It was a busy weekend at the track as the Kirkwood boys took third place, while Cardinal Ritter’s girls track team took second place at the Dale Collier Invite in Kirkwood, while the St. Louis University High School volleyball team took the highest league won the Lafayette tournament. It was also a big weekend on the rhombus as two teams continued to flex their muscles in recent weeks.
Let’s see what happened over the weekend in today’s Monday morning wrap-up edition.
The Pioneer boys’ track team had a great day as they placed third at the Dale Collier Invite with 74 points. They finished the team race behind Blue Springs and Capital City while Westminster finished fourth with 56 points. Deion Brown passed Kirkwood by finishing first in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.22 and third in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 40.09. Ga’Darr Burks contributed to the team points with a second place finish in the triple jump with a jump of 13.45 meters. Parkway North’s Monte Weaver was a double winner of the event as he won the 100 meter dash in a time of 10.88 and then the 200 meter dash in a time of 22.37.
At the Dale Collier Invite, the Lions finished second with 85 points, finishing behind Blue Springs on the girls’ side. Kirkwood placed third with 74 points in the team event. Aniyah Brown assisted the Lions with a first place finish in the 100m with a time of 11.57 while Charlye Moody took second place in the 200m with a time of 24.47. Parkway Central’s Kayelyn Tate had a terrific day in the sprint, winning the 200 in a time of 24.45 and finishing second in the 100 with a score of 11.83.
The Jr. Bills volleyball team won the Lafayette tournament with a perfect 5-0 record and defeated Chicago Marist 25-12, 25-15 in the title game to remain undefeated that year with a record of 23-0. In the title game, Phillip Bone led the SLUH offense with eight kills while Jack Krausz also had eight kills in the win.
Another team making waves in boys’ volleyball is St. Dominic, who won the Webster-Groves tournament title with a 25-20, 25-19 win over Belleville East. The Crusaders are currently on a six-game winning streak and are 20-3-1 for the year.
The Eureka baseball team had two wins over Lindbergh this past weekend to improve their record to 21-4-1 and has won five of their last seven contests. In their first win over the Flyers, they needed a run down the table to earn a 1-0 win. In the nightcap, they went 2-0 in the sixth and held on to claim a 2-1 win to claim the win. During the year, the Wildcats are led by Dakota Joggerst, who has a .377 batting average and 17 carries, while Cole Edmiston is the pitching staff ace with a 4-1 record and a 1.08 earned streaking average.
Another team playing well in early May is Herculaneum as the Blackcats played two JCAA games against Grandview over the weekend. The Blackcats have won eight of their last nine games and are currently 10-6-1 this year and 4-1 in the JCAA Small School Division.
Herculaneum defeated the Eagles 8-3 on Friday night and then moved to GCS Ballpark, where they clinched a 15-4 win over Grandview in the weekend’s final. In Saturday night’s win, Mason Gorza had two hits and three runs while Cody Gibson, Dylan Jarvis and Ricky Johnson had two runs each to speed the Blackcats. One of the great stories that happened on Saturday was that the game required a pair of umpires due to a last-minute scheduling conflict. Mike Cook and Mike Maris both dropped their plans and drove to GCS Ballpark to edit the game for the kids to play. A big thank you to these two men who did this and helped the players get the game!!
As the calendar moves to May, that means the district seed meeting for both baseball and girls soccer will be held throughout the week. Both state tournaments are developing very interestingly, as many teams can lay deep runs to the state semi-finals.
There’s a big series on the diamond that’s going to be happening over in Illinois as Edwardsville is set to take on Belleville East in two games this week. Teams play at Belleville East on Tuesday afternoon and then travel to Edwardsville on Thursday afternoon. The Tigers have a 6-0 record in the Southwestern Conference while the Lancers are 4-0 in league play.
In boys’ volleyball, De Smet will try to keep up in the MCC with a home game against CBC on Monday night, while the SLUH will play two MCC competitions this week against Chaminade and Vianney. The volleyball district draw is this Saturday, so every game this week matters.
Jim Powers has been covering prep sports in the St. Louis area for more than 15 years and has been part of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Championship Broadcasts for 11 years. Powers is also a part of the Fox 2 Loso Mattress Prep Zone Friday nights at 10:10 am during football and basketball seasons. If you have a prep sport history, please contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jim at @hssportscaravan