Sports

Honor for Duchesne High School soccer coach recognizes stellar program

Duchesne High School soccer players doused coach Patrick Turner following the team’s win in the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 2 girls soccer championship in June. Turner recently was honored by a national soccer coaches group as a regional coach of the year.

Duchesne High School soccer coach Patrick Turner recently was named private and parochial schools 2015 Girls High School Regional Coach of the Year at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national convention in Baltimore.

Turner led the Duchesne girls varsity soccer team to three consecutive state championships: in 2013 and 2014 in Class 1, and in 2015 in Class 2. Also in that time, he coached the Duchesne boys soccer team to two district titles and a quarterfinal appearance.

Turner gives credit to the players and coaches and cites the support of the Duchesne community.

Faithful Fan | Some Rams personnel did connect with the community

Joseph Kenny

The owner of the team now known as the Los Angeles Rams is likely the most unpopular person in St. Louis for moving the football franchise.

In spite of the owner's aloofness, there were some within the Rams organization, especially the players, who connected with the St. Louis community and particularly St. Patrick Center, a Catholic Charities federated agency that provides opportunities for self-sufficiency and dignity to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Players find a comfortable fit, fun at Fontbonne University

Lisa Johnston | lisa@aeternus.com | twitter: @aeternusphoto

Fontbonne University basketball player Richard Dorhauer, a graduate of St. John Vianney High School, talked to his coach in a game against Iowa Wesleyan. Fontbonne won 82-53.

Fontbonne University's men's basketball team is seeking to hit its stride this year, with an 8-11 overall record, 6-6 in conference (SLIAC) play as of Feb. 2.

The road to consistency got a little tougher with injuries to two key players, starters Richard Dorhauer and Ben Kissing, who missed an 82-53 win Jan. 27 over Iowa Wesleyan and a 78-60 loss Jan. 30 to Spalding College. Dorhauer, a St. John Vianney High School graduate, averages 11 points a game, third on the team behind Kissing, who averages 15 points.

Easy transition

Valle Catholic's season marked by poise, determination

Valle High School’s Coleman Keeley drove the ball upcourt in a game Jan. 26 against Jefferson High School. Jefferson won 52-51 on a last-second shot.

After a fast start, shots began hitting the rim and bouncing out for Valle High School's boys basketball team in their game Jan. 26 at Jefferson High School in Festus.

The team from Ste. Genevieve had taken a comfortable lead in the early minutes of the game before Jefferson came back just before halftime. Thanks to timely three-point shots, the public school in Festus took the lead in the second half. Though their shots went cold, Valle's players stepped it up on defense, keeping the game close throughout.

Cardinal Ritter girls show heart on the court

Cardinal Ritter College Prep girls' basketball player Kori Tomlin drives against  McCluer North High School's Anasha Hurst during the game between the schools, part of the 2016 MLK Basketball Classic at Cardinal Ritter in St. Louis Jan. 18. McCluer North won, 51-50.

The Cardinal Ritter girls basketball team prides itself on fighting hard on every play.

The Jan. 18 game against McCluer North High School provided a good example, with the team down by six or more points several times before coming back to tie the score or take a brief lead. In the end, Cardinal Ritter ran out of time, losing 51-50 after a late second-half run, outscoring McCluer North 17-9 in the final quarter. A buzzer-beating shot nearly erased Cardinal Ritter's last deficit and fans of the home team showed appreciation for the team's heart even in a loss.

De Smet wrestlers prove they're 'Spartan tough'

De Smet Jesuit High School wrestler Cory Peterson pinned St. John Vianney High School’s Drew Doran in the first period of their match on Jan. 12. De Smet Jesuit beat Vianney 39-26 for the Spartans’ first victory in five years over their rival.

The stability of a simple wrestling stance has helped put the De Smet Jesuit High School wrestling program on solid footing.

When Colby Robinson became head coach three years ago, he inherited only a handful of wrestlers and needed to recruit new ones quickly. So, at freshmen orientation, he asked students to get into a wrestling stance, then told them that each one could be a wrestler.

"That sparked an interest," he said. "I walked the halls and invited the kids. I don't think there was one kid in the school I didn't ask."

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