Cheering to Victory
The Cheerleading Team started their season with an intensive home camp experience during the first weeks of August focusing on skills and team-building. They continued to work together and support our football team through the regular and playoff season. In the middle of the season, they took time to share their wealth of knowledge with the Beasley students when they held a mini-clinic for future cheerleaders. Prior to the last home football game, the cheerleaders helped coach the Beasley young ladies. The cheerleaders endured the heat, rain and cold while keeping their spirits high and helping the crowd cheer on the Rams. They are excited to continue to build their strong team bonds as they move into the winter season!
Boys Cross Country
3rd in Metro League
The Boys Cross Country team finished 3rd in the Metro League meet and 5th in the Districts. Will Falk ’21 and Henry Posega Rappleye ’20 earned All-Metro League medals for their respective 7th-place and 14th-place finishes in the league meet. In the District race the next week, Falk went on to qualify as an individual competitor for the State meet race thanks to his 5th-place finish at Districts in 17:04.13. He finished 48th in the State meet, crossing the line as the 7th sophomore in the Class 3 race.
Girls Cross Country
Large Roster and Strong Individual Achievements
The 2018 MICDS Girls Cross Country team fielded the largest roster, 44 runners, in program history. Led by Captains Jane Baur ’19, Elsa Sjogren ’19 and Grace Lee ’19, the team finished in 8th place at the State Championship meet to round out the season. Palmer Mihalevich ’20 was the top team performer with a 26th-place finish, one place outside the cutoff for All-State honors. To qualify for the State meet, the Rams finished 2nd at the District Championship. Six of the seven girls—Mihalevich, Athena Theranos ’20, Riley Noonan ’22, Ana Larsen ’19, Simrin Phatak ’21 and Morgan Weber ’21— earned All-District honors based on their individual results there. The team also finished second at the Metro League Championship, with three girls earning All-Metro Conference honors: Annalisa Goot ’21, Sarah Reed ’20 and Alden Small ’22. Larsen won the Harriet Green Award as the team’s most inspiring runner.
A Successful Inaugural Season
With temperatures dipping into the 20s, the MICDS Varsity Cyclocross completed the inaugural season at Spanish Lake Park in early November. Despite the extremely cold conditions, the Rams took the top two podium spots with Garrett Christian ’20 and Lucas McCarty ’21 followed by Joey Roth ’21 and Adam Jasper ’20 rounding out the top 5. Quin Moore ’20 took 2nd in a bonus race the following day. This season provided a wide variety of conditions including wind, rain and mud, none of which could slow down the Rams. Once the team’s season was officially over, many of the riders were still out competing well into December.
2nd at State
The Varsity Field Hockey team finished the season with a record of 21-6, finally falling to Villa Duchesne in another tightly contested Championship game. Season highlights include winning the conference, Kate Oliver ’22 tying for leading goal scorer in St. Louis, nine players nominated to the National High School Academic Squad and a record 10 players receiving conference honors. Mia Duchars ’20 was also named Metro League Player of the Year.
It’s Always the Team – 2nd at State
The Varsity Football team continued their winning tradition by finishing the season with a 13-2 record and an appearance in the State Championship game. The program celebrated its 100th season with thrilling home playoff victories and incredible finishes on the road. Graham Bundy Jr. ’18 finished the season with 186 points and tied for the top spot for single season points in Country Day/MICDS football history. He and Tyler Purdy ’18 both cracked the single season All-Purpose yards record books with 1,583 and 1,453 yards, placing them 9th and 10th, respectively, on the All-Time list as well. Henry Carpenter ’18 led the St. Louis Metro area with 183 tackles. The Rams had six 1st Team All-Conference players, seven All-District players and a program full of young men who lived Coach Holtman’s motto, “It’s always the team.”
3rd at State
It was an emotionally charged season for the Lady Ram Golfers and a growing season after losing three of our top six Varsity players from 2017. But we reached the State Championships for the 6th consecutive season and finished 3rd! We moved back to Class 1 this year, after spending the past two seasons in Class 2. Our 2-4 dual record didn’t reflect our team’s ability, but we reached our goal of returning to State by placing 2nd in Districts and 2nd in Sectionals. Team Captain Parker Perry ’20 earned medalist honors in both playoff rounds, placing 3rd individually at State. GiGi Goltermann ’20 continued her strong season, placing 13th individually at State. And newcomer Katie Mikulec ’22 finished 20th at State. Zoya Qayyum ’20 and Elena Thomas ’20 were also 3rd-place finishers on the team’s visit to Mozingo Lakes Golf Course.
Boys Varsity Soccer had an incredible season, finishing with a 14-8 record with three of those losses coming in penalty kicks. Regular season victories over rivals Burroughs, Ladue and Kirkwood were highlights of the year. They tested themselves against a challenging schedule, ranking as high as 9th in the state. The season ended in the District tournament after a hard-fought comeback against Ladue fell just short, with a score of 2-1. Captains Luke McCollough ’19, Thomas Clarkson ’19, Garrett Keener ’19 and Gus Arnold ’19 provided effective leadership that allowed an especially young team to thrive.
5th at State
Boys Swimming featured a talented young team with only two graduating seniors. Their dual meet season finished with a 9-1 record, with their only loss against the Cape Central Tigers, the reigning State Champions. The dual season featured dominating wins over small-school rivals, like John Burroughs and Webster Groves, and major upsets over Chaminade and Cape Central. The Rams finished 5th in Class 1 of the State Championships, with the youngest squad in the top 10. Each year the team grows mightily in numbers, depth of talent and success.
Doubles Duo Places 5th at State
The Rams finished 2nd in Districts to the eventual State Runner-Up, Visitation, 5-3, and second in the Metro League tournament to eventual State Champion, John Burroughs. The Rams’ biggest win came during the regular season head-to-head contest against Visitation, which the Rams won 6-3. Caleigh McClain ’19 teamed up with Journee White ’22 to qualify for the individual doubles competition at State and finished in 5th place with a win over John Burroughs. During Homecoming Weekend, White had the win of the year against the defending State singles and doubles champion. McClain and White earned All-Metro League 1st Team honors. Winning All-Metro League 2nd Team honors were Sydney Cheaney ’19, Abby Lee ’19 and Meredith Goldberg ’18. Coach Patrick Huewe was recognized by the United States Tennis Association with the High School Coach of the Year Award for the Saint Louis District and the Missouri Valley Section. A season highlight occurred when both MICDS and Westminster teamed up to raise funds and awareness for autism in honor of Connor McClain, Caleigh’s younger brother, and a player with ties to the WCA Coach.
The Varsity Volleyball Team finished with a record of 10-12-2, marked by exciting wins against Duchesne, Clayton and Trinity. The team also had nail-biting losses to John Burroughs, both in regular season and Districts, and competitive matches with top contenders Westminster and Villa. This team grew tremendously throughout the season, starting 0-2 and then going on a six-game winning streak, proving we were here to work hard and get better through fearless play. The highlight of the season was taking 2nd place at the MICDS Invitational Tournament in October. Kate Trowbridge ’19 was named to the 1st Team All-League and 2nd Team All-District. Kodi Hayes ’19 and Asher Clarke ’20 were named to the 2nd Team All-League and received honorable mentions for All-District. CeCe Nourie ’21 received an honorable mention for All-League Team.
Coach Mittler Celebrates 300!
The 2018 Rams Varsity Field Hockey team celebrated Lynn Mittler’s 300th win as head coach on Wednesday, September 5, at Nerinx High School. The Rams won the game 5-0 and honored Coach Mittler with balloons and festivities.