By Joseph Kenny | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter:@josephkenny2
The score reflected a lopsided win for the other team, but the experience more than made up for it.
The Missouri squad at the PNC Bank High School Baseball Showcase lost 13-3 June 12 to the Illinois all-stars at Busch Stadium. The game, which featured all-stars from the St. Louis area, began at 9 p.m. after a nearly two-hour rain delay.
When the horn sounded to end the game, the players mobbed their goalie and later skated around the Scottrade Center ice, hoisting the championship trophy.
The Christian Brothers College High School hockey team completed a dominate season with a 6-0 win March 3 over De Smet Jesuit High School. It was the Cadet's 13th win of the Mid-States Club Hockey Association Challenge Cup.
CBC coach John Jost said his team's defense played well, "and the puck started going in. We beat a good hockey team."
Patrick Meek knew he wanted to be an Olympic speed skater at 9 years old, seven years after he started skating behind a bucket.
"At two years old I was pushing around a ten-gallon bucket and from there I just kind of progressed ... and twenty-six years later here I am," Meek said. On Dec. 27 in Salt Lake City, Meek qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics in the 5,000-meter race, which will be held Feb. 8 in Sochi, Russia. He also is an alternate for the 10,000-meter race Feb. 18.
The Missouri team lost the PNC Bank High School Baseball Showcase June 14 at Busch Stadium, but several players from local Catholic schools stood out on the field where Hall of Famers and hometown heroes make memories.
The all-stars from Missouri lost 9-7 to their counterparts from the Illinois side of the metro area. The loss didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the players, who treasured the opportunity to play a game under the lights in the Major League ballpark in Downtown St. Louis.
The St. Dominic High School girls' soccer team won its second straight Class 2 state title June 1 to cap an undefeated season, while another St. Charles County Catholic high school, Duchesne, won in Class 1.
St. Joseph's Academy finished third in Class 3, Rosati-Kain tied for third in Class 2 and St. Pius X High School in Festus finished second in Class 1. All games were played in Blue Springs, Mo.
A record-setting performance by Aiesha Irvin-Muhammad in the Missouri high school track and field championships May 18 was also the first-ever state title in any sport for St. Elizabeth Academy.
Irvin-Muhammad won the 100-meter race in a new record for Class 2 of 11.74, breaking a record she set in the preliminaries the previous day. The senior at the Catholic high school, which closed at the end of the 2012-13 school year, also won the 200-meter race, with a time of 24.40.