Parkway South girls swimming—Sports Briefs
By: Warren Mayes
High school girls swimming
The Parkway South Patriots are heading into the two-day Suburban West Conference Feb. 7 with a full head of steam.
The Patriots won the 21-team City of Roses Invitational recently in Cape Girardeau with 431 points. Parkway Central was second at 234 and Eureka was third with 208.
“There were very fast individuals at the meet, but we had the most depth, which is how we won,” Patriots coach Sara Gerth said.
CeCe Etter won both her events. She won the 200 free in 1 minute, 57.16 seconds and the 100 back in 1:00.23. The Parkway South 200 free relay team won in 1:43.41, and the 400 free relay won in 3:45.80.
Samm Crocker finished second in the 50 free and 100 free. Sophomore Jenna Wilkes finished second in the 100 fly.
Sophomore Kirstie Crook took third in the 200 IM and second in the 500 free.
That was the Patriots’ third invitational victory this season to go along with a second-place finish in the Marquette Relays.
Parkway South followed that with a 98-87 victory over conference rival Lafayette.
“Winning our dual meet against Lafayette was big,” Gerth said. “It was our most challenging dual and you have to have the best dual record in the conference in order to be conference champs.”
The Patriots picked up three more state cuts at that meet. Crook swam a 2:00.64 in the 200 free. Freshman Maddie Heutel swam a 5:26.61 in the 500 free 5:26.61. Wilkes swam a 1:03.54 in the 100 back.
NSCAA Academic Award
The Parkway West boys varsity soccer team has earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School Team Academic Award at the recent 2012 National Convention in Indianapolis.
To qualify for the award, the high school team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year.
The Parkway West squad earned a 3.34 grade point average.
“This is our second award from the NSCAA,” said head coach Michael Skordos. “Our first academic team award was back in 2008-09. Our players are committed to excellence in the classroom and that hard work ethic transfers to the soccer field.”
High school girls basketball
Whitfield senior Stephanie Anderson has been nominated for the 2013 McDonald’s All American Games. From a field of more than 800 nominees, 24 male and 24 female athletes will be chosen to compete in the 2013 McDonald’s All American Games in Chicago on April 3. The final team will be announced on Feb. 14.
This is the 36th anniversary of this premiere basketball event benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities.
High school wrestling
The 45th annual Lafayette Invitational saw the host Lancers come in second in the 10-team tournament with 308 points, just behind champion Springfield’s (Ill.) 312.5 points.
The other scores were Nixa 296.5, Fort Zumwalt South 219, Hannibal 217.5, Hazelwood East 201, Kirkwood 152, Hillsboro 105, De Smet Jesuit 104 and Parkway Central 41.
Lafayette coach Jonathan Sumner said it was a good field this year, making it all the sweeter that the Lancers had four class winners.
At 113 pounds, sophomore Jason Carson won. Senior Kirk Bradley won at 120. At 138, senior Nick Olejnik prevailed and senior Nick Hackmiller won at 170.
“We lost some close matches early on in the tournament, but in the final championship round our kids turned it on and wrestled well, which gives us a good note to end on,” Sumner said. “We still have a lot of work to do before the district tournament, but our kids have been tested the last few weeks and have a clear vision on areas they need to improve upon in order to achieve their end of the season goals.”
District tournament action begins Friday, Feb. 8.
High school soccer
The Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association recently held its first Hall of Fame induction. Area coaches inducted into the first class were CBC’s Terry Michler, De Smet Jesuit’s Greg Vitello, St. Joseph’s Academy’s Maureen McVey and Vianney’s Mike Villa.
Honored posthumously was CBC’s Bob Horgan.
College women’s basketball
Parkway South graduate Brittany Willis recorded her first double-double in college.
The McKendree University junior guard scored 10 points and pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds to get the double-double.
Her Bearcat teammate, freshman guard Liz Gilman, scored a career-high 24 points in a recent Great Lakes Conference victory over St. Joseph’s. Gilman is a Principia graduate. In that win, Willis dished out a career-high eight assists.
College women’s swimming
Marcus Manning, Maryville University’s director of athletics, recently announced that Mandy Chun will be the university’s first women’s swimming and diving coach. The program will begin its inaugural season during the 2013-14 academic year.
“In Mandy, we have found an energetic leader who has a passion for swimming and diving,” Manning said. “We look forward to establishing this new sport at Maryville University under her guidance.”
Chun has been the head boys and girls swimming and diving coach at Francis Howell High since 2009. During her time there, she coached four Missouri state champions in swimming and two NISCA All-Americans (as a top 100 swimmer in the country). Chun guided the fall 2012 boys team to the conference championship and a third-place finish at the Missouri state championship. In addition, she helped the winter 2012 girls team to a second-place conference finish and a 16th-place finish at the state championship meet.
College men’s soccer
Wisconsin men’s soccer defender A.J. Cochran was named to the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s All-Great Lakes Region second team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
The all-region honor is a career first for the sophomore, who graduated from CBC. Cochran was also named to the 2012 All-Big Ten first team.
Cochran anchored a Badger defense that twice held opponents to scoreless streaks of more than 200 minutes, including a 419-minute shutout streak spanning from Oct. 21 to Nov. 7. He was also a factor on the offensive end of the pitch, recording one goal and two assists.