Husky Athletics Wrap Up Strong Fall Season
Ritenour High School celebrated a strong fall athletics season with over 260 athletes participating on 11 teams. By the end of the season, RHS boasted 38 All-Conference selections, two conference champions, one district champion, a state qualifier and a conference Coach of the Year.
Girls’ Tennis, Boys’ Swimming, Girls’ Volleyball and Cross Country all turned heads as they led the way for RHS and the community.
The Girls’ Tennis team became conference champions and had one of the best seasons in school history as they went 14-2 for the year. This year, the team placed second in district competition and also took second place in the North Side Classic. In sectional play, Adriana Martinez took fourth in singles and Veronica Booker/Tyra Smith walked away with a third place finish in
doubles. Coach Beth Seibold was also selected as the conference Coach of the Year.
Boys’ Swimming took home the Conference title for the second year in a row. Ritenour placed first in all events except for the 200 Free and the 500 Free. Everyone on the squad earned a Conference medals. Luca Beccacece. Javier Brown. Malaki Romer, and Pierre Brown set the tone for the Huskies in the 200 Medley Relay. In all, eight swimmers made First Team All-Conference in 14 different events.
Girls’ Volleyball had one of the most successful seasons in school history. The program was led by an awesome senior group that left their mark in the record books. The Huskies took home first place in the Lutheran North Tournament, the University City Tournament as well as in the District Tournament. This was the third District Championship in four years for the girls as they finished the season with a record of 25-10-1. The team also had many individual conference accomplishments placed seven players on the All-District Team.
Boys’ Cross Country continued to make great strides this season thanks to the commitment and passion of the athletes and coaches. For the first time in recent memory, the boys squad officially ended at the Missouri State Cross Country Championships. Senior Joe Kipper blazed the way, becoming the first Ritenour athlete in nine years to qualify for the championships. Joe Kipper had a self-best time of 16:45 and was a six-time medalist this season with All-Conference, All-District, All-Sectional accolades. Ben Weissler also had an amazing season with a self-best time of 16:45 and was a five-time medalist earned All-District honors.
Girls’ Cross County celebrated Jazmine Brevik for her best time of 23:11 and earning three medals and a 34th finish at districts.
The Boys’ Soccer program continued to field three teams for the 2019 season. The varsity team finished the season with a record of 4-18-1 and had four All-Conference selections.
Girls’ Golf experienced a rebuilding year and looks forward to returning to the golf course for stronger competition next fall.
The Huskies Softball squad was young and. It was a great year for the girls as they continued to bond and improve throughout the fall. They went 9-15 this fall, but are poised for a breakout year in 2020.
Football had a young team led by a handful of seniors. Senior standout Kevin Tyler, an offensive lineman who has committed to University of Illinois, along with all the seniors, will be missed next year. They have helped pave the way for the underclassmen in leading by example.
Cheerleading and Dance squads work hard year round, and are athletes who compete and perform throughout the year. Their tireless efforts ensure the face and spirit of the Huskies.
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