Check out all of the amazing accomplishments by our student-athletes in this recap of the Fall 2019 sports season. Be sure to check out the Rams Rewind video at the end!
The MICDS Field Hockey team took every advantage of their new field to play their best games of the season in the Midwest tournament semifinals, winning 6-1 over Nerinx Hall and beating Villa Duchesne 1-0 to capture the 41st Midwest Championship. Finishing the season 18-3-1 with all three losses coming to top 20 Midwest Ranked teams, the Rams overcame injuries and adversity to win in the final game of the season after two previous losses. The Rams will graduate seven seniors, six of whom will go on to play field hockey in college. Mia Duchars ’20 was named Metro League Co-player of the Year while 11 other players were recognized on First and Second All-Metro teams.
Girls Cross Country
Class 3 State Champions
The 2019 season was the best in program history. The Rams won the Class 3 State Championship and Julia Ray ’23 was the individual Champion. Captain Palmer Mihalevich ’20 finished 6th overall to earn All-State honors for the second time. Riley Noonan ’22, Simrin Phatak ’21, Morgan Weber ’21, Captain Sarah Reed ’20 and Ashley Benoist ’23 are the other members of the State Championship team. MICDS also won the Class 3 District 4 Championship. The Rams scored 37 points led by Ray who was the District Champion and set a course record for the challenging layout. Mihalevich finished in 3rd overall. Three other Rams earned All-District honors by finishing in the top 15. The team also won the final Lutheran South Invitational, the Lutheran North invitational and the Frank Lemmons Hannibal Invitational. They also defended the belt in the MICDS-JBS Fun Run. Mihalevich won the Harriet Green Award given by the team annually to the most inspirational team member.
Second at Districts
Lady Rams bounced back from disappointing ’18 regular season with a 6-2 record in ’19. We placed 2nd at Districts at Lake of the Woods before moving on to Sectionals at Country Club of Missouri, where we finished 3rd, eliminating the team from competing at State. Captain Parker Perry ’20 took medalist honors at Districts and qualified for State individually after medaling at Sectionals, as did GiGi Goltermann ’20, making it for her 4th straight year, and Katie Mikulec ’22, her 2nd straight year. Perry placed 5th, Goltermann 16th and Mikulec 22nd individually. Christine Zhang ’20, Zoya Qayyum ’20 and Elena Thomas ’20 were great contributors over the successful season. We’ll miss the leadership as seven seniors move on to greater opportunities in college.
Boys Cross Country
Falk Qualifies for State
The team finished 3rd in the highly competitive Metro League meet. Will Falk ’21 and Luke Rickers ’21 qualified for All Metro-League honors with 7th place and 13th place finishes, respectively. The team fought valiantly at Districts, but despite fantastic efforts, they did not qualify for State. Several runners had their season-best time on a challenging course, including Co-Captains Henry Posega Rappleye ’20 and Rickers. Falk placed 8th to qualify for State. Other best times included Jonah Zacks ’21, Jackson Strelo ’21 and Joseph Coolidge ’20. Falk set a personal record at State, breaking the 17-minute barrier for the first time and finishing 36th out of 169. Only one runner from districts and one runner for the league meet placed ahead of Falk. He rose to the occasion in the championship moment and represented MICDS admirably with a fantastic race.
Success at Districts and State
This team combined youth with experience to achieve positive results, including runners-up at the Metro League Tournament and second at Team Districts. Captains Meredith Goldberg ’20, Eliana Brook ’20 and Nell Melton ’20 significantly contributed with Brook at the #4 singles spot and Melton at #3 doubles. At individual Districts, Goldberg and Brook combined in doubles to finish 4th. Lauren Ferguson ’20 had a strong season playing at #5 singles, clinching a 5-4 victory over Ladue and finishing 2nd at the Metro League tournament. Ashley Kane ’21 had a standout performance at #3 singles in the Metro League Tournament with a 2nd place finish.
Jordan Miller ’23 and Kashish Motwani ’23 finished 2nd at the Metro League tournament at #5 doubles, Stella Kreisel ’23 and Nia Cooper ’23 finished 2nd in singles, along with Journee White ’22. White and Cooper came in 2nd at #1 doubles and Kasia Gorzko ’22 teamed with Daphne Burgis ’20 to finish 2nd at #6 doubles. Nwamu returned from an injury early in the season to have a remarkable 3rd place finish in singles at Districts.
White and Cooper won the District doubles championship to qualify for the individual State Doubles Championship, where they reached semi-finals and played a close match against eventual champion John Burroughs, finishing in fourth place overall. This was White’s second straight top-five finish at State.
4th Consecutive Winning Season
The MICDS football program completed its 101st year of football with a record of 7-4. The Rams fought through a number of bumps and bruises throughout the season to finish with a winning record for the 4th consecutive year. Luke Bernstein ’20, Jalen Pace ’21 and Nate Smith ’21 all received 1st Team All-Conference honors. Further, Smith became the first player since 2011 to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a single season, placing him 10th on the All-Time CDS/MICDS program rushing list. His 110 points also placed him 10th on the All-Time CDS/MICDS program single-season scoring list.
Silver Division Tournament Winners
The 2019 Volleyball season was one of learning and growth. The season theme of Together We Are United was put to the test week after week as we learned how to deal with winning and losing as a team. Throughout the season, we played with determination to improve not only in our skill level but in our knowledge of the game. We fought through hard losses and exciting wins and ended the season by winning the Silver Division of the MICDS Invitational Tournament. Cece Nourie ’21 was named to the All-Tournament team at both the Alton Classic and MICDS Invitational Tournaments, and to the 2nd Team All-Metro League. Co-Captain Asher Clarke ’20 was named to the 2nd Team All-District and 2nd Team All-Metro League.
Individual and Team Success
The team finished the season 7th at Class 1 State Championships, ending up 6-3 in dual meet competition. All three of the boys relays scored at State, with the 200 medley and 400 free relays finishing in the top eight. Eric Ji ’21 and Greg Dreisewerd ’21 finished top-eight in all of their individual events. Captain Jackson Fox ’21 and Ryan Mauney ’22 both scored by finishing in the top-16 for their individual events. Captain Mika Shapshovich ’20 and Jon Zhang ’20 also competed in individual events and the scoring relays. This year’s squad featured a strong freshmen class, including standout sprinters Wayne Webster ’23 and Mason Boon ’23. Chase Bouchein ’21 came close to qualifying for State in the 500 after making some major time-drops throughout the season. He was also part of the top-16 scoring 200 Free Relay.
Top-10 State Ranking
Boys Soccer had another successful season finishing with a record of 13-9. Highlights from the season included victories over rivals Ladue and Priory. The Rams tested themselves against a difficult schedule and maintained a top-10 ranking in the state throughout the season. Captains Will Bohlmann ’20, Stanley Ding ’20, Zak Mitra ’20 and Evan Hofer ’20 provided outstanding leadership throughout the season and helped the team to play an attractive style of soccer. Walter Ralph ’21, Alexander Birkel ’21 and Hayden Fischer ’21 paced the attack, scoring a combined 36 goals while Joe Nicpon ’21 led a stingy defense.
Boys Varsity Cyclocross
Rams Cyclocross was back in action this year and did not miss a step as many on the team capitalized on big fitness gains from the spring road season. Garrett Christian ’20 led the way and was the first to step up into Men’s Cat 5 closely followed by Quin Moore ’20, Lucas McCarty ’21 and Joey Roth ’21. The team met the challenge of the much longer Men’s races and quickly positioned themselves as hardworking competitors. Christian just missed the podium several times with 7th place finishes at St. Vincent Park and Creve Coeur Park. In December, Christian and Moore looked to build on the success of last year’s 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the Juniors division at the State Championship but had to fend off significant challenges from their teammates as they raced in the more competitive Men’s division.
Building strong bonds
The Cheerleading Squad started their season with an intensive camp in Branson, Missouri during the first week of June, focusing on skills and team building. They continued to work together and support our football team through the regular and playoff season. Toward the end 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 young Beasley ladies. The cheerleaders endured heat, rain and cold while keeping their spirits high and helping the crowd cheer on the Rams. They are excited to continue to build strong team bonds as they move through the winter season!