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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.

Vianney’s season a success despite loss in state semifinals

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St. John Vianney's starting pitcher, Luke Mann tossed 109 pitches and finished the game with 7 strike-outs.  On June 2, St. John Vianney High School baseball team lost in the Class 5 state semifinals to Ft. Zumwalt West 4-3.

Players from the St. John Vianney High School baseball team held their head high after a loss in the Class 5 state semifinals.

They congratulated their opponent, regrouped outside the dugout on the artificial turf at Car Shield Field in O’Fallon and then walked to their bus to the cheers of fans.

The team’s 4-3 loss to Ft. Zumwalt West June 2 failed to erase a stellar season for Vianney, which finished 32-7 after a 9-0 win in the third-place game against Lee’s Summit the next day. Ft. Zumwalt lost the title game 2-1 to Jefferson City on a walk-off hit-by-pitch.

CBC soccer team heads to state semifinals with 1-0 win

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CBC soccer team heads to state semifinals with 1-0 win.

Christian Brothers College High School's Nate Temm had a split second get a shot through a small clearing in the Francis Howell North defense, which had been right on the spot all game.

He didn't hesitate, made a powerful boot and the ball shot through to the back of the netting behind the goal. The brief celebration with his teammates was long awaited, since only 13:20 remained in the Class 4 Missouri State High School Activities Association boys soccer semifinal game at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton.

Duchesne meets expectations with fourth title in a row

Duchesne soccer players celebrated their state championship win while Kealy Kornitzer and Caroline Peterson of Pembroke Hill hugged after their team was defeated 4-1 during the Missouri Class 2 state tournament June 2 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.

Duchesne High School's girls soccer team has the crown, but several other Catholic high schools in the archdiocese found plenty to cheer about this season.

Seven Catholic schools from the archdiocese qualified among the 16 teams to play in the Missouri State High School Activities Association championships June 2-4 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.

Duchesne's 4-1 win over Pembroke Hill High School in the Class 2 championship game is the fourth title in a row for the school in St. Charles.

Chaminade claims state basketball title

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Chaminade obtained what it missed the previous year in Columbia at the Missouri Class 5 finals — a state championship.

De Smet, St. Dominic fall just short of soccer titles

De Smet Jesuit High School's Nicholas Hanson, right, gained control of the ball from Francis Howell's Joshua Bragen during the Class 4 state championship game Nov. 14 in Fenton. Despite a fierce offensive onslaught in the second half, De Smet lost 1-0.

In one game, a team was down by one goal and then played the most dominating second half possible. In the other game, a team was tied in the second half when it began to take control of the game.

In the Class 3 and Class 4 games of the state high school soccer championship finals at Soccer Park in Fenton Nov. 14, both of the Catholic school teams from the archdiocese lost, finishing a more than respectable second in the state. But they left knowing they just missed a first-place finish despite heroic efforts.

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