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October 21, 2019

Boys Varsity Soccer

The Bombers had an incredible week on the pitch – a week we always refer to as “The Gauntlet” due to the number of games combined with the quality of the opponents.  And considering this year’s Gauntlet came off the heal of games against Priory and Clayton, the boys were already worn down heading in.

So the challenge was on!  And boy oh boy did they respond!

Monday the Bombers face Parkway Central and jumped out to a 1-0 lead off a beautiful strike from Vic Williams.  Unfortunately, the Bombers couldn’t hang on and allowed the Colts to tap one in from close range to knot the score at one a piece.  This game would end in a 1-1 tie, which was a bit of a disappointment for the Bombers to give up a lead in the second half.

So, a quick turnaround and the Bombers hosted St. Mary’s on Tuesday.  The Dragons were flying high because they had knocked off Chaminade the day prior – so we knew we’d have our hands full.  The Bombers put together one of their most complete efforts of the season and walked away with an incredibly satisfying 3-0 victory over a very strong and athletic St. Mary’s side. 

Which set the Bombers up for an opportunity to win the STL Classic soccer tournament for the first time in school history.  All it would take is a victory over Chaminade.  Which would also be a first in school history!  What an opportunity!

And the Bombers more than delivered.  An incredible performance in net by Michael Turza combined with outstanding defense from Chase Stokes, Finley Desai, George Dietrich, Josh Magare and Ritu Kumar, the Bombers were able to make a PK goal from Jackson Miller (as a result of John Cordia getting in alone and being taken down) stand up in a historic 1-0 victory for the Bombers!  What a game and what a week for the boys in Blue and Gold. 

Boys JV Soccer

The JV Boy's Soccer team looked at this last stretch of difficult games as great tests before the Metro League Tournament, and both games this past week saw the group raise their level of play considerably. 

Against St. Mary's, the offense was the side that came alive, something that's been missing throughout the season. Burroughs came out of the gate buzzing, and pressured the opposing defense constantly, almost springing multiple breakaways. Finally, Akil Dickerson broke free from his defender and got one to the back of the net. Amaan Banga also scored on a partial breakaway off a beautiful lob pass from Peter Farley, tucking a shot inside the near post with a sniper's precision. The last goal of the half came off a Connor Kaplan one touch finish from the top of the 18 after nifty Matt Christenson pass. The Bombers dominated all over the field, and the one great chance for St. Mary's, an absolute cannon from the corner of the 18, was acrobatically tipped off the near post by goalkeeper Reza Mofidi.

In the second half, St, Mary's came out relentless and physical, immediately making a 3-0 game feel close. They got on the board early due to a defensive breakdown which left an opponent all alone on the keeper. And later in the half, a frustrating call by the referee led to a penalty kick. Mofidi again came up huge, diving to stop the PK, though the rebound was corralled by the shooter, who then scored in the empty net. Burroughs buckled down though for the last ten minutes, securing a 3-2 win over a strong St. Mary's team.

Next up was arguably the best team the JBS JV has seen this season. Chaminade came in with only one loss, ironically to the same team that defeated Burroughs; Vianney. For most of the game, it was a relative stalemate. Chaminade was talented all over the field, and they did a nice job moving the ball around their formation. Additionally, their backs were fast and skilled, making it difficult for the Bombers to gain possession in the attacking third. The only really tough chance of the half for either team came off a bad bounce in the Burroughs 18. A Chaminade player was in the perfect spot and hammered a volley, but Tucker Desloge made an absurd knee save that almost ended up in the woods next to Beckman Field. The game would stay tied at zero until 10 minutes remained. Chaminade took a corner, floating one all the way to the far post where an unmarked Red Raider was waiting for the easy finish. Though the Bombers would go on to lose this game, the coaches were quite pleased with the strongest defensive effort of the season.

If the Bomber JV can combine the scoring touch they showed against St. Mary's and the defensive structure and effort from the Chaminade game, they will be an extremely difficult team to beat come tournament time. The group looks forward to a makeup game with Priory, and a chance to make a real statement heading into playoffs. 

Girls Varsity Volleyball

Varsity Volleyball lost away matches last week at Whitfield and Clayton. The Bombers are still struggling to perform consistently day-to-day, and throughout an entire match. Fortunately, the only match that really matters in our schedule is the last one. This team has shown they are capable of competing with, and beating, some of the best teams around so we’re turning our focus on finishing the regular season strong and making a run at the District Title.

This week, we have Senior Night on Tuesday against Principia where we honor the hard work of all the Seniors in the program: Adina Cazacu-De Luca, Amy Phillips, Emma Braswell, and Gabi Moore. On Wednesday we’ll wrap up the regular season at Lutheran St. Charles and will then be solely focused on preparing for the District Tournament, which takes place the following week.

Go Bombers!

Girls JV Blue Volleyball

The Bombers had two away matches this week. Mondays match was against the Whitfield Warriors.  A week off combined with slow play from the Warriors caused some early miscommunications for our Bombers.  I sign of a disciplined team is that they find a way to win even though they are not having their best day.  And that is what our Bombers did; they hung together and chipped away for a 2-game win.  Taking the match 25-22, 25-18.

Thursday’s match was against the Clayton Greyhounds.  The Bombers adjusted with an injured player and matched well up against the Greyhounds.  The first game was a point for point battle with both teams showing no sign of folding.  Attacks that trickled over the net late in the game gave the Greyhounds the 25-23 victory.   The Bombers came firing back with solid defense, serving and transition plays that over powered their rivals, taking the second game 25-14.  The Bombers started the third game with the momentum and got off to an early lead.  With multiple long rallies that went to the Greyhounds; the momentum switched back.  Our Bombers could not regain the lead, losing the third 9-15.

Girls JV Gold Volleyball

On Monday, JV Gold had a late away game at Parkway West Middle School against Ignite, a team new to MSHSAA this year.  Missing three players from our regular rotation, Gold played in a new line-up. Despite the changes, Gold was able to play competitively with long rallies and completed many three-touch attacks.  Ignite played great defense, making it difficult for Gold to win points.  The first set went to Ignite, 4 to 25.  In between sets, the team recognized holes in our defense and adjusted to cover them, while exploiting weaknesses across the net. The second set went to Ignite, 20 to 25.  Even though it was a loss, Gold insisted it was the most fun they had in a match because of the long volleys and the equal speed of both teams.

JV Gold played an exciting match against Normandy High School on Wednesday at John Burroughs.  The teams were scored fairly evenly until Gold pulled ahead to 24-20 game point but Normandy battled back to 25-24.  After a total of 7 game points between both teams, setter Ella Gavin turned and reached off the court behind her to save a ball and send it over her shoulder with one hand and dropped the winning point just over the net, securing an incredible 31-29 victory.  Having turned the momentum, Gold won the second set 25-13.

Next week Gold plays their final two matches; Tuesday’s game is at 4:15 against Principia in Bomber Country and Wednesday’s match will be at 4:30 at Lutheran High School in St. Charles.

Girls Varsity Tennis

The Varsity tennis team had another big week advancing through one more round of postseason play for both the team and individual portions of the state tournament.  

On Wednesday, JBS hosted the individual sectional round where winners would secure their spot in the individual portion of the state tournament.  Singles players Lily Walther and Ainsley Heidbreder both cruised to 6-0, 6-0 wins over their counterparts from District 7 punching their tickets to Springfield, MO, for the individual tourney.  The Bomber doubles teams of Sami Remis/Gaby Thornton and Emily Kantrovitz/Nina Zhu followed suit also clinching their spots in similar form with 6-0, 6-0 victories.  

On Friday, the team competed in the team sectional semifinals and finals with dual match play.  The girls began by hosting District 7 team champion St. Dominic HS.  The doubles duos of Lily/Sami, Ainsley/Gaby, and Emily/Stuti Sinha helped the Bombers jump out to a 3-0 lead heading into singles action. Lily and Sami would end up securing the team’s 4th and 5th points with singles wins at #1 and #2 to clinch the team’s spot in the sectional championship at Visitation Academy.   Once again, the Bombers jumped out to a 3-0 lead following doubles action with the same line up.  On the singles side, the Bomber singles line up all clinched the first set against their Vivette counterparts.  In the end, it would be senior captains Sami and Gaby who would clinch the match by finishing up their singles matches first for the team’s requisite five points.  The Bombers claimed the 5-0 win and sectional title earning the team a spot in the Class 1 Final Four later this week.

The team is looking forward to traveling to Cooper Tennis Center in Springfield later this week for the MSHSAA Class 1 Team and Individual State Championships.  Good luck, Bomb!

Varsity Field Hockey

Last week, the Bombers played Kirkwood, earned the 4th seed in the State Tournament and hosted a clinic for the students of North Side Community School.  On Wednesday, the team traveled to Kirkwood to play the Pioneers on their grass field. The ball was fast and lively which played to many of our strengths.  Grace Pottebaum was ferocious in the middle of the field playing every ball like it might be her last chance. Sydney Panagos played on the left, the right and in the middle of the field without skipping a beat.  Esther Pottebaum, Estelle Ballet, and Lola Fernandez stepped up and locked down the backfield with center-back, Kate Smith. Eva Kappas was in constant motion in the midfield and sneaky with her air dribbling. And our forever fierce forward line was scrappy and hungry in the circle.  Riley King (4G), Grace Pottebaum (1G, 1A), Ellie Strahorn (1G) and Caroline Strahorn (1A) help put 6 goals on the scoreboard while goalie, Anna Duncan, made 11 saves and backs, Kate Smith and Emma Petite, each made defensive saves to keep the Pioneers scoreless. Well played Bombers!

On Friday, the Bombers switched gears from competition to service.  For the second year in a row, a group of students from North Side Community School joined the JBS field hockey program for an afternoon of fun and field hockey.  Our players planned and led a clinic filled with relays, hockey skills, friendly competition and even pumpkin decorating. When the afternoon wrapped up, the North Side students boarded their bus smiling and laughing and our Bombers’ hearts were full.  It was the perfect way to finish the week.

As we creep closer and closer to the end of the season, this group of student-athletes continues to strengthen their resolve with constant and consistent commitment to one another no matter what obstacle may try to distract or stand in their way.  They are stronger, faster and more determined than ever before. Seeded 4th in the State Tournament, we will play our first game in the Round of 16 on Saturday, October 26 at 2pm on our home turf. Before that, we wrap up our regular season schedule today against 3rd seed, Nerinx Hall.  Let’s do this Bomb!

Your Coaches,

Mer and Janie

Cross Country

After a two week lay-off, the girls cross country team came back in a big way! Kylie Goldfarb led her team to a first place finish in the Borgia Invitational, beating out 11 teams. Three other girls were in the top 25 in a field of 88: Ella Nichols (14th) Madeline Buchowski (21) and Cori Spetnaegel (22). Maddie Pass completed the team scoring with a 38th place finish. Others running for the team were Molly O'Brien and Emma Sock.

The boys team fared well, placing 11th out of 16 teams. Akash Mallady scored a medal, placing 14th in a field of 125. The boys team runners tacking the difficult course were: Daniel Martin, Sam Wang, Samuel Knispel, Sandy McMillan, Nathaniel Doty and Bryce Shearburn.

The team will compete in the Metro League Championships on Thursday at Jefferson Barracks Park.

Varsity Swimming

This past week we had one meet against DeSmet which also was our senior day, and we came out victorious in multiple ways!

Besides winning the meet with ease, 120-67, we had numerous best times, and another school record, by another sophomore! Eliot Barnes broke the oldest record on the board, in 1 m diving (2000). On his way to doing that, he also scored enough points to get an automatic qualification for State! This really is a big deal since diving is a subjective sport, whereas swimming is objective, WELL DONE!

Julian Schenck dropped times in 2 of his events, the 500 FR and his FL split on the medley.

Ethan Jick dropped in his 100 and 50 FR,

Eli Front dropped in the 100 BK and FR and the 50 BK

Moritz Habermann dropped in the 200 IM

Adam Sutter dropped in the 500 FR by 10 secs!

Niko Theodos dropped in the 200 FR, and that event also swept (Will DePlanty and  Davis Engler)

Steven Busch and Adam Zhao also  got best times in the 100 BK

We also got to honor our awesome seniors, John woodruff and Court Hyken (each 4-year swimmers) and Henry Baur (3-year).  We were able to do a mostly senior relay on the Medley, adding Moritz to the team since we only have him for this year. Also, Henry got his best BR split ever!

This week we go to Clayton. Hope to see you there!