Reaching 1,000 points, Sports Briefs
By: Warren Mayes
Reaching 1,000 points
Parkway South’s Becca Steins has topped 1,000 points in her Patriots basketball career and she could wind up among the top scorers in school history.
Coach Thomas Williams said it’s possible that Steins could end up second on the all time list behind Amy Belew, who played from 1999 to 2002. Belew ended with 1,520 points. Steins already is the school’s rebounding leader.
What the 6-foot Steins has done is a huge accomplishment, Williams said.
“It is more impressive in that she essentially did it in three years,” he added. “Her freshman season, she was hurt and only scored 39 points, so to do it within her senior year is impressive.”
The magic figure of 1,000 points is something she wanted to achieve, Steins said.
“Scoring 1,000 is a testament to how hard I’ve worked in my past to get to where I am now,” Steins said. “Just reaching the milestone has been a dream of mine since I was younger and watched amazing players get recognized for this achievement. Now, I have this awesome opportunity to be acknowledged alongside them and that really means something special to me.”
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Westminster Christian Academy’s Sadie Stipanovich also recently topped the 1,000 point mark for her career. She, too, basically did it in three years as she only scored three points as a freshman.
Sadie looked at the accomplishment realistically.
“It just means I’ve had a great couple of seasons,” said the 6-foot-3 center. “The team has been so much fun. I’ve really enjoyed playing with these girls the last three years.”
The big bucket came in a 65-27 victory over John Burroughs.
“It’s a milestone that deserves to be celebrated,” her father and Wildcat’s coach, Steve Stipanovich, said. “She’s been a consistent 14, 15 points a game scorer for us.”
For Sadie it was a shot like any other.
“It was a jump shot just in front of the free throw line. I shoot that shot a lot, most every game,” Sadie said. “We had to run back on defense. Once we got the ball, my dad called a time out. They all hugged me and said congratulations. It was really cool.”
(A full story on Stipanovich is online at newsmagazinenetwork.com.)
High school girls basketball
Parkway Central senior Chelsy Gibson recently underwent knee surgery and will miss the remainder of the girls basketball season for the Colts.
The 5-foot-7 forward was hurt doing what she does best – hustling on the court.
“I tore my ACL in a game against St. Charles,” Gibson said. “I was going to save the ball from going out of bounds. I stepped down and my knee shifted to the right and I just fell. I had an MRI and it showed that I tore my ACL.”
The surgery took only 90 minutes, Gibson said. To recover will take about six months.
“The doctor anticipates her return to full basketball activity by the end of summer,” coach Brian Guilfoyle said.
The loss stopped Gibson’s senior season. She finished with a 10.1 points per game scoring average. She also pulled down 7.6 rebounds a game.
“She was having a great season,” Guilfoyle said. “She is part of a good team. She is also one of the team captains and is one of our best defensive players. For her career, she has averaged almost a double double with over 10 points a game and 10 rebounds.”
Gibson ends her time at Parkway Central at No. 2 in the career rebounds list and finished in the top 20 in scoring.
High school girls swimming
The Parkway West Longhorns won their second Suburban South Conference swim meet championship in three years with a dominant performance and set a new school record in the process.
The Longhorns won the meet held at Ladue with 452.5 points, far ahead of second-place Kirkwood’s 365 points. The other team scores were: Parkway Central 356, Parkway North 310, Ladue 194, Clayton 173.5, Rockwood Summit 126 and Webster Groves 123.
The large margin of victory caught Parkway West coach Allison Zeller a little off guard.
“I was a little surprised by the margin,” Zeller said. “I am very proud of the team effort at this meet. We posted 25 season best times and two of the three relay teams won.”
The Lafayette Lancers regained the Suburban West Conference meet championship. Lafayette has won the conference meet for 27 consecutive years before losing to Parkway South last year. This time, the Lancers got their title back with 478 points. The other team scores were: Parkway South 429, Marquette 372, Eureka 188, Lindbergh 163, Oakville 141 and Mehlville 52.
“It was awesome to win again,” Lafayette coach Todd Gabel said. “They did really well. I’m very, very happy with it. I knew it was going to be close. They were definitely determined to win and swim as the best they could.”
In 2013, the Clayton Shaw Park Tideriders have entered their 75th year as a local competitive swim team.
CSP is excited to celebrate 75 years of fostering fitness, friends, and fun while aiming to coach athletes of all ages to be champions in life through excellence in competitive swimming.
The Tideriders competed in the recent Division II Championship held at Lindbergh High and Rockwood Summit High. It was a great success for the Tideriders.
As a team, CSP earned 11 new “A” times and 101 new “BB” times.
The Tideriders also walked away with some High Point Awards from the meet. Matthew Hillmer and Maddoc McGowan (10 & Under Boys) finished in second place, while Riley Deutsch (13-14 Girls), 8-year-old Sarah Donohue (10 & Under Girls), and Colin Fitzgerald all placed third in their age groups.
Sisters Sarah Arbogast and Ali Arbogast, both Marquette graduates, continue to do well in college volleyball.
Sarah recently finished her third season on the Suffolk University Rams. During this past season, she played setter, outside hitter and middle blocker. She finished third in points scored.
Ali just finished her second year as graduate assistant coach for Armstrong Atlantic State University. The Pirates went 33-6 and were the Peach Belt Conference champs. The team won the postseason conference tournament and competed in the NCAA II tourney.
Ali joined the Pirates in 2011 from the University of South Florida, where she was a four-year standout for the Bulls from 2006-2009.
A first-team All-Big East Conference middle hitter and AVCA All-Northeast Region performer as a senior, Ali finished her four-year career at USF as the school’s fourth all-time leading blocker with 430 total blocks and second all-time leader in block assists with 380. She hit .326 as a senior and led the Big East in blocking, averaging 1.49 blocks per set and ranking among the Top 10 nationally.
After her time with the Bulls, Ali played professionally in Italy for one season before returning to the U.S. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in sports medicine from Armstrong.