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Incarnate Word nets eighth state basketball title

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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.

Vianney’s comeback season results in 1st football title

Vianney players screamed as Lucas Giegling, right, hoisted the championship trophy at the MSHSAA Class 5 state football championship Nov. 26 at Plaster Stadium at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

St. John Vianney's football season, which culminated in a Missouri Class 5 high school championship, provided lessons in perseverance and self-confidence.

"They far exceeded everyone else's expectations, but not their own," said Vianney president Mike Loyet. "They worked so hard year-round to get to this point. They never stopped believing in themselves, kept battling and good things happened for them."

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