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  • Varsity Golf Takes 3rd Place at State

    There was plenty of promise when it came to the area contingent heading into the Class 4 boys golf state championships at Silo Ridge.

    Though results didn't work out quite as well as hoped, the two-day tournament wasn't a complete washout.

    Eight golfers with area ties earned individual medals with top-15 finishes, and Chaminade came away with a third-place team trophy. It was Chaminade's first state trophy since finishing as the Class 4 runner-up in 2009.

    “It's been an amazing four years and I really enjoyed everything,” Red Devils senior Matt Sacchettini said. “I can't believe it's over. It's bittersweet. It kind of hurts to end this way but I've enjoyed it.”

    The Red Devils were second after Monday's first round and fell back a spot to third with a 36-hole total of 638 after shooting 320 in the second round. Glendale shot a final-round 314 to win with a 627, and Rockhurst's tournament-best 311 in the second round gave it a runner-up showing at 633.

    Chaminade's low individual was Colin Stolze, who finished tied for 13th at 12-over-par 156 after a final-round 80. Andrew Horner led Chaminade in the second round with a 78 to finish at 161, while Joe Terschluse and Sacchettini both carded 81 on the final 18 holes.

    Stolze was 10 over through the front nine and shot 2 under on the back to help the Red Devils finish third.

    “Our goal from Day 1 was to get to state,” Red Devils coach Jack Wilson said. “We knew what we had to do to win this, and they left the door open for us. We just couldn't pull the trigger. Third place is good. We haven't gotten a trophy in a while. It was amazing to watch Colin. I watched his wheels fall off on the fourth or fifth hole, I told him you're playing for pride now and you have to think about the team. He had to play with some heart. I'm not sure my words worked magic, but it was so exciting to see the turnaround.”

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    Chaminade's third-place finish was the only trophy-winning performance for the area, which had four teams in the tournament. Timberland won the title in 2013, which is the only Class 4 area champion since Chaminade in 2004.

    Marquette was playing like a possible championship candidate heading into the state tournament but settled for a sixth-place finish at 649, losing a playoff with De Smet for the position based on the No. 5 golfer's score. SLUH was seventh in the eight-team field at 671.

    The Mustangs won every 18-hole tournament they played in this season, but sat fifth after Monday's opening round and didn't move up despite dropping a stroke in the second round.

    Still, Marquette senior Frankie Thomas shot a 73 to tie for low 18-hole score in the second round and was the area's low individual in third with an 8-over 152.

    “This is a little bittersweet because, obviously, I could have done a lot better,” Thomas said. “It also could have been a lot worse. The first day held me back a little bit. Fortunately, I played better the second day.”

    The 73 was tied for the second-best round of the tournament behind three 72s posted Monday in the opening round of the cold and rainy tournament. One of the other 73s came from Francis Howell's Blake Porter, who improved from an 80 in the opening round and tied for fifth place at 153.

    “This feels awesome, I want to thank my teammates and coaches for a great season and a great four years, overall,” Porter said. “Again, it was tough weather today, but I got it done. It worked out.”

    Content courtsey of STL Today. Click here to see the article.

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  • Coach Frank Bennett '01 Named 2016 Missouri Coach of the Year

    Congratulations to Coach Frank Bennett '01 who was named USA Today's 2016 Missouri Coach of the Year!

    Coach Bennett graduated from Chaminade in 2001. He attended Drury University where he graduated from in 2006. Coach was hired as the head basketball coach in 2013.

    Click here to read an article written by Michael Lewis II '16 on "The Life and Legacy of Coach Frank Bennett".

    Congratulations Coach!!

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  • Congrats to Rod Campbell '16!

    Congratulations to Defensive Back/Wide Receiver Roderick Campbell '16 for receiving both the National Football Foundation St. Louis - Tom Lombardo Chapter 2016 Academic Achievement Award as well as the St. Louis Top 25 Football Player Award, Sunday, May 1st, at the 24th Annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet. Great job Rod!

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  • Chaminade Announces Athletic Field Renovation

    Chaminade College Preparatory announced plans today to install synthetic turf on the Don Ohlms '53 athletic field during the summer of 2016.

    Recently, Chaminade's Board of Trustees approved the beginning of construction on the new turf field in order to be ready for the upcoming fall athletic season. This is one of the many projects the Board has evaluated as part of its long term strategic plans. The Board, as good Marianist stewards, has committed to initiate this project because of opportune pricing and timing.

    Chaminade athletic director, Tom Fernandez said, "We are committed to providing our players, coaches and fans an enhanced playing field. This needed renovation to the field will ensure that the game-day experience provides an enjoyable playing surface for players and opponents."

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  • Jayson Tatum Named Gatorade National Basketball Player of the Year!

    Jayson Tatum's mouth fell open.

    The Chaminade senior basketball star didn't believe who was in front of him and what he held in his hands.

    Tatum sat on a dais as four-time NBA all-star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway walked toward him with the Gatorade National Player of the Year trophy cradled in his arms.

    The 6-foot-9, Duke-bound standout took the podium in front of friends, family, teammates and assembled media under the guise of a press conference to wrap upChaminade's championship season and discuss his appearance in Wednesday night's McDonald's All-American Game. He was left in the dark until Hardaway stepped forward with hardware in hand.

    Tatum, 18, was left speechless.

    “It means the world. Just to have this moment with my friends, family, my teammates. They surprised me good,” Tatum said. “I really can't describe it. This is right up there with winning a state championship.”

    Tatum averaged an area-high 29.5 points per game and 9 rebounds, three assists, two steals and more than one block per game as he led the Red Devils to the Class 5 state championship. He is the second player from Missouri to win the award since its inception in 1987. The other was Chaminade graduate and current Washington Wizards guard Brad Beal, who won after his senior season in 2011. Tatum attended Beal's assembly. He was a seventh grader at Chaminade's middle school. Tatum aspired to be like Beal but knew the odds were long.

    “I remember the day Bradley Beal won his,” Tatum said. “Never in a million years did I think I'd actually win. It's a dream of mine. I'm so glad it came to reality.”

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    Other notable honorees include Dwight Howard (2004), LeBron James (2002, 2003) and Kobe Bryant (1996). Ben Simmons was the reigning award winner.

    It's been a whirlwind few days for Tatum. He spent Sunday through Wednesday in Chicago for the McDonald's All-American Game and its festivities. He scored 18 points to lead the East all-star team in Wednesday night's game. On Tuesday he and two other competitors took part in and won the Legends and Stars Shootout at the historic Chicago Theater.

    “It's been busy to say the least. I just had a wonderful time,” Tatum said. “Being able to compete in the McDonald's All-American Game and come back to school and have my friends surprise me with this. I just can't explain it.”

    He left Chicago around 5 a.m. Thursday. He said his mother, Brandy Cole, was persistent that he made it back to Chaminade.

    “I'm glad I came to school,” Tatum said, drawing a laugh from the assembled crowd.

    Having Hardaway present the award was also meaningful. The former Orlando Magic star point guard coached against Tatum's eighth grade AAU team. It was then he noticed the ability that oozed from the youngster.

    “I just noticed the talent and thought this kid was going to be special,” Hardaway said. “I just tried to mentor him and give him advice on what to do in certain situations. It's become a deeper relationship.”

    Added Tatum, “He's been a great mentor for a long time now. He had a lot to do with much of my success. I'm truly thankful.”

    Content from St. Louis Today's David Kvidahl, see the article here.

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