MRH football is ‘clean,’ numbers low

As the Maplewood Richmond Heights football team lifted weights Monday, head coach J. C. Kime watched for team members to arrive out on the parking lot. He said the numbers are low, and talked about why. “We’re running a clean program,” Kime said. “In the past it wasn’t necessarily that way, but with doing that you lose a lot of kids. We’re doing everything by the book.”

Also, some guys “decided it wasn’t for them—too much work—so they decided to hang it up,” he said.

MRH soccer practices under new coach

New Maplewood Richmond Heights coach, Ryan Robertson, played goal as half the team practiced corner kicks Friday at Ryan Hummert Park. The rest of the team practiced at the other end at the field. The majority of the team is returning, Robertson said in an interview last week with 40 South. There was enough on the field for a good scrimmage later in the practice. See also: New MRH head soccer coach relishes opportunity

The team’s first home game is August 29 at 4 p.m. against Tower Grove Christian.

Brentwood volleyball solid: coach

Third year Brentwood head volleyball coach, Whitney Ralph, feels good about this year’s group. She’s got five returning seniors, four juniors and “some pieces from the JV level that will be pretty influential.”

Ralph named Danni Coates (outside last year), Emily Connor (middle last year) and Lydia Dorenbusch (center last year) as returning team leaders. She said both varsity and JV squads will be “pretty solid this year.”

The Eagles have Maplewood Richmond Heights at home for the first game of the year. “Should get them going right off the bat with an exciting match,” she said. “I know all the girls are looking forward to that.”

Maplewood bike race draws largest group yet

The largest number of bikers in its three years came to the Maplewood Criterium bike race on Sunday, to race the course on the 7500 and 7600 blocks of Flora Avenue, down Big Bend and through the Sunnen Business Park. Kids and juniors, up to women’s and men’s category 1,2,3 raced the course—182 individuals in all.  The races lasted from between 25 to 50 minutes. For the professional categories, there was a total of $400 prize money for first, second and third places, plus another $850 for prime laps—prizes awarded for individual laps within a race.

Eagles coach concerned about low turnout

Brentwood head football coach, Keith Herring came right out with his main concern Thursday at the team’s mini camp at the Mt. Calvary field: low numbers. The Eagles’ four-day, non-contact camp prepares the team to hit the ground running on August 4, the first day high school teams can practice for the fall season. There were a few more than 20 players on the field Thursday. “There’s a couple kids we expect to come out, but for the most part, it kind of perplexing to see the numbers down so much,” Herring said.

Good turnout at Jr. Eagles football camp

About 24 players, mostly from sixth to eighth grade, are learning football skills at the Jr. Eagles football camp at Norm West Park this week. They’re preparing for games with similar teams from area schools. The camp has been preparing players for high school football since the early 1970s. In the past the Jr. Eagles have had a game schedule against Chaminade, MICDS, SLUH, Westminster, Priory, Affton and Vianney.

Football mini camp for elementary and middle schoolers

Get warmed up for football season with the Jr. Eagles mini camp at Norm West Park, 8700 E. Pendleton Avenue, Brentwood, MO 63144, this week. Learn football skills through non-contact drills. The camp is Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The cost is $25 and includes a camp T-shirt. Arrive by 5:45 on the first night for sign-in. A parent or guardian must be present to sign a waiver.

MRH baseball falls in state sectional with young team

Maplewood Richmond Heights baseball made history this season, winning districts for the first time in 51 years, but met their match against the hitting of St. Pius X in state sectionals at Deer Creek Park on Monday. Senior pitcher, Rich Rasmussen gave MRH a chance into the fourth inning, holding the Lancers to one with off-speed pitches. St. Pius did the most damage in the fourth, scoring five against Rasmussen and junior fast-ball reliever, Zech Biship.

Two MRH students sign to play sports in college

Two Maplewood Richmond Heights High School student signed this spring to play in college, and their friends and family got together this week to celebrate. Mariah Russell will be playing volleyball at Andrew College, in Pennsylvania, and Andrew Weaver signed with Lincoln Land College in Springfield, IL, to play basketball. “These are great kids who worked really hard through their high school career, and academically and athletically have put themselves in a position to go to the next level,” MRH Athletic Director Rich Nixon said. Russell had 51 aces in 216 serves, scoring a total 130 points as a senior. Weaver averaged 17 points per game in his senior year, hitting 43 percent of his 2-point shots and 36 percent on 3-pointers.

MRH baseball takes Districts over Brentwood: been a while

After 51 years, Maplewood Richmond Heights baseball on Tuesday won their district championship, 5-3, against Brentwood. The last time MRH won districts was 1963, according to coach, Jonathan Webb. MRH lost to Brentwood in the district final 4-3 in Webb’s first year as head coach, four years ago. They lost to Brentwood last year 14-4. This year, batting as the home team in Brentwood Park, MRH took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, with Chris Tronicek and Jacob Speed singling and Gabe Jackson and Rich Rassmussen getting the RBIs.

Students honored: scholar-athletes, Phi Kappa Phi and more

Four area students have been recognized, including a student at Fontbonne University, an adult who got her degree after years of online classes, and two scholar athletes. Dawn Sorgea, of Brentwood, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, according to a press release. Sorgea was initiated at Fontbonne University. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership.

MRH girls soccer falls, but leads conference

Maplewood Richmond Heights girls soccer leads their conference, tied with Crossroads and Valley Park at nine wins, but Wednesday’s game with Hillboro was a different story. The Blue Devils previously lost to the Hawks 0-4, and Wednesday, missing strikers Gracie Biedenstein, who left the game at the half for a leadership group meeting, and Lauren Wismann, who got sick after five minutes, fell to the Hawks 0-7. See more photos at 40 South News Facebook. The Devils managed only two shots on goal in the first half, but held the score to 0-1. With Biedenstein gone there was a “mental breakdown” after the second Hawks goal, coach Amber Godfrey said.

Maplewood, Brentwood, Richmond Heights residents run Boston Marathon

Maplewood resident Juan Arias ran the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday with the tens of thousands. His wife, Anne, and family went to Boston cheer him on. “The day was amazing,” Arias messaged 40 South News on Twitter. “Such wonderful spirit in Boston!!”

Daniel Stults of Brentwood, Joan Becker of Richmond Heights and Anne’s brother, Andrew Bucci from Rochester, NY. also completed the race.

MRH baseball edges Brentwood, first time in years

Blue Devils baseball managed its first win over the Brentwood Eagles in at least four years, on Tuesday, according to a report in STLtoday. MRH’s Zech Biship went all seven innings on the mound, allowing two runs and three hits while striking out 13. At the plate, a Biship home run scored two, as Maplewood Richmond Heights defeated Brentwood 3-2. “He worked ahead all night,” MRH coach Jonathan Webb told STLtoday. “He had minimal three-ball counts.

MRH boys win home invitational track and field meet

Maplewood held its annual Varsity Invitational track and field meet Wednesday. The MRH boys won the meet, out of 10 teams. The MRH girls took 6th out of 11. The junior varsity meet is Thursday. See complete results at TRX Timing. Here are some of the results involving MRH students:

Tyre Taylor, senior, 1st boys high jump: 6-02
Alyssa Dudley, freshman, 2nd girls long jump, 15-07
Devon Williams, senior, 1st boys long jump, 21-05
Ramone Agard, sophomore, 1st boys triple jump, 41-6.5
Jazmen Bell, junior, 2nd girls discus, 86-05
Kailen Ludwig, junior, 2nd boys discus, 125-09
Autumn, Martin, junior, 1st girls shot put, 30-04
Seddrick McShan, senior, 1st boys shot put, 43-11
Essence Brewer, senior, 1st girls 100 meter dash, 13.04
Qwamaine Jackson, senior, 1st boys 100 meter dash, 11.63
Tamra Jones, senior, 1st girls 300 m hurdles, 52.35
Boys 4×100 relay, 1st


Brentwood sophomore wins in Orlando track meet, breaks 2 school records

Brentwood sophomore Sophia Rivera, after setting school records in discus and shot put as a freshman, has wasted no time besting her previous records, and more. In December Brentwood sophomore Sophia Rivera attended the Kultan Kiehas Javelin Camp and was selected to be a part of an elite javelin development program involving year-round training as well as sponsored attendance at javelin camps in the United States as well as a trip to Finland this summer to train and compete. Javelin is very big in Finland. Saturday was her first outdoor track meet of the season, according to her mother, Michelle Hassemer. The Riveras were on spring break in Orlando, so they entered her in a meet at Disney’s Wide World of Sports.

MRH wrestler Romelle Person is 2nd in state: “No point in just playing with it”

Maplewood Richmond Heights wrestler, Romelle Person wasn’t happy with how his season ended last year, as a freshman — going well into the state championship bracket. He improved on that this year, making it to the championship match — taking second in Class 1. “I just thought that next year is my year, and every year after that,” Person said about his freshman finish. He began getting up at 4:30 a.m. every morning to run and weight-lift as soon as football season ended. “There’s no point in just playing with it; might as well go hard for it,” he said.

MRH video highlights winter sports; boys basketball, wrestling tourneys to begin soon

Maplewood Richmond Heights student Noah Snyder anchors a student-produced video on winter sports, featuring MRH standouts, junior, Chris Blocker (basketball) and sophomore, Romelle Person (wrestling). Blocker, in his first year of organized basketball, leads the metropolitan region in blocks and rebounds, according to the report. The Blue Devils stand at 14-8 with the regular season almost over. The district tournament begins Monday at host, Whitfield. Number 2 seed MRH will play 7-seed Principia (6-14) at 6:30 p.m. Number 6 seed Brentwood (12-8) plays 4-seed John Burroughs (5-14) at 5 p.m.

Romelle Person is undefeated in the regular season, including winning the Class 1 District 1 championship.

9 total: Brentwood, MRH wrestlers qualify for state meet

Six Brentwood and three Maplewood Richmond Heights wrestlers were among the top four in their weight categories at the Class 1 District 1 meet this weekend at Whitfield, qualifying them for the state meet next weekend at Missouri University, according to meet results in STL Today. Brentwood took fourth as a team with 104 points. MRH was seventh, with 74. For MRH, Ronald Stewart won the 106-pound weight with a major decision and Kar’Mel Brewer took fourth at 113. Blue Devil Romelle Person won a 7-4 decision over Brentwood’s Lucas Jones in the championship match at 120.

Brentwood-MRH boys, girls hoops night raises hundreds for charity

The Brentwood and Maplewood Richmond Heights basketball teams split a double-header Tuesday at MRH. First the Brentwood girls beat the Blue Devil girls 34-33 with a foul line throw with seconds remaining, then the MRH boys won over Brentwood 68-56 in the second feature. Apparently MRH boys head coach Corey Frazier wasn’t happy with the point spread, as he had the team stay for a 45-minute practice immediately following the game. Brentwood sophomore Claudia Jones led the Eagles girls with 19; Junior Gracie Biedenstein led MRH with 13. MRH junior Chris Blocker hit 12 for 16 from the field, with a total of 26; Brentwood senior Will Erby led the Eagles, also with 26.