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SPORTS BRIEFS: Tennis, Lacrosse & Raiders

RAIDERS

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.

TENNIS

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.”

LACROSSE

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.”

MMA Lacrosse to hold first match April 8

IMG_3949_best_abbottOn Friday, April 8, the MMA lacrosse team will hold its first-ever Maroon & Gold scrimmage. Members of the MMA community and the general public are welcome and encouraged to attend.

“With this being our first year as a sport here at MMA and lacrosse being somewhat of an unknown entity around these parts, we wanted to have an open scrimmage on campus to allow everyone to see the great sport that this group of cadets have been working so hard to learn,” head coach LT Kevin Bissmeyer said. “This season has been about teaching the basics, how to catch and throw.”

IMG_0332_palenBissmeyer has previous coaching and playing experience at both the high school and college levels.

The 2015-16 lacrosse roster includes 27 players, six of whom have previous playing experience.

According to Bissmeyer, lacrosse differs from football because “lacrosse players come in all shapes and sizes. There is no set physical type for each position.”

According to Athletic Director MAJ Kevin Farley, lacrosse “really fits what we are doing here at MMA.”

“It’s a well-know, well-recognized sport in the boarding school community and having a team here on campus could help attract students,” Farley said.

“I want our teams, all MMA athletic teams, to be competitive,” President Charles McGeorge, a former high school lacrosse player and coach, said. “We’d love to see people come out. … We look forward to the chance to welcome the community to campus.”

Article by Jonathan Grffin of the Mexico Ledger.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Tennis, Raiders & Lifeguards

IMG_3626_williamsHLIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION

As of April 2016, the following students have earned their Red Cross Lifeguard Certification at Missouri Military Academy. Requirements for the two-year Red Cross Life Guard Qualification included included a CPR/AED course, a 300-meter swim, a brick test and a two-minute endurance test in which students treaded water without their hands.

IMG_9686_willimonFahad Aliev
Weitao Cong
Oscar Cortada
John Curley
Aeron Lee
Jacob McMahon
Justtin Muilenburg
Juan Diego Silva Zuniga
Aaron Thompson
Evan Willimon

curley1The class was tough. What made it hard, though, were the long hours in the classroom with intermittent pool exercises. The hardest part was the final assessment, which included 2 tests and 3 live scenarios, all of which we had to perfect. … The majority of failures were for small mistakes — missing a few questions on the test or forgetting a certain procedure in the water, like giving detailed instructions to civilians, for example. I do not take the life of another lightly. I constantly think about the possibility of being in danger, and if I would feel confident in the abilities of the lifeguard present. JOHN CURLEY ’16

RAIDERS

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IMG_4210“This event was actually 11.4K over very rough and hilly terrain,” Raider sponsor 1SG John Biddle said.

Cadets also took fourth place in the physical fitness test and fourth place in the one-rope bridge event, missing third place by only 20 seconds.

Judges of the six events included active duty drill sergeants, sapper soldiers and officers.

TENNIS

On April 1, the Colonels faced Helias Catholic High School at Washington Park Courts in Jefferson City. Cadets were IMG_1753_shields_bestdefeated 7-0 in a match cut short due to rain.

“The cadets did their best against a very good team from Helias Catholic,” Head Coach MAJ Mike Pemberton said. “Even though it was a tough match, the cadets kept battling and never quit. Overall, I was proud of their effort and hustle.”

On April 5, the Missouri Military Academy tennis team was defeated 1-7 by Fulton High School on the MMA courts. Ethan Istas defeated his Fulton opponent 10-2 in singles play. In exhibition doubles, Tyler Jansing and Ricardo Maceda won 6-6 (9-7).

“Even though we lost the match, I thought we came out and played pretty good tennis,” Head Coach MAJ Mike Pemberton said. “As a team, we are learning from our mistakes and showing signs of improvement.”

Winter Sports Banquet & FBLA bars

basketball_bissmeyer_fitzgerald_oldokhbayar_shields_chinguun_byambatsogt_leonva_elizondojWINTER SPORTS BANQUET

On February 24, student-athletes attended the annual Winter Sports Banquet in honor of the wrestling, varsity basketball and junior varsity basketball teams.

The evening began with an address by Athletic Director MAJ Kevin Farley, who spoke about teamwork and discipline in the face of adversity.

“We have a lot to look forward to in athletics. We are just now getting to make some changes,” Farley said, referring to a season in which many of their fellow student-athletes quit their 4_bowenteams. “All of you as individuals and as teams, you didn’t let that effect you. … This will become the most memorable part of your high school life because you faced those difficulties.”

WRESTLING

Up next was first-year wrestling coach Jonathan Bowen, who recognized assistant coach Charles Fry on his ten-year anniversary as a wrestling coach at MMA.

Bowen then presented the following awards.
Most Improved: Styles Fountain
Newcomer of the Year:  Wyatt Brewer
Team MVP: Kenneth Wescott

1_bowenJUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL

First-year MMA assistant coach Megan Klukowski next took the podium to present junior varsity basketball awards.

“It was fun, simply because of the guys that were on the team,” Klukowski said of the season. “A lot of our guys got to play varsity. Everybody started getting playing time.”

6_pongsueaThe Leadership Award went to Donald Williams, while the Most Improved Award went to Photsavat Pongsuea.

Klukowski gave the Most Valuable Player award to Oybek Kirkland. She said the junior was “somebody I could rely on day in and day out” and rarely missed practice.

“This person always seemed to step up, always was laughing,” Klukowski said, presenting the Team Player Award to cadet Jean-Luc Shyaka.

VARSITY BASKETBALL

The final speaker of the evening was first-year head coach LT Kevin Bissmeyer, who distributed the varsity basketball awards and letters.

“You guys worked hard and got better,” Bissmeyer said of the season. “Thank you to everybody from top to bottom, everybody that made tonight possible.”

9_bissmeyer_leonvThe first award Bissmeyer presented was the Most Valuable Player award to junior Bayar-Erdene Oldokhbayar.

“He was the most consistent player from beginning to end. He was our leading scorer. He was one of our top two assisters. He was a top four rebounder,” Bissmeyer said of Oldokhbayar. “He really stepped up.”

According to Bissmeyer, Most Improved Player award winner Robert Shields was a great player from day one but made huge improvements in attitude and coachability. The junior averaged approximately 15.5 points per game for the last six games.

3.24.16_SAGE_byFosterBissmeyer next presented the Best New Boy Award to Victor Leon and the Captain’s Award to Sean Fitzgerald.

“This award is more about someone who embodies everything that we want in an MMA athlete. He was without a doubt the captain of the team. The guy who helped other players figure out their place,” Bissmeyer said. “When there were conflicts between players, he helped to de-escalate them.  He was everything we needed in practice, going hard all the time.”

FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA

The following cadets received ribbons in recognition of their efforts at the Future Business Leaders of America District Six Leadership Conference on February 19. First Award presented for commitment and diligence in district competition. Second Award presented for placing in the top five in district competition and/or competing a successive year at district level.

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Jose Balanza
Purevsuren Bayanbaatar
Juan Cepeda
Alejandro Gastelum

SECOND AWARD (RIBBON AND BRONZE LAMP)
Bilguun Byambatsogt
Weitao Cong
Gabriel Elizondo
Sean Fitzgerald
Francisco Fletes
Nishan Khanal
Carlos Liriano
Kyle Mertens
Kian Moriarty
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Robert Shields
Aaron Thompson
Jared Violette
Yinzhou Wang

SECOND AWARD (BRONZE LAMP)
Alfonso Leon
Jose Mejia

THIRD AWARD (BRONZE LAMP)
Fahad Aliev
Oscar Cortada
John Curley
Chinguun Khatigin

FOURTH AWARD (BRONZE LAMP)
Jose Estrada

 

 

MEET OUR NEW MMA COACHES: Jonathan Bowen & LT Kevin Bissmeyer

IMG_2483_bissmeyerJonathan Bowen recently started his first year as head wrestling coach, while LT Kevin Bissmeyer began his second year coaching basketball at MMA with a promotion from assistant to head coach.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A COACH?

BISSMEYER: I played just about every sport up through high school. Basketball, football, baseball, lacrosse, boxing. … I became a coach after tearing ACL multiple times at the University of Cincinatti and was forced to watch from the sidelines and learn the game. It made me a much better player and gave me an appreciation for what it takes to be a coach.

BOWEN: I’ve been competing and/or coaching wrestling at some level since 1999. … After graduating high school in 2002, I attended a local junior college on full academic scholarship and was hired as a volunteer assistant wrestling coach at my old high school. During my first semester at college, I performed in a walk-on tryout at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis. After the tryout, I was offered IMG_1791a wrestling scholarship and transferred to MBU in the fall of 2003. Soon after arriving on campus I sustained a few injuries that prevented me from pursuing my dream of becoming a national qualifier at the NAIA level. I was allowed to keep my scholarship by performing a variety of administrative roles for the wrestling team that would later help me as a coach. I was hired to be a head middle school coach/assistant varsity coach at the Grandview School District in the Kansas City area in the fall of 2007.

IMG_0454_garciaOI got into little league wrestling in 2011-12 season when my oldest daughter brought home a flyer from the local wrestling club and was adamant about becoming a wrestler like daddy. Since then, we have adopted an at-home wrestling routine with mats in our basement. … One of my passions for the state of Missouri’s wrestling scene is to see a girls only division at the middle school and high school levels. I’ve been one of the front-runners in promoting this reform to the sport in our state along with several other coaches in both the Kansas City and St. Louis areas. We see this as creating a level playing field for both boys and girls throughout the state while growing the overall number of participation in MSHSAA athletics. Last year, I brought the inaugural Girls Folkstyle State Tournament to MMA, which was quite successful with girls from all over the state.

IMG_0901_bissmeyerWHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR YOUR TEAM?

BISSMEYER: I really want MMA to take a big step forward in the next few years. I want them to go from occasionally getting teams that compete to having teams that are consistent threats every year. I want the players to realize their potential as individuals and as a team. I want to develop a team atmosphere of competition and motivation that challenges every player to give their best every day and every play.

IMG_0543_normanBOWEN: I want to both re-establish some older traditions and bring in some new ones as well. The first being is having pride in all that we do. The second goal is that we are going to compete the entire match, no matter the opponent. Third, I want … the team’s GPA to be a benchmark for other athletic programs across campus. Fourth is to grow the program in every capacity. This of course includes winning and reaching the aforementioned goals, but also working on becoming a self-sufficient program by fundraising for our own team projects. Also, after talking with my assistant coach, we as a program are going to try and bring first-class clinics and camps to MMA throughout the spring and summer to further educate our current wrestlers.

PEARSON, CONNORARTICLE BY CONNOR PEARSON

Connor is in his second year as marketing intern at Missouri Military Academy. A communications major at William Woods University, he is the captain of the WWU Improv Team and a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He graduated from Edmond North High School in 2013. 

WEEKEND BRIEFS: Wrestling, Rifle & FBLA

1.13.16_FBLAbars_Khatigin_Mejia_vantasell_garzam_gonzalezm_aliev_leona_estrada_byECFUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA

Having scored well on their online tests, fifteen MMA cadets will compete in individual and team events at the Future Business Leaders of America District 6 Leadership Conference on February 19. FBLA members, listed below by name and FBLA event, must score in the top 8 for their event to compete at districts.

John Curley – Future Business Leader
Nishan Khanal, Kyle Mertens and Jared Violette – Global Business
Fahad Aliev, Bilguun Byambatsogt and Oscar Cortada – Hospitality Management
Nishan Khanal, Kyle Mertens and Kian Moriarty – Management Decision Making
Oscar Cortada, Jose Estrada and Jared Violette – Marketing
Sean Fitzgerald and Robert Shields – Sports and Entertainment Management
Alfonso Leon – Website Management
Carlos Liriano and Aaron Thompson — Entrepreneurship
Sean Fitzgerald, Photsavat Pongsuea and Robert Shields — Business Ethics

IMG_0534_norman_bestRIFLE

Missouri Military Academy fell 1342-1434 versus Wentworth on January 22. Ethan Istas won the gold medal with a score of 238.

WRESTLING

On January 23, MMA competed at the Hickman Varsity Invite 2016 against teams from 12 opposing schools. Francisco Siller (220 lb) placed seventh and Styles Fountain (126 lb) placed 9th, scoring scored 3 team points by winning by decision over his Rock Bridge opponent.

Athletic Department launches MMA Athletic Leadership Council

IMG_9276_estrada_farleyMissouri Military Academy Athletic Director MAJ Kevin Farley has launched the first-ever MMA Athletic Leadership Council as of the start of the spring semester.

The MMA Athletic Leadership Council will work together through a Janssen Sports Leadership Center program under Jeff Janssen, M.S. The program will develop effective leaders whom their coaches respect and teammates trust.

Though some members may not currently be an athletic team captain, they have been identified by a coach or faculty member as possessing the potential to be an outstanding leader.

Saddle Up: Inside MMA’s Horseback Program

IMG_8291_sheldon_huntMissouri Military Academy students enrolled in the equine program not only step into the stirrup but step into the world of veterinary science.

During the fall session, cadets watched as a farrier demonstrated how to trim for a balanced foot. According to horseback instructor Julia Hunt, students also participated in “a Q&A session on why quality hoof care is a very important aspect of equine health. No hoof, no horse!”

Cadets enrolled in the winter session visited the Mexico Animal Hospital to shadow Dr. Jessi Ross, DVM, and view microorganisms including round worms, tape worms and strongylidae.

IMG_8441“We observed live equine parasites under the microscope,” Hunt said. “The next step is for the students to de-worm our horses for these parasites.”

During the spring session, students tried their hands at colt breaking and helped vaccinate the MMA horses for flu, tetanus, and diseases such as the West Nile Virus which are caused by biting insects.

“Every horse has something to teach. Every human has something to learn,” Hunt said.

muilenburg30THE MISSOURI MILITARY ACADEMY RODEO

On May 21, cadets Paul Murphy ’18, William Moore ’18 and Justtin Muilenburg ’17 competed in the first Missouri Military Academy rodeo.

The program began with the recitation of the national anthem and included a “salute to the soldiers” presentation. Moore, wearing a traditional soldier’s uniform, circled the fence while Muilenburg paid homage to the many soldiers — and their horses — who died in the Civil War.

“They, just like soldiers, died fighting for this country,” Muilenburg said. “In one day, at the Battle of Burden, seven thousand horses were killed.”

Cadets next competed in two timed contests — barrel racing and pole bending.

Muilenburg took first place in the barrel racing and pole bending competitions while Murphy and Moore took home a third and second place ribbon each. The rodeo wrapped up with an egg carry competition — Moore held his the longest and was declared the winner.

CADET Q&A: junior Joshua Ryan Campbell of Memphis, Tennessee, and freshman Joseph Perry Palen of Cheyenne, Wyoming

IMG_8423_palen_BESTWhat is the best part about being in the horseback program? Why?

The best part about being in the horseback program is how patient the teachers are – because it has taken a while for the horse to get used to me and it was hard to make the horse listen to me at first. PALEN

The best part is seeing back campus and enjoying a smooth ride because it’s relaxing. CAMPBELL

Which MMA horse is your favorite? Why? What do they look like?IMG_8390_campbell

I think my favorite horse is Fancy, because she is the one I ride every day. She is brown with a black stripe going down the middle of her back and black on her belly. PALEN

Lady, because I got to have her last year as my horse and she is the lead horse. She is white with black dots all over her. CAMPBELL

How did you feel the first time you rode a horse? How do you feel now?

When I first rode the horse, I was nervous. And I could tell that is was making the horse nervous too, so I tried to calm down. Now I’m not as nervous anymore, and I can tell that the horse is getting used to me, too. JOSEPH PALEN ‘19

IMG_8266_campbellI first rode a horse when I was 6. I feel very confident about my skills in horseback. JOSHUA CAMPBELL ‘17

What is the hardest thing about horseback riding? What’s the best?

The hardest thing about riding is when you’re learning how to ride the horse. It takes a while, and even when you think you’re done with training, or your teacher tells you you’re done with training, you’re not really, in a way. There are a lot of things to learn even years after the first time you ride a horse. The best thing about riding is discovering those things – discovering the things that you never knew, or even expected. PALEN

IMG_8361_palenThe hardest thing about horseback riding is controlling them. The best thing is when you get to lope them. CAMPBELL

What do you think horseback riding teaches you? Why?

For one, it gives you more strength when you’re throwing the saddle onto the horse’s back. And you discover how [to] lead, even [if] you had never experienced leading anything before — whether it be a platoon, company, battalion. PALEN

Horseback teaches you how to focus and take control so you don’t fall off. CAMPBELL

DISTRICT CHAMPIONS: Soccer Season Summary 2015

IMG_3024_padillareneThe MMA Fighting Colonels varsity soccer squad had a lot to brag about this season: 19 games won, three tournament trophies (Fort Zumwalt, Moberly and Mexico) and a district championship. Here’s how they rose to success from start to finish.

AUGUST 25 VS. LUTHERAN ST. CHARLES

After bad weather caused a late start to the Fort Zumwalt Tournament, the Fighting Colonels varsity soccer team finally kicked off their 2015-16 season with an 8-2 victory over the Lutheran St. Charles Cougars on August 25.

Facing a team who beat the 2014 squad 2-1, MMA came out strong with a goal in the fourth minute courtesy of a 30-yard shot by senior Matheus Alexandre. A second goal came from senior Jesus Gracia, who scored on a diving header eight minutes later. Fighting Colonel strikers Mig Gisa ’17 and Donald Williams ‘18 followed with goals of their own to end the first half with a 4-1 lead.

IMG_3130_jensen“The boys played with amazing confidence and believe in each other and themselves,” Farley said. “The attitude and camaraderie of this team is special.”

The second half mirrored the first as Alexandre scored again, followed by Gracia, who scored two more goals to complete a hat-trick.

“I can’t tell you how impressive our boys played tonight,” head coach MAJ Kevin Farley said. “The soccer was beautiful, the teamwork was amazing and the attitude was honorable. We received many compliments from the opposing team, fans at the game and the referees.”

Juan Perez ’17 scored his first goal as a Fighting Colonel while Alexandre, Jose Estrada ’16, Alejandro Gastelum ’16, and Rene Padilla ’16 each earned one assist; Arnoldo Aguirre ’17 earned two.Cadets took a total of 23 shots on goal.

IMG_3184_touchette“He showed the best leadership I’ve ever seen by an athlete here,” Farley said of team captain Estrada.

AUGUST 27 VS. RITENOUR

Cadets triumphed 1-0 on August 27 versus Ritenour, the score tied at 0-0 until the 74th minute. Of MMA’s 19 shots on goal, only senior Jesus Gracia’s shot on a pass from Arnoldo Aguirre Tello ’17 in the 75th minute was successful.

“Ritenour High School proved to be a good opposition and it was neck and neck throughout the game, with a few early shots being saved by their keeper, and a very early 2nd half shot from Atkins going just wide,” LT Sean Peters said.

IMG_3207_gracia_padillareneAccording to Peters, senior goalkeeper Justin Touchette ’16 started out nervous but “gained confidence as the match progressed and made some very important saves, at one point recovering a fumble that looked sure to go in. He certainly kept us in the game.” Touchette made 8 saves in the 80-minute match.

“The MMA team played with a lot of class and stayed with their game plan maintaining possession and creating a lot of scoring opportunities,” head coach MAJ Kevin Farley said. “The Fighting Colonels never got frustrated or gave up and continued to attack.”

“Displaying excellent military bearing and good discipline at all times, they really shone far beyond anything I can put into words,” Peters said. “Two people approached our bus driver, Larry, who was on the opposite stands, saying the team were the most well-mannered and respectful team they had seen.”

IMG_8437_aliev_prinsterG_perera_pongsuea_bestAUGUST 29 VS. WARRENTON

On August 29, MMA faced Warrenton and won 8-3 to go 3-0-0 on the season. Cadets boasted six first-half goals against the Warriors – three of which were courtesy of Gracia, who picked up his second hat-trick of the season. Matheus Alexandre Santos ‘16, Erik Jensen ‘17 and Mig Gisa ‘17 provided assists.

Alexandre scored twice on assists from Gracia and Donald Williams ‘17; Jensen found the net thanks to an assist from Gracia; and Aguirre assisted on Williams’ goal.

“We played a very good first half,” Farley said. “We played with very tired legs and lost a lot of interest and focus in the second half. Our defense was very disorganized in the second half, so that is something we need to work on. But, we are a fun team to watch and our possession is a sight to see. I think this team has a great deal of potential.”

IMG_5557_BEST_padillareneCadets took a total of 27 shots on goal, while Touchette stopped six shots on goal.

“A tired MMA soccer team is ready for the free weekend!” Farley said.

SEPTEMBER 1 VS. SOUTHERN BOONE

The then-unbeaten Fighting Colonels faltered the following week, losing a home game 0-4 on September 1 against Southern Boone. Despite the loss against the Eagles, Farley congratulated junior Juan Diego Silva on his mature behavior.

“Juan really stepped up as a leader toward the end of the match and after the game,” Farley said. “He spoke to the team and told them, ‘Failure will make us stronger and help us find success.’ It was very impressive to see him step up as a leader and work so hard as a player.”


SEPTEMBER 3 VS FATHER TOLTON

Cadets then fell 4-3 on September 3 versus the Father Tolton Trailblazers in a double overtime fight. MMA couldn’t find the net early in the game – six times during the first 10 minutes,
MMA shots reflected off posts or went wide of the goal.

IMG_6335_HONOR_BESTYednekachew Atkins ’17 scored once unassisted while Matheus Alexandre ’16 scored on an assist from junior Arnoldo Aguirre. Juan Diego Silva ’17 scored off an assist from Mig Gisa ‘17. Touchette stopped eight of 12 shots in goal.

 

“This week was not as kind to us as last week,” Farley said. “We have a lot of starters recovering from injuries and not playing, so it is giving us a great opportunity for some younger players to get more playing time. We are still far ahead of where we were last season, so we continue to anticipate a great season ahead.”

IMG_9308MOBERLY INVITATIONAL SOCCER TOURNAMENT

The MMA soccer team bounced back starting September 10, ultimately taking home the Moberly Invitational Soccer Tournament trophy. On September 10, cadets defeated Canton 12-2. Jesus Gracia ’16 scored 5 goals and 2 assists while Matheus Alexandre made 3 goals.

“Many players scored during the match and left the Moberly crowd in awe of their passing and scoring ability,” Farley said. “Last year … after 6 games our record was 1-4-1 (1 win, 4 losses and 1 tie); in 2015 we are currently 4-2-0.”

IMG_0502_BESTMMA next faced Father Tolton at 11 a.m. on September 12, defeating their semifinal rival by 5-1. The Colonels took home the tournament trophy after defeating Fatima at 3 p.m. in a 6-0 shutout win.

During the three games, the team scored 23 goals and notched 19 total assists. Jesus Gracia ’16 earned 11 goals and 2 assists; Matheus Alexandre ’16 and Donald Williams ’18 both had three goals and three assists each. During the first 30 seconds of the Tolton game, Erik Jensen ‘17 intercepted a pass and scored – totaling three goals and two assists during the weekend. Junior Mig Gisa, senior David Lazcano and junior Alejandro Gastelum scored one goal each.

IMG_0387_gracia_BESTEdward Cha ‘18, Rene Padilla ‘16, Juan Diego Silva ’17 and senior Christian Paz provided one assist each while Arnoldo Aguirre ’17 added three. William Carter ’16 watched the goal for 180 minutes and saved six shots. Yednekachew Atkins ’17 spent 60 minutes in goal and saved six shots.

“They played flawless soccer and did so with honor,” Farley said.

Gracia was named Legerland Athlete of the Week by The Mexico Ledger for his performance at the Moberly Invitational Tournament.

SENIOR STUDENT-ATHLETE JESUS GRACIA
SEPTEMBER 15 VS. FATIMA 

IMG_0252_lazcano_pereraOn September 15 — not counting the three goals he scored that night during MMA’s 4-3 defeat of Fatima High School — senior Jesus Gracia was named the highest-scoring soccer player in Missouri’s Class 2A division. Gracia topped the charts in goals scored, total points and games won.

Matheus Alexandre Santos ’16 was named the No. 8 scorer in Missouri, followed by Donald Williams ’18 at No. 16.

“Jesus ‘Chui’ Gracia is having a fantastic season so far,” Athletic Director MAJ Kevin Farley said. “When he goes into a game with confidence, he is the best player in the state of Missouri. He has a bright future in front of him and I’m honored to be his coach.”

IMG_0507_estrada_gracia_gastelumA_padillarene_alexandreCompeting against the Comets for the second time this season, MMA was down by three points at halftime.

“After beating the same team 6-0 just a few days before, our players showed up as if they didn’t have to play to win,” Farley said. “There was no doubt in my mind during warm-up that we would be down at halftime…. It was something the players needed to work through and figure out for themselves.”

Rene Padilla ’16 provided assists in the 53rd minute and 69th minute for goals by Gracia.

A final goal by Gracia brought the score to a tie until the last 24 seconds of the match.

IMG_6700_HUDDLE_BEST“Cadet Rene Padilla ’16 passed a beautiful through ball to cadet Erik Jensen ’17, who had been moved to forward for the final 10 minutes of the game and eased the ball into the lower left corner for the victory,” head coach MAJ Kevin Farley said. “It was really great to see an MMA team not give up when things didn’t look very good. The Fighting Colonels overcame adversity, and that will make this team even stronger.”

Alex Carter covered the goal for the duration of the game, stopping eight of 11 shots on goal.

The junior varsity team took the field following the varsity match, defeating the Fatima JV team 2-0. According to Farley, senior David Lazcano “ripped a couple of 20-20 yard bullets from outside the penalty box” within the first two minutes.

“The game was never in doubt,” Farley said. “JV played very well together.”

IMG_3695_williamsD_bestMISSOURI STATE SOCCER STATISTICS

The top three class 2A Missouri Military Academy soccer players according to the state leader boards are listed below. (These figures do not include the September 15 game versus Fatima, including Gracia’s three goals. Total Points figure is calculated using Goals Scored and Assists.)

No. 1 in Missouri: Jesus Gracia ’16
Goals Scored: 18.  Assists: 6.  Total Points: 42.  Games Won: 3.

No. 8 in Missouri: Matheus Alexandre Santos ’16
Goals Scored: 11.  Assists: 4.  Total Points: 26.  Games Won: 1.

No. 16 in Missouri: Donald Williams ’18
Goals Scored: 5.  Assists: 5.  Total Points: 15.  Games Won: 1.

IMG_2234_lazcano_BESTSEPTEMBER 22 VS HANNIBAL

The varsity soccer Colonels won a home game 4-2 over Hannibal on September 22 and proved victorious again two days later with a 4-1 home win over Mexico High School on September 24.

Less than three minutes into the game, Gracia scored the first goal of the night – he scored twice more on the night, earning his sixth hat trick of the season. Gastelum found the net thanks to a penalty kick awarded for an MHS handball in the box. Estrada and Aguirre both provided one assist apiece.

Carter spent the full game in the box, making six saves.

“It was good to get the victory over Mexico,” Farley said. “We had some really good moments in the game.”

DEFEATING ELSBERRY
SEPTEMBER 28 & OCTOBER 5

The team triumphed twice in a row over the Elsberry Hawks with an 11-1 home win September 28 followed by a 5-1 road win October 5.

Rene Padilla Cines ’16 added three points and two assists during MMA’s first match, which was called 17 minutes early due to the Colonels’ significant lead. Jesus Gracia Villasenor ‘16 scored four goals while junior Erik Jensen, senior Matheus Alexandre, sophomore Francisco Fletes and sophomore Donald Williams added one goal apiece.

“It was good to see so many different players score and assist on goals,” Farley said.

Additional assists were provided by sophomores Fletes and Edward Cha and seniors Jose Estrada, Christian Paz and Alexandre. Senior goalkeeper William Carter spent 63 minutes in the box, saving six shots.

IMG_3466_alexandre_best“This game was much more enjoyable than our 11-1 win,” head coach CPT Kevin Farley said of the second win. “In our first match against Elsberry, everyone was goal hungry, and it was nice to see our boys work on their possession in this match. That will pay huge dividends in future games as we approach the playoffs.”

Alexandre and Gracia added two goals each while Juan Diego Silva ‘17 scored with a header off a corner kick. Junior goalkeeper Yedne Atkins made three saves in goal. Jensen contributed three assists while Aguirre added one.

“I was able to start all of our bench players and give them an opportunity to start a match,” Farley said. “They did a good job of moving the ball.”

IMG_7016_estradaJ_jensen_gracia_padillarene_BESTMEXICO BULLDOG INVITATIONAL

Following a forfeit win over Barat Academy, MMA entered the Mexico Bulldog Soccer Invitational on October 10 at 12-2-0 on the season. Entering the tournament, the MMA offense boasted 71 goals total, with 64 by assist. Team captain Gracia scored 33; Alexandre made 14 and Jensen contributed seven. Aguirre and Padilla led the team with 10 assists each; Jensen had seven; and Alexandre and Gracia had six each. Keeper Carter logged 443 minutes in the net, making 29 saves and allowing only 10 goals.

“It’s going to be a very difficult weekend. Any of the teams we play this weekend are going to be very hungry and have something to prove,” Farley said. “We will have to continue to play our brand of soccer and play at a top level.”

The Colonels first faced Chillicothe High School and triumphed 10-1. Gracia brought his season goal total to 38 and scored five goals in one game for the third time this season. Additional scorers were: Padilla, who scored three goals to earn a hat trick; and Williams and junior Mig Gisa, who scored once each. Jensen and senior David Lazcano contributed two assists each while junior Gregory Prinster added one. Cadets took a total of 37 shots on goal.

IMG_7012_jensen_gracia_fletes_cha_kirklandO_gastelumA_lazcano_prinsterG_grice_estradaJ_WilliamsD_perera_carter_gisaUp next was a 3-0 shutout triumph over cross-town rivals Mexico High School. Gracia scored once in the first half and twice in the second against the Bulldogs, earning his ninth hat trick of the season and marking his 41st goal of the season. Estrada and Lazcano each assisted on one goal, while Carter made five saves in goal.

“Teams always play us physically to try to slow down our skill level and the boys have grown accustomed to that,” Farley said. “We just kept playing.”

With three tournament championships (Zumwalt, Moberly and Mexico) the Fighting Colonels were unanimously voted the No. 1 seed in the district tournament.

IMG_0108OCTOBER 15 VS SOLDAN INTERNATIONAL

On October 15, MMA triumphed 5-1 over Soldan International Studies in St. Louis. Gracia led the team with two goals and provided two assists for his teammates. Gastelum, Jensen and Lazcano scored one goal apiece against the Tigers.

“The night started out with a lot of chaos,” Farley said. “Fortunately, the boys continued to possess and attack, coming on strong in the second half. We continue to improve each day.”

OCTOBER 17 VS FULTON

The Colonels faced Fulton on Colonels Field on October 17 during Fall Family Weekend – enjoying a rare opportunity to play in front of family and friends from across the globe, MMA triumphed 11-0.

IMG_3488_graciaOnly 32 seconds after the start of the game, Gracia scored his first goal. By the time the game ended – it was stopped at halftime per MSHSAA rules – he had scored five goals total, marking his 10th hat trick of the season.

Estrada scored two goals while Alexandre, Lazcano, Padilla and Fletes contributed one goal each. Alexandre and Gracia boasted two assists each; Aguirre, Jensen, Estrada, Padilla and Lazcano each contributed one assist.

IMG_0557_bestThe game marked a new MMA single-season scoring record – Gracia scored his 48th goal of the season after 17 games. With his parents and family on hand, a rarity for the senior from Canada, Gracia tied and then broke the individual record with a goal off an assist from Jensen. The feat broke the previous record of 47 goals ina  single season set by Thomas Gonzalez in 1993.

OCTOBER 20 VS SMITHTON

In their last regular season match, the Colonels triumphed 9-0 on October 20 over the Smithton Tigers. Younger players left the bench and took the field in the home victory.

“It was nice to get another win to finish our regular season at 17-2-0,” Farley said. “We were able to bring up some JV players and play a lot of guys that normally don’t get to play much.”

IMG_1733Jesus Gracia earned his eleventh hat trick of the season, scoring his 51st goal of the season. Yedne Atkins scored twice; jose Estrada, Rene Padilla, Juan Perez and David Lazcano scored a goal each. Gisa contributed three assists, while Gracia and Padilla had one each. Alex Carter made five saves in goal.

DISTRICT TOURNAMENT

The following day, the No. 1 seed Colonels hit the road to play no. 4 seeded Kirksville in the opening round of the Class 2 District 8 Championship.

MMA shut out the Tigers 0-5 in their seventh shutout victory of the season. Gracia added four goals to his season total goals – 55 – and earned his eleventh hat trick of the season.

IMG_0441_farleyJensen scored an additional goal while Williams, Fletes and Padilla contributed assists. Carter made five saves in goal.

“I am very proud of the boys working together toward victory,” Farley said.

Cadets claimed the MSHSAA Class 2, District 8 Championship on October 24 with a 2-0 win over Mexico High School.

The score sat deadlocked at 0-0 until the 63rd minute, when Gracia delivered a goal off an assist by Alejandro Gastelum. Gracia scored once more in the 74th minute thanks to an assist by Matheus Alexandre.

“They played me tough, the toughest I’ve faced this season. They just kept up the pressure. They played hard and clean. I respect that and them,” Gracia said. “As the game went on, I realized that I had to spread them out so I could create space to work. The goals came off that and great passes from my teammates.”

MMA goalkeeper Alex Carter finished with five saves.

“I would like to congratulate the Mexico team on a terrific season and a very well-played game. We knew it would be a battle and it certainly was. … We never gave up and simply kept playing our brand of soccer,” MMA Coach Kevin Farley said. “I am so happy for these boys to experience being champions after all the hard work they have put in. I am happy for the entire MMA community, which is such a wonderful place for extraordinary boys. It truly took a community to achieve victory with honor. This is a very special team and it has been simply amazing watching them mature and grow this season. Obviously, we have very talented players, but Jose Estrada’s leadership has been very impressive this season in addition to Gracia’s goal scoring. The best part is that these boys aren’t satisfied with a district championship.”

IMG_gastelum_BESTSTATE COMPETITION

Cadets fell to the Francis Borgia Knights 3-1 on the road in a sectional match October 27, bringing their season record to 19-3-0. Cadets were down 1-0 at halftime, struggling with rain and an unfamiliar turf field. With a little over five minutes left in the game, Gracia scored off an assist from Francisco Fletes. The goal was his 58th this season and put him at third on the MSHSAA all-time leading goal scorers list with an average of 2.76 goals per game. Gracia scored at least one goal in every game he played this season.

“We have nothing to hang our heads over,” Estrada said. “We played hard and gave it everything we had, but just came up short. We won 19 games, several tournaments, a district championship and helped set Academy and state records. That’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Strong Swimmers

LEARNING TO LIFEGUARD

Three MMA seniors – Oscar Cortada, Weitao Cong and Fahad Aliev – studied and swam for nearly 40 hours over four days to earn their lifeguard certification.

SONY DSCStopping only for meals, cadets trained from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 11; from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 12; and from 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 13 to 4 a.m. on Monday, September 14.

17_cortadaCadets met the requirements to earn a two-year Red Cross Life Guard Qualification. Challenges included a CPR/AED course, a 300-meter swim, a brick test, and a two-minute endurance test in which students treaded water without their hands.

HOW TO SAVE A LIFE, by Drake Davis ’16

ALIEVI got my lifeguarding certification from the American Red Cross in the summer of 2014 in Rolla, Missouri.

I was saved while on vacation when I was a kid. That day, I experienced the thoughts that run through the minds of those struggling to stay above water. I started going down due to my inability to stay above water. I started submerging and was terrified. I felt a hand, then an arm come across my chest to my armpit, bringing me back up and returning to the shoreline. I started crying when I got out. I was shocked but so grateful for the lifeguard (hero) that saved my life. That was my game changer, and I made up my mind to eventually pursue the job of a lifeguard when I got older.

IMG_3045_davisWhen I accomplished the goal I set out for, I knew it was my turn to share the abilities I had learned and help people that struggled in the water. I worked at an indoor swimming pool called The Centre and an outdoor swimming pool called Splash Zone for half a year.

Eventually, a place that I was familiar with turned into a public water park. It was a quarry owned by the chief of police of Rolla. I swam there when I was a bit younger. The police kids and their families would come and hang out. The chief asked me to come out there and lifeguard. I was stoked.

When I showed up to the quarry, formally known as Fugitive Beach, I saw there were other lifeguards around the age of 20. They introduced themselves to me. The head lifeguard took us to the 15ft and 20ft cliffs to practice scenarios: submerged drowning victims, struggled swimmers, and swimmers injured from the contact with the water. All of which I’m trained for. I’m also trained for CPR.

IMG_3891_davisAfter training, which went on every day before and after work for about three weeks, I was in a routine. Mondays through Fridays, we saw around 1000 to 1500 people. The highest record was 4,567 people if I remember correctly. We had 8 lifeguards that day, but we were so busy. I remember my eyes constantly looking everywhere. I have made a total of 8 drowning victim saves and one CPR save this year.

The CPR save was towards the end of my lifeguarding at the quarry. A week before coming to MMA, when I was on my 15 minute break, I was in the break room with my walkie-talkie. I heard that a guy had experienced low blood sugar due to diabetes. I took off running through the sand on the beach, making my way to Tim, who was hunched over in a seat and unresponsive to communication.

I told the civilians around me to back up and told another lifeguard to get an umbrella to cover him from the sun. I saw a civilian with some juice and got one. Unable to drink from the straw, he fell head first in the sand. I kept him up as much as possible. While he was on the ground, I laid his body in the Haines position and elevated his feet.

IMG_0385_davisTwo nurses that were swimming there came up and identified themselves at this time. They started cooling him off with wet, cold rags. I was laying in the sand next to him talking to him, keeping him listening, just looking for signs. He then stopped breathing and I knew what had to be done. Not wearing my fanny pack, which has my respiratory mask in it, I started doing mouth-to-mouth.

I had a nurse assist me in a two-person CPR rescue. As I did my two initial breaths, she did her thrusts. Going on around three rounds, I gave my breaths and he received a pulse. I started tearing up, but pulled it together knowing I had to stay strong.

We put him back in the Haines position. I kept talking to him, telling him the ambulances were going to be here soon and to keep listening to the sound of my voice. Repeatedly I told him him he was going to be okay, to hang in there. I told him to give me a good deep breath in hopes of a sign. I saw his lungs expand and was so happy to see his response. I kept having him do that until the ambulance arrived.

After he was lifted off, I went back into the break room and started tearing up. It reminded me of when I saw my grandma die in front of me. I wish I would have known CPR then. I got sent home, but was getting handshakes from a lot of people. I found out later from my dad that Tim had survived and sent me his gratitude. I will never forget that day.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Football

The Fighting Colonels football team fell 50-34 versus Harrisburg High School on September 25.

IMG_2274MMA found itself down quickly, losing 2 onside kicks to the Bulldogs. Quarterback Sean Fitzgerald ’17 went 24 yards on the ground on the Colonels’ first possession, while Cody Allen ’16 went 22 yards on the next play for the MMA’s first score.

The Bulldogs answered with two long touchdown runs of their own to put the score at 28-6. The Colonels closed the gap 28-12 at the end of the half with Fitzgerald’s 26-yard pass to senior Trae Van Tasell.

The teams traded possessions in the second half, with Luis Merino Cantu ‘18 contributing a strip and fumble recovery to put the Colonels at Harrisburg’s 45 yard line. Fitzgerald capped off the scoring drive with an 18-yard run and threw a two-point conversion to junior Max Murati.

After two long drives by Harrisburg, the Colonels were down 42-20. Fitzgerald led as cadets bounced back, rushing for a touchdown and throwing a 40-yard pass to Allen with a two-point conversion by Styles Fountain ’19.

IMG_1619With the Colonels unable to score, the Bulldogs ran out the clock and proved victorious. The MMA offense was led by Fitzgerald, who went 12-25 for 227 yards, two touchdowns and two 2-point conversions. He rushed 18 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns and added a 59-yard interception return on defense.

Allen led the receivers with 8 receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown. Notable defenders were Murati and sophomore Jose Elizondo Villarreal, who contributed two tackles for loss each.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Raiders & Football

IMG_4184_Alcaraz_Choy_LiuQY_LouY_Khanal_Moriarty_Russell_Sumiyabazar_VanHuss_ZhangZRAIDERS

After only three weeks of training, ten members of the Missouri Military Academy Raiders team embarked on their first meet of the season, returning from Fort Riley, Kansas, with a third place trophy.

The only returning Raider was team captain senior Jason Russell, who represented MMA in the Ultimate Raider competition and earned third place.

The Colonels came in 10th in the Land Navigation event and took sixth in the Gauntlet and 10K (6.2 mile) Road March events. In the Gauntlet, each team races two miles — the first of which gradually slopes upward — while carrying four 45-lb rucksacks.

IMG_4158_Khanal_VanHuss_Russell_LiuQYMMA placed ninth overall out of 14 teams.

“The cadets represented MMA very well and with true sportsmanship,” Raider sponsor SFC John Biddle said. “Out of six events, the Raider team did not place last in any event.”

Competitors were: freshmen Angel Alcaraz and Richard Choy; sophomore Qiyu Liu; juniors Yasheng Lou and Zenghui Zhang; and seniors Nishan Khanal, Russell, Damdinbazar Sumiyabazar, Kian Moriarty and Robert Van Huss.

FOOTBALL

IMG_1547The Fighting Colonels traveled to St. Louis on September 19 for a matchup against the Principia Panthers.

“It was a back-and-forth affair in the first quarter with neither team able to do much,” coach CPT John Noel said. “The Colonels got inside the 10-yard line but were unable to convert.”

IMG_1619The score sat tied at the start of the second quarter, but by the second half MMA was down 14-2. MMA would drive deep into Panther territory multiple times but come up empty, with the final score a 28-2 loss.

MMA’s  MVPs included: junior Sean Fitzgerald, who rushed for 127 yards on 14 carries; senior Cody Allen, who led the receivers with 63 yards on two catches; and junior Kenneth Westcott, who notched three sacks during the game.

Archery added to MMA athletic program

IMG_0555_BEST_schaafCadets channeled popular archers like Legolas, Robin Hood and Katniss Everdeen during CPT Robert Olive’s Olympic target shooting session September 14.

Armed with quivers and recurve bows ranging from 15 to 25 pounds, cadets received individual instruction on finger placement – index above the notched arrow, middle and ring fingers below, odd-colored feather facing away from the bow – and several other archery nuances.

“Cadets learn how to properly use arm guards and finger tabs,” Olive said. “Cadets learn to correctly draw the string back and find a consistent anchor for their hand, and use their dominate eye when aiming. In addition, cadets learn how to correctly record and calculate their scores.”

IMG_0641_splitScoring, according to Olive, is trickier than one might think. Hits, he explained, can often determine the winner of a contest – in the event of a point tie, the number of times the arrow successfully hit the target will break the tie. When an arrow touches the line between two areas, the shooter receives the higher section’s score – this is called a “split” and is recorded with an S.

Adjusting the ring sight through trial and error also proved challenging.

Bravo senior Jared Violette said the experience was his first archery lesson. On his first round, he scored a 10s, 9, 8, 8, 5s and 4s. With six hits, he calculated his end round one score at 33.

IMG_0554_olive_violette“The experience was definitely a unique one, something that I look forward to doing again,” Violette said. “CPT Olive’s best advice was use the tip of your fingers to let the bow string smoothly release to get a more consistent shot. The shooting was much harder than I thought when I first stepped up to the line. I thought I could get at least a few tens. Unfortunately, that was not the case!”

 

A Winning Weekend: Soccer & Football

IMG_9394FOOTBALL

The Fighting Colonels football team defeated the Grandview Eagles in MMA’s home opener September 11 by a score of 38-24.

Off to a fast start, Gabriel Elizondo ’17 scored on MMA’s first possession thanks to a 70-yard gain by junior Sean Fitzgerald. Cadets next snatched the ball after a Grandview fumble, Bayar-Erdene Oldokhbayar ’17 scoring off a pass from Fitzgerald for another MMA touchdown.

The defense held fast, Jose Elizondo ‘18 contributing a sack and fumble recovery in the end zone. Max Murati ’17 recovered a fumble, putting MMA up 21-8 at the half.

IMG_9343First to make their mark on the scoreboard during the second half was senior Cody Allen, who caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Fitzgerald. On the next Grandview possession, Fitzgerald intercepted a pass and returned it 52 yards for the touchdown – then threw a two-point conversion to Allen. A 38-yard field goal from Kyle Van Eekeren ’16 stretched MMA’s lead to 38-16.

The Colonels were led on the ground with 149 yards rushing on 18 carries by Fitzgerald.

“Our defense stepped up and got a lot of turnovers and we turned them into points,” head coach CPT John Noel said. “It was great to get a win in front of the home crowd, and it helps our boys’ confidence going into the meat of our schedule.”

IMG_0252SOCCER

The MMA soccer team triumphed once on September 12 and twice on the following day to take home the Moberly Invitational Soccer Tournament trophy.

On September 12, cadets defeated Canton 12-2. MMA faced Father Tolton at 11 a.m. on September 13, defeating their semifinal rival by 5-1. The Colonels took home the tournament trophy after defeating Fatima at 3 p.m. in a 6-0 shutout win.

During the three games, the team scored 23 goals and notched 19 total assists. Jesus Gracia ’16 earned 11 goals and 2 assists; Matheus Alexandre ’16 and Donald Williams ’18 both had three goals and three assists each. During the first 30 seconds of the Tolton game, Erik Jensen ‘17 intercepted a pass and scored – totaling three goals and two assists during the weekend. Junior Mig Gisa, senior David Lazcano and junior Alejandro Gastelum scored one goal each.

Edward Cha ‘18, Rene Padilla ‘16, Juan Diego Silva ’17 and senior Christian Paz provided one assist each while Arnoldo Aguirre ’17 added three. William Carter ’16 watched the goal for 180 minutes and saved six shots. Yednekachew Atkins ’17 spent 60 minutes in goal and saved six shots.

“They played flawless soccer and did so with honor,” Farley said.

Sports Briefs: Soccer & Football


IMG_8439MISSOURI MILITARY ACADEMY SOCCER

Cadets triumphed 1-0 on August 27 versus Ritenour, the score tied at 0-0 until the 74th minute.

Of MMA’s 19 shots on goal, only senior Jesus Gracia’s shot on a pass from Arnoldo Aguirre Tello ’17 was successful. Goalkeeper Justin Touchette ’16 notched 8 saves in the 80-minute match.

“The MMA team played with a lot of class and stayed with their game plan maintaining possession and creating a lot of scoring opportunities,” head coach MAJ Kevin Farley said. “The Fighting Colonels never got frustrated or gave up and continued to attack.”

The following afternoon, MMA faced the Warrenton Warriors and won 8-3 to go 3-0-0 on the season. Cadets boasted six first-half goals – three of which were courtesy of Gracia, who picked up his second hat-trick of the season. Matheus Alexandre Santos ‘16, Erik Jensen ‘17 and Mig Gisa ‘17 provided assists.

IMG_8158Alexandre scored twice on assists from Gracia and Donald Williams ‘17; Jensen found the net thanks to an assist from Gracia; and Aguirre assisted on Williams’ goal.

“We played a very good first half,” Farley said. “We played with very tired legs and lost a lot of interest and focus in the second half. Our defense was very disorganized in the second half, so that is something we need to work on. But, we are a fun team to watch and our possession is a sight to see. I think this team has a great deal of potential.”

Cadets took a total of 27 shots on goal.

“A tired MMA soccer team is ready for the free weekend!” Farley said.

The Fighting Colonels faltered the following week, losing a home game 0-4 on September 1 against Southern Boone.

IMG_8163_graciaDespite the loss against the Eagles, Farley congratulated junior Juan Diego Silva on his
mature behavior.

“Juan really stepped up as a leader toward the end of the match and after the game,” Farley said. “He spoke to the team and told them, ‘Failure will make us stronger and help us find success.’ It was very impressive to see him step up as a leader and work so hard.”

Cadets then fell 4-3 on September 3 versus Father Tolton in a double overtime fight.

Yednekachew Atkins ’17 scored once unassisted while Matheus Alexandre ’16 scored on an assist from junior Arnoldo Aguirre. Juan Diego Silva ’17 scored off an assist from Mig Gisa ‘17. Senior goalkeeper Justin Touchette stopped 8 of 12 shots on goal.

“This week was not as kind to us as last week,” Farley said. “We have a lot of starters recovering from injuries and not playing, so it is giving us a great opportunity for some younger players to get more playing time. We are still far ahead of where we were last season, so we continue to anticipate a great season ahead.”

IMG_5257_BESTMISSOURI MILITARY ACADEMY FOOTBALL

The Fighting Colonels football team fell 40-0 to the Van-Far Indians on August 27.

Junior Sean Fitzgerald had 4-9 passing and an interception, carrying the ball 10 times for 93 yards. The quarterback also had 10 tackles, including one for loss.

Cody Allen ’16 boasted two receptions for eight yards and picked up three yards on a single carry. Defensively, the senior had six tackles and a pass deflection.

Gabriel Elizondo ’17 ran the ball nine times for 27 yards while senior Trae Van Tasell caught two passes for 21 yards and had eight tackles on defense.

Sophomore new boy Jose Elizondo Villarreal led the defense with 12 tackles, including two for loss. Luis Merino Cantu ’18 had eight tackles, including two for loss; junior Max Murati had five tackles, an interception with an eight yard return and a fumble recovery.