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Taylor "Cheif" Martin, Staff Reporter

By: Taylor “Cheif” Martin

Staff Reporter

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Football

Record: 1-2

Coach Schottmueller’s thoughts:

Strengths: “This year we should be able to throw the ball better.”

Weaknesses: “We need to score more and finish drives.”

Highlights: After a tough 24-7 loss to Jefferson City to open their season, the Stars fought back against Lindbergh to get their win of the season, 30-29. They rallied late, shutting out Lindbergh in the fourth quarter with a safety and a touchdown.  The Stars lost to highly-ranked Hazelwood Central 41-27.  Zoeantre Oliver is the Stars leading rusher with 32 carries for 180 yards and Demetrius Robinson as the starting quarterback with 40 of 85 completions and five touchdown passes so far.  Harry Ballard has 12 receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns.



MCCLUERNO-103070-16188507 copySoftball

Record: 2-4

Coach Dougherty’s thoughts:

Strengths: “A lot of returning veterans who know how to win games.”

Weaknesses: “Our hitting needs improvement.”

Highlights: The Stars softball so far has a combined total of 33 runs with Alicia Shivers and Mary Kate Raftery as the top hitters for the team.  Shivers is batting a team-best .529 while Raftery and Aly Jones both have 2 home runs apiece.  Jones is the pitcher for the Stars with a 4.35 era.

 

volleyball copyVolleyball

Record: 2-3

Coach Kern’s thoughts:

Strengths: “Our serving and blocking are our strong points.”

Weaknesses: “Our passing needs to improve.”

Highlights: The volleyball team has had a good start to their season winning the first two games of their season with wins but has cooled off with three consecutive losses.  Amanda Okunrinboye and Sam Boschert lead the team in points with 35 and 21, respectively.  Ashley Tate has a team-best 33 assists while Okunrinboye has a 38 kills.

 

IMG_3421Soccer

Record: 2-4

Coach Urban’s thoughts:

Strengths: “Our senior leadership and offense are strong.”

Weaknesses: “Our defense needs to step it up.”

Highlights: The soccer Stars were off to a good start with wins against Fort Zumwalt North (2-1) and Farmington (4-3).  They followed that with three straight losses against Troy, Timberland and Westminster. The Stars also played a hard-fought match against Summit but fell short, losing 1-0.  Matt Graham and Noah Livaudais are the leading scorers with three goals each.

Tyler Chu and Chris Wilke are the goalies for the Stars.

 

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Record: 4-2

Coach Bonner’s thoughts:

Strengths:  “Four key players that lead the team.”

Weaknesses: “Staying consistent is vital.”

Highlights: Our Stars tennis has won four games that includes a shutout over and Hazelwood East. The Stars are currently in first place in the Suburban North Conference.

 

 

 

DSC_0299Cross Country

Coach Webster’s thoughts:

Strengths: “Strengths in numbers.”

Weaknesses:  “Get times closer together.”

Highlights:  Senior Nic Taylor is the top runner on the team and in his first race of the season featured a time of 16 minutes and 16 seconds (3 mile course) at the Granite City Invitational.  He was 18th place out of 250 runners. Octavian Jackson ran was the Stars second runner in the race finishing in 18:56.

 

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Coach Braswell’s thoughts:

Strengths: “Great depth and strong senior leadership.”

Weaknesses: ”Need specialty strokers.”

Highlights: The Stars swim team started the season out right by winning the McCluer North Relays at the Civic Center.  The Stars top swimmers are Nic Kuper, Ryan Batisto and Zack Tater.   Nic has qualified for state in both the 500 freestyle and 100 butterfly.  He is currently the top 500 free and 100 fly swimmer in the Suburban North.