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Vianney meets expectations with state title

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Expectations were high for St. John Vianney's baseball team this year after it came within a whisker of going to the state final last year.

This year's team reached the title game June 1 at Car Shield Field in O'Fallon. Noah Niznik's four-plus innings in relief and an offense determined to bounce back from an early deficit led to an 8-2 win over Hickman and a Class 5 championship.

SLUH takes volleyball title in undefeated season

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Two Catholic schools from the archdiocese made the finals of the Missouri Boys Volleyball State Tournament, with St. Louis University High School completing an undefeated season in Class 4 and St. Mary's High School falling just short of a state title in Class 3.

SLUH defeated Lafayette 25-22 and 25-16 May 24 at Webster Groves High School to win the title. The win was the Junior Billikens' third championship in four years and ninth since 1997. SLUH lost in three sets to Lafayette last year.

SLUH takes volleyball title in undefeated season

St. Louis University High School took control of the net during an undefeated season, including this play by Andrew Cross in the title match of the Missouri Boys Volleyball 2018 State Tournament May 24 against Lafayette High School.

Two Catholic schools from the archdiocese made the finals of the Missouri Boys Volleyball State Tournament, with St. Louis University High School completing an undefeated season in Class 4 and St. Mary’s High School falling just short of a state title in Class 3.

SLUH defeated Lafayette 25-22 and 25-16 May 24 at Webster Groves High School to win the title. The win was the Junior Billikens’ third championship in four years. SLUH lost in three sets to Lafayette last year.

Youth league quarterback now record-setter in javelin

Sydney Juszczyk, a freshman at Trinity Catholic High School, won two national championships in the javelin last year: at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in Lawrence, Kan., and at the AAU Junior Olympics in Michigan. At a meet earlier this season, she threw the javelin 161 feet, 8 inches, which was the second-longest throw of any female high school athlete in the nation this season.

Sydney Juszczyk struggled when her mom decided it was time for Sydney to end her four-year stint as a quarterback and outside linebacker on her youth football team.

She was in love with the contact sport played almost exclusively by boys, and didn't think it was right that she was told she couldn't play anymore.

Fast-paced futsal match between St. Dominic, St. Louis Roadies fosters community connections and awareness of homelessness

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It started as a class on developing leadership skills, but it turned out to be God's hand working to bring people together through the game of soccer while raising awareness of homelessness.

Junior Tony Petruso had signed up for Leadership, a semester-long elective course for juniors and seniors at St. Dominic High School in O'Fallon. On the first day of class, students received the assignment to design a service project that would take the entire semester to plan and execute. Focus on something you're passionate about, teacher Nancy Holden-Nims told the class.

Gold-medal-winning athlete provides inspiration

Father William Dotson, administrator of St. Charles Borromeo Parish took a selfie with Paralympic medalist Noah Elliott after the athlete gave a presentation to the school on April 30. Elliot won a gold and bronze medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

Near the end of Noah Elliott's presentation at St. Charles Borromeo School, a video played of his charge down a mountain in the snowboard-cross event at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

"Oh, that's me!" the self-described "bionic man" shouted as he moved out from the side of the screen and pointed at the helmeted figure at the top of a mountain. Elliott then chanted "USA, USA," and applause rang out from the students at the Catholic school in St. Charles, his hometown.

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