Week 10 Patch MVP Nominations: It's Playoff Time!
Nominees for Athlete of the Week include district cross country champion Amos Bartelsmeyer, the entire St. Joe state championship tennis team, and a set of field hockey and soccer standouts that will be seeking playoff victories this week.
We've hit the double-digit mark of the 2012-2130 high school sports season, and with it Week 10 brings us a full-slate of playoff action in football, field hockey, cross country, and soccer.
Locally, the soccer district tournament will feature semifinal and championship games at MICDS on Tuesday and Thursday.
While the field hockey and cross country state championship events are slated for Saturday, in Fenton and Jefferson City, respectively.
The high school ice hockey season also gets underway this week, making it the first of the winter sports to officially get going, with basketball, wrestling, and girls swimming soon to follow.
For our purposes though, it's time for Patch readers to nominate their favorite MVP of the Week from Ladue, St. Joe, Villa, Burroughs, or MICDS.
We'll reveal who made the official ballot on Wednesday, and leave the voting open until 5 p.m. Thursday. So make sure to get your nominations in now, and come back to vote later in the week.
Here's a few of our suggestions for this week:
Ty Trzecki, John Burroughs soccer. The senior did it all in the Bombers' 2-1 win over MICDS last Thursday. He made a key save, got the win in goal, and even scored the game-winning goal, as fourth-ranked Burroughs held off the upset-minded Rams in both teams' regular season finales.
The entire St. Joseph's Academy girls tennis team. The Angels had another remarkable year, going undefeated in 17 team meets this year, and winning the program's 15th state championship. St. Joe is the most-decorated girls tennis program in the state, and proved that once again with a 5-1 victory over Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge in the Class 2 championship match back on October 18.
Amos Bartelsmeyer, MICDS cross country. Considered one of the favorites to win the Class 3 individual state championship, Bartelsmeyer used a tremendous final kick to win the District 2 championship last Saturday at Parkway Central.
Katie Schmid, Burroughs field hockey. Junior midfielder helped the Bombers snap a three-game losing streak, with a three goals in a 10-0 first-round playoff win over Brentwood last Thursday. Then on Saturday, she had a key goal in JBS' 2-1 upset win over St. Joseph's. The Bombers have now advanced to the state quarterfinals, and will play No. 1-ranked Cor Jesu at the Soccer Park in Fenton on Tuesday.
Eric Stuber, Ladue soccer. The Rams' junior goalkeeper has been key in Ladue's current seven-game win streak, posting four shutouts and allowing just four goals total in the entire month of October.
Maggie Grzeskoviak, Villa Duchesne field hockey. The Saints' senior goalkeeper has stopped every shot she's faced in her club's last three games -- all wins -- including a 3-0 shutout over Webster Groves in Villa's second-round playoff victory on Saturday.