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April 22, 2019

Girls Varsity Soccer

Varsity Soccer played three games this week going 1-2 in the process. A visit to Lutheran South on Tuesday saw the team short handed with two regulars missing from the line up. Both teams had their A games working defensively as attacks were difficult to come by. With neither team able to establish any sustained possession, the first half ended scoreless. After the break though the Bombers would convert on the game’s first real opportunity just seconds into the period. A Madeline Dornfeld pass sprung Arieyanna Davis free behind South’s back line where she deposited her shot in the back of the net. The next thirty-nine minutes were a physical grind with every pass and loose ball being contested. With the clock counting down under ten minutes, the Bomber’s remained solid on the back end with a reinforced defense to try and close out the game. But the Lancers refused to go away easy producing their best chance of the game on a point blank shot from below the penalty spot. Thankfully, Allison James was equal to the task with a diving save save to her right that deflected back off the post and into her grasp.

The 1-0 result was a well earned total team effort.

Wednesday’s visit to Ladue wasn’t as fruitful. Whether it was the heat, the quick turnaround, or the turf, the team struggled again to find their first touch and possession game to control the tempo. The defensive organization was positive and limited the Rams to just two shots on goal in the half, but the attack lacked any sustained pressure in the offensive end. The Bomb carried a one goal deficit into the half and quickly fell behind by two after a fluky deflection put a Ladue striker in alone on goal seconds after kickoff. Ladue would convert one more chance off a breakaway to close out the scoring on the day.

The Bombers finally returned home for a game against league rival MICDS on Friday. Bad weather forced the game onto turf which had not been kind to the team’s style of play throughout the week. However, the comforts of home settled the group into a very good rhythm with possession flowing freely from side to side and back to front. Our opponent executed a solid counter pressing defense to disrupt and trap our build up along the touchline which forced quicker switches of play to beat the press. Similarly, the Bombers had their own pressing defense that stalled the Rams attack near midfield. The game was a tactical gem with both teams countering the other’s moves. One might think that a game with no score through two periods and overtime would be a bore, but this game had all the drama and excitement a purist would enjoy. Sadly, the game was decided by Penalty Kicks and the Rams prevailed with a 4-3 advantage.

Kudos to an outstanding defensive effort from GK Allison James, defenders Almira Arnold, Annika Mathew, Emi Pope, Zoe Scully, Rekha Morgan, Elle Sullivan, midfielders Lola Fernandez, and Sophia Crowley in recording two shutouts on the week. Next up are matches with Clayton and Villa Duchesne. 

Girls JV Soccer

The Girls JV Soccer team started off the week facing visiting Ladue on Wednesday afternoon. The girls as always played very hard but the Ladue squad proved to be just too strong. Burroughs fell 4-0 to the Rams.

The week ended with a contest against a different type of Ram, the Rams from MICDS. Playing with a short bench, our girls once again fought hard. The contest was very evenly matched but MICDS pushed a goal through late in the first half and that goal stood up as the Rams prevailed 1-0. 

Boys Varsity Baseball

The varsity Baseball bombers wrapped up a busy week after two games with conference foe Lutheran North and then a doubleheader with Marshall County, Kentucky and district rival Clayton on a beautiful day at Shaw Park on Saturday.   

The Bombers opened the week by hosting Lutheran North on Tuesday.   It took a couple innings for the bats to warm up, but once they did the Bombers pounded out 9 hits, lead by three from Henry Edmonds and two extra base hits from Noah Reichman.   Final score found the Bombers on top 9-1.  

The same two teams went at it the next day at North.  With a very strong pitcher on the mound for the Lancers this was a tighter ballgame.  Pitchers Michael Turza and John Butka held the Lancers to one hit and two runs, while Drew Hardwick and Ben Goff led the way offensively with 3 hits and 2 doubles between them.  Final score was JBS 4 – LHSN 2.

On Saturday we convened at Shaw Park for a double header vs. Marshal County, KY and Clayton.  On a perfect day for baseball, the Bomber bats fell silent in the first game as we lost to Marshall County by the score of 9-4. 

The Bomber bats rebounded in the second game by pounding out a season high 17 hits, lead by 3 hits a piece for Henry Edmonds, Noah Reichman and Drew Hardwick.  Drew also knocked in 5 runs to round out an excellent day at the plate. 

The Bombers record now stands at 5-6 and look forward to a fun week as we host MICDS on Tuesday and will play over there on Wednesday. 

Boys JV Baseball

The JV Baseball team had a great week, winning all three games they played. Tuesday and Wednesday they faced off against a weak Lutheran North team. The Bombers won both by the “mercy rule,” 17-0 and 15-0 in three innings. While the offense was cranking, John Abbott and Adam Blumoff both pitched perfect games, setting down all nine batters they faced in order. Friday’s game against Clayton JV was a more competitive affair. Jack Dreesen started and pitched three effective innings. He helped his own cause by starting a nifty 1-6-3 double play in the second inning. Rahul Jasti relieved and baffled the Clayton hitters for three innings with his sweeping curveball. The hitting stars were Owen Sklansky and Aaron Guller. The former had three hits, five stolen bases, and scored four times.  Guller also had three hits, driving in 5 runs. It will be interesting to see how the improved Bombers fare against a strong MICDS team next week.

Boys Varsity Golf

The Bombers experienced a relatively light match schedule on the week having competed in just two matches.

On Monday, the team took their act to Quail Creek, home of the Lancers of Lutheran South.  This would be an opportunity for the Bomb to get a glimpse of the upcoming district venue, but also with a victory, gain a stranglehold of first place in the race for a conference title.  Well, the boys certainly got a glimpse of the course — just a bit too much!  LSHS took advantage of some home-course knowledge and played their way to a 250 - 265 team win.  The boys did gain some valuable insight to the front nine holes despite taking the loss.  Leading the way for the Bombers was Ethan Wang 39.  Beecher Baldwin 41, Thornton Walker 45, Dylan Meyer 46, Ben Cummings 46, and Jack Huhn 48. The soon to be named five-man district team will again visit Quail Creek on April 29th, when they compete for a district title.  

On Wednesday, the boys relished the opportunity to compete with Westminster Christian Academy on the Dogwood nine holes at Forest Park. The enthusiasm was evident as the team looked to get back in the win column with a focused effort.  From the opening drives to the closing putts on the ninth green, our efforts were much more focused and sharp compared to Monday’s match. The Bombers bested WCA (239 - 251).  Some savvy "senior” shotmaking and scoring was on display as all four seniors in the lineup earned team and match medal honors.  Beecher Baldwin, Ben Cummings, Dylan Meyer, and Ethan Wang all shot 39’s.  Our current league record stands at 3 - 2.  The Bombers finish the regular season this week with league matches —April 22 Priory, April 24 MICDS, and April 26 MICDS.

Boys JV Golf

The JV Boys Golf team had a solid week going 1-1 and elevating our season record to 4-3. Lots of positives came to light - the return of Sr. Eli Coffer and his immediate contribution and the establishment of Sophomore Finn Ross as a consistent contributor and his improved JV team ranking of #2 behind Senior Jackson Williams. 
First up last week was Lutheran South HS rematch at the troubled Quail Creek. With the Varsity on the more straightforward front nine, the JV was slated to play on the tricked-out back nine and while none had seen the course previously, they rallied behind Team Medalist Finn Ross to keep it close, 318-309, albeit in a losing effort. Stalwart seniors Williams and Ethan Blinder were hot on Finns heals. It was a good learning experience for sure. 
Next up was a rematch with Westminster on the somewhat familiar Dogwood course at Forest Park. It was a perfect day, and although the scores were higher than anticipated, the team held on for victory 296-302. Match Medalist Jackson Williams fires a 46 and is followed by swing Varsity loaner Jr. Will DeWitt and Finn Ross. Karson Taylor, Eli Coffer and Owen Sheehan all contributed scores to the victory. 

Three more matches in the final week will round out the season.

More next week. 

Girls Varsity Lacrosse

On Monday, the Bombers hosted Rockwood Summit.  The Falcons were fast and aggressive from the first whistle which allowed them to take an early 4-0 lead on JBS.  After a time out, Burroughs rallied and slowly carved into the Summit advantage.  Defensively, the Bombers took some time to adjust to the fast break offense from the Falcons.  On the attacking end, JBS hit the post and goalie several times.  The two teams headed into halftime with Summit ahead 9-5.  After some adjustments on both ends of the field, Burroughs rallied in the second half as they outscored the Falcons 5-3.  In the end, the JBS second half effort wasn’t enough and Summit walked away with the 12-10 win.

Burroughs spent Tuesday and Wednesday preparing for their next match up.  Thursday was a big day for the Bombers. The team traveled to Marquette to take on the Mustangs.  After recently suffering a few one or two goal losses, JBS was ready to piece together a full 50 minutes.  However, in true Bomber fashion, we decided to play that full game and then get another minute or two in overtime!  The two teams battled back and forth with neither squad ever leading by more than two.  The lead changed three times in the final seven minutes of the game.  With the score even at 11, the game was forced to overtime in order to determine the victor!  The Bombers gained the first draw control and moved the ball into their offensive end.  There the team fired three consecutive shots on goal, but none of them found the back of the net.  The Mustangs scooped up a loose ball and attempted to transfer it into the Bomber defensive end.  However, Ella Schactman came up with a huge caused turnover and sent the ball to Eavan Guirl waiting at the 50 yard line.  Guirl carried the ball to the two yard line before firing shot past the Marquette goalie for the overtime victory!

On Saturday, 55 players from the girls’ lacrosse program (7th-12th grade) traveled to soccer park to volunteer with spensa (special needs soccer association).  It was an incredible morning and our players were so very grateful for this opportunity!

Girls JV Lacrosse

The JV lacrosse squad faced two very strong opponents this week and through the losses, we gained true insight into where we currently stand and how we should focus our efforts.  While the 10-0 loss to Rockwood Summit and 9-2 loss to Marquette stung in the moment, they did highlight some of our Bomber's life skills that ultimately matter most. First, despite the tough times we made sure to recognize and celebrate our goalie, Sammie Lee, and her monumental efforts throughout each game.  She came up with over 20 saves in the two games combined!  Second, we never allowed the defeat to create discourse on the team, everyone stuck together and cheered each other on.  And finally, we never gave up.  Between sprinting after the Rockwood offense to try and thwart their stall or scoring in the last minutes of the Marquette game and keeping the sense of urgency ever present....we held our heads high and kept working together.  We leave those losses behind but carry those lessons with us into another week of competition.  A new week is upon us!  

Girls JV2 Lacrosse

This week, Bombers lacrosse had the opportunity to stand for their school on our home turf Wednesday afternoon.  The Bombers faced off against the Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats, traditionally a strong team with a solid bench.  Throughout the first half, the Bombers and Wildcats racked up four goals a piece. The Bombers’ Vivienne Lu started the back and forth with a breakaway goal from the top.  Vivienne would later go on to score another goal in the second half. The Wildcats followed up with back to back goals and then the Bombers’ Lilly Williams scooped up the ball off a rebound and fired it on the Wildcats goals to even the score 2-2.  Again the Wildcats answered with a goal but Lilly Williams was quickly on the case to even things up again. Callie Kaplan found Lilly Williams in the 8 meter, passed and Williams put the ball in the back of the Wildcats’ goal. Before the end of the first half, Westminster scored once more and the Bombers’ Remi Barnett answered with a beautiful goal off of a free shot.  In the second half, Lu and Barnett (Karuna Kayembe assist) added one more goal apiece to their tally and Williams earned 2 more with an assist from Ava Kennard. The Bombers’ goalie for the day, Ella Galvin, kept the Wildcats scoreless in the second half to make the final score 8-4 in favor of the Bombers. Way to go Bomb!

Later in the week, the entire girls lacrosse program dedicated their Saturday morning to volunteering with SPENSA (Special Needs Soccer Association).  SPENSA is a not-for-profit soccer program for young people with disabilities. Each JBS athlete, sometimes two, were paired up with a SPENSA athlete and spent the morning playing games, teaching some soccer skills, scrimmaging and most of all having fun on a beautiful spring day with other kids.  It was a wonderful way to come together as a program and share our love of sport with others. The kids were all smiles and everyone walked away standing just a little bit taller than they did before. We look forward to spending more time with SPENSA and all their great athletes in the future!

No games for the Bombers in the coming week but we’ll be back in action on Monday, April 29 playing Francis Howell at Burroughs.  See you then!

Your Coaches,

Margaret and Janie

Varsity Water Polo

Water polo played a slew of games this week, starting off against Chaminade on Monday. We played a close game for four quarters, ending with a narrow loss 4-6. Goals scored by Matthew Lorberg (3), and Jan Kasal (1).

The Bombers then moved into JBS Invitational Tournament, starting off play against Parkway North. We pulled ahead early with a strong offense and secured a win 14-7. Goals scored by Duncan Cloniger (2), Matthew Lorberg (3), Nate Oglesby (3), Michael Tu (2), and John Woodruff (4).

On Friday we faced off against Summit. We played strong and held a lead through the first half, but were unable to close the game in our favor, ending in a 9-12 loss. Goals scored by Duncan Cloniger (2), Matthew Lorberg (2), Matt O'Brien (1), Nate Oglesby (1), and Michael Tu (3).

Saturday consisted of a triple header against Clayton, Oakville, and Parkway South. Clayton took an early lead which proved difficult to overcome resulting in a 7-13 loss. Goals scored by Henry Baur (1), Matthew Lorberg (4), Michael Tu (1), and John Woodruff (1). Oakville proved to be a strong opponent as well, capitalizing on deep end shooting and pulling ahead for a 7-10 loss. Goals scored by Jan Kasal (1), Matthew Lorberg (2), Matt O'Brien (1), Nate Oglesby (1), and Michael Tu (2). Parkway South, the tournament winner, continued their win streak and ended the tournament undefeated, beating us 3-16.

This week the Bombers play Parkway North in conference, then move into the Rockwood Summit Invitational. Every game will be competitive and we have a great chance of advancing to the finals and winning the tournament. Go Bomb. 


Boys JV Tennis

On Monday the boys JV team beat Westminster by the score of 4-3. Winners were Austin Isaak and Jackson Miller, Tej Sheth and Harrison Pruitt, Caleb Thompson and Liam Johnson, and Ryan Fogarty and Elliot Walker. On Wednesday the team lost to Chaminade by the score of 5-1. The lone winners for JBS were Austin Isaak and Jackson Miller who won a close match in a tiebreaker. The Bombers next play at home on Monday!!

Track and Field

In the last week our team competed in the Metro League meet and the Ladue Brusca/Strobach Invitational (a mega-meet with 35 boys teams and 38 girls teams). It was a week of several highs, lows, and then highs again. 

The Metro League meet saw both Brandon Miller and Madison Fuller break school records in the 400 (47.42 and 57.35 respectively). Brandon's time ranks him 15th in the nation this season, while both of their times are the #2 times in Missouri regardless of class division. Kylie Goldfarb added to the party by producing the 3rd fastest Missouri time in the 800 (2:18.63) regardless of class division. Unfortunately this meet/week also had the low of Brandon suffering a hamstring injury, with several other minor injuries for other team members including John Gates, Kylie Goldfarb, and a few others. Note that I mentioned "high again," and it should not surprise any, that Brandon refused to stay down after his injury...he insisted that he finish the race on his own with his brother Derrick close by his side, and team and family following along the track. What a fitting display of the determination, persistence, heart and the many other qualities that make him an elite athlete and champion! We can't wait to see Brandon healthy and back on the track with the rest of our team fully healthy as well.

Other highlights included wins by Cary Smith in the javelin (95-0); the 4x200 team of Kylie, Jillian Mays, Cary and Madison (1:47.64); the 4x400 team of Sydney Williams, Kylie, Cary and Madison (4:06.21); Derrick Miller in the 300 hurdles; the 4x100 team of Caleb Merritt, John Gates, Jared Mumphard and Derrick; and Will Gurley in the high jump. Jazzy Rayner threw a personal record throw of 103-6 in the discus and 82-2 in the javelin, Chris Pittman also threw a season best in the discus, while Cori Spetnagel, Ayah Hamed, and Akash Malady all finished in the top 4 of the 1600. The other top finishers can be found using this link:

With 1500+ athletes and 73 teams competing, the Ladue meet is one of the largest meets contested in Missouri.  Madison Fuller gave the crowd some "ooh, aah, wow" moments as a double winner in the 200 and 400 dashes. She posted a season best 200 time (24.44) and broke her new school record in the 400 again (57.30). Between Madison and Kylie Goldfarb, they each now hold the #1 times in MO Class 3 track & field from the 100 - 1600! Lindsey Okafor continues her strong performances finishing 5th in the triple jump, and tying for 6th in the high jump with fellow team member Sydney Williams. Jillian Mays ran her personal best times in the 100 (12.69) and 200 (26.44), while joining Cary Smith, Jacquelyn Harris and Sydney Williams in dropping the 4x100 time by over a second. Molly O'Brien took another step higher in the pole vault (8-6) while also running her best 400 of the season. Audrey Pinson joined in throwing a 5 foot PR in the javelin. 

On the boys side, Akash Mallady dropped 20 seconds in the 3200 (10:19.15) while Chris Pittman added 3 more feet to his discus PR. You can click the following link for complete results:

As we work to get/keep everyone healthy, we are excited about what is to come! This week our team will split between a Tuesday Metro League meet at Principia, and the Clayton "Marion Freeman" Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Boys Varsity Lacrosse

The Boy's Varsity Lacrosse team had a solid week of practice combined with some mixed results in the two games that were played. On Wednesday, the group took on Parkway South in the hopes of reestablishing some positive momentum following the tough loss to O'Fallon. After a bit of a sluggish start, the team came together and put together a gritty performance, eventually taking control of the game and winning by a comfortable 15-4 margin. Contributions came from all over the roster, and though it wasn't the prettiest win, it was a promising one to build on. 

On Saturday, the Bombers took on a dominant Eureka team. Two years earlier, JBS knocked them out of the playoffs, but this year, much of that Eureka squad were now seniors and an imposing opponent. After a stellar first quarter that saw Eureka leading 3-2, the game got a bit out of hand, leading to a 20-5 win for the visitors. Despite the lopsided loss, the JBS Bombers competed throughout, and the group will have plenty to learn from the defensive mental mistakes that occurred over the course of the game.

The schedule doesn't get any easier this week, with a visit from DeSmet, one of the premier teams in the state and a group that beat Eureka by three goals. After that is a tilt against perennial rival Ladue, a winnable game and a good barometer for where the Bombers are as we enter the playoff push for the season.