The Lindenwood baseball Lions had a productive spring and, as a result, came away with some well-deserved honors.
Eight Lindenwood players were listed on the All-Midwest Intercollegiate Athletic Association team that was announced late this spring.
Wes Degener made the squad as a first teamer at shortstop. The sophomore infielder led the Lions in batting averages, hitting .385 with 75 hits.
Senior shortstop Nathan Prindle made the second team roster. Prindle hit .369 and had a .780 slugging percentage. Prindle also drew 28 walks.
Connor Law also was selected to the second team as a pitcher. Law, a junior right-hander went 6-2 and held opponents to a .224 average at the plate. Law pitched two complete games and had a shutout as well.
Five Lindenwood players were named to the honorable mention list – senior pitcher Brendan Kleekamp, junior pitcher Brendan Feldmann, freshman catcher Ryan Sosnowski, senior Mike Erhard, and sophomore infielder/outfielder Drew Quinones. Sosnowski and Quinones are from Fort Zumwalt South, with Erhard formerly representing CBC and St. Charles High.
Sosnowski was the backbone of the Lions’ infield, as he rolled up an impressive .991 fielding percentage while handling the Lions’ pitching staff. He hit .295 with 28 runs driven in.
Erhard had the team’s third best average, hitting .362 with 45 RBI and eight homers.
Quinones capped the Lindenwood contingent with a .346 average at the plate, 52 runs knocked in and 11 doubles.
Lindenwood topped the MIAA in triples with 26. In pitching, the Lions also were strong in its conference, finishing second overall with only 448 hits allowed to opponents.
High school boys lacrosse
On June 27, three St. Charles County athletes were named to the Missouri State Lacrosse Association Division II All-State Team.
At the attack position, Holt High’s Justin Higginbotham was named to the squad.
Higginbotham was one of the most productive players in the Gateway Athletic Conference in 2016, scoring 49 goals and racking up a team-high 49 points in his last season with the Indians.
Rounding out the attack group were senior Tyler Bernstein from John Burroughs, senior Nick Witte from Kirkwood, junior Joe Reed from Ladue, senior Michael Foytlin from O’Fallon [Illinois], senior Alan Davis from Parkway South, senior Owen Kehoe from Rockwood Summit, and senior Harrison Berry from O’Fallon [Illinois].
Austen King, a junior from Fort Zumwalt West, was picked as a midfielder. King turned in an amazing junior campaign for the Jaguars, rolling up 73 points to help lead Zumwalt West to its third state semifinal appearance in 10 years.
Brett Laffey, of Holt, also made the list at the midfield spot. Laffey, a senior midfielder, provided the Indians with timely offense, scoring 22 goals with a team-best 18 assists.
Senior Brendan Stuckenschneider from Hazelwood Central, senior Shane McIntyre from O’Fallon, Illinois, senior Justin Pettinelli from Parkway South, junior Daniel Kacmarek from Priory, and senior Daniel Merrifield from Rock Bridge comprised the midfielder for the squad.
Juniors Jacob Neilsen, from Belleville, John Wishnask from Hazelwood Central and Jim Carey from Priory were selected as defensemen. Senior Asa McCurdy from Ladue and senior Andrew Mauzy from Priory also were named to that group.
Junior Andrew Braswell, from John Burroughs, and senior Jack Belobrajdic from O’Fallon, Illinois, made the team as specialists.
Juniors Riley McDermott from Clayton and Mark Besancenez from Priory were picked as goalies.
Fort Zumwalt West finished third in the final Division II standings while Holt ended up in seventh place.
When Brandon Gregory left Francis Howell North last November, the Knights did not need to look far to find their next coach.
In early spring, Howell North picked Brett Bevill to take over the reins as the Knights new head coach. Bevill is a Howell North alum, who played four seasons for Missouri Valley College. He said the chance to come back home and coach his alma mater was too good to pass on.
“I’m honored to be a part of this team and honored to lead these young men,” Bevill said. “Our goal is to win every day with our effort, attitude, and character.”
After college, Bevill landed at Fort Zumwalt East and helped start the program there as the defensive coordinator under coach Scott Eacret. He coached at Zumwalt East for nine seasons, including two as assistant head coach.
Bevill’s coaching staff will have a bit of a family feel to it, as his father, Mike Bevill, will be on the staff along with Kurt Kruse, Charles Lott, Arty Johnson, Sam Davis, Ryan Darks and Ryan VonFeldt.
“I’m very excited about the staff,” Bevill said. “They bring a lot of energy and commitment and work tremendously hard every day.”
Bevill is fired up to revive a program that has won just 10 games in the past four years.
“I’m so proud of the work the team has put in this summer and offseason, and can’t wait to see them take the field,” Bevill said. “I want them to believe in themselves and each other and be proud of being a part of a team.”
When the 2016-17 wrestling season opens later this fall, Lutheran St. Charles will have a new coach running its program.
Jake Goslin was hired just before the end of the 2015-16 school year and brings a solid wrestling background to the position.
A 2010 Lutheran St. Charles graduate, Goslin played football and wrestled, serving as a captain in his senior season.
After high school, Goslin attended the University of Missouri and majored in secondary education with an emphasis in language arts and English.
Goslin got his start in coaching at Columbia Hickman High, during his sophomore year at Missouri. After two years at Hickman, he accepted a job with Muriel Battle High in Columbia to help start its wrestling program.
Former Francis Howell product Calvin Munson enters his senior season at San Diego State poised to lead the Aztecs defense to even bigger things on the field this fall.
Munson, a former football and baseball star at Howell, was listed as the number 42 player in the nation among the top 100 players, according to Pro Football Focus.com top 100 players to watch list for the 2016 season.
Last fall as a junior, the 6-foot-1, 245-pound linebacker led the Aztec defense with 98 tackles, 45 of them solo stops and 9.5 quarterback sacks. Munson also returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
Munson was a first team All-Mountain West defensive performer in 2015 and has been the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year at San Diego State for the past two seasons.