Incarnate Word wins state basketball title with ease

Incarnate Word basketball

Incarnate Word Academy breezed to its third consecutive state title March 21, taking the Class 4 girls championship game 60-27 over Mary Institute-Country Day School.

The Incarnate Word Red Knights, and Napheesa Collier in particular, seemed to have one thing on their mind — driving to the basket. It worked, with MICDS backpedaling most of the game. Collier scored 30 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. Ivana Easley added 10 points.

"This is the best game we played all season," Collier said. "The ball was just finding me. Literally just falling into my lap some of the time."

Abundance of athletic talent and sportsmanship

Lisa Johnston |  | Twitter: @aeternusphoto   Chaminade defeated Cardinal Ritter 93-49 in the finals of the Chaminade Christmas Tournament. Cardinal Ritter's Jared Phillips and Alvin Thompson teamed up against Chaminade's guard Mike Lewis.

An overflow crowd saw Chaminade defeat Cardinal Ritter 93-49 in the finals of the Chaminade Christmas Tournament.The two Catholic schools are among the top high school basketball teams in the area this year.

Though Chaminade dominated throughout the game, both teams displayed an abundance of athletic talent and played with vigor and sportsmanship. Chaminade scored every way possible — from under the basket, from beyond the three-point line, from layups and from alley-oops.

CBC's refusal to give up brings state championship

Christian Brothers College High School wide receiver Michael Million  caught a touchdown pass in the first quarter to score the Cadets' first points against Rockhurst High School defender William Bazzle IV during the MSHSAA Class 6 state championship football game at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis Nov. 29. CBC won 31-24.

A strong pass rush and an offense that refused to give up led Christian Brothers High School to its first state football championship Nov. 29 in a back-and-forth 31-24 win over Rockhurst.

The win capped a 14-0 season for CBC. Afterward, CBC's senior safety Eric Carrera, who had nine solo tackles and assisted on four others while breaking up a pass play, said he was overwhelmed. Teammate Blake Charlton, a junior quarterback who completed 17 of 22 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns, said he was nearly speechless.

Chaminade had everything but a goal in state final

Chaminade players swarm Lee's Summit goalie Roman Pena as he grabs a shot headed toward the goal during the state finals Nov. 15 in Class 4. Chaminade tried desperately to score, but Pena and his team's defense held strong as the game ended 0-0 after two overtimes. Lee's Summit won on penalty kicks.

All of the ingredients seemingly came together for a state soccer title for Chaminade Nov. 15 — goaltending, defense, offensive pressure — except for one thing: scoring.

The ball didn't cross the goal line for either team in regulation play and two overtime periods, and Lee's Summit then won the game and the Class 4 championship on penalty kicks, converting five to Chaminade's four.

"We fought hard," senior Jake Pesek said. "Kept putting in the effort, just couldn't get a goal."

Chaminade scores after slow start, heads to state

Chaminade fended off challenger Mehlville high school on Nov. 8 by a score of 3-1 which advanced them to the state championship games to be held in Kansas City. Chaminade’s Anthony Aegerter kept the ball from Mehlville’s Kenan Selmovic.

Withstanding early pressure from Mehlville, Chaminade College Preparatory settled down after a goal by Anthony Aegerter and won the Class 4 quarterfinal of the state boys high school soccer playoffs 3-1 on Nov. 8. The team advances to the Final Four in Blue Springs, Mo., Nov. 14 and 15.

Aegerter, a junior midfielder, scored after senior forward Kenny Massa brought the ball in toward the goal. Massa later fought off a defender and scored after sophomore back Alex Kleeman sent the ball downfield for a 2-0 lead.

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