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Confident St. Pius’ crew thrive at bat, in the field

St. Pius X shortstop Eli Dale tagged out Whitfield’s Legend Alicea on a steal attempt. St. Pius’s pitching, hitting and fielding was top-notch April 17 in a 14-0 win vs. Whitfield High School. Senior catcher Zac Meyer led the offense with three doubles, a home run and three runs batted in. Sophomore Jeremy Isenman struck out five in three innings, giving up one hit, to lead a quartet of pitchers in the shutout.

Players on the St. Pius X High School baseball team are a confident bunch, and it shows in their crisp play in the field and at bat.

Yet, for all of that confidence — "swagger," as their coach calls it — they're quick to recognize the importance of their teammates for their success.

Confidence is a key for standout St. Mary’s team

St. Mary’s High School’s Gerardo Lopez at the net beat the block from Duchesne High School’s Bryce Edmonson and Luke Loewenstein. St. Mary’s won the inaugural Southside Classic volleyball tournament to begin the season, and had a 9-1 record as of April 11.

The confidence of the volleyball team at St. Mary's High School is easy to see.

When St. Mary's battled a tough Duchesne team to a 25-20, 25-22 victory April 10 to improve its record to 9-1 on the season, the players focused calmly on the task ahead. "We thrive on confidence," junior setter Justin Bridges said after the game.

The team's defense is stellar and the offense is improving each game, Bridges said. Against Duchesne, the aim was to contain Duchesne's hitters and, as the game went along, to do "a much better job blocking and playing defense on them," he said.

Scrappy Lanter, Smith set the tone for Nerinx soccer team

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Tierney Lanter and Gabby Smith are easy to find on a soccer field.

The Nerinx Hall juniors stand out for their scrappy, never-give-up approaches. Each scored a goal in Nerinx Hall's hard-fought 3-1 win over Cor Jesu Academy in the rain April 3. The next day, Kassidy Grant scored three goals in a 7-0 win over Parkway Central as Nerinx improved to 5-1.

Mental toughness defined SLUH’s racquetball team

St. Louis University High School senior Chris Schulze practiced with his RacquetBill teamates. In addition to winning the teams seventh straight national title, the team also won its seventh consecutive state title, and 18th overall.

The St. Louis area is recognized in the sporting world for its teams and athletes on many levels and in many sports.

Add high school racquetball to the mix.

Joe "Doc" Koestner has coached St. Louis University High School's racquetball program since 1985. The Junior Billikens haven't had a losing season since 1990 and have won 11 national championships since 1998, including the seventh consecutive in 2017. No other school has more than five national titles in the 29-year history of the event. SLUH also has won 18 state titles.

Incarnate Word nets eighth state basketball title

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Using superior quickness and intense pressure on defense, Incarnate Word Academy won its record-setting eighth state basketball championship on March 18, defeating St. Pius X High School of Kansas City 59-37.

Early on in the Class 4 contest, Incarnate Word's rebounding stood out. St. Pius thrived on accurate shooting and ballhandling. In the second quarter, Incarnate Word took a 22-13 lead but St. Pius pushed forward, nearly evening the score at 22-21 at halftime.

Incarnate Word nets eighth state basketball title

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Incarnate Word Academy basketball team won the Division IV basketball championship against cross state rival St. Pius X from Kansas City with a score of 59-37.

Using superior quickness and intense pressure on defense, Incarnate Word Academy won its record-setting eighth state basketball championship on March 18, defeating St. Pius X High School of Kansas City 59-37.

Early on in the Class 4 contest, Incarnate Word’s rebounding stood out. St. Pius thrived on accurate shooting and ballhandling. In the second quarter, Incarnate Word took a 22-13 lead but St. Pius pushed forward, nearly evening the score at 22-21 at halftime.

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