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The Golden Girls Dance Team of Francis Howell High won the Class 6 State Championship.

Golden Girls Dance Team wins state championship

Most teams dance together after winning a state championship – but for the Golden Girls of Francis Howell High School, dancing together as a team is what clinched the title for them.

A season that started last April culminated in February, when the Golden Girls Dance Team won the Class 6 State Championship for the second time in the past three years.

“After the very first practice, I was thinking this team reminds me a lot of our team that won two years ago,” senior Becca Tierney said.

Make no mistake; the Golden Girls do more than dance. The student-athletes in the program have a cumulative GPA of 3.55 and are actively involved in supporting causes such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, First Responders Night and Pink Out.

Lady Vikings took third at track invitational

The Francis Howell girls track team had a strong performance at the Festus Early Bird Invitational. The meet had 20 of the top area girls teams competing. The Lady Vikings finished in third place in their first meet of the season. Below are some of the top performers:

  • Pole Vault – Lauren Beauchamp [1st]
  • Long Jump – Lauren Beauchamp [3rd]
  • 4×800 Relay – Taylor Russell, Chloe Figgins, Erin Gilbert, Maddi Leigh [1st]
  • 100 – Kalescia Thomas [3rd]
  • 4×200 Relay – Kalescia Thomas, Jada Stull, Danielle Robinson and Taylor Russell [3rd]
  • 300 Meter Hurdles – Kalescia Thomas [3rd]
  • 800 – Maddi Leigh [1st] Erin Gilbert [3rd]
  • 4×400 Relay – Kalescia Thomas, Erin Gilbert, Danielle Robinson and Taylor Russell [3rd]

Two Liberty boys basketball players named to Gateway Athletic Conference Central First Team

The recently completed 2016-17 basketball season was a watershed campaign for the Liberty Eagles on the court.

Liberty, which finished the season at 21-7, won its first Class 4 district championship last month and made the program’s first sectional appearance against Jennings.

The Eagles had two players land on the Gateway Athletic Conference Central first team roster as well, junior forward Kaleb Overall and junior guard Jaylen Sims.

Overall led the Eagles in scoring, averaging 17.7 points per game and Sims was second with 13 points per game.

E.J. Bellinger of Fort Zumwalt South, Anthony Jones of Wentzville Holt and Marco Powells of Fort Zumwalt North rounded out the GAC Central first team lineup.

Here is the list of players that made the GAC Central all-conference squad:

First Team-E.J. Bellinger, Fort Zumwalt South; Anthony Jones, Jr., Holt; Kaleb Overall, Jr., Wentzville Liberty; Marco Powells, Jr. Fort Zumwalt North; and Jaylen Sims Jr., Wentzville Liberty.
Second Team-Conlan Jarvis, Jr., Washington; Trevon Jefferson, Sr., Wentzville Holt; Lucas Staley, Jr., Fort Zumwalt East; Cason Suggs, Jr., Washington; and Darious Thomas, Jr., Fort Zumwalt South.

Sportsmanship-Zac Bonney, Fort Zumwalt East; Kris Love, Fort Zumwalt North; James Hennessey, Fort Zumwalt South; Noah Schrepfer, Washington; Lake Feldmann, Wentzville Holt; and Alex Hines, Wentzville Liberty.

All-Academic Team-Shaun Oranja, Lucas Staley, Bryce Suttory and Ben Watson, Fort Zumwalt East. Mujtaba Alkhaldi, Jeremiah Bresnahan, Cade Brister, Ronald Cross and Eric Rothermich and Charles Wilmes, Fort Zumwalt North. Ernest Bellinger, Carlos Flores, James Hennessey, Jacob Patton, Nicholas Ragan, John Schwepker, Jackson Sefrit and Drake Whaley, Fort Zumwalt South. Colten Arellanes, Spencer Bogan, Lake Feldmann, Aaron Heinrich and Jacob Ryan, Wentzville Holt. Arik Holmes, Brian Jones and Andy Jorris, Wentzville Liberty.

Brohm, Hampton head GAC South All-conference basketball squad

Francis Howell’s Mike Brohm and Jake Hampton of Fort Zumwalt West had big impacts on their team’s 2017 season finishes.

Brohm, a senior forward for Howell who averaged a team-leading 15 points per game, helped the Vikings to a 22-6 mark and to the Class 5, District 6 championship game.

Hampton had just as big a role for the Jaguars, scoring 14.5 points a game and helping guide the Zumwalt West to the school’s first district championship and first Class 5 sectional appearance in March.

Wentzville Timberland had two players make the cut as senior Josh Estrel and junior Shymal Patel were named to the second team roster.

The following is a look at the players that recently named to the GAC South All-Conference team.

First team-Brandon Bassham, Sr., Troy Buchanan; Mike Brohm, Sr., Francis Howell; Grady Daniels, Sr., Wentzville Timberland; Jake Hampton, Jr., Fort Zumwalt West; and Justin Mathews Williams, Jr., Francis Howell North.

Second Team-Daylan Dalton, So., Francis Howell; Josh Estrel, Sr., Timberland; Marcus James, Sr., Francis Howell Central; Shaymal Patel, Jr., Wentzville Timberland; and Spencer Strode, Jr., Fort Zuwmalt West.

Sportmanship-Jack Knepler, Fort Zumwalt West; Fadi Kaid, Francis Howell; Kaleb Cissell, Francis Howell Central; Jose Alega, Francis Howell North; Sam Heidemann, Troy Buchanan; and Jacob Auringer, Wentzville Timberland.

All-Academic Teams-Fort Zumwalt West-Michael Cessna, Brendan Douglas, Jake Hampton, Jack Knepler, Marquis Majors, Blake McPhee, Bryce Parker, Spencer Strode and Alex Vollmar.

Francis Howell-Mike Brohm, Kyle Grantham, Patrick Schulte, Riley Shanahan, Matthew Simmons and Ryan Spears.

Francis Howell Central-Alex Boden, Kaleb Cissell, Austin Crudup, Nathan Garthe, Collin Hepler, Donte Horace, Adam Lewis and Jared Stone.

Francis Howell North-Jose Alega, Fletcher Dietrich, John Garrelts, Ahmad Granem, Rizawan Hyder, Drew Killmer, Tucker Rhoads, Drew Scheer and Max Smallwood.

Troy Buchanan-Jacob Colbert, Joseph Colbert, Drew Deters, Samuel Heidemann, Jim King, Todd King, Andrew Nett, McKenna Starkey, Ben Torres and Noah Wurtz.

Wentzville Timberland-Jacob Auringer, Grady Daniels, Josh Estrel, Nick Friedel, Jonathan Honore, Nate Langston, Nate McDaniel and Shyamal Patel.

Francis Howell Central, Francis Howell land two players each on Gateway Athletic Conference South girls all conference basketball team

It was a strong season on the hardwood for the Francis Howell Central and Francis Howell girls cagers in GAC South conference play.

The two clubs finished the 2016-17 season at 8-2 in conference play and ended up sharing the GAC South championship.

Both schools had two players make the all-conference team, Yani Curry of Francis Howell Central and Tionne Taylor of Howell made the first team while the Spartans’ Lauren Ebert and the Vikings’ Lexy Pellegrini were named to the second team.

Below are the players who recently received All-GAC South conference honors for their basketball prowess:

First team-Jordyn Armstrong, Sr., Wentzville Timberland; Yani Curry, So., Francis Howell Central; Adene Edwards, Jr., Troy Buchanan; Natalie Rushing, Sr., Fort Zumwalt West; and Tionne Taylor, Jr., Francis Howell.

Second team-Gabby Delarue, So., Francis Howell North; Lauren Ebert, So., Francis Howell Central; Lexy Pelligrini, Jr., Francis Howell; Lilli Pickett, Fr., Fort Zumwalt West; and Ashley Raines, Jr., Timberland.

Sportsmanship-Elaina Burr, Fort Zumwalt West; Micah Huwe, Francis Howell; Hannah Currant, Francis Howell Central; Maggie Hillmann, Francis Howell North; and Grace Langston, Wentzville Timberland.

All-Academic Team-Fort Zumwalt West; Elaina Burr, Brielle Palmer, Katie Pauk, Lillie Pickett, Mikayla Rodgers, Natalie Rushing, Jane Taylor, Anya White and Madeline Wieseman. Francis Howell-Hannah Anderson, Izzy Daab, Kristen Epperly, Micah Huwe, Courtney Marx, Taylor Russell, Bridget Schulte and Jane Thompson.

Francis Howell Central-Alueria Anderson, Hannah Currant, Yani Curry, Lauren Ebert, Mackinsey Hamer, Amanda Henderson, Azaria Hulbert, Payton Kolb, Aria Lynch, Ashland Roland, Makenzie Schierding and Zoe Zeuschel.

Francis Howell North-Samantha Alexander, Gabrielle Delarue, Maggie Hillmann, Patty O’Leary, Makenzie Pugh, Katie Richardson, Corinne Stevens, Grace Stephenson, Madelyn Stock and Hannah Wilson.

Troy Buchanan-Morgan Bova, Bailey Henke, Kamryn Mennemeyer, Olivia Mennemeyer, Cameron Patterson, Jordan Rasco, Taylor Roettger, Kelsey Sachs, Erica Schults, Kristen Watts and Rianna Wenzel.

Wentzville Timberland-Jordyn Armstrong, Devin Cross, Kendall Fletcher, Alex Gubera, Hannah Hartman, Amaya Honore, Grace Langston, Alivia Lamb and Ashley Raines.

Versemann named new freshman girls volleyball coach at Lutheran St. Charles

There will be a new face on the sidelines for the Lutheran St. Charles freshmen girls volleyball team this fall.

Rachel Versemann has been named freshmen girls volleyball coach for the 2017-2018 school year.
She graduated from Concordia University in Chicago, where she was a four-year starter on the women’s volleyball team. She also played basketball and ran track for the Cougars while attending Concordia.

After college, she began her coaching career at St. John Lutheran School in Forest Park, Illinois, where she coached fifth- through eighth-grades and was also a third-grade instructor. A year later, she also served as varsity head coach at Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park, Illinois. Versemann spent three years at Walther then joined the staff of Concordia as an assistant coach.

This is Versemann’s second time coaching at Lutheran, as she previously coached under Cathy Chapin from 2000-2004.

During the past six years, Versemann, who teaches kindergarten at Fairmount Elementary in Francis Howell, worked as an assistant coach with the boys and girls programs.

Versemann is glad to be back at Lutheran St. Charles and is looking forward to building relationships with players and families as the Cougars continue to build upon their recent volleyball success.

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