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FAITHFUL FAN | Coach: Players respond to focus on a greater purpose

When Amanda Pirih started coaching, her focus was on winning. But that left her unsatisfied. She asked herself if there were more to it, then recognized that there was a purpose greater than herself.

FAITHFUL FAN | Cardinals players are a hit for outreach to children

Baseball and softball combined to rank as the team sport with the most participation in 2016, according to the annual report by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.

FAITHFUL FAN | Boxing coach was cantankerous, compassionate, Catholic

Joseph Kenny

"Like Mick the trainer in Rocky, St. Louisan Kenny Loehr could be cantankerous, yet compassionate. Loehr trained Olympic and world champion brothers Leon and Michael Spinks and bantamweight champ Harold Petty. Like Rocky, Leon Spinks shocked the world in 1978 when he took down The Greatest, Muhammad Ali. Leon and Kenny (who passed away last February) go into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Sept. 17."

St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame

Review, Catholic St. Louis magazine capture 24 Catholic press awards

This front page from the Aug. 25-31, 2014 issue was part of the entry that placed third in overall newspaper general excellence for diocesan papers over 40,001 circulation in the 2015 Catholic Press Awards.

The St. Louis Review and Catholic St. Louis magazine earned 24 awards for writing, photography, design, multimedia and general excellence at the 2015 Catholic Press Association’s awards ceremony June 26 in Buffalo, N.Y.

The Review won third place general excellence in newspapers with circulation of 40,001+. Judges noted that "from a cover story On the Road to Healing to a major story on the archbishop's Mass and comments about dismantling systematic racism, the Review provided substantial comment and thoughtful stories…"

FAITHFUL FAN | Parent's role in youth sports: Be responsible

Joseph Kenny

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny recently offered his thoughts on success and sports in a new book, "The Matheny Manifesto."
He points to eight keys to success: leadership, confidence, teamwork, faith, class, character, toughness and humility. The "manifesto" refers to a letter he wrote to parents of a youth baseball team he coached after his playing career as a catcher ended.

FAITHFUL FAN | National Football Foundation's mission is admirable

Joseph Kenny

St. Mary's High School senior Jake Newman had back surgery last summer and was hopeful that he was going to be able to play football in the fall season.

The year before, in 2012, St. Mary's had an 11-3 season, defeating Hillsboro in the state quarterfinals 37-14 before losing to a tough defending champion, Webb City, in the semifinals.

As a junior guard, Newman helped the team pile up yards on the ground all year. He was expected to lead the line in 2013 with four seniors having moved on after graduation.

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