God’s light shines brightly for Olympic hammer-thrower

Being at Olympic Village in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and preparing for competiton will be an intense experience for Deanna Price, but she's relaxed knowing that the village has a chapel.

A third-place finish in the women's hammer throw at the Olympic trials sealed her spot on the team, which will be representing the United States in Rio de Janeiro.

Deanna attended Immaculate Conception School in Old Monroe, Troy Buchanan High School and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She's stayed close to her Catholic faith as she's advanced in her sport.

Gymnasts learn skills to have a well-balanced life


Four-year-old Vivi Miller listened to her gymnastics teacher's instruction to start her moves with her arms up.

"Now good, keep those feet together," Abby Arbas said to her student, assisting her with a handstand and a bridge. "Wow," Arbas responded in encouragement, "Good, now hop here, and jump."

It was a busy Monday at Barron Gymnastics in south St. Louis County, filled with youngsters from 14 months on up who are super-charged, having followed the Olympic trials for the U.S. gymnastics team. The gym instructs about 1,400 gymnasts a week.

Abby Basler’s leadership, skill live on at Ursuline

Abby Basler is off to Illinois State after finishing her high school career at Ursuline with 58 goals, first team all state, region player of the year, MVP of the North-South all-star game and much more. She values most her time with her teammates, the Catholic school atmosphere and what she's learned from her coaches.

Ursuline's Abby Basler is looking ahead — already off to Illinois State to begin her college career — but the soccer dynamo's mark on her high school soccer team will be remembered for a long time.

Basler finished her high school career with 58 goals and 34 assists, leading the team in scoring and named the team MVP all four years. She was all-state, all-district, all-region and all-conference each year and named to the all-metro team three years.

St. Louisan puts strong faith, arm to use at TCU

Brian Howard, a St. Louis University High school graduate, threw a pitch for the TCU baseball team in a game against Oaklahoma univeristy at Lupton Stadium on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas, April 16. Howard was drafted by the Houston Astros but will play another year at TCU.

Praise came from Baseball America, D-1, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram — even the St. Raphael the Archangel Parish bulletin.

Duchesne meets expectations with fourth title in a row

Duchesne soccer players celebrated their state championship win while Kealy Kornitzer and Caroline Peterson of Pembroke Hill hugged after their team was defeated 4-1 during the Missouri Class 2 state tournament June 2 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.

Duchesne High School's girls soccer team has the crown, but several other Catholic high schools in the archdiocese found plenty to cheer about this season.

Seven Catholic schools from the archdiocese qualified among the 16 teams to play in the Missouri State High School Activities Association championships June 2-4 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.

Duchesne's 4-1 win over Pembroke Hill High School in the Class 2 championship game is the fourth title in a row for the school in St. Charles.

Trust, fun had role in Priory lacrosse’s success


Putting trust and fun together brings a team a long way, as the Priory High School lacrosse team found out this year.

Priory won its first Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association championship May 28, defeating O'Fallon (Ill.) in double-overtime 7-6 on a goal by Daniel Kacmarek, a junior, for the Division 2 title.

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