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Bradley Fletcher of the St. Louis Rams visited St. Frances Cabrini Academy to talk to the students about courage.

St. Louis Rams' cornerback Bradley Fletcher smiled a lot during his visit to St. Frances Cabrini Academy in south St. Louis.

That smile might have been its widest in the first-grade classroom when he fielded questions as smoothly as intercepting an errant pass.

"Is your favorite play the Hail Mary?" asked a Catholic schoolgirl who managed to mix her religion and football.

Fletcher laughed and noted that if his team is maki...

Sid Hastings
Valle Catholic High School wide receiver Trevor Klump (35) attempted to make a catch over Penney High School safety Kellen Overstreet (29) during the MSHSAA Class 1 state championship football game at the Edward Jones Dome Nov. 23. The Hornets scored 21 points in the game’s final 2:30 minutes to beat Valle 60-34.
Cor Jesu Academy field hockey players Katherine Zanaboni (25) and Sophia Carretero (34) celebrated after a 4-1 win over Edwardsville High School during the playoffs at Parkway South High School in Manchester Oct. 27. The team won again Oct. 30 over John Burroughs 2-0 and advanced to the Final Four Nov. 1 along with Nerinx Hall, Villa Duchesne and MICDS..

Cor Jesu's field hockey team has had a season to remember, picking up praises from across the St. Louis area and beyond.

No matter what happens in the Midwest Field Hockey semifinals (scheduled after press time, Nov. 1) and the championship game Nov. 3, it has been an amazing season for Cor Jesu.

In September the team won 5-0 against Lafayette, the school that defeated Cor Jesu last year in the state title game. Lafayette's loss...

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...