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St. Elizabeth Academy’s Angeline Cronin fouled off a pitch from Villa Duchesne pitcher Alex Roth during the high schools’ game at Kirkwood Athletic Association in Kirkwood Oct. 1. St Elizabeth topped Villa 19-6.

St. Elizabeth Academy's softball team turned in its most successful regular season in at least a decade with a 19-6 win vs.Villa Duchesne Oct. 1.

The win sent the team into district competition Oct. 4 with a 14-4 record.

St. Elizabeth's head coach Bob O'Toole, whose team struggled for victories the last few seasons, noted that their fortunes turned around due to good defense and pitching. Shortstop Jen Strebeck, one of just three...

 Queen of All Saints shortstop Morgan Blumenthal (1) lets the ball slip by her as St. Elizabeth / St. Robert's Blakely Broder (11) steals second base during the CYC Girls' Intermediate Open Division championship game between Queen of All Saints and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton / St. Robert at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in St. Charles, Mo. Sunday, July 29, 2012. Photo by Sid Hastings | for the St. Louis Review

On a night when seniors were being honored, it was a junior who stole the spotlight.

St. Mary's varsity baseball player Adam Bieber, a 6-3 left-handed pitcher, did the extraordinary on May 3. He pitched a no-hitter, beating conference rival St. Dominic High School 4-1. Even though he gave up a run, the ever-so-rare "no-no" is pretty special in any circumstance.

It didn't look good in the first when the St. Dominic Crusaders,...

Lisa Johnston |  Vianney's  Jack Klagers is ahead of the throw to third base as DeSmet's Pat Hoff tries for a tag before reaching the ball in the 6th inning of play.
Greg Marecek (left), founder/president of the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame, presented the Committee Member of the Year Award to Ted Ruzicka, a member of Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Creve Coeur. A local businessman, Ruzicka’s passion for sports equals and sometimes intersects with his passion for his faith.

St. Louis Catholics and sports have a a long and celebrated heritage.

Stan Musial and Red Schoendienst. "Easy Ed" Macauley and Harry Keough.

Those are just a few of the Catholics in the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame, organized by Greg Marecek and a group of passionate, dedicated St. Louis fans to honor the metro area's greatest athletic achievements.

Ted Ruzicka, a volunteer committee member who received an award in 2011 f...


Football is the perfect combination of strength and skill, force and finesse.

Linemen smash into each other in an attempt to move the ball forward or, on defense, to push it backward or at least impede its progress. Receivers run precise routes and running backs accelerate and make quick cuts while defensive backs rely on their speed an...

St. Joseph's Academy basketball player Sydney Stipanovich (31) drives to the basket past Incarnate Word Academy's Taylor Manuel (50) during the MSHSAA Class 5 state quarterfinals at the University of Missouri - St. Louis Saturday, March 3. 2012. IWA won, 49-42, to advance to the state semifinals March 8 at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Sid Hastings | for the St. Louis Review

Neither team was willing to accept defeat.

But somebody had to lose. Incarnate Word had pulled ahead after the first quarter of a crucial game — with the winner going to the Final Four of the state's Class 5 girls basketball finals.

St. Joseph's Academy battled back to within four points late in the fourth quarter, but Incarnate Word wouldn't let go. With key free throws, rebounds and steals as the game wound down, Incarnate Word...

26 JAN. 2012 -- ST. LOUIS -- Cardinal Ritter College Prep basketball player Ryan Hill (30) celebrates being fouled by St. John Vianney High School's Joe Whitman (not pictured), which helped the Lions lock up their win over Vianney during the Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.  Ritter won, 69-66, handing top-ranked Vianney its first loss of the season...Photo by Sid Hastings | for the St. Louis Review

A close match featuring two highly regarded basketball teams from
Catholic schools in the archdiocese didn't disappoint those who attended
the Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout at Scottrade Center in Downtown St.
Louis Jan. 26. The tournament featured 16 teams from Missouri and
Illinois, including a third Catholic school here.

Heavy defensive pressure and accurate shooting were cited as factors
as Cardinal Ritte...

Scott Highmark headed for the basket during his playing days at St. Louis University, where he ranks among the top scorers in school history. In a talk recently Highmark advised parents to encourage their children in sports, put fun as a priority and have realistic expectations.

Scott Highmark would not have been a member of St. Louis University's Billiken Hall of Fame if it had not been for a three-letter word from his new coach, Charlie Spoonhour -- fun.

Highmark's basketball experiences had been focused mostly on winning and losing, and he'd been on the winning side until his freshman year at SLU. The team started out 5-5 and ended up 5-23. The coach, Rich Grawer, whose son was Highmark's best friend and roo...


ALTOONA, Pa. -- Although Joe Paterno will be remembered as "a legend throughout our region and throughout our country," Bishop Mark L. Bartchak said the iconic football coach will be best remembered in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown as "a good Catholic, a family man and a friend to many."

Bishop Bartchak made his comments Jan. 22 at a news conference at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona, prior to a prayer service celeb...