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Winter Sports Wrap-Up

At Town&Style, we always have supported our local student athletes. Our wrap-up articles each season note the big names and major wins of schools within our readership. And even though every sport didn’t properly end with a championship game, we still wanted to acknowledge the numerous accomplishments from the winter sports season. We asked schools to submit their notable moments and names; feel free to send information not listed here to tellus@townandstyle.com, and we can add to our page!

Brennan Orf

Westminster Christian Academy
Team championships:
* The boys’ basketball team defeated Priory in the Class 4 district championship.

Individual championships
* Junior Margo O’Meara won her third consecutive diving title at the state championship. She also smashed a 29-year-old state record in the process. The previous record was 523.5 points (held by Julie Grimmer Smith, ’91 Nerinx graduate) and Margo finished the competition with 636.5 points.

Highlights/accomplishments:
* Senior Brennan Orf broke 1,000 career points this basketball season. He is only the ninth boys basketball player in school history to reach this milestone. He signed to play baseball for SIU-Edwardsville next year.

Seniors who have signed with a university:
Luke Engelmeyer—baseball at Maryville University
Lauren Gates—softball at SIU–Edwardsville
Reese Earleywine—softball at the University of Southern Mississippi
Brennan Orf—baseball at SIU–Edwardsville
Bennie Anderson—football at Yale University

Whitfield School
Wrestling
Whitfield’s varsity wrestling team won the MSHSAA Class 1 state championship for the fourth consecutive year on Feb. 22. This is the wrestling program’s ninth state title (2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020).  Prior to winning the state title, Whitfield’s varsity wrestling team won the Class 1, District 1 championship, the program’s 19th title in the last 20 years. All 12 Whitfield wrestlers qualified for the state tournament, and 10 were individual district champions.

State Medalists
AJ Rallo ’23: state champion
Evan Binder ’22: state champion
Connor McAteer ’20: state champion
Chase Brock ’22: state champion
Logan Ferrero ’23: 2nd place
KJ Miley ’22: 2nd place
Matt Schueddig ’20: 6th place

State Qualifiers at the District Meet
*AJ Rallo ’23 (106 lbs)
*Evan Binder ’22 (113 lbs)
*Ben Carter ’23 (120 lbs.)
*Logan Ferrero ’21 (126 lbs)
*Connor McAteer ’20 (132 lbs.)
*Kobe Raeman ’21 (138 lbs.)
*Reese Callahan ’22 (145 lbs.)
*Matt Schueddig ’20 (152 lbs.)
PJ Schulte ’21 (170 lbs.)
*Chase Brock ’22 (182 lbs.)
*KJ Miley ’22 (220 lbs.)
Alex Tischler ’21 (285 lbs.)

*denotes individual district champion

Girls Basketball
Our varsity girls basketball team advanced to the semifinal round of the MSHSAA Class 3 State Tournament with a 63 to 36 victory over Lutheran St. Charles March 7. The Warriors would have played Strafford on March 13 on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield. This is the third time in the last four seasons that our girls basketball team has advanced to the state final four. The Warriors finished second in 2017 and third in 2018.

Prior to advancing the state final four, the Warriors won the Class 3, District 5 championship on Feb. 28 with a 54-34 win over Lutheran South. This is the team’s sixth consecutive district title. 

Dance Team
Whitfield’s varsity dance team placed 1st in the Mix category and 4th overall at the Missouri Dance Team Championships held in Kansas City, Missouri, Feb. 28 and 29! The Warriors have placed 1st in the Mix category and in the top five overall at state in Division 1 for 16 consecutive years. The Missouri Dance Team Association presented head coach Leah Fiske with a plaque in recognition of her 20 years of coaching. 

MICDS
Girls Swimming and Diving 
15th Place Finish at State
The season ended with an impressive 3rd-place finish at Conference and 15th place finish at State. Captains Meaghan Cannon ’19 and Grace Vogel ’19 brought together a close-knit team that included freshman standouts Erica Engelhard ’23 and Livi Thomas ’23. Renee Stanec ’20, Maddy Cowen ’21, and Lexie Reeb ’22 were a formidable diving squad, with Stanec placing 10th at State. Elle Haines ’21and Madigan Kinsey ’21 were crucial to both top-16 scoring relays at State, with Kinsey also scoring in the 100-yard breaststroke. Anna Scott Baur ’22 was our top performer all season, placing 3rd at State in the 200-yard individual medley and 4th in the 100-yard breaststroke. The fantastic end to the season was a direct result of the girls’ hard work and belief in themselves and the program.

MICDS’ Jessica Brooks

Girls Basketball
Brooks Breaks MICDS Scoring Record
The team had a season filled with milestones. Jessica Brooks ’20, the only upperclassman on the varsity roster, set a new scoring record of 1,458 points. The Rams finished 5-1 in the Metro League highlighted by a buzzer-beater win against Lutheran North and continued dominance over rival JBS with two regular-season wins. The Rams finished the season with a 14-11 record.

Boys Basketball
1st Place in Metro League Conference
The team had one of the best seasons in the program’s history. It opened the season by winning the championship of the MICDS Tip-Off Tournament. The team was ranked in the top 10 by the Post-Dispatch all season, and it finished with a 23-5 record–quite a turnaround story from last year’s losing record. The team placed 1st in a tough Metro League Conference. With every player returning next season, they are looking forward to building on this solid season.

Boys Squash
5th Place at Nationals
The boys once again finished the season in Connecticut with a 3-1 record at the U.S. Squash High School Nationals. However, on this occasion, the record was good for 5th place in the championship, thanks in part to the admirable leadership of team captain Sully Keeley ’20. The team visited Louisville, Kentucky, to play against high school and club teams. They played local away matches at Washington University and the Missouri Athletic Club. The team traveled again to Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, where it won the Flanagan Cup for the second year in a row. The team is very grateful to Alex Migala ’20 for his third and final year of managerial duties, coach Mohammed Tahir for his professional expertise and all of the team parents for their support throughout the season. 

Girls Squash
8th Place Finish in Division III at Nationals 
The team worked hard all season and were rewarded with a bump up to Division III in the U.S. Squash High School Nationals, where they finished 8th. Their strong performances and 2nd place finish at the Tom Flanagan Invitational Tournament at Mercersburg Academy contributed to the division bump. The team added matches against the Missouri Athletic Club and Washington University, as well as a trip to Louisville, Kentucky, to play a mixed team of middle and high school players. A high level of team camaraderie, sportsmanship and determination was demonstrated at both practices and matches. Junior tai-captains Raneem Alzahabi ’21, Imaan Amin ’21, and Annalisa Goot ’21 led the team with enthusiasm, positivity and grace throughout the season. The team looks forward to building on the foundation set this season with all players returning next year.

Seniors who have signed with a university:
Filip Aleksic – Brown, Water Polo
Ben Axelrod – DePauw, Baseball
Griffin Baur – Cornell University, Baseball
Luke Bernstein – University of Dayton, Football
Eliana Brook – Oxford College (of Emory), Tennis
Jessica Brooks – Washington U, Basketball
Reagan Calcari – New Hampshire, Field Hockey
Caroline Carr – Dartmouth, Field Hockey
Molly Christopher – Villanova, Field Hockey
Mia Duchars – Louisville, Field Hockey
Naomi Ferguson – Brown, Soccer
Evan Hofer – Rose-Hulman, Soccer
Annika Kline – Haverford, Field Hockey
Skyler Lesslie – Georgetown, Field Hockey
Mackenzie Macam – Cornell College, Softball
Parker Perry – Grinnell, Golf
Gus Pulos – Holy Cross, Baseball
Liam Sallee – Lafayette, Baseball
Anna Speller – SEMO, Gymnastics
Grace Vogel – Transylvania, Swimming

Christian Brothers College
Team championships:
* The hockey team was to play for the Mid-States Club Hockey championship March 11 after a 4-0 win against Kirkwood
* The basketball team won the Missouri Class 5 District 6 championship and had a chance to win the state championship.

Individual championships:
* Freshman Santino Robinson won the Missouri Class 4 wrestling championship at 113 pounds. He finished the season with a record of 35-4. Robinson helped CBC finish fourth as a team in Class 4.

Other highlights/accomplishments:
* Senior Caleb Love was selected for the McDonald’s All-American Basketball game, becoming the first area selection since Jayson Tatum and the first CBC player picked since Larry Hughes in 1997. He averaged 27 points per game this season.

Seniors who have signed with a university:
Caleb Love, University of North Carolina (basketball)

Cor Jesu Academy
* The varsity basketball team won its second consecutive district championship. They would have played Sectionals.

Swimming
* 200 Free Swimming Relay Team: Maddie Palatt, Caroline Cunningham, Anna Moehn and Ashley Mather won the conference championship and placed sixth at the MSHSAA Swimming State Championship Meet.
* The team placed third in the MWAA Conference and seventh at the MSHSAA Swimming State Championship Meet.
* 400 Free Swimming Relay Team: Ashley Mather, Anna Moehn, Erin Morie and Maddie Palatt placed seventh at the MSHSAA Swimming State Championship Meet.

Individual championships:
* Anna Moehn (sophomore) placed first in the 200 Free and second in the 500 Free at the MSHSAA Swimming State Championship.Maddie Palatt (junior) placed 3rdin the 100 Back Stroke at the MSHSAA Swimming State Championship.
* Maddie Palatt (junior) placed fourth in the 200 individual medley race at the MSHSAA Swimming State Championship.

Other highlights/accomplishments:
* Mallory Ronshausen (junior basketball player) was named 590 The Fan’s Schnucks High School Athlete of the Week. 

Seniors who have signed with a university:
Julia Boyet – Duke University, softball
Taylor Etling – Indiana University, field hockey
Emily Henken – Saint Louis University, volleyball
Jillian Mattingly – Saint Louis University, volleyball
Kelsey Watson – Loyola University Chicago, volleyball

Rosati Kain High School
Highlights/accomplishments:
* Laya Young ’21 qualified for the Class 1 MSHSAA State Swim Meet in the 50 Free. She finished 10th overall and broke her own school record with a 25.3 from 2018.

Seniors who have signed with a university:
Alice Sextro ’20, Maryville University, lacrosse
Kari Ham ’20, Missouri Western State University, lacrosse

Pictured above: MICDS girls basketball team

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