout Sophia Rivera added another state title, winning the discus in Class 2. Burroughs finished second as a team in Class 3. The Bombers were paced by Madison Fuller, who won the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Teammate Lailah Elliott was second in the 100 and also finished second in the triple jump. Whitfield‘s Alex Curtin was a state champ in Class 3, winning the 3,200-meter run. Lafayette and Kirkwood had top 10 team finishes in Class 5, the Lancers placing fourth while Kirkwood was eighth.
As with the boys, Lafayette led in distance runners. Anna West was a state champ in the 1,600, while Sarah Nicholson won the 3,200 meters. They also combined with Millie Rogan and Margaret Nicholson to win the 4×800-meter relay. Kirkwood had a pair of second-place finishes: Kara Steele in the triple jump and the Pioneer 4×400- meter relay team.
Nerinx Hall was second in the 4×800-meter relay, while Nicki Horn of the Markers was fourth individually in the 400.
MICDS closed out the spring in style with its first team title in baseball. The Rams had been to only one other Final Four (in 2011). They entered post-season with a solid 17-7 record but saved their best for the big stage. The school defeated Aurora 7-4 in the semifinals and capped off their initial championship with a 7-3 win over Boonville as Luke Layton pitched a complete game to improve to 6-1 for the season, while Kyle Yamaguchi paced the Rams offense with a three-for-three effort. MICDS was the only area champion in baseball and the only team to reach the Final Four.
Saint Louis University High and Parkway Central fell one game short of making it to O’Fallon. The Junior Bills defeated Lafayette 5-1 in an exciting Class 5 sectional game but fell to Lindbergh 11-2 in the quarterfinals. Parkway Central, which also played in Class 5, defeated Hazelwood West 6-0 in the quarterfinals before seeing its season ended by Francis Howell, which captured the state championship. Individually, Jake Matheny was named the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year.
The Westminster Christian Academy senior catcher, son of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, hit .414 for the Wildcats and led the St. Louis area with 11 home runs. He had a .870 slugging percentage as 22 of his 46 hits went for extra bases.
St. Joseph’s Academy had another stellar season with a 21-3-1 record, but fell one game short of another state championship. They advanced to the Class 4 finals, as they gave up just one game in three post-season games. Visitation also made the Final Four in Kansas City. The Vivettes defeated Webster Groves 1-0 in the sectionals and had a convincing 6-0 victory over Festus in the quarterfinals. But they lost in the semifinals to Rockwood Summit 3-0. They tied Incarnate Word Academy 0-0 in the third-place game.
Whitfield has the best area showing in Class 1, with the Warriors making it to the quarterfinals in Class 1, where they lost to Trinity 2-0. Several area players were among the best in St. Louis statistically. Westminster‘s Kirsten Davis was second in the area, scoring 37 goals. Ladue‘s Claire Petersen led the entire St. Louis area in assists with 25, while Webster Groves’ Megan McClure was the area leader with 21 shutouts.
MICDS had both a team champion and individual titlist. The Rams captured the team title in Class 3, and Michael O’Keefe was the co-champion individually. Andrew Lilly also had a top 10 finish individually, at seventh. Priory finished fourth as a team in Class 3 and also had a top 10 finisher with Thomas Weaver tying Lilly for seventh place.
Four area teams finished in the top seven in Class 4. Chaminade had the top finish. The Red Devils were third, followed by DE SMET in fifth, Marquette in sixth and SLUH in seventh.
Marquette’s Frankie Thomas had a fourth-place finish individually. CBC’s Zach Bohmer and Lafayette’s Maxwell Kreikemeier were tied for 10th. Whitfield had a sixth-place finish in Class 2. The Warriors were led by Alex Freund, who finished 15th overall.
MICDS dominated the Class 1 field, capturing its fourth consecutive team title. The Rams, who won their 16th team title in 2016, did not lose a single court, dominating all post-season matches by 5-0 scores. Individual Rams also shone, achieving a likely first in state history in tennis as with players in the finals in both singles and doubles. Joe McAllister defeated Tyler Raclin in the Class 1 singles championship, and Rex Serituk and Rohit Chouhan beat teammates Robert Baisch and David Grossman in the doubles title match.
Burroughs also made the Final Four in Class 1, finishing third. Top player Zale Shah was fifth individually in singles. Parkway South star Carson Haskins repeated his Class 2 singles championship. The No. 1-ranked player in the country in boys 16’s, he has gone undefeated in his two years of high school tennis and has yet to lose a set! Marquette was the lone Class 2 area team to make it to Springfield. The Mustangs finished fourth. Parkway West‘s Kenji Yanaba and Dillan Youngberg were second in Class 2 doubles.
It was another state title for MICDS in boys lacrosse. The Rams defeated SLUH 7-1 in the Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association Division 1 championship match at Lindenwood University. The Rams outscored their opponents 35-6 in three playoff games to win the title for the third consecutive season. MICDS senior goalie Matt Trowbridge was named Most Valuable Player. Priory avenged a loss in the 2015 championship game with a thrilling 7-6 victory over O’Fallon to capture the Division 2 title.
It was deja vu for SLUH, when, for the second year in a row, the Junior Bills defeated Lafayette in three sets to win the Class 4 championship. This was the eighth overall title for them, with a 33-2 overall finish. This breaks a tie with Vianney for the most wins in history! Parkway Central fell to undefeated Affton in three sets in the Class 3 state tournament.
Pictured: Lafeyette Track