Rams Rewind: 2017 Fall Sports Season Recaps

Cheerleading

Cheering to Victory

The Cheerleading team had a great season cheering the Football team on to victory. They enjoyed celebrating another successful pep rally and bonfire before the John Burrough’s game as well as an exciting postseason run. The team this year was led by co-captains Savannah Lesslie ’18 and Elizabeth Hughes ’18. Seniors Lesslie, Hughes, Tierra Bobo ’18 and Brittney Usoroh ’18 worked hard this season and set a great example for their younger teammates. During the last home game of the year, the girls showcased their philanthropic spirit as they led a group of Lower Schoolers in a halftime show, which was the result of a cheer clinic that raised money to fund chemotherapy treatments for former cheerleader and alumna Lauren Oxenhandler ’05.

Boys Cross Country

A Year of Individual Achievements

MICDS Boys Cross Country finished 2nd overall in the Metro League meet behind a personal record performance of Team Captain Mason Hall ’18, who won the meet on a challenging course to become the individual Metro League Cross Country Champion.  Co-Captain  Kabir  Singh  ’19  joined Hall on the award stand with an 8th place finish. This is the second year in a row that Hall and Singh have earned All-Metro Team honors. The upper classmen saw strong scoring support this year from a young squad: Jonah Zacks ’21Henry Posega Rappleye ’20 and Will Falk ’21 all scored for the MICDS squad behind them on varsity. The team experienced an influx of many new runners this year, and over the course of the season  individual  times  dropped significantly. With that, the team’s growth outpaced league competition from meet to meet. During the Districts race, Hall and Singh both earned medals (for 5th and 13th) and qualified to compete in the State Meet, where Hall placed 45th.

MICDS Cross Country 10/28/2017
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Girls Cross Country

Individual Growth and Team Building

MICDS Girls Cross Country started the 2017 season with the largest roster in team history(47), which provided many opportunities for achievement. The team was captained by four seniors: Jacqueline Zoeller ’18, Lindsey Royce ’18, Grace Kroeger ’18 and Amelia Love ’18. This season, the team gave everything they had in practice, and improvement throughout the season exemplified that. The girls finished 2nd at the Metro League Conference meet. Palmer Mihalevich ’20, Zoeller, and Simrin Phatak’21 were named to the All-Conference team as well as earned All-District honors. The District Championship was a very competitive meet with the MICDS girls finishing in 3rd place behind Westminster and John Burroughs. At State, Mihalevich earned All-State Honors finishing in 23rd place individually, and Zoeller and Phatak both ran personal best times on the Championship course. Finally, the team awarded Kroeger with their only postseason honor, the Harriet Green award, which is given to the team’s “Most Inspirational” teammate. A well- deserved honor for Kroeger.

MICDS Cross Country 10/28/2017
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Field Hockey

2nd in State!

Field Hockey featured a remarkably young team with only five seniors on the roster. They finished their season 18-5-2 with only two losses to area opponents, both in overtime. Their 2nd place State Championship finish ended in a double overtime 1v1 loss to Villa. This year, the team was ranked 13th in the Midwest region by Max field hockey,  named Metro League Champion and  earned the #1 seed in the Midwest tournament. Highlights of the season were victories over Villa, Cor Jesu (twice) and JBS. Their only St. Louis loss was to St. Joseph’s Academy in overtime. Lou Chalfant ’18 was named Co-player of the year for the Metro League. And Reagan Calcari ’20, Caroline Carr ’20, Mia Duchars ’20, Arden Lilly ’19 and Addie Thomas ’18 were named First Team All-Metro League.

Football

An Exciting Postseason Run!

MICDS Varsity Football finished the season with a 9-3 record. During the early weeks of the season, the Rams began to gel on both sides of the ball   and ultimately rattled off a six game winning  streak before falling to Ladue in the District title game. The season was full of highlights as three players were awarded 1st Team All-Metro Conference honors (Ryan Thompson ’18, Bobby Matthews ’18 and Jayson Love ’18), and an additional six players were awarded 2nd Team honors (Graham Bundy Jr ’19, Jimmy Chalfant ’19, Austin Thompson ’18, Blake Glover ’18, Henry Gillis ’18 and Preston Buchanan ’18).

The Rams finished in 2nd place in the Metro Conference and have only lost one conference game over the last two seasons. Notable games include a thrilling back and forth with Westminster where Bundy Jr. scored in the final minutes to win 38-31, as well as the 52-0 win over John Burroughs during Homecoming Weekend. The program will graduate a number of talented players this spring, however the Junior Varsity and Middle School programs are filled with talented athletes and coaches ready to reload the roster.

Girls Golf

3rd at State!

Lady Rams Golf had a great season, their second year in the more competitive Class 2, placing 3rd at State! A major highlight was from Parker Perry ’20 who aced number 15 with a 6-hybrid on the 146-yard Par 3 on day one at Sedalia Country Club. The team’s finish marks the second year in a row earning 3rd and the fifth year in a row taking a team to State. Co-Captain Shannon Gould ’18 capped off her storied career finishing Top  5 all four years at State, led the team to a 32-5 dual match record, helped the team win the Angel Classic for the first time and earned the   most  medalist  honors  in  recent  School  history. She  was  also  Metro  League  Player  of  the  Year three times and All-Conference four years. She’ll resume golfing at the Naval Academy next fall, joining former teammate and MICDS alumna Abby Schroeder  ’16. Co-Captain Amelia Schroeder ’18 and Perry earned Metro League First Team honors, and Stephanie Gabel ’18 and Garrett Goltermann ’20 earned Second Team. The team had 19 players on JV and Varsity, the largest group in years, and they will look to advance to State again next season!

Boys Soccer

A Hard-Fought Season

MICDS Boys Soccer had another successful season in 2017. Led by Captains Ross Buchman ’18, Jisung Kim ’18 and Sean Smith ’18, the Rams finished with a record of 12-11-1.  Kim led  a balanced scoring attack with nine goals and four assists, and a strong defensive unit helped the Rams goalkeepers to record nine shutouts. There were many highlights this season, including three consecutive overtime victories over Duchesne, Priory and Parkway West in the span of  a week. Unfortunately, the Rams fell to Ladue in a hard-fought District match by the score of 2-1. Throughout the year, the team showed their skill, determination and character against some of the top competition in the area.

Boys Swimming and Diving

Grannum `19 Clinches State Championship

The Boys Swimming and Diving team spent  the ’17 season in a brand new home, easily the best pool in St. Louis. Captain Hunter Grannum ’19 continued to dominate in his last year of competition in diving for the Rams, breaking  team records, going undefeated throughout the duel meet season, clinching the Class 1 State Championship and setting the Class 1 State record. Captain Chris Swanson ’18 led a team that was heavy in underclassmen,  and  he  represented the Rams, finishing top-16 in the 50 Free. A strong and large group of freshmen, including State Championship qualifiers, Jackson Fox ’21, Greg Dreisewerd ’21 and Eric Ji ’21, represent a bright future for the Rams in the upcoming years. At State, Fox, Dreisewerd and Ji all earned top-16 finishes  in  their  individual  events, and Ji earned 6th in 100 Backstroke. The Rams’ 200 Medley and 400 Free relays also placed in the top-16, and overall, the Rams tied with Clayton High School  for 9th place at the Class 1 State Championships. The team continues to grow each year as larger incoming freshmen classes look to bring  the squad back to healthy numbers. From the board to the blocks, the Rams grow stronger every season. And from the ’17 season, all signs point to a very bright future for the team.

Girls Tennis

3rd at Team State/McClain `19 Takes 2nd!

Rams Tennis had a season that went above and beyond expectations. With only two players returning from last year’s top six singles lineup and seven new faces coming from JV, the Rams were able to make it back to the State tournament and finished 3rd in the Class 1 State team tournament. MICDS lost to eventual State Champion Pembroke Hill Raiders 5-2 in the semifinals. However, the Rams came back to defeat Springfield Catholic 5-2 to capture 3rd place.

This season was a success from the standpoint of team unity, growth and resilience. They showed adversity at the most critical juncture of the postseason when an injury sidelined team captain and #3 singles player Brooke Wright ’18 in the quarterfinal victory over Incarnate Word Academy. Meredith Goldberg ’20 and Sydney Cheaney ’19 held on to win tight matches to punch the team’s ticket to state. Once there, Team Captain Lindsay Parks ’18 helped lead the team to a 3rd place finish by winning all four of her matches at State. Other players with notable wins at State include Alexandra Harris ’18, Abby Lee ’19 and Julia Amato ’18. Caleigh McClain `19 had a memorable finish to State by making it to the finals of the Individual Singles Championship and  placing 2nd.

Volleyball

A Year of Transition

The 2017 Ram’s Volleyball season ended on  a positive note. This was a transition year for both the players and the coach, which made it possible for new relationships to grow as well as player development. Highlights from the season included beating both Parkways and taking Visitation to three games. In addition, Sophia Boyd ’21 was named First Team All-Districts, and Kodi Hayes ’19 was named Second Team All-Districts.