Clayton High School Fall Review
Clayton High School had one of its best fall sports seasons in recent memory. The Greyhounds got off to a great start with Football and Boys Soccer leading the way. Football started out 4-0 while Soccer charged to 17-0 before losing their first game. Needless to say, there was an energy and spirit in the school that had been missing the last couple years.
Athletics has a way of bringing a school together and set the tone for the year unlike anything else, and our athletes have helped pave the way as they leave their legacy on CHS. Every team this fall had their own successes and all contributed to a fantastic fall season on and off the field.
The Cheerleading program is on solid ground and numbers are high as they help lead the way for our spirit at Football games and other events. Their biggest event undoubtedly is Homecoming. This year the weather was great and the team kicked things off with the Pep Band on our annual “Spirit Tour” to our lower level schools. Homecoming festivities start the Sunday before but the Cheer team brings the week to reality the day before the game. After about 15-20 minutes at each school the team comes back to prepare for the pep rally and then off to the “Class Games” and the bonfire later that night. The squad brought to life the “Spirit of the Greyhound” as they were instrumental in bringing our student body together.
The program had a turning point this year as there were two freshman starters on Varsity for the Hounds, Sophie Srenco and second team All-Conference Outside Hitter Sara Taylor. Last year they had a record of 3-19 and this year their record improved to 13-13. The growth of the program was noticeable to coaches around the area, and with a ton of young talent, the future looks bright. Another noteworthy event the program brought back was the “Volley for a Cure” event. The team raised money for the Siteman Cancer Center and as a program, they raised funds through t-shirt sales, bake sale, and a donation war. In the end, they were able to donate over $800.
2nd Team All- Conference
OH/L Sara Taylor, fr., Clayton
The numbers were a bit down for the Softball team this year but they were able to find their stride as the season continued. It was a rough start as the team lost their first couple games but then were able to string a game winning streak to balance things out. The improvement from the first game to the last was significant as it looked like a totally different team. The Hounds were able to come together and peak at the right time eventually losing in district semi-final play. The squad was able to put four players on the All-Conference list and look to build on this year’s success:
1st Team All-Conference
Catcher: Evelyn Kastner, Clayton- Sr
Infield: Anya Thigpen, Clayton -Soph
Outfield: Olivia Zindel, Clayton – Soph
Utility: Avery Kleinhenz, Clayton – Soph
Utility: Grace Lai, Clayton – Jr
2nd Team All-Conference
Infield: Morgan Nettles, Clayton – Soph
Infield: Ildiko Kinter, Clayton – Soph
SUBURBAN CONFERENCE SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Ida Streeto – Sr
This year CHS boasted 44 girls on the fall Tennis team. There were 6 seniors who were on the team all 4 years. The girls improved throughout the season but were unable to advance into state playoffs. The team ended up taking 2nd in Districts losing in the finals to the eventual Class 1 State Champion JBS. The Girls Tennis Program continues to be strong at CHS with a large number of dedicated student athletes. The team continues to emphasize high character and academic excellence while building for the future.
The field hockey team got off to an interesting start. Although they did not win right away, the games were extremely close. The team worked hard and in true Greyhound fashion saved the best for last. They ended their season with 4 consecutive wins. Even though they lost in the first round of playoffs, they held a tough team to a 1-0 final. The team came together and tripled the amount of goals scored from the previous season.
The Hounds had 5 players selected for conference awards:
F Jelani Christmas, JR
M Ingrid Stahl, SO
F Emma Siegel, JR
M Willa Melander, FR
M Khaylie Ross, JR
The field hockey team graduated 4 seniors but will return 21 players and welcome a big freshman class that is very talented next year. Clayton Field Hockey is on the rise and has high hopes for next season!
The 2018 Girls Golf team continued to grow in numbers and in their success. It was a great year for the team as they welcomed some new talent to the program and reaped the benefits of their off season work. The Hounds were able to place girls on both first and second team All-Conference. Ella Zimmerman led the way taking 10th place in conference, qualifying for Sectionals and just missing the State meet. Sophie Thompson was selected to 2nd team All-Conference and took 15th at the Conference tournament. Liz Wong, Regan Wade and Michaela Wells were all Honorable Mention.
What was equally impressive is what the team accomplished off the field as they participated in the “FOR PAR” event to help raise money for Shriners Hospital. The girls went out and got sponsors willing to donate to the cause for every par they made this season. In the end, there were a lot of pars, and a lot of support from our community. The total amount raised for the Shriners Hospital of St. Louis Prosthetics Division was $1160. It was a way to give back, and a time to focus on community involvement here in the St. Louis area.
Our teams, coaches and student athletes are a part of something special here at CHS and this is just another great example of who we are.
Ella Zimmerman State Sectionals as well
This season showed us that we can still compete at a high level and win football games, even if our numbers are down. The Hounds were off and running the first 4 games! Getting to a 4-0 start, the energy around the program was at an all-time high at school, from the parents, in the community, and from alumni. The squad struggled with injuries in the middle part of the season but they dealt with adversity and continued to give 100% effort. The Hounds finished the season at 5-5 which was a goal for the seniors as they had a 1-9 campaign the year before. With all the uncertainty at the beginning of the season due to numbers, the program showed that it doesn’t matter how many players they have, what matters is the group of young men they had committed to working hard. It was a dedicated group that was here during summer lifting, participating in all the 7 on 7 tournaments and attending summer practices.
1st Team All- Conference:
Jeremiah Austin: Offensive Line & Defensive Line
Reese Barnett: Wide Receiver
Michael Bernard: Punter
2nd Team All-Conference:
Robert Miles: Wide Receiver
Liam Simckes: Offensive Line
Jalen Williams: Linebacker
Tyler Sucher: Offensive Althlete
James Glenn: Defensive back
Leander Brockman: Defensive Line
Terrance Smith: Offensive Line
Henry Kiel: Linebacker
Robert Mile: Defensive back
The Hounds Quarterback also had a record breaking season and Junior QB, Ty Sucher, is everything you would want in a football player. Humble, coachable, hardworking and works well with his teammates. Ty made major improvements this year and it started with summer “7 v 7” as the team competed and played for championships, and finished as one of the top 3 teams at all the tournaments. Coach Barnes said “I knew that Ty was going to have a special year! I think I wanted Ty to break the record more than he did. I said to him the last game against Affton “hey we are going break both these records today” and Ty smiled and said “I am good coach”.” Just getting the win was enough for him and that tells you a lot about a person’s character. Ty broke the passing yards record with 2,226 and tied the touchdown passes thrown with 19.
The Greyhounds Cross Country program had a very successful season this year and traveled to Spanish Lake Park hoping to continue their seasons running in the district meet and move on to the state tournament. The girls’ squad, during a rebuilding year, was unable to qualify, but finished on a positive note with a respectable 5th in field ending their season. The team will return all seven runners next season and should have a banner year with the veteran presence.
The boys entered the meet as slight favorites and powered their way to win by 31 points. The ‘Hounds’ placed 5 of their 7 runners on the all- district team. Leading the way were juniors George Gelzer in 2nd and Emilio Rosas-Linhard in 3rd. Seniors Damien Stahl and Justin Guilak furthered the domination by Clayton with 6th and 9th places respectively. Sophomore Anand Mysorekar, with his first appearance in a district meet, finished out the scoring and nabbed the final all district spot with 15th. This makes the 9th year in row for the boys’ squad to qualify for the state tournament.
In Jefferson City the boys’ squad solidified their place as one of the best teams in the state. As the gun went off and the crowd of runners raced through the first mile it looked as if the orange and blue would have a tough day. But knifing through the packed field of runners junior George Gelzer blasted his way to an all-state performance. Junior Emilio Rosas- Linhard followed closely behind with a top 30 finish. A trio of seniors Justin Guilak, Isaiah Hayward, and Damien Stahl nailed down the finish for the ‘Hounds’. Sophomore Anand Mysorekar running in his first championship meet turned in a strong performance breaking into the top 100. Senior Andrew Wang finished stalwartly as the seventh man in the final race of his career.
Coming into the season the ‘Hounds’ were picked as the number 9 team in the state by the pundits. With the 5th place at State the Greyhounds established themselves as one of the best teams in the history of Clayton High School.
The Boys Swimming and Diving team did not disappoint this season. The team returned the majority of their top placed swimmers and made some noise in the record books and at State. Koji Barrette swam the first leg of the 400 freestyle relay at the Conference Meet with a time of 48.97. This time breaks a 32 year old school record and marks the first time a Clayton swimmer ever broke the 49 second barrier in the 100 freestyle.
The Hounds finished up the season by competing in the Class 1 State Championship, where every member of the team competed achieved a personal best time or score, leading to a 10th place team finish.
Results from the meet are as follows.
The 200 Medley Relay team of Koji Barrette, Ben Evra, Wil Welch and Hutton Murdoch set a new school record placing 8th.
The 200 Free Relay team of Ben Evra, Lenny Chen, Arko Chatterjee and Hutton Murdoch placed 12th.
The 400 Free Relay team of Jiabei Han, Wil Welch, Victor Wei and Koji Barrette placed 13th.
Individual Swim Highlights include.
Koji Barrette: placing 6th in the 200 Freestyle and 8th in the 500 Freestyle. Setting new school records in both events.
Sam Bernstein: placed 15th in the 1 meter diving competition.
Lenny Chen: placed 10th in the 100 Breaststroke.
Ben Evra: placing 13th in the 200 Individual Medley and 8th in the 100 Breastroke.
Hutton Murdoch: placing 15th in the 50 freestyle and 21st in the 100 Freestyle.
Wil Welch: placing 15th in the 200 Individual Medley and17th in the 100 Butterfly.
The Hounds ended with an impressive 22-4-1 record, which included a CYC Championship in the Walsh Division, with a 1-0 victory. The game winner was a great header by Max Boeger, with the assist to James Dulle. James Dulle finished his senior year with 41 goals and 14 assists. He had 12 game winning goals. His outstanding season culminated with numerous accolades. He was named Conference Player of The Year. First Team All-Region, First Team All-State, and “Offensive Player of The Year” for Class 3 All State. His teammates voted him MVP. Also joining James on First Team All-Conference, was Dillon Flynn, who netted 22 goals and added 12 assists. Named to Second Team All-Conference, Goalkeeper Andrew Matheny, Defenders Rohan Tripathy and Clark Boeger, Midfielder Amit Cohen, and Forward Max Boeger. Receiving the All Conference Sportsmanship Award for CHS, was Keyonn Hall-Baker.
There were many highlights throughout the season. Certainly, a double overtime 2-1 victory over Ladue, coupled with an impressive 2-0 win over MICDS, which earned The Hounds the #1 seed in The District, were among those highlights.
Player of the Year
James Dulle 12 Forward
Dillon Flynn 11 Forward
Andrew Matheny 11 GK
Max Boeger 12 Forward
Clark Boeger 11 Defense
Amit Cohen 12 Defense
Rohan Tripathy 11 Defense
Keyonn Hall-Baker 12 Defense