It was a great week on the prep sports scene as conference baseball and girls’ soccer games are in full swing while one of the best golf tournaments in the area took place this past Monday with a bunch of the major players in the area taking part. There was also a good track meet at Brentwood that showcased some of the small school teams in the area.
Let’s get caught up with all the action in this week’s Friday Fast Break sponsored by Triad Bank.
The Webster Cup year in and year out draws many of the top boy’s teams in the area and this year did not disappoint as Marquette was able to win the title over 24 other teams with a score of 304 in the event held at Crescent Farms in Eureka. Vianney finished second in the event with a mark of 308 while Chaminade placed third with a score of 313.
On the individual side in the Webster Cup, Gavin Lang led the Marquette efforts on the day as he won the individual title with a 1-over par score of 73 while his teammate Shay Zinzuwadia earned a tie for third with a 3-over par mark of 75. Vianney put two players in the top three as well as Cole Wiese earned the runner-up slot with a 2-over par score of 74 while Vince Boccardi was part of a group of four players that tied for third with a 3-over par score of 75.
The annual Sophia Rivera Invite was held at Brentwood this past Monday with University City claiming the top spot in both the boys’ and girls’ meets. The Lions won the boys’ meet with 124 points while Brentwood placed second with 71 points and Bayless earned third place with 59 points. In the girls’ meet, the Lions placed first with 100 points while Collegiate School of Medicine earned second place with 94 points and Bayless grabbed the third slot with 70 points.
Julien Trobaugh paced University City with a pair of titles in the middle-distance events as he won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:11.55 and the 1600-meter run with a mark of 5:01.14. The Lions also added points in the field events as Miyel Taylor won the High Jump with a jump of 1.62m, Elijah Mayweather winning the Discus with a toss of 32.7m and Tyler Leman won the Shot Put with a throw of 12.52m. Logan Hawkins paced the Brentwood efforts by winning the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.92 while Nickalous Phillips added points by winning the 300-meter hurdle event in a time of 44.39.
The UCity girls won the team race on the shoulders of their three relay teams as their 4×100-meter relay won the event with a mark of 53.30, the 4×200-meter relay team won that event with a mark of 1:52.01, and the Lions 4×400-meter team claimed the top spot with a mark of 4:42.34. Destiny Henry won the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:44.69 with Jaidyn Conners winning the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 19.40 and Laila Dixon taking home the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 53.27.
One of the interesting parts of the meet was the performance of the Rosati-Kain girls’ team as they placed fifth with 44 points. The Kougars participated in the meet with only six athletes, but they all performed well. Brooke Elston, who advanced to the MSHSAA Class 3 state meet last year, won the long jump with a leap of 4.74m while placing third in two other events. Madeline Wenger won the High Jump with a leap of 1.42m and then earned a pair of third-place finishes in the 800-meter and the 1600-meter runs.
Conference action on the baseball diamond has been outstanding and the league races are tight throughout the area.
In the Metro Catholic Conference, Vianney and CBC each have one loss in league play while De Smet is 2-2 with St. Louis University High School having a 3-3 mark in conference. Some big matchups coming up over the next few weeks will go along with determining the conference winner.
The GAC South is just as tight as Howell holds the top spot with a record of 5-1 with Fort Zumwalt West right behind with a 4-2 mark. Timberland and Troy are slotted in tied for third place with identical 3-3 records. The conference will come down to the end of the regular season as the Vikings and Jaguars will face off in a pair of games the first week of May.
In coaching news, Howell has named a new coach to lead their softball program after Jenn Beckman-Brown stepped down following the Vikings’ outstanding season that finished in the state final four. Former Howell softball star Lexi Romeril will assume the head coaching position for Howell. Romeril was a standout for the Vikings before she played at the Division II level for Maryville. Romeril also has been successful in the club softball area.
Jim Powers has been covering prep sports in the St. Louis area for 15+ years and a part of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Championship Broadcasts for the past 11 years. Powers is also a part of the Fox 2 Verlo Mattress Prep Zone Friday nights at 10:10 during the football and basketball seasons. If you have a prep sports story, please contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jim at @hssportscaravan