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May 6, 2019

Boys Varsity Golf

Boys Varsity Golf continues their successful season with two conference wins and a second-place District finish.  The two conference wins bring the Bombers league record to 5-2, with one more rescheduled match to be played.  A win in this match against MICDS would earn the Bombers the outright Metro League title.  The second-place District finish earned the Bombers squad the right to compete in the Sectional tourney to be played at Crown Pointe GC, May 6.  

On Tuesday - April 23rd, the Bombers battled the Priory Rebels at a difficult St Albans CC.  The Bombers hadn’t won against Priory in four years of competitions.  Today’s Bombers effort would end that long drought.  The boys played a gritty and tenacious brand of golf besting the Rebels 233 - 256.  Leading the way for the gang from Price Road was Ethan Wang 36 and Beecher Baldwin 36.  Other scores included: Jack Huhn 38, Ben Cummings 40, Thornton Walker 41, Evan Wang 42, Dylan Meyer 44, Avi Goldberg 47. 

On Friday - April 26th, the Bombers competed with MICDS at Forest Park in our “Senior Match.”  This day is the last home match honoring seniors Beecher Baldwin, Ben Cummings, Avi Goldberg, Dylan Meyer, and an absent Ethan Wang who was on a campus visit to Harvard.  In a bit of irony, it was a freshman - Thornton Walker - who led the Bombers to victory over the Rams of MICDS.  Walker led all scorers with a 37 to claim the team and match medal.  The Bombers bested MICDS 238 - 251, running their league record to 5 - 2.  Other scores for the Bombers included:  Dylan Meyer 38, Beecher Baldwin 39, Ben Cummings 41, Evan Wang 43, Avi Goldberg 43, Will DeWitt 43, and Jack Huhn 46.  The aforementioned seniors have meant so much to the JBS golf program over their four year careers.  Baldwin, Cummings, Meyer, and Wang have individually and collectively garnered league and district honors.  They also have led the program to sixth and seventh-place state team finishes in ‘17 and ‘18  as well.  These young men have had an incredible golfing and life journey together, enriching one another’s  lives as well as the coaching staff along the way.  Baldwin, Cummings, Meyer, and Wang are humble and fierce competitors who exemplify what true JBS student-athletes are.  They have made their indelible marks in the history of the JBS golf program.  Congratulations and thank you boys! 

On Monday - April 29th, the Bombers teed it up at Quail Creek GC in the Class 3 District Tournament.  It was a rain-soaked and sloppy affair to be for sure.  The top two qualifying teams, plus the top 15 individuals not on those two teams would advance to the sectional tourney on May 6th at Crown Pointe GC.  The Bombers were good on the day, just not good enough to take home the district crown, as Lutheran South would finish first with a score of 309 to the second-place Bombers 317.  Ethan Wang would lead all golfers in the tournament as he claimed the individual title with a one over par 73.  This would be Wang’s biggest tournament win in his four years of playing varsity golf.  Other Bomber scores included:  Dylan Meyer 81, Thornton Walker 81, Beecher Baldwin 82, and Ben Cummings 86. 

Boys Varsity Tennis


This week the Boys Varsity Bomber Tennis team took on Rams from MICDS on Monday at home.  The match was close with Bombers coming out on top 5-4.  Wednesday we travelled to Priory to take on the Rebels and won 9-0.  Our last two regular season duals were this past Saturday in Columbia.  We played Pembroke Hill from Kansas City and came out strong winning all three doubles courts and then shutting them down in singles to gain 9-0 victory.  The afternoon proved to be a tougher road as we took on perennial power house Class 2 State Champions Rock Bridge. While to Bombers competed at a high level we were handed our first loss of the season by the Bruins. Tuesday is our first round of post season play at Burroughs at 4 pm.  The individual portion of district play will be Thursday at Burroughs.  GO BOMB!

Boys JV Tennis


On Monday the boys JV Tennis team lost a hard fought match to their rival MICDS by the score of 5-4. Winners for JBS were Austin Isaak and Jackson Miller, Liam Johnson and Caleb Thompson, and David Bernal and Jack Garritano. Will Friebal also won his singles match. 
On Wednesday the team defeated a tough Priory team by the score of 6-1. JBS winners were Austin Isaak and Jackson Miller, Loch Dean and Chase Stokes, Harrison Pruett and Reed Garland, Tej Sheth and Caleb Johnson, Lucas Willey and Conners Sheehan, and Mathew Yee and Jordan Burger. 
The team finished the week on Friday with a 7-2 victory over Lutheran South. Singles winners were Ryan Fogarty, Caleb Thompson, Liam Johnson, and Lucas Willey. Doubles winners were Loch Dean and Chase Stokes, Harrison Pruett and Reed Garland, and Josh Antony and Aiden Mills. The team finishes the season by competing in the Metro tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Track & Field

Our girls team finished a strong 4th out of 24 teams and the boys were 6th out of 23 teams at the Lutheran South Invitational. 

Madison Fuller continues to dominate...she broke her own school record time in the 400 (57.01) after running prelims in the 100/200, winning the 100 (12.20), then finishing the day with a 2nd place finish in the 200 and anchoring the 4x400 relay team to a 3rd place finish (Sydney Williams, Kylie Goldfarb, Cary Smith, Madison). To perform at that level racing 6 times in a meet is truly remarkable! After missing the last two meets recovering from an ankle sprain, Kylie Goldfarb returned to competition with impressive wins in the 1600 and 800 races. Jillian Mays finished 7th in the 100 also joining Cary Smith, Jacquelyn Harris and Sydney Williams for 7th in the 4x100 relay. Other top 8 finishes included Sydney and Lindsey Okafor finishing 6th and 7th respectively in the high jump, Lindsey 6th in the triple jump, Cary 6th in the javelin, and Jazzy Rayner 8th in the shot put. Cori Spetnagel joined the sub-6:00 1600m club with her personal record of 5:57.77, while also besting her 800 time by 9 seconds!

The boys 4x100 & 4x400 relays (Jared Mumphard, CJ Harris, Simeon Williams, DJ Miller) finished 3rd and 4th respectively. Chris Pittman added a personal record throw in the discus (133-5) finishing 4th, while DJ Miller finished 5th in the long jump. The distance running trio of Daniel Martin, Akash Mallady and Nathaniel Doty, all produced season best times finishing 4th/6th/6th in the 3200/1600/800 respectively. In fact, Daniel Martin's 3200 meter time of 10:52.83 was a personal record by over 47 seconds!! Other top 8 finishes included Jordan Ryan and Will Gurley 6th/7th in the high jump, and CJ Harris finishing 8th in the triple jump. 
  
For complete results go to: bit.ly/LuthSouth19

The state series of meets begins this week with the district championship meet at Christian O'Fallon on 5/11. The top four finishers in each event qualify for the sectional meet at Montgomery County High School on 5/18. We remain excited about our progress, and committed to our process!

Girls Varsity Soccer


The varsity Bombers hosted Trinity Catholic and St. Pius X in the Beckman Invitational this week after rain forced the cancelation of a match with Rosati Kain. After seeing Trinity and St. Pius battle a day earlier in a one goal game, the Bombers were aware it would take solid execution in the attacking third to beat two strong defensive teams with solid goalkeeping.  


Up first were the Tritons from Trinity. The team were sharp from the kickoff, maintaining possession for long sequences and tilting the game into the attacking end. Sydney Panagos led the charge, running roughshod all over the the Trinity back line. Her work opened space for the other attackers who applied a lot of pressure on a reinforced defense. Sea Gira would finally unlock this stingy defense scoring her first high school goal off an assist from Lola Fernandez to put the Bombers ahead. The goal stood as the only scoring in the half, but the constant offensive pressure was taking a physical and mental toll on the Trinity defense. It wasn't long after the break that the floodgates opened with a goal from Lizzie Wagner assisted by Madeline Dornfeld. Lizzie returned the favor setting up Madeline at the far post with a long cross into the penalty area. Sydney and Sophia Crowley paired up to complete the offensive barrage, each scoring and assisting on one another's goal. Unfortunately the shutout was spoiled when the penalty kick awarded for a handball was converted late in the half. 


The game on Saturday versus St. Pius was a continuation of the fine play the team demonstrated against Trinity. With possession favoring the Bombers, the team were able to create plenty of scoring opportunities to seize the day. Despite the significant advantage in possession and chances, the Bombers struggled to find the back of the net while the lone shot from St. Pius did. The outcome served as a reminder that sometimes the better team does not always come out on top and any result can happen on any given day. 


The team finish up regular season play with games against Lutheran North on Tuesday and Notre Dame on Friday before District play begins May 13 at Visitation.


Girls JV Soccer


A stormy and rainy week kept the JV Girls soccer team off the pitch for all but one of four contests, so a busy week turned into a quiet one. The only game came on Monday against Trinity at their venue. JBS came out strong and jumped to 2-0 lead before Trinity scored on a perfectly placed toe bomb and the score stood 2-1 at half. Trinity struck first in the second half on a quite unusual goal but Burroughs proved they were the stronger team and scored the game winner with about 15 minutes left. The team ended the season on a 3 game unbeaten streak. The coaches are very proud of their effort all season long. Thanks for the great season JV!!!!

Water Polo

Bomber water polo started off the week playing MICDS on Monday. The Bombers came back late in the game but couldn't keep up, resulting in a 11-14 loss. Goals scored by Duncan Cloniger (1), Matthew Lorberg (8), Matt O'Brien (1) and John Woodruff (1).


The Bombers then rematched against Summit on Tuesday. The Bombers played strong and secured a 7-5 victory. Goals scored by Duncan Cloniger (1), Matthew Lorberg (4), Matt O'Brien (1), and Michael Tu (1).


We then moved into the district tournament, where we started in the 17th seed. Our first game was against the 16th seed, Parkway North. The Bombers were ahead until the fourth quarter, when North tied the game with a minute left. The Bombers quickly retaliated and scored to ensure their victory 7-6.

Our second district game was against first seed SLUH. The Bombers played well but couldn't match SLUH's speed and power, losing 2-15 and knocking us out of the district tournament. 

Varsity Baseball

The Bombers danced around the rain all week and were able to play a couple of games with Lutheran South as well as hosting Principia on Saturday.  

On Tuesday the Bombers were shellacked by the Lancers by the score of 12-1.   Not many highlights to report from this one, so we move along to Friday.....

The same two teams faced off at South after sitting around for a couple of days due to the rain.  Freshman John Butka was fantastic again on the mound and held the dangerous South bats in check for much of the day.  After dropping behind by the score of 5-0, the Bomber offense rallied for five of their own to knot the score at 5-5.   Unfortunately a late 2 run HR proved to be the winner for South, but it was a heck of a game for the Bombers.  

On Saturday the Bombers hosted Principia on a wet and soggy field!   Ollie Brown pitched great right out of the shoot for the Bombers, who wasted no time in jumping out front.   Henry Edmonds had a three hit day while sophomore Ben Goff launched a monsterous three run home run late in the game to round out the scoring.  The Bombers won 15-0 and then waited around and enjoyed some pizza courtesy of Coach Katter!  All in all a very fun day at the ballpark. 

JV Baseball

The JV baseball team played only one game out of three this week due to rainouts, but the game they played was a winner. They beat conference rival Lutheran South 3-1 in a well-played baseball game on both sides. Adam Blumoff was the star of the game for the Bombers. He was 3 for 3 with 2 RBI's at the plate. In addition, Blumoff pitched five shutout innings before being relieved by John Abbott, who gave up an unearned run in the sixth. The win made it six in a row for the JV Bombers to finish out their season. Their final record was 4-4 in conference, 7-4 overall.


Girls Varsity Lax


The varsity girls lacrosse team tallied two more W’s for the win column this week, extending their winning streak to five games.  

On Wednesday, the girls finished with a 16-9 victory over Parkway West.  Riley King led all scorers with eight goals and three assists.  In a balanced performance at midfield, Eavan Guirl added six goals, an assist, three caused turnovers, and eight draw controls.  Hallie Williams recorded three points and three draw controls while Ella Schachtman assisted twice on the day and scooped up four ground balls.  Emma Swanson rounded out the scoring for JBS with one goal and made quite an impact with her pressure on West’s transition.  The defense did an exceptional job shutting down the Longhorn attack with Julia Wykes holding the area’s scoring leader to just one goal.  Shaila Lundal contributed to three caused turnovers in transition, and Emma Shearburn added two more caused turnovers for the Bombers.   


Next up for the girls was a trip to Francis Howell on Friday night.  In a true team win, every JBS player ended up with a tally in the stat column en route to the 18-9 victory over the Vikings.  Emma Shearburn and Allison Dahl led the defense with four caused turnovers apiece while Anyi Sun added three more.  Madi Shands and Meredith Luhmann each grabbed two ground balls, and Sophia King recorded her first scoreless half of the season.  On the offensive end, eleven players contributed to the Bomber scoring with many underclassmen leading the way.  Riley King finished with five goals while freshman Ellie Strahorn recorded her first hat trick.  Natalie Caster and Eva Kappas each scored one for JBS, and Sally Arneson and Eleanor Hohenberg each added an assist.  


Throughout the season, a point of emphasis for the team has been focusing on putting together fifty solid minutes in a game.  Of that fifty minutes, a player might be lucky to have the ball in their stick for maybe three or four minutes total.  Rather than focus on those few minutes, the team is rallying around what players can do in the other forty-six minutes without the ball each game for the sake of the team.  Following her performance in the Parkway West game, Emma Swanson was presented with the “46 ball” to celebrate her exceptional contributions off ball in the team’s win.  While there may be no recognition in the stat column for it, the program is happy to start a new tradition of celebrating the player who best embodies this principle every game.  The ball is now in Ellie Strahorn’s possession following her solid effort in the Howell game.  We are looking forward to seeing which players will earn the distinction in this week’s upcoming games.

To start this final week of the regular season, the girls are set to take on undefeated Lafayette on Monday.  We look forward to honoring our seniors following our game with Cor Jesu on Wednesday, and then we’ll wrap up the regular season out at Northwest House Springs on Friday afternoon.  


We are looking forward to a solid finish to the regular season.  Go Bomb!

Girls JV Lacrosse


The JV girls lacrosse team had two games this past weekend.  First up was Parkway West on our home turf.  Unfortunately, we came out a little slow and Parkway took advantage and grabbed an early lead and the first half ended up Parkway 4 and Bombers 2.  We gradually started to pick things up in the second half but we were still losing by 5 goals with 3 minutes to go.  But the Bombers never gave up and with a sudden burst of energy we scored 3 goals in the last three minutes to bring the game to a 6-8 Bomber loss.  Bomber goals were scored by Natalie Richter, Gabby Randall (2), Eva Kappas, Sarah Wilkins and Marin Guthrie.  After the game, the Parkway West coach came over to our bench to tell our team that her players said we were the kindest and most sportsmanlike team they had ever played...that's a WIN in my book!  

Our second game of the week was against Francis Howell.  This game was won on the draw control - Eva Kappas came up with 14 out of 16 draw controls!  Additionally, Emma Braswell and Gabby Randall shined with their crease roll action that resulted in 4 goals for Emma and 4 goals for Gabby!  Anna Duncan added another Bomber goal off an interception from the Francis Howell goalie and the game ended in a 10-5 win for the Bombers.  

Girls JV2 Lax


Despite ceaseless spring showers, the Bombers fit in three games this week on their home turf.  On Monday, the Bombers faced off with Francis Howell Central. Throughout the game, the Bombers struggled to connect but worked hard to recover ground balls and made up for unforced errors with a feisty defense.  The Spartans were a skilled team, maintaining possession with good passing and receiving as well as strong set pieces on attack. The Bombers rose to the occasion and countered Francis Howell’s constant movement in, out and around the 8 meter with a steady and cohesive defense.  It is remarkable to see how far this group of players have come in such a short time! Hanah Wilkins was a force in goal and made over a dozen saves. On the attacking end, Vivienne Lu (1G), Lilly Williams (3G) and Natalie Richter (1G, 1A) put 5 goals on the scoreboard collectively.  In the end though, the Spartans outplayed us and won 7-5.

 


On Saturday, the clouds parted and we had a choice day for competition at JBS.  The Bombers played Parkway South at 9am then Parkway West at 12pm. With just a couple of subs, the girls’ fitness was put to the test and they didn’t let is phase them.  In each game, the Bombers’ play just got better and better. They connected well with one another taking the ball skillfully from one end of the field to the other and working hard to maintain possession.  Against Parkway South, Lilly Williams (6G), Callie Kaplan (1G), Vivienne Lu (4G), Ella Galvin (1A), Ava Kennard (1A) and Karuna Kayembe (1A) collected 11 goals for the Bombers while the defensive unit, led by Sammie Lee in goal, allowed Parkway just 4 goals on 17 attempts.  Final score 11-4 in favor of the Bombers!

 


Later that day, the Bombers were back at it against Parkway West.  Parkway West had a strong goalie which put our goal scoring abilities to the test and with just one sub our girls would have to push through any fatigue to pull out a win.  And that they did! The Bombers were more connected than we’ve seen them all season placing priority on possession by making smart and accurate passes to one another. They were more calculated and patient on the attacking end setting up plays and spreading out the Parkway defense in order to create space and greater scoring opportunities.  Ella Galvin (1G, 1A), Callie Kaplan (1G), Vivienne Lu (2G, 1A), and Lilly Williams (2G) earned the Bombers 6 goals while our defensive unit, led by Arna Gowda in goal allowed Parkway West just 4 goals. It was one of the Bombers best games of the season and a great way for 4 of our players to wrap up their season. With Bio Dreyland in the week ahead, Saturday’s games were the last for captain Callie Kaplan, Ella Galvin, Vivienne Lu and Katie Gelfman.  Each of them played a valuable role in our team’s success this season and we will miss them on the field for our last game next Saturday.

 


We hope to see and hear you from the stands Saturday, May 11 as the Bombers come together one last time against Marquette.

 


Let’s Go Bomb!

Your coaches,

Margaret and Janie