Sporting WCA

Top 10 Athletes At WCA Right Now

 1: There is not a whole lot about Kirsten Davis that has not already been said. The Girls Soccer star broke the Westminster scoring record about halfway through her Sophomore season. Kirsten has only continued to add to that record as she has set a record that will surely never be broken. Kirsten has not only put 119 goals in the back of the net for the team, but she has also contributed 23 assists. With her teammate Sydney Walker also dominating opponents, the two lead one of the most talented teams in Westminster history. While Kirsten plays for both the Westminster team and her club team, she also plays for the 19U USA national team. Kirsten travels around the world playing against the best competition in the world. She will even be eligible to play in the Women’s World Cup in 2020. Kirsten may not just be the best athlete at Westminster right now, but potentially the best Westminster athlete ever, a title that holds a lot of weight considering some of the athletes that have come through the Westminster halls.

2: Steve Webb has been a star player on the Westminster Football and Basketball teams for the last 3 seasons. Webb almost accomplished the unthinkable last season when he came within 200 yards of 2,000 rushing yards on the season, a number that only 3 NFL running backs have ever reached… in 16 games. Webb played only 14. To go along with all of those rush yards he had a couple hundred receiving yards at well. Webb also punched the ball into the endzone a few times as well, setting a record with 25 touchdowns. In his career, Steve has had 3,889 rushing yards in his career. Even with all these amazing statistics, basketball may be his best sport. While Steve’s numbers from last year are not as mind blowing as his football stats, he was teammates with perhaps the best player in Westminster basketball history, Aaron Cook. Steve dominated the games in which Aaron could not play, showing his true potential on the court. Steve even scored 26 points in the last game of the season last year and looks to thrive as the team’s leader this season.

3: Senior Dyllan Conway has been running circles around Varsity football defenses since his sophomore year. With his dazzling speed and magnetic hands, Dylan has recorded career numbers of 3,129 receiving yards and 33 touchdowns. These make him easily comparable to the best receiver in the NFL, Antonio Brown. Brown and Conway have very similar numbers in yards and have the exact same number of touchdowns over the last 3 seasons. What may be even more impressive is that Dylan has been the favorite receiver for 5 different Quarterbacks. Going from Brett Bond to Brendan Bognar his sophomore year, Evan Johnson his Junior year, and Josh Pottebaum and Chad Briden his Senior year. Dylan can get open and haul in passes no matter who the quarterback is. Dylan, like Steve, has also carried his success from the football field to the basketball court. Dylan has had a very solid start to the season on the basketball court after not playing last season.

4: Senior Connor Dolan is a star in all 3 sports that he plays. Whether it’s the Soccer field, Hockey rink, or Baseball diamond, Connor Dolan specializes in not allowing the other team to score. Dolan’s defining moment as a Westminster athlete came on the soccer field his Sophomore year, when the soccer team had played Parkway West to a intense tie at the end of regulation, Dolan headed the ball into the back of the net off of a corner kick in overtime. Dolan has continued the success on the soccer field by anchoring the superb defense that recorded 4 straight shutouts this fall. Along with his defensive success, Dolan has also added 13 total points on the offensive side of the ball. On the Ice, Dolan has also led the defense for the Cats. Dolan has been on the Varsity team for four years and has been the best defender for a couple of seasons. Dolan also has had great success on the baseball diamond, especially in his sophomore season on the pitcher’s mound. Dolan sported a ridiculous 1.29 ERA in his first year on varsity as well as a 3-1 win- loss record.

5: Senior DJ Stewart comes in at #5 on our list. Stewart, along with Weston Schad, has been a key contributor on the Varsity baseball team since his freshman year, not only at the plate but especially on the pitcher’s mound. As a sophomore he boasted an unreal 0.29 ERA. Stewart was nearly unhittable on the mound, but that’s only half of his contributions. DJ has made more than a couple eye popping plays in the field over the last two seasons. Stewart boasts a cannon of an arm to go along with tremendous range at the vital shortstop position. Stewart has turned in a solid .357 career average at the plate, and he is ready to be the spark plug at the top of the lineup for the team this season. Stewart has also made a return to the basketball court for his senior season. Stewart dominated Freshman teams when he played his first year of high school and has gotten right back into the groove as in his first two games back on the court, has already recorded a double double.

6: Junior Evan Parres, who specializes in Cross Country at Westminster, may be the most athletic person on this list. However, the only reason he is not higher on this list is because he shines brightest in a sport not played at Westminster, the triathalon. While being a star triathlete does transfer extremely well to Cross Country races and the swimming pool, those two sports are in the same season. Parres was allowed to play both sports his freshman year and he dominated both, and the last two seasons he has dominated the area in Cross Country alone. As a freshman he finished 59th in the state meet, 3rd out of all 16 freshman who ran. The next year, as a sophomore, Parres finished 20th out of 165 and 2nd out of the 35 sophomores who ran. This season Parres was tearing up the field until he hurt his foot and missed the last few meets of the year. Had Parres remained healthy for the entire year, his teammates predicted he would have had a top 5 finish in the state meet.

7: Senior Soccer Star Sydney Walker is another Westminster athlete who has been a force on the soccer field since her freshman season. Walker is committed to continue her talents on the field next season at Saint Louis University, a very good women’s soccer school. Walker has scored 34 goals in her 3 seasons on the team, teaming up with the most prolific scorer in school history by a long shot, Kirsten Davis, to form an extremely deadly two headed monster at forward for the Wildcat soccer team. While Davis scores the majority of the goals, Walker is a major key to Davis’ success. Walker has totalled 24 assists in her Westminster career. With numbers like that and what should be a massive year from both Davis and Walker this spring, it is reasonable to believe that Walker will be Westminster’s all time leader in assists by the time she leaves the school.

8: Senior Taylor French has been playing 3 sports since her freshman year: golf, basketball, and soccer. Taylor has especially excelled in golf and soccer as this year she owned the second lowest 18 hole score in the whole area on the golf course with a score of 78. French has also excelled as the varsity soccer team goalie for the last 3 years. Being the starter on a varsity sport all four years is rare, but it is even rarer to see an accomplishment such as this achieved from a position like goalie. French sports a 43-14 career record in goal and a career save average of .856. French has been able to hold opposing team’s scoring to a minimum while her classmates Kirsten Davis and Sydney Walker have run up the score on the other side of the ball.

9: Senior Weston Schad has been a force in the middle of the lineup the last two years for the Wildcats baseball team and looks to continue that trend this season. In Schad’s sophomore year he led the team in home runs and was among the team leaders in batting average. He continued to dominate Varsity pitching in his Junior year as he hit for a very impressive .391 average and also collected 20 RBI’s from hitting in the 5 hole for the powerful Wildcat lineup. Schad is also looking to be a force in the paint this year for the varsity basketball team as he is playing for the first time since his freshman year when he played JV. Schad looks to be a key component of the starting lineup on the court as the team is depending on him to pull in a big majority of the rebounds as well as protect the paint on defense.

10: Junior Volleyball Captain Avery Engelmeyer has been a key player on the varsity Volleyball team since her freshman year. This year especially, Avery did it all for the team as she was second on the team in both kills with 134 and assists with 209. This is such a difficult feat to accomplish because usually a player specializes in either setting or attacking, but Avery’s unique ability to do both is what gives her such an incredible value on the volleyball court. Engelmeyer is also known to play every game from beginning to end, so she can give her teammates a breather no matter where they play on the court.