The University of Saint Mary men’s and women’s swimming teams hosted their first meet at Lansing High School Saturday afternoon against Tabor College. The men were able to fend off the Blue Jays 80-72 while the women’s team slipped 92-53.

The Spires also had their four seniors honored during the match for their contributions to the program’s first season. The seniors included Melody Klein, Andrew Goode, Ryan Hill and Mark Stimach.

The Spires’ men’s 200 medley relay team of Brendan Jamerson, Matthew Burton, Goode and Will Dvorsky were victorious over Tabor finishing in a time of 1:46.41. Goode also placed second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:00.53, while Burton took home second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.05.

Jamerson took home the title in two events including the 100-yard freestyle, inching past Tabor’s Evan Bell with a time of 51.56. He also was victorious in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.33.

On the women’s side, Megan Cutting picked up three individual wins – the 100-yard butterfly in 1:06.86, the 500-yard freestyle in 5:47.46 and the 100-yard breastroke in 1:13.64.

Anna Loch finished second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:40.97 and Robyn Lewis placed second in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.07, while setting two new school records.

Both swimming teams will travel to Columbus, Georgia, on Feb. 27-28 for the NAIA National Swimming Championships.

 

Baseball

The University of Saint Mary baseball teams dropped their first two games of a four-game series against Wiley College to open their season Friday. The Spires had a 3-0 lead in the second game, but the Wildcats offense was too much to overcome as they grabbed victories of 11-2 and 9-5 on the day.
Saint Mary fell behind early in the first three innings as the high-powered offense of Wiley took an 8-0 lead. The Spires would get on the board in the fourth inning when Alexis Ramos drove in Daunte Freeman and David Ramirez on a single to left-center field.

The Wildcats led 8-2 at that point, but would add one more run in the same inning and two more in the fifth to take the 11-2 lead. The Spires tried to build a rally in the final two innings with two outs in each, but Wiley was able to get out of the jams.
In the second game, Saint Mary grabbed a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Daniel Gonzales got things going when he hit a two-run double to deep right field. He would later score on a double from Freeman after a fly out from Bryan Fuentes.

Wiley would tie the game at three in the third inning, but Saint Mary regained the lead. Ramirez hit an RBI single to score Fuentes as the Spires had a 4-3 lead. Wiley would put up six runs in the fifth inning to take a 9-4 lead.

The Spires added one more run in the sixth when Troy Hughes led off the inning with a solo home run to cut the deficit to four. Wiley would hold the Spires scoreless after that to take the second straight game.

Antonio Valentin led the offense with three hits on the day, while Gonzales and Alexis Ramos each had two RBI. Matt Weis and Daulton East each took the loss on the mound.

Saint Mary bounced back and won both games Saturday to end a four-game series.

The Spires move to 2-2 overall on the young season.
In the first game Saturday, Saint Mary scored in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Freeman scored after a single by Matt Ladd knocked him in. After Wiley tied the game in the third, Saint Mary had a big inning to expand their lead.

Gilbert Rondon singled out to center and Alexis Ramos was able to tag up on the play and score. Jarett Goss then reached first on a squeeze bunt and Mark Lewis was able to score on the play. A ground out by Fuentes led to Will Gering scoring the third run for the Spires.

The Spires scored two more runs in the game to deny a comeback by Wiley. The final score was 6-3.
In game two, Saint Mary was down 1-0 until Ladd scored after an RBI by Ramos to tie the game.

In the fifth inning, Freeman smashed the ball over the left field fence for a two-run home run.

The Spires defense sealed the second win of the day after getting two grounders and a pop fly to end the game.
Saint Mary will travel to Chickasha, Oklahoma, to take on No. 11 University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in a two-game series Friday starting at 4 p.m.

 

Track and field

The University of Saint Mary track and field teams had plenty to celebrate Friday as they competed at the Wichita State Invite on the campus of Wichita State University.

The men’s team placed first overall with 209 points, which broke the school record from 2018, while the women’s side took second with 118 total points.

Luke Skinner and Phillip Lagemann each finished first in their events on the men’s side. Skinner took first in the 600-meter run in a time of 1:22.55, while taking first in the 1,000-meter run in a time of 2:31.04. Skinner hit an A and B standard for the day.

Lagemann placed first in the 800-meter run in a time of 1:58.66. Anterreon McClain had a good day as he took sixth in the 60-meter run in 7.00 seconds, while placing second in the 200-meter run in 22.55. Onaja Robinson placed ninth in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.13 seconds and fifth in the 600-meter run in a time of 1:28.03.

Eric Vasquez placed second in the 600-meter run in a time of 1:23.91 and third in the 1,000-meter run in a time of 2:35.01.

On the women’s side, Kaitlyn Shoemaker placed first in the mile run in a time of 5:15.01, while Brittany White-Dold took second in 5:26.38. Artexis Drake took third in the 60-meter run and 400-meter run, with times of 8.10 seconds and 1:01.64, respectively.

Emma Campbell took fourth place in the 800-meter run in 2:39.45, while Jayda Cooper took home the title in the triple jump with a distance of 11.49 meters, which was a school record along with marking the best distance in the KCAC and eighth best mark in the NAIA to hit an A standard.

Both Saint Mary track and field teams will travel to Maryville, Missouri, for the Bearcat Invite on Feb. 8-9.

 

Wrestling

The University of Saint Mary women’s wrestling team hosted the Spire Round Robin Classic at Ryan Sports Center on Saturday. Teams that competed were Saint Mary, Missouri Valley College and Central Christian College.

Shyanne Griffiths and Teya Villalpando competed for the Spires.

Griffiths went up against Central Christian’s Citlali Palafox and was defeated by fall in 2:37. Villalpando faced off against Jocelyn Murphy of Missouri Valley. Villalpando put up a fight against Murphy as well, but was defeated by fall in 3:22.
The Spires will compete at the KCAC Championships on Feb. 23 in Marshall, Missouri. 

The University of Saint Mary men’s wrestling team fell to a tough 13th-ranked Baker University squad Saturday night at the Collins Center 39-12.

Saint Mary is now 7-7 in dual action on the season.

Baker jumped out to a 12-0 lead before David Hunter earned a 4-3 decision over Brandon Dofat to give the Spires six points.

Kendall Fleming then went up against Colby Johnson, who is ranked 14th in the 149-pound weight class, and fell in 1:33. Patrick Boulanger earned a forfeit victory for the Spires, but Baker would win the next five bouts.

Nic Roller closed the dual out as he put up a solid fight against Jake Miller, but lost in a narrow 5-3 decision.
Saint Mary will return to Ryan Sports Center for their final two home matches beginning Feb. 7 against Ottawa University. The action will take place at 7 p.m.

 

Esports

The University of Saint Mary esports team took on the Lewis University Flyers last weekend, losing two close games of “League of Legends” in a best of three. In the first match, the Spires were up for more than half of the 30-minute game with Carlos Mena securing an early triple-kill as Jayce to take the lead.

Four dragon buffs were taken by the Spires as opposed to the two of the Flyers, however Lewis University got late-game picks that gave them a 5-4 advantage and won a critical team fight, leading to a loss for the Spires.

The second game lasted more than 35 minutes with Ross Tisdell leading the Spires playing Sivir ADC with a 3.0 KDA. The Spires fought hard, taking first blood and sneaking in a huge Baron buff later in the game which helped them destroy multiple enemy towers pushing all the way to the Flyers’ base, but fell short in the following team fight that resulted in the Spires’ inhibitors being taken.

The Spires will compete again this weekend with their opponent to be announced this week.

 

Basketball

The University of Saint Mary women’s basketball team was seeking another win during their two-game road trip, but struggled to find a rhythm against the first place team in the KCAC, 16th-ranked Tabor College. The Spires fell 64-45 to the Bluejays Saturday evening.

Saint Mary is now 7-17 overall and 5-15 KCAC.

In the early minutes of the game, the Spires and Bluejays were going back and forth in scoring. Tabor got a spark and went on an 8-0 run before Dakota Corle ended it by scoring a basket. The Spires trailed by nine in the second quarter, but would go on a run to get the game back to a one possession game. Tabor had a hot third quarter and outscored Saint Mary 17-7 and shot 50 percent from the field. Despite a good effort in the last quarter by the Spires, Tabor’s hot shooting was too much.

Paige Scheckel, Sienna Brown and Tiani White scored eight points. Brown led the team in rebounds with seven and in blocks with two. Saint Mary out-rebounded Tabor 36-29.
Saint Mary returns to Ryan Sports Center on Wednesday as they look to get a conference sweep against McPherson College. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

The men’s team ended their two-game road trip with a win against Tabor College on Saturday night 72-63 to snap a three-game losing streak. The Spires defense played well as they forced Tabor into 27 turnovers, had 13 steals and six blocks.

The Spires are now 10-15 overall and evened their conference record to 10-10 in the KCAC.

Saint Mary trailed by as many as eight in the first half, but continued to inch their way back with free throws late in the second half. Teyvon Lundy scored four quick points to make it a one possession game going into halftime. After trading baskets and the lead, two big time 3-pointers by Donovan Sinegal and Cameron Southern fueled the Spires as they were able to deny a comeback by Tabor.

Three Spires scored in double-digits, Lundy (17), Raylon Howard (13) and Sinegal's career-high 12 points. Saint Mary dominated in the paint as they scored 38 points down low and had 11 second chance points. The Spires shot 43.1 percent from the field and 84.2 percent from the free throw line.
The Spires return to Ryan Sports Center on Wednesday as they look to get another conference sweep when they take on McPherson College. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.