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September 9, 2019

 

Varsity Football

Dear Bombers


This weekend was our 2019 Home Opener at Leland Field and the Bombers did not disappoint.  The team got off to a fast start with a 58 yard TD pass from Chris Pittman to Adisa Roberts and never looked back en route to a 42-0 victory over Brentwood.  The Bomber defense continues to be stingy holding Brentwood to less than 100 yards of total offense.  The offense was paced by Duncan Cloniger and a strong passing attack; the team has gained more than250 yards through the air for two consecutive weeks!  Malachi Chunn found the endzone THREE times on runs to lead JBS in scoring.


Thanks for Reading!

Your Coach


John Merritt

A short Highlight Reel can be found below:

JBS vs Brentwood 2019


The "HUDL Game Recap" can be found here:

HUDL Game Recap John Burroughs vs Brentwood 2019

C Football


C Football will have our first contest next week.  We can’t wait!  Please check back then. 


Varsity Field Hockey


Varsity field hockey kicked off the 2019 regular season this week with both a game on the road and our home opener.  On Wednesday, the Bombers boarded the “Party Bus” for the first of many times this season and headed to Lutheran South.  Led by this year’s captains, Sydney Panagos, Janie Shanahan, and Caroline Strahorn, the Bombers’ play was possession-focused and lively with all 18 players (quite a squad!) seeing significant playing time.  With several rotations in the line up, we were tremendously proud of the way the players adjusted without missing a beat and played seamlessly with one another. They all worked tirelessly to maintain ball possession and hone their passing pattern skills on every layer of the field.  In the end, the Bombers won 12-0.


On Saturday, the Bombers played their home opener against Westminster on a very festive day at JBS.  With fans sporting blue and gold beads, pom-poms and face paint thanks to the Family Picnic, the Bombers felt the extra love and played with heart and synchronicity.  Once again all 18 players found themselves on the field, representing JBS and playing for one another. They played smart, passed with purpose and several times strung together 6 or more consecutive passes going back and forth, up and down the field.  The Bombers showed poise and control for a full 60 minutes,  which is no small feat. With goals by Riley King, Esther Pottebaum, Caroline Strahorn and Julia Wykes (assists to Eavan Guirl, Riley King, Sydney Panagos and Hallie Williams) the Bombers won 9-0.


On Tuesday, the Bombers will face Villa at home and Lafayette on the road.  

The season has only just begun! 


Let’s Go Bomb!


Your Coaches,

Mer and Janie

JV Field Hockey


The 2019 JV field hockey team came out of the gates on fire!  In their first two games of the regular season, they brought great energy and enthusiasm on the field AND on the sidelines, cheering and encouraging their teammates on the field.  One of the key statistics on our game day stat sheet is “Good Vibes” and in our first game of the season against Parkway Central, the team recognized freshman, Avery Boswell, for bringing the positive mojo.  Avery not only showed off her stellar stick skills but her quick passes and all out effort raised the game for everyone around her. Hanah Wilkins earned the coveted “Golden (mini) Stick” award for her servant leadership.  Hanah not only leads by example with her work ethic day in and day out, but she is also the teammate that pro-actively helps with the little things around the field, like picking up extra balls and bringing the water cooler in.  Without seeking recognition, Hanah digs right in and serves those around her. Way to go Hanah! Our game against Parkway Central ended with a 9-0 Bomber win and goals were scored by Callie Kaplan (2), Marin Guthrie, Katie Holekamp, Sophia King, Avery Boswell, Zoe Scully, Remi Barnett and Milah Padda...talk about everyone on the team making a contribution to the scoreboard!  

Our second game of the week was our home opener against Westminster.  This uptempo game felt like an ice hockey game with shifts of players rotating in and out of the game and bringing non-stop energy and pressure to the opponent every minute they were on the field.  We had 26 shots on goal and 8 attack penalty corners! The Bombers won 5-0 with goals by Zoe Scully, Emily Brouillet, Katie Kantrovitz, Remi Barnett and another one by Katie Kantrovitz (aka. “Kantro”!).  Our Golden (mini) Stick award went to both Rekha Morgan and Katie Kantrovitz. In an offensive dominated game, Rekha stayed engaged in the wide defender position and made key overlapping runs to help the team.  Kantro dished out pass after beautiful pass to her teammates and every once in a while took the ball to goal herself, leading to two beautiful goals. Bravo Bomb!

C Field Hockey


The C team began the week being coached by 2012 JBS alum and former Northwester player, Charlotte Martin. They traveled to St. Joe, who is always a tough opponent for us. They fought hard to score and stopped multiple scoring chances but lost 4-1. 


On Saturday, we played against Parkway West.  We quickly took charge of the game. Our passing and off ball movement were impressive. We had numerous shots on goal which PW's goalie somehow stopped. We kept pressuring their defense, never letting down. Then before halftime Virginia Shuff had a bullet drive, which hit the boards to put us ahead 1-0.  Nadia Steinle tipped in our second goal from a pass by Grace Turza.  Then our third goal was scored from a perfectly executed penalty corner. Our inserter, Macy Goldfarb pushed the ball out to Grace Turza who sent it towards the left goal post where Macy tipped it in. PW had a threat late in the game but our backs, Meghna Kommu, Maggie Salarano, and Giovana Benoit worked together to clear the ball out of danger. It was quite a display of teamwork! Every player touched the ball during the game, except for our two goalies, Sammie Lee and Zoeya Khan We won 3-0. A special thanks to our spectators for all their support and cheers!

Varsity Volleyball


The Varsity Volleyball team played Hazelwood Central at home on Tuesday, and Visitation Academy at their place on Thursday. Both matches went to a third, tie-breaking set - with the Bombers getting the win against the Hawks from Hazelwood Central, but coming up short against Viz.

The Bombers continue to get better at playing together on the court, and had some great performances in both matches. By coming from behind after losing the first set to Hawks, the team showed that they can recover after making mistakes and not playing their best. By beating Viz in the first set, and staying competitive throughout the next two, the team has shown they can play high-energy, high-level volleyball and are on the verge of putting everything together to be a solid volleyball team.


On Thursday against Viz, the Bombers were putting up some huge blocks and stopped numerous attacks at the net. Haleigh Robinson (11th) did a spectacular job of tracking the other team’s middle hitter and mostly shut down the middle attack while she was in the front row. Vanessa Polk (10th) is such a factor at the net with her blocking that other teams look to see where she is, and then they set the ball in the other direction.


We have two more regular matches this week against tough opponents, both at home: Parkway Central on Tuesday, and Westminster on Thursday. On Friday we travel to Columbia for a tournament on Saturday. Go Bombers!


JV Volleyball

The JV (Blue) Bombers had a busy first week to start off their season.  Their first match was played at home, and in-spite of a supportive crowd, the Bombers had the first game jitters and gave up some early points.  But that did not last long.  Their jitters turned into confidence when Meredith Luhmann had an amazing serving streak that, as her teammates put it, “seemed to phase through the net”.  They continued to work together as a team to defeat Hazelwood Central 25-14, 25-17. 

Thursdays match was played at Visitation Academy.   The Bombers had a slow start but never gave up, they slowly played catch up the whole first game losing 21-25.  Their “work” mentality paid off and they gained momentum with every point to take a close hard fought second game 27-25.  They use their momentum to capitalize on the quick 3rd game to 15.  Defeating Visitation 15-10. 

The Metro league tournament was a great opportunity for the Bombers to play a lot of different teams.  The JV blue pool consisted of Principia, Villa, St. Charles and MICDS.  The Bombers took both games from Principia, but gave 2 away to Villa.  They split games to a consistent St. Charles team with a dramatic comeback win to this undefeated team in our pool.  They went on to split with MCIDS in their last pool play match and ended up with a 4win 4loss record.  The Bombers showed poise and flexibility by adjusting to different lineups and positions and gladly played their roles to support the team.


The JV Gold Volleyball team won their first game of the season on Saturday in the Metro League Tournament against Lutheran High School North.  They played competitively throughout the day and met their goals against some tough teams.  They look forward to building on what they learned during the regular season matches.

C Volleyball


C team is off to a great start. We had a match on Tuesday against Hazelwood Central in which we played well however we were still working out the kinks and fell short of a win. We lost in two with the score being 25-13, 25- 18.

By Thursday we had one match under our belts and felt a lot more confident. We competed against Logos who proved to be a worthy opponent pushing us to play hard and forcing a game three in the match up. Burroughs C team was able to inch past Logos in the third game winning 25-22, 16-25 (Logos win) and 15-13.

We are very excited about the season ahead and are ready for the Metro C tournament at Burroughs this weekend.

Varsity Soccer


The Soccer Bombers kicked off their 2019 campaign this week after three weeks of solid preseason work.  The boys were chomping at the bit to get rolling into game action and were excited to compete against someone other then themselves when the Lutheran South Lancers came to Beckman Field on Wednesday. 


The Bombers came out strong but had trouble finishing their chances early, and held onto a 1-0 lead with d14 minutes remaining in the first half.  The floodgates opened quickly and the Bombers poured in seven goals over the next twelve minutes to increase their lead to 8-0 in a hurry.  MSHSAA’s new mercy rule in soccer this year is an 8 goal differential at halftime or beyond – so when the clock struck zeros to end the half, that was the end of the game.  Connors Sheehan netted his first two varsity goals, Johnny Gates tallied twice, as did Vic Williams.    Newcomers Rishu Kumar and Charles Martin added two assists a piece in the high scoring half.  Michael Turza and Tucker Desloge combined for the clean sheet in net.

On Friday the Bombers advance to the winner’s side of the Metro League Tournament and faced the Wildcats from WCA.  The Bombers once again started strong as John Cordia buried a head ball off a cross from Gates to open the…flood gates!  Vic Williams followed that up with a nifty goal of his own to move the score to 2-0 early.  It would remain that way the rest of the half, but the Bombers would add two goals from Gates and Matt Christenson would net his first varsity goal to give the Bombers a 5-0 victory.  Michael Turza would once again keep the sheet clean and not allow a goal in net. 


This put the Bombers in the championship game on Saturday at home vs. MICDS.  Always a fun game for everyone involved!  The Bombers would get on the board early off a nifty side-footed chip shot from Vic Williams to give the Bombers a 1-0 early advantage.  And from there, the back line of Chase Stokes, Josh Magare, Ritu Kumar and George Dietrich would do an amazing job of shutting down the talented Rams attack.  Michael Turza was there to clean up any miscues and was rewarded with his third shutout of the season. 


This week the Bombers will play at Lutheran South on Wednesday and at St. Pius on Friday.


JV Soccer

JV Boy's Soccer finally got a chance to compete against another school this past week against a perennial powerhouse in St. Louis University High School's JV squad. The contest was a battle from start to finish, and if this first game is any indication, this Bomber team will compete as hard as they can against any opponent. SLUH jumped out to an early lead on a defensive lapse in the box, though Burroughs quickly responded off a beautiful goal from freshman Bowen Brantingham. Brantingham collected a ball out of the air with a deft touch, used his body to create space, and then ripped an accurate shot past the goalie. For a player who had spent the preseason practicing at the back of our formation, this was an exciting first tally of the season. 


Early in the second half, SLUH scored yet again on a defensive lapse, though JBS answered again later in the half, taking advantage of a handball inside the 18. Freshman Nikhil Morgan stepped up immediately and confidently nailed home the PK, securing the tie. Freshman Will Chapman almost scored a go ahead goal in the last moments of the match, sending a wonderful left footed volley just past the near post. Freshman goalie Tucker Desloge put together a fantastic first high school game, and sophomore Peter Farley was a standout player in the middle of the field for JBS. 

This week, this Bomber's team will take on Lutheran South and St. Pius, and the coaches are excited to see this group's growth as the season progresses.

JVR and C Soccer

The JV Reserve and C teams opened up their season with two great performances last week. Both teams, working with shorter benches due to illness and injuries, displayed a ton of heart and grit on the field.


JVR squared off against Lutheran North JV on Thursday at home, and found themselves down early in the match. With many players learning a new position for this team, and the entire unit getting their first real game experience together, the Bombers dealt with some disorganization in the early goings of the game, which lead to some breakthroughs for the Crusaders onto goal. Freshman keeper Tucker Desloge worked hard to minimize the damage and keep the Bombers within striking distance.


With ten minutes to go in the game, the Bombers found themselves down 3-0 to Lutheran North, but the rust was just beginning to wear off and the chemistry was starting to click. The Bombers were beginning to play with more possession, stringing multiple passes together to build up toward goal, including two wonderful through passes to net the first two goals. New Bomber Jacob Plax ended the drought, knocking home the first JVR goal of the season. Moments later, sophomore Evan Wang poked another through to make it 3-2. Finally, with less than two minutes on the clock, in what may hold up as the most beautiful goal of the season, Junior Koan Morris leveled the score on a set piece, side net snipe (say that 5x fast!), into the top corner of the goal from about 20 yards out. It was a valiant comeback effort from these boys, and a great start to the season! This week they take on Hancock at home, on Tuesday.

Friday, the C team got their first look in real competition, at home against Westminster. Most of the drama, in this one, happened before the game started. As goalie sophomore Jack Huhn was sick and unable play, and all other Bomber goalies were in action for other teams. So JVR center back Gray Fuller stepped up to don the goalie mitts for the C squad. Once the whistle blew, the Bombers pulled no punches, spending most of the game on the attacking half of the field and dominating play for sixty minutes. 


Multiple players scored - Aziz Carvalho, Zach Dolter, new Bomber Jah'de Alexaner, and fellow freshman Brady Schenck netted two. Defenders Tim Nash, Cullen Mills, Collin Logsdon, and Patrick Brouillet were impenetrable and eleventh hour goalie sub Gray Fuller earned the clean sheet in the C Bombers first victory of the season, a shutout blowout win against the rivals from Westminster. They continue this week with two games; at Eureka on Tuesday, and home against Clayton on Thursday.

Varsity Tennis


The Varsity tennis team got off to a strong start in week one of competition.  In the season opener, the Bombers defeated Principia 9-0 with every girl on the team contributing to the team win.  In doubles, Lily Walther and Sami Remis didn’t drop a game at #1 doubles.  Sriya Bandi and Sophie Sinton held at the #2 spot with an 8-1 win while Tina Chen and Arim Fremont also won in convincing fashion with an 8-0 win at #3 doubles.  Ainsley Heidbreder, Emily Kantrovitz, and Emma Shearburn were big winners at 1, 2 and 6 singles respectively, while Gaby Thornton, Nina Zhu, and Stuti Sinha didn’t drop a game at #3, 4, and 5 singles.  


In the Bombers’ home opener in Thursday, the girls knocked off conference foe Westminster Christian Academy.  The girls got off to a quick 3-0 lead with the doubles teams of Thornton/Zhu, Bandi/Sinton, and Chen/Fremont all winning big.  On the singles side, Zhu, Sinha, Bandi, Sinton, and Shearburn all came away with W’s.  In the end, the Bombers defeated the Wildcats 8-1.  


On Friday, the girls traveled to Wildwood to take on a solid squad at Lafayette HS.  Walther/Remis and Heidbreder/Kantrovitz both came up with points for the Bombers on the doubles side while Sinton/Bandi fell to strong opponents at 3 doubles.   At #1 singles, Lily Walther cruised to 6-1, 6-0 win. Sami Remis battled hard to take home the W after splitting sets at #2 singles.  Ainsley Heidbreder (0,3), Emily Kantrovitz (4,0), and Nina Zhu (2,0) each finished with big wins at #3, 4, and 5 respectively, and Stuti Sinha won in a tight match at #6 singles 7-6, 7-6. The Bombers knocked off the Lancers in the team dual match 8-1 then headed out for a team dinner to celebrate a strong showing in week one of competition.

A busy week lies ahead as the squad takes on Villa on Monday, competes in the Metro League Tournament Tuesday through Thursday, and then heads north to Chicago on Friday for a tough tournament on Saturday.   This week should bring some great matches for the girls, and we are looking forward to enjoying some time together outside of St. Louis next weekend!

Good start, Bomb!  

JV Tennis

The JV Bombers began their season with a 3-1 loss to Principia. Winners were Kami Lou Harris and Sydney Starks. On Thursday the team lost a tough match at Westminster by the score of 8-4. JBS winners were Sophia Crowley and Maya Kaslow, Izzy Saccone and Abigail Gardner, and Sydney Starks and Kami Lou Harris(who won twice)!!  On Friday the team lost a hard fought match to Lafayette by the score of 9-4. Winners were Crowley and Kaslow, Grace Moore and Phoebe Martyn, and Katie Gelfman and Sara Cao. The team plays Villa Duschene on Monday

Boys Swimming

Bomber swimming started off their season with 2 great meets!

Our first meet was against powerhouse CBC, and I was really pleased with how well everyone swam!  We only lost by 11 points...not bad considering they got 13 points for diving!

Highlights included going 1-2-3 in the 100 BR (Breaststroke). Those swimmers were Michael Tu, Niko Theodos and Andy Zhang. 


In addition, we got 2 automatic state cuts! Steven Busch in the 200 FR (Free) and Niko in the 500 FR. Davis Engler also got his best 50 FR time ever!

Swimmers of the meet, as decided by the seniors, were Andy Zhang, Michael Tu, and Moritz Habermann.  


Saturday we traveled to compete in an outdoor meet in Cape Girardeau. There were 23 teams and we placed 7th!

Coach Adam had calculated goal times, and almost every person was dead on or faster! 


Steven Busch broke the JBS 200 FR record on his way to a 2nd place finish! He also got an automatic cut in the 100 FL (butterfly). Michael Tu also got an automatic cut in the 100 BR.  

Swimmers of the meet included Davis Engler and Steven Busch.

Many guys got best times by a good margin, including Teddy Gillanders, Ethan Jick, Eli Front in the 50 FR. Niko got his best ever 500 FR time.  


We were super excited about how everyone performed and by their team spirit!