It was an outstanding weekend for prep sports as three teams took the podium at the State Track and Field meet while some of the area’s top teams in girls’ soccer moved on to the state quarterfinals this coming weekend after securing district titles. There were also a few upsets on the diamond as teams claimed their tickets to the state tournament.
Let’s see what happened over the weekend in today’s edition of the Monday Morning Wrap-Up sponsored by Triad Bank.
The Class 1 and 2 track and field teams ascended on Jefferson City as MSHSAA hosted their annual state meet at Adkins Stadium. The St. Louis metro area saw three teams make the podium in some of the tightest team races in recent history while many individuals also claimed medals.
In Class 1, the Crystal City boys earned third place on the team standings as the Hornets scored 33 points to finish behind state co-champions Hayti and Hermitage who finished the meet with 42 points each.
Camden Mayes opened the scoring for Crystal City as he placed fourth in the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 16.12. The Hornets 4×100 meter relay team added more points as Cohen Compton, Landynn DeRousse, Kanden Bolton, and Mayes placed fourth in the event with a time of 44.81. In the field events for the Hornets, Alex Kuchera earned a fourth-place finish in the pole vault with a jump of 3.96m while Bolton and Mayes earned the top two spots in the long jump as Bolton won the event with a jump of 6.70m with Mayes earning a second-place finish with a leap of 6.68m.
In Class 2 action, Christian High School tied with West Platte for third place in the team standings with 38 points to finish behind state co-champions Summit Christian and Charleston who scored 47 points in the meet.
Ronan Hardwicke paced the Eagles as he finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:59.80 and then added a sixth-place finish in the 1600-meter run with a mark of 4:29.35. Austin Ball gave Christian a pair of first-place finishes as he grabbed the 110-meter high hurdles title with a time of 15.03 and then he won the 300-meter hurdles with a mark of 40.16.
In the Class 2 girls’ team race, Lutheran North earned a spot on the podium as the Crusaders tied Maysville with 29 points with North Platte won the team battle with 86 points.
Genesis Rogers paced the Crusaders’ efforts as she finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.66 and then she earned second in the 400-meter dash with a mark of 57.33. Rogers also aided the Lutheran North 4×200-meter relay team to the title as the group won the event with a time of 1:44.45. Margaret Wrigley from Jefferson R7 had an outstanding meet as she placed fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.85 and had a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a mark of 25.95.
In district soccer action, Ursuline needed a huge comeback as the Bears rallied from a 2-0 deficit with three unanswered goals to defeat Webster Groves 3-2 Saturday afternoon to claim their third straight district title. After the Statemen grabbed a 2-0 lead, Ursuline mounted a huge comeback as Ava Balee, Mary Claire Imig, and Taylor Zarinelli all scored to push the Bears into the Class 3 quarterfinals this coming Saturday.
In Class 4 action on the pitch, it was a battle of two of the top teams in the state for a district title as Nerinx Hall grabbed an early lead and held on to defeat St. Joseph’s Academy 3-1 to move on to the quarterfinals. This is the second time the Markers have knocked off the Angels this season. Emma Gianino, Lauren Seppi, and Lauren Zangara all scored for Nerinx Hall to help the Markers move to 17-2-1 on the year.
On the diamond, Howell avenged four losses to Fort Zumwalt West as the Vikings raced out to an early lead to defeat the Jaguars 6-1 as they advanced to the Class 6 quarterfinals. Howell opened the game by scoring three runs in the top of the first frame before Fort Zumwalt West scored a run in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 3-1. That is as close as the Jaguars would get as the Vikings added a run in the third and a pair of insurance runs in the seventh to claim the district crown. Jackson Vaughn paced the Vikings attack as he went 2-for-4 at the plate and drove in four runs while Alex Bryan went the distance to earn the victory on the mound as Howell improved to 29-10 on the year.
In another Class 6 district title game, a pair of familiar foes from the Metro Catholic Conference mat up as De Smet used a big pair of innings in the middle stages of the game to claim a 10-7 win over CBC. The Cadets grabbed an early lead with a run in the second frame before the Spartans plated two runs in the top of the third to take a 2-1 lead. CBC then scored two runs of their own to regain the lead at 3-2 but the De Smet offense exploded for seven runs in the top of the fourth to grab a 9-3 advantage. The Cadets did not go away quietly as they plated four runs in the bottom of the stanza to cut the lead to 9-7. De Smet added an insurance run in the top of the seventh to come away with the district title. Jake Panagos led the Spartans attack as he was 1-for-2 at the dish and drove in three runs while Myles Wessels was 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs. San Cardwell and Jason Smith combined to strike out eight Cadet batters to aid the Spartans in advancing to the quarterfinals.
We will have plenty of previews this week as Tuesday we will look at the Boys’ Volleyball semifinals and the Lacrosse quarterfinals and semifinals. Wednesday will be a day to look at the Baseball and soccer quarterfinals while Friday we will get you set for the second weekend of state track and field as the big classes will head to Jefferson City.
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