Valle Catholic

New assignment makes summer ‘a little unique’

Father Ed Nemeth, pastor at Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church and principal of Valle Catholic High School, sat in his office on July 20 while being interviewed. Father Nemeth wrapped up his duties as principal of St. Puis X High School at the conclusion of the school year before transferring to Ste. Genevieve and has been working tirelessly to get acquainted with and help the community.

On one hand, "summer vacation" was typical for Father Ed Nemeth. Like every other Catholic school administrator in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, he wrapped up the past school year, then went right into preparations for the next.

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.

A PINCH-HITTER | Searching for God's lessons in sports

Dave Luecking

Over the years, numerous athletes have stood before media scrums or in sideline interviews after big games and praised God for their athletic skills and blessings.

That's all well and good, genuine thanksgiving to the Man Upstairs.

However, the non-religious often criticize this practice, asking: "Why would God care who wins? The world has bigger issues than this." Further, they often criticize athletes for calling attention to their faith.

Valle Catholic wins second straight state title

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As first baseman Dan Bergtholdt squeezed the final out, Valle Catholic pitcher Andrew Basler knew what was coming next.

Dog pile.

Basler flung off his glove and waited just a split second for catcher Cole Wood to do the deed — a flatout tackle midway between home plate and the pitcher's mound at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon.

Whooping and hollering teammates quickly piled on in celebration of Valle Catholic's 7-1 victory over New Bloomfield in the Class 2 Missouri state baseball championship game June 4.

Good thing for Basler that the Warriors have only 19 players.

Valle shows character in 13th state championship

28 NOV. 2014 -- ST. LOUIS -- Valle Catholic High School quarterback Conor Basler (11) throws a pass against Westran High School during the MSHSAA Class 1 state championship football game at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis Nov. 28, 2014.

Photo by Sid Hastings.

An All-State receiver last year, Connor Basler switched to quarterback for his junior season, and the ultimate result was exactly the same for Valle Catholic High School.

A state championship.

With Basler at the helm, the Ste. Genevieve school thumped Westran 49-25 in the Class 1 Show-Me Bowl game Nov. 28 at Edward Jones Dome.

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