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April 29, 2019

Varsity Water Polo

Bomber water polo kicked off a long week of games playing Parkway North on Wednesday. The Bombers kept up through the game but couldn't pull ahead, resulting in a 11-13 loss. Goals scored by Duncan Cloniger (2), Matthew Lorberg (7), Matt O'Brien (1), and John Woodruff (1).

We then moved into the Sue Bloor Invitational Tournament, starting out group play against Eureka. Eureka was up by one goal at half, but the Bombers pulled together and dominated the second half to give us a 9-5 win. Goals scored by Duncan Cloniger (1), Matthew Lorberg (6), Nate Oglesby (1), and Michael Tu (1).

On Friday the Bombers then faced off against Mehlville, quickly dominating the field and maintaining a healthy lead throughout the game for a 14-4 win. Goals scored by Duncan Cloniger (1), Matthew Lorberg (9), Sandy McMillian (1), Matt O'Brien (1), and Michael Tu (2).

Saturday started with our last match of our group against Summit. The Bombers played well but couldn't capitalize on shooting opportunities resulting in a 5-8 loss and seeding us 2nd in our group as we moved into bracket play.  Goals scored by Matthew Lorberg (3), Nate Ogelsby (1) and John Woodruff (1).

Saturday afternoon we matched up against the 1st place team of the other group, Clayton.  Clayton took an early lead in the first quarter and despite holding back their offense the rest of the game, the Bombers could not catch up. We ended the match 5-9 and were knocked out of the tournament.  Goals scored by Matthew Lorberg (3) and Matt O'Brien (1).

Water polo seeded for district play on Sunday placing 17th and line up to play Parkway North on Thursday. Go Bomb!

Girls Varsity Lacrosse

The Bombers had another exciting week of competition! 

On Tuesday, JBS hosted Villa Duchesne.  Burroughs had a specific defensive game plan and executed perfectly! Julia Wykes was charged with guarding Villa’s top scorer.  The rest of the defense was focused on slowing down their fast break.  The combination of the two proved to be exactly what was needed to secure a victory.  Villa’s top scorer was limited to two shots on goal. JBS goalie, Sophia King, had an answer for both of those attempts!  In addition, the Saints offense was only able to convert one fast break goal! Offensively, the Bombers had eight players contribute to the teams 18 goals. Riley King led the way with seven points (6 goals, 1 assist). Eavan Guirl (5 goals), Hallie Williams (3 goals, 1 assist), Ellie Strahorn (2 goals), Emma Swanson (1 goal, 1 assist), Shaila Lundal (1 goal, 1 assist), Allison Dahl (2 assists) and Natalie Caster (1 assist) rounded out the Bomber scoring. Defensively, Burroughs caused 14 Villa turnovers!  JBS put together a full 50 minutes with their hustle covering every inch of the field! JBS: 18   Villa: 5

With no recovery day, Burroughs headed to Pattonville on Wednesday to take on the Pirates.  After a bit of a slow start, JBS found themselves tied 2-2 halfway through the first period.  The Bombers called a timeout to regroup and went on a 6-0 run afterwards.  The two teams headed into halftime with Burroughs ahead 8-2.  Although JBS put up nine points on the scoreboard during the second half, they also allowed seven Pattonville goals.  In the end, Burroughs came away with the 17-9 victory.  Eavan Guirl led all scorers with an incredible ten goals and two assists!  Riley King added five goals and two assists.  Hallie Williams (2 goals, 2 assists), Shaila Lundal (1 assist) and Sally Arenson (1 assist) finished out the Bomber scoring.

JBS returns to action next week!

Wednesday, May 1st vs Parkway West 4:00pm

Friday, May 3rd at Francis Howell 5:30pm

Girls JV Lacrosse

Resilience + Growth define the girls JV Lacrosse team this past week.  After our two tough losses the prior week, the team focused on recognizing the work that needed to be done and growing together...and they certainly did just that!  We played Villa and Pattonville this week and came away with two solid wins.  

Against Villa, we found ourselves down by 2 goals but the Bombers started connecting passes and controlling the tempo of the game and we ultimately worked our way back into the game and came out with 5-4 victory.  Bomber goals were scored by Marin Guthrie, Eva Kappas, Anna Duncan, Gabby Randall and Emily Brouillet.  Sammie Lee had 13 saves throughout the game!  

Our game against Pattonville started out the exact same way as our Villa game...with a Bomber goal by Marin Guthrie!  Additionally, Gabby Randall and Emily Brouillet each had three goals, and Eva Kappas added the other Bomber goal to secure the 8-6 victory for us.  The Bombers controlled possession of this game by winning 11 of the 15 draws taken (way to go Eva Kappas!) and winning roughly 75% of the ground balls.  Hannah Wilkins showed tenacity on defense with her strong physical play and fruitful challenges on 50/50 balls in transition.  Natalie Richter shined for the Bombers on transition defense by putting immediate pressure on the Pattonville goalie and defense and causing Pattonville turnovers in our attacking end.  It was a great effort all around, congrats on the positive change Bomb!!

Girls JV2 Lacrosse

We had no contests this past week.   

Varsity Baseball

On Tuesday the Bombers travelled to MICDS to face the Rams in the front end of a home-and-home.   

Freshman John Butka took the ball in this one and pitched very well.    A couple of defensive misplays behind him allowed the Rams to plate a few early.   But the real story of the day was the MICDS lefty starter, who had a perfect game working through 6 innings before being lifted for a relief pitcher.   The Bomber bats came alive in the 7th and were able to get the tying run to the plate on two occasions, but the timely hit eluded us and the Rams took the front end of the DH by the score of 6-3.   

And then two days of rain came.  So the back end of the home and home got pushed off until Friday.   

Ben Goff toed the rubber for the Bombers while MICDS once again threw an excellent pitcher who kept the Bombers hitless through five innings.   Once agin the Bomber bats woke up late and made a game of it in the late innings as Noah Reichman delivered a two-out, two run single to close the gap to 6-2.   In the 7th, with two runners aboard, Henry Edmonds stroked a line drive that seemed certain the come to rest at the fight field fence.   It would have scored two and brought the tying run to the plate, except the MICDS right fielder made a diving catch going away from home plate to rob Henry of his certain triple.   

And that’s how the game ended.    MICDS 6 - Bombers 2.   

We were rained out at Principia on Saturday morning and will certainly be looking to make that game up soon.  

Boys JV Baseball

Rainouts limited the JV Bombers to one game this week, but it was a winner. The team took on archrival MICDS on Tuesday and bombed them, 14-4. John Abbott started and finished the game. He outpitched the Rams hurlers, recording 7 strikeouts while giving up just 4 hits and 3 earned runs. Meanwhile, the Bombers broke open a close game in the 4th inning, aided by 6 walks and 3 hit-by-pitch, as the Rams relievers could not find the plate. Two long doubles by cleanup hitter Jack Dreesen and another strong game by leadoff batter Owen Sklansky (2-2, 2 stolen bases, 3 runs scored) highlighted the Bomber's offense. With two outs and Dreesen on third, Charlie Schoenecker hit an infield single that ended the game via the "mercy rule" in the bottom of the 5th inning. This was the fifth win in a row for the resurgent Bomber JV team!

Girls Varsity Soccer

The Varsity Bombers split a pair of contests this week to keep their season record above .500. After a couple scoreless outings, the team were looking to break the drought on their Monday visit to Clayton. With temperatures soaring into the upper 80's and a thin roster it was a good thing the Bombers had their possession game working. The players did a good job moving the ball from sideline to sideline and through the midfield, but struggled to connect the final pass behind the Greyhound backline. Defensively, the Bombers remained stout  and disrupted the Clayton attack before it could mount much of a threat. Neither team were able to produce a goal through eighty minutes of regulation so for the second consecutive game the result would be decided in overtime. Thankfully, the Bombers didn't delay in settling the outcome. With just a little over a minute played and the ball deep in the Greyhound end, Lola Fernandez intercepted a pass in midfield and connected with Sea Gira. Lola continued her run into the penalty area as Sea dribbled the first pressuring defender and turned the corner toward the goal. With the goalkeeper covering the near post, Sea opted to cut the ball back to Lola who side-footed a shot into the back of the net. Game over! 

The Bombers closed out the week on Friday in a game against Villa Duchesne with district seeding implications on the line. A fast start for the visitors saw the Bomb struggling to play out of their end. The Saints attack registered several shots and forced two corner kicks in the opening fifteen minutes. They would convert on their second corner and follow up ten minutes later to take a two goal lead into halftime. The Bomb regrouped after the break and with a slight tactical and attitudinal adjustment controlled the better of the play through the final forty minutes. While the half ended scoreless, the girls gained some valuable experience should the teams meet again in the postseason. Up next are games with Rosati Kain, Trininty Catholic, and St. Pius as the team hosts the annual Ray Beckman Invitational.  

Girls JV Soccer

It was a busy week for the JV Soccer girls but there absolute best week of the year so far! After a slow start to the week and a 1-0 loss to Clayton, the girls dramatically picked up there play.

On Wednesday we hosted Rosati-Kain and came out with a great defensive effort combined with stout goaltending from Kate Smith. A great threw ball by Arim Fremont led to a Milah Padda breakaway who calmly placed the ball by Rosati’s charging goalie for the only goal of the game. A great 1-0 win for the team!

Friday we hosted a traditionally strong opponent, Villa Duchesene. Past contests have heavily favored Villa which made the outcome on Friday the highlight of the week and year to this point. Villa scored within the first ten minutes of the contest but a gritty and determined Burroughs defense held them off the rest of the way. In the second half, Phoebe Martin’s speed proved too much for Villa as she broke free down the right wing and deposited the ball in the back of Villa’s net for a game tying goal. Although not a victory, the 1-1 tie was a terrific outcome for the Bomber’s. Great work this week by the team and a total team effort!!!

Boys Varsity Tennis

Boys Varsity Tennis defeated the Panthers of Principia 9-0 this past Monday. At Principia.  Bringing home wins for the Bomb in singles Matthew Fan, Isaac Bledsoe, Gaurav Muthusamy, Thomas Dobbs, Ethan Kalishman and Rohan Kumaran.  Doubles winners were Bledsoe/Adam Zhao, Muthusamy/Kumaran and Dobbs/Kalishman.  This week we host MICDS at home on Monday. It is also senior day when we will be honoring seniors Isaac Bledsoe and Matthew Fan.  Wednesday we travel to Priory to take on the Rebels and Saturday we travel to Columbia to take on both Pembroke Hill and Rock Bridge.  GO BOMB!

Boys JV Tennis

Last week the JV Bombers played two matches. On Monday they defeated Principia by the score of 4-3. JBS winners were Loch Dean and Chase Stokes, Connors Sheehan and Caleb Thompson, and Lucas Willey and Jordan Burger. Ben Wei clinched the match with a hard fought singles win. On Friday the team lost a close match to SLUH by the score of 5-4. Winners were Austin Isaak and Jackson Miller, Lucas Willey and Jordan Burger, Tej Sheth and Liam Johnson, and Jack Garritano-David and David Bernal. The Bombers finish regular season matches this coming week. 

Track & Field

Our team started the week at Principia with several student-athletes achieving season bests or personal records including first place finishes by Sydney Williams (100,200), Cori Spetnagel (3200), Molly O'Brien (HJ,PV,), Lindsey Okafor (LJ), Audrey Pinson (Javelin), Jared Mumphard (300H), Jordon Ryan (HJ), and the 4x100 teams of (Jacquelyn Harris, Sydney, Molly, Teresa Jiang) and (Caleb Merritt, Jared Mumphard, Simeon Williams, Cooper Hyken). Daniel Martin (1600), Caleb Merritt (100), Will Gurley (HJ,400), Simeon (200), and Victor Williams (400) all had top 3 finishes. For complete results see

Our varsity team competed in the blue division at the 86th annual Marion Freeman Invitational hosted by Clayton. 

The 4x800 relay of Daniel Martin, Akash Mallady, Will Gurley and Nathaniel Doty started the meet with a win in 8:49.08. Madison Fuller continues to dominate with a convincing 100m win running into a stiff headwind (12.28), and a 2nd place finish in the 200 (24.67). DJ Miller won the 300H (42.18) and anchored the 4x100 relay to a 2nd place finish (Caleb Merritt, CJ Harris, Simeon Williams, DJ). The 4x100 relay of Jillian Mays, Cary Smith, Jacquelyn Harris and Sydney Williams dropped another second off their time (now 51.69). Molly O'Brien finished 3rd in the pole vault (8-6), while Lindsey Okafor finished 4th in the triple jump (34-3.5). Akash Mallady ran an impressive 3200 race, finishing 2nd with a personal record 10:06.82  Will Gurley and Jordon Ryan finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the high jump, with CJ Harris finishing 2nd in the triple jump. For complete results see

We will travel to Lutheran South this Saturday for our final tune-up before the district championship meet at Christian O'Fallon high school on 5/11. Our mental and physical readiness for the state series of meets seems to grow more each day...we are getting excited about what is to come!

Boys JV Lacrosse

Last week boys JV lacrosse played three games with a record of 1-2. The highlight of the week was a hard fought battle against a persistent Vianney team, all players showed fantastic sportsmanship and composure bringing them to an 8-7 win after holding off a late push from the Vianney offense. 

Later in the week the boys struggled to find a win against a very strong team in DeSmet, and a tough overtime loss to Ladue but are maintaining high morale and enjoyment of the sport.