Rams Rewind: Winter 2019-19

Our winter sports season is wrapped up, so check out all of the amazing accomplishments by our student-athletes in this recap.

Jeffrey Desloge '19 defends against Westminster.

Boys Basketball

Setting a Foundation for Future Success

The team finished a competitive season with a record of 12-14. Season highlights included three wins in shootouts against Jerseyville, Timberland and Mahomet-Seymour. We benefited greatly from the senior leadership of Jack Brooks ’19, Jeffrey Desloge ’19, General Dorsey ’19 and Alex Wienstroer ’19. The Rams look forward to building on the foundation set this season with a strong nucleus returning to play next year, including Aaron Hendricks ’21, Jack Pronger ’21, Nick Roper ’21, Hasani Spann ’21, Sam Wienstroer ’21 and Brandon Mitchell-Day ’22.

Jessica Brooks '20 plays defense.Girls Basketball

Brooks Scores 1,000 Points

The MICDS Girls Varsity Basketball team courageously embraced the challenges of a long season and demanding schedule on the way to a 13-12 record. The Rams won the consolation bracket of the MICDS Holiday Tournament and fell just short of upsetting powerhouse Kirkwood in the championship of the Lindbergh Tournament. MICDS pulled off an overtime road win against Lutheran South and earned two big regular-season wins against rival John Burroughs, including an overtime thriller at home in front of a big Paint It Pink crowd. Jessica Brooks ’20 became the ninth girl in program history to score 1,000 points and the first to do so in her junior year.

MICDS Cheerleaders get the crowd going during halftime at the Paint It Pink basketball games.Cheerleading

Getting the Crowd Going

The Rams Cheerleaders showed their school spirit throughout the winter season! Highlighted by a packed house at the Senior Game, which was also Paint It Pink, the team led enthusiastic cheers, chants and halftime performances. The team will miss its two seniors, Lindsay Ball ’19 and Charlie Southern ’19 (the Ram!), who always showed players, fans and teammates the way.

Amarah Friedman '20, left, choreographed this piece and performed with (left to right) Jenna Zhao '20, Shelly Bhagat '22 and Tista Mandal '20.Dance

First Season Excitement

This was the inaugural season of the MICDS Dance team, which consisted of five juniors. The team performed during halftime at both Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball games. We are excited to continue this new MICDS team next year! The 2019 MICDS Dance Concert proved to be another success. This year there were five choreographers, all from the junior class: Leila Awasthi ’20, Asha Dundoo ’20, Amarah Friedman ’20, Tista Mandall ’20, and Jenna Zhao ’20. Styles of dance included ballet, classical Indian, hip-hop and musical theater.

Rams Hockey wins big in 2018-2019.Hockey

Winning Season Leads to Top Playoff Tier

The MICDS Hockey team had an extremely successful campaign. The season was paced with big wins over John Burroughs and Westminster, and included two hard-fought ties versus Priory. A record of 13-5-2 placed the team in the top-tier Challenge Cup for the playoffs. Offensively, seniors Ross Danforth ’19, Nicholas Mellanby ’19, Matt Cowley ’19 and Jacob Lefton ’19 led the way, all finishing with over 25 points of production. The Rams will really miss the seniors on this team, including Samer Hajji ’19, Jonas Hart ’19, Tommy Maiocco ’19 and Fin Polk ’19, who took the team on an amazing two-year ride.

 

2018-2019 MICDS Boys Squash team.Boys Squash

Brings Home the Flanagan Cup

A 3-1 record at the U.S. Squash National High School Championship in Connecticut capped a highly successful season for Boys Varsity Squash. Throughout the season, co-captains Will Cooper ’19 and Daniel Hochberg ’19, the only seniors, led the team with maturity, grace and enthusiasm. For the first time in five tries, the team won the Flanagan Cup, a six-team tourney in Pennsylvania, and again had very solid wins against John Burroughs and Washington University. The varsity squad was also very competitive against men’s teams from the Jewish Community Center, the Missouri Athletic Club and the St. Louis Racquet Club. This year, ex-professional player Mohammed Tahir joined the coaching staff and soon put the top players through their paces. The team would like to thank team parents Rachel Paul and Stacey Cooper for all their support (and snacks), and team managers Reni Akande ’19 and Alex Migala ’20 for all their organization and patience!

2018-2019 Girls SquashGirls Squash

4th Consecutive Flanagan Tournament Title

The Girls Varsity Squash team, led by co-captains Sonya Shafqat ’19 and Jamerson Durrill ’19, had a successful 9-3 season, winning a fourth-consecutive Tom Flanagan Invitational Tournament hosted by Mercersburg Academy, and putting up a strong performance at the U.S. Squash High School Nationals Tournament in Philadelphia finishing in 6th place. There were a number of strong individual performances throughout the season that translated into a successful season for the team. A high level of team camaraderie, sportsmanship and determination was shown both at practices and matches against local and East Coast teams. The varsity squad bids farewell to five seniors: Shafqat, Durrill, Julia Amato ’19, Abby Lee ’19 and our manager, Mimi Klahr ’19.

MICDS Girls Swimming & Diving team thrives in 2018-2019.Girls Swimming & Diving

Breaking School Records

The 2019 Girls swimming and Diving team led by senior captains Alex Fox ’19, Grace Lee ’19 and Kate Trowbridge ’19, finished in 2nd place at the Class I Missouri State Championships, just a handful of points behind Ladue. Freshmen Abby Wickersham ’22 and Sophie Henricksen ’22 broke School records at State in the 50 Free and 100 Backstroke, respectively. The Rams won the 200 Freestyle and 400 Freestyle Relays in dominating fashion with Class 1 record-setting times. Fox and freshman Anna Scott Baur ’22, along with Henricksen and Wickersham, finished in the top eight at State in their respective individual events. Sophomore Madigan Kinsey ’21 finished in the top 16 in the 100 Breaststroke. The team also won the Metro League Conference championship leading in every single swimming event.

MICDS wrestler Zion Thomas '19 advanced to State.Wrestling

Thomas ’19 Competes at State

Wrestling enjoyed a stronger record performance this season, highlighted by a dual win over Burroughs, a strong showing in the Eric Lewis Tournament and Zion Thomas ’19 advancing to the State Tournament. Kellen Von Hoven ’19, Morgan Niven ’20, Jack Morris ’21, Will Schaumberg ’21, Nat Bilderback ’22 and Jake Housler ’22 all competed hard on the mat to take the Rams on a successful run.

 

 

Photos by STLhighschoolsports.com and MICDS parents and coaches.