Richter “saves” tigers andy fernandez sports editor
Much of the Tiger’s success this season was due to goalie Josh Richter (12). With a record of 17-10-2, Richter was third in the area with 13 total shutouts. In a win against CBC on Oct. 26, Richter saved all three Cadet penalty kicks in overtime to ensure the victory. “ All season, he kept us in very game,” head Coach Dave Robben said. “He made critical saves in every game.” Richter has played a total of 249 minutes while only allowing 22 goals. On Sept. 22, Richter shut out top ranked Chaminade for a 1-0 victory. In the future, Richter hopes to continue playing soccer at Forest Park along with teammates John O’Brien(12) and Rylan Smelcer (12). Jefferson College and Evansville University also has showed interest in Richter. “He has size, he can fly and he has the ability to control the 60 yard box,” Robben said. “He should do extremely well at the next level.” Richter helped OHS make it to the district championship game on Nov. 3 against Vianney. The tigers lost 2-1. “We played a good game in districts,” back up goalie Tim Sutter (11) said. “Even though we lost, the team, especially Richter, had a great season.” Hard work is a big part of Richter’s game and it didn’t go unnoticed. “From day one of the season, he worked hard to improve his game,” Robben said.
State title is more than just a trophy andy fernandez sports editor
OHS gained its first state softball title on Oct. 23 in Springfield, MO. The Tigers battled with Truman for a 1-0 victory, finishing the season with a record of 26-1. Bringing the title to OHS had a special meaning for many players and coaches. Starting pitcher Remy Edwards (12) and infielder Julie Kernen (12) anchored the team with solid performances all season. Ever since t-ball, Edwards and Kernen have been playing together and along the way, they became good friends. They were by each other’s side when they lost twice in previous championship games. After many years of being on the field together, they were happy to cherish the victory. “Together, we lost two previous state championship games by a single run,” Kernen said. “We were not going to let it happen again.” Both Kernen and Edwards played a huge role in the victory. Edwards threw the second no hitter in the history of the state championship while Kernen
HIT IT TO WIN IT: Tori Wheeler (12) scores a point during a singles match. Wheeler competed in the State Championship on Oct. 23. Kaitlyn Bereswill photo
CHAMPS: The OHS softball team celebrates by hoisting their state championship trophy. It was the first softball state title. Courtesy of Mrs. Jane Venneman
hit a clutch double. Janelle Hackmann (11) came in to run for Kernen. After stealing third base, Hackmann scored on a sacrifice bunt from Lauren Fussell (11). For first baseman Chloe Wolf (12), the championship game was in honor of her father. The passing of Wolf ’s father earlier this year made the championship game a constant reminder of their close relationship and his devoted support. “The championship was on my dad’s
birthday,” Wolf said. “Winning was a good birthday present to him.” Head coach Rich Sturm saw the passion that Wolf played with all season. Wolf ended the season with 11 home runs while hitting a three run home run in a 10-6 victory over Parkway South in the state semifinals. “What I saw, was a kid that played the season in honor of her father,” coach Rich Sturm said. “She had a very special relationship with him and he was very proud of her.”
If winning his first state title wasn’t enough, Sturm was able to share it with his father. Rich Sturm Sr. was a baseball coach at OHS from 1983 to 1999 while coaching softball in 1998 as an assistant. Sturm played for his father through high school and was excited to share the victory with his wife, mother and father, who still helps with the team. “When I was growing up,” Sturm said, “I can’t even begin to explain the countless hours of rebounded shots, the amount of batting practice he threw to me or the number of ground balls he hit.” Even though the performances on the field were what won OHS it’s first state softball title, it was the relationships that made it special.
Kernen, Edwards Honored Kernen and Edwards were both honored at the team banquet on Nov. 4 at Andre’s by having their numbers retired. Kernen who wore number 19 and Edwards who wore number 12, were both first team all-state selections this year.
Lupo represents OHS in sectionals elise wagener managing editor
Many people were unsure of what to expect from the OHS varsity girls tennis team this year. With only two returning varsity players, most of the team had JV experience. One of these new varsity players was Kristina Lupo (12). She joined the JV tennis team her junior year after having Coach Linda Gebauer as a gym teacher. Lupo and her good friend Theresa Ziegler (12) joined and became doubles partners. “We thought it would be a joke,” Ziegler said. “But we ended up really liking it.” After spending one season on JV, the girls moved up to varsity for their senior year. This season, the varsity players were able to practice at Vetta every day. Lupo believes that the nice complex and the opportunity to get individual instruction from Gebauer “helped everyone improve.”
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The girls’ hard work definitely paid off in districts, held at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park. The team came out of districts with a number of success stories, including a third place finish from doubles team Ziegler and Blair Lamatina (12). But one accomplishment that no one expected was Lupo’s first place finish in singles. Lupo went 3-0 in district play, defeating a girl from Poplar Bluff in the finals. Lupo moved on to sectionals, but unfortunately lost to Cor Jesu player, Abby Dolan. “It was more of a challenge because you’re playing the number one girls on the other teams that have been playing for multiple years, and it was my first year playing singles,” Lupo said. Despite this defeat, Gebauer was extremely proud of Lupo and the entire varsity team, who won the most matches in a season since 2004. “[We] only had two players that had played varsity,” Gebauer said. “[We had] JV players coming and playing varsity and had a great season.”
HIT IT TO WIN IT: Kristina Lupo (12) hits the tennis ball during the conference tournament on Sept. 20. Lupo continued her successful season and was the only team member to advance to sectionals.Tiger Paw / Taryn Hotz
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THE CLASH BEGINS: Captain Randy Tooley drops the puck at the inaugural “Clash of the Cats” game. Tommy Heinzman (11) is the starting center for OHS and he led the Tigers to victory with two goals.
Tigers clash with cats jimmy wors
OHS hockey introduced “Clash of the Cats,” an exhibition game in which the OHS Tigers faced off against the Edwardsville Tigers on Oct. 30 at the East Alton Ice Arena. However, there is a deeper meaning to this game than just a “cat fight.” All of the proceeds, which totaled $375, went to the Salvation Army of the Alton, IL area. Captain Randy Tooley, commanding officer of Alton, dropped the ceremonial first puck to begin the game. “It was a great turnout and I’m looking forward to more ‘Clash of the Cats’ games in the future,” Tooley said. OHS won this inaugural clash, 3-1. Edwardsville scored the first goal of the game within the first two minutes. However, captain Tommy Heinzman (11) quickly answered to tie the game at 1-1. The scoring settled down until just minutes into the third period when
center Brett Barczewski (12) scored the game-winning goal to give the edge and momentum to the Tigers — OHS, that is, not the impostors. “It was a good game, but it’s too bad the ‘Clash of the Cats’ started my senior year,” Barczewski said. “I would have liked to do it all four years.” Heinzman tacked on an insurance goal with less than five minutes to go in the game. OHS pulled off their first ever “Clash of the Cats” win, capturing the Stripes Savage Trophy in the process. “Even though they got the first goal, we battled back hard and finally finished our opportunities,” Heinzman said. The center finished with two goals and one assist. This game marked the first pre season win for OHS this year and head coach Derek Stephens was proud of his team. “This was a really good victory for us,” Stephens said. “We got the win and gave back to the community.”
Reaching the final four two years in a row and last year making it all the way to second in state, the boys basketball team has a lot to live up to. The team lost four starters, including three top scorers. Could this be a rebuilding year for the team? “I think the better cliché would be reloading,” boys varsity basketball coach Nick Traxler said. Traxler’s goal is to continue the success of previous seasons. He “likes the players we have” with returning seniors Javier Duren(12), Danny Zehner(12), and Gary Evans(12). “With these three players we could go a long way,” Traxler said. The three returning seniors are feeling confident about this upcoming season, even after getting so close to becoming state champs. “ We have gone there [state] the last
DOWN COURT: Javier Duren (12) dribbles down court in a game against Parkway South. Tiger Paw / Julie Kernen
two years and came up short, this year we want to finish [ in first place]” Duren said. This season Duren who averaged 10 points a game last season, wants to “ come out and help my team any way I can. “ Duren thinks the team has a shot at state this year “ If we put in the hard work and do the things we need
to do on and off the court then we got just as good of a shot [of going to state again].” With this upcoming season Coach Traxler says he will “ take our chances against anyone.” The season is going to start off with several challenging tournaments and games. This season the boys get to go the a shoot out in Memphis where there will be three of the top 15 teams in the nation. Along with this the Webster Groves Tournament proves to be a challenge with the top teams in Missouri and Illinois. Evans, Duren and Zehner, being the top returning players, all say they don’t feel too much pressure. Being the leaders of the team, their experience could prove to be very helpful, with such a challenging start. Even with difficult beginnings to this season the confidence from our players and coach might prove helpful for another great season. Coach Traxler tells everyone to “ never count our boys out.”
Important seniors return to wrestling david rohlmann reporter
TAKE DOWN: Returning varsity wrestler Matt Jackson (12) works on a pin in a match last season. Tiger Paw
For the last two years OHS had only one wrestler qualify for state — Brett Carrigan (12). This year, however, the team is confident that it can send more wrestlers to state. “We are skilled enough to have about four to five state qualifiers this season and to take some medals while there,” Coach Brett Lieberoff said. The team also has many talented prospects that are putting pressure on last year’s varsity’s wrestlers.
Some important returning seniors who are ready to begin a new year are Brandon Brown (12), Matt Jackson (12), and Dan Suda (12). “My individual goals for myself this year are to improve myself in my wrestling skills and to also find my way into state,” Jackson said. As of Nov. 5, Carrigan is undecided on wrestling this season. “It will hurt the team (if he decides not to wrestle),” coach Lieberoff said, “but we still have a lot of talent.” The team’s first meet will be Dec. 1 against Northwest.
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Major Accomplishments: Jake Bast (11) and Melissa Brown (9) qualified for state. This is the third year in a row Bast has qualified.
Top performance: Sarah Makowski (12) led the conference with 24 solo blocks and Danielle Breeher (11) led the conference with 572 digs. Team Record: 18-12-3 Major accomplishment: Defeating Lindbergh during the conference tournament. Key players: Jennifer Wolken (11) led the team with 498 kills and Sarah Stepp (11) led the team in assists with 384.
Key individuals: Kristina Lupo (12) won districts but lost in sectionals. Lupo finished with a 11-6 record. Theresa Ziegler (12) finished with the best singles record on the team at 11-6. Blair Lamatina (12) and Jenna Lamatina (12) finished 11-5 as a doubles team. Major accomplishments: As a team, they finished in second place in districts on Oct. 9. Sarah Stepp
Key individuals: Remy Edwards (12) finished the season with a record of 22-1 while posting a 0.66 earned run average and striking out 250 batters. Julie Kernen (12) finished the season with a .539 batting average while driving in 35 runs. Major accomplishment: First OHS softball team to win state. Top performance: Edwards threw a no-hitter in the state championship game while allowing no runs in either final four game. Team record: 26-1
Key individuals: Lauren Buschhorn (12) and Sarah Witte (10) made it to sectionals. Buschorn was the top medalist on the team. Team Record: 7-5 in nine hole play
Team record: 3-13 Key players: Katie Kelly (12) was a key defender. Rachel Montileone (11) and Morgan Glover (12) had 4 goals each on the season.
Season Highlight: Andrew Shelton (12) competed in the state tournament for diving last weekend. Shelton placed second in conference for diving with a score of 380 on Nov. 6. Coach Quote: “We will have a bright future as long as we continue to work well together.” - Coach Dan Schoenfeldt.
Team Record: 2-8 Key player: Darrion Moore (12) led the team in yards with 1,101 and led the team in touchdowns with nine. Key win: Defeated district runner up, Fox , 21-19 in first round of districts on Oct. 15.
Key individuals: Goalie Josh Richter (12) finished the season with a 0.923 save percentage. John O’Brien (12) led the team in goals with 14. Ryan Smelcer (12) led the team in assists with seven. Team record: 18-10
Published on May 22, 2011