Sports

Wickenheiser quick on the field and in applying her faith

A fierce competitor whose demeanor on the field sometimes belies the joy she exudes about the game of soccer, Carly Wickenheiser of St. Joseph’s Academy will continue to play soccer at Texas Tech University. Here, Wickenheiser vied with Cor Jesu Academy’s Olivia Smith for the ball in the annual “Funderwear” game earlier this year that collected underwear for St. Patrick Center clients.

Carly Wickenheiser is quick on the soccer field, a midfielder deftly dribbling around defenders and nimbly snatching the ball from opponents charging toward the goal.

She's also quick in answering a question about her Catholic faith.

"It makes me realize there's a bigger thing I'm playing for," said the St. Joseph's Academy standout who will play in the fall for Texas Tech University. "I'm not just playing for myself, I'm playing for God first and my team second. As I began to fully realize that more throughout my career, I became more successful."

Sportsmanship comes naturally to Ritter ballplayer

Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School baseball player Quentin Phillips threw out a ceremonial first pitch of the St. Louis Cardinals game June 12 at Busch Stadium. He was honored along with other McDonald’s Academic Excellence Award scholarship winners and also received the Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship from the St. Louis Sports Commission.

Quentin Phillips' friends joke that if they can't find him, he's probably doing something baseball-related.

He's been playing baseball since age 5. "It's my passion. I have a batting cage in my yard," he said. "It's just fun."

He enjoys playing, coaching and watching the game, a passion that he gained from his grandfather, Pianki Nefakara. To Phillips, sportsmanship is a natural follow-up to that passion.

CBC claims Class 5 baseball title

The CBC baseball team gave outgoing principal Brother David Poos a lovely parting gift June 6 at T.R. Hughes Ballpark.

The Missouri Class 5 title.

Brother David proudly carried the championship trophy from the field, through the stands and to the deck beyond the left-field corner where the Cadets, parents and supporters celebrated after CBC dispatched Staley High School of suburban Kansas City 17-5 for the state title.

"It's wonderful; pretty exciting," said Brother David, who might have contributed to the unexpected title-game onslaught with his prayers before the state games.

Duchesne’s latest soccer title is hard to top

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Three championships in a row for the Duchesne High School girls soccer team, but the latest is hard to top.

With 1:18 left in a game tied at 2-2, Jane Skaggs came through, dribbling around several defenders before lifting a booming shot just under the crossbar to the elation of her teammates and legion of fans who traveled to Blue Springs, Mo. Duchesne had jumped to a 2-0 lead only to see St. Pius even the score on a tiring team playing on a warm day on artificial turf.

Valle Catholic wins second straight state title

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As first baseman Dan Bergtholdt squeezed the final out, Valle Catholic pitcher Andrew Basler knew what was coming next.

Dog pile.

Basler flung off his glove and waited just a split second for catcher Cole Wood to do the deed — a flatout tackle midway between home plate and the pitcher's mound at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon.

Whooping and hollering teammates quickly piled on in celebration of Valle Catholic's 7-1 victory over New Bloomfield in the Class 2 Missouri state baseball championship game June 4.

Good thing for Basler that the Warriors have only 19 players.

Duchesne advances in bid for state soccer title

Five Catholic schools in the archdiocese headed to the state high school girls soccer championships May 5-6 hoping to win two games and capture a title. Only one will play in a title match May 6 — Duchesne High School.

Each of the four classes were represented, with two of the teams playing in Class 2, including Duchesne, which won 2-1 against Springfield Catholic High School.

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