St. Dominic pitcher quietly demonstrating her talents

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School’s Maggie Kilcullin turned a play to first against St. Dominic High School Aug. 31.

Anna Hermann didn't attract a lot of preseason chatter among those who follow high school softball in the St. Louis area.

But, as her pitching performance Aug. 31 against Kennedy Catholic High School showed, the St. Dominic senior is good enough to be in any discussion of top performers. She tossed a three-hitter in St. Dominic's 3-0 win.

Determined St. Pius, Duchesne teams set for new season

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St. Pius X High School volleyball players Elle Russell, left, and Emma Grimshaw blocked a spike by a Duchesne High School player in the match Aug. 25 at Duchesne in St. Charles. St. Pius won 25-14, 25-23.

Two volleyball teams from Catholic schools in the archdiocese began their season's schedule against each other Aug. 25, showing the determination and resilience that could carry them far this season.

St. Pius X High School in Festus defeated Duchesne High School in St. Charles 25-14, 25-23. Afterward, players and coaches reflected on the faith that the teammates have in each other and their abilities and how coming from a Catholic school and having faith in God assists them as they make their way through a sports season.

High school football outlook for 2015

Bishop DuBourg Catholic High School’s football team started summer practice on August 3 and has been working intensely ever since. DuBourg running backs Jordan Holmes rans through some plays at practice Aug. 10.

Last season, two Catholic schools in the archdiocese won state championships — Christian Brothers College High School and Valle Catholic High School.

High school team's preseason work seen as key to success


A downpour overnight left the football practice field at Bishop DuBourg High School soggy, but the thick clouds that nearly obscured the early morning sun held down the extreme heat and humidity.

The players lined up in four rows as assistant coach Sean Morris urged them on, "Let's go, let's go, let's go. Put your helmet on, sir."

They ran a few sprints -- jogged, actually -- as they loosened up for practice. It was Aug. 10, the beginning of a second full week of practices, and the team needed to start refining plays, getting ready for a jamboree scrimmage in four days.

Nothing stops Vianney's 'Nick the Quick' from excelling in the pool

St. John Vianney High School swimmer Nick Alexander, a state medalist known as Nick the Quick, kept busy this summer, including competing at the Speedo Junior Nationals in San Antonio. He practiced the butterfly with teammates at Affton High School.

Some top swimmers compete only for their club teams and forego high school competition. But not @NickTheQuick__.

"I enjoy the experience; you can't compare it to club swimming," said St. John Vianney High School's Nick Alexander. "It's a little like college swimming, and it helps build team camaraderie. I'm a big team player."

High School soccer players show talent as all-stars

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St. Dominic High School’s Emma Staebell, right, defended against Bethany Coons’ kick. Staebell played for the north team, and was one of many players from Catholic high schools in the archdiocese who competed in the UMB Bank High School senior All-Star games July 10 in Fenton.

St. Mary's High School forward Trevor Kaufmann sped in on goal, broke away from defenders, and an instant later, the soccer ball was in the net.

If you turned your head, you'd have missed his second goal of the game to give his team a 3-2 lead that almost held up for a winner.

Competition and camaraderie marked the UMB Bank High School senior All-Star games July 10 in Fenton, with 11 girls and 15 boys from Catholic high schools among players displaying their talents.

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