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West Newsmagazine 3-7-18

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

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22 I SPORTS I March 7, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM 37 Clarkson Rd. 1 Block North of Manchester (636) 527-2227 May the road rise to meet your feet on your journey to The Donut Palace & Creative Cookie Kitchen 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 3-14-18 10 % OFF Your DONUT Purchase Maximum $5 Discount With Coupon Only! Limit One Per Coupon Offers may not be combined! Expires 3-14-18 The Whitfield Warriors are the 2018 Founders Cup champions. Sports briefs By WARREN MAYES High school hockey The Whitfield Warriors won their third Founders Cup championship in the Mid- States Club Hockey Association’s tournament by defeating Clayton 3-1 at Queeny Park Ice Rink. Sophomore forward Brandon Berri scored two goals and freshman Colin McCarthy added the third goal for sixthseeded Whitfield [7-13-2]. Junior goalie Nicholas Sauter played well between the pipes, stopping 23 shots against the No. 2-seeded Greyhounds. Whitfield also won the Founders Cup in 2011 and 2014. It won the Wickenheiser Cup championship in 2008 and 2012. Parkway Central second at Class 1 state girls swim meet Parkway Central ended a drought of placing high in the Missouri Swimming and Diving Championships. In the 43rd annual state meet recently held at the St. Peters Rec-Plex, the Colts finished second with 188 points in the Class 1 part of the event. This was the first year the state meet was split into two classes. Springfield Glendale won with 195 points. The Colts last placed second in 1980 and 1981. They won the state meet in 1984. “So this is our best finish at state in a really long time,” said Parkway Central coach Jennifer Meyer said. “The girls were very excited about the second-place finish. They are proud to represent their school and their community, and they knew they had given it everything they had all season to earn the trophy.” Abby Levine won the 100 breaststroke with a personal best time of 1:05.14. “I knew Abby had a shot at winning the 100 breaststroke,” Meyer said. “She is a really hard worker and put in extra morning practices all season long in her quest to win the event this year. She won by over a second and swam a personal best.” Levine placed fifth in the 100 fly. She also was on the 200-medley relay and 400- free relay. Several other Colts also did well at state, Meyer said. “Shelby Ripp walked away with four state medals around her neck,” Meyer said. Ripp placed fourth in the 200 IM and eighth in the 500 free. She also was on the 200-medley relay and 400-free relay. Senior Alexis Poe also earned four medals. She placed sixth in the 50 free and fourth in the 100 free. She anchored the 200-medley relay and 400-free relay. Freshman Maggie Ripp placed seventh in the 100 backstroke and 12th in the 200- yard IM. She swam backstroke on the medley relay. Sophomore Lily Eckenrode placed fourth in diving. Lafayette second at Class 2 state swim meet The Lafayette Lancers girls swim team grabbed second place in the Class 2 team race with 235 points. It was the top finish among St. Louis programs. Powerful Rock Bridge, of Columbia, won the state title in Class 2 with 289 points. Columbia Hickman was third with 212 points. Francis Howell wound up fourth with 178.5 points. The Lancers were the defending state champions. While this year’s squad was not quite as deep as last year, coach Todd Gabel still held high expectations heading into the state meet. “We honestly were looking to being in the top 2 again,” Gabel said. Overall, he said he is happy with how his team did. “Considering Marquette beat us at the conference meet just before state, I thought we looked pretty good at state,” Gabel said. “Our focus is always to do well at the state meet. We’re not real deep at the conference meet.” Senior Franceska Petrosino, who will be swimming for Kansas, led the way for the Lancers with two first-place medals in the 100 and 200 freestyle races. She also was on the winning 400-free relay team. She set Lafayette records and swam personal career-best times in winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 50.37 seconds and in the 100 free with a time of 50.82 seconds. Ellie Christie won the state diving title. Lafayette also won the 400-free relay. The Lancers were second in the 200-free relay. St. Joseph’s state girls swimming The St. Joseph’s Academy Angels placed third in the Class 1 team standings at the recent state meet at the St. Peters Rec- Plex, behind Parkway Central in second and Springfield Glendale in first. Coach Tracy Baer, in her first year leading the Angels, was pleased. “We were hoping for a top 5 finish at state and knew that getting a qualifier for diving and getting our relays in a good spot would make the difference,” Baer said. “Third place was just icing on the cake. Baer, who is a former four-year state swimmer at St. Joseph’s Academy, is in her seventh year of coaching girls high school swimming. St. Joseph’s won the 200-free relay event with a time of 1 minute, 40.01 seconds. Junior Maddie Hernandez, junior Ally Duggan, senior Emmi Mattern and senior Annie Kreikemeier were on the relay. Baer was impressed by the girls’ accomplishment. “It was not a school record, but this relay swam their personal season-best time by over 3 seconds and also had their individual best lifetime splits,” Baer said. CBC claims historic state wrestling win CBC coach Cornell Robinson and his Cadets wrestling team made history in the recent Class 4 state meet in Columbia when CBC won its first-ever state wrestling championship. Robinson said he also became the first African-American head coach to lead a team to a state wrestling title in Missouri. “This is pretty exciting,” Robinson said. “CBC has been wrestling since 1964. Now, we got it done with a state championship. For me to be the first African-American head coach to win a state wrestling title in Missouri, I think that’s history, too. It matters to me. I think that’s a cool deal. The kids wanted me to achieve that.” Robinson is in his fourth year as CBC’s head wrestling coach though he has been a head high school coach for nine years. “Cornell works exceptionally hard at what he does. He’s not only a knowledgeable coach, he’s a student of the game. He continues to grow as a coach. He spends a lot of time improving his teaching game. We’re completely opposite styles in coaching but I have a lot of respect for what he’s doing,” said Whitfield wrestling coach Charlie Scherertz Jr.

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