St. Mary's tennis team aces games, life lessons

St. Mary’s High School senior Eric Clancy enjoys the relaxed approach of tennis. “It’s laid back. I don’t get mad at myself — I stay calm, and it’s more fun,” he said. Clancy and doubles partner Isaac Julius helped lead the team to a district title and also advanced to the state tournament.

St. Mary's High School seniors Isaac Julius and Eric Clancy have helped lead their school's tennis team to its first district title.

The players also advanced to the state tournament in doubles, defeating Hayden Dix and Cameron Tucker of St. Pius X High School in Festus 6-4, 6-0. They then played May 19 and came up short against Dexter, losing 3-6, 6-4 and 3-6. The team was set to play in sectionals May 23 in Dexter, against Dexter after winning in districts 5-0 vs. St. Pius and 5-3 vs. Windsor.

Popularity of lacrosse a tribute to its diverse qualities

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Noah Iversen, right, De Smet Jesuit High School’s career scoring leader, evades Eureka High School’s Cord Stojeba. De Smet beat Eureka 15-4.

After scoring two goals and collecting seven assists May 12, Noah Iversen was understandably bullish about the sport of lacrosse.

But, then again, the De Smet Jesuit High School senior has been that way since the seventh grade, playing on the Kirkwood Youth Lacrosse team. "I started with hockey and soccer, and this legitimately combines both of them," he said. "You can be any size to play this game at a high level."

De Smet, SLUH count on good pitching

De Smet Jesuit High School celebrated a walk-off RBI by Clayton Stephens to for a 1-0 win over St. Louis University High School May 5. The Spartans advanced their record to 16-9.

Good pitching can dominate a game -- strong performances that could help De Smet Jesuit High School and St. Louis University High School's baseball teams as they move into the state playoffs May 15.

On May 5, De Smet's Mike Plassmeyer and SLUH's Ty Frederking dueled a crisp, nearly flawless game between the two Jesuit Catholic high schools. Through six innings, Frederking had a no-hitter with three walks, but two of those runners were picked off base. Plassmeyer gave up a couple hits and had a throwing error, but set SLUH down in order four times.

SLU baseball captures attention with strong team

St. Louis University sophomore reliever Robert Plohr pitched against Rockhurst University April 16 at SLU. Plohr said he applies to the Billiken team the familial team spirit he learned at Christian Brothers College High School.

A hidden gem in the St. Louis sports scene is St. Louis University's baseball team, which is using a mix of local and out-of-state players to provide a quality product in a city well-known for its support of its beloved St. Louis Cardinals.

The Billikens had a 28-16 record after a 13-4 loss to Eastern Illinois April 28. They lost a recent three-game series on the road against Fordham, but that followed a 17-4 drubbing of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a sweep of the University of Massachusetts in a three-game home series.

Dodgeball tournament founder is on a mission

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Max Feldner of the Hash Slinging Slashers threw a ball at a match against Team Oops. The Hash Slinging Slashers won the Dodge for a Cause dodgeball tournament, which was started by Annelise Gill-Wiehl to benefit Talita Kum, a program of the Archdiocese of St. Louis Mission Office that provides a home and support for impoverished and abused girls in Colombia.

At the blow of a whistle, five players on each team fired balls everywhere.

The Hash Slinging Slashers dodgeball team did well by hanging back, but a quick rush to the net went awry when all their players were picked off except Natalie Halloran. She faced a one-on-one duel with a boy who marched forward confidently. Each held a ball tightly in one hand.

St. Joe's socks Cor Jesu in brief rivalry

Lisa Johnston |  | Twitter: @aeternusphoto Cor Jesu Academy's Olivia Smith gained the ball away from  St. Joseph Academy's Grace Dresse.  A soccer match known as "Funderwear" between Cor Jesu Academy and St. Joseph Academy raised spirits and lots of underwear that will be donated to St. Patrick Center clients.

St. Joseph's Academy won its April 22 soccer game against Cor Jesu Academy 1-0, but each school — and homeless people served by St. Patrick Center in St. Louis — won because of a good deed associated with the competiton.

Cor Jesu and St. Joseph's academies took up the Funderwear Challenge, "competing" to see who could collect the most new socks and underwear for the homelessclients of St. Patrick Center. The challenge finale of the 11th annual event was at the April 22 Cor Jesu-St. Joseph's varsity soccer match.

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