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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...


The soccer program at St. Louis University, which competes in the NCAA's top division, has a long and distinguished history.

This year the men's team went 6-10-1. Mike Roach, a graduate of Chaminade, was third in scoring for the team, which featured seven players from Catholic schools in the archdiocese.

The Billikens' women's team finished 5-10-3. A bright spot was freshman forward Abbey Stock, a St. Joseph's Academy graduate wh...

Members of a fifth-grade volleyball team from St. Alban Roe Parish in Wildwood were all smiles after their win in the CYC playoffs last month. Shown from left are, bottom row, Annie Herrenbruck, Sydney Ernst, Jenna Tojo and Rose Shillito and, middle row, Keeley VanAntwerp, Audrey Stanard, Johni Bunkers, Marie Reinbott and Morgan Orf. The coaches are Debbie Herrenbruck, Sue Bunkers and Michelle Orf.

The Catholic Youth Apostolate's Catholic Youth Council (CYC) sports program has announced winning teams and final scores of the 2011 archdiocesan soccer and volleyball playoffs. The sports start with midget (fifth grade) and go up to junior (11th and 12th grades).


Results of the girls closed divisions for volleyball were: St. Alban Roe over St. Joseph in Cottleville, 25-20, 25-10, midget; Christ Prince...


High school basketball fans had their fill the last two weeks of
December with Christmas tournaments across the archdiocese, including
two of the biggest and longest-running tournaments won by Catholic
schools here.

St. John Vianney High School defeated Christian Brothers College High
School 66-57 on Dec. 30 to win the Meramec Holiday Festival high school
tournament, Vianney's first championship in the 34 y...

Alyssa Jensen of St. Joseph’s Academy has been chosen by ESPN as the Missouri Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year.

St. Joseph's Academy's Alyssa Jensen didn't get selected by ESPN as Missouri Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year by accident. She earned it.

Alyssa is a talented volleyball player, but her success is the result of hard work.

She's been playing since she was "a little, little kid," she said. Her mom, a collegiate volleyball player, coached, and her sister already played.

"So it's like I was born into the sport," Alyssa s...

DeSmet Jesuit High School’s Louis Berra and Maddie Friedmann from Ursuline Academy were named to the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America boys and girls high school All-America teams.

Both are known as intelligent, talented soccer players with a great sense of vision on the field. One has a special mix of toughness and finesse while the other mixes skill and drive. One is a role model for her sense of responsibility and the other for his team-building efforts.

Two players from Catholic schools in the archdiocese have been named to the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America high school All-America soccer...

Visitation tennis champs, front to back, Jana Haikal, Marielle Newell, Ali Squellati, Briana Menolascino, Stephanie Fortune, Jocelyn Koester and Cesiley Kink. They helped lead their team to the Class 1 state tournament with an undefeated season.

Priory, Visitation Academy, Valle, Villa Duchesne, St. Pius X and DeSmet won titles in the recently completed fall sports season. Other Catholic high schools in the archdiocese also had fine seasons.

Cross country

Valle's girls team finished fifth and boys team was seventh in Class 1 competition at the state meet in Jefferson City Nov. 5. On the girls side, Valle was led by Neve Cavanaugh 13th, Rebecca Abt, 24th...