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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.

St. Pius state volleyball title is a testament to its seniors

St. Pius X volleyball players celebrated the team’s 25-10, 25-18 win over Hermann in the Class 2 state championship game Oct. 29.

The St. Pius X High School volleyball team's main goal from the beginning of the season was to bring home the state championship.

"The seniors had been so close (to a championship) for three years," Coach Dustin Cutts said. "Shelby Meyer, Jena Otec and Elle Russell have meant so much to this program for four years, and the rest of the team wanted to do everything they could do to help them get that first-place trophy."

Mission accomplished.

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