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High School soccer players show talent as all-stars

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org  | @aeternusphoto 
St. Dominic High School’s Emma Staebell, right, defended against Bethany Coons’ kick. Staebell played for the north team, and was one of many players from Catholic high schools in the archdiocese who competed in the UMB Bank High School senior All-Star games July 10 in Fenton.

St. Mary's High School forward Trevor Kaufmann sped in on goal, broke away from defenders, and an instant later, the soccer ball was in the net.

If you turned your head, you'd have missed his second goal of the game to give his team a 3-2 lead that almost held up for a winner.

Competition and camaraderie marked the UMB Bank High School senior All-Star games July 10 in Fenton, with 11 girls and 15 boys from Catholic high schools among players displaying their talents.

All-out play characterizes St. Louis FC players

Mike Roach looked upfield during a St. Louis FC game earlier this year. The De Smet Jesuit High School grad works hard at his craft and says his faith keeps him grounded.

Near the end of a 90-minute, full-throttle practice July 7, Mike Ambersley of St. Louis' newest pro soccer team was bent over trying to catch his breath.

Time to work on just one more skill. Ambersley lined up for a penalty kick and nailed it just inside the corner of the goal.

Giving his all. Going full speed. That's Ambersley's trademark.

FAITHFUL FAN | U.S. women debunk idea of male dominance in sports

Joseph Kenny

It creeps up every few months. Some male writer or broadcaster at a respected sports outlet babbles on about how women's sports are inferior to men's sports.
Give it a rest, please.
I'm as nostalgic as anyone and happy to hold on to sports traditions. I'm against the designated hitter, time clocks in baseball, football players showboating after making a routine play and more. But rants about women sports -- these folks are simply grasping onto an outdated idea of male dominance.

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.

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