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Incarnate Word checks off key points to a winning season

The Incarnate Word Academy basketball team beat Parkway North 59-42. Incarnate Word’s Sonya Morris (11) defended against Parkway North’s Amaya Stovall.

A variety of players scoring. √

Young players improving. √

Strong rebounding, defense and free-throw shooting. √ √ √

Incarnate Word Academy's team is checking off what it needs for a fine season, and the team's 59-42 win vs. Parkway North Feb. 13 — the third from the last game of the regular season — was one example, pushing its record to 20-4. Parkway North, led by superb ball-handler Jadyn Pimentel, came into the game with a 17-4 record, including a 57-44 win over Kirkwood, which had defeated Incarnate Word earlier in the month.

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.

Nelson sisters lead on-the-rise swim team at St. Dominic

St. Dominic High School swimmer Kate Nelson competed in the 100-yard backstroke during a meet with Lutheran St. Charles and Francis Howell Central high schools Jan. 17 at the St. Peters Rec-Plex in St. Peters. Kate and her sister, Sarah, have combined to power the St. Dominic team this season.

St. Dominic High School's swim team is on the rise this season, already qualifying for seven events at the state meet, with several more opportunities ahead. Among the qualifiers are two sisters, Sarah and Kate Nelson, both standouts in the sport.

A feather in the (swim) cap for the team was a third-place finish in the competitive Fort Zumwalt North Invitational at St. Peters Rec-Plex on Jan. 7.

Record-setting guard touts Fontbonne’s qualities

Emily Haring drove down court against Robert Morris University-Peoria Jan. 7. She set the school’s all-time career assists record earlier in the season against Robert Morris University-Springfield.

Emmie Haring settled in quickly at Fontbonne University, but it was familiar territory; she'd spent her high school years at St. Joseph's Academy, another school sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

At St. Joseph's, she was surrounded by teammates who went on to colleges with top-tier, big-budget basketball programs. Fontbonne, which plays at a lower collegiate level, proved to be a good fit for her, however.

St. Mary’s rolls when defense, offense are in synch

St. Mary’s Dominic Mitchell began his shot as Duchesne’s Adam Moore blocked from behind. The St. Mary's High School boys basketball team remains undefeated this season after a 64-49 win against rival Duchesne.

The St. Mary's High School basketball team stresses its defense, but its offense can be eye-popping.

FAITHFUL FAN | Third-grade tournament, volunteers have a heart

St. Mary Magdalen basketball player MaKiya Sanders (34) contested a rebound by St. Joseph-Manchester player Dana Kerpash (14) at the eigth annual Mary McDermott Third Grade Basketball Tournament at Immacolata Parish in Richmond Heights Dec. 30. The tournament, a fundraiser for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital’s Cardiac Hybrid Catheterization Suite, honors Mary McDermott who died at 24 in 2008 after suffering cardiac and liver problems throughout her life.

Good job. Nice play," Kate Eichhorn shouted to the players on the third-grade basketball team that includes her daughter, Jillian.

The players from Immacolata Parish and their opponents from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish ran up and down the court, passing and dribbling fairly effectively, considering their age and experience level. Some had an accurate shot from a close distance and others need to grow a bit before they'll have the strength to score. Regardless, they had plenty of smiles to go with their enthusiasm.

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