The undefeated MICDS Rams are on a roll heading into Tuesday’s (Sept. 30) Class 1 District 1 tournament.
The Rams are 9-0 in dual and triangular matches and 2-0 in tournament play. MICDS won the Angel Classic and is coming off winning the River to River Challenge last week.
Forest Hills Country Club is the site of the district, which is being hosted by Villa Duchesne. The teams tee off at 10 a.m. Competing in the district are Barat Academy, Clayton, Herculaneum, John Burroughs, Lutheran South, MICDS, Cape Girardeau Notre Dame, St. Francis Borgia, Ste. Genevieve and Villa Duchesne.
John Burroughs is the defending state champion. MICDS was second last year.
In a recent triangular nine-hole match with John Burroughs and Lutheran South at the Highlands at Forest Park, MICDS shot a 161 to beat John Burroughs by 19 strokes. MICDS freshman Shannon Gould co-medaled with John Burrough’s Logan Otter. Each shot a 38.
“We always try to play John Burroughs during both school’s spirit week and this year they hosted us at the Highlands at Forest Park,” MICDS coach Steve Johnston said. “Historically we’ve never had great scores there, and on this day, it was not an exception. We were lucky in that the John Burroughs players didn’t have their best day either.
“I told the team prior to the match that John Burroughs is the defending state champ and now was our time to seize the moment. We lost to them last year by a stroke in the dual match at Log Cabin. Then they handled us in the districts, sectionals and state.”
The Rams came in second in all three tournaments last year.
“It was a big win to show my team they belong in the same conversation as the Bombers,” Johnston said.
MICDS helped the Missouri side win the River Challenge, shooting a team score of 311. The closest competitor was Kirkwood at 340. The tournament was played at The Orchards in Belleville, Ill.
“It was our first ever win in that event, as well as the Angel Classic the week prior,” Johnston said.
Gould fired a 75 to be the low Ram in the event. Junior Abby Schoreder shot a 76.
“We’ve never won the River Challenge so it’s nice to be rewarded for their hard work all season,” Johnston said. “The team felt confident going in to the event but we told them they still have to go out and perform. No one cares about yesterday’s win if you don’t follow it up with another strong performance. We didn’t know many of the other teams competing on the Illinois side, so there was no telling who was going to do well. Plus we had Kirkwood, John Burroughs and Westminster on our side. We just put together five good scores that brought us the Cup for a year.”
Gould’s play continued to impress Johnston.
“Shannon Gould played really well. She’s been consistent all year,” Johnston said. “If it weren’t for Junior Nicole Shearing’s excellent play, she’d be playing in the No. 2 spot on the team. She has a great future ahead as she grows mentally and physically. As for a comparison as a freshman, you’d have to go back a handful of years when Caroline Rouse played for us.”
Co-captain Schroeder also had a good round in the Challenge.
“Abby continued her dominant play as our co-captain and leader on the course,” Johnston said. “She had a triple on the card again but she erased it with an eagle and a few birdies. Best part of watching her growth in the game, is two years ago, the triple would have derailed her round. Now, mentally, she has learned to let it go and focus forward.”
Shearing, a junior, shot a 79 in the competition.
“Nicole played great and she had a big number on her second to last hole,” Johnston said. “She would have been low 70’s. She’s been consistent all year long and is eager to get into the playoffs. Freshman Mia Schroeder had her best round as a Ram, firing an 81. With her and fellow freshman, Shannon Gould, our team future is bright.”