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Sports Briefs: Dec. 6


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GAC Central All-Conference soccer first team [Gateway Athletic Conference photo]

It was a season of great success for both Wentzville Liberty and Fort Zumwalt South – one that drew major accolades as both the Eagles and Bulldogs received big recognition on the 2017 All-Gateway Athletic Conference Central soccer team.

Liberty, which finished 21-7 with a Class 3, District 8 championship game appearance, landed 5 players on the squad.

Class 3 fourth-place finisher Fort Zumwalt South [14-13-1] placed four players on the team. The Bulldogs made the Class 3 tournament semifinals for the third time in four seasons.

Here is a look at the All-GAC Central team:

First team: goalkeeper Seth Memerer, senior, Wentzville Liberty; forward Braden Johnson, junior, Fort Zumwalt South; midfielder Matt Rush, senior, Fort Zumwalt South; midfielder Sam Rowan, junior, Wentzville Holt; defender Jacob Goldstein, sophomore, Wentzville Holt; midfielder Ryan Nevins, senior, Fort Zumwalt East; defender Bennett Williams, senior, Wentzville Liberty; midfielder Jack Douglas, junior, Wentzville Liberty; forward Jack Kavanaugh, junior, Wentzville Liberty; defender Jeremiah Collins, junior, Washington; and forward Conlan Jarvis, senior, Washington.

Player of the Year: forward Joey Spotanski, senior, Fort Zumwalt South.

Sportsmanship Award: Nick Heimann, Fort Zumwalt East; Dillon Tripamer, Fort Zumwalt North; Ben Faherty, Fort Zumwalt South; Zach Harms, Washington; James Hunn, Wentzville Holt; and Zachory Roellig, Wentzville Liberty.

Here is a look at the All-GAC South team:

First team: goalkeeper Corey Valleroy, junior, Francis Howell North; defender Armen Grigorian, senior, Francis Howell; defender Ritchie Taylor, senior, Francis Howell North; defender Eric Radle, senior, Francis Howell; midfielder Joey Mueller, senior, Francis Howell Central; midfielder Kurtis Ralston, senior, Francis Howell Central; midfielder Travis Hunt, senior, Fort Zumwalt West; forward Jake Totty, senior, Francis Howell; forward Tommy Naumann, junior, Francis Howell; forward Drew Domalewski, senior, Wentzville Timberland; midfielder Will Clayton, senior, Francis Howell.

Player of the Year: defender Caden Castello, senior, Francis Howell.

Sportsmanship Award: Cade Ryan, Fort Zumwalt West; Dylan Busken, Francis Howell; Armen Grigorian, Francis Howell Central; Corey Valleroy, Francis Howell North; Henry Skouby, Troy Buchanan; and Jack Glendinning, Wentzville Timberland.

Lutheran St. Charles hires boys track coach

Lutheran St. Charles recently announced that Brandon Tripp will be the new head track coach for the 2018 season.

Tripp will be starting his first season at Lutheran as head coach after being an assistant on the staff the past two seasons.

For the past 14 years, Tripp has been a volunteer, assistant, head coach and director of middle school, high school, and collegiate and club teams.

A 2001 graduate of Thornton High [Chicago] and a 2006 graduate of Greenville University, Trip was a three-sport athlete, participating in football, wrestling and track.

He also was an eight-time All-State and All-America award winner. While competing at NCAA Division III Greenville, Tripp won 18 All-America awards and was part of seven national championship winning teams.

Tripp also played three years of semi-pro football as a wide receiver/defensive back with the Effingham Panthers of the United States Football Association and was the league’s top receiver in 2007 with 1,388 receiving yards.

Tripp began his coaching career working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and coaching football and track at Thornton High and Greenville University.

From 2008-2015, he worked as the head track coach and as an assistant football coach at CBC High in West St. Louis County. In his time coaching track at the prep and college level, Tripp has 11 Illinois High School Association and Missouri State High School Activities Association  state champions and two NCAA Division III National Champions.

As track and field coach at CBC, Tripp led the Cadets to back to back state championships in 2013 and 2014.

College golf

Francis Howell and Southwestern College alumus Tim Jasper recently was selected as the golf coach at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.

Jasper, a 2008 Howell graduate, who also was a 2008 Gateway Athletic Conference South individual champion, served as an assistant gold coach at Southwestern College from 2012 to 2016.

During that stretch, Jasper helped the men’s golf team win a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Association championship and earn a pair of runner-up finishes. Jasper also helped lead the women’s team to its first ever KCAC championship.

Jasper is an honors graduate of Southwestern College and completed his MBA there in 2014.

He has served as the general manager of Whitfield Country Club since August 2016.

He will officially take over as head coach on Jan. 1.

College basketball

As the Thanksgiving holiday arrived, the Lindenwood University men’s basketball team was making some early noise with its play.

Thanks to a sizzling 4-1 start, the Lions are giving opponents problems early in the season and having fun in the process.

Lindenwood started the season on the right foot by winning its season opener on Nov. 10 [74-63] over Bemidji State [Minnesota] in the first game of the MIAA/NSIC Classic Tournament in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

The Lions took control early by jumping out to a 17-point lead by the end of the first half. Lindenwood shot a blistering 57 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.

For the game, the Lions shot 48 percent from the floor and knocked down eight 3-pointers. Lindenwood’s bench also outdid Bemidji State in scoring 31-19. At 6-foot-7, forward Drew Moore had a huge night for the Lions as he scored a team-high 18 points. Moore hit 6 of 7 shots from the field. Chandler Diekvoss had 14 points and Adam Pohlman scored 12 points.

TJ Crockett came off the bench to score 10 points.

Lindenwood also beat Minnesota-Duluth in the tournament before losing at Truman State in the Lions’ third game of the season.

The Lions rebounded well just before the Thanksgiving break by defeating Florida Tech on the road on Nov. 18 [76-66], and then, racing to an 86-61 win at home on Nov. 20 over Hannibal-LaGrange University.

Nine different players scored in the Florida Tech win. In the home-opener against Hannibal-Lagrange, the Lions had four players score in double figures and led by 9 points at the half.

Lindenwood hit 50 percent from the floor, shooting and drained 11 3-point balls.

The Lions resumed their early season schedule on Nov. 28 with a home game at the Robert F. Hyland Arena against Beloit [Wisconsin] College.

Signing day

In the “Student athletes sign college national letters of intent” article [Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, Nov. 22], it was reported that Patrick Connor signed with Central Methodist University to play baseball. Connor actually signed with the University of Central Missouri. Mid Rivers Newsmagazine regrets the error.

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