Rams Rewind: Fall 2020

Check out all of the amazing accomplishments by our student-athletes in this recap of the Fall 2020 sports season. Be sure to check out the Rams Rewind video at the end!

Photo by Virginia Portel ’24.

Soccer

Head Coach: Jack Fischer

State Champions For the First Time!

Boys Varsity Soccer completed an extraordinary season by capturing the first State Championship in school history. The Rams defeated Orchard Farm 1-0 in Springfield to complete their historic run, finishing with a final record of 13-3. Along the way, they also captured their first district championship in MICDS history by defeating Westminster 2-1 in a double overtime thriller. A shortened regular season included standout victories over traditional powers SLUH and Priory. The team was led by senior captains Hayden Fischer ’21 and Joe Nicpon ’21, who earned Class 2 All-State Player of the Year and Defensive Players of the Year honors, respectively. Fischer, along with senior forwards Alexander Birkel ’21 and Walter Ralph ’21 paced a balanced attack for the Rams. Nicpon led the defense with help from fellow seniors William Ploszay ’21, Nick Scheele ’21, and goalkeeper James Hammersmith ’21. In total, eight players earned postseason recognition.

Football

Head Coach: Dr. Fred Bouchard

#1 District Seed and Second at State

The 2020 MICDS Football program completed the truncated season and 102nd year of football with a record of 7-1 and finished as the #2 ranked team and the State Runner-up in Missouri’s Class 4 Division. Regular season performance earned the Rams the #1 district seed in the MSHSAA playoffs. The Rams averaged over 44 points per game and the following Rams were selected All-Conference and/or All-District 1st Team for the season:  Reagan Andrew ’22 QB; Steve Hall ’23 RB; PJ Behan ’22 WR; Crawford Bundy ’21 Returner/Athlete; Raphy Soway ’21 OL; Will Schaumburg ’21 OL; Will Kacmarek ’21 DL; Grant Purdy ’21 LB; Jalen Pace ’21 OLB; Bjorn Sjorgren ’22 DB and Landon Gelven ’22 K.

Boys Swimming & Diving

Head Coach: Chris McCrary

Second at State and a Record-Setting Season

The Rams Swimming and Diving team placed second at State Championships. The season was capped by a series of record-setting performances. The Rams 200 Medley Relay broke a team record that stood since 1992, and the 400 Free Relay team broke another that stood since the ’80s. Lee Naber ’22 broke the 100 Backstroke record three times during the season. He went on to break the 200 Free record, winning the event at State. Along with Naber, Greg Dreisewerd ’21, Ryan Mauney ’22, and captains Jackson Fox ’21 and Eric Ji ’21 were part of the record-setting relays. Ji would go on to take second at State in both the 200 IM and 100 Breast. Dreisewerd took 3rd in the 100 Fly and 500 Free.

Girls Tennis

Head Coach: Patrick Huewe

Wins in Districts and Sectionals Lead to Run for State

The team was led this year by captain Ashley Kane ’21, assisted by Kashish Motwani ’23 and Stella Kreisel ’23. After two milestone wins over regular season opponents Lafayette and Ladue, the team headed into the Team Districts round seeded #2 where they upset #1 seed Parkway Central 5-2 to earn a spot in Sectionals for the first time since 2017. In the Sectional match the girls dispatched Liberty 5-0 to punch their ticket to the Final Four Championship round. The semi-final round brought an end to the run, however, in the 3rd Place match the Rams rebounded to defeat Republic 5-0 and complete an incredible season. Returning junior Journee White ’22 put on an amazing performance by winning the individual Districts singles title and qualifying for the State Championships. White reached the semi-finals where she lost to the eventual champion, but bounced back to take 3rd place. This was White’s third consecutive year to medal at state. Mikaela Mikulec ’24 and Rachel Li ’24 qualified for the State Championships in doubles and made an incredible run all the way to the state finals before succumbing. Their second place finish was the best doubles result for two freshmen in the history of girls tennis at MICDS and the first appearance in the state finals for a girls doubles team since 2000.

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Girls Cross Country

Head Coach: Jim Lohr

All Conference Honors and Strong Finishes at State

The MICDS Girls Cross Country team had a very successful season. Julia Ray ’23 finished 4th at State and earned Metro League Champion and District Champion, along with earning All-State and All-Conference honors. Captain Simrin Phatak ’21 earned All-District honors for the fourth time, and All-Conference honors. Riley Noonan ’22 earned All-Conference honors. Due to their success last year, the team moved to Class 5 for competition and held its own in this new, larger class, finishing third in the District Championship and showing constant improvement. The team had excellent leadership from captains Phatak, Helen Love ’21, Gretel Wurdak ’21, and Estephanie Estrada ’21. Phatak won the Harriet Green Award for the most dedicated and inspirational member of the team.

Boys Cross Country

Head Coach: Chris Rappleye

Second Place Finish at Hancock Invitational, Appearance at State

Team highlights included a 2nd place team finish in their division at the Hancock Invitational. Will Falk ’21 earned All-Metro League honors in the Metro League Meet with a fourth place finish, and went on to medal at District the following week, placing fifth to earn a spot on the starting line at State. Co-captain Jackson Strelo ’22 stepped up at District as well, medaling in 10th place overall, and he accompanied Falk on the trip to compete at State. Strelo finished under 18 minutes on his first trip to State. Falk completed his career with style, earning All-State honors. Falk climbed seven places in the final kilometer and showed a determined kick in the final 200 meters to secure his spot and represent MICDS on the awards stand.

Girls Golf

Head Coach: Steve Johnston

Mikulec Medals Eight Times, Earning All-Metro League 1st Team

Girls Golf luckily completed our Varsity and JV Covid season. As all athletes dealt with the restrictions due to the pandemic, the shortened season ended with a 1-5-1 Varsity record and a 1-1 JV record. Well-deserved All-Metro 1st team accolades went to Captain Katharine Mikulec ’22 who medaled eight times, including at the Angel Classic, Districts & State! Angela Shiang ’21 earned a Varsity spot on the team after three years improving on JV and helped mentor younger players throughout the season. Shiang’s positive attitude and infectious smile will be missed.

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Field Hockey

Head Coach: Lynn Mittler

Seven Players Named to All-Metro League First Team

Finishing their season with a 6-3 record, the Rams made it to the semi finals of the Midwest field hockey tournament for the 18th time in the past 20 years. All three losses came at the hands of the first and second seed in the tournament. Seven players were named to the All-Metro League first team: Lily Baker ’21, Ella Durrill ’21, Jenna Bernstein ’21, Kate Oliver ’22, Anna Lochhead ’22, Greta Wolfsberger ’22, and Brecken Calcari ’22; and three made the second team: Livie Warren ’21, Ananya Radhakrishnan ’21, and Caroline Cooper ’22. The Rams will say goodbye to eight wonderful seniors, three of whom will continue their careers in college. Team 100 was truly about community and supported each other through challenging times making memories that will never be forgotten.

Volleyball

Head Coach: Peggy Shelton

Improving By Always Playing “One More Point”

The varsity team experienced growing pains with but exemplified the true meaning of representing a varsity team with their willingness to mentor the other teams. Their unwavering efforts to get better by playing “one more point” in practice proved to be pivotal in their win against Villa Duchesne. Captains Cece Nourie ’21 and Courtney Shands ’21 earned First Team All-District honors, were nominated to the AVCA All-Region team, were selected to First Team All Metro League. Hannah Forsberg ’23 was selected to Second Team All Metro League and Maya Anderson ’23 also received post-season honors being selected to the Second Team All-District and Honorable Mention for the All Metro League.

Cyclocross

Head Coach: Chris Ludbrook

Creativity, Patience, and Dedication Pay Off in Improvements

Under the leadership of Lucas McCarty ’21, the team made the best of the pandemic and constructed a cyclocross course on campus to sharpen old skills and develop new ones. Each week of the season featured a different course in a different St. Louis County park. Courses this year were characterized by either technical challenges or endurance challenges offering no easy weeks, but the team made notable improvements over the season. Joey Roth ’21 and Patrick O’Brien ’21 led the way on the course as they made the move from the Junior to the Adult division. Next year will see a team lead by Ash Aranha ’22 as they look to rebuild after two big graduating classes.

Cheerleading

Head Coach: Lauren Fletcher

Building Strong Team Bonds

The Rams Cheerleaders started their season with high hopes of getting to cheer on the football team. About halfway through the season, they got to showcase their hard work and support the football team through the regular and playoff season. They showed their school spirit and led the crowd in cheers, chants, and halftime performances. Captains Mimi Brown ’21, Lily Dooley ’21, and Rowan Taylor ’21, along with Ilana Meissner ’21 and Kendall Rozen ’21, provided leadership for the underclassmen throughout the entire season. They are excited to continue to build their strong team bonds as they move into the winter season!