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Faithful Fan | Junior hockey player’s prayer of thanks got notice

Jake Cox felt lost when the buzzer sounded ending the St. Louis Jr. Blues hockey team's season in the finals of the NA3HL Fraser Cup March 31 in Romeoville, Ill. The Metro Jets of Waterford, Mich., won 3-2 in overtime and claimed the championship despite a valiant effort by Cox and his teammates.

A forward on the Jr. Blues, Cox was filled with emotion — because of the loss and his junior hockey career ending. He didn't want to be the first one off the ice, so he wandered around and then decided to pray, kneeling at center ice and making the sign of the cross.

Faithful Fan | Cor Jesu grad is link to Notre Dame women’s basketball titles

Niele Ivey, a 1996 graduate of Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis, played a part in both of the University of Notre Dame women's basketball NCAA championships.

Ivey played on the first championship team, when the finals were played in St. Louis 17 years ago. This year, she served as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator on the team that completed the second-largest comeback in Final Four history to defeat Mississippi Sate 61-58 with a 3-point shot by Arike Ogunbowale with 0.1 remaining. Ivey also has been a part of all seven of Notre Dame's Final Four teams.

Faithful Fan | For Chaminade grad, no good deed goes unpunished

Recently, there's been a fuss about Chaminade graduate Mike Lewis II, a sophomore guard on the Duquesne University basketball team.

No, he isn't another college player who got in trouble with the law or violated school or team rules.

He gave a pizza and chicken wings to a woman living in her car near his apartment and talked with her, a gesture that was recorded and placed on social media with an uplifting message: "Noticed a lady living in her car the past week and did what I could, don't just walk past people if you can help do so #GodsPlan."

Super Bowl player’s contributions far exceed on-field efforts

Super Bowl Sunday is over, but it's hard to let the football season go without commending Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long's contributions this year. The former St. Louis Ram was solid on the field, helping his team to the Super Bowl. In the NFC championship game against the Minnesota Vikings, Long had two tackles, two QB hits and a fumble recovery. He tipped quarterback Case Keenum's arm leading to an interception by Patrick Robinson, who returned it for a touchdown to tie the score.

FAITHFUL FAN | St. Dominic High grads star for Quincy University soccer team

The women's soccer team at Quincy University went 13-1 in conference play this past fall, with a 17-4-1 overall record — the second-most wins in the program's history.

The Hawks won their first game in the NCAA tournament against Bellarmine University before losing 3-1 to Grand Valley State University. Nevertheless, the team from the Catholic university in Illinois finished the season ranked 11th in the final National Poll United Soccer Coaches Association Poll.

FAITHFUL FAN | CYC soccer teams, Musial Awards show sportsmanship is alive

When athletes behave badly, the public knows about it. Take, for example, University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield who last month taunted and made an obscene gesture toward the University of Kansas team in a game won by Oklahoma 41-3. Reports have detailed similar incidents in the NFL.

But sportsmanship is alive and well in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and across the country.

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