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Sports Briefs: Nov. 22

GAC South All-Conference softball team [front row, from left]: Natalie Sullivan, Lexi Wallner, Molly Spangler, Zoe Schulte, Sara Jessie and Sam Jessie; [back row] Kenadie Suddarth, Kiersten Nixon, Whitney Boschert, Liz Harmon, Ashlee Godier, Kaitlyn Chadwick and Lexi Barnes; [not pictured] Janae Watkins

GAC Central All-Conference softball team [front row, from left]: Taylor Bell, Kelby Robinson, Trinity Busby, Julia Vedvig, Nichole Brinker and Emily Albers; [back row] Marissa Peek, Bailee Zemianek, Keighlan Cronin, Mikala Guthrie, Sydney Sontheimer, Ellie Quaethem, Kate Benes and Abby Behlmann

Gateway Athletic Conference honors

Gateway Athletic Conference Central Player of the Year honors went to Wentzville Holt senior pitcher Bailee Zemianek. Sharing Coach Of The Year honors were Wentzville Holt coach Joel Adam and Washington coach Philip King.

Here’s a look at the players named to the GAC Central All-Conference softball team:

First team pitchers: Ellie Quaethem, Washington, sophomore; Bailee Zemianek, Wentzville Holt, senior; Second team pitchers: Carly Noble, Wentzville  Holt; Gabbi Evans, Wentzville Liberty.

First team catcher: Marissa Peek, Wentzville Holt, junior; Second team catcher: Allyson Mahoney, Fort Zumwalt South, junior.

First team utility players: Sydney Sontheimer, Fort Zumwalt North, sophomore; Keighlan Cronin, Fort Zumwalt East, senior; Second team utility players: Taylor Hendrix, Washington, senior; Liz Behan, Fort Zumwalt East, sophomore.

First team infielders: Julia Vedig, Fort Zumwalt North, junior; Kate Benes, Wentzville Liberty, junior; Emily Albers, Wentzville Liberty, junior; Mikala Gutherie, Fort Zumwalt North, senior; Tayhlor Bell, Wentzville Holt, junior; Second team infielders: Jocelyn Abbott, Fort Zumwalt East, sophomore; Allison Chernich, Fort Zumwalt East, senior; Madison Kettler, Wentzville Holt, senior; Jessica Huxol, Washington, junior; Jena Monehan, Washington, junior.

First team outfielders: Nichole Brinker, Washington, senior; Abby Behlmann, Wentzville Liberty, junior; Kelby Robinson, Wentzville Holt, sophomore; Trinity Busby, Wentzville Holt, junior; Second team outfielders: Claudia Adam, Wentzville Holt, sophomore; Taylor Jones, Wentzville Liberty, senior; Chloe Shafer, Fort Zumwalt South, senior; Kasie Stopke, Fort Zumwalt South, junior.

Sportsmanship Award recipients: Molly Wease, Fort Zumwalt East; Maggie Bohannan, Fort Zumwalt North; Lauren Judson, Fort Zumwalt South; Abby Currant, Wentzville Holt; Reagan Hartenberger, Wentzville Liberty; Emma Pier-Shaw, Washington.

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Gateway Athletic Conference South Player of the Year honors went to Troy Buchanan junior Kiersten Nixon. Coach of the Year Honors went to Troy Buchanan coach Lance Richardson.

Here’s a look at the players named to the GAC South All-Conference softball team:

First team pitchers: Kiersten Nixon, Troy Buchanan, junior; Whitney Boschert, Francis Howell, senior;  Second team pitchers: Alyssa Kolkmeyer, Francis Howell Central, junior; Alison Klaus, Fort Zumwalt West, senior.

First team catcher: Kaitlyn Chadwick, Francis Howell Central, senior; Second team catcher: Kelsey Etling, Fort Zumwalt West, senior.

First team utility players: Kenadie Suddarth, Troy Buchanan, junior; Lexie Barnes, Fort Zumwalt West, sophomore; Second team utility players: Julia Hanan, Francis Howell North, junior; Lindsey Powell, Francis Howell Central, senior.

First team infielders: Ashlee Godier, Francis Howell Central, junior; Sara Jessie, Fort Zumwalt West, junior; Molly Spangler, Wentzville Timberland, junior; Janae Watkins, Francis Howell North, senior; Lexie Wallner, Francis Howell, senior; Second team infielders: Kim Debold, Troy Buchanan, sophomore; Haleigh Hunt, Troy Buchanan, senior; Ashton Traynor, Troy Buchanan, sophomore; Shaura Pauley, Francis Howell North, senior; Jordan Floyd, Francis Howell Central, junior.

First team outfielders: Natalie Sullivan, Troy Buchanan, freshman; Sam Jessie, Fort Zumwalt West, junior; Zoe Schulte, Wentzville Timberland, sophomore; Liz Harmon, Francis Howell Central, senior; Second team outfielders: Skylar Ruiz, Francis Howell North, senior; Haley Akihiro, Francis Howell, senior; Izzy Phillips, Fort Zumwalt West, junior; Bella Wilson, Troy Buchanan, freshman.

Sportsmanship Award recipients: Alison Klaus, Fort Zumwalt West; Emilee Rooney, Francis Howell; Alyssea Braun, Francis Howell Central; Emily Fetsch, Francis Howell North; Maddy Lawton, Wentzville Timberland; Kim Debold, Troy Buchanan.

Kyle Mallett, of Fort Zumwalt North, tackles Timberland’s Brett Hiatt during the Class 5, District 3 championship game at Fort Zumwalt North on Nov. 3.

High School Football

After three plus weeks of post-season play, only one St. Charles County area football team rolled into mid-November with a fighting chance. Perennial Class 5 power Fort Zumwalt North kept their season alive thanks to a defensive-minded, bruising 24-7 Class 5, District 3 championship win at home over Timberland on Nov. 3.

The Panthers picked up their 11th straight win in the process and put themselves just two wins away from their second consecutive trip to the Class 5 championship game.

Against Timberland, it was junior linebacker Jaylin Vaughn, senior defensive back Jacob Triplett, senior linebacker Vernell Rue, and senior defensive back Kyle Mallett that led the way. Vaughn and Triplett each had four tackles. Rue and Mallett chimed in with three tackles each.

It was a big-time dominant effort as the Panthers held the Wolves scoreless for nearly three-and-a-half quarters.

“Our offense was solid but the defense definitely carried us,” Fort Zumwalt North coach Joe Bacon said. “I feel confident in saying we have the best defense in St. Charles County and maybe in a pretty big area. They haven’t gotten the credit they deserve.”

Vaughn also ran for a pair of touchdowns, as he and senior quarterback Jack Ederer riddled the Wolves defense with North’s strong, downhill running game. Ederer rushed for 151 yards on 25 carries and threw for 131 yards and a touchdown.

After a bye week in the first round of districts, Fort Zumwalt North opened the playoffs with a 56-6 thrashing of crosstown rival Fort Zumwalt South in the district semifinal round.

The Panthers then headed into the Class 5 quarterfinal round looking for another chance at the Class 5 title game. The Panthers dominated Lebanon 42-7 on Nov. 11 before taking on Pattonville after presstime on Nov. 18. Pattonville beat out Vianney 34-27 on Nov. 10, dethroning the 2016 Class 5 champion.

“We love each other, we hang out, we play for each other and no one’s selfish, so we feel like our teamwork is better this year than last year,” Ederer said. “We’ll keep moving. On to the next [game].”

The final game in the Class 5 championships is at 7 p.m. on Nov. 25.

High school soccer

Three St. Charles area soccer teams advanced to the state quarterfinal round of the playoffs before bowing out this fall.

In Class 3, Fort Zumwalt South had its drive for a third state semifinal berth denied by Parkway Central. The Colts handed the Bulldogs a gut-wrenching 2-1 double-overtime loss in the quarterfinal round on Nov. 4. It was a bitter end to another superb playoff run for the Bulldogs, who made the Class 3 Final Four in 2014 and 2016.

“We couldn’t get much going offensively and Parkway Central’s backfield did a good job and played to their strengths,” Fort Zumwalt South coach Jim Layne said.

The Bulldogs scored their only goal of the game off a Braden Johnson tip-in off of Matt Rush’s corner kick.

Not getting back to state was disappointing but the Bulldogs still had a worthwhile season.

“It took us a long time to get going early on but we finally found it toward the last couple of weeks of the season,” Layne said. “I’m glad the boys were able to turn it around and win their fourth district title in four years and defeat St. Dominic again in the sectionals three times out of four years. So, that’s a very positive thing.”

Fort Zumwalt South finished the season at 14-13-1.

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In the Class 4 playoffs, Francis Howell had its drive to reach the Class 4 tournament stopped by Vianney as the Golden Griffins defeated Howell 3-1 in a quarterfinal match at Howell.

Sophomore forward Tony Sesti scored off a funky head ball to give the Vikings their only goal of the day.

Howell had a 10-game winning streak broken and finished up at 22-5-1.

Francis Howell Central also made it into the quarterfinals in Class 4 and had a tough time as well.

The Spartans got blanked by long-time Class 4 power CBC 1-0.

The Spartans beat Pattonville 3-2 in the sectional round to advance to the quarterfinals.

Howell Central saw its season end at 13-11-1.

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