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Fall Sports Awards

January 8, 2019

During assembly on Monday, January 8, AD Peter Tasker and program coaches congratulated 65 student athletes who have been honored by the press and various league organizations for their participation in fall sports. A full listing follows Tasker's opening remarks.

Good morning. Each athletic awards assembly as preamble I often share the words of players and coaches, as a window into the soul of the journey that is Burroughs team athletics when we are at our best. Those who know me well know that the philosophy and vision we work to cultivate in the Athletic Department is not to place too much focus on results, rather to celebrate what we become in the pursuit of greatness. It is the exhilarating joy in competing with our hair on fire, it is the beautiful health benefits realized in physical exertion, and it is the strength we build in our character in learning some of life’s great lessons through the journey of Bomber sport. How have you grown through the experience to be better prepared to face the adversity that awaits outside of these walls, on your life’s great journey? This is what captures our coaches’ imagination.

Today, I share the words of a coach, who addressed his team before the start of the fourth quarter. The game is lost, and the goal of winning cannot be met. However, he addresses other, perhaps more transcendent goals, goals of honor, selflessness, and team, those things that bring grace to our life journey. He said...

The way we walk off the field is TOGETHER. These last 12 minutes are precious. Enjoy very single moment you have and guys, we are in hell right now. When we get out there, just take one step at a time. That’s our mission. For the next 12 minutes let’s do everything we can for each other, boys, OK? You know what? At the end of the day, the story’s not going to be MICDS; the story is going to be these guys didn’t rollover when everyone thought they would. That’s the measure of the man. When we look in the mirror tonight, when we look at ourselves we’ll see a guy looking straight in the eyes, who can say: I gave everything I have for everybody.

Thank you Coach Hjelle.

Today we honor our fall athletes who were recognized for their achievements by their leagues and the local press. Please hold your applause until all members of a given team are on stage. First up is:

VOLLEYBALL - DISTRICT SEMIFINALS
Coaches: Jason Ward and Hayley Baker
Bailey Hahn '19
Honorable Mention, All Metro League
Mia Meier '19
Honorable Mention, All Metro League
Vanessa Polk '22
1st Team, All Metro League
1st Team, All District
Ella Schactman '19
1st Team, All Metro League
Cary Smith '19
2nd Team, All Metro League

BOYS SWIMMING
Coaches: Leslie Kehr, Ashley Boesch, Adam Hotaling and Andy Balczo
Eliot Barnes '22
7th Place, State, 1 Meter Springboard Diving
1st Team, All State
Steven Busch '22
10th Place in State, 200 Free
15th Place in State, 100 Fly
15th Place in State, 200 Free Relay
State Participant, 400 Free Relay
Honorable Mention, All State
Will DePlanty '21
State Participant, 200 Medley Relay
Jan Kasal '19
State Participant, 200 Medley Relay
Dylan Meyer '19
15th Place, State, 200 Free Relay
State Participant, 400 Free Relay
Honorable Mention, All State
Niko Theodos '22
State Participant, 500 Free and 200 Medley Relay
Michael Tu '21
15th Place, State, 200 Free Relay
State Participant, 200 IM, 100 Yard Breaststroke and 400 Free Relay
Honorable Mention, All State
John Woodruff '20
15th Place, State, 200 Free Relay
State Participant, 400 Free Relay
Honorable Mention, All State
Adam Zhao '21
State Participant, 200 Medley Relay

CROSS COUNTRY - BOYS  METRO LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Coaches: Chris Bugnitz and Flennard Thorpe
Sandeep Amarnath '19
2nd Team, All Metro League
Greg Bishop '19
2nd Team, All Metro League
Kylie Goldfarb '21
Metro League Champion
District Champion
2nd Place in State
1st Team, All Metro St. Louis Post Dispatch
Ayah Hamed '22
2nd Team, All Metro League
Akash Mallady '22
All District
State Participant
Brandon Miller '20
Metro League Champion
District Champion
State Participant
Cori Spetnagel '22
1st Team, All Metro League
All District
State Participant
Samuel Wang '21
2nd Team, All Metro League

FOOTBALL
Coaches: John Merritt, Jud Dieffenbach, Mylin Johnson, Ray Thorpe and Derrick Miller
Isaac Bledsoe '19
2nd Team Defense, All Metro League
1st Team Defense, All District
John Browning '19
Honorable Mention Defense, All Metro League
2nd Team Defense, All District
Malachi Chunn '21
2nd Team Special Teams, All Metro League
Ben Cummings '19
1st Team Special Teams, All District
CJ Harris '19
2nd Team Defense, All District
Caleb Hughes '19
2nd Team Defense, All Metro League
Carlos Hillman '20
2nd Team Offense, All Metro League
Charles Hillman '19
Honorable Mention Defense, All Metro League
Derrick Miller '19
1st Team Special Teams, All Metro League
1st Team Defense, All Metro League
1st Team Defense, All District
1st Team Defense, All State MOFBCA
2nd Team Defense, All Metro St. Louis Post Dispatch
1st Team Defense, St. Louis American All St. Louis Team
1st Team Defense, USA Today All Missouri Team
Junior National Elite Student Athlete Award (Defensive Back), Football University

FIELD HOCKEY -  QUARTER FINAL APPEARANCE IN STATE TOURNAMENT
Coaches: Meridith Thorpe and Jane Foster
Almira Arnold '19
1st Team, All Metro League
NFHCA Academic All American
1st Team, All Metro St. Louis Post Dispatch
Annie Arnold '20
Honorable Mention, All Metro League
NFHCA Academic All American
Alex Duncan '19
NFHCA Academic All American
Eavan Guirl '20
1st Team, All Metro League
NFHCA Academic All American
Carolyn Herbosa '19
Honorable Mention, All Metro League
Allison James '19
Honorable Mention, All Metro League
NFHCA Academic All American
Riley King '21
Honorable Mention, All Metro League
Sydney Panagos '20
1st Team, All Metro League
Janie Shanahan '20
1st Team, All Metro League
NFHCA Academic All American
Kate Smith '21
1st Team, All Metro League
Caroline Strahorn '20
Honorable Mention, All Metro League
NFHCA Academic All American
Hallie Williams '20
NFHCA Academic All American

GIRLS TENNIS - METRO LEAGUE CHAMPIONS, 1ST PLACE IN DISTRICTS, 1ST PLACE IN STATE
Coaches: Wendi Sock and Lisa Sinton

Ainsley Heidbreder '21
1st Team, All Metro League
3rd Team, All Metro St. Louis Post Dispatch
6th Place, Doubles State
Emily Kantrovitz '22
Player of the Year, All Metro League
2nd Place, Singles State
1st Team, All Metro St. Louis Post Dispatch
Sami Remis '20
1st Team, All Metro League
1st Place, Doubles State
1st Team, All Metro St. Louis Post Dispatch
Stuti Sinha '21
2nd Team, All Metro League
Kate Stengel '19
2nd Team, All Metro League
6th, Doubles State
Gaby Thornton '20
1st Team, All Metro League
1st Place, Doubles State
2nd Team, All Metro St. Louis Post Dispatch
Lily Walther '21
1st Team, All Metro League
5th Place in Singles, State
1st Team, All Metro St. Louis Post Dispatch
Nina Zhu '21
1st Team, All Metro League

BOYS SOCCER - 1ST PLACE IN DISTRICTS, 1ST PLACE IN STATE
Coaches: Alan Trecki and Davey Desloge

**Alan Trzecki won Class 2 Coach of the year**
Collin Bradley '19

Honorable Mention, All Metro League
John Cordia '22
1st Team, All Metro League
Southeast-St. Louis All Region
1st Team, All State
3rd Team, All Metro St. Louis Post Dispatch
John Gates '21
1st Team, All Metro League
Southeast-St. Louis All Region
1st Team, All State
1st Team, All Metro St. Louis Post Dispatch
Class 2 Co-Player of the Year
Austin Isaak '20
2nd Team, All Metro League
Southeast-St. Louis All Region
2nd Team, All State
Andrew Keeney '19
Honorable Mention, All Metro League
Jackson Miller '20
2nd Team, All Metro League
Southeast-St. Louis All Region
1st Team, All State
John Nash '19
Honorable Mention, All Metro League
Southeast-St. Louis All Region
Honorable Mention, All State
Matt O'Brien '19
Honorable Mention, All Metro League
Chase Warner '19
1st Team, All Metro League

GIRLS GOLF - METRO LEAGUE CHAMPIONS, 1ST PLACE IN DISTRICTS, 1ST PLACE IN SECTIONALS, 1ST PLACE IN STATE
Coach: Tim Begley
Margaux Ballet '19
2nd Team, All Metro League
All District
Lucy Bloomstran '19
1st Team, All Metro League
All District
All State
2nd Team, All Metro St. Louis Post Dispatch
8th Place in State
Ingrid Keane '19
2nd Team, All Metro League
All District
Claire Pan '20
1st Team, All Metro League
All District
All State
2nd Team, All Metro St. Louis Post Dispatch
4th Place in State
Ann Zhang '20
1st Team, All Metro League
All District
All State
14th Place in State

Tasker closed with the following comments: To our athletes, we salute you! Thank you to our remarkable faculty and staff for the wonderful support; thank you to our extraordinary coaches for whom it is more a passion than a job; thank you to all our Bomber families for working tirelessly to bring richness to the experience; and thank you to our entire student body for investing yourselves so fully in our pursuit of excellence. It is, irrefutably, a great day to be a Bomber! Thank you!