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Young Catholic Musicians tout ‘sense of community’

Lauren Koesterer, a rising junior at Cor Jesu Academy (right), played the trumpet alongside her twin brother, Justin Koesterer, a rising junior at St. Louis University High School, left, on June 18 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville, Ill. They have been playing trumpet regularly at different Masses for about three years. Lauren has been awarded a scholarship through Young Catholic Musicians.

Lauren Koesterer can't help tooting her horn about the Young Catholic Musicians.

She has played trumpet with the talented young instrumentalists and musicians for about six years.

"It's a great sense of community," Lauren said. "We're all doing something we love — singing or playing an instrument. It's a way to come together to share our talents."

Being part of the music at Mass is a way of glorifying God with those talents, she added.

Grade-school buddies maintain ties on the track field

Daniel McMurran practiced jumping at St. Louis University High School’s track. McMurran and Mitch Fairless attended Academy of the Sacred Heart School and ran track on the same CYC team. Now they are among the best high jumpers in the state, competing at the state high school finals. Last year Fairless, now at Duchesne High, finished second in Class 3 high jump and McMurran was third in Class 5.

Mitch Fairless' best high jump prior to the state meet this year was 6'8" and Daniel McMurran's was 6'6". They didn't have to call each other to find out, though.

"Pretty much every weekend I look on MoMileSplit, which is the track website, look at his stats, see what he got, hoping that he wasn't beating me," Fairless said.

"Same here," McMurran quickly interjected. "I try to keep up with it as much as I can."

Mental toughness defined SLUH’s racquetball team

St. Louis University High School senior Chris Schulze practiced with his RacquetBill teamates. In addition to winning the teams seventh straight national title, the team also won its seventh consecutive state title, and 18th overall.

The St. Louis area is recognized in the sporting world for its teams and athletes on many levels and in many sports.

Add high school racquetball to the mix.

Joe "Doc" Koestner has coached St. Louis University High School's racquetball program since 1985. The Junior Billikens haven't had a losing season since 1990 and have won 11 national championships since 1998, including the seventh consecutive in 2017. No other school has more than five national titles in the 29-year history of the event. SLUH also has won 18 state titles.

CBC overcomes hurdles to notch fourth title in a row

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St. Louis University High's Brendan Rasch stopped this potential goal but his team still lost the game to CBC 4-1.In the Mid-States Club Hockey Association playoffs at the Scottrade Center Downtown, CBC defeated rival St. Louis University High School 4-1.

The Christian Brothers College High School hockey team had only seven seniors this season — compared to 14 last season — but the seven provided key leadership and scoring.

The Cadets saved the best for last this year, mowing down quality opponents in the Mid-States Club Hockey Association playoffs and winning the championship for the fourth consecutive year.

Long process pays off for Olympic volleyball player Murphy Troy

Murphy Troy is part of a third-generation St. Louis University High School family, following the footsteps of his grandfather, father and uncles. His older brother, Phineas, went there as well.

Service, academics earn SLUH national recognition

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Senior Joe Bingaman read “Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman” in activity period at St. Louis University High School. “It’s about brotherhood, that’s what we always say,” he said when describing what he likes best about his school. SLUH was named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2015, one of 53 high schools to receive the honor this year.

At an all-school Mass on Dec. 8, St. Louis University High students celebrated two momentous occasions -- one for Catholics in general, the other for SLUH seniors in particular.

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