Never-give-up attitude prevails at Most Holy Trinity Academy

De Smet Jesuit High School sophomore Cameron Rodgers played one-on-one basketball with Most Holy Trinity eighth-grader Davion Ford. Cameron is part of the “Give Back” work- study program at Access Academies, in which graduates of the academies who are in high school or college return to provide assistance and mentoring to current students.

Cameron Rodgers is comfortable at De Smet Jesuit High School in Creve Coeur, where the sophomore excels in the classroom and on the football field and track.

That comfort level is matched or exceeded at Most Holy Trinity Academy in north St. Louis, where he serves as a tutor and assistant basketball coach. He's an effective leader, assisting the grade-schoolers with their studies and athletic skills.

Nelson sisters lead on-the-rise swim team at St. Dominic

St. Dominic High School swimmer Kate Nelson competed in the 100-yard backstroke during a meet with Lutheran St. Charles and Francis Howell Central high schools Jan. 17 at the St. Peters Rec-Plex in St. Peters. Kate and her sister, Sarah, have combined to power the St. Dominic team this season.

St. Dominic High School's swim team is on the rise this season, already qualifying for seven events at the state meet, with several more opportunities ahead. Among the qualifiers are two sisters, Sarah and Kate Nelson, both standouts in the sport.

A feather in the (swim) cap for the team was a third-place finish in the competitive Fort Zumwalt North Invitational at St. Peters Rec-Plex on Jan. 7.

Record-setting guard touts Fontbonne’s qualities

Emily Haring drove down court against Robert Morris University-Peoria Jan. 7. She set the school’s all-time career assists record earlier in the season against Robert Morris University-Springfield.

Emmie Haring settled in quickly at Fontbonne University, but it was familiar territory; she'd spent her high school years at St. Joseph's Academy, another school sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

At St. Joseph's, she was surrounded by teammates who went on to colleges with top-tier, big-budget basketball programs. Fontbonne, which plays at a lower collegiate level, proved to be a good fit for her, however.

St. Mary’s rolls when defense, offense are in synch

St. Mary’s Dominic Mitchell began his shot as Duchesne’s Adam Moore blocked from behind. The St. Mary's High School boys basketball team remains undefeated this season after a 64-49 win against rival Duchesne.

The St. Mary's High School basketball team stresses its defense, but its offense can be eye-popping.

FAITHFUL FAN | Third-grade tournament, volunteers have a heart

St. Mary Magdalen basketball player MaKiya Sanders (34) contested a rebound by St. Joseph-Manchester player Dana Kerpash (14) at the eigth annual Mary McDermott Third Grade Basketball Tournament at Immacolata Parish in Richmond Heights Dec. 30. The tournament, a fundraiser for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital’s Cardiac Hybrid Catheterization Suite, honors Mary McDermott who died at 24 in 2008 after suffering cardiac and liver problems throughout her life.

Good job. Nice play," Kate Eichhorn shouted to the players on the third-grade basketball team that includes her daughter, Jillian.

The players from Immacolata Parish and their opponents from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish ran up and down the court, passing and dribbling fairly effectively, considering their age and experience level. Some had an accurate shot from a close distance and others need to grow a bit before they'll have the strength to score. Regardless, they had plenty of smiles to go with their enthusiasm.

Invitee to Major League Soccer Combine thankful for success

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville defender Austin Ledbetter advanced the ball in a game against Loyola in 2015. Ledbetter is a CBC graduate and former player for the Catholic Youth Apostolate’s CYC program. The SIUE field is named for the late Bob Guelker, a former CYC sports director and SIUE coach.

"Thankful" is Austin Ledbetter's reaction to his selection to be among 53 NCAA Division I college soccer players invited to the 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine.

No chest-thumping or "look at me" attitude from the elite Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville player, who will participate in the Major League Soccer pre-draft event in Los Angeles Jan. 7-12.

Ledbetter gives thanks to his coaches, parents and other family members, with special appreciation for his teammates, noting that "without them I wouldn't be here."

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