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Confident Villa Duchesne team helps coach to 200th win

Villa Duchesne's Arden Duffy made a long reach for the ball. Villa Duchesne won their match 2-0.

Confidence goes a long way in sports.

Villa Duchense's field hockey team is riding a wave of confidence into the playoffs, having defeated major rivals and solid St. Joseph's Academy, Lafayette and Cor Jesu Academy teams during the season.

Brooke Behan, a Villa Duchesne junior, said the team's four seniors lead the way. "We have a younger team without many seniors, but the seniors we do have are very strong," Behan said. "We've known since the beginning of the season that we've wanted to be very successful ... we are headed to postseason and are very excited about it."

St. Joseph’s Academy field hockey displays its strengths

St. Joseph’s Academy forward Annie Genovese tried to power through Kirkwood’s defense but was stopped by Sydney Scott and goalie Shea Look. The 10-3 win over Kirkwood placed St. Joseph’s record at 10-0-1, equalling Villa Duchesne’s record.

The field hockey team this season at St. Joseph's Academy is lean, but not-so-mean — it's tough to be mean with so many smiles.

"We have a much smaller squad than we've had in years past, so our bench players are all very strong" said the varsity team's coach, Claire Aubel. "We have a lot of unselfish girls playing this year, which is working to our advantage. There's lots of passing, so it's not a one-man show by any means this year."

Villa class uses 3D printing to make prosthetic hands

Students in Kristen Erickson’s introduction to engineering course at Villa Duchesne have designed a prosthetic hand made on a 3D printer. They’re in the process of certifying the prosthesis to be used by someone in need.

Engineering students at Villa Duchesne High School gathered in a classroom recently to display their creation — one that could lead to a much happier and productive life for someone without the use of a hand.

Students in Kristen Erickson's one-semester introduction to engineering class created prosthetic hands using a 3D printer. They recently finished the assembly process on a second prototype. If the prototype is approved, future engineering classes will continue to build prosthetic hands for children and needy individuals around the world.

Villa Duchesne's calm presence prevails in volleyball

The Villa Duchesne High School volleyball team celebrated on the court Oct. 31 after winning the state championship in Cape Girardeau over St. Pius X High School. Villas’ coach, Shane Weber, praised his team for its perseverance and resilience.

The volleyball season came to a close Oct. 31 in Cape Girardeau with Villa Duchesne coming out on top in Class 3. The team defeated St. Pius X of Festus 25-17, 25-10 for its second title in the sport, winning the school's first in 2011.

The team remained calm and never got flustered, said Villa Duchesne's coach, Sean Weber. "They just played. Their perseverance and resilience was exceptional. There's no doubt in my mind that's how we were able to win it all. We had our back up against the wall several times this year, and they always came through," Weber said.

Top-notch field hockey programs hit full gear


Two Catholic schools with top-notch field hockey programs met Sept. 11, and both Villa Duchesne and Cor Jesu played up to expectations. Villa Duchesne came away with a 2-0 win on their new artificial turf at Condie Field.

The win put Villa Duchesne at 6-0-2 on the year. Cor Jesu left with a 7-2-1 record. Villa won 5-0 Sept. 15 against Kirkwood, and Cor Jesu lost 2-0 to John Burroughs.

Popularity of lacrosse a tribute to its diverse qualities

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Noah Iversen, right, De Smet Jesuit High School’s career scoring leader, evades Eureka High School’s Cord Stojeba. De Smet beat Eureka 15-4.

After scoring two goals and collecting seven assists May 12, Noah Iversen was understandably bullish about the sport of lacrosse.

But, then again, the De Smet Jesuit High School senior has been that way since the seventh grade, playing on the Kirkwood Youth Lacrosse team. "I started with hockey and soccer, and this legitimately combines both of them," he said. "You can be any size to play this game at a high level."

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