The Webster Groves boys’ golf team battled back from a huge deficit to claim the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 4 State Title while Priory and CBC each found themselves on the podium in the Class 5 state championships. It has also been a crazy week in district action as a few of the top teams in the area were upset while some of the teams that are expected to advance did so.
Let’s get everyone caught up in this week’s edition of the Friday Fast Break.
Webster Groves claimed the MSHSAA Class 4 title after being down 12 strokes after the first day of the championships. After day one, the Statesmen trailed Rolla but battled back on the final 18 holes with a tournament-best score of 306 to win the championship. Lutheran South came in second place with a two-day score of 647 while Westminster tied Rolla for third with a score of 655. Andrew Hennen from Lutheran South placed second on the individual side with a score of 145 with Joey Friedel finishing in third place with a score of 149. Max Boland led the Webster Groves group with a score of 151 with Dean Schwager shooting 157 to help the Statesmen claim the team title.
The Priory boys’ golf team finished their season with a second-place finish in the Class 5 championships with a score of 610 to finish behind Rockhurst in the team chase. CBC wrapped up the championship with a third-place finish by shooting 623 in the tournament. This is the third time that the Ravens have finished in the runner-up slot while this is the first time since 1985 that the Cadets have finished on the podium. In the individual race, John Guerra from Chaminade finished in third place with a two-day score of 144 with Colby Sauer from De Smet earning a fourth-place finish with a score of 146. Nick Seifried paced Priory with a score of 149 while Harper Ackermann led the Way for CBC with a score of 151.
The Missouri Boys’ Volleyball districts concluded this week as 16 teams moved on to the state tournament that will begin Friday. In Class 3, all but one of the top seeds won their district as De Smet defeated Whitfield, Mehlville beat Fort Zumwalt East, and St. Dominic defeated Affton. The lone No. 2 seed to win their district was Parkway West, who beat top seed Webster Groves in an outstanding four-set match. In Class 4 action, all four top seeds won their districts with SLUH defeating Howell Central, Vianney beating Lafayette, Howell North defeating Lindbergh, and Eureka beating Marquette in five sets.
Here are the quarterfinal matchups that will be played this weekend:
De Smet vs. Fort Zumwalt East – Friday at 4:15 p.m. at Lafayette
Parkway West vs. Affton – Saturday at noon at SLUH
Mehlville vs. Whitfield – Friday at 6 p.m. at Lafayette
St. Dominic vs Webster Groves – Saturday at 11 a.m. at Howell North
SLUH vs Lafayette – Saturday at 2 p.m. at SLUH
Eureka vs Lindbergh – Friday at 6 p.m. at Eureka
Vianney vs Howell Central – Friday at 4:15 p.m. at Eureka
Howell North vs Marquette – Saturday at 12:45 p.m. at Howell North
Action in the girls’ soccer district saw a few of the top teams get upset in the semifinal round as Webster Groves ended Parkway West’s undefeated season with a 3-0 victory while Visitation upended Ladue 1-0 to set up the district final between the Statesmen and Viz.
Fort Zumwalt South won their district with a 4-0 victory over Duchesne to keep their hopes of repeating as the Class 3 champions alive. Four Bulldogs found the net in the contest as Jailyn Brownlee, Brooke Cattoor, Ashley Miller, and Isabell Montileone all scored for Zumwalt South.
Notre Dame also claimed a district title with a 2-0 win over St. Vincent as the Rebels look to return to the state final four. Lucy Brann and Olivia Lane each scored while Annabelle Rowe earned the shutout victory in the net to lead Notre Dame.
The MSHSAA team tennis districts and sectionals were played earlier this week with many teams advancing to the state semifinals next weekend at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, Mo. In Class 1, Clayton advanced by defeating North County 5-0 and then beat Cape Notre Dame 5-2 to move on to the semifinals against Bolivar. In Class 2, Priory advanced to the semifinals with a 5-0 win over Cape Central as they will play Barstow while Ladue defeated Fort Zumwalt South 5-0 as the Rams will take on Branson. In Class 3, Lindbergh won a 5-4 match over Fort Zumwalt West and will play Pembroke Hill in the semifinals with Marquette earning a 5-1 win over Rock Bridge as the Mustangs will play Rockhurst next weekend.
More district finals will take place in baseball and girls’ soccer over the next few days as many local teams look to advance to the state tournament. The MSHSAA Class 1 and 2 state championships will begin at Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City Friday with a good group of local athletes looking to claim state medals.
The sectionals in Classes 3,4, and 5 on the track will take place Saturday as Fetsus will host one of the four Class 3 sectionals while in Class 4, many athletes will run at Festus and Mexico with hopes of advancing to the state finals next weekend. Kirkwood and Mexico will be the sectional sites for the local athletes in Class 5.
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