High School Sports

Missouri high school spring sports postseason: 10 things worth a second look

St. Teresa’s Academy teammates celebrate their third goal of the match against Francis Howell Central on Saturday at Blue Springs South High School. St. Teresa’s won the game, 6-1, and was crowned the Missouri Class 4 state champion.
St. Teresa’s Academy teammates celebrate their third goal of the match against Francis Howell Central on Saturday at Blue Springs South High School. St. Teresa’s won the game, 6-1, and was crowned the Missouri Class 4 state champion. Special to The Star

Here’s a look back on 10 things worth a second look from the high school spring sports playoffs. In next week’s edition, we’ll review 10 things worth a second look from the boys and girls track and field postseason stretch.

1. Drama.

The Notre Dame de Sion girls soccer team thrived on it.

The Storm won the Missouri Class 3 state championship Saturday with a 1-0 victory against Rockwood Summit — its third straight one-goal win.

They were three pressure wins. The Sion captured an overtime victory against Smithville in the quarterfinals; Anna Romano provided another overtime winner in the state semifinals against Webster Groves; and Laney Ulowetz scored the lone goal in the championship game before the defense made it stand.

Romano and Ulowetz were two of 11 players for the Storm who concluded the season with at least four goals.

2. Ah, finally.

Perhaps no soccer program was more deserving of a state championship than St. Teresa’s. After losing heartbreakers in the state final in 2013, and then again in 2014, the Stars routed Francis Howell Central 6-1 in the Class 4 final Saturday.

The Stars, who finished the year 22-2-1, overcame their most difficult route of the past three years, too. They upset nationally top-ranked St. Joseph’s in the semifinal.

Grace Kitts led the team with 17 goals.

3. The St. Pius X girls soccer team earned its best state-finish in school history when it place second in the Missouri Class 2 bracket Saturday.

A hat trick from Allison Malott keyed a 3-1 semifinal victory against St. Pius X Festus to put the Warriors in the championship game, where they fell to Duchesne.

The Warriors rode an 18-game winning streak to the final — a clip ignited by one of the best defensive seasons in program history. St. Pius X finished the spring with a school-record 16 shutouts.

4. A familiar strength led the Pembroke Hill boys golf team to a familiar season-ending result.

As they did in 2014, the Raiders utilized a deep lineup to win the Missouri Class 3 state title last month.

Preston Fleenor occupied the top spot in the team’s lineup during the regular season — and he won a sectional title — but it was William Esrey who paved the way at the state tournament, where he finished in fifth place.

5. Barstow senior Alec Adkins saved his best golf for the final postseason of his high school career.

After notching district and sectional tournament championships in back-to-back weeks, Adkins placed fourth at the Missouri Class 2 state meet last month, an effort that lifted the Knights to their second straight team state title.

“I had a lot of fun this last month of the season,” Adkins said.

6. Lee’s Summit West junior Kerry Maguire made it a mission to become the first all-state golfer in school history this season. He surpassed that goal with ease.

Maguire finished tied for second place at the Missouri Class 4 state tournament. He compiled a two-day total of 144.

His goal next season?

“I think I would probably say to win the whole thing,” Maguire said.

7. The Staley Falcons’ second-place finish in the Missouri Class 5 baseball tournament was the best in the school’s history.

Yet it wasn’t necessarily unexpected.

Jacob Miller and Brody Meloy combined for an 18-0 record on a staff that kept its earned run average near 2.00 for much of the season.

And the lineup did its part, too. Jordan Robben and Parker Mertz combined for 12 home runs for the Falcons, who finished 27-5.

8. The Smithville Warriors failed in their bid for the school’s first baseball state championship since 1979, but they still returned home with a trophy after winning the third-place game in the Missouri Class 4 bracket.

Alex Schram hit the first home run in the state Final Four in school history. Evan Coder also homered in the third-place game.

9. A year after losing in the first round of the Missouri Class 1 state tennis tournament, Barstow sophomore Fletcher Scott glided to the state singles title without dropping a set.

Despite playing one of the most difficult schedules in the area this season, Scott finished the spring with a 30-2 record. His own teammate, Bradley Frye, was responsible for one of those losses, but Scott earned payback when the two went head-to-head for the Class 1 title.

10. At a school with dozens of state championships, it’s the tennis program that has provided Rockhurst High School with the most (18). The Hawklets won their third straight Missouri Class 2 tennis state championship last month.

To win the 2015 title, the Hawklets defeated Rock Bridge 5-3 in the championship match. After dropping two of the three doubles pairings, they fought back to win four of five singles matches, led by No. 1 player Jack Evans.