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  • Terschluse '17 named Post-Dispatch All-Metro Boys Golfer of the Year

    Joe Terschluse and Scott Worley have a lot of history together on the golf course.

    Many of those hours were spent working toward a future in the sport for Terschluse, who graduated from Chaminade in May.

    “When I was a sophomore or junior and if you talked to me,” Terschluse said, “the plan was playing college golf.”

    Worley, the director of golf at Four Seasons Country Club in Chesterfield, worked with Terschluse throughout his high school days.

    There was a bit of a rush job at play since Worley's pupil didn't take up the sport until eighth grade — though an accelerated learning curve didn't seem to be a problem.

    “He has ascended very rapidly,” Worley said. “His handicap only turning in tournament scores really dropped over a four-year period almost like no one I've ever seen.”

    Still, plans changed along the way for Terschluse, the Post-Dispatch All-Metro boys golfer of the year.

    The means to an end simply became the conclusion of his Red Devils career, even when it was quite a memorable conclusion.

    Terschluse won Missouri's Class 4 boys state medalist championship May 15-16 at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club in Joplin. He long before had decided it would be his final tournament of competitive golf, opting against the possibility of pursuing the sport at a higher level to attend SMU in Dallas with only academics on his plate.

    “To be honest, I just didn't perform the way I needed to at national tournaments to get the recognition from the schools I would've wanted to play at,” Terschluse said. “But I look back at it with no regrets. It all panned out with the state tournament and I had a phenomenal senior postseason. I played bad in the regular season, and it kind of all came out of nowhere starting (with the district tournament) on that rainy day at Forest Park.”

    Terschluse made birdies on four of his first five holes May 3 in the Class 4 District 2 Tournament en route to a rain-shortened title with a score of 2-under-par 33.

    That kicked off a 13-day period in which he was 2 under par over 63 holes, by far the best postseason performance in his four-year Red Devils career.

    The finishing touch was consecutive rounds of 73 for a 2-over 146 that won the state title for Terschluse by two strokes.

    “It was fun to watch,” Chaminade coach Jack Wilson said after the final round. “He likes the big moments, he lives for those big tournaments.”

    Terschluse was the first Class 4 state champion from the area since Washington's Brad Carpenter in 2014, and along with Francis Howell's Mike Wootten (2011) was only the area's third Class 4 medalist in more than a decade.

    The Red Devils produced consecutive Class 4 champs in Zach Pranger (2003) and Justin Bardgett (2004), who were the area's last winners in the state's largest classification until Wootten in 2011.

    Experience certainly helped, but Terschluse's title was his first top-20 finish in four state tournament appearances. His previous best postseason achievement was a sectional medalist title in 2016 after a sectional runner-up showing in 2015.

    “I've been in contention for some bigger tournaments and had some low scores,” Terschluse said. “I knew I had it in me, it was just going to take my best golf to it. And it was two days of really solid golf. I wouldn't say it was my best golf, but it was extremely solid. I didn't make anything worse than a bogey. In the postseason I did a great job of that.”

    Terschluse's lowest 18-hole round of the season was a 2-under 70 for a runner-up finish in the Class 4 Sectional 1 behind a 7-under 65 by Ladue's Reilly Ahearn at The Landings at Spirit. Ahearn's winning effort May 8 tied for the best round in Missouri high school golf history, according to the Missouri State High School Activities Association record book.

    The 70 was the first time this season Terschluse shot the best score in a round for the Red Devils and it led the way to a team round of 1-over 289 that is the second-lowest ever according to MSHSAA records for a par-72 course.

    “I was disappointed in how I was playing,” Terschluse said. “I don't know really what it was. The night before districts I practiced my putting and found something and it just carried me the whole postseason.”

    Terschluse said Worley was a “mentor figure” throughout the last few years, both on and off the course.

    Worley was on hand in Joplin to watch the first round of the state tournament and said he watched Terschluse's first swing of the second round before heading home and learning Terschluse made birdies on two of the final three holes to capture the state's top prize.

    “It didn't really surprise me because Joe is about as competitive a young man as I've ever worked with,” Worley said. “He's also someone who can keep his composure. He won't get rattled very easily.”

    Worley said those traits no doubt could have helped Terschluse thrive as a college player, along with his rock-solid putting.

    If Terschluse had chosen that route for his future, that is.

    “He certainly could have played college golf,” Worley said. “But he's going to an outstanding college and he's going to focus on his grades and things like that. You certainly have to admire him for that.”

    Terschluse wavered on whether the state title was his best memory in golf. Another strong contender was a round of 7-under 64 during the summer of 2015 to win the 16th Metropolitan Junior Amateur title.

    But he did say it's hard to beat winning a championship in your final tournament.

    “It's awesome,” Terschluse said. “I always tell my friends now if they beat me, I won my last tournament I played in, that's more than you can say. Why come out of retirement and get beat?”


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  • Tatum ’16 Drafted by Boston Celtics

    On the evening of Thursday, June 22nd at the Barclays Center in New York, the dreams of one Chaminade basketball superstar came true.

    With their first pick, the Boston Celtics selected Jayson Tatum ’16 to become the 3rd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

    “This is an incredible feeling,” Tatum said immediately after getting drafted. “I’ve got to give honor to God for being in this position. The feeling is just everything I wished for and more.”

    He will be joining an already stellar Celtics team that claimed the divisional title last season lead by head coach Brad Stevens and point guard Isaiah Thomas.

    Now that he has begun his career in the NBA, Tatum has announced his plans to start an organization to assist single mothers, inspired by the hard-work and dedication of his own mother Brandy Cole. When asked about this organization following the draft, Tatum said, “I would love to help single mothers out… and just be a blessing by lessening the burden on their shoulders.”

    After graduating from Chaminade in 2016, Jayson went to Duke for one year to play for legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski where he averaged 16.8 points per game and led them to a conference title.

    When asked about his former player being drafted, Chaminade basketball head coach Frank Bennett ’01 said, “Jayson’s goal was always to become an NBA player. He did everything in his power from the moment he came to Chaminade through today in order to make that dream come true. I’m excited for the extremely bright future ahead of him.”

    Jayson now joins fellow Chaminade alums David Lee ’01 (San Antonio Spurs) and Bradley Beal ’11 (Washington Wizards) as a member of Chaminade’s impressive roster of professional talent.

    The entire Chaminade family could not be more proud of everything that Jayson has accomplished!

    You can watch the clip of him being drafted here:

    You can also read the article on Tatum by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as Benjamin Hochman's Post-Distpacth article "Tatum and Beal show it's a small world."

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  • Chaminade Lacrosse Takes 2nd at State

    Chaminade's loss in title game fails to dampen spirits

    The players, coach and enthusiastic supporters of the Chaminade lacrosse team remained upbeat even after a 16-5 loss to Mary Institute-Country Day School (MICDS) in the state championship game May 27 at Lindenwood University. The second-place finish in the Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association was a big accomplishment for the Red Devils, who were expected to be middle-of-the-road this season.

    After five trips to the state semifinals, this was the first championship appearance for Chaminade, in its 15th season of lacrosse. Chaminade defeated second-seed De Smet Jesuit 7-6 in the semifinals, but had a tough challenge against MICDS, which won its fourth consecutive state championship and got to the finals with a 12-8 win against St. Louis University High School.

    "We gave it our all today, came up short, but made it to the state championship so I'm proud of our team," said senior midfielder Michael McGovern, adding that the team worked hard, played together and never quit this season.

    Labeled a rebuilding team, the Red Devils started the season with 17 freshmen or sophomores. Learning to battle hard no matter the score helped the team grow.

    "It teaches them great lessons ... not to get down on each other," Chaminade coach Jason Seidel said. "We were underdogs most of the season. We shined in some of the big match-ups and won a hard-fought game (in the semifinals) after losing two times to De Smet."

    In reaching the finals, Chaminade fulfilled a pre-season guarantee by senior captain Reilly Sheahan. In remarks to the team being named captain, he guaranteed the Red Devils would make the finals if everyone gave their full effort all season.

    "Those kids out there are really young, and they put their hearts and souls into this; we gave it a good shot," said Sheahan, adding that making the finals "means everything to me." He also commended underclassman who "jumped out" to fill key attack positions when the team lacked clear-cut starters.

    In that way, and many others, Chaminade is "all about family," he said. It's no surprise that the lacrosse team shouts "family" every time players break a huddle.

    Seidel describes Chaminade as "a fantastic culture. Having grown up Catholic, I assimilated to it instantly. The school does so much to prepare the boys in every aspect of life, and it's really a pleasure to coach at Chaminade."

    For McGovern, hanging out with teammates before and after games was the best part of the season. They enjoyed wins and talked about how to get better after losses.

    "I'll miss it, for sure," he said. "We have a lot of good young players. Our program is definitely in good hands. Coach always talks about how the seniors have to be like parents with all these kids around. Hopefully, we raised them right and they'll go on to do better stuff."

    Chaminade helped raise him right.

    "It made me into the man I am today," said McGovern, who also played quarterback in football. "It's sad to leave it. I'll definitely come back and watch the young guns play, enjoy it and look back at what we did here."

    The team's pregame ritual includes prayer.

    "He's been there the whole way," McGovern said.

    In the title game, Chaminade's Peter Covington scored twice and Simon Slinkard, Ben Jackson and JaKobi Buchanan had the other goals. MICDS had six goals from Harry Wellford and five from Graham Bundy Jr.

    2017 First-Team All-State

    Four Chaminade players were among the 10 players from Catholic schools named to the first-team all-state in the Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association.

    • Peter Covington, Chaminade, attack, junior

    • Derek Radke, De Smet, attack, senior

    • Will Farroll, SLUH, attack, senior

    • Ben Jackson, Chaminade, midfield, senior

    • Luke Wetzel, De Smet, midfield, sophomore

    • Reilly Sheahan, Chaminade, defense, senior

    • Tony Lubert, De Smet, defense, senior

    • Griffin Jasin, Chaminade, goalie, senior

    • Dylan Radke, De Smet, goalie, sophomore

    • Mason Besancenez, Priory, goalie, senior

    Three others were named second-team all-state: midfielders Haydn Boldt of De Smet, Jordan Celeslie of Vianney and Daniel McCauley of Vianney.

    Content Courtsey of Joe Kenny and the St. Louis Review

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  • 2017 Class 2 District 4 TEAM Pic

    Chaminade Tennis - MCC & District Champions

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  • Jimmy McLaughlin '19 Makes A Difference In Golf Community!

    QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

    As a 13-year-old Quincy golfer Alex McCulla grew up playing the game he loves.

    "There is something about (golf) I just like," said McCulla. "It's my favorite sport and I love to do it."

    This year, however, Alex will be golfing for the first time in Quincy's largest golf tournament, the Pepsi Little People's Golf Championship. Thanks in part to to the generosity of one of his competitors McCulla was set to pay his own way before McLaughlin stepped in.

    It started as a school service project for the 15-year-old McLaughlin, of St. Louis. Soon, it became a mission as McLaughlin took it upon himself to raise money and help a few golfers register and pay for the annual tournament.

    "We had a raffle and we had a lot of friends who donated, who got their friends to donate, so it was kind of like a fundraiser," said Jimmy.

    "He also had donation boxes in the public courses around St. Louis and told them the story about the opportunity to sponsor some kids and maybe make some dreams come true," said his father Jim McLaughlin during his son's Monday practice round at Westview Golf Course.

    Through his fundraising efforts Jimmy was able to raise around $2,400 and donated the proceeds. McCulla and 16-year-old Tadiwanashe Dzude of Zimbabwe were the beneficiaries.

    "I was really surprised by the generosity because there were some people who would donate hundreds of dollars," Jimmy said.

    "It was really surprising because I didn't think they would have the generosity to do that."

    For Alex and Tadiwanashe the generosity shown by the McLaughlin's means a lot as they gear up to face some of the best young talent from around the world.

    "I appreciate it a lot because he gave me the opportunity to play for free," said Alex.

    And Alex says he won't let the opportunity go to waste.

    "I just hope I can get the win and get it for Quincy," he said.

    Because of the large amount of money the McLaughlin's were able to raise they were actually able to save some donations and will be using that money to help even more golfers compete in Quincy next year.

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