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Incarnate Word nets eighth state basketball title

Lisa Johnston  | lisajohnston@archstl.org  |  Twitter: @aeternusphoto

Incarnate Word Academy basketball team won the Division IV basketball championship against cross state rival St. Pius X from Kansas City with a score of 59-37.

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.

Weightlifting club at St. Pius High is uplifting for athletes

Sophomore Luke Comparato is among participants of the St. Pius X weightlifting club. At a competition this winter in Perryville, he “maxed out” at 550 pounds in the back squat. As he trains for competition, he fights through the pain by thinking of Jesus during His crucifixion and imagines how little his own pain actually is.

The expression "pulling one's weight" applies at St. Pius X High School in Festus where students excel in the classroom, in athletics and in the community.

But it has a different meaning in the weight room where a weightlifting club is thriving, enhanced by participation in two competitions each year.

Sophomore Luke Comparato is among those pulling more than his weight. At a competition this winter in Perryville, he "maxed out" at 550 pounds in the back squat.

CBC’s wrestling program is on solid footing

Five Christian Brothers College High School wrestlers won medals at MSHSAA state championships. From the left are Kyle Prewitt, Cevion Severado, DJ Shannon, Josh Saunders and Malik Johnson.

Hard work personifies the wrestling program at Christian Brothers College High School, where five state medalists, including three state champions, led the team to a second-place finish overall at the Missouri Class 4 tournament.

All five have at least another year of eligibility. Last season, the team finished eighth.

Head coach Cornell Robinson is looking forward to next season, but his delight in the efforts of his wrestlers this season, which concluded Feb. 18, is obvious. "It's a good stepping stone to where we need to be, but I was proud of the kids overall," he said.

St. Joseph’s, St. Dominic display outstanding defenses

St. Joseph’s Academy’s Mallory Stock drove past St. Dominic High School defenders Maddie Bauer, center, and Mikah Bange. St. Joseph’s topped St. Dominic 38-31.

Two girls basketball teams with bulldog defenses are heading into district playoffs after battling each other in a hard-fought contest Feb. 21.

St. Joseph's Academy pulled out a come-from-behind 38-31 win over St. Dominic High School, which had led until halfway through the last quarter.

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.

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