Cadets hosted seven schools April 8 and 9 during the annual MMA Raider Meet.
MMA’s first team took first place overall and first place in the 10K road march, land navigation and gauntlet events. The first team earned second place in the Army Physical Fitness Test and Raider Challenge events.
MMA’s second team placed fifth overall, placing second in land navigation and third in the 10K road march and gauntlet.
According to Biddle, “MMA proved once again to be a force to be reckoned with” at the Fredericktown Raider Meet on April 23. Five teams competed at the event, during which cadets earned four trophies.
Cadets placed first in the 5K run, finishing four minutes faster than the second place team. They took second in the Gauntlet, finishing only four seconds later than the first place team. The Raiders took third in the one-rope bridge and obstacle course events and took fourth in the PT test and cross country litter carry events.
On April 14, the varsity tennis team played cross-town rivals Mexico High School and were defeated 6-3. Winning their singles matches were Robert Shields (10-7) and Ethan Istas (10-8). Istas and Angel Alcaraz won their doubles match 10-7.
“I thought we played well today. Unfortunately, some of the matches just didn’t go our way,” coach MAJ Mike Pemberton said. “In singles, I was impressed with the play of Robert Shields and Ethan Istas. Playing at the number four and five spots, both players have shown a lot of improvement.”
The following day, cadets faced Marshall, Fulton and Smith-Cotton high schools at the Marshall Tennis Tournament. The Colonels fell 1-5 versus Fulton and Smith-Cotton, with Ethan Istas winning his matches 10-8 and 10-6, respectively.
“This tournament was a great experience for our cadets. Using a round-robin format, each cadet played three matches. Ethan Istas played well and had a very good tournament,” Pemberton said. “Ethan defeated opponents from Fulton HS and Smith-Cotton. … Overall, I was proud of our effort, hustle and good sportsmanship.”
On April 25, cadets earned their first victory of the season 5-4 against Father Tolton Catholic HS.
Winning their singles matches were Gastelum (8-1), Shields (8-6) and Istas (8-1). In doubles play, Gastelum partnered with Shields and Istas partnered with Alcaraz. Both teams won their matches 8-1. In singles exhibition play, Jansing won 6-3 while Maceda and Jonathan James ’16 both won their matches 6-1.
“It was a great day to play tennis,” Pemberton said. “We were able to win two out of three doubles matches. Our doubles teams were focused and looked more comfortable playing together.”
Cadets faced Hannibal High School on April 28 and were defeated 1-8. Alejandro Gastelum defeated his opponent 10-3 in singles play. In exhibition singles play, Ricardo Maceda won 8-6.
“I was proud of our effort against a very good team from Hannibal,” Pemberton said. “Our cadets kept battling and never quit. Alejandro Gastelum did a great job against a very good player from Hannibal. Playing at number three, Alejandro did a good job of keeping the ball deep and mixing up his shots.”
The MMA tennis team fell 3-6 to Moberly High School in a home match April 29.
In singles play, Angel Alcaraz and Alejandro Gastelum won their respective matches 10-4. The doubles team of Gastelum and Robert Shields won 10-5 while Ricardo Mdaceda won 7-6 with a 7-1 tiebreaker in exhibition singles.
“We played pretty good tennis against a good team from Moberly HS. A lot of our matches were close and could have gone either way,” Pemberton said. “Alejandro Gastelum continued his solid play at number three singles. He is really hitting the ball well and controlling the tempo of his matches.”
The Colonels faced St. Mary’s High School on April 29, losing 7-9.
The score was tied at the quarter but MMA took the lead 4-3 early in the second quarter thanks to a score by Cody Allen. After a poor third quarter, St. Mary’s lead grew to four goals but shrank to two with two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
“The final two minutes saw a flurry of shots from Cody Allen and Sean Fitzgerald,” head coach LT Kevin Bissmeyer said. “The cadets put together an exceptional fourth quarter where they dominated possession.”
MMA goalkeeper Griffin Gilman boasted a 70 percent save rate. Allen and Fitzgerald each scored three times and James Myrick scored once. Allen, Myrick and Jacob McMahon each provided an assist.
“The second game in MMA lacrosse history was a great one!” Bissmeyer said. “The boys have progressed so much in just the last week. We didn’t get a single shot on goal in our first game and registered over 20 shots on goal tonight.”