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SLUH’s patience pays off with Mid-States hockey title

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After winning the Mid-States High School Hockey Challenge Cup Championship, the St. Louis University High team didn't want their on-ice celebration to end. So the driver of the Zamboni ice resurfacer waited patiently. But he needed to go to work.

As a compromise, the Junior Billikens moved the jubilation to the hallway and locker room under the stands at Scottrade Center, where they had defeated De Smet Jesuit High School 4-0 on March 13.

De Smet’s Thorpe refined leadership through hockey

De Smet Jesuit High School forward Nick Thorpe prepared for a hockey game against Chaminade Jan. 8 at Queeny Recreation Complex. Thorpe, a team captain for De Smet, is leading his team in goals and points.

Nick Thorpe's leadership skills on skates also apply elsewhere in his life as well.

Thorpe, a team captain of the De Smet Jesuit High School hockey team and his school class president, takes both roles seriously. Hockey, he said, "has been a big part of my leadership skills and the team-building aspects of my life."

Thorpe has helped lead the team to a 12-3-3 record after a 5-1 win against Chaminade Jan. 8. All three of the team's losses came against St. Louis University High School, which has lost only once this season, by a 2-1 score vs. St. John Vianney.

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Vianney, De Smet teams battle in ‘do-or-die game’

St. John Vianney High School goalie William Bandera, center, and teammates William Dapron, left, and Kamden Sengheiser, right, blocked a shot by De Smet Jesuit High School’s Dereck Northrop.

William Bandera, goalie for the St. John Vianney hockey team, looked calm as a key playoff game against De Smet Jesuit High School began. The looks were deceptive, however.

"At the beginning of the game I was pretty shaky because it is kind of a do-or-die game for us, and De Smet is a heck of a program. They've always been very good," Bandera said.

Bandera's big saves set the course as Vianney fought off several onslaughts by De Smet's offense, leading to a 2-1 victory Feb. 6 at Queeny Park in west St. Louis County.

Duchesne hockey looks to build on its success

Timberland High School junior Brendan Dyck fell into Duchesne High School senior Eric Stelmacki in the third period Dec. 22 at the Lindenwood Ice Arena in Wentzville. Timberland won 5-3.

Duchesne High School's hockey team is once again solid, despite being a school with one of the smallest student bodies of any team in the Mid-States Club Hockey Association.

The team has performed well in recent years, last year reaching the Challenge Cup before losing 4-1 in the first round to powerhouse CBC. Duchesne put a scare into the eventual Cup winner, leading 1-0 halfway into the second period. Three years ago, Duchesne made the finals of Mid-States' Wickenheiser Cup, losing 4-3 with 49 seconds left to Holt High of Wentzville.

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