WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN ACADEMY POWERED ITS WAY TO THE CLASS 3 CROWN—its first state championship. The Wildcats used a dynamite lineup led by Tate Matheny who hit 0.500-plus with 10 home runs and drove in 54 runs. Alec Mitchell was a monster in the semifinals and finals. He retired 14 consecutive batters to help Westminster to the championship. Matheny and his magic stick are back to help the Wildcats defend their title.
VIANNEY FINISHED THIRD IN CLASS 4 after falling to Francis Howell in one of the most epic games of the season. The two powerhouses slugged it out through extra innings before Howell pulled out a 14-13 victory. The Golden Griffins finished third and return a nice core of experienced players to help them chase another berth in the final four.
WESTMINSTER WAS THE CLASS 3 RUNNER-UP behind the sweetswinging Kevin VandeKamp and Ryan Haxel. The Wildcats shot a two-day score of 638 to finish nine behind champion Pembroke Hill. As a team, Westminster shot 307 on the second day and shaved 24 strokes off of its first-day score.
URSULINE WAS THE RUNNER-UP IN CLASS 3 after losing 2-1 in overtime as defending champion Liberty got the game-winning goal just before time expired. The Bears lost a significant portion of their senior-heavy roster but do bring back midfield Maddie Friedmann, an Ole Miss recruit. The heart and soul of the midfield, Friedmann will have a new head coach as Annie Beekman takes over the Bears after a successful stint at Incarnate Word.
VISITATION DEFENDED ITS TITLE with a thrilling penalty kick victory over Notre Dame de Sion. The Vivettes don’t bring back much but do have leading scorer Jade Klump to lean on. Klump scored 24 goals and handed out 13 assists as a junior.
TRACK AND FIELD
MICDS GIRLS WON CLASS 3 TITLE, running away (see what I did there?) with the championship by scoring 71 points, 26 more than runner-up Festus.
NERINX HALL WAS A SURPRISE THIRD-PLACE FINISHER with 42 points as the dynamic duo of Colleen Quigley and Peyton Chaney did all the scoring. Quigley graduated and is running cross country for Florida State. Chaney is back and among the top sprinters in the area.
ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY HIGH CONTINUED ITS DOMINANCE in the pool as it knocked off Ladue 9-6. It will go for its sixth championship in seven years this season. To do that, it will more than likely have to contend with Parkway West. The Longhorns return all but one player from last year’s third-team and that includes standout Steven Emde, the reigning Post-Dispatch All-Metro Player of the Year. Emde scored 112 goals and handed out 56 assists last spring.