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Vianney’s comeback season results in 1st football title

Vianney players screamed as Lucas Giegling, right, hoisted the championship trophy at the MSHSAA Class 5 state football championship Nov. 26 at Plaster Stadium at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

St. John Vianney's football season, which culminated in a Missouri Class 5 high school championship, provided lessons in perseverance and self-confidence.

"They far exceeded everyone else's expectations, but not their own," said Vianney president Mike Loyet. "They worked so hard year-round to get to this point. They never stopped believing in themselves, kept battling and good things happened for them."

Coach Stone has SLU women’s basketball on the rise

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Lisa Stone, the 2015-16 A-10 Coach of the Year, has lead the St. Louis University women’s basketball team for five years and has a 67-61 record at the school. She coached the team in timeout in the Billikins’ 90-49 victory over Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Nov. 15 at Chaifetz Arena.

Coach Lisa Stone has the St. Louis University women's basketball program thriving.

The 2015-16 Billikens enjoyed the most successful season in program history: a school-record 26 victories; a share of its first conference title; and reaching the third round of the WNIT.

SLU promises to be equally good or even better this year, with the team off to a 5-0 start.

Resilient CBC Triumphs at State Soccer Final

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CBC soccer team rejoices after a battle for the MO State Championship vs. Kansas City rival, Rockhurst.

The Christian Brothers College High School soccer team has been resilient all year, and the Class 4 state championship game Nov. 12 was no exception. Down 1-0 with 10:47 left in the game and facing an energized Rockhurst High School team, CBC took advantage of a penalty just outside the box in its opponents' zone and tied the game on a shot by Conner Lonero with an assist by Bryce Starzyk.

CBC soccer team heads to state semifinals with 1-0 win

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CBC soccer team heads to state semifinals with 1-0 win.

Christian Brothers College High School's Nate Temm had a split second get a shot through a small clearing in the Francis Howell North defense, which had been right on the spot all game.

He didn't hesitate, made a powerful boot and the ball shot through to the back of the netting behind the goal. The brief celebration with his teammates was long awaited, since only 13:20 remained in the Class 4 Missouri State High School Activities Association boys soccer semifinal game at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton.

New head ball rule in CYC soccer a safety-first approach

Fourth-grader Jayden McGrath, right, of St. Paul Parish in Fenton battled Owen Scott of St. Peter Parish in Kirkwood for the ball in a CYC soccer game Nov. 5 in Kirkwood Park. The CYC sports program instituted new rules prohibiting headers for youth players in its league in an effort to reduce concussions and potential brain damage in soccer players.

The Catholic Youth Apostolate's CYC Sports soccer program reports a smooth transition during the first year of its new rule prohibiting head balls by players in fourth grade and below.

St. Pius state volleyball title is a testament to its seniors

St. Pius X volleyball players celebrated the team’s 25-10, 25-18 win over Hermann in the Class 2 state championship game Oct. 29.

The St. Pius X High School volleyball team's main goal from the beginning of the season was to bring home the state championship.

"The seniors had been so close (to a championship) for three years," Coach Dustin Cutts said. "Shelby Meyer, Jena Otec and Elle Russell have meant so much to this program for four years, and the rest of the team wanted to do everything they could do to help them get that first-place trophy."

Mission accomplished.

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