WINTER WRAP: Concordia Lutheran 2021-2022
Crusader athletes came out of hibernation in the winter months and enjoyed success. The boys basketball team reached the TAPPS State Finals, the swim team set some personal bests and the soccer team took shots on goals.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Hardcourt Heros
2022 CLHS Boys Basketball
THE CONCORDIA LUTHERAN BOYS WERE UP TO THEIR WINNING WAYS ON THE HARDWOOD IN 2021-22. THE ‘SADERS RAN THROUGH DISTRICT 4-6A WITH A 10-0 RECORD AND WENT 27-9 OVERALL.
Concordia reached the TAPPS 6A State Title game with playoff wins over Antonian and Central Catholic before falling to John Paul II in the Finals.
Coach Bill Honeck leaned on his senior floor general Trey Miller, who was a first-team, all-state selection, averaging over 17 points, 6 assists and 3 steals per game.
Move-ins Jacob Hudson (Klein Oak), Jesse Fuller (Tomball) and David Gibbons Jr. (Tomball) made huge contributions along with Nick Savona this season. Hudson was a first- team, all-state selection, Fuller was a second teamer and Savona was an honorable-mention pick.
Gibbons was a first-team, all-district choice, while Patrick Jannes, Grant Saxton and Michael Peltier Jr. were second teamers.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Hardcourt Heros
2022 CLHS Girls Basketball
For the girls, the Crusaders finished fourth in district play, going 18-14 overall; 4-4 in district. Coach Matt Neidigk’s squad fell in a heartbreaker to Incarnate Word 38-35 in the Area Round.
Leading the way was senior Maddie Mueller, a first-team, all-state selection, who averaged over 16 points per game. Mueller has run the point since her freshman season and will play her college ball at Trinity University.
Others receiving postseason honors were Adele Neuhaus (first-team, all-district), Jaclyn Weyer (second-team), Kayley Brennan (second-team), Olivia Smith (second-team) and Carly Winkler (honorable mention).
Neahaus, Brennan and Winkler will be back in 2022-23.
SWIMMING: Youngsters Perform Well in the Pool
2022 CLHS Swimming
CONCORDIA LUTHERAN HAD A SOLID PERFORMANCE IN THE POOL THIS WINTER – THE GIRLS FINISHED SEVENTH IN THE TAPPS EASTERN REGION AND THE BOYS FINISHED THIRD.
At the State Meet, however, sophomore Grace Bourque won bronze in the 200- yard freestyle to lead all Crusaders. Elijah Brown finished fourth in the 100- yard breaststroke.
But back to the Regionals, the girls won silver in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Bourque led the way in Regionals too, winning gold in the 200-yard freestyle and silver in the 500-yard freestyle. Emerson Swanner missed the podium finishing fourth in the 100-yard freestyle but earned bronze in the 100-yard backstroke.
On the boy’s side, Brown won silver in the 100-yard breaststroke and Benjamin Witt earned a third-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle.
The ‘Saders boys won silver in the 400- yard freestyle.
The future is bright at Concordia Lutheran as their top swimmers were all underclassmen.
2022 CLHS Girls Soccer
THE GIRLS' SOCCER TEAM AT CONCORDIA LUTHERAN REACHED THE POSTSEASON BUT FELL IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE TAPPS PLAYOFFS.
The girls were led by a senior-laden squad. Kate Ostermiller earned a first- team nomination on defense, while Sarah McWilliams and Katelyn Denley were second-teamers on offense. Julia Wiley and Jaden Bosworth were honorable mentions.
2022 CLHS Boys Soccer
THE BOYS' SOCCER TEAM AT CONCORDIA LUTHERAN REACHED THE POSTSEASON BUT FELL IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE TAPPS PLAYOFFS.
For the boys, Colin Otten was an all-state and first-team, all-district selection on defense, while Evan Kastenschmidt was a first-team, all-district offensive standout. Kastenschmidt will return for his senior year in 2022-23.