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22 Nov. 2015 -- WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. --  St. Gerard Majella Parish volleyball player Andrew Normington (3) greets Mary Queen of Peace player Andrew Zimmerman (44) before the start of the 2015 CYC South Central District Volleyball Playoff 8th Grade Championship at Holy Redeemer School in Webster Groves, Mo. Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.

The fifth-grade soccer players from St. Joseph Parish in Manchester had just won a competitive playoff game against a team from Queen of All Saints Parish.

The players from the losing team were visibly upset, and their opponents were not just shaking their hands as they do after each game but also patting them on their backs, giving encouragement and even hugging them.

"I was so proud of them," said Frank Ganninger, coach of the St. Joseph team. "At that point, that was more important than the win."

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