What an interesting spring! From the weather to the timing of our spring break it was an odd year to say the least but a most impressive one as well.
Spring athletes were committed, coaches kept battling through the weather to find ways to improve and parents were unwavering in their support.
The character of our athletes was revealed as they kept working to improve no matter the circumstance.
Boys Tennis, Girls Track and Boys Golf helped lead the way this spring as they had impressive showings at state.
The Boys Tennis team finished 4 in the State tournament capping off undefeated District and Sectional playoffs.
Individually, 2 singles players, and two doubles teams qualified for the individual portion of the Class 1 State tournament.
Angelo Vidal, a senior, headed to Kenyon next year battled thru a tough draw and ended up taking 6th place as an individual in the tournament.
The freshman doubles team of Manny Vidal and Tommy Lawrence had an outstanding tournament, upsetting some very talented teams and represented Clayton on the medal stand with a 6th place finish as well.
Girls Track took 2nd place at our Conference meet and they were able to send six girls to Sectionals and two to down to State.
It was a younger team that will return a lot of key runners and the team looks to build on this years success.
Teaia Jackson and Karrington Green were our state qualifiers for their second year in a row.
Teaia Jackson for taking 4th place at the state meet on discus with a throw of 128 feet 1 inch. She also threw 38 fee 6.5 inches and earned 6th place in shot put.
Boys Golf defended their titles in the Clayton Best Ball and Affton Scramble and placed 3rd in the Conference Tournament.
With their play throughout the season, Freshman Eitan Fredman and Senior Daniel Cho earned 2nd team All Conference honors, while Junior David Cramer earned 1st team All Conference.
These three continued their solid tournament play at the District tournament to advance to the Sectional tournament.
David Cramer and Daniel Cho advanced to the State tournament which was held at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton in interesting weather conditions.
With no seniors on the Boys Track team it was a year of growth with many bright spots and new personal records.
All conference selections included; junior sprinter Reese Barnett, distance runners junior Andrew Wang, sophomores Emilio Rosas- Linhard, George Gelzer, and junior thrower Liam Simckes.
This year the team added javelin to its repertoire of events and junior Liam Simckes made the All-District team in his first year of throwing the implement.
With the entire team returning next year the Greyhounds are looking forward to a productive season.
Baseball was probably most impacted by the weather this spring but was still able to play a total of 25 games.
The team played a rough schedule and their record definitely did not reflect their level of play. The team’s most notable win was against Parkway Central. This was a defining moment in what is possible and what is to come as the Hounds return most of their squad.
The program also had 6 All-Conference selections. First team consisted of outfielder Jimmie Adams and pitcher Will Laako. Second team selections were 1st basemen Marcus Deutsch, outfielder Blake Bax and Tyler Sucher as utility. Henry Keil also received the sportsmanship award.
This team went through a ton of adversity this spring and their character really showed through. The future looks bright as talent keeps coming in and as they team looks to get back into sectional play.
The legacy of this year’s Girls Soccer team will be one of hard work. Every game, no matter the score or the outcome, these girls continued to strive to be their best.
Although the Hounds graduate 9 seniors, the Hounds started 7 underclassmen in several games this season and played a lot of solid soccer.
The team will be returning some great young talent like sophomores Rachel Markenson, Emily Bober and freshmen Olivia Zindel excelling in goal and Ruthie Pierson playing great in several positions.
All-Conference selections included four members of the team. Sara Litteken was a 1st team midfielder, while 2nd team selections where Katie Sharp as a defender and Eliza Copilevitz as a midfielder. Maddy Ackerburg rounded out the conference selections earning the Sportsmanship Award.
We are also excited that three Hounds will continue to play on at the collegiate level: Jess Kagan at Beloit College, Katherine Owings at Johnson Wales, and Katie Sharp at Centre College.
Waterpolo continued to build the foundation for the future. Numbers were a bit down and the team had graduated a lot of seniors from last year but it gave this years class the opportunity to shine.
The program filled out both JV and Varsity teams with Varsity peaking at the end of the year giving one of the best teams in the area, Desmet, a run for their money in playoffs.
Three players earned All-Conference honors. Charlie Brennan was selected to the first team, Leeor Michelson and Jamie Befeler made second team.
With interest high in off season work outs the program looks to become a dominant team in the area.
Girls Lacrosse struggled at times to find balance but when they did, they were tough to beat. The team had a great mix of talent and experience and showed as they were playing their best lacrosse at the end of the season beating Hazelwood West 6-5 in a nail biter during playoffs.
The team eventually fell to Ladue to end their season but showed a glimpse of what is to come.
This program has a ton of energy and more girls playing club than ever.
The future is bright and we can’t wait for next season.
Clayton athletes and parents are buying in!
More teams and athletes are participating in summer workouts, off season training and playing on select teams.
As we go into summer and graduate a senior class, and greet a new freshman class, we reflect on this past year with many proud moments and look forward to new opportunities.
At some point during their time at CHS, just over 85% of this senior class participated in athletics, and for that they will leave a mark that will continue to impact many generations to come.
Thank you class of 2018 for your efforts and participation while at CHS and we wish you the very best in your future endeavors.