Golf, Volleyball Successes Are Remembered
Ste. Genevieve was sixth at the district meet; however, it was the best finish among the public schools participating in the event.
Lani Yamnitz was recognized for being medalist in that Farmington dual. Brooke Turner recorded an eagle during the season.
Etta Heller, Taylor and Williams received special awards. Heller earned “The Spirit of the Game” award. Taylor was chosen as the most improved player. Williams and Heller were tabbed as the Dragons’ co-MVPs
Despite not reaching its ultimate goal — the state Final Four — Ste. Genevieve produced a remarkable season under Basler.
“I love coaching this team,” Basler said. “I want to thank you for an amazing season. These girls played for one another. They were selfless.”
A loss to perennial powerhouse Columbia Rock Bridge during a summer tournament set the tone for how good the Dragons would become this past fall.
Players received medals for finishing tops on the team in various statistical categories.
Libero Maci Reynolds scooped up 273 digs, and she also recorded the Dragons’ most serve receptions with 358.
Dru Koetting was tops in two areas, 208 kills and 38 ace serves. Teammate A.J. Prudent had the most solo ace blocks with 42. Arie Taylor was the most accurate performer in serve reception (96.4 percent).
Setter Brittney Kreitler shattered all sorts of records. Kreitler will leave SGHS as the all-time leader in assists with a whopping 1,648 of them. She was also the leader in serve accuracy (95.5 percent).
The junior varsity team, under first-year coach Roth, finished with a strong record of 13-6.
“I wanted to help these girls become varsity ready,” Roth said. “We had a good mix of juniors, sophomores and freshmen.”
The freshman squad was 4-9-3, and the Dragons placed fifth at their own tournament.
“The girls built confidence, and I think we created a diverse group of players,” Ritter said.
Kreitler and Reynolds both received two special accolades. Reynolds was the Defensive MVP while Kreitler took overall honors.
Koetting was the Offensive MVP with Tessa Grass earning the most improved player
By ERIC X. VICCARO
The Ste. Genevieve High School girls’ golf and volleyball programs recapped the 2020 season during fall sports recognition last Thursday at the Performing Arts Center.
The recognition event was provided by the Ste. Genevieve All-Sports Boosters.
“Everything has been affected by COVID (coronavirus), so I’m glad we can be here,” said Dr. Jeff Nix during opening remarks. ‘There were setbacks and obstacles, but this will pass.”
Ste. Genevieve student Regean Naeger, a member of the girls’ golf team, said the invocation.
Head girls’ golf coach Rachel McDaniel, freshman volleyball coach Mariah Ritter, junior varsity volleyball coach Tyson Roth and varsity coach Carla Basler all made presentations.
Paraphrasing, McDaniel said she was thankful the Dragons were able to play a full schedule amidst the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
McDaniel said the girls took extra precautions so they would be able to play.
It was a record-setting season for girls’ golf, including establishing a new school record for a team score in a nine-hole event, 189 set in the final dual of the season versus Farmington. The previous best was 194, set in 2016.
Senior Boston Williams and classmate Addie Taylor placed 19th and 20th, respectively, at the St. Clair Tournament — and the Dragons placed fourth overall as a team.
All athletes received participation certificates.
The cross country team was originally scheduled to participate in the ceremony; however, that didn’t happen because of unforeseen circumstances.
During the program, Nix said only 16 of 93 slots have been filled for winter concession sign-up.
Winter sports are boys’ and girls’ basketball and boys’ and girls’ wrestling.
For signing up to work the concession stand, log onto the website: https://bit.ly/385i/GI.
Fall sports recognition programs continue tonight as the Ste. Genevieve football team, Emeralds’ dance squad and cheerleaders will be honored.
The program will begin at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
Here are the special awards that were presented during the Fall Sports Recognition event on Thursday, Nov. 12.
Heart and Hustle Awards: Brittney Kreitler and Maci Reynolds
Most Improved: Tessa Grass
Offensive MVP: Dru Koetting
Defensive MVP: Maci Reynolds
MVP: Brittney Kreitler
Spirit of the Game: Etta Heller
Most Improved: Addie Taylor
Most Valuable Golfers: Boston Williams and Etta Heller