Brentwood senior named Post-Dispatch Athlete of the Week

Brentwood senior Jacob Clay has been named a St. Louis Post-Dispatch Athlete of the Week for Sept. 3. Clay carried the ball 16 times for 294 yards and seven touchdowns in last week’s 54-18 win over Kennedy. He carried seven times for 184 yards and three touchdowns against Crystal City in a 58-6 win in the first game of the season.  Clay’s 10 touchdowns on the season leads the area.

Eagles football begins with a win

Brentwood football kicked off its year with a big win over over Crystal City Friday night, beating the Hornets 58-6 away. The Eagles began the season last year against Crystal City too, defeating the Hornets 61-26, going on to a 10-0 record until going down in the post-season. Three Eagles merited St. Louis Post-Dispatch mentions as “best performances” for the night:

Quarterback Skylar Sappington hit five receptions on five throws for 205 yards with two touchdowns, Jacob Clay carried seven times for 184 yards and three touchdowns, and Kaylon Jenkins had two receptions for 140 yards and one touchdown. Brentwood scored 31 in the first quarter, 14 in the second, 6 in the third and 7 in the fourth.

Coach: Brentwood football is back “ahead of where we were last year”

Brentwood football went 10-0 last year until falling to Herman 34-15 in the post season. Head coach Keith Herring said Monday before practice that most of the team is back. “We were pretty young last year and we got all those guys back,” he said. “I think we’re a little bit ahead of where we were last year in the offense.”

Senior running back Jacob Clay, who finished 2014 with 2,554 yards and 45 touchdowns is back, “stronger and faster,” Herring said. “We’re just waiting to see what he can do.”

He also said quarterback, Skyler Sappington is back.

Rivera wins state shot put with record-breaking throw; doubles with discus

Brentwood junior shot-putter and discus thrower Sophia Rivera again stunned the field Saturday in Jefferson City at the Class 2 state meet. For the third year in a row she won both events. Rivera won discus with a throw of 154 feet, 9 inches, besting her winning throw last year of 129-11. She won shot put with a new overall state record of 51 feet, 1.25 inches. All six of her throws would have broken the old mark.

MRH’s Biship no-hits Brentwood; Blue Devils win districts second year running

For the second year in a row, Maplewood Richmond Heights beat Brentwood for the Class 3 District 4 baseball championship. Last year’s championship was the first for MRH since 1963, now Coach Jonathan Webb will have returning players who have done it twice. Senior Zech Biship, who relieved in last year’s district final, pitched a complete game Saturday afternoon at Heine Meine Field in Lemay, dominating the Eagles with a no-hit, 10-strikeout performance, and a 4-1 win. See also: MRH baseball takes Districts over Brentwood: been a while

“He’s been everything we hoped he could be today,” Webb said. “It takes a lot for a kid to face your rival in a district title game like this—and throw a no-hitter?

Brentwood, MRH are top seeds in baseball district tourney

Brentwood baseball is the top seed going into Districts Monday in South County at Heine Meine Field. Maplewood Richmond Heights is number two. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch talked with Eagles outfielder/pitcher Bradley Jones recently, and he’s optimistic.  “We’ve got the bats rolling and we’re getting some runs,” Jones said. “We’re giving some good support (to) our pitchers.

Eagles’ Bradley Jones featured, Districts next week

Brentwood senior infielder/pitcher, Bradley Jones led the Eagles to a 4-0 week in the beginning of the month, going 6-for-12 with a home run, two doubles, five RBI and eight runs scored, earning the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Athlete of the Week award. He also pitched 6 1-3 innings, allowing just two hits and one earned run, while striking out 12, improving his record to 5-0, according to the Post-Dispatch. See the full article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Sophia Rivera takes gold in national meet – again

Brentwood High School junior Sophia Rivera won gold at the Kansas Relays with school records in the shot put and javelin, her mother Michelle Hassemer reported on Facebook. The Kansas Relays has attracted track and field athletes from across the United States since 1923. Last month Rivera won the girls shot put at the New Balance Nationals Indoor Track and Field Championships in New York City.  

Sophia Rivera wins national championship

Brentwood High School junior Sophia Rivera won girls shot put in the New Balance Nationals Indoor Track and Field Championships in New York City with a winning throw of 49 feet 1 inch on March 15. Her first throw was her longest of her five in the meet. Rivera’s winning throw was almost a foot and a half farther than the all-class record for shot put in the state of Missouri, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. See also: Brentwood sophomore wins in Orlando track meet, breaks 2 school records

Rivera won Class 2 state titles in the shot put and discus as a freshman and sophomore.

Brentwood’s Rivera throws best-in-US shot put

Brentwood junior Sophia Rivera has competed in track and field since middle school, and in December threw a best in the US shot put—high school girls so far this indoor season—with a 48 feet, 2 3/4 inches throw at the Throwing and Growing competition at the YMCA’s Youth and Family Center in St. Louis. The throw was a PR (personal record) for Rivera by almost a foot. See a video of her throw below. Rivera had a good summer throwing, according to her mother, Michelle Hassemer.

Eagles girls hoops improve to 4-0

Brentwood girls basketball jumped to a 12-2 lead against Soldan Monday in the John Burroughs Girls Basketball Invitational, and never looked back, winning 54-22, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. It was Brentwood’s first game since beating Carnahan 83-29 on Dec. 12. They didn’t compete in holiday tournaments, due to some players being out of town.

Brentwood wrestlers win invitational

Brentwood won its own annual invitational wrestling meet Saturday with 167.5 points. Brentwood wrestlers Gary Silerio (132 pounds), Kyle Pudlowski (170), James Nelson (195) and Alex Patton (285) won their championship matches. Maplewood Richmond Heights came in sixth in points with 93.5.  MRH wrestlers Romelle Person (126), Matt Green (138) and ZachSiebert (160) won their championship matches. See the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for results of all championship matches.

Area restaurants, hoops teams in local, national news

Brentwood and Maplewood and Richmond Heights were covered in local publications in the past week—mostly about food. Here’s what 40 South News came across. Brentwood in the news:

Brentwood girls hoops over Lift for Life, 53-43, in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Area boys hoops leaders in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch include Brentwood and Maplewood
Two Brentwood football players made All-State, in the St.

Brentwood continues streak, MRH falls in districts

In the first round of Class 2 District 5 football playoffs Friday Maplewood Richmond Heights lost a heart breaker, and Brentwood won again, lengthening its perfect record to 10-0. The fourth-seeded Blue Devils fought Trinity Catholic to a 0-0 tie in Maplewood, until the Titans finally scored with 3:09 remaining; MRH couldn’t answer. Coach J.C. Kime said his kids fought hard. He took responsibility for some of the mistakes made Friday. “The way they battled – we were basically playing iron man football,” Kime said.

Top running backs to face off in Brentwood game

Class 2 District 5 football post-season begins Friday, pitting 3-seed Brentwood (8-0) against 6-seed Lutheran St. Charles (3-6) at Brentwood. The game will also match the area’s top two running backs. Brentwood junior Jacob Clay leads with 39 touchdowns accounting for 238 points and 2004 yards; second is Bryce Jefferson of Lutheran St. Charles with 31 TDs and 186 points.

MRH wins in OT, Eagles come from behind

Maplewood Richmond Heights football had a disappointment last week, deciding to forfeit to St. Francis Borgia due to injuries. They fought back Saturday with a win against Normandy. The Blue Devils persevered through a 6-6 tie after regulation time to win 12-6 in overtime. MRH’s record stands at 2-2.