‘Splendid’ state champion golfers coped with pressure

Freshman Grace Aromando, left, and senior Emily Guzy met through their love of golf, but found sisterhood in their journey to help St. Joseph’s Academy to a state title. The girls find fun ways to practice, chipping or paddling the ball back and forth, gaining experience with their clubs. The golf team at St. Joseph’s Academy won the Class 2 Missouri State High School Championship.

The St. Joseph's Academy golf team was simply splendid this year.

Just ask senior Emily Guzy.

She used "splendid" as her "secret word" to help concentrate at the state finals, and it certainly worked out. Guzy led St. Joseph's to the state championship in Class 2, scoring 78 in the first round and a two-day score of 164, best on the team and good for 14th in the field of 89 golfers.

Guzy summarized the journey to the state finals as a bit bittersweet because it was her last year of high school golf.

Players, coach aim for a state championship

Visitation Academy field hockey player Claire Taiclet, left, battled Cor Jesu Academy’s Grace Frisella for control of the ball. Taiclet later scored the game-winning goal, giving Visitation a 2-1 win.

Few expected the Visitation Academy field hockey team to set things on fire this season.

But call coach Faith Mackin a pyromaniac; she has poured gas on the Vivettes' burning desire.

"We've had the highest expectations of ourselves since day one," Mackin said. "The goal has been a state title since then, and we haven't gone off of that."

Hours of practice and conditioning "are a big commitment, but ... are really starting to pay off," she said.

Experience, talent equals fun times for DuBourg soccer

Trinity’s goalie Cory Schonhoff, a sophomore, stood out in goalagainst DuBourg. A save near the end of the second half during a corner kick. Trinity High School lost in a soccer match against rival Bishop DuBourg. The final score was 4-1.

The Bishop DuBourg boys soccer team is enjoying its season so far, relying on experience and talent to fight hard for wins.

The players "have a lot of familiarity. A lot of guys played last year so they've been together two years, some of them even three years," said Head Coach Steve Bettlach. "There's a high level of skill in a number of spots. We have a young freshman kid, and he fit right in because he knows how to play, and so do the rest."

Energy, passion marks St. Pius volleyball success

St. Pius X High School defeated local rival Jefferson High School in two sets, 25-12 and 25-9. Emma Grimshaw hit the ball at the net as Jefferson's Sydney Weik went for the block.

A positive vibe flows through the St. Pius X girls volleyball team.

The tone is evident on and off the court, from the varsity's senior leadership on down for the team from the school in Festus.

"We come out with a lot of energy and passion, no matter who's on the court or what the score is," said Shelby Meyer, a senior who was named to the second team all-conference last season. "We keep that energy up, keep the momentum to win the game."

The team's cohesiveness comes from the players being so close. "There's no divisions," she said.

St. Joseph’s Academy field hockey displays its strengths

St. Joseph’s Academy forward Annie Genovese tried to power through Kirkwood’s defense but was stopped by Sydney Scott and goalie Shea Look. The 10-3 win over Kirkwood placed St. Joseph’s record at 10-0-1, equalling Villa Duchesne’s record.

The field hockey team this season at St. Joseph's Academy is lean, but not-so-mean — it's tough to be mean with so many smiles.

"We have a much smaller squad than we've had in years past, so our bench players are all very strong" said the varsity team's coach, Claire Aubel. "We have a lot of unselfish girls playing this year, which is working to our advantage. There's lots of passing, so it's not a one-man show by any means this year."

Borgia, Kennedy soccer teams showcase talents

Kennedy's Patrick Wisnewski tried to come around on Borgia's Gus Kleekamp as they battled for possession. St. Francis Borgia and John F. Kennedy Catholic High Schools faced off in a soccer match with Borgia defeating Kennedy 4-0.

St. Francis Borgia and Kennedy Catholic are two high school teams drawing attention early in the soccer season for inspired play and potential.

Borgia, which plays in the larger Class 3 division, defeated Kennedy 4-0 on Sept. 12 to bring its record to 5-4. Kennedy took its second loss to go with four wins, but won an important conference game the next day, 1-0 against Bishop DuBourg.


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