The Westminster Christian Academy boys’ and girls’ track and field teams pulled off a rare double as both squads won their first-ever Class 3 state titles this past weekend at the Missouri State High School Activities Association State Championships while the Parkway Central and Cardinal Ritter girls’ teams won their classes in Jefferson City. Plus, the final four fields are set for baseball and girls’ soccer championships this coming week.

Let’s get caught up on all the action in this week’s edition of the Monday Morning Wrap Up.

In the girls’ Class 3 team chase at Adkins Stadium, the Wildcats claimed their first-ever track and field state title with 70 points while STEAM Academy at McCluer South Berkley earned third place with 44 points. Brooke Moore led the way for Westminster by winning three events. Moore started the weekend by taking the long jump crown with a leap of 5.71 meters. She then won the triple jump crown with a jump of 12.00 meters and finished the championships by winning the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.29. Sydney Burdine added points for the Wildcats by winning the 400-meter dash in a time of 57.24. Leah Thames from STEAM Academy won the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.52 and earned second in the 100-meter dash with a mark of 12.01. STEAM Academy also won the 4×200-meter relay in a time of 1:44.47 and placed second in the 4×100-meter relay with a mark of 48.57.

On the boys’ side in Class 3, Westminster also claimed their first team title with 45 points while Lutheran St. Charles earned second place with 42 points. St. Mary’s claimed fourth place with 35 points. Joe Anderson paced the Wildcats by winning the triple jump with a leap of 13.38 meters and placed fourth in the long jump with a jump of 6.70 meters. Sterling Webb added a second-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 16.58 meters while Larry Minner placed third in the Discus with a throw of 52.97. Caleb Lind led Lutheran St. Charles in the distance events with a fourth-place finish in the 1,600-meters with a time of 4:18.99 while taking third in the 3,200-meter run with a mark of 9:26.83.

In the Class 4 girls’ team race, the Colts secured their first team title at state with 70 points while Nerinx Hall placed fourth with 38 points. Skyye Lee paced Parkway Central with a pair of wins in the hurdle events. She set a new Class 4 state record by winning the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 13.84 and then won the 300-meter hurdles with a mark of 43.76. Kaylyn Tate added to the team’s total with a victory in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.48 and placed second in the 100-meter dash with a mark of 11.83. Cami Crouch aided the Markers in the meet by winning the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11:06.02 and finished fifth in the 1,600-meter run with a mark of 5:15.97.

The Cardinal Ritter girls’ won their second consecutive state title in Class 5 with 85.5 points while Pattonville earned a podium spot with a fourth-place finish with 44 points. Aniyah Brown grabbed a pair of first-place finishes for the Lions as she won the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.41 and then the 200-meter dash with a mark of 23.37. The Cardinal Ritter 4×400-meter relay time of Brown, Hannah Wallace, Kyndall Spain, and Neveah Bryant won the event in a new Class 5 record time of 3:50.84 while the Lions 4×100-meter relay squad of Alexis Taylor, Charlye Moody, Brown, and Nazariah James set a new meet record in winning the event with a time of 46.14. A’laji Bradley aided the Pirates with a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.35 with Camryn Hubbard winning the 800-meter run with a mark of 2:12.05.

On the diamond, five teams advanced to the MSHSAA baseball final four this week at US Ballpark in Ozark, Mo. Valley Park is making their seventh trip to the semifinals as they defeated East Prairie 6-5 in eight innings in the Class 3 quarterfinals. They will take on Springfield Catholic Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the semifinals.

In Class 5, Festus earned their fourth trip to the semifinals with a 12-2 victory over Lutheran South while Fort Zumwalt East is making their first appearance in the final four after a 7-4 victory over Parkway Central. The Tigers will take on Willard Friday at 4 p.m. with the Lions playing Platte County in the nightcap Friday at 7 p.m.

Lindbergh will make their fifth appearance in the semifinals after defeating Marquette in the Class 6 quarterfinals 10-2 while Francis Howell heads to their 11th state semifinal after defeating Howell Central 3-1 Saturday. The Flyers will play Blue Springs South in the first semifinal Friday at 10 a.m. with the Vikings taking on Liberty North Friday at 1 p.m.

On the soccer field, seven teams will head to Worldwide Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo., next weekend with hopes of winning a state championship. In Class 1, St. Pius X from Festus is making their fifth trip to the semifinals after defeating Metro 6-0 while Whitfield is making their first appearance in the semifinals after defeating Valley Park 4-0. The Lancers will play Greenwood in the first semifinal of the day Friday at 10 a.m. with the Warriors taking on Mid-Buchanan Friday at noon.

In Class 2, Orchard Farm defeated Southern Boone 3-0 to advance to the state semifinals for the second time in school history while MICDS heads to the state final four for the first time after a 2-0 win over Logan-Rogersville. Orchard Farm will play Perryville Friday at 2:30 p.m. while the Rams will take on Pleasant Hill Friday at 5 p.m.

After winning Class 2 last year, Ursuline advanced to their first Class 3 semifinal and will make their third appearance overall in the semifinals after beating Notre Dame 1-0 while Fort Zumwalt South will look to win back-to-back state titles after defeating Webster Groves 4-0 Saturday night. This is the fourth time that the Bulldogs have advanced to the final four and they will take on Smithville Friday at 1:30 p.m. while Ursuline will play Glendale Friday at 11 a.m.

St. Dominic will also look to win consecutive Class 4 state titles as the Crusaders defeated Howell Central 3-0. St. Dominic is heading to the state semifinals for the ninth time and has won five state titles heading into this weekend’s action. Nerinx Hall will make their eighth trip to the semifinals after defeating Jackson 5-0 in the quarterfinals. The Markers will play Rock Bridge Friday at 4 p.m. while the Crusaders will take on Liberty North in the nightcap Friday at 7 p.m.

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