8-Game Winning Streak
The 2018 Rams were able to pull out an upset victory in the District Semifinal to move onto the District Championship, but with a loss to John Burroughs School, that’s where their season ended, leaving the team with a 12-12 record. The season was highlighted by an eight-game winning streak that included wins over Parkway South and Columbia-Battle. Four Rams received recognition for their contributions this season, led on the mound by Gray Senn ’19 (2nd Team All-Conference Pitcher) and Gus Pulos ’20 (Honorable Mention All-Conference Pitcher) and in the field by Michael Long ’19 (1st Team All-Conference Catcher) and Wilson Graves ’18 (2nd Team All-Conference Infielder). In 2019, the Rams will return all but one player from the roster.
Young Team/Strong Individual Achievements
With the addition of eight freshmen to the team, Varsity Cycling was forced to go through a major overhaul. The team was lead by the small returning crew of Kellen von Hoven ’18, Morgan Schafer ’19 and Nick Clifford ’19, all of whom were instrumental in guiding the young team through the season. The solid leadership paid off for younger riders such as Will Falk ’21, who took third in the final sprint of the O’Fallon Cup in mid-May with assistance from a strong supporting performance by Jonah Zacks ’21. On the Girls’ side, Fiona Richards ’21 found herself on the podium for the second time in the season after a strong 3rd place finish amidst a group of talented veteran riders. The team will look to continue to develop their skills and conditioning in an effort to move up to the top of the podium next year.
District Champions/Strong Individual Achievements
Instead of on vacations or focusing on some non-academic work, the Boys Golf team kicked off their season over Spring Break in Florida at the Orange County National. It was the third annual Spring Break trip for the team and allowed the golfers to play practice rounds while doing some team bonding through activities like paintball. Ultimately, the trip set the tone for a strong season of consistent play from the Rams. Upperclassmen Sam Hanser ’19, J.D. Mikula ’18, Jeff Desloge ’19 and Julian Ball ’18 led the team, but young players Henry Mikula ’21 and Sam Liu ’21 also made their mark. While the varsity team compiled a 4-3 record in league play, the JV squad recorded an undefeated season. The team won its sixth consecutive District Championship, with Hanser winning overall. Three golfers qualified for the State Championship (J.D. Mikula, Henry Mikula and Desloge), with Henry Mikula just missing All-State Honors. With only two graduating seniors, the program looks strong for next season and beyond.
The 2018 Boys Lacrosse team dominated their in-state competition and rolled to a 13-1 victory over Saint Louis University High School to earn their fifth consecutive State title. The Rams finished the season ranked No. 2 overall in the Midwest, in part because of the leadership from All-American selections Graham Bundy Jr. ‘19, Thomas Neidringhaus ’19, Ross Buchman ’18 and Jason Sugavanam ’18. Also anchoring the team were Captains Ryan Thompson ’18 and Alexander Feldman ‘18. The year was defined by a series of historic successes, including the program’s first 20 win season (20-2) and a victory over nationally ranked Loyola Academy (Chicago). On the individual level, Bundy Jr. broke the in-state single season points record with 146 pts. The Rams will look forward to extending their 73-game Missouri winning streak as they enter the 2019 season.
The MICDS Girls Lacrosse team had another tremendous season, finishing with a 19-2 record and staying undefeated against Missouri competition for the second consecutive year. The Rams held a 288-83 scoring advantage, with 15 wins seeing the Rams outscore their opponents by 10 goals or more. The Rams defeated Marquette in the State Championship 20-7 to bring home their fifth State title in six years. Mollie Schmid ’18 had a stellar year, recording the second most points in state with 66 goals and 45 assists. Olivia Proctor ’19 also had a tremendous season, finishing 4th in State in points with 66 goals and 37 assists. Jennifer Williams ’18 dominated the area in draw controls with 149 total while also contributing 64 goals and 26 assists. Schmid, Proctor and Williams along with Lou Chalfant ‘18 were all selected for both First-Team All Metro and the MSLA All-State team. Brooke Wright ‘18 was also selected for First-Team All Metro. Williams, Proctor and Chalfant earned even more individual accolades with Williams and Proctor awarded US Lacrosse All-American Honors and Chalfant awarded U.S. Lacrosse All-Academic honors.
A Hard-Fought Season
For the MICDS Girls Soccer team, a culture of competition and team spirit would be necessary for success. Captains Delaney Schultz ’18, Berkeley Bearden ’18 and Izzy Critchfield-Jain ’18 rose to the occasion, creating that atmosphere and leading the team to another winning record. Schultz (16 goals, 13 assists) and Naomi Ferguson ’20 (22 goals, 9 assists) paced the team’s dynamic attack while Bearden and Lindsay Parks ’18 anchored the defense. The Rams played several of the top teams in the area and held their own during a very difficult schedule, finishing with a 10-9 record. Season highlights include victories over Kirkwood, John Burroughs, Clayton and Parkway Central. Unfortunately, the season came to an end in a hard-fought District match. The soccer program is deeply thankful to the contributions of this graduating class. Not only were they critical for the playoff run last year, but also they have made an incredible impact during their careers.
Erb ’21 Clinches Individual State Championship
The 2018 Boys Tennis team had a solid performance this season with an overall record of 10-4. During the season they finished 2nd in the Metro League, 4th at the Tournament of Champions, and 2nd in Districts. They lost 5-4 in the regular season to eventual State Champion John Burroughs, but had a strong 5-4 win against Lindbergh High School, who went on to finish 3rd in Class 2. The highlight of the season was Evan Erb ’21 qualifying for State and eventually winning the Class 1 State Singles title with a pair of wins against Springfield Catholic’s Jasan Nayar (7-5, 6-2) in the semifinals and John Burroughs’ Rory Sutter (7-6, 6-3) in the finals. It was an incredible run and marks the rare occasion of a freshman winning a State Championship. Erb’s feat had not been done at MICDS since 2002 when Amanda Craddock won.
Boys Track and Field
Sutton ’19 Clinches Individual State Championship
Sometimes a team’s success defines a season, but other times it’s a singular player who defines a team. This season epitomized the latter, with Josh Sutton ’19 going on a magical run. Sutton managed to win two State Championships in the 100 meters (10.62) and the 200 meters (21.23). He held the fastest time in both events across all classes in Missouri, making him the fastest high school sprinter in the state. Behind Sutton’s leadership, MICDS finished in the top 10 as a team. His 20 points landed the Rams in 9th place overall. The Boys team also finished in 3rd place in the District Championship.
Girls Track and Field
The MICDS Girls Track and Field team was MSHSAA Class 4 State Champions, their second State title in three seasons. They also set a record for most points scored at the State Championship for Class 4. The Rams had many individual champions, including Cara Johnson ’18 in the 100 meters, Jhordin Galmore ’19 in both the 200 and 400 meters and Zionn Pearson ’18 in the Long Jump. Johnson broke her own 100 meter school record this season with a 11.96 second time. The Rams also took All-State honors in each relay event. In the 4 x 100 meter relay, Krystin Holmes ‘19, Galmore, Pearson and Johnson set a Class 4 all-time record of 47.20, broke their own school record for the fifth time this season and were State Champions. In the 4 x 200 relay, Holmes, Galmore, Johnson and Zuri Thomas ‘18 won the State Championship while also setting a School record of 1:40.62. The 4×800 meter relay team of Palmer Mihalevich ‘20, Athena Tharenos ‘20, Addison Thomas ‘18 and Jacqueline Zoeller ‘18 earned All-State honors and finished in 7th place overall. In the 4 x 400 meter relay, Mihalevich, Tharenos, Zuri Thomas and Zoeller ran 4:00.27 for a 3rd place finish. Other State Championship highlights included Mihalevich finishing 6th in the 800 meters (2:20.01), Johnson finishing 2nd in the 200 meters (24.71) and Pearson finishing 3rd in the 100 meters (12.43) and 4th in the Triple Jump (36-6). Pearson broke both the Long Jump (19-4-3/4) and Triple Jump (38-11-1/4) school records this season. Alexis Bellamy ’21 (100m hurdles and 300m hurdles) and Amirah Al-Sagr ’18 (pole vault) were also State Qualifiers for the Rams. En route to the State Championship, the MICDS Girls won their 12th consecutive District Championship and were Metro League Champions.
Strong Home Opener in New Pool
With a new “home court” in the Stewart Aquatic Center, the Water Polo team started the season in style, beating Chaminade 13-8 to christen the new waters. The win was just the first on the way to a winning season and No. 9-ranked finish for the Rams. During conference play, the Rams went 3-1, taking 2nd place in the Suburban North Conference. For their efforts, two players, Nick Jones ‘18 and Chris Swanson ’18, earned selections to the First Team All-Conference squad.