Spring brought an exciting athletics season to MICDS. Check out our recap video and write-ups:
Second in the Metro League
The Rams finished the 2019 season 15-10 before falling in the district championship. Only three teams in the past 20 years have won more games. Their 7-3 conference mark was also good enough for a second place finish in the Metro League. The Rams were led by Michael Long ’19 (.628 OBP and .791 SLG), Grayson Senn ’19 (.453 BA and 2-0 W/L) and Gus Pulos ’20 (5-1, 1.89 ERA). The team proudly boasted four First Team All-Conference stars including Long, Senn, Pulos and Griffin Baur ’20 as well as two Second Team All-Conference members including Sam Kohler ’19 and Jack Brooks ’19. Garrison Moody ’20 received Honorable Mention.
Most Successful Season
The 2019 Cycling team wrapped up one of their most successful seasons as the young team continues to grow individually and collectively. Kellen von Hoven ’19 and Fiona Richards ’21 led the team built mostly of underclassmen. The young team found success at Tuesday Night Worlds held weekly in Carondelet Park with Will Falk ’21, Jonah Zacks ’19, Joey Roth ’21 and Garren Engle ’21 all finding the podium throughout the season. The wind and a crowded field played a role in the final road race of the season in O’Fallon, Illinois, but Richards took 6th in the Women’s 3,4,5 field and Falk slipped into a 2nd place finish in the Men’s 5. Half of the team was back in action in August for the Fall Cyclocross Season as they prepared to become a dominant force on the local racing scene in the spring of 2020.
Second in State
The team of Jeffrey Desloge ’19, Sam Hanser ’19, Zak Mitra ’20, Cal Barton ’21 and Henry Mikula ’21 took second place in the Class 3 State Tournament. Mikula finished second overall and Desloge finished seventh, and both earned All-State honors. The entire Boys Golf team has had a tremendous season, and we look forward to years of golf success ahead.
State Champions for 6th Consecutive Time;
Bundy Jr. ’19 Becomes State’s All-Time Leading Scorer and Missouri Player of the Year
Once again, the MICDS Boys Lacrosse team had another exceptional season! They clinched the State Championship against De Smet, winning 15-1 for their 6th State Championship title in a row. For the fifth consecutive year, they went undefeated in Missouri games and extended their in-state win streak to 92 games. Key wins included victories over Cincinnati Saint Xavier, Columbus Upper Arlington and Memphis University School. Individual successes were abundant as well. Graham Bundy Jr. ’19 was named MVP of the State Championship game and Missouri Lacrosse Player of the Year, became the state’s all-time leading scorer and finished the season with over 400 career points. Bundy Jr. also became the third Ram to be selected to the Under Armour All-American team. Thomas Niedringhaus ’19 also had a spectacular season and became just the second Ram to have back-to-back 100-plus point seasons. With the #1 seed in state playoffs also came a number of All-State selections. The Rams placed seven players on the All-State list: Bundy Jr., Niedringhaus, Henry Carpenter ’19, Nico Feldman ’19, Joe Maguire ’19, Will Kacmarek ’21 and Crawford Bundy ’21. All-Conference selections for the Rams included the aforementioned all-state players along with Bobby Byrne ’21, Joe Condie ’20 and Thomas Clarkson ’19. All Americans included Bundy Jr., Carpenter and Niedringhaus while Maguire earned Academic All American.
Boys Lacrosse photo: Tim Parker Photography.
Fourth in State
With a young, fresh team, it was a slow start for the Rams this season. Their overall record was 10-10, and they carried a 9-5 record for in-state games. Five of those losses were to stiff, out-of-state competition. The team turned things around with nine straight wins at the end of the season. They took 4th at State, losing to St. Joseph Academy in the semi-finals by one goal. Throughout the year, the team had to overcome a few hurdles, including the loss of All-American and Harvard commit Olivia Proctor ’19 to a knee injury mid-season and the vacancies left by eight talented seniors from last year. Five Rams were named to the Metro Girls All-Conference: Caroline Carr ’20, Kiki Arnold ’19, Arden Lilly ’19, Livie Warren ’21 and Kate Oliver ’22. Arnold and Carr earned All-State selections. It was an incredible turnaround season, and the team fought until the bitter end!
Played Tough and With Heart
The MICDS Varsity Girls Soccer team had another successful season this spring. Senior captain Eleanor Goldman ’19, along with juniors Barbara Ribeiro ’20 and Lisa Speegle ’20 were instrumental in creating a culture of competition and team spirit.
Despite a very young roster, the Rams played several of the top teams in the area and held their own against a very difficult schedule. Highlights of the season include hard-fought victories over league rivals John Burroughs and Principia.
Unfortunately, the season came to an end in a competitive District match vs. Parkway Central. The soccer program is deeply thankful to the contributions of this graduating senior class.
Second in State
The Boys Tennis team qualified for the State Team Championship with a 5-0 win over Thomas Jefferson Independent from Joplin, Missouri. They finished 2nd in the Team State competition to John Burroughs School 5-2. Evan Erb ’21 and Chase Nwamu ’20 finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the individual singles competition. This was the first trip back to the State Team Final in three years for the Boys team.
Boys Track and Field
Third at Districts; Sutton ’19 Repeats Individual State Championships
The 2019 MICDS Boys Track and Field team had numerous highlights including a team finish of 3rd place in the District Championship this season, and with some spectacular running from Josh Sutton ’19 they finished 10th in the State as a team. Sutton was again the State Champion in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprint races. Going into the season, he held the 100-meter record at 10.62 seconds but managed to lower the record three times throughout the season. He set a personal record at the Sectional Championship with a time of 10.48 seconds. In the 200-meter dash, Sutton also holds the school record of 21.23 and was able to get within two hundredths of lowering that record as well, running 21.25 this season at the State Championship. Pole Vaulter Tommaso Maiocco ’19, new to this event this season, qualified for the State Championship and finished in 11th place.
Girls Track and Field
Fourth at State
At one of the most competitive meets in State history, everything came down to the final race and the MICDS Girls Track and Field team was able to hit the podium for the fifth straight season with a fourth-plac team finish. The team was led by Jhordin Galmore ’19 who was All-State four times this year again bringing her total to 16 times as an All-State Performer. Galmore will leave her legacy as the best sprinter in MICDS history and all-time leading scorer at the State Championship. In the 4×800 meter relay, the team of Palmer Mihalevich ’20, Ana Larson ’19, Ellie Gira ’22 and Athena Theranos ’20 was able to shave 20 seconds off of their best time in one of the most inspiring runs of the meet for the Rams as they finished in 3rd place. Alexis Bellamy ’21 put together a stellar final high hurdle race and earned All-State Honors finishing in 6th place. Zuri Reid ’19 qualified for State in three events. After a personal best in the long jump that had her outside the finals, she made the finals in the triple jump bouncing out to a personal best on her final jump in an MICDS uniform. She went from a tie for 8th place to 6th place in addition to clinching a valuable three points for the Rams. New to both MICDS and pole vault, Kelly Ross ’20 had already broken the school record twice this season and jumped a record-tying 13-6 in the pole vault to earn 4th place. In the High Jump, Bellamy jumped 5’3” ending up 11th after having set a school record earlier in the season. Mihalevich ran her season’s personal best of 2:21:72 in the 800-meter finishing just out of the points by three-hundredths of a second. The team race came down to the 4×400 meter and MICDS had to finish in 3rd place or better to grab a team trophy. The crew was seeded in 6th place based on times going into the meet, but Mihalevich, Gira, Theranos and Galmore were able to run a season-best time by three seconds, finishing in the second spot to secure a trophy once again. The girls earlier in the season clinched their 13th straight District Championship and also won the Sectional Championship.
Fourth at State
The Varsity Boys Water Polo team enjoyed a second season in the Steward Family Aquatic Center. They had a tremendous year, working hard throughout the season. Congratulations to the team on taking 4th place at State! Varsity Coach Don Casey was named as the Blue Team Head Coach for the Senior All-Star Game, and his roster included Davis Johnson ’19. In the 2019 White Conference, Mr. Casey was named Coach of the Year, and Filip Aleksic ’20 was named Player of the Year. Aleksic was also named to First Team, along with Mika Shapshovich ’20 as Goalie. John Curylo ’20 was named to Second Team and Davis Johnson ’19 was named to Third Team.