st. mary's high school

Vianney meets expectations with state title

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Expectations were high for St. John Vianney's baseball team this year after it came within a whisker of going to the state final last year.

This year's team reached the title game June 1 at Car Shield Field in O'Fallon. Noah Niznik's four-plus innings in relief and an offense determined to bounce back from an early deficit led to an 8-2 win over Hickman and a Class 5 championship.

SLUH takes volleyball title in undefeated season

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Two Catholic schools from the archdiocese made the finals of the Missouri Boys Volleyball State Tournament, with St. Louis University High School completing an undefeated season in Class 4 and St. Mary's High School falling just short of a state title in Class 3.

SLUH defeated Lafayette 25-22 and 25-16 May 24 at Webster Groves High School to win the title. The win was the Junior Billikens' third championship in four years and ninth since 1997. SLUH lost in three sets to Lafayette last year.

Positive energy

Michael Berra blocked a shot as he helped St. Mary’s win over rival Bishop DuBourg High School. St. Mary’s swept the first two games in the three-game volleyball match on March 29.

The St. Mary's High School varsity volleyball team went cold after taking a big lead against Bishop DuBourg High School March 29. Michael Berra helped put the Dragons back on track, jumping high at the net and spiking the ball into the corner. Later, he used a soft touch to put the volleyball out of the reach of an opposing player, and St. Mary's won the game.

Mary statue gets new home as archdiocesan schools repurpose former JFK items

St. Mary’s High School recently installed a Mary statue that used to reside on the front lawn outside the former convent at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School.

On that day in August, St. Mary's High School principal Kevin Hacker was on a scouting mission at the former John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Manchester.

The archdiocese, which closed Kennedy in May and owned the property, had invited archdiocesan high school officials for a walk-through to claim items for use in their schools: office and sports equipment, student desks, classroom supplies — whatever wasn't nailed down. But something caught Hacker's eye outside.

A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the earthly mother of Jesus Christ, and namesake of St. Mary's High School.

Students display work ethic at neighborhood cleanup

From left, St. Mary’s High School student Brendan Seyss joined teacher Ty Van Valkenburg and students Jackson Cummings and Darius Harris in cleaning a street and sidewalk near the intersection of Osceola Street and South Grand Avenue Oct. 9. Students spent the day cleaning up streets and public areas near the school in south St. Louis.

The trash bags filled up quickly.

Ty Van Valkenburg and his crew of students from St. Mary's High School worked feverishly picking up trash and trimming grass and weeds from a sidewalk on the corner of Osceola and Grand, a few blocks north of their school in south St. Louis.

Wielding a shovel as he cut and scooped weeds and grass overtaking the sidewalk, Max Todd was almost too busy to talk. The junior managed a quick comment: "It's hard work. But we want to help out any way we can."

‘Angel’ drops $2.5 million gift on St. Mary’s High

A blessing from God and an answer to prayers is what the president of St. Mary's High School is calling an unprecedented gift of $2.5 million.

The gift came from the estate of a man who apparently had no connection to the all-boys archdiocesan high school in south St. Louis. It is the largest single donation in the school's 86-year history.

The donor, Harry B. Sieker, is a former engineer from Walnut Creek, Calif. Raised in Maplewood and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Sieker did not attend St. Mary's High School. He never married and had no children.

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