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Confidence guiding a cohesive Notre Dame soccer team

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The Notre Dame High School soccer program is off to one of its best starts ever, thanks to a mix of talented players, from freshmen to seniors.

"We have an interesting blend of young and old," Notre Dame coach Dave Robben said.

Several talented freshmen are making an impact, he said, with seniors providing leadership while sophomores and juniors are making contributions to the winning formula. "It's just a very cohesive group right now," Robben said.

Confident St. Pius’ crew thrive at bat, in the field

St. Pius X shortstop Eli Dale tagged out Whitfield’s Legend Alicea on a steal attempt. St. Pius’s pitching, hitting and fielding was top-notch April 17 in a 14-0 win vs. Whitfield High School. Senior catcher Zac Meyer led the offense with three doubles, a home run and three runs batted in. Sophomore Jeremy Isenman struck out five in three innings, giving up one hit, to lead a quartet of pitchers in the shutout.

Players on the St. Pius X High School baseball team are a confident bunch, and it shows in their crisp play in the field and at bat.

Yet, for all of that confidence — "swagger," as their coach calls it — they're quick to recognize the importance of their teammates for their success.

Energy, passion marks St. Pius volleyball success

St. Pius X High School defeated local rival Jefferson High School in two sets, 25-12 and 25-9. Emma Grimshaw hit the ball at the net as Jefferson's Sydney Weik went for the block.

A positive vibe flows through the St. Pius X girls volleyball team.

The tone is evident on and off the court, from the varsity's senior leadership on down for the team from the school in Festus.

"We come out with a lot of energy and passion, no matter who's on the court or what the score is," said Shelby Meyer, a senior who was named to the second team all-conference last season. "We keep that energy up, keep the momentum to win the game."

The team's cohesiveness comes from the players being so close. "There's no divisions," she said.

St. Pius community comes together after cadet’s death

A tragic accident in which an Army cadet from St. Louis died after rescuing a drowning swimmer off a Long Island beach brought a grieving community together and led to the founding of a scholarship in his name.

Students at St. Pius X High School are ‘bleeding’ to get into new science class

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St. Pius X High School senior Tryson Thornton dripped fake blood onto a clean sheet of paper in a forensics class in which students learn the techniques and science behind crime-scene investigations. Thornton and his classmates were experimenting with the angle of blood-drop spatters.

TV listings, March 8

11:57 a.m., FestusTV — CSI St. Pius X

In this episode, special agent Aaron Portell leads St. Pius X investigators studying blood spatters in the case of Christopher Vaughn, who was found guilty of murdering his family after claiming his wife had shot at him — he suffered superficial wounds — before turning the gun on their three children, killing them and then herself. He's serving four life sentences.

Priests filling key roles at archdiocesan high schools

Marianist Father Richard Wosman chatted with seniors in an unstructured study hall Aug. 31 at the high school. Fr. Wosman is the new president of John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Manchester. He previously was the president of Central Catholic High School in San Antonio.

A native of St. Louis, he has been a teacher, coach/director, campus minister and school administrator during his career in secondary Catholic education. He began at St. Mary's High School in south St. Louis as an English teacher and served St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood as principal then president from 1994-2002. 

Teak Phillips | teakphillips@stlouisreview.com | @TeakPhillips

With declining numbers among priests and religious, the trend has been toward the laity taking administrative leadership positions in Catholic high schools, whether presidents or principals.

But that's in private schools.

Archdiocese of St. Louis high schools have not only bucked that trend but done the opposite this year. Priests have replaced laymen as presidents at two schools, and a priest has replaced a fellow priest in that role at another.

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