The week in high school sports saw district golf championships as three local teams earned a trip to the boys’ golf championships while a pair of hotly contested conference races in baseball were finalized after action on the diamond this week. The Missouri Water Polo Championships will open up play this weekend at many pools around the area.
Let’s get caught up on all the action in today’s edition of the Friday Fast Break sponsored by Triad Bank.
The Missouri State High School Activities Association Boys’ Golf Championships are 10 days away as one of the districts held its tournament this past week to see who will advance to the state tournament.
In Class 5, The CBC Boys’ golf team won their district at Crystal Highlands Golf Course in Festus by firing a team score of 301. Chaminade earned the second spot and a trip to the state championships in the team chase with a score of 315 with Jackson placing third with a score of 320. St. Louis University High School earned the fourth slot in the team standings, scoring 326. In the individual scoring, Ian Lambert of Jackson earned medalist honors with an even-par score of 72 while Nathan Barclay and Austin Jacobs paced the CBC efforts by finishing tied for second with Harrison Zipfel of SLUH with scores of 1-over par 73’s. Harper Ackermann of CBC tied for fifth with Clayton Becher of Chaminade with scores of four-over par 76.
On the diamond, the GAC South has been a conference to watch all year as both Fort Zumwalt West and Howell have been not only state-ranked all season, but both have been battling for the top slot in the league. The two teams matched up in a pair of games this week with the Vikings only needing a win in the series to claim the title, but the Jaguars had other ideas as they won both matchups to earn co-champion honors.
In the opening game Tuesday at Howell, the Vikings grabbed an early 2-0 lead after the first inning only to see Zumwalt West score five runs over the next three innings to take a 5-1 advantage. The Vikings plated a run in the home half of the fourth to cut the lead to 5-2, but the Jaguars pushed across four runs in the top of the fifth to push their lead to 9-3. Howell scored a run in the bottom of the fifth, but that would not be enough as Zumwalt West held the Vikings scoreless the rest of the way to earn the win. Mikey Ludwig paced the Jaguars at the plate by going 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and he also scored a run while Cooper Robinson added a pair of hits and RBIs in the win. Kenton Deverman earned the victory on the mound by going seven innings and striking out nine batters.
In the second game of the series at Zumwalt West, Howell scored their only run in the top of the first before the Jaguars took the lead for good in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs to make the score 2-1. Zumwalt West added to the lead with three runs in the fourth and an insurance run in the fifth to claim the 6-1 victory and a piece of the conference title. Robinson once again led the Jaguar attack with two hits as he also drove in two runs while Carson Clark got the win on the mound by throwing a complete game four-hitter and striking out 10 batters as the Jaguars improved to 25-6 on the year.
In another conference race, CBC claimed the Metro Catholic Conference by defeating Chaminade 14-4 Thursday afternoon to finish league play with a record of 6-2. The Cadets’ offense exploded early as CBC scored six runs in the first two innings to take a 6-1 advantage. After the Red Devils scored a run in the top of the third to cut the lead to 6-2, CBC plated seven more runs over the next two frames to push the lead to 13-3. Each team scored a run in the fifth inning with the Cadets holding on to claim the win and the conference title. Kyle Byrne had a big day at the plate as hit a pair of hits, including a home run and he drove in five runs to pace the Cadets with Kyan Franklin earning the victory on the mound with five strikeouts.
The Missouri Water Polo state championships will begin this weekend as Parkway Central will enter the tournament as the top seed with Parkway West earning the No. 2 seed. Defending state champions SLUH will hold the No. 3 seed while Lindbergh will enter play as the fourth seed. Opening round games will be played Saturday at various sites across the area.
On the girls’ side. Ladue will open tournament play as the top seed with Marquette holding the No. 2 seed. Parkway North enters bracket play as the No. 3 seed while Oakville will start things off as the No. 4 seed. Play in the girls’ tournament will take place Friday evening.
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