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Local gymnast wins big in California Marquette freshman gymnast Taylor Styer is the best in the nation in rings for his age group. That distinction came after competing in the recent 2014 Junior Olympic National Gymnastics Championships in Long Beach, California. “After the first day of competition I sat in first place and I thought, ‘I could win this,’” Styer said. He scored a 13.9 on the second day, leaving him with an overall score of 27.9 and a first-place finish in the rings for Level 9. Styer admitted that he could not believe it. “When I saw the standings at the end of the competition, I kept my cool,” Styer said. “I just smiled even though I really wanted to scream. I am now ranked first in the nation. “I went into the competition just to have fun, so my performance on the first day (a 14.0) really surprised me. I was extremely nervous going into the second day which was Mother’s Day. My mom kept saying how nice it would be for me to win on Mother’s Day, making me even more nervous. “When I stuck my dismount, I knew that I had won.” Styer also competed in the vault and finished 15th. “Vault was a little more disappointing for me,” Styer said. “I competed on a brand new vault for nationals and it was very new and foreign to me. I landed it on the first day, qualifying me to the second day in fifth place. I ended up falling on my vault on the second day.” Now Styer will enjoy a well-deserved break from competition, but training never stops, he said. “Next season, I will be moving up to Level 10,” Styer explained. “I am already training new skills and will continue to do so through the summer.” He said the national meet was “extremely humbling and fun.” And he gave credit to his coaches, Donny Spradling and Mike Filla.

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thew Henderson tied for 51st with a 170. De Smet Jesuit’s Daniel W. Trost tied for 57th with a 171. Parkway South’s Jacob Kuhnmuench tied for 59th with a 173. Chaminade’s Luke Radetic tied for 71st with a 178. Parkway West’s Peter Back tied for 73rd with a 181. Chaminade’s Thomas Schneider III and Parkway Central’s Alexander Shin Yao tied for 76th place with a 183. Lafayette’s Conrad Maloney tied for 79th with a 185. Lafayette’s Riley Katsev tied for 82nd with a 187. Lafayette’s Jay Lee came in 85th with a 189. ••• In the Class 3 state tourney at Fremont Hills Country Club in Springfield, defending champion MICDS finished third with a team score of 640. Priory was eighth with a 674. MICDS’Andrew Lilly led all local scorers with a 150 to finish fourth. His teammate Michael John O’Keefe was 12th with a 157. Lawrence Keeley tied for 19th with a 162. Brian Trelstad tied for 57th with a 173. Blake Adamson tied for 83rd with a 184. Priory’s top finisher was Thomas Weaver, who tied for 23rd with a 164. PatTaylor Styer rick O’Brien tied for 42nd with a 169. Eric “I’d like to thank my coaches – coach Stange tied for 47th with a 170. Andrew Donny and coach Mike – for investing their Stange tied for 51st with a 172. Liam time and energy in training and preparing Mardis tied for 60th with a 174. Westminster Christian Academy’s me so that I could compete well at nationAndrew Port tied for 28th with a 166. Jackals,” he said. son Klein tied for 51st with a 172. Nicholas George tied for 71st with a 178. High school boys golf ••• De Smet Jesuit finished second at the In the Class 1 state tourney at Rivercut Class 4 state high school boys golf tour- Golf Course in Springfield, The Fulton nament at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape School at St. Albans’ Skyler Savoy finGirardeau. ished 15th with a 168. His teammate Alec The Spartans shot a 648, eight strokes Loyd tied for 25th with a 175 while Paul behind Rock Bridge. Hofstetter tied for 38th with a 183. Three area golfers finished in the top 10. Senior Raymund Gonzales, of Parkway South, was third with a 153. Sophomore High school baseball Frankie Thomas, of Marquette, tied for The Gamers Baseball Program has fourth with a 154. De Smet Jesuit senior announced the recipients of the 2014 Jimmy Siegfried tied for sixth with a 155. Northwestern Mutual Scholarship awards. Chaminade’s Thomas Rudawsky tied They are Parkway South’s Adam Mundle for 14th with a 160. De Smet Jesuit’s Jack and Vianney’s Jake Hemphill, both fiveKlingel and Chaminade’s Joseph Ter- year Gamers. schluse tied for 32nd with a 166. Michael J. Mundle will be attending Westminster Silberberg, of De Smet Jesuit, tied for 37th College to play baseball and study accountwith a 167. Lafayette’s Michael Kanan and ing. He has a 4.2 grade point average. His De Smet Jesuit’s Nicholas G. Redmond favorite subjects are math, statistics and tied for 47th with a 169. Chaminade’s Mat- geography. Mundle also played percussion

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in the school band, has completed his Eagle Scout requirements and is an extremely talented ping pong player. Hemphill will be attending Quincy University to play baseball and study business. He has been very active in coaching and mentoring younger Gamers Mundle players. He has a 3.6 GPA and enjoys golf and inventing. Both young men will receive a $2,500 scholarship to their respective colleges from Northwestern Mutual. The Northwestern Mutual Scholarship is awarded to student-athletes who represent the core principles of the Gamers Program. The 2014 class was loaded with players who met the criteria, making the selection process very challenging. “We are proud to support youth sports both nationally and locally. We support the Gamers’ mission of using baseball as a platform to teach important life lessons to young men,” Hemphill said Scott Underwood, Wealth Management Advisor at Northwestern Mutual. “These two young men represent the best of youth baseball here in the St. Louis region.” Matt Whiteside, director of the Gamers Baseball Program, agreed. “Jake and Adam are fine young men. It has been an honor to coach and mentor them over the past five years,” Whiteside said. “They have very bright futures.”

PNC Bank High School Baseball Showcase

The annual PNC Bank High School Baseball Showcase will be held June 12 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The annual all-star game features high school seniors from Missouri playing against their counterparts from Illinois. A skills competition begins at 3:30 p.m. with the annual showcase game under the lights at 7 p.m. The game and skills competition are both free and open to the public.

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