Ten schools advanced to the Missouri State High School Activities Association Boys’ Golf Championships next week after district play this past Monday while the title game is set in the boys’ water polo tournament after a great week of action. Two more head football coaching positions were filled during the week while another basketball opening was filled.
On the links, five teams qualified for the MSHSAA Class 5 golf championships this week after district play on Monday. At Aberdeen Golf Club, CBC won the district title by shooting 308 as the Cadets were able to hold off Chaminade by three strokes. Harper Ackermann from CBC, Louis Cornett from SLUH, and Ryan Walsh from Chaminade each shot even-par 72 to tie for individual honors on a very windy day. At the Links at Dardenne district, Priory continued to play well in claiming the team title with a score of 298 while De Smet finished second with a score of 307. Marquette also qualified for state with a score of 309 to put them in the third slot. Joe Key from Howell North and Blake Skornia from De Smet tied for individual honors with a pair of one-under-par 71 rounds while Blake Seifried from Priory finished second with an even-par round of 72.
In the Class 4 districts at Crown Point Golf Club, Rockwood Summit brought home the team title with a score of 343 with Lutheran South finishing second with a score of 351 to move on to the state championships. Andrew Hennen won the individual crown with a five-over-par 77 while Jacob Schreiner from Summit placed third with a nine-over-par 81. At the district over at the Golf Club of Wentzville, Webster Groves won the team title with a score of 312 with Westminster earning second place with a score of 317. Trey Rusthoven from Fort Zumwalt East took home the individual title with a round of two-under-par 69 while Max Boland from Webster Groves shot an even-par round of 71 to place second.
In the Class 2 district at Norwoods Golf Course in Hannibal, Lutheran St. Charles placed second to advance to the state championships with a score of 353.
In the state boys’ water polo tournament, the top two seeds advanced to the championship match as No.1 seed SLUH and No. 2 seed Parkway West won their semifinal matches Thursday evening. The Jr. Bills moved on with a 10-5 win over Parkway Central as Sam French and Brandon Harris each had three goals while Joseph Zarrilli handed out four assists to guide SLUH to the title game. In the other semifinal, the Longhorns defeated Ladue 14-7 to set up the rubber match with the Jr. Bills. Kosta Radoman paced the Parkway West offense with six goals in the victory. The Jr. Bills and the Longhorns split a pair of meetings during the regular season as Parkway west returns to the title game for the fourth year in a row.
Over on the Illinois side in boys’ track, Edwardsville won the Southwestern Conference title with 188 points while East St. Louis placed second with 134 points. Ryan Watts paced the Tigers with a pair of first-place finishes as he won the 800-meter run in a time of 1:58.49 and the 1,600-meter with a mark of 4:22.25. Aarion Jackson won the Long Jump with a leap of 7.25 meters with Jordan Brooks winning the Triple Jump with a jump of 13.95 meters. Kenneth Buchanon led the Flyers by winning the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.77 and then he won the 200-meter run with a time of 22.53.
On the coaching front, Ladue named David Bryant as their new head football coach this past week. Bryant has been on staff as the Rams defensive coordinator is a Ladue Alum. He takes over for Mike Tarpey, who stepped down in April after a terrific run as their head coach. John Burroughs filled their coaching vacancy as Marty Rodgers will take over after John Merritt left to become the new head coach at De Smet. Rodgers was an assistant at De Smet last year after working as an assistant for Nick Hill at Southern Illinois Carbondale. On the girls’ basketball front, Terry Hollander returns to St. Charles West to take over their girls’ program after many years as an assistant with the men’s program at Lindenwood.
District action is in full swing this weekend as baseball, girls’ soccer, and track and field all start their journey to the state championships.
On the track in Class 3, many local teams will head to Herculaneum and Wright City for their districts while in Class 4, Cape Notre Dame, Summit, Parkway Central, and North Point will play host to districts. In Class 5, Poplar Bluff, Marquette, Parkway Central, and Eureka will host district action.
The boys’ volleyball districts will begin to play over the weekend as De Smet, Mehlville, St. Dominic, and Webster Groves are the top seeds in Class 3 while SLUH, Vianney, CBC, and Eureka are the top seeds in Class 4. In the Class 3 districts, Whitfield, Mehlville, Parkway Central, and Webster Groves will host action with SLUH, Lafayette, Howell North, and Oakville hosting the Class 4 districts.
In boy’s lacrosse, the brackets for the state tournament will be released Saturday morning as MICDS, Chaminade, and De Smet will be just a few of the top seeds in the tournament.
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