The spring sports were in full swing this past weekend as many teams were able to get a break from the weather to start their seasons and begin their quest for a state championship.

Let’s get everyone caught up on a Tuesday edition of the Monday Morning Wrap-Up.

Let’s head out to the track as Fort Zumwalt West played host to 11 teams at their 21st annual Invitational this past Saturday. Fort Zumwalt North needed a third-place finish in the 4×800-meter relay to take the team title with 108 points while the host Jaguars earned second place with 105 points. Timberland grabbed third place in the invite with 100 points. Ayden Bredenkamp led the way for the Panthers as he won the 100-meter dash in 11.06 and the 200-meter dash with a mark of 22.80. Fort Zumwalt North also won the 4×100, 4×200, and 4×400-meter relays to aid in the team victory.

In girls’ action at West, Timberland claimed the team title with 164 points with Troy earning third place with 91 points. Gabrielle Tucker earned first place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.45 and Alexa Adams grabbed first in the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.43 to pace Timberland in the team chase. Troy earned titles in the 4×100 and 4×200-meter relay races to help them finish third place in the team chase.

Down in Jefferson County, Festus finished in the runner-up position behind Rock Bridge in the McCullough-Douglass Invite held at Festus Stadium. The Tigers earned 91.5 points while St. Louis University High finished third in the team chase with 85 points in the boys’ field which saw 24 teams take part. Ryan Wingo won the 200-meter dash in a time of 22.60 while Jacobi Oliphant won the 110-meter high hurdles in a time of 15.86 to pace the Jr. Bills in the meet.

The Festus girls kept the team trophy at home as the Tigers scored 96 points to hold off Rock Bridge in the team chase. Hillsboro placed third in the team event with 73.5 points. Taylor McMillin won the Discus with a throw of 33.06 meters while Ciara McDonald claimed the top spot in the Javelin with a toss of 32.26 meters to pace the Tigers. Maya Wright aided Hillsboro with a pair of wins in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles. She won the 100 in a time of 16.21 and then turned around and took the 300-meter hurdles with a mark of 50.34.

On the diamond, CBC ran their record to 6-0 with a pair of wins over Metro Catholic Conference rival De Smet this past weekend. The Cadets won the first game of the series with a 4-0 win Friday afternoon as Tyler Charlton tossed a three-hitter over six innings with 11 strikeouts to earn the shutout win while CBC used a three-run third frame to gain control of the contest. In the second game of the series Saturday, Dan Flier went 3-for-3 with a double and a pair of RBIs to push the Cadets to a 10-6 win over the Spartans. Kaden Peer added a pair of doubles and two runs batted in to help the Cadets remain perfect on the young season.

Fort Zumwalt West improved to 5-2 on the year with a doubleheader sweep of Westminster Saturday afternoon by defeating the Wildcats 5-2 and 5-1. In the opener, Daniel Wissler threw 4.2 innings of two-hit ball with nine strikeouts to lead the Jaguars while Connor Stein, Ryan Ulm, and Nick Alagna each had two hits in the win. In the nightcap, Dylan Bates and Kenton Deverman combined for a two-hitter and struck out 16 Wildcat batters in the victory. Cody Gough paced the Jaguar hitters with a double and a pair of runs batted in for the win.

In girls’ soccer action, St. Dominic continued their solid play to begin the season with a 2-1 victory over Nerinx Hall in overtime in a rematch of the 2021 Class 4 state championship game in which the Crusaders won 3-1. The win also extended St. Dominic’s winning streak to 35 games. They have not lost a match since May 10, 2019. Macie Begley and Kaylee Conoyer each scored to pace the Crusaders in the victory.

De Smet opened the boys’ volleyball season with a 5-0-1 record to take home the Francis Howell Central tourney crown Saturday afternoon. The Spartans defeated St. Dominic in the championship match 2-1 to take home the title. After watching the Crusaders take the first set of the match 25-20, De Smet rallied to win the second set 25-16 and then the Spartans cruised to the title with a 15-8 victory in the final set of the day.

It will be a very busy week as teams are looking to beat the weather to get games in. We will have highlights from the midweek contests while we preview a lot of great events that will take place on Friday. We will also start our Top 10 polls for baseball and girls soccer next week.

 

 

Jim Powers

Jim Powers

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 japowers2421@yahoo.com. Follow Jim at @hssportscaravan