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Sports Briefs: Local triathletes earn right to compete on world stage

Triathletes Zupan, Beuer and Hankins

Triathletes Zupan, Beuer and Hankins

Local triathletes earn right to compete on world stage

Three area athletes have qualified to represent the United States in the world triathlon championships.

The athletes recently participated in the USA Triathlon Long Course National Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Chris Beuer, of Chesterfield; Jen Hankins, of St. Louis; and Matthew Zupan, of Wildwood, each earned spots on Team USA by finishing in the top 20 in their respective age group categories in the Half Ironman distance race. They will compete at the World Championships to be held in Sweden in the summer of 2015.

Zupan, 18, finished first in his age group, claiming the long course national title in the under-19 age division. He is a recent graduate of Heritage Classical Christian Academy in Manchester and will attend Pepperdine University in the fall.

Hankins, 30, placed second among women age 30 to 34. She went to Lindbergh High and North Carolina.

Beuer, 32, placed eighth among men age 30 to 34. He went to Eureka High and Missouri.

Zupan took first place in the Half-Iron Triathlon, finishing in 4 hours, 48.33 minutes. His 1.2-mile swim took just over 32 minutes. Zupan finished the 56-mile cycling event in about 2.5 hours. He completed the final 13.1-mile run in just over 1 hour and 42 minutes. The second-place finisher was 16 minutes behind Zupan.


Golf scholarships

Scholarships were awarded – as they are every year  – at the recent Missouri Women’s Golf Association annual Junior Girls Championship.

This summer, the junior tourney was held at WingHaven Country Club in O’Fallon.

Kathy Glennon read the attributes of each scholarship recipient and a portion of their essays, which demonstrated their passion for the game and its lessons. Each senior player also was acknowledged with a rose in recognition of their hard work and their last year in the Junior Championship.

The 2014 scholarship recipients are: Kelsey Thompson, Chesterfield; Michelle Stading, Ellisville; Reagan Snavely, Wentzville; Madison Frerking, Blue Springs; Amanda Baker, Columbia; Alison Bonner, Ft. Leonard Wood; and Mason Olivia Fender, Lake Winnebago.

Stading graduated from Lafayette and will be attending Maryville University. Her future academic plans are to pursue a doctorate in occupational therapy.

She began playing golf at age eight and was on the Lancers squad that finished second in the Class 2 state championship in 2012. She has multiple wins in PGA Gateway Section tournaments, is a member of the National Honor Society and graduated with a 3.875 GPA.

Thompson, who had a 3.6 GPA at St. Joseph’s, will be attending Regis University. Her future academic plans include an interest in history and law.

She plays prolifically in Gateway PGA, Optimist, MWGA and AGT tour events and qualified four years for state while playing with the Angels. She was the 2013 Angels team captain and the medalist in the Class 2 district tournament.

Thompson is a Class A caddy at Bellerive Country Club.


High school soccer

It’s official. Member schools of the Missouri State High School Activities Association have approved a proposal to add a fourth class to boys and girls soccer beginning this fall.

That means the state will have four classes of schools instead of three.

The MSHSAA Board of Directors, at its recent meeting, voted to have Classes 2, 3 and 4 each have 64 teams. All other schools will be in Class 1.

The new district assignments for the next two-year cycle will be announced Aug. 15, according to the MSHSAA.

The state tournaments for both boys and girls are set to be played at Blue Springs through 2016.


Ellen Port (right) with Jayne Watson

Ellen Port (right) with Jayne Watson

Women’s amateur golf

Ellen Port recently won her 13th Metropolitan Women’s Amateur Championship at Forest Hills Country Club.

It was Port’s first Women’s Amateur title since 2010. Port outlasted defending champion Catherine Dolan over 36 holes, winning by five strokes with scores of 72-70 for a 2-under total. Her name again will be etched onto the Jayne M. Watson Trophy.

Three other flights competed in the championship based on course handicaps and golfers competed for net winners in each flight.

In B Flight, Cindy Hauter won with a 139 to top Jo DiSalvo’s 146.

In C Flight, Janet Allen won with a 138 score to get by Elizabeth Shasteen’s 142.

College baseball

Missouri State outfielder Tate Matheny, a Westminster Christian Academy graduate, picked up yet another honor recently, earning a spot on the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Midwest Region squad after turning in one of the top all-around individual performances in the Missouri Valley Conference this spring.

Matheny’s second-team selection by the ABCA membership represents the fourth for a Missouri State player in the last three seasons and the 41st overall for a Bear. Nick Petree earned back-to-back All-American and first-team All-Midwest Region laurels from the organization in 2012 and 2013, while Tyler Burgess picked up second-team all-region recognition as a freshman two seasons ago.

Matheny, who will compete for a roster spot on Team USA’s Collegiate National squad later this month, captured Missouri State’s A.E. “Ted” Willis Award as team MVP for the second straight year in 2014.


Men’s golf

The ninth Metropolitan Open for professionals and amateurs begins July 10 and concludes July 12 at The Country Club of St. Albans.

The tournament will feature the richest first-place prize yet.

Marthasville native Shawn Jasper, the 2010 and 2011 champion, said the event has developed into one of the top tournaments in the area.

“In just a few short years, the Metropolitan Open has become one of the premiere events in the Midwest,” said Jasper, a University of Missouri and Francis Howell graduate who finished in a tie for second last summer.

“The membership of St. Albans has raised the bar with their leaderboards and Plaza Motors has given this open a real Tour event feel. The Metropolitan Open is one of the most well-executed events I have played in at any level of competition,” Jasper said.

This year’s championship play begins with all competitors playing 36 holes on the first two days, before a cut to the low 40 scores and ties is made for the final round.

The tournament is free for spectators.

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