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West Newsmagazine 5-24-17

Local news, local politics and community events for West St. Louis County Missouri.


28 I SPORTS I May 24, 2017 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM 37 Clarkson Rd. 1 Block North of Manchester (636) 527-2227 The Donut Palace & Creative Cookie Kitchen "Thank all Veterans for their loyalty and support" OPEN Memorial Day until noon Become our Facebook Fan 99 ¢ KITCHEN COOKIE With the purchase of $4.99 & up With coupon only! liMit one per coupon offers May not Be coMBineD! expires 6/7/17 10% OFF Your Purchase of Donuts (MaxiMuM $5 Discount) With coupon only! offers May not Be coMBineD expires 6/7/17 The MICDS track and field team is the new Class 4 champions. sports briefs By WARREN MAYES High school boys track and field Parkway Central ran away with the Class 4, District 3 track and field meet that was held on its home turf. Parkway Central finished with 217 points to easily win the district championship. Ladue was second with 148, followed by MICDS [90] and Priory [63]. Senior Charlie McIntyre won the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. For an encore, he ran the third leg on the winning 1,600-relay. He won the 1,600 in 4 minutes and 35 seconds and followed that by winning the 800 in 1:59. He won the 3,200 in 10:10.2. Other Colts also did well. Sophomore Ryan Long won the triple jump with a distance of 43 feet, 9.5 inches and went 21 feet to win the long jump. Senior Oluwaseun Olorunda won the javelin with a throw of 133-6. Senior Will Jost captured the pole vault by going 12-6. Senior Darius Ramsey won the 110 hurdles in 14.58 and the 300 hurdles in 39.96. In the Class 5 District 2 meet, Lafayette won with 148 points. Kirkwood was a distant second with 114. Lancers standout senior Austin Hindman won the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. Hindman won the 800 in 1:57.03. He captured the 1,600 in 4:24.51 and the 3,200 in 9:43.09. Hindman will run at the University of Missouri this fall. Lafayette won the 3,200-relay in 7:59.30. William Preckel won the discus with a toss of 154-10 for Lafayette. High school girls track and field Defending Class 4, champion MICDS won the Class 4 District 3 championship at Parkway Central with 176 points. That was just enough to get past Parkway Central, which finished with 174 points. MICDS junior Zionn Pearson won the long jump by going 18 feet, 1.25 inches and the triple jump with a distance of 36-3.25. Senior Claudia Williams won the high jump by clearing 5 feet. Rams junior Cara Johnson won the 100 in 12.56 seconds. Sophomore Jhordin Galmore won the 200 in 25.6. Senior Colleen Sliney won the 3,200 title in 11:51. The MICDS 400-, 800- and 3,200-relays were champions with times of 49.48, 1:43 and 9:48, respectively. Parkway Central senior Lizzie Dejoie won the 400 in 57 seconds and the 800 in 2:25. Senior Paige Wallace won the discus with a throw of 115-4. The Colts’ 1,600-relay team won in 4:03. In the Class 5, District 2 meet, Lafayette won with 156 points, far ahead of No. 2 Kirkwood’s 112 points. Natalie White won the 300 hurdles in 47.14 for Lafayette. Water polo The Parkway West Longhorns finished fourth in the state water polo tournament. Entering the postseason, the Longhorns were the No. 4 seed. The Longhorns fell 11-6 to Lindbergh in the third-place game. Parkway West lost 12-2 to eventual state champions St. Louis University High in the semifinal game. Parkway West finished with a 28-7 record this season. Senior Mitchell Griffin, a 2-meter player, was the area’s leading scorer with an amazing 142 goals and 50 assists for 334 points. He scored 98 goals as a junior for Parkway West. A three-year starter, Griffin will play for Lindenwood University this fall. College Soccer Parkway West graduate Tucker Watts learned a new position in spring soccer at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Watts, who will be a junior this fall, switched to a right defender. “I was playing right wing in the fall and I’ve switched to right back,” Watts said. “I have learned a lot. I’m playing in the role coach wants me. I’m not used to it yet but I’m starting to like it a lot more.” In 11 starts and playing 17 games for the Chargers, Watts scored two goals and recorded five assists. “I was a bit disappointed with myself last fall and it was also a disappointing team performance,” Watts said. “I’m a strong believer in not getting content in staying at the point you’re at because there’s always something you can elevate. We’ve worked really hard as a team this spring to set ourselves up for success in the fall.” He’s also very good on the academic side of his college life. Watts was a unanimous selection to the 2016 Gulf South Conference All-Academic Men’s Soccer Team. A finance major, he has a 3.71 cumulative GPA. “I’m very proud to be selected to the All- Academic team,” Watts said. “My parents always preached an importance in academics and work ethic to me and I have them to thank for that. Now that I’ve achieved that award, I want to earn it again these next two years.” In the spring season, Alabama-Huntsville went 3-1-1 and Watts started every game. “This summer, I am really looking to speed up my play and improve all facets of my game,” Watts said. “My game has definitely improved after two years in college. We’ve played some of the top 25 teams the past few seasons and playing against these players has only made me better and given me more desire to get better. There is always something you can be better at and I try every day to do something better than how I did it the day before.” Amateur golf Ballwin native Sam Migdal began his 2017 golf season just like he did in 2016. The 2016 Metropolitan Player of the Year won his second Old Warson Cup title. Migdal, a De Smet Jesuit and University of Central Missouri graduate, played Phil Caravia in the semifinals. Caravia was seeking his second Old Warson Cup title, having won the championship in 2014. Migdal built his lead to 3-up through nine holes and then closed out the victory at 14 with a 5 and 4 victory. In the other semifinal news, Town & Country’s Skip Berkmeyer played Chad Niezing. They halved the first two holes but then Berkmeyer rolled off four straight wins to build a 4-up lead at the turn. Niezing chipped away to get back two holes but Berkmeyer ended the match at 16 for a 3 and 2 victory. In the final, Berkmeyer gained the upper hand with a long birdie putt on the first hole. Migdal, with a par at 4, got the match back to even. Migdal continued his string of pars through the front 9 to take a 4-up lead. Berkmeyer sunk his second birdie of the match on No. 11. Migdal got the hole back on No. 12 after a bogey by Berkmeyer. He closed out the match on 16 with a par to win 4 and 2.

FACEBOOK.COM/WESTNEWSMAGAZINE WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM May 24, 2017 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE I SPORTS I 29 Zweifel is first Division I signee in Marquette water polo history By WARREN MAYES In the history of the Marquette water polo program, high-scoring senior Trevin Zweifel is its first athlete to earn a Division I scholarship. He will play for La Salle University in Philadelphia. “It is a great honor, and I hope there are many more [signees] to follow,” Zweifel said. “We have a lot of talent in St. Louis, but college coaches don’t look to the Midwest for players. I wish high schools would dedicate a lot more money and resources into water polo to help the sport grow and generate more recognition for Midwest players nationwide.” Certainly, Zweifel deserved to be noticed. In his senior season, he scored a whopping 103 goals and added 49 assists. “He went way over my expectations,” Marquette coach Tim Mosby said. “I thought maybe 80 goals.” Primarily a 2-meter player, Zweifel played every position this year except for goalie. “I played a lot of positions this year and sometimes it was a struggle because I was definitely out of my comfort zone,” he said. “This year was a transition and growth year for Marquette. We had two seniors and we brought up eight JV players to the varsity team, one of whom had never played water polo before and couldn’t swim when he started. “I gave my best effort this spring, but it is difficult to play your best when many of your teammates are still learning the game.” The Mustangs finished 13-8; a 9-6 loss to Clayton ended their postseason run. Zweifel said, “One of the best things about this season was playing with my sister [sophomore Taryn Zweifel]. She is a top-notch player and I owe a lot of my goals this year to her incredible assists. She has so much passion for the game, and I think her drive and determination really motivated a lot of the other players as well.” He described himself as a “team player.” Mosby described him as a talented athlete. “He’s aggressive and a fast swimmer,” Mosby said. “He’s a great shooter and passer. His ability to get up out of the water and shot accuracy makes him a great goal scorer.” Mosby said Zweifel also was a natural as captain. “He’s like a third coach out there.” A four-year starter, Zweifel believes he improved a great deal from freshman to senior year. He said his first year he was intimidated by his teammates, “but I can honestly say I learned something from each of them, and it has helped me develop into the player I am today.” Of course, Mosby was a big help to him, too. “I am so grateful for coach Mosby. I have had three different coaches in my four years, and when coach Mosby became head coach, the whole atmosphere and focus of our team changed,” Zweifel said. “He is driven and goal-oriented, but he is also a player’s coach. He knows the value of each and every player to the team as a whole, and he taught me to be a fighter and demand nothing but the best from myself every game.” Zweifel also credited his club coach Gregg Emde, who coached previously at Marquette for 10 years and now is the head coach at McKendree University. Zweifel has played for the Mad Dog club team since he was 10 years old. “Coach Emde is more than a coach, he is also my mentor. I was just a scrawny little kid with very little confidence, and he made me feel like a champion. He believed in me and, consequently, I started to believe Trevin Zweifel [with ball] in action for Marquette. in myself,” Zweifel said. “My first year, I played with 15- and 16-year-olds, many of whom went on to play in college as well. I was scared to death when I played my first game, but I gave it my all. After the game, coach Emde told all the other players I was a ‘beast’ and I played as hard if not harder than everyone else on the team. “Looking back it was kind of funny, because I think I played for less than a minute total, but I never forgot it and I still try to play like a ‘beast’ every time I get in the pool.” New Beginnings & New Traditions Start Here Features of Stonecrest of Town & Country • No Buy-in or Entrance Fee • Award-winning, Restaurant-style “Anytime Dining by Design” • Complimentary Scheduled Transportation • Dedicated, Professional and Caring Staff Available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week • Walking paths and a variety of outdoor living spaces • Vibrant Life TM program fostering overall well-being • Maintenance-free living without the hassles of owning a home Expect the Best in Senior Living Don’t miss out, reserve your apartment TODAY! Our Information Center is Located at 1020 Woods Mill Road Town & Country, MO 63017 (636) 733-6721