#RamNation Spring Sports Season Recaps
Rams Baseball finished the season 13-9 and earned a 3rd place finish in the conference with a 6-4 record. A nine-game winning streak mid- season helped them earn the No. 1 seed for the District Tournament, where they ultimately fell in the championship game. Five Rams earned All-Conference honors: Harry Hegeman ’17 (1st Team), Andrew Krause ’17 (1st Team), Ward Hanser ’17 (2nd Team), Michael Long ’19 (2nd Team), and Justin Curran ’17 (Honorable Mention). Luke Layton ’17 was named the Metro League Co-Player of the Year.
2017 was another great year for the Varsity Cycling Squad. The coed team, led by captains Gwyn McDonald ’17 and Edgar Moskalev ’17, sported a healthy mix of veteran and rookie riders all looking to find the podium. The Tilles Park Criterium was canceled because of flooding, but Nikki Kasal ’17 and Binxuan Zhang ’18 both earned spots on the podium at the O’Fallon Cup Criterium, the season finale. For some of the younger riders, the season was about gaining the skills and confidence necessary to compete at the next level. “It was like something clicked,” smiled Nicholas Clifford ’20 after his strongest race of the season at Tuesday Night Worlds. With five graduating seniors, there will be plenty of opportunity for the underclassmen to grow into leadership roles and leave their mark on the program.
Boys Golf had a successful year with an overall 5-3 record in Metro League play. The Rams won the District Championship and had two State qualifiers—J.D. Mikula ’18 and Sam Hanser ’19. Mikula was named to the All-Metro League 1st Team, and Hanser was named to the 2nd Team.
The MICDS Varsity Boys Lacrosse team rolled to a 16-5 win over Chaminade to earn its 4th consecutive State Championship. Led by MVP Graham Bundy Jr ’19 and the sharp shooting Harry Wellford ’17, the boys finished off the Red Devils with an arsenal of dynamic plays and a fortified defense. The win also marked the 56th consecutive in State victory for the Rams and pushes them to first all time among Missouri programs in total State Championships with seven. The Rams were paced throughout the year by all league selections and captains Alexander Feldman ’18, Jack Sant ’17, Gaines Bundy ’17, and Ryan Thompson ’18.
It was a great year for the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team. The Rams won the 2017 MSLA State Championship and finished 15-2 on the season while remaining undefeated in the state (10-0) and 7-0 at home. Four players were named All-State as well as 1st Team All- Metro: Whitney WIlliamson ’17, Peggy Rianhard ’17, Jennifer Williams ’18 and Olivia Proctor ’19. Proctor was also named All-Metro Player of the Year. Mollie Schmid ’18, Brooke Wright ’18, Paige Blanchard ’18 and Kiki Arnold ’19 were 2nd Team All-Metro selections. The Rams outscored opponents 246-69 with an average 16.3 goals per game and an average 4.4 goals against per game.
Girls Soccer advanced to the State Quarterfinals, achieving the best finish in the history of the MICDS Girls Soccer program. After battling many injuries during the regular season, the team finished second in the Metro League. The Rams got healthy at the right time and won five consecutive games before falling 1-0 to Fort Zumwalt South in the quarterfinal match. In the playoffs, the Rams beat ranked opponents Villa Duchesne (2-1), Ladue (2-1) and Incarnate Word Academy (1-0) in Districts and Sectional play. The leading scorers were Junior Delaney Schultz ’18 (21 goals and 10 assists) and Freshman Naomi Ferguson ’20 (20 goals and 8 assists). Schultz, Ferguson and goalkeeper Carolyn Botz ’17 were named to the 1st Team All-League. Schultz and Botz were also named to the All-Region Team. Defenders Alexis MacAskill ’17 and Berkeley Bearden ’18 were both named to the 2nd Team, All League, while Barbara Ribeiro ’20 and Lindsay Parks ’18 were named Honorable Mention, All League. The team finished the season 14-8.
Boys Tennis ended its season with two medalists at the State Tennis Tournament. Juniors Robert Baisch ’18 and Johnny Keeley ’18 earned 5th place in doubles, and senior Rohit Chouhan ’17 finished in 3rd place in singles. It was the highest finish for Chouhan in singles and the first medal for Keeley. The Rams lost to eventual state finalist Priory in the finals of Team Districts 4-5 after defeating them by the same score a week earlier.
Boys Track and Field
Boys Track and Field provided several season highlights. Sophomore Josh Sutton ’19 was twice All-State in the 100m and 200m, finishing third in the 100m and fourth in the 200m. Sutton set a new school record in the 200m this season, posting 21.84 and winning the District Championship. Sutton was also the Sectional Champion. Senior DeRon Sutton ’17 was the Sectional Champion in the Shot Put and qualified for the State Championship but failed to make the final round of throws, finishing the season with a best throw of 49’-6”.
Girls Track and Field
Girls Track and Field captured the MSHSAA Class 4 district Championship. It was the 10th consecutive District title by the Girls team. They also won the MSHSAA Class 4 Sectional title. The Rams finished second at the MSHSAA Class 4 State Track & Field Championship, falling one point short of Camdenton. The 4x100m relay team of Krysten Holmes ’19, Jhordin Galmore ’19, Zionn Pearson ’18 and Cara Johnson ’18 captured the State title in the event, outrunning all classes and posting the fastest time of the weekend in that event. The 4x800m relay team of Chloe May ’19, Palmer Mihalevich ’20, Colleen Sliney ’17 and Lexi Walsh ’17 finished second to Parkway West. The 4x200m relay team of Zuri Reid ’19, Galmore, Pearson and Johnson earned All-State honors, finishing in 5th place. The 4x400m relay team of Mihalevich, Holmes, Athena Tharenos ’20 and Walsh made the finals and earned All-State honors, giving MICDS the distinction of being the only team to earn All- State honors in all four relays. MICDS had several individuals who were All-State in their respective events: Galmore (400m and 200m); Pearson (Long Jump and Triple Jump); Kayla Martin ’17 (Javelin); Claudia Williams ’17 (High Jump); Sliney (3200m); and Johnson (200m). The 4x100m relay team edged the school record of 48.30 by finishing in 48.21.
This season was challenging, and the young MICDS Water Polo team rose to the occasion. It was the second season without a home pool as construction continued on the new facility. Practice time was limited to six hours a week, and all games were played “away.” Despite these challenges, the players kept a positive attitude and worked hard towards some notable achievements. As a team, they finished third in the Lafayette Invitational, a tournament they entered as a 6th seed. They were seeded 20th in the State Tournament, and they were able to upset a Pattonville team but eventually lost to Lindbergh High School, the 2nd seeded team. Individually, Austin Gordon ’17 was selected to participate in the postseason Missouri Water Polo All Star Game. Chris Swanson ’18 was elected to the 1st Team All-Conference. The team is proud of their Missouri Water Polo “Sportsmanship Award.” This award, voted on by officials, recognizes the team that displays the best sportsmanship throughout the season. The Rams have always placed well in sportsmanship rankings; however, this is the first time the Rams have won the trophy. A good finish to what was a challenging season.