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Incarnate’s Wehrmann is accomplished yet humble

Ellie Wehrmann of Incarnate Word Academy blazed across the pool at the Missouri Class 1 state Girls Swimming and Diving Championships in February at the St. Peters Rec-Plex in St. Peters. Wehrmann, who won two events, inspires her teammates at the Catholic high school.

If she wanted to show off, Ellie Wehrmann could walk around with some of her hard-fought-for medals around her neck.

But that's not the style of the ever-smiling Incarnate Word Academy sophomore. She barely mentions the hard work it's taken to become one of the elite swimmers in the state. Wehrmann won the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle meets at Class 2 Missouri State High School Girls Swimming Championship last month at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.

‘There’s nothing like the love we have in our parish’


In a lesson about "known facts," third-graders at Incarnate Word School gave teacher Emilie Lamb examples from mathematics, such as five plus two equals seven, five times five equals 25.

Aiden Hadican raised his hand to offer an example: "Eight plus two equals 10," he said.

"That's right, Aiden," Lamb confirmed, adding praise. "Good job."

Over in the fourth-grade room, students surrounded Lily Gerbic's desk and helped her with a Spanish language quiz on her computer tablet, translating English words into Spanish.

Balanced Incarnate Word team enjoying its season


“Whatever it takes” — speed, quickness, tough defense and rebounding — could be the slogan for the Incarnate Word basketball team this season.

The Catholic high school in north St. Louis County has a state-record eight state basketball championships, including last season. Current University of Connecticut star Napheesa Collier leads a long list of former star players. A loyal following packs the gym for home games.

Incarnate Word star ties love of tennis to England

Incarnate Word Academy's top tennis player — among the elite high school players in the state — may not have taken up the sport if her family hadn't moved briefly to England.

Maria Brandt's desire early on was to play soccer, but that sport wasn't popular for girls in the English town where she lived while her dad worked there. It was considered by many there "not proper" for girls, she said. She passed tennis courts every day on her way to school, so she tried it.

"I instantly got hooked on it. I loved it," Brandt said. "It was always tennis after that."

Incarnate Word Academy soccer team never surrenders


Persistence defines the Incarnate Word Academy soccer team, and it has shown in several games in which the team outplayed opponents in the second half after struggling in the first half.

Incarnate Word nets eighth state basketball title


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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