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CBC, Valle Catholic rise to the top in state football playoffs

Christian Brothers College High School’s Austin Simpson hoisted the state championship trophy after defeating Blue Springs at the Missouri State High School Athletic Association Class 6 football championship Nov. 18 at Plaster Stadium at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

Christian Brothers College High School and Valle Catholic High School reached the finals of the state playoffs this season, overcoming challenges along the way.

CBC victorious

Christian Brothers College High School defeated Blue Springs 31-14 Nov. 18 to win the Class 6 football championship. The game was played at Plaster Stadium in Springfield, Mo.

CBC ended the season 13-1, with a 12-game winning streak after losing its second game of the season to CBC of Memphis.

De Smet players’ approach to lacrosse helps pile up wins

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Senior midfielder Drew Brown finds playing lacrosse at De Smet Jesuit High School to be a rewarding part of his day.

"At practice, it's two hours of our day that we don't have to think about anything else," said Brown, a captain headed to the University of South Carolina as a microbiology major in the Capstone Scholars Program. "It gives me a break from all my school work and college (preparation), all that stuff outside of lacrosse.

"It may not be easy during practice, but it's rewarding."

He especially enjoys camaraderie with his teammates, whom he calls "my brothers."

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."

FAITHFUL FAN | CBC football team tackles a much tougher assignment

Football players at Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis recently joined the national conversation on prejudice, race relations and social justice.

The topic affects all of us, their coach said, and the players courageously came together to talk about a difficult subject.

The best part was that the players, who represent diverse ethnicities and backgrounds, came away feeling better because they opened up about the topic. They also felt it brought them together, and they put out a message of the need for unity.

Rosary quest links generations at CBC High School

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Christian Brothers College High School senior Adam Wittenauer holds up rosaries handmade by current students to contribute to the rosary project began by CBC alumnus Norb Butz.

In a literal sense, the addition of 150 rosaries barely ranks as a proverbial drop in the bucket, just 1.5 percent toward a goal of 10,000.

But figuratively, it signifies so much more, linking generations and symbolizing the motto of Christian Brothers College High School: "Men for tomorrow, brothers for life."

Blue Springs South ends CBC's 27-game win streak

Trey Brant of CBC High School scored four touchdowns and gained 186 yards on the ground in his school's 37-28 loss to Blue Springs South in the Class 6 state football title game Nov. 27.

Blue Springs South's consistent running game, persistent pass rush and seamless pass coverage sank Christian Brothers College High School‘s chances for a second straight Class 6 football championship Nov. 27.

The West County Catholic school missed some chances to seize a big lead in the first half. Despite fighting hard after falling behind in the second half, CBC fell to the Kansas City-area team 37-28.

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