MMA defeated Columbia Independent School 5-3 on May 9 in the second round of the Class 1, District 7 Team District Tournament.
In singles play, Alejandro Gastelum won 6-4, 6-3; Robert Shields won 6-0, 6-1; and Ethan Istas won 6-0, 6-2. In doubles play, Gastelum and Shields won 8-5; Istas and Angel Alcaraz won 8-0.
“It was great to win the first round of the Team District Tournament,” MAJ Mike Pemberton said. “I thought we hit the ball well and played pretty good tennis.”
The Colonels fell 0-5 to Kirksville High School on May 10 in the second round of the Class 1, District 7 Team District Tournament.
“We lost to the best team in our district,” Pemberton said. “I was proud of our team’s effort against Kirksville. The cadets came out and battled for every point.”
Cadets closed out their season May 14 at the Class 1, District 7 Individual Tennis Tournament.
Alejandro Gastelum defeated his Mexico HS opponent 7 – 6, 1 – 6, 10 – 4 (tiebreak) in the quarterfinal match. Gastelum next defeated his Moberly High School opponent 8-6 to earn the third place medal.
In doubles play, Brennan Morand and Joseph Mulvey defeated their Kirksville opponents (6 – 3, 3 – 6, 10 – 8); Robert Shields and Ethan Istas defeated their Columbia Independent opponents (6 – 4, 6 – 2).
“It was a cold and windy day to play tennis. In singles, Alejandro Gastelum did a fantastic job and had a great tournament. After losing to the number one player from Kirksville High School, Alejandro bounced back and won the third-place match,” Pemberton said. “Overall, I was proud of our effort, hustle, and good sportsmanship.”
The Colonels fell 2-12 versus Whitfield School on May 6 and were defeated 2-4 by St. Mary’s on May 7.
“The team stepped up and responded to the challenge this weekend and showed a lot of guts and determination,” coach LT Kevin Bissmeyer said.
According to Bissmeyer, both games saw the Colonels short-handed and relying on middle school players.
In their first match, Whitfield took an early 0-5 lead. Notable contributors included Cody Allen, who went 7-13 on faceoffs with one goal, 10 ground balls and two takeaways; and Emiliano Gonzalez with six ground balls, one interception and three takeaways. Sky Thunderchild started his first match as goalie.
“The Colonels did they best they could but were not able to mount a comeback against what was a very good team,” Bissmeyer said. “Player of the Game honors go to Otto Albertsen, who scored his first career goal to go along with 5 ground balls.”
According to Bissmeyer, cadets “started out strong” against the St. Mary’s Dragons and scored the first two goals of the game, boasting their first halftime lead of the year. In the third quarter, the MMA defense faltered and allowed several goals. The match was called early due to lightning.
Leading scorer Allen won five of six faceoffs and finished with two goals, six shots and 11 ground balls.
“Unfortunately, a few plays is all it takes to swing a game one way or the other,” Bissmeyer said. “Henio had a fantastic game between the pipes, saving five shots while only allowing four goals.”
On May 12, in their fifth and final game of the inaugural lacrosse season, the Colonels fell 4-16 to Whitfield.
“MMA played their best and delivered the hardest hitting game of the season,” Bissmeyer said.
According to Bissmeyer, Fitzgerald and Allen played a “fantastic game,” combining for three goals, three assists and 23 ground balls. Albertsen added eight ground balls and a take away while Liriano led the defense with four ground balls and two take aways.
“It was a great season for the boys. The record obviously doesn’t show the amount of work we put in and the amount the boys improved. To go from never having seen a lacrosse stick before, to being able to hang with teams that have been playing the game for years, shows a great deal of commitment from the boys,” Bissmeyer said. “I am incredibly proud of the effort from the team and look forward to seeing them develop as lacrosse players over the next few years.”