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October 7, 2019

Varsity Field Hockey

It was a light week for Bomber Hockey.  With the holiday on Monday and just a single game on Thursday it felt like a big change of pace for the team.  After a strong, focused practice on Wednesday, the Bombers were dialed in and ready to play Marquette on Thursday.  Our forward line was fierce on defense repeatedly shutting down the Mustangs’ attempts to get the ball out of their defensive end with big, direct hits.  Our midfielders and back line were quick to intercept the ball, redistribute it from one side to the other and denied Marquette easy entry into our defensive 25 yards of the field.  Riley King (2G, 1A), Sydney Panagos (1G), Grace Pottebaum (1G), Eavan Guirl (1A) and Ellie Strahorn (1A) helped their team post a 4-0 win over Marquette and Anna Duncan added another shutout to her record.  Well played Bombers!

Up next, the Bombers play St. Joseph’s Academy on the road Monday at 4pm.

Let’s Go Bomb!!!

Your Coaches,

Mer and Janie

JV Field Hockey

The JV field hockey team continued their solid play last week at home against Marquette.  Marquette is always fast and athletic and plays a very direct game, so the Bombers responded with a suffocating amount pressure that prevented Marquette from having the time and space to move the ball the way they hoped.  Marin Guthrie earned the Golden Stick Award of the game for her intensity and physical play in our attacking circle.  She also scored one of the Bomber goals off an assist by Callie Kaplan!  Gabby Randall was our other Golden Stick Award winner. Gabby faced a few Marquette breakaways and on one in particular the Marquette attacker had beat all of our defenders and was barrelling down on Gabby, but Gabby calmly closed the angle and made a beautiful save!  Katie Kantrovitz scored two goals off of attack penalty corners.  Her first goal was assisted by Callie Kaplan and her second goal was a tricky ariel that sailed past the Marquette keeper.  Mila Paddah scored the final Bomber goal off of another attack penalty corner and the game ended in a 4-0 Bomber victory!  

Boys Varsity Soccer

The Soccer Bombers had two games this week before we enter the most difficult stretch of our schedule. 

On Wednesday the Bombers travelled to Bishop DuBourg to once again play in the sweltering heat.  The Bombers struck first and were cruising to a 3-0 lead before DuBourg got one back just before the horn sounded to end the first half.  The Bombers rebounded with four in the second half to defeat a hard working DuBourg side by the score of 7-1  Congrats to Will Grace on his first varsity goal of his career!

On Friday the Bombers played their first home game in what seems like months!  The Prin Panthers came to JBS and we always know it’s going to be a hard working and physical Prin squad anytime we square off. 

The Bombers took the lead on a Jackson Miller goal, but surrendered a tally before the half ended to make the score 1-1 at halftime.  The Bombers were none-too-pleased about their first half execution and vowed to be better in the second half.  A few tactical changes accompanied the halftime adjustments and the Bombers responded with 5 goals in the second half to cruise to a 6-1 win in front of the home crowd.  Connors Sheehan and Jackson Miller both ended the day with a 2g, 1a effort to pace the offense.

And now the gauntlet begins. 

The Bombers will face Priory, Chaminade, St. Mary’s, Clayton and Parkway Central over the next 11 days.  Most of these schools are ranked at or near the top of the local rankings, so the Bombers will face their toughest tests of the season coming up!

Come on out to see some of the best high school soccer in the area over the next couple of weeks! 

Boys JV Soccer

After a hard-fought loss and a dominant performance that resulted in a tie during last week's games, the JBS JV Boy's Soccer team was hungry to get back out there this week and compete. First up was Bishop DuBourg, and the Bombers took a quick lead in the first half off goals from Amaan Banga, Nikhil Morgan, and an own goal off a Rahul Jasti cross.  The team yet again created a number of opportunities, though didn't have the number of goals to match their consistent pressure, and the game ended in a 4-0 result after a late Akil Dickerson finish. Practice the rest of the week saw the group working on finishing, in the hopes of figuring out new and more creative ways to find openings in the offensive half of the field. 

The next team was Principia, played in the twilight hours of the evening on Beckman Field after a varsity tilt. The game only had a certain amount of light remaining in the day, so the message before the game was not to let chances to score pass us by. Akil Dickerson clearly heard the call, as he netted his first goal less than a minute into the game, and his second less than ten minutes later. Amaan Banga added a few of his own, and Reilly Dillon made his presence known with a goal and consistent hustle and pressure on their defense. Connor Kaplan, Peter Farley, and Patrick Bloomquist held down the middle of the field and distributed the ball well up top. This was a promising sign for the offense, and with difficult games coming up against Chaminade and Clayton, something the group can hopefully build on as we move towards playoffs.

Boys C Soccer

The boys C soccer team faced off against a strong CBC Cadet's squad last week and played a very solid game. True to their form all season long, the Bombers were strong defensively, bolstered by the solid goalkeeping of freshman Tucker Desloge. But Burroughs had an equally tough time finding the net against a formidable Cadet's squad as well, and the game ended in a 0-0 draw. The Bombers hope to get another another shot at CBC later this month when they play in the CBC "C" tournament later this month (last year, the Burroughs C squad knocked out the host team in penalty kicks). But first, it's two touch matches against Chaminade on Monday, and a rematch, Friday, against the only team to best the boys C team this year, the Rams of MICDS.

Boys JVR Soccer

The boys JV-Reserve soccer team competed against Logos school last week in beautiful weather at McConnell field. Facing a handful of injuries and absences, the Bombers had pull together and pick up the slack of missing a few regulars. The first half began as a ping pong match, with possession going back and forth in the middle of the field. The Bombers were the first to tally in this one, of a beautiful one-touch shot in the box from freshman winger Thomas Dunson, who drilled it into the side netting to give Burroughs the 1-0 lead. Sophomore goalie Jack Huhn made a handful of terrific saves in the first half, including a diving deflection from the foot of Logos's best player to keep the game in hand, but Logos finally broke through to even the score at 1-1. Moments later, freshman Aziz Carvalho netted a shot from outside the penalty area to give Burroughs a 2-1 lead heading into the halftime. The second half was a bit of a different story, as Logos began building momentum and attacking the Burroughs goal. Huhn turned away shot after shot until finally the Logos star broke through the back line for a breakaway and put home the equalizer. Burroughs was unable to answer back before time ran out, and the game ended in a 2-2 draw. JVR is back in action this Thursday against STL United.

Girls Varsity Tennis

The Varsity girls started the week by honoring the senior players before the match with Edwardsville on Tuesday.  Sriya, Tina, Sami, Emma, Sophie, and Gaby each were celebrated for their incredible contributions to the Bomber tennis team over the past four seasons.  After recognizing each of the girls and their parents, the team hit the courts and swept the visiting Edwardsville Tigers in ten singles and five doubles flights.  It was a great day celebrating our seniors with excellent tennis. 

On Friday, the team headed to St. Joseph’s Academy for what would prove to be the team’s only loss of the regular season.  The doubles duos of Lily/Ainsley and Sriya/Shearburn were the only winners for JBS, while Lily, Ainsley, and Gaby finished with wins on the singles side.  Emily, Nina, and Stuti each split sets but fell just short in the deciding 10 point tiebreaker for the third set.  A tough loss for the Bombers, but the match was great preparation for postseason play which will begin this week with team districts on Tuesday at JBS.  Good luck, ladies!

Girls JV Tennis

On Thursday the team lost a hard fought match to Visitstion by the score of 8-2. Winners were Sophia Crowley and Maya Kaslow who won a nail biter at #1 doubles. The other victory for JBS was Grace Moore and Phoebe Martyn at #4 doubles. On Friday the team finished the regular season with a loss to powerhouse St Joseph’s Academy. Winners for JBS were Sophia Crowley and Maya Kaslow. Also victorious was Abigail Gardner in singles. The team will compete in the JV tournament on Monday and Tuesday to close out the season.

C Football

The C Football team played St. Mary's this last week.  With a couple of injuries to key players, the Bombers were without Ryder Scully at receiver and Carter Thompson at running back.  The offense struggled, despite great pass protection from Jack Enger, Jack Shaper, Christos Anoniou, Gared Roby, and Christian Sieve.  Joe Baur was able to complete passes to several different receivers, like Billy Sinton, Peter Diemer, and Ian Bennett, but the offense could not string together enough positive plays to have a sustained drive.  Defensively, the Bombers had largely the same problems.  Injuries forced Baur and Mason Minkin to play inside linebacker and corner respectively, positions they had only had the opportunity to play a few times before.  The Bombers forced several third and long and fourth and long downs, but could not keep up the pressure against a deep and talented St. Mary's offense.  The Bombers fell 59-0 and have there next game away at Parkway Central on October 14th at 4:15 PM.

JV Blue Volleyball

JV blue Bombers had a busy week facing off against three opponents. Tuesday’s match was played at the Lutheran North against the Crusaders.  The Bombers came out flat during their first game but in true fashion pulled together as a team to take the Crusaders 25-19.  Our  Bombers asserted their dominance during the second game with a 25-4 victory. 


The Bombers have played in some very exciting 3 game matches this season and Wednesday’s match against St. Charles High School was one of the most exhilarating so far.  The Bombers faced off against St. Charles earlier in the season at the Metro league tournament and split with them during pool play.  The two teams were well matched with similar styles of play; strong serving, defensive ball control, and well-placed offensive attacks.  The first set was a back and forth battle with both teams responding to the others teams play.  The Fighting Pirates edged out the Bombers in the first game 25-23.   Our Bombers were unflappable and ready to counter.   They answered with a serving barrage of their own supported by good defense, taking the second game 25-16.  The 3rd deciding set was a test of nerves with both teams firing on all cylinders.  The Bombers embraced the pressure like they have done many times over the season to take the 3rd set 26-24. 


The Bombers hosted the Lindbergh Flyers in Friday’s match, which turned out to be a test in the Bomber’s ability to adapt and adjust.  Not only did the Bombers have to play a tough opponent, they had to play with a new offense.  Despite persistent defense with strong team play; our Bomber’s loss the first game 15-25.  The Bomber’s continued to adapt and play well under pressure and improve their play during the second game.  They put pressure on the Flyers while supporting one another like they always do.  The Flyer’s took the 2nd game and match 25-20.  

JV Gold Volleyball

Wednesday JV Gold played an away match at St. Charles High School against a traditionally very talented school.  The courts were set up side by side and JV Blues’s match was play concurrently, making for a loud tournament-type environment.  Despite the difficulty of the setting, JV Gold played one of their best matches.  An early lead gained by St. Charles with some tough serves and strategic tipping could not be caught and the Bombers lost the first set 16-25.

The second set saw the Bombers come back ready to cover any ball sent over at any time.  Libero Eleanor Hohenberg covered the left side of the court while Right Sides Kaia Minkin and Katie Xu picked up tips on the right, keeping the game close, and taking the last few points to win 26-24.

Gold played the third set whole heartedly, not giving up til the last point, but were fatigued and drained and gave up a quick set 4-15.

JV Gold makes their next appearance at Burroughs on Monday against St. Dominic at 4:15.

Cross Country

No meets this past week!

Boys Swimming

Bomber swimming had a great week, first taking on WCA then swimming the DeSmet Invite on Saturday.

Swimming Westminster is always  fun because my husband coaches there, and while they beat us last year, we were really gunning to beat them this year! Now normally we don't really care about "winning," but in this case, well, I mean, dinner was on the line! (Did you see their scoreboard, with #whopaysfordinner?) So I told the guys, we're going to win this year, and that we did, 106-64. So good thing, because we went to Crushed Red afterward and whew, that would have been a hefty price to pay! (wahwah)

Highlights of the WCA meet were ekeing out a win the 200 Medley relay, but then dominating the 200 FR, especially with Davis Engler being WAY behind his opponent but chasing him down to secure third place! (Swimmer of the meet!)

John Woodruff swam his first  200 IM ever, and did so well that we put him in that at the DeSmet invite where he swam fast enough to get the consideration cut!

Our 500 Fr swept the event (Theodos, Woodruff, and Hyken), and Julian Schenck also swam it in the outside lane and got his best time ever!

On the 400 FR relay, Donnie Breckinridge stepped in and swam for his teammate, earning swimmer of the meet! He also got best ever 50 FR time.

Andy Zhang, who was a little under the weather, also got swimmer of the meet for swimming  at his best times!

The DeSmet Invite was JBS v the Catholics! Hahah, but seriously, we were also the only small school there! We competed against KC power Rockhurst, and defending Class 2 champ SLUH, 3rd in state CBC , and DeSmet. (We beat them!)

We had 2 gold medalists in Niko Theodos in the 200 IM and Steven Busch in the 100 FL. Steven also medaled 3rd in the 200 FR. Michael Tu got silver in the 100 BR.

Our Medley and 200 FR relay each medaled in 3rd! Also the medley finally got the automatic state cut! Woohoo! (Adam Sutter, Theodos, Busch, and Tu on the medley, and same guys on the 200 FR relay except sub J Wood for Sutter.)

We got SO MANY best times! Graham Sagel got his consideration cut in the 100 FL and also got his best 200 IM time ever. 

Adam Zhao, who has been out for 2 weeks with pneumonia, somehow managed to get his best time of the year in the 100 BK, also earning a consideration cut.

Moritz Habermann also improved his times in the 200 IM and 100 BR.

Will DePlanty dropped in the 100 FR getting closer to the consideration cut!

Henry Baur and Graham got their best 50 free split on the 200 FR Relay.

Luke Tu dropped over 3 seconds in his 100 BR!

Eli front shattered his best times in the 50 FR and 100 BK.

Teddy Gillanders dropped in the 100 BR!

Ethan Jick dropped in the 50 FR.