The spring sports season is starting to see the finish line as conference championships started to be contested this past week as the AAA conference held their boys’ golf championships and track and field championships were contested. Also, one of the biggest soccer matches of the year took place while on the diamond, Eureka continued to play well as they took a pair of big conference wins.
Let’s see what happened in this week’s edition of the Friday Fast Break sponsored by Triad Bank.
The first of many conference championships took place this past Monday as the AAA conference played their boys’ golf championship at Normandie Golf Club with St. Dominic claiming the team title in dominating fashion as the Crusaders had all five of the players score in the 80’s. St. Dominic finished the day with a score of 328 on a very tough course. Lutheran St. Charles placed second with a score of 341 while Father Tolton out of Columbia earned third place with a score of 347.
In the individual title chase, Andrew Fallis of Tolton earned medalist honors with a six-over par score of 77 while his teammate Garrett McIntosh was the runner-up with an eight-over par score of 79. St. Dominic grabbed the next four slots in the top 10 as Colin Aubuchon placed third with a score of 81 with Mitchell Fite and Kelly Welby scoring 82 that put them in fourth and fifth place. Gaven Ramirez rounded out the Crusaders scoring with an 83 that put him in the sixth position. Lutheran St. Charles earned the next three spots as Owen Tormalas finished seventh with a score of 84 with Richard Calleros and Michael Huesgen each firing rounds of 85 to place eighth and ninth. Andrew Ritcher of St. Mary’s rounded out the top 10 with a score of 86.
The AAA conference also held their track and field championship meet at Borgia this past Wednesday as the Cardinal Ritter girls’ team won the team title while St. Dominic was able to hold off Borgia to claim the boys’ crown.
On the girls’ side, The Lions scored 167 points to earn the team title while St. Dominic placed second with 141 points and Lutheran St. Charles grabbed the third slot with 135 points. Alexis Taylor earned three first place finishes as she won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.37, the long jump title with a leap of 5.39m, and the 100-meter dash with a mark of 12.20. Kyndall Spain added to the Cardinal Ritter point total by winning the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.19 The Crusaders started the meet off on the right foot as Abby Woytus, Piper Wiegmann, Abby Ryan, and Megan Osterholt won the 4×800-meter relay with a time of 10:32.70. Osterholt then claimed the title in the 1600-meter run with a mark of 5:44.88. Grace Dyer added points to the St. Dominic point total as she won the high jump with a leap of 1.47m.
The boys’ team title race came down to the final event as the Crusaders held off Borgia by a single point to claim the team crown. St. Dominic scored 120.5 points while the Knights finished the day with 119.5 points. Cardinal Ritter earned the third slot by scoring 104 points. Donovan McIntosh of St. Mary’s had an outstanding meet as he won three events on the day. He started by winning the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.79 and then he won the 400-meter dash with a mark of 49.83. McIntosh finished his day by winning the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.03. Ronan Hardwicke from Christian was also a multiple event winner as he claimed the title in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:45.07 and then he earned the crown in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:00.55. St. Dominic used a pair of strong performances in the field events to propel them to the title. Vincent Pescarino won the pole vault with a leap of 3.35m while Kell Nash took home the javelin title with a throw of 47.09 that gave the Crusaders much needed points.
In one of the biggest soccer matches of the spring, Nerinx Hall scored a pair of goals in the second half to topple previously undefeated St. Joseph’s Academy 2-0 in a huge MWAA conference contest. After a scoreless first 40 minutes, Emma Gianino and Ava Kutz each scored to give the Markers a 2-0 lead. Keira Bartholet and Lauren Seppi were each credited with an assist on the goals while Caroline Ritter mad four saves to help Nerinx Hall improve to 10-1 on the year.
The Eureka baseball team continued their success on the diamond this week as the Wildcats took a pair of games from conference foe Marquette that gave Eureka a two-game lead in the league standings. The Wildcats won the first contest over the Mustangs 7-1 and then turned around to win the back half of the home and home series 1-0 as Cole Edmiston earned the shutout victory by throwing a five hitter and striking out four batters. The Wildcats are now 22-2 on the year and are 7-1 in the Suburban Yellow Conference.
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 email@example.com. Follow Jim at @hssportscaravan