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Director of Student Activities Blog
Aug 26
Behind the Stripes

Welcome to the 2017-2018 season of Mustang Athletics and Activities!  One week into the new season and we are off to a great start in what should be another successful and fun year for all involved from participants to coaches, parents and fans.

One subject I try to touch on at parent meetings I attend is also one that I'm hoping to reach a wider and more general audience with this article:  the forgotten member of our activities---our officials.  These fine men and women serve a role that we can't function without.  Unfortunately, the number of officials available to high school sports and activities is on a downward spiral that looks to be reaching dangerous levels in the next few years. 

Numbers are dwindling for several reasons but one major reason is the treatment they receive at events they work at.  We have a nice tradition at MHS of how we treat opponents and officials.  That must continue.  You'd be amazed at how many officials tell me that they appreciate coming to Marquette.  Unfortunately, that is not always the case.  But we can only control what we can control and I'm asking as your activities director to keep in mind the reason why these folks work our games.  They had a connection to the game at one time and have made the decision to keep that connection going by putting on the neutral jersey and hanging the whistle around their neck.  That decision alone is one that should be respected.  These folks will make mistakes but it's our job as fans to understand that we make mistakes in our jobs, our coaches make mistakes and our kids who play the game make mistakes.  It's all part of the deal. 

While our core group of officials continue to do what they do they (along with all of us) are aging as a demographic.  We must have an infusion of new talent.  I would ask if you are interested or have sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, friends, etc who are possibly looking to take a part-time job in a sport or activity of their choice; encourage them to become officials.  It's as easy as going to the link below and taking a few minutes to sign up.

https://www.mshsaa.org/Officials/

Once that's accomplished, we have many great officials-assignors around our St Louis area who are ready and eager to help get these new officials acclimated by working personally with them and putting them with experienced mentors to guide them along.  I would be happy to connect a new official with these assignors to help them along if needed.

As a former basketball coach, I won't lie to you; I had my "moments" with officials when we didn't always agree.  As the years went by though, I came to appreciate them more and more not only for the job they do but also for the commitment they made to our sport.  And now, all these years later, I count several as great friends.  Bottom line, it's a noble profession to join and we as followers of our various sports must do what we can to create a positive atmosphere for them to work in and an atmosphere that others will want to join.

As stated at the beginning of this article, I hope you enjoy watching our Mustangs and the atmosphere at our events this year.  I ask that you keep in mind that the folks out on the field with our kids though are an integral part of what we do.  Let's be an advocate for them and continue making Marquette a place where they look forward to doing their job. 

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Jun 22
2016-2017.....That's a Wrap!

​2016-2017 was for the Mustangs yet another banner year.  In what has become an annual tradition, I'm proud to list for our fans and followers another lengthy list of awards, accomplishments and accolades in our Activities/Athletics Department.  Here we go….​

2016-2017 MAJOR MUSTANG TEAM/ACTIVITIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS
CheerleadingRegional Champions (8th consecutive title)
JV State Champions
Varsity 2nd in State
Girls GolfConference Champions
State (6th)
Girls TennisE Lewis & A Zeng: District Doubles Champions
Choir2nd Place in Division at Pleasant Hill Competition
2nd Place in Division, 2nd Place Overall, and Best Band at O'Fallon Competition
Winter/Color Guard1st Place: Collinsville & Odessa Festivals
Finalist: WGI St Louis Regional
2nd Place: Mascoutah Festival
7th Place: MCCGA Championships
Boys SwimConference Dual Champions
Conference Meet Champions
Girls SwimConference Dual Champions
Conference Meet Champions
State 3rd Place
Robotics3 State Qualifying Teams
FootballConference Champions
SoftballConference Champions
District Champions
Boys SoccerConference Champions
BandMSHSAA State Large Ensemble Band Festival, Concert Band received a 2 in Sightreading and division 3 overall, and Symphonic Band received 1 in Sightreading division 2 overall.
ChoirTreble Chamber Choir & Mixed Choir achieved Exemplary "I" Ratings at MSHSAA State Large Ensemble Festival
OrchestraConcert & Symphonic Orchestras received "I" Ratings at MSHSAA State Large Ensemble Festival and "I" in Sightreading.
MystiqueState: 1st in Mix & 5th in Lyrical
Nationals: 4th in Mix, 7th in Jazz
Boys TennisTournament Champs: Holt (2nd straight year) & Eureka Doubles (3rd straight year)
Team District Champions
MessengerNSPA All-American with Marks of Distinction in Content, Coverage, Text & Presentation
Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown Award Finalist
Quill & Scroll Superior Rating & prestigious George H. Gallup Award
National Pacemaker Award for Overall Excellence
Pacemaker 5th Place-First Page Design Award
Pacemaker 5th Place-Best of Show Newspaper Tabloid
MedallionNSPA All-American with Marks of Distinction in Essentials, Coverage, Writing/Editing & Photography
Mock TrialQualified for State-2nd at Regionals
Finished 9th overall at State
BaseballConference Champs
District Champs
Boys VolleyballDistrict Champs
State Final Four

 

2016-2017 All-Conference/District/Metro/State Honorees(submitted to AD office by 6/22/17)
Cross Country: All State: Nick Warmann
1st Team All-Conference: Nick Warmann & Eva Harrell
2nd Team All-Conference: Thomas Penney, Vicky Penney & Eva Morrison
3rd Team All-Conference: Tiffany Tannas
All-Metro: Nick Warmann
Softball:Conference Player of the Year: Kelsey Lenox
Conference Pitcher of the Year: Annah Junge
1st Team All-Conference: Annah Junge, Kelsey Lenox
Conference Coach of the Year: Amy Doyle
2nd Team All-Conference: Tabby Cacheris, Sydney Dana, Eileen McGinnis & Jenna Schatz
All-District: Lillie Knesel, Jenna Schatz, Tabby Cacheris, Annah Junge, Kelsey Lenox & Sydney Dang
All-Metro 1st Team: Anna Junge & Kelsey Lenox
All-District 2nd Team: Eileen McGinnis
All-Region 1st Team: Annah Junge, Kelsey Lenox & Lillie Knesel
All-State 1st Team: Annah Junge & Kelsey Lenox
All-State 2nd Team: Lillie Knesel
Girls Volleyball:All-Conference 1st Team: Hallie Sidney
All-Conference 2nd Team: Kenzie Meador & Taylor Wilson
All-District 1st Team: Hallie Sidney, Kenzie Meador & Taylor Wilson
All-District 2nd Team: Morgan Hanley
All-Region 2nd Team: Hallie Sidney
All-State 2nd Team: Hallie Sidney
Girls Golf:All-State: Sarah Lewis
All-Conference 1st Team: Sarah Lewis, Allison Licavoli & Lucy Youngblood
All-Conference 2nd Team: McKenna O'Hearne & Abby Tichenor
Conference Coach of the Year: Eric Schweain
Girls Tennis:All-Conference 1st Team: Ellie Lewis/Athena Zeng (doubles)
All-Conference 2nd Team: Ellie Lewis (singles) & Alia Arif/Sarah Salinas (doubles)
All-State (3rd Place): Ellie Lewis/Athena Zeng (doubles)
All-Metro 2nd Team: Ellie Lewis
Football:All-Conference 1st Team: Connor Moffett (Defensive POY), Jack Jafferty, Xavier Jackson
Nick Bulanda, Kyler Bayless, Jared Sadowsky & Tyler Pauley
All-Conference 2nd Team: Wendall Bronner, Jordan Robertson, Larrion Hamilton & Joe Sadowsky
Conference Coach of the Year: Matt Klein
All-District 1st Team: Kyler Bayless, Nick Bulanda, Connor Moffett & Xavier Jackson
All-District 2nd Team: Tyler Pauley, Joe Sadowsky & Jared Sadowsky
Academic All-State: Kyler Bayless, Nick Bulanda, Jack Lafferty & Jeff Rauber
All-State 2nd Team: Connor Moffett & Nick Bulanda
Field Hockey:All-Conference 1st Team: Maggie Tovar
All-Conference 2nd Team: Jessie Bulanda & Haley Downs
All-Conference Honorable Mention: Rebecca Croon
Choir:All-Suburban Mixed Choir: Sydney Drennen, Katelyn Freese, Thomas Jones, Aisha Khorana
Sydney Morin, Anshul Raman, Kaley Robinson, Sloan Westerlund & Joseph Westhoff
All-Suburban Women's Choir: Gianna Armey, Kristen Gollwitzer, Marley Meinkinig,
Kate Pogue, Preethi Sriraman & Hope Thomas
9-10 Honor Choir: Austin Ohley
Cheer:All-State: Harmony Mueth & Maddie Roth
Band:All-Suburban Honors Concert Band: Verun Devraj-alternate flute, Abby Grace-flute, Nora Madaras-flute
Kaley Robinson-clarinet, Dylan Potthoff-trumpet
All-State Band Auditions: Dylan Potthoff-trumpet (4th), Abby Grace-flute (9th) & Nora Madaras-flute (11th)
Boys Swimming and Diving:State Placings: Trevin Zweifel (50 Free & 100 Free), Joe Lemon (100 Breaststroke), Jake Venegoni (Dive) & Cole Gross (Dive)
All-Conference: T Burns/J Lemon/J Riffel/T Zweifel (200 Medley Relay), Trevin Zweifel (100 Free), Jack Riffel (500 Free) & Thatcher Burns (100 Back)
Boys Soccer:All-Conference 1st Team: Sam Griskauskas (Defensive Player of the Year), Tyler Sieli, Jake Hansen, Tyler Gellman & Justin Ernst
All-Conference 2nd Team: Ian Barger, Will Diedrich & Cooper Gast
All-Conference Honorable Mention: Trent Dolson, Ryan Wagoner, Anthony Binaei & Cameron Conner
All-Conference Sportsman of the Year for MHS: Will Diedrich
Conference Coach of the Year: Chris Kenny
All-Metro 3rd Team: Jake Hansen
Girls Swimming & Diving:State Champion: Ashley Yarbrough (diving) & Alyssa Lemon (200 Free)
State 3rd: 200 Free Relay & 400 Free Relay
State 5th: Katiana Porporis (200 IM) , Alyssa Lemon (500 Free) & 200 Medley Relay
State 7th: Katiana Porporis (100 Back)
State 8th: Anna Davis (100 Free)
All-Metro 1st Team: Alyssa Lemon & Ashley Yarbrough
All-Metro 2nd Team: Katiana Porporis

All-Conference: Alyssa Lemon (200 Free/500 Free), Katiana Porporis (200 IM/100 Breast), Anna Davis (100 Back), Ashley Yarbrough (Diving),

A Lemon/L Basler/A Yu/K Porporis (200 Free Relay)

 
 
Speech & Debate:Qualified for Nationals: Rachel Pang & Greg Svirnoviskiy
Wrestling:State 4th: Jack Lenox
State Qualifiers: Josh Galmiche & Jalen Gayfield
Girls Basketball:1st Team All-Conference: Hannah Drumm
2nd Team All-Conference: Autumn Brown
1st Team All-District: Hannah Drumm & Autumn Brown
All-Conference Defense: Sarah Krokstrom
All-Conference Honorable Mention: Sarah Krokstrom, Alexa Lomantini & Chayleve Deves
Academic All-State Team: Hannah Drumm & Sara Winkler
Choir:State Qualifiers: Audrey Buehler (I rating), Aaron Hunt (II), Aisha Khorana (I), Emily McKenzie (I) & Anshul Raman (II)
Orchestra:State Qualifiers: Claire Zhang, Andy Mai, Lauren Jenkins, Ryan Kee, Jaeyoung Martin, Kevin Zhou, Brayden Haas/Sam Maniscalco (duet), Connor Ouchi, Emma Weeks, Jack Krudop, Ryan Kee & Alex Madaras
Band: State Qualifiers: Abby Grace, Nora Madaras, Dylan Potthoff, Andrew Button, Abby Grace/Nora Madaras/Carlos Salinas (trio)
Boys Basketball:All-Conference 1st Team: Nick Bulanda
All-Conference Honorable Mention: Alex DiSanza & Jason Montgomery
All-Conference Defense: Jake Merz
All-Conference Sportsmanship: Jason Montgomery
Academic All-State Team: Nick Bulanda, Jack Messmer & Stone Osterman
HOSA:1st Place State Awards: Neelansh Bute, Sid Balaji, Seth Wallerstein
2nd Place State Awards: Ali Lenk, Emma Briuere/Emily Saxon
3rd Place State Awards: Tiffany Yoon/Kelley Sinning/Neha Bollam
4th Place State Awards: Asher Wu/Aarya Saranathan/Kevin Zeng & Gana Aleti
Boys Golf: State Qualifier: Jack Cronin
1st Team All Conference: Jaden Nilsen, Ben Sayers & Jack Cronin
Baseball:3rd Team All-Metro: Ryan Potthoff
1st Team All-Conference: Ryan Potthoff & Ben Kuehn
2nd Team All-Conference: Carter DeFoe, Sam Grace, John Smalley, Mason Mitchell & John Smalley
Conference Coach of the Year: John Meyer
Scholar Bowl:All-District: Seth Wallerstein & Cooper Hoffmeyer
Band:State Solo & Ensemble "I" Ratings: Audrey Buehler, Aisha Khorana & Emily McKenzie
State Solo & Ensemble "II" Rating: Aaron Hunt & Anshul Raman
Orchestra:All State: Alex Cho-Cello
State Solo & Ensemble "I" Ratings: Jaeyoung Martin, Andy Mai, Claire Zhang, Kevin Zhou,
Jack Krudop, Connor Ouchi, Alex Madaras & Ryan Kee
State Solo & Ensemble "II" Rating: Ryan Kee
Choir:All-Suburban Mixed Choir: Sydney Drennen, Katelyn Freese, Thomas Jones, Aisha Khorana
State Solo & Ensemble "I" Ratings: Audrey Buehler, Aisha Khorana & Emily McKenzie
State Solo & Ensemble "II" Ratings: Aaron Hunt & Anshul Raman
Water Polo:All-Conference (Player of the Year): Trevin Zweifel
Conference Coach of the Year: Tim Mosby
1st Team All-State: Trevin Zweifel (Dick Newman Offensive Player of the Year)
Speech & Debate:State Prose Champion: Preethi Sriraman
State 7th Place Poetry: Madison Lakamp
Boys Track:District Champ (Long Jump): Wendall Bronner
All-State (4x800): E Haller, M McCandless, T Penney & C Sheridan
All-State (4x200): J Jackson, C Schwab, A Freeman & J Johnson
All-State (400m Dash): Colin Schwab
All-State (3200m Run): Nick Warmann
Girls Track:District Champ (Long Jump): Maegan Saleh
District Champ (4x800): V Penney, A Warren, T Tannas & E Harrell
All-State (Long Jump): Maegan Saleh
Boys Tennis:District Doubles Champs: Trenton Wherry & Simon Kauppila
All-Conference 1st Team Singles: Simon Kauppila
All-Conference 1st Team Doubles: Trenton Wherry/Simon Kauppila
All-Conference 2nd Team Singles: Trenton Wherry
All-Metro 3rd Team: Simon Kauppila
Boys Volleyball:All-Metro 2nd Team: Kyle Deutschmann
All State 1st Team: Kyle Deutschmann
All State 2nd Team: Reilly Keevan
Girls Soccer:All-Region: Nicole Talley
Baseball:1st Team All-Conference: Ryan Potthoff
2nd Team All-Conference: Carter Defoe, Sam Grace, John Smalley, Mason Mitchell & Niko Procelli
Conference Coach of the Year: John Meyer
3rd Team All-Metro: Ryan Potthoff
Junior Achievement:JA Company Program Scholarship Winners: Ethan Aaranson, Allison Licavoli, Emma Augustin, Michael Stokes, Jazzlyn Adler
Junior Achievement Top 6 Teams: TBT & QTs
Messenger:1st Place Sidebar Writing for Magazine Publications: Abigail Gawart & Keertana Jain
Certificate of Merit in Op-Ed or News Analysis Page Design for News Publications: Abby Schilly
SNO Best of (Website Category): Site Excellence Badge
National Quill & Scroll Writing & Photo Contest Winners: Michael Robinson, Mark Goldenberg,

Staff (Print & Online), Michael Robinson, Ellie Toller, Keertana Jain, Brittany Freeman,

Cari Shearer & Athena Zeng

State Editorial Cartoon of the Year: Michael Robinson
State Finalist Photo of the Year: Taylor Styer
Best of SNO Awards: Brandon Ingli & Greg Svirnovskiy
Audience Engagement Award for Use of Social Media

 

2016-2017 Marquette College/Military Signings​​
First LastSport/ActivityCollege/University/Branch
ClaireAlbertcrewHarvard University
DashawnArrendondomilitaryUnited States Marine Corps
IanBargersoccerLindenwood University
KylerBaylessfootballTruman State University
AnthonyBinaeisoccerQuincy University
WilliamConstablemilitaryUnited States Navy
JoeyCrawfordsoccerDominican University
HunterCullinanemilitaryUnited States Marine Corps
LexiDanielsswimmingLouisiana State University
AnnaDavisswimmingUniversity of Missouri
StevenDeliafootballBriar Cliff University
HannahDrummmilitaryAir National Guard
LarrionHamiltonmilitaryUnited States Marine Corps
MIchaelHojnackibaseballBradley University
XavierJacksonfootballCollege of DuPage
ReillyKeevenmilitaryUnited States Marine Corps
BrianKindtbaseballIllinois College
MorganLangesoccerStephens College
AlyssaLemonswimmingUniversity of Arkansas
AlexaLomantinibasketballConcordia (IL) University
ConnorMoffetfootballMcKendree University
HarmonyMuethcheerNorthwest MO State U
ColeNicholsb lacrosseMissouri Baptist University
StoneOstermanbasketballWestminster College
DavidPainemilitaryUnited States Army
JohnPalmourmilitaryUnited States Marine Corps
TylerPauleyfootballElmhurst College
AustinPaynemilitaryUnited States Air Force
Nick PickensmilitaryUnited States Marine Corps
DonterianPolkmilitaryUnited States Navy
KatianaPorporisswimmingUniversity of Arkansas
MeganPricesoccerDelta State University
PaigePriceg lacrosseWestminster College
ErinRauberlacrosseBenedictine College
TyRauberfootballBenedictine College
RamiSafimilitaryArmy National Guard
LindseySchmidtcolor guardU of Central MO
KayleeSchrieverdanceLindenwood University
​Colin​Schwab​track​​Southeast MO State U
Hallie SidneyvolleyballNorthwest MO State U
John SmalleybaseballWabash Valley College
EnricoStazzonesoccerUniversity of Indianapolis
JalinStelzersoccerIndiana State University
NicoleTalleysoccerMissouri Baptist University
NicoleTalleysoccerMissouri Baptist University
CarlinWeindeldanceUniversity of Missouri
BlaineWeisscheerButler University
TrentonWherrytennisMaryville University
IsraelWilliamsmilitaryUnited States Air Force
AshleyYarbroughdivingMissouri State University
TrevinZweifelwater poloLaSalle University

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Sep 08
Why the Mustangs Play

This past year, the Missouri State High School Athletic Association (MSHSAA) hired a new director, Todd Zell (formerly AD at Summit and Westminster High Schools).  One of Todd's initiatives was to do his part to promote across our state the reasons why we have athletic and activities programs.  These reasons do not exclude competing, trying to win, preparing for opponents, etc. but his goal was to broaden and publicize the good things that are already happening at our state's schools.

As we get ready to celebrate Homecoming here at Marquette in the coming week and the influx of alums who will come back to see their teachers, coaches and friends, it strikes me the number of young men I was able to coach in my 18 years as basketball coach at MHS.  Surely, some nights we finished with more points on the scoreboard come to mind but other memories immediately flash to the forefront rather than just wins and losses.  A funny moment in practice, a heart-to-heart talk with an individual or small group, sorrow from the end of the road being together at the end of the season and unfortunately, the hurt of losing one of our own to an early passing….those are things that mean more to me than picking up a big victory or suffering a gut-wrenching loss.

Our coaches, directors and sponsors at Marquette have and continue to emphasize the important things that our activities program stands for.  Chiefly, that is to be an important part in developing our students to be successful young men and women.  We are not perfect and do not profess to be but we do want to continue to be more successful in this endeavor each and every year.

This year, in conjunction with Todd's "Why We Play the Game" initiative through MSHSAA and with some ideas gleaned from my friend Jeff Taggart (the AD at Northwest High School in Cedar Hill), I asked our head coaches and directors to produce a mission statement that reflects the important things we have done and aspire to continue to do with our programs.  They worked with their staffs and in some cases, their students, to produce these documents.  A piece of paper or document on a website does not make for a perfect sports or activity program.  What it does do though is remind all parties involved with that program what we are here for. 

I am very proud of the time and effort these people put into these mission statements.  I hope if you're reading this you will take the time to read at least the documents that you or your student is directly involved in.  I think you'll also find it interesting to read the others to find the underlying themes that are within each document but also the "personalization" you'll find to each program as well.  They speak well of the people here at Marquette who are the backbone of our activities programs.

You can find our "Why the Mustangs Play" page online by going to the link below or by going to our home page at www.homeofthemustangs.com and clicking on the link on the left side of that page.

http://www.rsdmo.org/marquette/athletics/Pages/Why-the-Mustangs-Play.aspx

Jun 01
2015-2016: What a Year!

Marquette, as has been mentioned in this space many times, is a very busy place.  And while our focus is on the 8:16am-3:05pm goings-on, part of my job is to make sure that what happens post-3:05 gets its just due.  And the "just dues" are plenty this year!  With some all-state and all-metro selections still up in the air, below you'll see everything up until June 1, 2016 that our that our athletes and performers have accomplished as teams, groups and as individuals.  It's quite the list, so grab yourself a lemonade, curl up in the hammock or lounge chair and enjoy reading about your 2015-2016 Mustangs…..

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2015-2016 MAJOR MUSTANG TEAM/ACTIVITIES ACCOMPLISHMENTS
CheerleadingRegional Champs (7th year in a row)
2nd in State
Girls GolfConference Champs
Sectional Champs
State Champs
Girls TennisConference Champs
Sectional Champs
District Champs
Boys SwimDual Meet Conference Champions
Undefeated (two years in a row)
Boys Cross Country5th in State
Girls SwimDual Meet Conference Champs (undefeated)
Suburban West Champs
6th in State
Softball2nd in State
District Champs
Boys BasketballEldon Tournament champs (4th year in a row)
School record 13 consecutive wins
Mystique11th Nationally in Poms & Jazz
Boys TennisDistrict Champs (1st in program history)
Eureka Doubles Champs (2nd year in a row)
Mid-Metro Tournament Champs
First Final Four Appearance in school history
Best record in school history (24-1)
4th in State
Mock Trial7th in State
BaseballWillard Tournament champs
Boys GolfWinners of 6 Tournaments
Conference Champions
District Champions
Sectional Champions
5th at State
Boys VolleyballState Elite Eight
Water Polo3rd In State
Girls LacrosseDistrict Champions
3rd in State
Junior Achievement(1) 1st Place, (1) 2nd Place & (1) 3rd Place Sales Groups at JA Awards Ceremony


2015-2016 All-Conference/District/Metro/State Honorees
Cross Country:  All Conference (1st Team):  Hannah Pierson
All Conference (2nd Team):  Danielle Mohrmann, Nick Warmann, Thomas Penney, Stephen Naylor & Ryan Hart
All Conference (Hon Mention):  Eva Harrell
All State:  Hannah Pierson
All-Metro (2nd Team):  Hannah Pierson
Softball:All Conference (1st Team):  Megan Clince, Lillie Knesel, Annie Kroeger, Kelsey Lenox & Taylor Rumping
All Conference (2nd Team):  Sydney Dana, Amanda Lang & Eileen McGinnis
All-Region (1st Team):  Annie Kroeger, Megan Clince & Lillie Knesel
All-Region (2nd Team):  Taylor Rumping & Kelsey Lenox
All Conference (Hon Mention):  Haley Munn
All-State (1st Team):  Megan Clince
All-State (2nd Team):  Annie Kroeger
All-Metro (1st Team):  Kelsey Lenox & Megan Clince
All-Metro (3rd Team):  Taylor Rumping
Girls Volleyball:All District (1st Team):  Casey Randolph & Hallie Sidney
All District (2nd Team):  Taylor Wilson
All-Conference (1st Team):  Hallie Sydney & Casey Randolph
All-Conference (2nd Team):  Morgan Hanley & Emily Kreitman
Girls Golf:All-District:  Sarah Lewis, Allison Tichenor, McKenna O'Hearne & Allison Licavoli
All-State:  Sarah Lewis & Allison Tichenor
All Conference (1st Team):  Sarah Lewis & Allison Tichenor
All Conference (2nd Team):  Lucy Youngblood
All Conference (Honorable Mention):  Allison Licavoli & McKenna O'Hearne
All-Metro:  Sarah Lewis (1st Team) & Allison Tichenor (3rd)
Girls Tennis:3rd State Doubles:  Ellie Lewis & Athena Zeng
All Conference (1st Team):  Ellie Lewis/Athena Zeng (doubles)
All Conference (2nd Team):  Ellie Lewis (singles) & Alia Arif/Sarah Salinas (doubles)
All-Metro:  Ellie Lewis (2nd Team) & Athena Zeng (3rd)
Football:All-Conference (1st Team):  Turner Cook, Jason Powers, Jon Shafer, Connor Moffet & Xavier Jackson
All-Conference (2nd Team):  Barry Kuebler, Nick Bulanda, Cairon Wesley, Jared Sadowsky, 
Steven Delia & Kellan Murray
All-District (1st Team):  Jason Powers, Turner Cook & Xavier Jackson
All-District (2nd Team):  Cairon Wesley, Nicholas Bulanda & Connor Moffett
Academic All-State:  Turner Cook & Nicholas Bulanda
All-State (2nd Team):  Xavier Jackson
Field Hockey:All-Conference (1st Team):  Mia Schweain & Sarah Jacober
All-Conference (2nd Team):  Gabi Blosser, Maggie Tovar & Kirsten Van Rens
Choir:All-Suburban Mixed:  Jenica Bunderson, Sydney Drennen, Sydney Dorton, Abigail Gawart,
Lindsey Gollwitzer, Rose Miller & Joey Westhoff
All-Suburban Women:  Sophia Armey, Kristin Gollwitzer & Preethi Sriraman
9-10 Honors Choir:  Joshua Earls, Laasya Pothuganti, Anshul Raman & Eleanor Smith
All-State:  Sydney Drennen
4 Large Ensemble 1 ratings:  Combined Mixed, Combined Treble, Treble Chamber & Mixed Chamber
Cheer:All-State:  Cassidy Curran, Courtney Karl & Dani Kolker
Band:All-State:  Emilee Wurtz-4th Bass Clarinet (4 years all-state), Nora Madaras-11th Flute & Dylan Potthoff 6th Trumpet
District 1s (qualified for State):  Nora Madaras, Carlos Salinas, Emilee Wurtz, Kaley Robinson, Cassie Koelling, Dylan Potthoff, Adam Barnhart, Andrew Button & Kirsten Schaeffer
Boys Swimming and Diving:All-Conference 1st Team:
Trevin Zweifel (x4), Adam Bryzski (x4) , Ryan Esser (x4), Andy Heller (x3), Mitchell Lee (x2), Matt Reiter (x2), Joe Bell (x2),  Joey Lemon (x2) , Jake Jesielowski (x2), Nathan Hicker (x2), Michael Butler
Cole Gross, Jake Venegoni, Robert Fox
All-Conference 2nd Team:
Jake Jesielowski, Mark Butler (x2), Jack Riffel (x2), Andrew Parasch (x2), Mitchell Lee, Michael Butler (x2), Alex DeCampi, Andy Heller, Trent Siebert, Matt Reiter, Christian Fernandez
All-State: 2nd Team
Trevin Zweifel (x3), Andy Heller, Michael Butler, Ryan Esser
Boys Soccer:All Conference 1st Team:  CJ Waldner, Ian Barger & Enrico Stazzone
All Conference 2nd Team:  Sam Griskauskas & Justin Ernst
All Conference H.M.:  Devon Ehney, Tyler Gellmann & Will Diedrich
Girls Swimming & Diving:All-Conference 1st Team:  Alyssa Lemon, Katiana Porporis, Lauren Beming, Eva Main, Allison Tichenor, Sarah Rosson, Payton Hagar, Abigail Nebot,
Taryn Zweifel, Lexi Basler, Caylyn Powell, Maddie Kelsey, Rachel Bullington, Anna Main, Shane Whitehead, Karli Basler, Allyson Cochran & Megan McVey
All-Conference 2nd Team:  Courtney Karl, Allie Goring & Ellie Ludens
All-State 1st Team:  Laurn Beming, Katiana Porporis, Eva Main, Allison Tichenor, Alyssa Lemon & Ashley Yarbrough
All-State 2nd Team:  Karli Basler
All-Metro 1st Team:  Ashley Yarbrough & Alyssa Lemon
All-Metro 2nd Team:  Katiana Porporis
Wrestling:All-State:  Jack Lenox 6th
All-Conference 2nd Team:  Luke Milla, Josh Galmiche, Mitch Boehlein & Sam Wood
Girls Basketball:All-Conference 1st Team:  Hannah Drumm
All-Conference Defense:  Sarah Krokstrom
All-Conference Sportsmanship:  Sophia Baker  
All-Conference Honorable Mention:  Alexa Lomontini & Cassidy Feeney
All-District:  Hannah Drumm & Alexa Lomantini
Boys Basketball:1st Team All Conference:  Jason Powers (Player of the Year) & Nick Bulanda
Honorable Mention:  Jack Eggmann
All-Defensive & All-Sportsmanship:  Andrew Branstetter
All-District:  Jason Powers & Nick Bulanda
HOSA:State Placings:  Aarya Saranthan (5th), Neelansh Bute (5th), Kevin Zeng (5th), Sachin Suresh (3rd), Samartha Shrestha (3rd), Asher Wu (1st) & 
Ramya Palaniappan/Emme Bruere/Lauren Milburn/Emily Saxon (1st)
Boys Golf:  1st Team All-District:  Frankie Thomas, Austin Schettler, Ben Sayers & Jaden Nilsen
All-State:  Frankie Thomas
1st Team All-Conference:  Frankie Thomas (POY), Ben Sayers, Jaden Nilsen & Austin Schettler
Baseball:Delta Dental Busch Stadium All-Star Game:  Dylan Dix
MHSBCA Senior All-Stars:  Will Bausinger & Kellan Murray
Girls Lacrosse:All-Conference 1st Team:  Nicole Shaw, Caroline Tunis & Erin Underwood
All-Conference 2nd Team:  Elizabeth Brock, Brooke Buchmueller & Annelise Henshaw
All-Conference H.M.:  Sarah Craft, Erin Rauber & Rachel Schibler
All-State:  Erin Underwood, Caroline Tunis & Nicole Shaw
Coach of the Year:  Chris Elledge
Band:State Solo & Ensemble 1 Ratings:  Dylan Potthoff, Kirsten Schaeffer, Cassie Koelling, Kaley Robinson, Emilee Wurtz, Nora Madaras & Carlos Salinas
State Solo & Ensemble 2 Ratings:  Andrew Button, Adam Barnhart & Kayley Robinson
Orchestra:All-Suburban Orchestra:  Libby Rekas & Grant Thurman
All-State Orchestra:  Eric Cho & Julie Holzen
State Solo & Ensemble 1 Rating:  Jaeyoung Martin
State Solo & Ensemble 2 Rating:  Devin Haas, Maggie Yang, Elizabeth Karpman, Akash Sarkar, Michael Yin & Julie Haley
Choir:District Exemplary 1 Rating (State Qualifiers):  Kate Hanson, Alyssa Kirk, Teresa Stubbs, Hope Thomas, Trio-Jenica Bunderson, Sydney Dorton & Rose Miller
State Solo & Ensemble 1 Ratings:  Alyssa Kirk, Hope Thomas, Jenica Bunderson, Sydney Dorton & Rose Miller
State Solo & Ensemble 2 Ratings:  Anshul Raman & Teresa Stubbs
Water Polo:1st Team All Conference:  Trevin Zweifel & Parker Cayse
2nd Team All-Conference:  Mitchell Lee, Trent Siebert & Adam Brzyski
2nd Team All-State:  Parker Cayse
3rd Team All-State:  Adam Brzyski & Trevin Zweifel
Speech & Debate:State Qualifiers:  Samantha Bayne/Kaylee Johnson (3rd), Neha Bharadwaj, Arjun Devraj & Preethi Sriraman
Boys Track:State Qualifiers:  Mitchell McCandless, Charlie Sheridan, Thomas Penney, Stephen Naylor, Jordan Robertson, Jaden Jackson,
Xavier Jackson, Wendall Bronner (8th-Long Jump) , Mason Walters & Eric Jardine
Girls Track:State Qualifiers:  Hannah Pierson (3rd-1600m/3rd-3200m), Danielle Mohrmann (6th-1600m/4th-3200m), Mar'keyia Chambers, Mary Carroll, Sa'taya Heyward, 
Christian Mills & Madison Rogers
Boys Tennis:All-Conference 1st Team:  Jacob Kauppila (singles) & Jacob/Simon Kauppila (doubles)
All-Conference 2nd Team:  Trenton Wherry (singles)
Jacob Kauppila-1st in program history to reach 100+ career victories/Simon Kauppila undefeated in singles 2016
Boys Volleyball:Academic All-State:  Mitchell Mai, Grant Vollmar & Reilly Keeven
State All-Tournament 2nd Team:  Reilly Keeven & Mitchell Meier
Girls Soccer:All-Conference 1st Team:  Madison Meador, Allison Tichenor & Jalin Stelzer
All-Conference 2nd Team:  Sarah Krokstrom, Nikki Talley & Mia Schweain
All-Conference H.M.:  Megan Price, Lindsay Bass, Bridget Barker & Sarah Jacober
Junior Achievement:JA Sales Awards:  Ben Sayers, Jessica Lee, Marissa Mabry, Amy Marrott & Allison Licavoli
JA Scholarships:  Kristin Blake, Mitchell Mai & Grant Volmar
Messenger:5 Quill & Scroll Awards to 11 students
MJEA Award Finalists:  Ryan Hart, Greg Svirnovskiy, Austin Woods, Ellie Toller & Abigail Gawart
MJEA Award State Nominees:  Keertana Jain, Michael Robinson, Abby Schilly (2x) & Keertana Jain



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Apr 25
Something to TALK About

For those of you thinking I may be going into a career tribute to Bonnie Raitt, I'm sorry to disappoint.  Rather, I am writing to my blog audience about what is probably the most important aspect of running a successful high school activities program:  COMMUNICATION.

One of the things I try to do each year is attend as many team/activity parent meetings as my schedule allows.  Once I'm there, my goals include: introducing myself so that those who aren't aware of who the AD is, telling those in attendance about our coaching staff from my perspective, encouraging all involved in the activity (coaches, performers and parents) to display sportsmanship and class at our events and most of all stressing how communication from all parties is so very important.

Our coaches and sponsors have a responsibility to communicate expectations for their program and getting information out to their kids and parents in a reasonable manner.  Our players and performers have a responsibility to listen, follow instructions and give their absolute best effort.  They also have come of an age where if there is a problem, they should approach their coach or sponsor and speak to them.  Our coaches and sponsors, no matter the situation, have the onus on them to listen and discuss the situation in a manner which the student feels he/she is being listened to and the matter addressed.  If a parent has an issue with a coach and, after hearing the perspective from their son or daughter, still doesn't have a complete understanding, they are encouraged to reach out and communicate with the coach. 

As someone who has been in education for 26 years and coached for 23 of those, the unhappy or uninformed parent approaching the coach has been the situation where so many unfortunate rumors or misunderstandings about what could or should happen occur.  "The coach isn't approachable", "the coach will punish my child if I approach him/her" and other like statements are the ones you hear most often.  We never expect everyone to be 100% happy with their situation 100% of the time.  Misunderstandings or lack of information are going to occur every year and every season.  As someone who has been in these situations, I can honestly say one of the things that I felt very good about as I look back on my coaching career was that never once did I ever penalize a player for how a parent felt about me.  The parents and the coaches are the adults in the situation and should be past an act such as this for one very simple reason:  parents and coaches both want one thing-which is the best for the young man or woman in question.  The path to the "best" for him/her may be different in the coach or the parents' mind, but a resolution and/or an understanding can almost always be achieved if the coach and parent take the time to COMMUNICATE.  How does one do that?  Well….

As someone who opened up more than my fair share of lengthy, lengthy emails or anonymous, typed letters during my career as a coach, I can most assuredly tell you that those methods are NOT the best way to communicate.  The anonymous letter takes away immediately the chance for resolution and discussion obviously.  The lengthy email becomes a one-sided discussion where the person (in this case the coach) isn't able to use his/her speech to communicate.  That speech is the key.  I have found (and I've been guilty of this) that an email which is used to convey anything other than information is impossible to impress upon its reader the writer's tone of voice, facial expression or emotion.  Immediately, the reader of the lengthy email begins to plug those holes with their assumptions which often times are not positive. 

My advice to the parent (and I am a parent who has been on the side of what can be construed as confusion bordering on unhappiness) is to use email as a means to ask the coach for a meeting or a chance to speak on the phone.  This is going to involve some vulnerability on the parents' part and the coach's as well.  But having a chance to HEAR and FEEL the nature of the issue is so very, very important.  I have sat in on many a parent meeting as a coach and as an AD and can say implicitly that the respect that I have for a parent who takes the time to speak with me makes me realize how very much the parent loves their son or daughter, which in turn gives me the motivation to listen to them and help them understand my side of the equation as well.  In exchange for my understanding the parents' side of things, I always felt that my empathy towards them became a two-way street because I was able to express to them how important their child was to me and to Marquette.  In the end, we may not have always walked out with both of us getting what we wanted but we walked out with a respect for each other and a path towards trying to be there and help the student in question.

Marquette is not a perfect place.  We are constantly trying to make it better.  And even though I've outlined here in this edition of the blog how things are supposed to be as it pertains to communication, we need work on our end as coaches and sponsors as well.  Perfection will never be reached but the SINCERE EFFORT to get to perfection to me is the most important thing we can do when it comes to student-participants, parents and coaches coming together for a common goal with the way they communicate.  ​

Mar 10
Pride of Marquette

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I will preface this article by saying that the person you'll read about below is someone that I had the pleasure of coaching for several years before I took the job here as activities director.  I will also state that we have many, many alums that have all gone on and done great things that all deserve their accolades.  But, I will also say that very rarely do we have a graduate who was thrust into the spotlight as much as 2012 MHS grad Ryan Rosburg and who went through so many varied and different experiences during his college career; all in the spotlight for us all to see and judge.  So....having said all that....please read along with me while I write nice things about someone all of us at Marquette should be very proud of.

I met Ryan when he was in late elementary school and began coming to our basketball camps in the summer here at MHS.  It was obvious he was going to be a good player but what kept him from sticking out like a sore thumb was the way he fit in with whatever group we had him in at our camps.  As he made his way through the ranks to​ our feeder program teams and then to our high school try-outs, those characteristics of humility and an easy-going way about him never changed.

Ryan was good enough to be a four-year varsity player for us and earn numerous awards and honors and several major college scholarship honors.  But I think he would agree with me that the memory he left behind that means the most is one that he was a PART of, not the focal point of; that being the State Final Four run that he played such a huge role in.  The winning was great obviously and the opportunity to play on Norm Stewart Court was a thrill but the way that Marquette pulled together as one and left a memory that the MSHSAA folks still talk about at Mizzou Arena with the crowd we brought was a legacy never to be forgotten.  The crowds and enthusiasm that MHS still generates at its events are still feeding off the energy of that magical March.  To have a so-called "star" that played the role of a star, but soaked up every ounce of being a part of something special is really what makes Ryan special.

After attending Ryan's last game this past weekend at Mizzou, I thought back to all the trials and tribulations he'd gone through during his four years in Columbia:  being the only one left from his recruiting class still on the team, the slumps and up-and-down minutes through the seasons, the coaching changes, the changing teammates, the difficult losses, the decision by Mizzou to suspend the season in reaction to violations committed by no one still involved with the program, the scrutiny from anonymous social media-ites, etc, etc, etc.  Needless to say, Ryan could write a book that I think more than a few people would want to read about his years as a Tiger.

But through it all, Ryan Rosburg remained Ryan Rosburg.  He's a tremendous player (which basketball fans truly got to see with the outstanding finish he made to his career down the stretch as one of the best players in the SEC during conference play his senior year), a great teammate, one of the most coachable players you'll ever see, someone who loved being a Mizzou Tiger through all the good times and bad in Columbia, a wonderful son and brother from a wonderful family and most importantly if you got the chance to know him---a lifelong and dedicated friend.  

The Rosburg family hosted a get-together after last Saturday's Mizzou finale and it was a snapshot of Ryan's life and the people he'd touched.  From childhood friends to Mizzou freshmen teammates, it was obvious the love and respect he had generated through the years.  I felt honored to be invited and be a part of it.

I guess I decided to write this article for a few reasons:  I like to brag on Marquette products as part of my job and Ryan Rosburg fits the bill to do that but I also just felt like writing something nice for someone I really like and care about.  He deserves it and it's the least I can do for someone I could never repay for all the joy he has brought to me.  

Ryan, Marquette is really proud of you.  Thanks for doing right by us and for showing everyone what a Mustang is all about.  



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Dec 18
A Great 2015, A Bright 2016 Ahead

With the excitement our facilities upgrades brought this past fall season with the passing of our bond issue, our activities department (specifically, our groups, teams, sponsors and coaches) more than lived up to the hype that a chance to get on a new turf field brought with it.  If you haven't already seen some of the accomplishments our Mustangs had to this point in the 2015-2016 school year, I wanted to give you the list you see below as a gift going into our holiday break.

I hope everyone has a chance to take a deep breath, enjoy family and friends and hopefully a little time off from the whirlwind we are always involved in if you have an association with Marquette.  And…if you have some time, we do have some events going on as well to enjoy.  Our wrestlers are in tournaments over the break at Cape Central and Lindbergh and our boys basketball team plays in the annual Coaches vs Cancer Tournament at Meramec. 

From all of us in the activities office…Our best to you and yours this holiday season.  We will get back after it in January as we look to build on a great 2015.

CheerleadingRegional Champs (7th year in a row)
2nd in State
Girls GolfConference Champs
Sectional Champs
State Champs
Girls TennisConference Champs
Sectional Champs
District Champs
Boys SwimDual Meet Conference Champions
Undefeated (two years in a row)
Boys Cross Country5th in State
Softball2nd in State
District Champs

Cross Country:  All Conference (1st Team):  Hannah Pierson
All Conference (2nd Team):  Danielle Mohrmann, Nick Warmann, Thomas Penney,
Stephen Naylor & Ryan Hart
All Conference (Hon Mention):  Eva Harrell
All State:  Hannah Pierson
All-Metro (2nd Team):  Hannah Pierson
Softball:All Conference (1st Team):  Megan Clince, Lillie Knesel, Annie Kroeger,
Kelsey Lenox & Taylor Rumping
All Conference (2nd Team):  Sydney Dana, Amanda Lang & Eileen McGinnis
All-Region (1st Team):  Annie Kroeger, Megan Clince & Lillie Knesel
All-Region (2nd Team):  Taylor Rumping & Kelsey Lenox
All Conference (Hon Mention):  Haley Munn
All-State (1st Team):  Megan Clince
All-State (2nd Team):  Annie Kroeger
All-Metro (1st Team):  Kelsey Lenox & Megan Clince
All-Metro (3rd Team):  Taylor Rumping
Girls Volleyball:All District (1st Team):  Casey Randolph & Hallie Sidney
All District (2nd Team):  Taylor Wilson
All-Conference (1st Team):  Hallie Sydney & Casey Randolph
All-Conference (2nd Team):  Morgan Hanley & Emily Kreitman
Girls Golf:All-District:  Sarah Lewis, Allison Tichenor, McKenna O'Hearne & Allison Licavoli
All-State:  Sarah Lewis & Allison Tichenor
All Conference (1st Team):  Sarah Lewis & Allison Tichenor
All Conference (2nd Team):  Lucy Youngblood
All Conference (Honorable Mention):  Allison Licavoli & McKenna O'Hearne
All-Metro:  Sarah Lewis (1st Team) & Allison Tichenor (3rd)
Girls Tennis:3rd State Doubles:  Ellie Lewis & Athena Zeng
All Conference (1st Team):  Ellie Lewis/Athena Zeng (doubles)
All Conference (2nd Team):  Ellie Lewis (singles) & Alia Arif/Sarah Salinas (doubles)
All-Metro:  Ellie Lewis (2nd Team) & Athena Zeng (3rd)
Football:All-Conference (1st Team):  Turner Cook, Jason Powers, Jon Shafer,
Connor Moffet & Xavier Jackson
All-Conference (2nd Team):  Barry Kuebler, Nick Bulanda, Cairon Wesley,
Jared Sadowsky, 
Steven Delia & Kellan Murray
Field Hockey:All-Conference (1st Team):  Mia Schweain & Sarah Jacober
All-Conference (2nd Team):  Gabi Blosser, Maggie Tovar & Kirsten Van Rens
Choir:All-Suburban Mixed:  Jenica Bunderson, Sydney Drennen, Sydney Dorton,
Abigail Gawart,
Lindsey Gollwitzer, Rose Miller & Joey Westhoff
All-Suburban Women:  Sophia Armey, Kristin Gollwitzer & Preethi Sriraman
9-10 Honors Choir:  Joshua Earls, Laasya Pothuganti, Anshul Raman
& Eleanor Smith
All-State:  Sydney Drennen
Cheer:All-State:  Cassidy Curran, Courtney Karl & Dani Kolker
Band:All-State:  Emilee Wurtz-4th Bass Clarinet (4 years all-state), Nora Madaras-11th Flute &
Dylan Potthoff 6th Trumpet
Boys Swimming and Diving:All-Conference 1st Team:
Trevin Zweifel (x4), Adam Bryzski (x4) , Ryan Esser (x4), Andy Heller (x3),
Mitchell Lee (x2), Matt Reiter (x2), Joe Bell (x2),  Joey Lemon (x2) ,
Jake Jesielowski (x2), Nathan Hicker (x2), Michael Butler
Cole Gross, Jake Venegoni, Robert Fox
All-Conference 2nd Team:
Jake Jesielowski, Mark Butler (x2), Jack Riffel (x2), Andrew Parasch (x2), Mitchell Lee,
Michael Butler (x2), Alex DeCampi, Andy Heller, Trent Siebert, Matt Reiter,
Christian Fernandez
All-State: 2nd Team
Trevin Zweifel (x3), Andy Heller, Michael Butler, Ryan Esser
Boys Soccer:All Conference 1st Team:  CJ Waldner, Ian Barger & Enrico Stazzone
All Conference 2nd Team:  Sam Griskauskas & Justin Ernst
Oct 15
Keep Gettin' Better

As we get deeper into this 2015 school year, the hit song by Christina Aguilera came to my mind the other day as the accolades kept rolling in for our kids (yeah, for those of you who know me, I just referenced a music artist other than an 80s hair band).  In the hopes that I don't miss any highlights, here are a few to this point in the school year:

  • Girls Golf:  STATE CHAMPIONS
  • Girls Tennis:  District and Sectional Champs (Lewis/Zeng doubles team qualified for State)
  • Softball:  District and Sectional Champs as of this writing
  • Boys Swimming and Diving:  Undefeated in dual matches thus far this season
  • Choir has placed in numerous All-Suburban categories
  • Marching Band/Fall Guard have received accolades at all their festivals thus far

It was like a bolt of lightning when the news reached us from Springfield on Tuesday, October 13 that our links ladies had out-shot the State Field by 9 shots in bringing just the sixth team state title back to Marquette (following one by boys swim, two by girls swim and a pair by our cheer squad).  As your AD, it's always my job to be fiscally-prudent but I have to tell you I will approve the purchase order for a new state championship sign for our gym with a big grin on my face.  I hope many of you will be at our district football game on Friday, October 23rd when we not only cheer on our highly-successful gridiron boys but also honor our golfers between the first and second quarter.

A few notes about upcoming events that are important if you follow our activities:

  • Friday-Saturday, October 16-17:  Ellie Lewis & Athena Zeng will play for the doubles State title in Springfield
  • Saturday, October 17 at noon at MHS Softball Field:  Our softball team takes on Howell North for the right to play in Springfield next week in the State Tournament.  Please remember  that there is a MSHSAA-mandated $6 admission fee and seating could be limited so be prepared to stand or bring a blanket or lawn chair for the hill behind the bleachers.
  • Friday, October 23 7pm at MHS Stadium:  Football will host the first round of the post-season against an opponent TBD
  • Saturday, October 24 7pm:  Orchestra Dinner & Pops Concert
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, October 20-21:  Girls Volleyball hosts a tough district tournament (our ladies play their first match at 7pm on October 20)
  • Thursday, October 22 marks the beginning of the Field Hockey Midwest Tournament
  • Tuesday & Thursday, October 27 & 29:  Boys Soccer at Districts (at Parkway North)
  • Thursday, October 29 7pm:  MHS Band Concert
  • Thursday, October 29 at Lindbergh HS:  Boys Swim & Dive Conference Finals
  • Saturday, October 31:  Cross Country at Festus Sectionals
  • Thursday, November 5 6:30pm:  Mr Mustang
  • Friday-Saturday, November 6-7:  Boys Swim & Dive at State (Rec-Plex)
  • Saturday, November 7:  Cross Country at State
  • Thursday-Sunday, November 19-22:  MHS Theatre Company Musical

There is surely something for everyone in that list if you enjoy anything Mustang.  Hope to see you at many of these events!

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Sep 01
How We Celebrate

I've said in this space before that here at Marquette, like all other places, we like to finish with a better score than our opponents at the end of the game.  And along the way, win or lose, we like to enjoy great plays, great effort and just the fact that the kids in Navy and Kelly are OUR kids in Navy and Kelly. 

With Homecoming right around the corner, it's a great time to start thinking about our traditions and celebrations.  The following events are on the docket mid-September:

  • Monday-Friday, September 14-18:  Theme Days (check MHS announcements for each day's dress-up theme)
  • Wednesday, September 16:  Taste of Marquette (MHS Commons) 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, September 16:  Powder Puff Football Game (Stadium) 7:30pm
  • Thursday, September 17:  Lafayette vs Mustang Boys Soccer JV game 4:15 followed by Homecoming Pep Assembly followed by varsity game at approximately 6:30pm (Stadium).  The pre-game introductions for our Mustangs and guests from LHS will be a special event in keeping with Homecoming
  • Friday, September 18:  All-MHS Students Pep Assembly (Stadium) 7th Hour
  • Saturday, September 19:  Homecoming Dance 7:00pm (Commons & Gym)​

As you can see, there's plenty of fun activities that have a lot of tradition and enough new things going on to please most everyone.  Unfortunately, there are some "traditions" that seem to drag homecoming events down each year that those who aren't in the "most everyone" category like to imbibe in….

I can't imagine anyone reading this that would think walking into a person's home and dumping a plate of trash on the kitchen floor is appropriate or anything above being called rude.  The act of throwing toilet paper and clogging up someone's trees and yard and causing them to have to clean up a mess they didn't make is akin to dumping the aforementioned trash and then telling the owner of said kitchen to "go ahead and clean that up".  In the case of "TPing" or "rolling" someone's house (or the more serious acts of hurling objects that stain or damage others' property), something else needs to be kept in mind….these are NOT acceptable or school-approved forms of homecoming celebrations.  And, in fact, if caught by law enforcement or property owners, said persons committing these acts CAN be prosecuted for vandalism.  Those students who also double as Marquette athletes can be suspended from his/her team under the MSHSAA citizenship standards as well.  Committing a silly act in the name of "junior-senior war" can lead to long-lasting repercussions.  When it comes down to it, we are all MUSTANGS far above and beyond the grade level indicated by the number of years walking the hallways.

We have enough going on at MHS during homecoming week to make it a week to remember.  Mustangs, think before you act on a silly impulse and Mustang parents, please have the conversation with your kids about this situation and the decisions that should be made in conjunction with the question "Is it worth it?"

We are looking forward to a great Mustang Homecoming and celebrating it with all of our Mustangs, their families and alums.  But let's do it the Mustang Way….the RIGHT way.


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Aug 14
2015-2016: Let's Get Started Doing What We Do

If you're like me, you're eagerly anticipating the opportunity to see our performers and athletes take to the fields (yes, turf is an option now!), courts, stages and other venues to ply their wares as Mustangs.  The many hours our coaches and sponsors put in will be evident as our kids progress throughout their seasons.  It's a real time of pride for us as parents and fans of Marquette Activities.​

I have no doubt we will be successful as it pertains to the scoreboards and judges' cards.  Winning has become a tradition around our school and we will continue to strive for it because what's the point of competing if you don't want to try to come out ahead in the end.  Having said that, I will state what I've been saying at our meetings with incoming students, parents and our fall athletes and performers:  Winning has many variables.  What many fans forget when their team doesn't come out on top is the simple fact that the other team or competitor is trying too. 

What we can control though includes the following:

  • Our kids can practice hard and prepare to the best of their ability.
  • Our kids can show respect towards the opposition by competing hard and with sportsmanship.
  • Our kids can handle questionable calls by officials by remembering "next play" and moving on without displaying poor body language and using disrespectful language to our officials.
  • Our coaches can spend the time it takes preparing practices, motivating athletes and scouting opponents to have our performers and athletes ready.
  • Our coaches can show respect towards officials by looking to engage in conversations with these ladies and gentlemen in a civil manner which promotes an atmosphere that benefits the way the fraternity of officials views MHS.
  • Our coaches can garner parental respect and appreciation by sending consistent and timely information about the program so that parents are in the know about the latest with their sons' and daughters' teams and groups.
  • Our parents can do the most important thing possible:  ENJOY the short time we (yes, I'm an MHS parent too) have to watch our kids as high school athletes and performers and make sure we applaud and encourage through both the good and rough times
  • Our parents can display proper communication skills with coaches by encouraging their sons and daughters to speak with their coaches and as parents engaging the coaches in phone and face-to-face conversations when the situation warrants (emails are for information, not conversations).
  • Our parents should spend time at games supporting and encouraging our teams and their kids instead of spending time being negative towards officials when they, as humans, make mistakes.  Just like the kids are encouraged to go to "next play", we as parents should practice this saying as well.

There's a lot to having a successful extracurricular program.  The job rests equally on all parties though:  players/performers, coaches/sponsors and parents.  The end result of those efforts result in what is ultimately the most important thing we can do for our kids:  provide them with a lifetime of memories directly related to the four years they walk these halls at Marquette.

I look forward to seeing you this fall and throughout the school year.  Please let me know if there's ever anything we can do to be of help.  ​

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