Athletic News

Westminster Christian Academy Announces Next Athletic Director

March 19, 2018

Westminster Christian Academy has hired Cory Snyder, former football coach at Francis Howell High School, as the next director of Westminster’s athletic program.

Westminster Wrestling Coach Honored for School Legacy

December 1, 2017

Mark Muehleisen may not often be found in the spotlight, but his efforts, hard work, and commitment to the sport of wrestling are evidenced on the gym floor mats at countless matches and in the lives of the student-athletes he has coached.

2017-18 high school hockey preview

November 3, 2017

“This year we will feature a very young lineup, with almost half our roster being made up of freshmen,” Penberthy said. “The kids are working hard on and off the ice to be better players and stewards of the game.  Our expectations are high and we anticipate to compete in a very tough conference and mimic the success we enjoyed last season and years before.”

Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats finish first winning season, ready for field hockey postseason play

October 18, 2017

In just its third year of varsity play, the Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats field hockey program recorded a winning record. The Wildcats head into the postseason Midwest Field Hockey State Tournament as the No. 13 seed, its highest ever. Westminster Christian Academy has yet to win a postseason game. It wants to change that. It is important for the program to win one and keep playing, Wildcats coach Nancy Schmer said. Schmer is proud of her team’s accomplishments this season.

Football player at Westminster is kicking for a good cause

October 5, 2017

Andrew Kempen has a big left foot an and even bigger heart. The death of his two mentors has motivated him to help others.


Battle totes the load as Westminster rolls past John Burroughs

September 10, 2017

LB Battle looked at his nine teammates stacked next to one another at the line of scrimmage and licked his chops. When first-year coach Keith Herring left Brentwood to take the reins of the Westminster football program in the offseason, he told his new team he liked to run the ball. “For me that’s a great thing,” said Battle, a senior running back.

Westminster freshman breaks loose with huge upset

September 1, 2017

The Metro Conference Tennis Tournament proved to be a coming out party for Westminster Christian freshman Izzy Cancila. Cancila knocked off top-seeded Sami Remis of John Burroughs 9-8 in the No. 1 singles title match on Thursday at Westminster. Cancila began her magical run with a semifinal win over Caleigh McClain of MICDS on Tuesday.

Westminster’s Davis named Gatorade player of the year for Missouri

June 20, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 10.23.53 AMFor the second time in a week, a St. Louis-area soccer player has been named Gatorade Missouri player of the year. Westminster graduate Kirsten Davis was awarded the girls statewide honor Monday. Summit’s Billy Hency, a junior last season, received the boys honor for Missouri last week. “I’m definitely super excited about it,” Davis said. “It’s such a great feeling to be recognized. I’m super happy.”

First Team All-Metro: Infield: Kevin Graham, junior, Westminster

June 17, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-19 at 1.31.03 PMThe University of Mississippi commit helped the Wildcats to a third-place finish in Class 4. Graham sported a .396 batting average and drove in 41 runs. He also led the Wildcats in runs scored with 51 and was tied for the team lead in home runs.

Stewart leaves mark at Westminster before playing at next level

June 17, 2017

34655783916_20c288062b_kWestminster coach Rich Van Gilst knew the answer. But he wanted to be certain. So Van Gilst slowly walked out to the hill to visit mound ace DJ Stewart in an early-season showdown against defending Class 5 state champion Francis Howell.

Westminster’s Stewart drafted by Phillies

June 15, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 2.33.26 PMWestminster senior DJ Stewart was the first high school athlete from the state of Missouri to be picked in the Major League Baseball free-agent draft, when he became the Philadelphia Phillies’ 39th-round pick in the 40-round draft that wrapped up Wednesday.

Westminster’s Stewart drafted by Phillies

June 15, 2017

Westminster senior DJ Stewart was the first high school athlete from the state of Missouri to be picked in the Major League Baseball free-agent draft, when he became the Philadelphia Phillies’ 39th-round pick in the 40-round draft that wrapped up Wednesday. “It feels great,” Stewart said.

Pottebaum, Stewart help Westminster return to semifinals by beating Winfield

May 25, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 1.12.50 PMJosh Pottebaum watched from the stands as the Westminster baseball team captured the Class 4 state championship in 2014. A member of the junior varsity team as a freshman, he remembers the on-field celebration like it was yesterday. “Everyone going crazy, jumping up and down,” Pottebaum said. “Even though I wasn’t part of it, it was a great feeling just to see it.” Pottebaum could be a big part of the revelry this time around.

Westminster Christian Academy’s Van Gilst having fun seeing his Wildcats reach Class 4 sectional game

May 22, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 1.11.16 PMThe Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats will take a 20-game winning streak on the road Tuesday – with hopes to give retiring coach Rick Van Gilst a send-off to remember in a Class 4 sectional game. Westminster (31-1) will travel to play Clayton (11-15) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 24). The Wildcats advanced after they scored a 12-2 win over St. Charles to win the Class 4 District 6 championship played at Orchard Farm. It was the first district title after in three years for Westminster.

Westminster Senior Athlete Honored as Hobey Baker High School Character Award Recipient

May 16, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 1.01.25 PMWestminster Christian Academy senior Connor Dolan was recently selected as a recipient for the Hobey Baker High School Character Award. Candidates are selected by their high school coach based on their demonstration of a number of exemplary character qualities including, positive attitude, outstanding sportsmanship, excellent work ethic, and coachability.

Westminster returns to sectional round after two-year hiatus

May 15, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 1.07.05 PMThe Westminster Christian baseball team is back in the state playoffs and Wes Schad couldn’t be happier. During Schad’s freshman year, in which he was not on the varsity, the Wildcats won their fourth successive state title in 2014. But, even though he blossomed into a standout the last two years by hitting a combined .408 with six home runs and 33 RBI, Westminster failed to make it out of district play.

Westminster playing well heading into high school baseball postseason; district seeds and schedules

May 11, 2017

Westminster Christian Academy takes a nifty 27-1 record into postseason play. Postseason baseball begins Friday (May 12) and is scheduled (weather permitting) to wrap up by Wednesday. The Wildcats’ lone loss came April 1 to Vianney when Westminster was shut out 3-0. This marks the final postseason for Westminster coach Rich Van Gilst. The veteran coach is retiring after the season.

Kirsten Davis • Westminster soccer

May 10, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 12.58.43 PMA senior forward and team captain, Davis continues to dominate the area soccer scene and sits alone atop the area scoring leaders with 50 goals and 10 assists. In the month of May, she has 12 goals and two assists in three games. On May Day, she had a hand in all four Wildcats’ goals with two goals and two assists in a 4-1 win over Rosati-Kain and kicked off this week by scoring four times in a 6-1 win over Clayton.

Westminster Introduces New Senior Ten Pillars Award

May 9, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 12.57.15 PMWestminster Christian Academy instituted a new award for senior athletes this year to honor the importance of the athletic program’s guiding principles, the Ten Pillars. Each year, the Senior Ten Pillars Award will be given to one senior female athlete and one senior male athlete to recognize each awardee for his or her embodiment of the Ten Pillars of Westminster athletics.

Westminster’s Van Gilst Named 2016 Hal Whiteaker Memorial Award for Baseball Coach of the Year Recipient

May 4, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 12.54.56 PMThe GSLAU, Greater St. Louis Association of Umpires presented the 2016 Hal Whiteaker Memorial Award for High School Baseball Coach of the Year this past Tuesday, May 2, to Westminster varsity baseball head coach Rich Van Gilst.