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October 14, 2019

Boys Varsity Soccer

The Soccer Bombers had a very good week of competition with the perenially strong Priory Rebels and Clayton Greyhounds on this week’s docket.

On Thursday the Bombers played 80 minutes through the driving rain at Priory in a well-played and hard-fought battle.  The Bombers struck first on a ball from distance that skipped off a Rebels’ defenders head and into their own net.  The score would remain that way until Priory scored on their own shot from distance as the rain and wet conditions certainly factored into the first two goals of the game.  The score would remain 1-1 until the very waning moments, when the Priory keeper would make a couple dazzling saves before the Rebels knocked one in with under 10 seconds remaining on the clock.  A 2-1 final in favor of Priory.

A quick turnaround to get ready for a Saturday tilt vs. Clayton, who is deservedly ranked among the area’s top teams in Class 3.   Johnny Gates would get the Bombers on the scoreboard midway through the first half on a great through ball from Rishu Kumar to stake the Bombers to a 1-0 lead.  Goalkeeper Michael Turza would make that one goal stand up as the Bombers ended their brief losing skid at one game in a 1-0 victory over Clayton.

This week the Bombers will face Parkway Central, St. Mary’s and Chaminade.  All much bigger schools with strong programs – the boys will be tested for sure this week!

Varsity Field Hockey

Last week, Bomber Hockey had a short and sweet week with just a single game on the road and only 2 days of school.  On Monday, we bused over to St. Joseph’s Academy to play the Angels on their grass field. For 60 minutes, the girls played the Angles’ grass like it was turf!   They executed beautiful passing patterns, transferred the ball from one side of the field to the other with clean, hard hits and combined with one another on every layer of the field.  Once again, our backs were dialed in from beginning to end. Throughout the game, Kate Smith stepped up to the ball and repeatedly denied St. Joe’s any opportunity to launch an attack. On the sides, Annie Arnold was constantly re-positioning to support her teammates and help the team attack in numbers while Janie Shanahan’s elimination skills allowed her to remain poised on the ball and combine with speedy left midfielder, Sydney Panagos.  Our midfielders continue to build their endurance and constantly pose a threat to our competition everywhere on the field. Grace Pottebaum and Eavan Guirl dominated the middle of the field with heavy pressure at the top of the circle and relentless effort to win back the ball when the Angels had possession. The forward line led by Caroline Strahorn, Riley King and Ellie Strahorn were relentless and scrappy inside the circle helping to keep the pressure on the Angels’ goalie and breakdown their defensive efforts.  Ultimately, Riley King (2G, 1A), Grace Pottebaum (1G, 1A), Esther Pottebaum (1G), Kate Smith (1G), and Eavan Guirl (1A) helped the Bombers finish inside the circle and defeat St. Joe’s 5-0. Well played Bombers!!

After a well-timed Fall Break, the Bombers come back together this week for two exciting events.  First, we play Kirkwood on the road Wednesday. Second, the Bomber Hockey Program will be hosting a field hockey clinic for a group of students from North Side Community School on Friday afternoon.  The girls have been working hard to plan a fun and informative clinic for the NSCS students and we look forward to sharing our love of sport with them!

See you on the sidelines.

Your Coaches,

Mer and Janie

JV Field Hockey

The JV Bomber Hockey squad had a much needed quiet and restful week last week.  With only one game against St. Joe and then a little restoration period over fall break, we are now poised and ready to finish out our season strong over the next ten days.  Our St. Joe game last week ended in a 1-0 Bomber victory!  We had a slow start in the first half but got our groove on in the second half and Milah Padda scored a beautiful reverse sweep goal (which is very hard to do on a grass surface!) off of a timely feed from Katie Kantrovitz.  At the sweeper position, Kathleeen Dobbs had her work cut out for her against St. Joe, as much of the game was played in our defensive end.  Even with break away situations, Kathleen remained cool, calm and collected and kept the ball out of our end.  Hannah Nelson aided Kathleen in our defensive end with several saves (two with St. Joe players swarming her pads) that helped secure the Bomber shut-out.  On the other end of the field, Sophia King was the offensive spark that turned things around for the Bombers in the second half.  We needed a boost of energy up there and Sophia brought it!  Congrats to Kathleen, Hannah and Sophia for winning the Golden Stick Award!  

Varsity Volleyball

Varsity Volleyball had a light week with a single match against St. Dominic on Monday. Although the Bombers lost to a very good Crusaders team in two sets (17-25, 28-26), it was a competitive match and the squad walked away proud of their effort. It’s clear that this team is capable of competing with some of the powerhouse programs in the state.

This week the Bombers have matches at Whitfield on Monday, and at Clayton on Thursday. After having most of last week off, the Bombers should be recharged and ready to finish the season strong!

JV Blue Volleyball

Our Bombers had an abbreviated week; they played in only one match against St. Dominic.  The Crusaders came with a big crew ready to play against our Bombers.  Both teams were well matched with well-played rallies going both ways.  Despite the hard work ethic of our Bombers; the Crusaders ended up taking the match in two games.  25-21

JV Gold Volleyball

On Monday, JV Gold took on a very talented St. Dominic at home.  Gold played with perseverance and spirit, picking each other up during a tough match against a difficult opponent.  The girls adjusted well to a last-minute lineup change due to injuries and missing players, and despite losing 4-25 and 9-25, they showed resilience and used the games to work together to set goals and work towards meeting them.

JV Gold’s next match is on Monday, at Parkway West Middle School against Webster Groves Club Ignite, followed by a home match on Wednesday against Normandy High School.

Girls Varsity Tennis

The Varsity tennis team kicked off the postseason this past week.  First up was a dual match against STEAM Academy from McCluer South-Berkeley.  The Bombers managed to secure their spot in the team district championship after claiming the 5-0 win over the Bulldogs.  On Thursday, the team headed indoors to face the Red Knights of Incarnate Word Academy.  Once again, the team swept the doubles and the match was called after JBS won two singles matches, securing another 5-0 win to claim the team district championship. 

On Friday, individual districts began at JBS. Singles players Lily Walther and Ainsley Heidbreder advanced the championship where Lily claimed the district title with a 7-6, 7-5 win over Ainsley.  On the doubles side, both JBS duos also cruised into the finals.  Sami Remis and Gaby Thornton took home the doubles championship with a 6-1, 6-4 win over teammates Emily Kantrovitz and Nina Zhu.  It was an exceptional morning of tennis as the Bombers went head to head.  

All six players have the opportunity to secure their spots as individual state qualifiers when they take on District 7’s 1st and 2nd place finishers in sectional play at JBS on Wednesday afternoon.  Later this week, the team will also compete for the team sectional title on Saturday in hopes of advancing to the state tournament.   Good luck, Bomb!

Boys Swimming

Bombers swimming had one meet this week against Chaminade. Although we had a day off of school, we still lost a very close meet (92/77). We had a handful of best times, including: 

 -Luke Tu going sub 1:00 for the 1st time in the 100 FR

- Mortiz Habermann improving his 100 BR

- Adam Zhao going 26.65 in the 50 FR

-Eli Front in the 100 FR

-Niko Theodos improving his consideration cut in the 200 FR

- Patrick McGinley in the 100 BK