Class of 2018Whitfield School's Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018 was inducted during a ceremony held May 5, 2018 in the school's Cady Athletic Center.
During her Whitfield career, Phabienne made a positive impact in Whitfield’s field hockey, cross country, basketball and track & field programs.
When the track & field program began in 1999, Phabienne was instrumental in building the foundation that would carry the Warriors to their first state championship just three seasons later. In 2001, the Warriors won the Class 2 girls state track & field championship with just six student-athletes on the team. At that state meet, Phabienne won two individual state championships: the long jump and triple jump. Her triple jump of 37 feet 9 3/4 inches is still a Whitfield School record. She was a member of the 4x400M and 4x200M relay teams that both placed second earning critical points for the Warriors.
During the 2000 cross country season, Phabienne earned a seventh place individual finish at the state meet, helping the Warriors to a third place finish as a team.
She was a three-time triple jump district champion and a Tri-Star Athlete her sophomore and junior years and was named a St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete her senior year.
Phabienne continued her academic and athletic careers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a triple jumper on the UNC track & field team. She finished eighth in the 2002 ACC Outdoor Championships and had multiple top-five finishes in the triple jump during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In addition, Phabienne was a four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient.
Phabienne holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication/Public Relations from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Youth & Family Ministry from John Brown University.
Jeff is in his 28th year at Whitfield and has been the head varsity girls soccer coach since the program’s inception in 1997. Under his leadership, the Warriors have won several district championships and MWAA division titles.
In addition to his contributions with the girls soccer program, Jeff is a longtime assistant coach in our boys soccer program. Coaching alongside fellow Whitfield Athletic Hall of Famer Bill Daues, Jeff was on the staff of the Warriors state championship boys soccer teams in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. Jeff is a member of the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame and SIUE Athletic Hall of Fame.
Jeff played collegiate soccer at SIUE and was a member of the Cougar's 1979 NCAA Division I national championship team. After graduating from SIUE, he played one season for the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers and reached the North American Soccer League (NASL) championship match in 1980. Jeff returned to St. Louis and played the next six seasons with the St. Louis Steamers. During his Steamers' career, the team advanced twice to the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) championship match and Cacciatore was named team MVP for the 1982-83 season.
Jared had an outstanding career for the Warriors and excelled in both basketball and baseball. He holds multiple Whitfield basketball career records including three-pointer FG made (227), steals (357), and assists (724). His 1,684 career points is 4th in basketball program history. He holds multiple Whitfield basketball single season records including three-point FG made (86), single season assists (251) and steals (110).
On the baseball field, Jared was a member of the 1994 state championship baseball team—the first-ever state title in Whitfield’s history. In the bottom of the ninth inning of that history-making game, Jared singled then stole second and third. And when his teammate and fellow Whitfield Hall of Famer Robert Rahm was walked on four straight pitches, Jared came home with the winning run. An All-State baseball selection and St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete, Jared continued his academic and athletic career at DePauw University where he played baseball and earned his B.A. degree.
During her Whitfield career, Annette excelled in track and field, cross country, field hockey and basketball.
Annette and her sister Phabienne, who was our first inductee tonight, were known as the legendary “Parker Twins.” Together, they established a tradition for excellence in the early years of Whitfield’s track & field program. In 2001 when the Warriors won the Class 2 girls state track & field championship with just six student-athletes, it was the outstanding performances of Annette and Phabienne that made the difference. At that state meet, Annette was the 400M individual state champion with a time of 57.28 which is still a Whitfield record. She was a member of the 4x400M and 4x200M relay teams that both placed second earning critical points for the Warriors.
During the 2000 cross country season, Annette earned a third place individual finish at the state meet, helping the Warriors to a third place finish as a team. She was named a St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete her senior year.
Annette continued her academic and athletic careers at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where she was a member of the Track & Field team and ran the 400M, 800M and 4x400 Relay. She had numerous top five and top 10 finishes in her indoor and outdoor collegiate meets. In 2002, she earned second place in the 400M at the UNC Invitational. In 2003, she was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Annette holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication/Advertising from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Sports Administration from Northwestern University.
Brian played four years of varsity soccer, three years of varsity basketball, three years of varsity baseball and one year of tennis for the Warriors.
Brian holds several spots in the Whitfield soccer record book including most assists in a season (20), a record he shares with Mike DiSalvo, Class of 2004. Brian is 3rd in the top career assists (37) and third in top career point leaders (157). He led the Warriors in goals during his sophomore and junior seasons and led the team in points his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
Brian continued his academic and athletic playing career at Lincoln University where he played soccer and tennis. His collegiate honors include Academic All-American Honorable Mention and MIAA Conference Player of the Week.
Brian holds a B.S. in Education and Physical Education from Lincoln University, a Masters in Education in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Before the Warriors brought home Whitfield’s first-ever state championship trophy, the team put together one of the most exciting seasons in school history. Playing a schedule comprised of predominately 2A and 3A teams, the Warriors entered the Class 1A District 5 tournament with a reputation of an offensive juggernaut. They were batting a collective .389 as a team and had scored over 200 runs in just 19 games. Several individuals on the team were tops in the area in RBIs, batting average and stolen bases.
After winning the district championship, also a school first for the baseball program, the Warriors advanced through the state tournament and carried a 20-5-1 record into the state championship game against Billings.
After a back-in-forth extra-inning game, Whitfield trailed 6-5 going into the bottom of the ninth. Kris Weaver started the come-back with a one-out single, stole second and then advanced to third on a throwing error by the Billings catcher. With Jared Johnson at the plate, the pitcher threw a wild pitch and Kyle came in with the game-tying run.
After reaching on a single, Jared stole second and third creating an overwhelming distraction for the pitcher. He intentionally walked Ryan Hetzer and followed with another walk to Jesse Axtell. With the bases loaded, freshman Robert Rahm calmly took four straight balls to score Jared from third with the winning run.
Jessie Axtell Class of 1994
Mark Baden Class of 1996
Kirk Daues Class of 1995
Brad Finger Class of 1997
Ryan Helmkamp Class of 1997
Ryan Hetzer Class of 1995
Jared Johnson Class of 1994
Todd Lazarus Class of 1996
Mike McGinnis Class of 1996
Robert Rahm Class of 1997
Alex Schuchard Class of 1994
Jon Shine Class of 1996
Custis Smith Class of 1997
Cory Spielberg Class of 1994
Kris Weaver Class of 1995