Familiarity breeds success for Trinity volleyball

Trinity Catholic High School volleyball players from left, Jess Eaton, Holly Hennessey, Abby Grumich, Melissa Peters and Kyra Walsh celebrated in the Titans’ match with Cardinal Ritter College Prep. Trinity won, 2-0, raising its record to 13-7 this season.

When the players on Trinity Catholic High School's varsity volleyball team talk about their squad, "fun" is the operative word.

SLUH's football team works well on, off the field

De Smet Jesuit High School’s Bryant Perry leapt to avoid St. Louis University High’s Daniel Jackson. SLUH beat rival De Smet Jesuit 63-13.

St. Louis University High School's football team works as a cohesive unit on and off the field.

On Sept. 13, several players took part in the Tri My Best Adaptive Triathlon through the Cerebral Palsy Center at St. Louis Children's Hospital, which raised funds to support school-aged children with motor disabilities.

"It was very near and dear to me to participate in it," said quarterback Mitchell Batschelett, whose sister has cerebral palsy. "We had about 10 to 15 guys come out, and it was just awesome. It helped us bond and really meant a lot to me."

Top-notch field hockey programs hit full gear


Two Catholic schools with top-notch field hockey programs met Sept. 11, and both Villa Duchesne and Cor Jesu played up to expectations. Villa Duchesne came away with a 2-0 win on their new artificial turf at Condie Field.

The win put Villa Duchesne at 6-0-2 on the year. Cor Jesu left with a 7-2-1 record. Villa won 5-0 Sept. 15 against Kirkwood, and Cor Jesu lost 2-0 to John Burroughs.

Character is the key for Ursuline athletes' success

Ursuline Academy tennis player Sarah Dreyer returned a shot in a match against Mehville High School during the Webster Groves Invitational Tournament, a section of which was played at Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton.

When they step on the court, members of Ursuline Academy's tennis team are dedicated to toughness, selflessness and being a good person -- traits that translate off the court as well.

The focus for the school's athletic teams is on character, though winning often is a consequence of the way players act. For the tennis team, things are clicking along, as shown by the way they conduct themselves and with an 8-1 start partway through the Webster Groves High School tournament. It's their best start to a season in at least 17 years.

St. Dominic pitcher quietly demonstrating her talents

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School’s Maggie Kilcullin turned a play to first against St. Dominic High School Aug. 31.

Anna Hermann didn't attract a lot of preseason chatter among those who follow high school softball in the St. Louis area.

But, as her pitching performance Aug. 31 against Kennedy Catholic High School showed, the St. Dominic senior is good enough to be in any discussion of top performers. She tossed a three-hitter in St. Dominic's 3-0 win.

Determined St. Pius, Duchesne teams set for new season

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St. Pius X High School volleyball players Elle Russell, left, and Emma Grimshaw blocked a spike by a Duchesne High School player in the match Aug. 25 at Duchesne in St. Charles. St. Pius won 25-14, 25-23.

Two volleyball teams from Catholic schools in the archdiocese began their season's schedule against each other Aug. 25, showing the determination and resilience that could carry them far this season.

St. Pius X High School in Festus defeated Duchesne High School in St. Charles 25-14, 25-23. Afterward, players and coaches reflected on the faith that the teammates have in each other and their abilities and how coming from a Catholic school and having faith in God assists them as they make their way through a sports season.

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