A Review of the 2018-19 Winter Season
Lafayette High School
The fall season passed saw yet another great period for Lafayette Sports and Activities at both the team/group and individual levels. Recognitions below as of March 13th, 2019.
- For the winter signing day, Lafayette had 4 of its students commit to sports and activities at the collegiate level
- Girls Wrestling
- Earned a District Championship and a 2nd place team trophy at the MSHSAA State Championships
- Faith Cole & Emma Cole were individual state champions
- Josette Partney finished 2nd place in state
- Treasure Smith & Derionna Johnson were state qualifiers
- 5 All-Conference wrestlers
- Boys Wrestling
- Finished 2nd place in Districts and 6th place at the MSHSAA state championships
- Jaylen Carson finished 2nd in state
- Jayden Carson finished 3rd in state
- Austin Wegener finished 4th in state
- Jalin Reese finished 5th in state
- Alex Doehring, Desean Reese, Evan Boren, Tommy Hagan, & Anthony McRoberts were all state qualifiers
- 8 All-Conference wrestlers
- Girls Swimming & Diving
- Earned a top 10 finish at the MSHSAA state championships finishing 9th place a team
- 200 Free Relay of Cate Behl, Dylan Moulton, Katie Haefner & Claire Van Biljon finished 4th in state
- 200 Medley relay of Sarah Higgins, Katie Haefner, Cate Behl, & Claire Van Biljon finished 4th in state
- 400 Free Relay of Dylan Moulton, Sarah Higgins, Lindsey Lohr, & Cate Behl finished 10th in state
- Claire Van Biljon finished 3rd in state in the 50 free
- Claire Van Biljon finished 3rd in state in the 100 free
- Sarah Higgins finished 10th in the 100 backstroke
- Girls Basketball
- Tara Robbe, Madison Chester & Sydnie Wolf were All-District
- 1st Team All Conference: Tara Robbe
- Honorable Mention All Conference: Madison Chester & Sydnie Wolf
- All Conference Sportsmanship Award: Emily Wilson
- Boys Basketball
- Ryan Campbell, Trey Griffey, & Jack Schmitt were All-District
- 1st Team All Conference: Ryan Campbell
- 2nd Team All Conference: Trey Griffey
- Honorable Mention All Conference: Jack Schmitt & Will Tulloch
- All Conference Sportsmanship Award: Will Tulloch
McCluer North High School
The Star Athletic program had some very good success stories this winter and made Star Nation very proud of their accomplishments.
In the inaugural MSHSAA Girls State Wrestling series the Lady Stars brought home the 4thPlace trophy as a team. Also during the weekend the Lady Stars had two medal winners with Natalie Schlajo taking 2ndPlace at the 131 lb weight class and Paige Folkner 4thPlace at the 121 lb weight class.
The Lady Stars Girls Basketball program finished with a 15-11 record overall under Head Coach Patrick Dougherty. The Lady Stars took home 1stPlace in the Clayton Girls Basketball Tournament and 3rdPlace in the Jerseyville Christmas Tournament in Jerseyville, Illinois. Michelle Owens was named to the 2ndteam All-Conference for the Red Pool.
The Varsity boys team had an outstanding season ending up the year with a 26-4 record overall and an 8-0 record in the Suburban Conference Red Pool. Along the way the Stars took 1stPlace in the Troy Invitational, 1stPlace in the Kirkwood Denver Miller Tournament, and 3rdPlace in Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament. The Stars finished up the year as Class 5 MSHSAA District 5 Champions and lost in the MSHSAA Quarterfinal round to Francis Howell. A’Tavian Butler was named Player of The Year in the Red Pool and Coach Trevor Laney was selected as Coach of the Year for the Red Pool. Patrick Evans and Mekai Ray were also named 1stteam All-Conference for the Red Pool.
State Wrestling – 4th Place Finish
A’Tavian Butler – Basketball Player of the Year – Red Pool
McCluer North Boys Basketball Team – District and Sectional Champions
Parkway Central High School
Parkway Central Girls Basketball Team – 3rd Place at State Tournament
Ladue High School
- WON (by 25 pts w/216) MSHSAA Class 1 State Championships ahead of MICDS (w/191 pts)!
- See https://ladueactivities.com/2019/02/19/how-ladue-won-class-1-mshsaa-girls-state-swimming-diving-championships/ for complete summary
- Paige Mitchell WON TWO State Championship Titles (200/500 Free)
- Paige Mitchell set the OVERALL STATE RECORD in the 500 Free
- Paige Mitchell submitted for NISCA* All-American Consideration in 500 Free (only Top 100 Swimmers in the Country receive the Honor; currently ranked 46th)
- State Championship Team of 10 (6 scoring swimmers, 1 scoring diver, 1 near-scoring swimmer and 2 strong alternates)
- Six (6) Swimmers earned All-State Awards as Top 8 Finishers in at least one (1) event:
- Mary Dieckhaus (3rd, 100 Backstroke; 7th, 200 Individual Medley; 2nd, Medley Relay; 2nd, 400 Free Relay)
- Paige Mitchell (1st, 200 Freestyle; 1st, 500 Freestyle; 200 Free Relay, 2nd, 400 Free Relay)
- Harriet Bezzant (8th, 500 Freestyle; 2nd, 200 Free Relay, 2nd, 400 Free Relay)
- Sophie Fredman (6th, 100 Breaststroke; 2nd, Medley Relay; 2nd, 400 Free Relay)
- Amy Pumm (200 Free Relay, 2nd, 400 Free Relay)
- Talia Warticovschi (2nd, 200 Medley Relay; 2nd, 400 Free Relay)
- Two (2) Swimmers and One (1) Diver earned All-State Honorable Mention Awards as 9th-16th Place Finishers in at least one (1) event:
- Talia Warticovschi (9th, 100 Butterfly; 10th, 200 Individual Medley)
- Sophie Fredman (16th, 50 Freestyle)
- Samantha Fischer (12th, Diving)
- Head Coach of Swimming & Diving Hap Gentry received Class 1 “Coach of the Year”, an Honor bestowed by the voting Member-Coaches of MISCA^
- RE-UNITED 1976 (last Ladue team to WIN States) & 2019 State Championship Teams at Banquet
- Finished Regular Dual Meet Season w/ 11-2 (W-L) Record, losing ONLY to:
- Marquette (70-116), who WON Class 2 State Championships
- Webster Groves (77-93), who finished 3rd (w/ 188 pts) behind Ladue at State
- Finished 2nd (w/291 pts) behind Class 2 Nerinx Hall (w/ 608 pts) at Ladue Invitational (17 scoring teams)
- Finished 3rd (w/ 237 pts) behind Winner Class 2 Nerinx (w/ 324 pts) and Webster Groves in 2nd (w/ 249 pts) at City of Roses (Cape Girardeau) Invitational (23 scoring teams)
- Nerinx Hall who finished 3rd at Class 2 State Championships
- Finished 7th (w/ 144 pts) behind 6 Class 2 Schools but ahead of next highest Class 1 Incarnate Word (10th w/ 97 pts) at COMO Invitational (31 scoring teams)
- Finished 2nd (w/ 388 pts) behind Webster Groves (w/ 464 pts) at Suburban Red Pool Conference Championships (10 scoring teams)
- ALL SEVEN (7) Graduating Seniors achieve a 7-Semester Cumulative Average GPA of ≥3.75 to earn NISCA* All-American Academic Honors (~ Top 2% of All HS Students nationally)
- During the 2017-2018 School Year, the Girls Team was Ranked 22nd Nationally in Class 6 Girls Public Schools (901-1,400 in Student Enrollment) in the NISCA* National Dual Meet Ranking
- While 2018-2019 School Year Ranking will not be available until after June 30th, Ladue is likely to move UP in the Rankings based on the Strength of this year’s team
- During the 2017-2018 School Year, the Girls Team was Ranked in the Top 30 Nationally as a GOLD All-American Scholar Team w/ a Cumulative Average GPA of ≥3.75 for the Varsity Team
- While 2018-2019 School Year Rankings will not be available until after June 30th, Ladue is likely to repeat as a Ranked GOLD All-American Scholar Team w/ a Cumulative Average GPA of ≥3.75 for the Varsity Team
The Ladue Rams are currently 20-8 and are district champs for the 5th time in school history. This team has advanced past the sectional and quarterfinal rounds for the first time in school history. Ladue will be making a trip to the final four this weekend. Our season is still going as we play St. Mary’s in the semi-final game.
The 2017- 2018 season saw the Ladue Girls Basketball Team take a major step towards becoming a solid program in St. Louis. The improved schedule had the team competing early in the season against the top teams in the area with 6 of our 7 losses to schools ranked in the top 5. Four of the losses were to number one ranked teams in the St. Louis area.
By playing against the best early into the schedule Ladue achieved results by winning the MICDS Holiday Tournament and following up with a second place finish in the Webster Groves Tournament.
Success just didn’t stop with wins and losses. Jordan Peete became the 3rdplayer at Ladue to reach the 1000 point status since 1999 and Katie Minkler received the honor of being named player of the week on KFNS.
The stage is set for 2018-2019 returning four seniors that started as juniors. They will continue to build on making believers out of non-believers as Ladue Girls Basketball is set to soar next year.Wrestling
To recap the 2018-19 season, the rams finish with a 10-10 dual record with 6 individual tournament champions. The rams had 4 state qualifiers, one being senior captain Patrick Kovalak who finished the season with 23 wins and finished in the top 10 in career pins. Senior Jack Madden finished as the team leader in pins with 16 breaking into the top 10 for career pins as well. Senior Jack Gallemore returned for his 3rd year and stepped up to help the rams finishing with 14 wins and 9 pins.
Jake Mann wins a State Championship at Missouri’s 120 pound weight class. In one of the most dominant performances of the tournament, Mann pinned all of his opponents on his way to the state title. This is Ladue’s fiirst state champion since 1966 and 4th overall. He finished his sophomore season 30-1.
The rams had 2 other state qualifiers: Junior Callen Morley and Sophomore Manar Fajors. Morley finished his 3rd year on varsity, a now 2X state qualifier, 25-9 taking him into 14th in career wins, 4th in career pins and 2nd in career takedowns. Fajors finished top 8 in the state tournament with a season record of 25-4. All four of his losses were to state medalists. Fajors, for the 2nd straight year, held the team take down title, setting the Ladue career mark in takedowns after only his 2nd season.
Rockwood Summit High School
The Rockwood Summit Falcons enjoyed some great success during the Winter Season this year.
Freshmen Abby Wampler finished 6th in the 200 IM and 13th in the 100 Breaststroke at the State Meet.
Junior Kennady Schertzer finished 13th in the Class 1 Diving Competition.
For the 1st time in school history, the Girls Basketball team took home the Class 4, District 3 Championship defeating both Festus (# 1 seed) and Lutheran South (# 2 seed) in the District tournament. The Falcons fell in the Sectional round and finished with a 17-11 overall record.
The Summit Boys Wrestling team enjoyed their greatest season in school history by finishing in 5th place in the Class 3 Tournament. The Falcons were paced by Senior Sam Frankowski who won the 152 lb weight class. This was Sam’s third state title in his career. In addition, Senior Evan Brooks won the championship at 195 lb. Seniors Dez McSellers (113) and Karthik Mogallapu (182) both finished 4th respectively in their weight classes at the Wrestling State Championship.
Congrats to all the Suburban teams on a great winter season!
Sam Frankowski – State Wrestling Champion at 152 lbs
Normandy School District
Marquette High School
The Suburban-Marquette High School (3/4/19)
It’s been an amazing winter season for sports and activities at Marquette this season. In addition to our Girls Swim/Dive team bringing home our school’s 9thState title, our other teams and groups excelled as well. Accomplishments for the Mustangs this 2018-2019 winter season include the following:
· Girls Swim/Dive: State Champions
· Girls Swim/Dive: Conference Dual Meet Champions (undefeated 4thconsecutive year in all duals)
· Girls Swim/Dive: Conference Meet Champions
· Girls Basketball: District Champions (1stin program history)
· Boys Basketball: Conference Champions (undefeated)
· Boys Basketball: 20 wins-tied 2ndmost in school history
· Wrestling: Qualified 6 individuals for State meet (including 1stfemale in school history)
· Cheer: 14thOverall at Nationals (1sttime reaching Nationals finals in program history)
· Mystique (Poms): 15thOverall (Poms category) at Nationals
Marquette Swimming and Dive Team – State Champions
Marquette’s Girls Basketball Team – District Champions
Marquette Cheerleaders – 14th at Nationals
Marquette Mystique – POMS – 15th at Nationals
Ritenour High School
The girls’ swimming season was highly successful. Our record was 12-7 with a second place finish in the Blue Conference Swim Meet. At the meet, Ritenour took seven first places and finished strong with 18 personal bests including a new school record in the 100 Backstroke by Jayden Frost. She beat the previous record by nearly three seconds. We had a small team, but only graduated one senior, Lexy Alanis. Overall, the team worked really well together and I cannot wait to continue the work we started this season, next year.
The Ritenour Huskies had a challenging year record wise but gained valuable experience for it’s younger players and is looking forward to the future. The huskies primary minutes were played by underclassmen. Juniors Gerale Corley, Jakobi Flynn, and Brandon Clarke all played quality minutes while sophomores Brian Golden and Johnny Mayberry also contributed with Mayberry averaging 9 ppg. With those five returning along with other young players, the future will be bright for the Huskies.
The 2018-2019 RHS girls’ basketball season started with new Head Coach Robert Kennedy and a very young, inexperienced team. These dynamics brought challenges to the program. With Coach Kennedy’s expertise, progress was made even though the scorebook did not indicate it at times. The varsity team had three seniors with 1-3 years of varsity experience and the rest (freshmen and sophomores) with limited varsity exposure. Be that as it may, there were one all-conference selection: Nature Frost (first team) and Trinity Lewis was also awarded a sportsmanship award. Although having a young team posed a challenge for the program, Coach Kennedy sees promise for the future. He has brought a relentless work ethic, high expectations and a determination for daily player improvement. With the hard work of the returning Huskies and Coach Kennedy’s vision of greatness, there is a great future awaiting the girls’ basketball program at RHS.
Anthony Chrunn, a junior, qualified for the State Championships at 106 and wrestled to the 4th round wrestlebacks. He is a 2 year wrestler for the varsity squad. Geraldine Flores, a senior, qualified for the Historic Girls State Championship at 187. She wrestled to the 4th round wrestlebacks. She is a 2 year wrestler and will be missed. She is the first Girl Wrestler to win the Championship 1st place belt at the Francis Howell Eric Thrasher Wrestling Tournament.
Webster Groves High School
Our girls swimming and diving team placing third at the MSHSAA Class 1 state meet highlighted the Webster Groves High School winter sport season. A total of swimmers won medals at the state meet including Chloe Hagemann (1), Libby Seitz (2), Elisabeth Ragan (2), Madeleine Collier (2), Kendra Howard (3), Lili Gregov (3), and the Statesmen were led by Parker Hagemann who won 4 state medals of her own.
At the Class 3 wrestling state meet, senior Eric Pettibone won a state medal by placing 6th in the 138 pound division. In the girls division, sophomore Hannah Jansen qualified for the state meet and placed 5thin her weight class.
Clayton High School
Cheerleading and Dance
It was a season of something new for the cheerleaders and Dance team as the groups combined to take a unified direction in promoting school spirit.
The numbers were not as high as the fall but it was a great group of young girls who will only continue to improve.
We look forward to watching this group grow.
The Lady Greyhound basketball team finished the 18-19 season with a record of 16-11. During the season the ladies played for three tournament championships (Clayton, Burroughs, Districts), winning the Class 4 District 6 championship and moving into state sectionals against Parkway North. The district title is the third in school history, and the fourth year in a row that Clayton has been in the title game.
Honors gained this season include Channel 11 scholar athlete of the month, Jade Pierce; and Schnucks KFNS student-athlete of the week, Mira Upshaw. Post season honors for All-Conference went to: Mira Upshaw, 1st Team; Sara Litteken, 2nd Team; Ruby Gallegos, Honorable Mention; Morgan Nettles, Sportsmanship. All-District honors went to: Mira Upshaw, Sara Litteken, and Ruby Gallegos.
The Hounds will miss the contributions of seniors Destiny Downs and Mia Higgins-Thomas. Both have worked hard and battled injury through their careers. The varsity team will return 12 of the 14 players next season.
The Boys Basketball completed their season as they filled the commons last night for their end of year banquet. The team finished the season with a record of (11-15) but was one of the toughest and hardest working teams we have had in a while.
There was absolutely no quit from these boys and a lot of games came down to the wire. The commitment the showed to one another, the program and school was inspiring.
The Greyhounds finished 4th in a very strong Southside Classic field, knocked off the 3 seed & 1 seed en route to a 3rd place finish in the Rotating 8 Tournament, and finished 2nd in the conference, while being 2nd in the league in scoring & 1st in league defense.
Honors this season include:
Ray Wood – All-District Team
Darryl Sams – 1st Team All-Conference, Hunter Chesnutt-Perry – 2nd Team All-Conference, & Rohan Tripathy – Honorable Mention All-Conference
Jake Sher – Conference Sportsmanship Award
Ray Wood & Darryl Sams – Academic All-State
Manager Ally Wade – nominated for Student Manager of the Year in Missouri.
We send off 7 seniors including Blake Bax, Rob Miles, Jay Palamand, Jake Sher, Darryl Sams, Ray Wood & Ally Wade. While they will be missed, we are excited to see the success & happiness they obtain in their lives.
It was a season to remember as the Hounds had a competitive season despite numbers being down.
The team was highly composed of new wrestlers along with Freshman standout Josh Julian.
Upper classmen Jeremiah Austin and Khaylie Ross led the way though as they amassed 4 wins together at the State Wrestling Championships.
Both won two matches, and got to the bubble match in their respective brackets, meaning they were only one win away from being guaranteed a medal.
Khaylie was a top six finish, while Jeremiah finished in the top 8.
Though the Hounds fell short of bringing home the hardware, it was an impressive performance and the first time Clayton has had a wrestler compete on Championship Saturday in over a decade.
Both Khaylie and Jeremiah represented Clayton in such a way that coaches, wrestlers and parents from around the state took notice.
It was a proud moment as their hard work and dedication put CHS on the map!
Jeremiah and Khaylie were both 1st Team All Conference selections with Khaylie being selected as the Conference Player of the Year (POY).
Congratulations to both Khaylie and Jeremiah for outstanding seasons!
Girls Swimming and Diving
The Girls Swimming and Diving team had a fantastic season as they had high participation and put many swimmers in the state meet.
The Hounds will bring back a lot of talent next year and the program on looks to get better.
Congratulation to everyone on a great season!!
Clayton had the following State entries:
- 200 Medley Relay team of Sophie Thompson, Kellen Mottl, Caroline Foley and Natalie Noonan
- 400 Free Relay team of Jessie Wang, Sophie Thompson, Elizabeth Miller and Kellen Mottl
Individual qualifiers include:
- Brooke Becker and Bridget Walsh in the diving event
- Kellen Mottl in the 100 Freestyle and the 100 Breaststroke
- Sophie Thompson in the 500 Freestyle and the 100 Backstroke