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Ambrose selected to represent Team USA in World Games in Austria

This summer will be an exciting and busy time for youth basketball player Katie Ambrose. She was recently selected to play on the U-14 Team USA squad at the World Games in Klagenfurt, Austria on June 23.

Ambrose, a 13-year old point guard, is a St. Charles County resident and attends Bryan Middle in the Francis Howell District.

“I am excited and honored to be selected to participate in the World Games,” Ambrose said. “This will be my first trip out of the country and I’m excited for the opportunity.”

The trip is intended to be a cultural experience for players in addition to the obvious athletic competition. More than 20 countries will be represented at the Games.

Ambrose and her teammates will have the chance to meet other players from across the globe and also have the honor of representing their country. Players are chosen based on a combination of playing ability, academics, leadership and character.

The trip also will allow opportunities for sightseeing and personal growth through international travel.

Ambrose has been playing basketball for eight years. She is currently ranked #30 in her class by the Naismith Youth All-American Report.

She started out her playing days with the St. Louis Force and is currently playing for the STL Lady Eagles 2022 club team. In April, she played in the Elite Girls All-American Games, held in Dallas, Texas on the weekend of the NCAA Women’s Final Four.

 

Timberland runner Berndt achieves dream at Kansas Relays

The accommodations were not of the five-star variety, but Timberland High senior Andrew Berndt was not complaining one bit.

Benrdt, a distance runner for the Timberland boys track team, registered for the April 22 Kansas Relays meet roughly ten days before the deadline. That was plenty of time to be in the field for the meet but not in time to get any decent hotel accommodations. Due to severely limited choices so close to the meet day, Berndt and his mother had to make do with a Motel 6 in Lawrence, Kansas.

“The meet wasn’t on my radar until a week and a half before, and my mom and I got to Lawrence and there was only one room left and it was a Motel 6,” Berndt said. “It was like one and a half stars [rated] but it was worth it.”

The trip was made worthwhile right off the start — Berndt finished fourth-place in the 800-meter, logging a personal best and state-best time of 1 minute, 57.66 seconds.

“I was seeded 13th in my heat in a slow heat, and I was just really hoping for a top nine finish and thinking maybe I could edge into the top nine,” Berndt said. “I really tried to just take the lead at the end of the first lap of my heat and then from there just tried to gun it the next two 200 and hold on after that.”

The senior did that and ended up just behind two competitors from the fast heat. Senior Kyler True from Colorado won the race with a time of 1:54.

Berndt also had a strong performance in the 1,600 as he ran a 4:28, just two seconds off his personal record from state last season.

Berndt was the only Timberland athlete participating in Kansas Relays. The other Wolves athletes were slated to appear at the Ladue Brusca/Strohbach Invitational that same day. Berndt received permission from Timberland Principal Kyle Lindquist and Athletic Director Todd Hayes to attend the meet.

“It’s been a dream to go there since I was a freshman,” Berndt said.

The atmosphere was even more amazing than what he had seen at state last year.

“It’s a big-time atmosphere with great runners from all over, and it was well over double the size of state,” Berndt said.

Berndt will be attending the University of Missouri next fall on an academic scholarship, where he hopes to walk onto the track team there.

 

 

Former Francis Howell football star signs free agent deal with New York Giants

Calvin Munson did not get picked during the recent National Football League [NFL] draft in April, but the former Francis Howell and San Diego State star linebacker will definitely be in an NFL training camp when summer rolls around.

Munson, who completed a superb career last fall at San Diego State, recently signed a free-agent deal with the New York Giants.

For Munson, not getting a call during the draft was somewhat disappointing, but he always believed that a higher power had a positive plan for his football career beyond college.

“It was kind of like anyone else,” Munson said. “I was bummed, and I’m sure that a lot of the other guys that didn’t get their name called [during the draft] were bummed.”

“Now looking at it, I think it worked out great and I think God had a plan for me, so I’m really happy how it ended up.”

The Giants and the Oakland Raiders were two of several teams with whom Munson did pre-draft interviews in the days leading up to the draft.

“I interviewed with several teams before the draft and the Giants and Raiders were good visits,” Munson said. “I took a visit up there with the Giants and it was really good. I felt very comfortable with their coaches and I was talking to some other teams, but I felt comfortable up there and I wanted to make it happen with them.”

As the draft wound down, there was a possibility Munson would be picked in the seventh and final round by the Philadelphia Eagles or by the Giants. The Eagles did not really need a linebacker, however, and going in the seventh round would not have been a great opportunity for Munson.

As fate would have it, his agent had been talking with the Giants in the final part of the draft, and within ten minutes after the draft ended, Munson’s agent had worked out a deal for the linebacker.

“It really worked out to be a better opportunity for me, not getting drafted in the seventh round by a team that did not need a linebacker,” Munson said.

In signing with the Giants, Munson will be the only one of 13 free agent signings to fill the linebacker spot.

“I’m the only linebacker that they are bringing in and I feel like it’s a great opportunity here for me,” Munson said.

Checking in at 245 pounds, the 6-foot, 1-inch Munson is projected as a reserve linebacker and special teams contributor. He believes he has the skill set and work ethic to be there well past the start of training camp this summer.

“I think the hard work and the motivation, having a chip on my shoulder from not getting drafted, will give me fuel for the fire and put me over the edge,” Munson said.

“They will be getting a person that just wants to go 110 percent every play, wants to get after it and wants to win.”

 

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