De Smet, St. Dominic fall just short of soccer titles

De Smet Jesuit High School's Nicholas Hanson, right, gained control of the ball from Francis Howell's Joshua Bragen during the Class 4 state championship game Nov. 14 in Fenton. Despite a fierce offensive onslaught in the second half, De Smet lost 1-0.

In one game, a team was down by one goal and then played the most dominating second half possible. In the other game, a team was tied in the second half when it began to take control of the game.

In the Class 3 and Class 4 games of the state high school soccer championship finals at Soccer Park in Fenton Nov. 14, both of the Catholic school teams from the archdiocese lost, finishing a more than respectable second in the state. But they left knowing they just missed a first-place finish despite heroic efforts.

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Villa Duchesne's calm presence prevails in volleyball

The Villa Duchesne High School volleyball team celebrated on the court Oct. 31 after winning the state championship in Cape Girardeau over St. Pius X High School. Villas’ coach, Shane Weber, praised his team for its perseverance and resilience.

The volleyball season came to a close Oct. 31 in Cape Girardeau with Villa Duchesne coming out on top in Class 3. The team defeated St. Pius X of Festus 25-17, 25-10 for its second title in the sport, winning the school's first in 2011.

The team remained calm and never got flustered, said Villa Duchesne's coach, Sean Weber. "They just played. Their perseverance and resilience was exceptional. There's no doubt in my mind that's how we were able to win it all. We had our back up against the wall several times this year, and they always came through," Weber said.

Fun, hard work at the forefront for De Smet soccer

27 OCT. 2015 -- ST. LOUIS COUNTY -- De Smet Jesuit High School soccer players Charlie Gibbs (6) and Andrew DeGreeff (3) head the ball toward the Parkway North High School goal during the Class 4, District 4 soccer tournament semifinals at Parkway North in incorporated west St. Louis County Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. The Spartans won, 5-0, advancing to the district finals.

Photo by Sid Hastings.

Any doubts whether the De Smet Jesuit High School soccer team is having fun this season were erased during its district semifinal game against Parkway North Oct. 27.

De Smet won the game 5-0, and, just as important, the players felt they played up to their potential and that the hard work they have put in since before the season started has paid off.

St. Joseph's golf, tennis seasons bring smiles

Ellie Burger competed on the final day of the state tennis championships Oct. 17 in Springfield. Burger, a junior at St. Joseph’s Academy, finished second in the tennis singles competition.

The smiles tell a lot about the recently completed golf and tennis seasons at St. Joseph's Academy.

The joy wasn't necessarily about the teams' success in the state tournaments -- a second-place finish in golf and a third-place title in tennis, along with individual achievements.

Ellie Burger, a junior who came in second in tennis singles competition, said her teammates made the season so enjoyable. "Everyone clicked right off the bat," Burger said. "We had a lot of team chemistry."

Rosati-Kain goalie shows skill, provides leadership

Kicking the ball on a fast defensive charge, Rosati-Kain’s goalie Nina Migneco made her final save of 14 in the game. Rosati-Kain beat Webster Groves 2-0.

Rosati-Kain field hockey goalie Nina Migneco reached to her right and kicked the ball away. She reached to her left and did the same thing. Then she blocked a shot that was looped over her shoulder.

Migneco made 14 saves against Webster Groves High School on Oct. 12. The talented 5-foot-6 senior stood tall in goal, helping her team shut out Webster Groves 2-0.

Rosati-Kain improved to 10-6 with two games remaining in the season.

FAITHFUL FAN | Three's a charm when it comes to faith, baseball

Joseph Kenny

Three is an important number to people of faith, starting with the Trinity. Jesus was tempted three times in the desert and fell three times carrying the cross. The angels cry "holy" three times to the triune God (Isaiah 6:3).

In baseball, the number three has significance as well. A triple play, three strikes you're out, three outs, three bases on the field, three outfielders.

I'm picking three people associated with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, and highlighting the work they're doing for people in need.

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