“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.”
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.
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.
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.
For 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.”
The 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.
Westminster 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 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 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.
Josh 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.