Francis Howell Central celebrates student-athletes
Francis Howell Central High recently recognized a dozen of its student athletes.
“We are very excited for this group of 12 Howell Central seniors,” said Scott Harris, activities director. “To have the discipline and drive to succeed at such a high level in academics and athletics is a tremendous accomplishment for our student-athletes.”
This group of signees was significant because, in addition to having a cumulative 3.46 GPA and participating in 33 different sports, they were part of the school’s largest signing class – 27 students – to date.
The seniors, their sports and their colleges are: Jackson Berck, baseball, Maplewood Community College; CJ Eddy, golf, Quincy University; Taylor Fumagalli, dance, Lindenwood University; Elizabeth Gerger, women’s tennis, Webster University; Dylan Gillette, wrestling, Truman State University; Natalie Green, women’s volleyball, East Central College; Donald Harris, football, Feather River Community College; Marcus James, men’s basketball, Park University; Zach Johnson, bowling, Missouri Baptist; Connor Rohde, men’s volleyball, Fontbonne University; Meagan Ryan, women’s track/CC, Missouri Baptist; and Quinten Webert, men’s track and field, Virginia Wesleyan.
Ambrose to represent Team USA in World Games
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.
“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 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 currently is ranked 30th 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
Timberland High distance runner Andrew Berndt said his last Kansas Relays meet was worthwhile right from the start – Berndt finished fourth in the 800-meter, logging a personal- 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. “It’s been a dream to go there since I was a freshman,” Berndt said.
He will be attending the University of Missouri next fall on an academic scholarship and hopes to walk onto the track team.
Munson 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.
“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 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. As fate would have it, his agent had been talking with the Giants in the final part of the draft, and within 10 minutes of the draft ending, he 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. “I’m the only linebacker that they are bringing in and I feel like it’s a great opportunity here for me.”
Checking in at 245 pounds, the 6-foot-1 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.
“They will be getting a person that just wants to go 110 percent every play, wants to get after it and wants to win,” Munson said.