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Patience pays dividends for doubles team from Priory

Now that they've won a state championship in doubles, several nicknames apply — Dynamic Duo, Double Trouble, Twin Tormenters, Terrific Twosome.

Call them what you want, St. Louis Priory School's Victor Djavaherian and Patrick Milburn are splendid on the tennis court, picking up the Class 1 state title in doubles with a 6-4, 6-2 win against Nathan Turtledove and Garrett Kincaid of Pembroke Hill. The seniors also helped Priory's team finish second in Class 1, edged out by Pembroke Hill 5-2.

Vianney’s season a success despite loss in state semifinals

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | twitter: @aeternusphoto

St. John Vianney's starting pitcher, Luke Mann tossed 109 pitches and finished the game with 7 strike-outs.  On June 2, St. John Vianney High School baseball team lost in the Class 5 state semifinals to Ft. Zumwalt West 4-3.

Players from the St. John Vianney High School baseball team held their head high after a loss in the Class 5 state semifinals.

They congratulated their opponent, regrouped outside the dugout on the artificial turf at Car Shield Field in O’Fallon and then walked to their bus to the cheers of fans.

The team’s 4-3 loss to Ft. Zumwalt West June 2 failed to erase a stellar season for Vianney, which finished 32-7 after a 9-0 win in the third-place game against Lee’s Summit the next day. Ft. Zumwalt lost the title game 2-1 to Jefferson City on a walk-off hit-by-pitch.

Chaminade’s loss in title game fails to dampen spirits

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The players, coach and enthusiastic supporters of the Chaminade lacrosse team remained upbeat even after a 16-5 loss to Mary Institute-Country Day School (MICDS) in the state championship game May 27 at Lindenwood University. The second-place finish in the Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association was a big accomplishment for the Red Devils, who were expected to be middle-of-the-road this season.

Grade-school buddies maintain ties on the track field

Daniel McMurran practiced jumping at St. Louis University High School’s track. McMurran and Mitch Fairless attended Academy of the Sacred Heart School and ran track on the same CYC team. Now they are among the best high jumpers in the state, competing at the state high school finals. Last year Fairless, now at Duchesne High, finished second in Class 3 high jump and McMurran was third in Class 5.

Mitch Fairless' best high jump prior to the state meet this year was 6'8" and Daniel McMurran's was 6'6". They didn't have to call each other to find out, though.

"Pretty much every weekend I look on MoMileSplit, which is the track website, look at his stats, see what he got, hoping that he wasn't beating me," Fairless said.

"Same here," McMurran quickly interjected. "I try to keep up with it as much as I can."

Incarnate Word Academy soccer team never surrenders

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Persistence defines the Incarnate Word Academy soccer team, and it has shown in several games in which the team outplayed opponents in the second half after struggling in the first half.

De Smet players’ approach to lacrosse helps pile up wins

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Senior midfielder Drew Brown finds playing lacrosse at De Smet Jesuit High School to be a rewarding part of his day.

"At practice, it's two hours of our day that we don't have to think about anything else," said Brown, a captain headed to the University of South Carolina as a microbiology major in the Capstone Scholars Program. "It gives me a break from all my school work and college (preparation), all that stuff outside of lacrosse.

"It may not be easy during practice, but it's rewarding."

He especially enjoys camaraderie with his teammates, whom he calls "my brothers."

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