Our spring sports program wrapped up an outstanding season last May. Check out all of the incredible accomplishments of our student-athletes in this recap. We have much to celebrate, and don’t miss the Rams Rewind video at the end!
State Champions For the First Time in School History
The MICDS Girls Soccer Team capped off a historic season with a 2-1 overtime victory over Orchard Farm to win the first state championship in the school’s history. The Rams finished with a 16-6 record, the highest season win total since 2012-13. Senior captains Hannah Keener ’22 and Campbell Schultz ’22 led the team through a challenging schedule highlighted by victories over Villa Duchesne, Parkway Central, Clayton, Pattonville, and Westminster. Schultz and Madolyn Mackin ’23 paced the offense while goalkeeper Parker Scheele ’23, Penny Chen ’23, and Kate Slone ’23 led a stingy defense that conceded only 13 goals in 22 games. As a result of their successful season, many Rams received postseason honors. Scheele earned the Class 2 All-State Goalkeeper of the Year and All-Region Player of the Year. Schultz, Scheele, and midfielder Zara Nourie ’23 earned First Team All-State honors. Mackin earned Second Team All-State honors, and Chen earned Honorable Mention All-State. Defenders Alex Walker ’24, Slone, and midfielder CeCe Harris ’25 also earned All-Conference recognition.
Ranked Fourth in the State, and Individual Honors Abound
The 2022 Rams have done more for the advancement of MICDS baseball than will show on the page. Though the season ended at .500, this year’s team took on a daunting schedule resulting in several wins against state-ranked teams, one of which was nationally ranked. The Rams were ranked as high as #4 in the state in Class 5, which is the second-largest classification in Missouri. Student-athletes’ accomplishments did not go unnoticed when it came time for postseason honors. The Metro League honored Jack Niedringhaus ’22, Reagan Andrew ’22, and Eric Podgorny ’23 as First-Team All-Conference performers. Second Team honors were awarded to Jack Rollo ’23, Henry Cordes ’24, Gordon Walker ’22, and Jack Hayes ’22. League honors concluded with a well-deserved Honorable Mention going to Brian Gould ’25. Niedringhaus and Andrew were also selected to the Class 5 District 3 First Team, and Niedringhaus earned a Second Team All-State nod for his efforts on the mound.
Racing to Success Around the Metro Area
The Rolling Rams were back in action for the Spring 2022 season. Building on the success of the fall Cyclocross season, the team was led by Ash Aranha ’23 and raced all over the metro area. Connor Paine ’24 had dominating performances at Tuesday Night Worlds in Carondelet Park. Paine and Amara “Quinn” Autry ’24 took second and third place, respectively, at the World Wide Technology Raceway Spring Criterium. Newcomer Sam Matisziw ’25 found success at the Wednesday Night Time Trials in the floodplains of the northern reaches of St. Charles County. Members of the team continue to compete into the summer, even enticing some alumni members of the team to join them, as they look to prepare for the fall Cyclocross season.
Strong Finishes in Metro League and State Championship Tournaments
The 2022 season brought great promise with a strong Junior and Freshman class. Freshman Ben Gelven ’25 had an excellent start to his golfing career with a top finish in the Metro League Tournament and making Second Team All-Metro League. Junior Henry Yuska ’23 earned most-improved player honors and became one of the team’s most consistent players. Will Petersen ’23 had a great showing in the Class 5 District Championship finishing in third place, gaining All-District honors, and advancing to the State Tournament. In addition, Petersen received the Holtman Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship. With the team’s core still intact and many golfers returning, Boys Golf looks to have an even better next season.
Eighth Consecutive State Championship Win
The Rams Boys Lacrosse team capped their season with a hard-earned 7-4 victory over De Smet to claim their eighth consecutive state championship. Led by senior captains Landon Gelven ’22, Mark Mintzlaff ’22, Bjorn Sjogren ’22, Kai Tschudy ’22, and PJ Behan ’22, the team finished the season undefeated in-state and 18-1 overall. With the first-place finish, the Rams were the beneficiaries of many postseason awards. Gelven and Behan earned All-American honors, and Sjogren was selected as an Academic All-American. Gelven, Behan, Sjogren, Tschudy, George Herron ’23, and Henry Oliver ’25 earned First Team All-State, and Mintzlaff placed on the Second Team. The Rams return a solid group of players next year as they look to build on their championship success.
Second Straight State Championship Title
It was another fantastic season for the MICDS Girls Lacrosse team as they clinched their second straight state championship title. The Rams finished the season with a 15-2 record against in-state competition and a 7-2 victory over Eureka in the State Championship game. The team outscored their opponents 268-76, allowing an average of only four goals against per game. Individual accolades were abundant this season. Senior captain Olivia Rickers ’22 led the Rams in goals (65), draw controls (134), ground balls (71), and caused turnovers (35) this season. Sophomore Ava Goldson ’24 led the team in overall points with 83 total goals and assists on the season. All-Metro Honors went to several players. First Team honors went to Rickers, captain Anna Lochhead ’22, Alex Johnson ’22, Kendall Curry ’23, and Goldson. Second Team honors went to Amber Petersen ’22, captain Greta Wolfsberger ’22, and Madison Sineff ’24. Nabbing honorable mention honors were Mikaela Mikulec ’24 and Hattie Sloane ’25. Rickers, Lochhead, and standout goalie Curry were named to the All-State lacrosse team. Rickers was selected as the 2022 Girls Metro Lacrosse Player of the Year by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and received USA Lacrosse All-American and All-Academic honors.
District Finals for the Team, Strong Finishes Individually at State
The Boys Tennis team finished the season strong with a return trip to the District Finals. The successful team result exceeded expectations, given that only two players in the top six were from the previous year’s squad: Justin Jan ’22 and Alex Sineff ’22. Ladue defeated MICDS in the finals before heading to the State tournament. This did not diminish a great season that included a 5-4 win over Class 1 State finisher Clayton, a 5-4 win over Metro League rival Westminster, and an additional 5-4 win over perennial power SLUH. Overall, the young team finished the season with a 9-3 record. Individually, the Rams had tremendous results from several players. Jai Patel ’25 reached the District finals before succumbing to teammate Jan, and both players punched their tickets to the State Championship singles tournament. Jan made a tremendous run to the championship, where he played an incredible three-set match before falling to earn second place, an improvement of one spot from his previous performance the year before. Patel played an excellent tournament for his first year and made it to the consolation finals, where he finished in sixth place. Arjun Puri ’25 also had a noteworthy season, marking his first year by completing a perfect, undefeated season in singles at the #4 position. Louis Niemeyer ’24 and Puri teamed to finish in third place in the District doubles tournament.
Boys Track and Field
District Champions and Fourth Place at State
The MICDS Boys hit the podium for the second season in a row, finishing in fourth place as a team in Class 4. MICDS won its first District Track and Field Championship since 1963 and ended the season with two State Championships. The team of Tony Nunn ’22, Winston Moore ’23, Tristan Williams ’24, and captain Novo Onovwerosuoke ’22 won both the 4x200m relay and 4x400m relay. The Rams had several other All-State performances on the way to their trophy finish. Brandon Mitchell-Day ’22 finished in third place in the triple jump in his first season of Track and Field after a stellar basketball career. Moore lowered his 100m personal best to 10.70, finishing fifth and earning his place on the All-State podium. Onovwerosuoke broke the school 400m record this season three times and earned All-State honors finishing in third place in the final. Onovwerosuoke also earned another All-State medal in the 200m, finishing in fourth place. Cameron Lester ’23 was a state qualifier for the Championship in the long jump, Nate Schuckman ’23 qualified in the discus throw, and Nunn qualified in the open 400m. Each State qualifying athlete performed a personal best at the Championship. The 2021-22 season captains were Onovwerosuoke and Nunn. Onovwerosuoke won the Charlie Storey Gillis award for being the most inspirational member of the Boys Track and Field team.
Girls Track and Field
Thirteenth Consecutive District Championship, Anderson ’23 Wins Twice at State
The MICDS Girls Track and Field team won its 13th District Championship in a row. Dating back to 2009, the team has won MSHSAA District Championships in Class 3, Class 4, and Class 5. They finished ninth overall at the State Championship. Maya Anderson ’23 won two state championships this season in the 300m hurdles and the triple jump. She finished second in the 100m hurdles. Anderson, the St. Louis Post Dispatch Athlete of the Week after her performance in the Lutheran South Invitational, is ranked in the top 10 in the United States in the 100m hurdles at the time of print. This season, she also broke three school records: 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, and triple jump. Captain Zoe Carter-Konate ’22 left her mark by setting the school record in the shot put this season. She earned All-State honors for the second season in a row and eclipsed the School record. Julia Ray ’23 qualified for the State Championship for the second straight season. Ray posted All-State performances in the 1600m run and 3200m run. Nicole Green ’25 qualified for the State Championship in the 100m hurdles but could not compete in the event due to an injury. The captains for this year were Amani Hendricks ’22, Ellie Gira ’22, Audrey Mahoney ’22, and Carter-Konate. Gira won this year’s Harriet Green award for most inspirational to her team.
Young Team Will Lead to a Bright Future
The Rams were excited that this season saw 20 games of Water Polo action! MICDS was moved to a new conference this year which included five of the top 10 teams in the final standings. This year’s roster of 14 players included six newcomers who learned the sport of water polo, laying the foundation for the future. While the team finished with a 6-14 record for the year, the Rams were able to best John Burroughs School to stay on top of that rivalry. The Rams built some momentum towards the end of the season as things came together, and they won their first-round game of the State Tournament against Rockwood Summit High School. In the second round, they lost to Kirkwood High School. Patrick Mason ’22 was selected to play in the postseason All-Star game by area coaches. Owen Limbrick ’23 was selected to the All-Conference Team and the All-State Third Team.