This piece was published in the September 2015 issue of the Prep News
After watching what he called an “awesome” effort at the annual Blue-White-Red Race, Head Cross Country Coach Michael Dierks is confident the team will have a successful year.
“I think the guys’ attitudes have been really good,” Mr. Dierks said. “From our senior leadership to the freshman group, it’s been really fun to play with. We just have to get more fit, and that means putting in miles.”
Standout performances at Blue-White-Red included those of freshmen Max Goeke and Tom Seitzer, both of whom finished in the top 11. Rockhurst won the A race at the Lee’s Summit North Dual last Saturday 19-42, and will compete in the Aquinas Invitational tomorrow at Johnson County Community College.
The football team kicked off its season with a 26-7 win over Rock Bridge on August 22, but followed it up with a 49-20 loss to Webb City last Friday. For the most part, Rockhurst performed well in both contests, bouncing back from a 7-3 first half deficit to win the opener and keeping it close early on against Webb City.
Stars of the squad’s first two games included senior running back A.J. Taylor and senior quarterback Tyler Benninghoff, who each ran for a touchdown versus Rock Bridge. Taylor also logged an 80-yard touchdown catch and a 17-yard touchdown run at Webb City, while Benninghoff snuck one in from the one-yard line in the first quarter.
The Hawklets return to Vincent P. Dasta Stadium tonight with a 7:30 matchup against Bentonville, an Arkansas school that we upset on the road last year.
The soccer team has enjoyed a rather successful first month, winning four out of its first five games, including three away from home. Rockhurst opened its schedule with a 5-0 blowout at Pembroke Hill on August 21, and has since added further victories against Raymore-Peculiar, Lee’s Summit, and Shawnee Mission West. The Hawklets’ lone defeat so far, a 2-1 loss to Rock Bridge on August 22, featured a disappointing offensive performance, but Head Coach Mr. Chris Lawson was nonetheless impressed with the team’s defense.
“Pembroke Hill had very few opportunities against us, and I don’t believe Rock Bridge had more than four,” Mr. Lawson said. “But they were efficient, and when you don’t score, teams stay in the game.”
Rockhurst most recently played on Wednesday night at Liberty.
Swim and Dive
Having won 11 consecutive state titles, the Swim and Dive team once again has high expectations. But the Aquahawks are making sure not to get too ahead of themselves, mainly by taking things one step at a time.
“Contrary to popular belief, the current squad has no state champions nor does it have any state championship titles,” Head Coach Bob Barth said. “A year ago today, the same was true. Every year we start anew, and come October, the facts about the 2015 Rockhurst Swim and Dive team will need to be revised.”
The first step toward such a revision took place August 22 at the Southrock Invitational, in which Barth said Rockhurst’s performance was “on par with the season schedule.” The group will participate in the Kickapoo Invitationa this afternoon in Springfield, beginning at 4:30 p.m.