St. Louis University High School and Oakville claimed state championships in a pair of exciting title games over the weekend while many teams qualified for the Missouri State High School Activities Association Track and Field Sectionals coming up this weekend. Plus, it was a busy weekend in district play in all of the other spring sports.
Let’s get caught up with all the action in this week’s edition of the Monday Morning Wrap Up.
The Jr. Bills won their record-setting 22nd Missouri Water Polo title with an impressive 13-8 victory over Parkway West Saturday afternoon at MICDS. SLUH, the top seed in the tournament, raced out to a 3-0 lead after the first period, but the Longhorns scored a pair of goals early in the second to cut the lead to 3-2. The Jr. Bills answered in the late stages of the first half to take a 6-4 lead to the break. After taking a 9-6 advantage into the final stanza, SLUH scored five times in the fourth period to earn the victory. Joseph Zarrilli scored four goals and added two assists while Cooper Scharff found the net three times with a pair of helpers to pace the Jr. Bills in the win.
In the girls’ title game at MICDS, Oakville rallied in the final period to defeat Marquette 11-8 to claim their first MWP title. The Tigers trailed the Mustangs 6-5 as the teams entered the fourth period. Oakville then exploded for six goals in the final stanza while their defense limited Marquette to only two goals to earn the title. Alexa Matoushek let the Tigers with three goals while Jenna Wolf scored twice and handed out five assists to propel Oakville to the victory.
On the track this past weekend, the area saw many teams and individuals move on to the MSHSAA sectionals after some outstanding performances over the weekend.
In district action at Parkway Central, the host Colts won the Class 4 girls district with 229 points with Parkway North placing second with 126 points. On the boys’ side in Class 4, MICDS took the district team title with 143 points with Parkway Central placing second with 118.50 points. In the Class 5 districts at Central, MICDS won the girls’ title with 156 points while Liberty earned second place with 87 points. Hazelwood Central claimed the team title in the boys’ Class 5 race with 118 points with Howell earning second place with 114 points.
In Class 5 district action at Poplar Bluff, the Jr. Bills boys’ track and field squad won the team title with 169 points with Webster Groves taking fourth place with 84 points. Cardinal Ritter scored 173 points to claim the team title on the girls’ side at Poplar Bluff, with Lindbergh grabbing third place with 98 points.
At Marquette in Class 5, Kirkwood swept both team titles as the girls’ team scored 179 points to hold off John Burroughs, who scored 134 points. Ladue placed third in the team race with 130 points. On the boys’ side, the Pioneers scored 144 points to win the team title with De Smet placing second with 126.50 points and Marquette finishing in the third slot with 93 points.
In the Class 4 district at Rockwood Summit, the host Falcons grabbed the team title with 190 points while Cardinal Ritter earned second place with 174 points. Clayton finished in third place with 89 points. The Summit girls’ won the team title in the district with 196 points with Cor Jesu coming in second place with 183 points and Nerinx Hall placing third with 109.50 points.
In the Class 3 district at Herculaneum, the host Blackcats took home the girls’ team title with 164 points, Lutheran South placed second with 152 points, and Metro finished third with 127 points. On the boys’ side, Herculaneum won the team crown with 181 points with St. Mary’s finishing second with 152 points and Lutheran South earning third with 108 points.
The Missouri Lacrosse Division One State Cup bracket was released this past weekend with MICDS earning the top seed in the tournament while De Smet is the No.2 seed, Chaminade earned the three seed, and John Burroughs will be the No. 4 seed. The playoffs will begin this week as Ladue will take on Eureka, SLUH plays Lindbergh, CBC and Priory will match up, and Seckman will take on Vianney in first-round action. The quarterfinals will take place this weekend with the semifinals taking place next Monday and Tuesday and the finals being played at Missouri Baptist on May 27.
This week, we will see more state champions crowned as the Boys’ Golf takes center stage to start things off Monday and Tuesday. The Class 5 state tournament starts today at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau while the Class 4 golfers head to Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield. The Class 3 state tournament heads to the Sedalia Country Club in Sedalia while the Class 2 golfers head to Columbia and the Columbia Country Club.
The MSHSAA state individual tennis championships will begin Thursday at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, Mo. while the team championship bracket will enter sectional and quarterfinal play Monday. In Class 1, Lutheran South will take on Cape Notre Dame while Clayton plays North County in sectional action. In Class 2, Priory will take on Cape Central with Fort Zumwalt South playing Ladue, and in Class 3, Lindbergh will play Fort Zumwalt West with Marquette taking on Rock Bridge. The team titles will be held next weekend at the Cooper Tennis Complex.
District titles will be won this week in girls’ soccer, baseball, and boys’ volleyball as their district action is in full swing across the area.
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