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October 28, 2019

Girls Varsity Tennis - The State Champion Edition!

The Varsity tennis team capped off a great season with a memorable finish at the state tournament in Springfield, MO last weekend.  On Thursday, the squad competed in the team portion of the tournament.  In the semifinals, the team matches up with Notre Dame High School out of Cape Girardeau.  The team started strong as doubles pairings Lily/Sami, Gaby/Ainsley, and Emily/Nina all away with wins in pro sets.  The same crew would take the courts in singles with Stuti Sinha competing for the Bombers in the 6 singles spot.  After JBS took two matches in singles, play was suspended as the Bombers clinched the 5-0 win and their spot in the Team Championship.  In that final round, JBS squared off with Pembroke Hill with the same line up. In the end, the Bombers would clinch the Class 1 Missouri State Team Championship by the same 5-0 score and repeating as state champions again.  

On Friday, the team headed into the individual portion of the state tournament.  Again being forced indoors due to weather, the girls still managed to get off to a great start with everyone advancing to the championship semi finals.  Lily Walther and Ainsley Heidbreder both managed straight set wins in the semifinals resulting in an all-Bomber championship match for the Class 1 singles final.  In the end, Lily would claim the championship with scores of 6-3, 6-1 as Ainsley finished second in Class 1 singles.  

On the doubles side, Sami and Gaby also secured their spot in the championship with a straight set win over MICDS in the semifinals.  The duo of Emily and Nina fell to Viz in the semifinals but went on to claim third place in state with a win over that MICDS team.  Sami and Gaby would match up with Viz in the championship where the JBS seniors repeated as Class 1 Doubles Champions with scores of 7-6, 6-1.  

 Overall, it was an incredible weekend of tennis for the Bombers that is one for the record books.  Great work, Bomb!

Boys Varsity Soccer

The Bombers went into the final week of the regular season with two matches left before post-season play gets underway.

On Tuesday the Bombers hosted Lutheran North in their final Metro League game of the season.   The Bombers found the back of the net six times en route to a 6-0 victory over the Crusaders.  Reza Mofidi was credited with the shutout and came up with several great saves throughout the game.

On Friday the Bombers played host to the Whitfield Warriors, who came in riding a 9 game winning streak and had outscored their opponents 43-5 over the previous 30 days.  On this day we celebrated Senior Day to give thanks to the 7 seniors and their families for their years of service and dedication to the program!  So it was only fitting that the first goal of the game came off an assist from senior Will Grace!  In the end Michael Turza secured the shutout and the 4-0 victory for the Bombers while Ritu Kumar, Jackson Miller, Connors Sheehan and Johnny Gates all found the back of the net.  

Many thanks to seniors Austin Isaak, Chase Stokes, Jackson Miller, Connors Sheehan, Will Grace, Vic Williams and manager Ian Gillanders for all you have done, and continue to do, for the JBS Soccer Program!

And with that the Bombers put a bow on a regular season that ended at 17-1-1.  But the boys know that our record now stands at 0-0, the same as every team in the state.  The real season begins now………

2pm vs. Trinity at JBS.  Playoff soccer.  Be there!

Girls Varsity Golf

Girls Varsity Golf closes out the season with a fantastic postseason run through the playoffs.  On October 7th, the Bombers claimed the district title at Quail Creek GC.  On October 14th, they went on to qualify for state by placing second at sectionals at the Country Club of Missouri,  Columbia, Mo.  Finally, on October 21-22 at the Class 1 State Championship in Springfield, Mo at Freemont Hills CC, the lady linksters earned their way onto the podium with a third-place finish.  Also of note, the Bombers finished the regular season with an outstanding 7-1 match record. 

At districts, the team of Claire Pan, Ann Zhang, Emma Kovalic, Jillian Mays, and Teresa Jiang competed on a brutally tough Quail Creek GC.  It should be noted that this would be our first eighteen-hole competition of the season, and the first playoff experience ever for Kovalic, Mays, and Jiang.  Given these circumstances, it was difficult to handicap how our girls would respond under these conditions and circumstances.  The dynamic duo of Claire Pan (76) and Ann Zhang (81) rose to the occasion. Pan and Zhang provided awesome rounds that padded our team score enough which we rode to the district team title. Pan won the individual district crown with her stellar 76.  Congratulations, Claire!  Other JBS scores included: Emma Kovalic 105, Teresa Jiang 107, and Jillian Mays 131.

The sectional tournament was played at the Country Club of Missouri.  On the line was a possible date to compete at the state championships.  The Bombers lineup included: Claire Pan, Ann Zhang, Emma Kovalic, Teresa Jiang, and Jana Smith.  We were paired with Father Tolton Catholic, MICDS, and Visitation Academy.  The top two teams, plus the top twelve individuals not on these two teams would be punching a ticket to the state championships.  Country Club of Missouri would provide an extreme challenge for every player in the field.  The undulating and speedy greens would wreak havoc all day long.  The blind shots and water hazards also added to the difficulties.  As the day played out, it became apparent that things were going to be close regarding the team scores.  Patience, composure,  and perseverance were going to be rewarded in the end.  And, as the scores started trickling in, Claire Pan (86), Ann Zhang (86) -  it appeared that the team was in dire need of two more scores that would be sub-one-hundred if it were to survive as a team and move on to the state tournament.  Boom!  It was meant to be as Emma Kovalic (96), and Teresa Jiang (97) provided the scores that helped propel the Bombers to a second-place finish and an automatic bid to state.  Well done, ladies!  Other Bomber score included: Jana Smith 120.  Father Tolton Catholic and John Burroughs advance as teams.

The state tournament was being contested at Freemont Hills CC in Springfield, Mo.  This would be a two-day, thirty-six hole affair.  The Bombers would be competing with seven other teams.  An overnight storm soaked an already long, tight, and difficult layout.  Adding to the difficulties were winds that were gusting up to 20mph.  Day-one saw the Bombers compete methodically and patiently despite the conditions.  Claire Pan had a wonderful ball-striking day and posted a top-notch 84 despite some difficulties on the greens.  Ann Zhang patiently worked her way around to a score of 87. Teresa Jiang delivered a solid 99.  The two other Bomber scores included: Emma Kovalic 122, and Jana Smith 126.  After day-one the Bombers were comfortably sitting third as a team.  Springfield Catholic sitting first, and Father Tolton Catholic sitting second.

Day-two would arrive and be similar to the first-round.  The temperature was cool with blustery wind conditions adding to the difficulty.   Having to battle an already difficult golf course, plus the pressures of a state tournament is one thing. Doing it for two days in a row is exhausting both mentally and physically.  Kudos to Claire, Ann, Emma, Teresa, and Jana for battling and competing throughout both days!  We would continue to adhere to our game plan of trying to connect the dots.  Working to play smart and tidy golf to the best of our abilities and skill-set.  This had become our team theme throughout the postseason.  In the end, we had reached our team goal of competing as a team at the state championships.  As a result, finishing on the podium as the third-place team was just icing on the cake!  Well done, ladies!!!  Day-two included the following scores:  Claire Pan 82, Ann Zhang 91, Teresa Jiang 112, Emma Kovalic 113, Jana Smith 119. Claire Pan’s two-day total of 84-82-166 earned her a sixth-place individual finish, placing her on the all-state team.  Ann Zhang’s 87-91-178 earned her a twelfth-place individual finish, placing her on the all-state team.  Congratulations to two fine senior golfers, and better yet, two wonderful young ladies! 

It’s been an honor and privilege to have coached the following young ladies this season:  Alexandria Latuda, Claire Pan, Ann Zhang, Karuna Kayembe, Jillian Mays, Emma Kovalic, Teresa Jiang, Ria Mirchandani, Savannah Gafford, Lindley Morton, Jana Smith.

Girls Varsity Volleyball

Varsity Volleyball wrapped up the regular season last week with a victory in our Senior Night match against Principia on Tuesday, and a loss in our away match versus Lutheran St. Charles on Wednesday.

This year we have two players graduating from the Varsity roster: Adina Cazacu-De Luca, and Gabi Moore. Adina and Gabi have both been an important part of the Varsity team the last two years, and have both played volleyball all four years at JBS.

Adina’s relentless work ethic and nonstop commitment to the team have been an inspiration to her teammates and coaches, and she has set a standard everyone should strive to achieve for years to come.

Gabi’s solid understanding of the sport would allow her to play any position on the court if called upon to do so. Gabi consistently works hard in matches and practices is always willing to help the team out in any way she can. She also developed a great jump float serve this year!

We’ll miss having Adina and Gabi around, but are excited to see what amazing things they accomplish in their lives after JBS.

The Bombers head into the District Tournament this week as the #2 seed and will take on Soldan in the quarter-finals Tuesday night. The semi-finals and finals will be played Thursday, and the Bombers are hoping to be District Champions for Halloween this year!

Girls JV Blue Volleyball

Our Bombers played their final game of the season this last Wednesday against the Lutheran St. Charles Cougars.  The Cougars came out serving strong and putting our Bombers back on their heels.  With strong defense, well placed shots, and team work the Bombers fought back, but in the end giving up the first set to the Cougars.  The Bombers came out strong during the second game with high energy determined to make the best of their last match with seniors Amy Phillips and Emma Braswell.  Both seniors played well with strong swings on the right side and blocks in the middle, with great support by the rest of the team.  They picked up errant balls and refused to let anything drop.  Despite their heroic play and determination, our Bombers succumbed to the Cougars.


It has been my honor to coach this group of fine ladies.  I appreciate all their hard work, their willingness to listen and try everything that I asked of them, to give energy and enthusiasm to the team when it was sometimes hard to do so, and for their Grace, Greatness, Grit, and Gratitude. 


-Coach Le

Girls JV Gold Volleyball

JV Gold played Principia at home on Tuesday.  Lilly Williams started off the first set with a service run giving the Bombers a 6 point lead.  Through a steady back and forth, the team held on to their advantage and won the first set 25-18.  The second set saw service runs from both sides, and despite great defense from Libero Eleanor Hohenberg, Gold fell to Principia in a close 26-28.  The third set saw an impressive service run from Principia.  Gold never gave up and kept making aggressive plays but could not get the side out and was left with a loss of 2-15.

Wednesday saw the Bombers play their last regular season game against Lutheran High School St. Charles.  Once again, tough serving from the opposing team made it difficult for Gold to score points.  Long rallies and kill attempts kept the spirits high with Gold eventually losing 9-25 and 8-25.

JV Gold had a successful year, scoring 548 points total with an average of 17 points per game. We look forward to getting stronger and returning next year.

Boys and Girls Cross Country

The girls and boys cross country teams had great success at the Metro League meet.


Running without the top runners in each race - Kylie Goldfarb and Daniel Martin, both teams still placed second in a highly competitive meet.


On the girls side, 3 girls place in the top 14, earning them All League honors: Cory Spetanaegel (6th), Ella Nichols (6th) and Madeline Buschowski (10). Maddie Pass was just 2 places out with a 16th place.  Ayah Hamed rounded out the scoring with a 21st place scoring. 


On the boys side, two runners earned all league honors: Akash Mallady placed 9th and Sam Wang was 10th.  Rounding out the scoring for the bombers were: Nathaniel Doty (19) Samuel Knispel 20 and William Shearburn (22)


The teams travel to Spanish Lake Park in Bellefontaine Neighbors for the District Championships with both teams in contention to qualify for the State Championships in Columbia on November 9th.

Girls Varsity Field Hockey

Last week marked the end of one chapter and the beginning of another in the 2019 Bomber Hockey journey.  On Monday afternoon, we played Nerinx Hall in our final game of the regular season.  Ranked just above us at the 3rd seed, the girls were eager to win.  For 60 minutes of regulation play, the Bombers had lots of opportunities on goal.  For whatever reason, balls went wide, we couldn’t quite get our stick on the ball right in front of the goal, and it felt like putting the ball in goal was going to require some heroic feat.  On the defensive side of the ball, we were a wall!  The Bombers didn’t give up a single DPC, Anna Duncan denied them any chance on goal with 2 saves, and our Backs kept their forwards in check at all times.  Despite our efforts, a goal eluded us and the game went into overtime.  We started with the ball and maintained possession with poise, letting the ball do the work.  In the first minute, the team charged down the field and immediately earned an APC.  Eavan Guirl inserted the ball to the top of the circle where Grace Pottebaum collected it, eliminated the Markers’ flyer, and fired the ball into the back of the cage.  GOAL! Game over!  Bomber 1, Nerinx Hall 0.


Closing out the season with that win was a great way to go into our first game of the Midwest Field Hockey Tournament.  With a 4th seed position, we earned a bye in the first round so, our first game was in the Round of 16 last Saturday against Westminster.  You may recall, last Saturday was the day of never-ending rainfall.  It was chilly, windy and very wet but in true Bomber form no one flinched.  The team was present, ready to play and only concerned with the controllables.  At the outset, the girls played with a tournament mindset.  They chased down every 50/50 ball, supported one another on every layer of the field, played disciplined defense and finished inside the circle.  For the last 20 minutes of the game, the Bombers controlled the play with their beautiful passing game allowing the ball to do the work and making smart decisions with the ball.  The ball patterns were creative, varied and exemplary of how this team trains to play.  In the end the Bombers won 8-0 and Anna Duncan made 1 solid save.


Next up, the quarterfinals against Cor Jesu on Tuesday at 6pm at Parkway West.  We hope to hear you from the stands under the lights!


Your Coaches,

Mer and Janie

Girls JV Field Hockey

What a 2019 season for the JV Bomber Hockey Team!  So much to reminisce on, to celebrate and to be proud of this season.  As I sat on the sidelines last night, bundled up in my winter coat, watching the team sprint out to hug Gabby Randall in the goal, my mind flashed back to all that had occurred to get us to this undefeated season.    


From the pre-dawn practices in August, to conditioning in the sweltering heat that September brought us, to the excitement of Spirit Week and everything else in between, this team did it all together and for each other.  


Our final two games of the season were close ones.  We played Kirkwood on their home field and won 1-0 with a goal by Katie Holekamp and assist by Katie Kantrovitz.  Sarah Wilkins truly earned the Golden Stick Award for that game for her tenacity on the field.  She came back from a broken hand and showed no fear as she hustled all over the field and dug into every 50/50 battle that came her way.  Emily Brouillet also earned the Golden Stick Award for her poise on the attacking sideline and connecting passes to her teammates.  Our final game of the season was at home, against Nerinx.  It was also our senior night, and we are grateful to Gabby Randall, Rekha Morgan, Sally Arneson and Arieyanna Davis for their dedicated years to Bomber Hockey!  The Nerinx game was a competitive match, which made it a bit nerve-wracking.  With the score 0-0, we were nearing the final minute of the first half and the Bombers connected three passes up the field to Milah Padda who knocked the ball in, giving us a 1-0 lead at halftime.  In the second half, Nerinx answered and the game was tied 1-1 with just minutes to go.  Katie Kantrovitz's competitive drive kicked in and she got off a powerful, lifted shot that gave us the 2-1 win over Nerinx.  It was such an exciting way to end the season...congratulations and thank you to each and every member (21 strong!) of our team.  Way to go Bomb!