Westminster Alumni Succeeding at the Next Level

Jimmy Obertop, DJ Stewart, Aaron Cook, Kirsten Davis, and Cole Mcward dominate their crafts at the next level.


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Jimmy Obertop squares up to hit the ball.

Several Westminster graduates have made an impact in the sports world, including Jimmy Obertop, DJ Stewart, Aaron Cook, Kirsten Davis, and Cole Mcward.

In his junior season at Westminster, Obertop, class of 2019, was named All-USA Missouri Baseball first team, and in his senior season, he was named All-Metro second team. Obertop officially signed with Michigan in the fall of his senior year and quickly began making a difference for the team during his freshman year. He started ten games in a fifteen game season and had a batting average of .265, hitting three doubles. He also scored three runs and had two RBI’s. Although it is now just the beginning of his sophomore season, Jimmy has already put up impressive statistics. He has played nineteen games and has a current batting average of .275. He has scored sixteen runs on nineteen hits, eight of which have been home runs; this includes a 415 foot home run versus Iowa, a grand slam against Purdue, a 440 foot homerun against Illinois, another grand slam against Maryland, and finally a game-winning two run homer against Michigan State.

DJ Stewart, class of 2017, had a commanding senior baseball season at the Academy. He had a batting average of .409, had 35 RBI’s, and scored a single home run. He also pitched in nine games, going eight and one, and had an insane ERA [earned run average] of .53. Stewart was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 39th round of the 2017 draft. Over the past two seasons for Phillies West and the Williamsport Crosscutters, he has had 27 RBI’s and a batting average of .281.

Aaron Cook, class of 2016, dominated the basketball court in his time at Westminster. In his junior year, Cook averaged sixteen points per game and led the team to a 24-6 record, as well as a district championship. In his senior year, he had the sixth highest scoring average in the area with 22 points per game. Cook committed to SIUE in October of his senior year to further his academic and sports career. He had a fantastic career at SIUE and started his senior season off hot, averaging fifteen points per game in his first six games. However, an injury caused him to take a medical redshirt and miss the rest of the season. He later announced he was transferring to Gonzaga for his last season of eligibility. He only started one game for the Bulldogs this past season but played a respectable amount of minutes in thirty games, considering his team was ranked first in the nation. Gonzaga made it to the NCAA National Championship, and Cook had the opportunity to play several minutes on the biggest stage in college basketball.

Kirsten Davis, class of 2017, had a dominating senior season at Westminster, scoring 37 goals and seven assists for the cats. She was honored with three All-State, All-Conference, and All-District awards over her last three seasons. Davis has also played on the U.S. soccer U-18, U-19, and U-20 teams. She has found her ways into the Texas Tech record books nine times. Davis has also been honored as the Big 12 offensive player of the year and a first team All-American among many other honors in her sophomore and junior seasons. She still has her senior season left to play, and everyone has high hopes to see her reach her maximum potential.

Cole Mcward, class of 2020, played for the Westminster hockey team as a freshman, sophomore, and junior. In his final two seasons, he averaged well over a point per game as a defenseman and helped lead the team to two Wickenheiser Cup championships. Prior to his senior season, Mcward was drafted and announced that he would play for a USHL hockey team: the Tri-city storm. He had a solid rookie season and second year, but he has been dominant in the 2020-21 season. He has scored 32 points in 46 games and has also been elected team captain for the season. Cole recently committed to Ohio State University and will begin his freshman season there next year.