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Sports Briefs: Former Howell spiker named to All-American team

Nick Lynch

Nick Lynch

Former Howell spiker named to All-American team

Just days after earning his National Intercollegiate Athletics Association Setter of the Year of Award, former Francis Howell product Nick Lynch joined another exclusive group in being named the fourth St. Ambrose University men’s volleyball All-American.

When the American Volleyball Coaches Association recently announced its All-American team, Lynch was one of just two setters named to the 10-player squad. The senior from St. Charles  joins Ryan Schneider (2010), three-time All-American Dan Dowjotas (2010-12) and Kyle Schwetz (2011-13) as St. Ambrose Bees named to the team.

Lynch helped St. Ambrose win the NAIA North Conference Tournament and earn an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament by taking down top seeds Clarke and Grandview in five sets each on back to back days.

Lynch, who will work with the program next year as a graduate assistant coach, will enter the National Tournament looking to add to his school records for single-season and career assists. He has 1,487 assists this season giving him 3,573 for his St. Ambrose career. The senior setter also is second in aces in program history with 106 career service aces.

St. Ambrose, located in Davenport, Iowa, began NAIA Invitational play on April 23.


Fort Zumwalt East looking to end season big

April 18 will go down as a special day this season for the Fort Zumwalt East girls soccer team.

The Lions, who struggled through a discouraging 5-21 season in 2014 now have clinched no worse than a tie for the Gateway Conference Central Division championship thanks to a 3-1 victory at Fort Zumwalt North.

East’s victory over North clinched a season sweep of the two-game set with the Panthers as the Lions defeated them 2-1 at home on April 9.

Zumwalt East scored a goal in the first half and two more in the second half to roll to victory.

Ashley Baker, Maddie Gentry and Payton Williams all found the back of the net for the Lions. Baker and Bridgette Wigglesworth assisted on goals as Williams provided the game-winning goal.

Lions goalie Isabella Henderson went 80 minutes in goal to pick up the win.

Heading into the start of the final two weeks of the season Fort Zumwalt East, 6-1-0 in conference play, needs one win to secure the outright championship.


St. Dominic baseball red-hot after slow start

Things have been trending up in a big way for the St. Dominic baseball team over the past three weeks.

The Crusaders, who stumbled out of the gate out with a nondescript 5-6 start, have literally been the hottest club in the Archdiocesan Athletic Association thanks to a torrid seven-game winning streak that had them rolling into the start of the last week of April at 13-6.

St. Dominic, tied atop the conference standings with Borgia and Lutheran St. Charles, has succeeded with big-time hitting. The Crusaders have averaged better than 10 runs a game in six of the seven wins.

The hot-streak began on April 10 with a 12-3 win over rival Duchesne and included 17-2 wins over Trinity on April 16 and  17-1 over Kennedy on April 20.

Sophomore third baseman Cole Birke and sophomore shortstop/pitcher Alex Hoff have powered the Crusaders’ big-hit attack, hitting .442 and .434 respectively. Senior outfielder Alex Castulik has been clutch as well with a team-high 23 RBIs heading into May.

Solid pitching also has powered the Crusaders’ run. Senior pitcher Alex Jarka has been St. Dominic’s stopper on the mound with four wins and a sturdy 2.47 ERA. Junior hurlers Brandon Sears and Luke Niggemeier have also combined for five victories.

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