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Trey Miller, Kate Ostermiller, Madeline Mueller
At Concordia Lutheran High School, the Class of 2022 was an impressive group that walked across the stage in May and brought a close to successful careers. Get to know some of winter wonders from Concordia Lutheran.
What a career Trey Miller had for the Concordia Lutheran Crusader basketball team.
The all-state point guard averaged over 19 points per game, five rebounds, five assists and over four steals during his senior season. He led the ‘Saders to the TAPPS State Finals. He was the District MVP and was named to the all-state tournament team.
He signed with Incarnate Word.
When the Concordia Lutheran girls soccer team needed a defensive stop, they looked to first-team, all-district defender Kate Ostermiller.
This season was extra special as Kate was able to play with her sister Sara, who is a freshman.
Ostermiller did about everything on the track as well. She ran the three relays, the open 200 meters, did the triple jump and threw the shot put.
Running the point guard position as a freshman is a tall order. That was four years ago.
Time goes by so fast. Mueller earned another all-state selection for her play this season and has recently signed with Trinity University, where she will play college basketball.
Another big milestone for Mueller was scoring 2,000 points as a Crusader.
CLHS 2021 Cheer Team
Concordia Lutheran flexed their muscles in the fall with a playoff birth in football, a State Final Four appearance in volleyball and a strong finish in cross country.
Here are some of the headliners from the Fall.
2021 CLHS Football
Photo by Justin Hartojo
THE CONCORDIA LUTHERAN CRUSADERS FINISHED THIRD IN DISTRICT 2-DI, GOING 4-3 IN CONFERENCE PLAY WITH WINS OVER ANTONIAN PREP, ST. PIUS X, SAN ANTONIO CHRISTIAN AND ST. JOHN XXIII.
The Crusaders fell to Bishop Lynch 30-7 in the opening round of the playoffs.
Concordia Lutheran was led by senior Tate Elder. The Iron Man was named to the all-state, first-team for his play at defensive back and earned a second-team, all-state nod as a running back. Elder had a decorated career in the silver and blue and will lace up the spikes for the track team this spring. Defensive lineman Peyton Smith earned a second-team, all-state selection along with linebacker Mark Shrewsbury. Hudson Yezak (Kicker) and Luke Allred (DL) were all-state honorable mentions.
Coach Bobby Lindquist retired after the season and Willie Amendola takes over the reigns of the program. Amendola won a UIL Class 5A State Title in 2012 as the head coach of the Dekaney Wildcats.
2021 CLHS Girls Cross Country
THE CONCORDIA LUTHERAN GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM FOLLOWED UP A HISTORY-MAKING, SECOND-PLACE FINISH AT THE 2020 TAPPS STATE MEET WITH A SOLID FOURTH-PLACE FINISH IN 2021.
Led by coaches Michelle Lueveno and Jennifer Schranz, the Crusaders are building into a consistent private school state power.
Senior Ava Zindler paced Concordia Lutheran, finishing 13th overall with a time of 12:54.2. She has left a tremendous legacy and played a huge role in rebuilding the Crusader cross country program.
The future is in good hands. Four State qualifiers will return in 2022. Freshman Cara Shirley finished 19th at State, followed by sophomore Megan Groeschel (20th). Junior Jessica McGavern came in 32nd at State, while freshman Gretchen Kastenschmidt (48th) rounded out the Top 5. She is the younger sister of Lauryn Kastenschmidt, who finished fourth overall in 2020.
The ‘Saders are here to stay.
2021 CLHS Boys Cross Country
On the boys’ side, it was senior William Karim who carried the torch for Concordia Lutheran at State.
Karim finished 14th overall with a time of 17:24 in the 5K. He signed with Savannah College to run at the next level.
Following Karim was junior Matthew Kangas (37th), sophomore John Hadrick (61st), junior Gary Coates (68th), senior Ben Guidry, sophomore Joseph Lyons and freshman George Stucker.
The ‘Sader boys can build off their State experience as they try and improve their times in 2022.
2021 CLHS Volleyball
UNDER THE DIRECTION OF FIRST-YEAR HEAD COACH BRANDON SMELTZER, CONCORDIA LUTHERAN WENT 36-10, FINISHED SECOND-PLACE IN DISTRICT TO EVENTUAL STATE CHAMPION ST. AGNES AND FELL TO THE TIGERS IN THE STATE SEMIS IN FOUR GAMES.
Sophie Keene earned her second first-team, all-state selection as she wraps up her career at Concordia Lutheran. She will play her college ball at Baylor after leaving a tremendous legacy.
Also joining Keene with all-state honors were second-teamers Sydney Whitfield and Haley Manjack, and Adelyn Polk was an honorable mention. All four all-state selections were seniors.
Back in the fold will be Faith Wilkins and Kylie Bray, who were second-team, all-district selections.