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Sportsmanship comes easy for Rolando Merriweather, who finished four years on the varsity football team at Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School last fall.

That quality and other values have been instilled in the captain of Ritter's team by his football coaches — including his father — and others. He'll take those ideals with him to Missouri S&T University in Rolla where he'll play on the defensive line for the football te...

Katie Ledecky reacted after setting a new world record in the 400-meter freestyle final Aug. 7 during the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

WASHINGTON -- Four years ago, at age 15, swimmer Katie Ledecky won Olympic gold in the women's 800-meter freestyle.

Since then Ledecky, who attended Catholic schools in Bethesda, Md., has become the world record holder in the 400-, 800- and 1500-meter freestyles, and the American record holder in the 500-, 1000- and 1650-yard freestyles. In the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she has won a gold medal and shattered her own world record in th...

The new Refugee Olympic Team arrived for the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 5. In a personal message addressed to each of the 10 members of the new Refugee Olympic Team, Pope Francis wished them success in their events and thanked them for the witness they are giving the world.

VATICAN CITY -- In a personal message addressed to each of the 10 members of the new Refugee Olympic Team, Pope Francis wished them success in their events and thanked them for the witness they are giving the world.

Naming each of the team's athletes from South Sudan, Syria, Congo and Ethiopia, Pope Francis said he had read some of the interviews with team members "so that I could get closer to your lives and your aspirations."


Cardinal Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro and former Brazilian volleyball player Isabel Barroso held the Olympic torch in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 5.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- High above the city, beneath the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio Cardinal Orani Tempesta blessed the Olympic torch, held by Brazil's former Olympic volleyball player, Maria Isabel Barroso Salgado.

"This is the moment for us to surpass our difficulties and work together as a team, making our country and our world safer, less unequal, and putting love in the hearts of all," the cardinal told reporters.

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Murphy Troy is part of a third-generation St. Louis University High School family, following the footsteps of his grandfather, father and uncles. His older brother, Phineas, went there as well.

The extended SLUH family will be paying attention as he plays for the U.S. men's volleyball team in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. A graduate of the University of Southern California in 2011, he was a national college player of the year in volle...

At a CYC fair on July 19, 1969, teens from St. Pius V Parish and St. Barbara Parish staffed a booth. The teens, from left, are Kathy Moore, Mickey Gotiear, Maureen Gallagher and Tom Miller.

The St. Louis Review and its predecessor, the St. Louis Register, have covered young people and the issues they face in many ways — high school and CYC sports, youth conventions and spiritual gatherings, racial unrest, vocations and even the crowning of queens and riverboat excursions.

The Catholic Youth Council, part of the Catholic Youth Apostolate, has been a resource for young men and women since 1941. The sporting program continues...

Chris Kreienkamp, who is headed to the University of Notre Dame, prepared to make a throw during a water polo game for St. Louis University High School. He's a big supporter of the sport and sees athletics as helping his academics by providing a mental break.

Following the path of his older brother proved to be a good move for Chris Kreiekamp, who led the St. Louis University High School water polo team to its 18th state championship earlier this year.

Chris' brother Ray played water polo at SLUH, and Chris began playing in sixth grade on the Jungle Cat Water Polo club team, for which Ray was one of the coaches. The rest, as they say, is history.

In the championship game this year, Kr...


While Olympian Colleen Quigley urges people to chant “Go Team USA,” she has hung onto another cheer: “Go Markers.”

That’s the Nerinx Hall High School Markers, where she was a state champion in track and field and a top performer in cross country.

“I have felt so much love and support from St. Louis, especially Nerinx,” Colleen said.

She’s connected with former teachers on Facebook and, especially after the Olympic trials i...

Kirby Lee

Deanna Price qualified for the U.S. Olympic track and field team with a third=place finish at the trials in June. She is a parishioner at Immaculate Conception Parish in Old Monroe.

Being at Olympic Village in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and preparing for competiton will be an intense experience for Deanna Price, but she's relaxed knowing that the village has a chapel.

A third-place finish in the women's hammer throw at the Olympic trials sealed her spot on the team, which will be representing the United States in Rio de Janeiro.

Deanna attended Immaculate Conception School in Old Monroe, Troy Buchanan High Scho...


Four-year-old Vivi Miller listened to her gymnastics teacher's instruction to start her moves with her arms up.

"Now good, keep those feet together," Abby Arbas said to her student, assisting her with a handstand and a bridge. "Wow," Arbas responded in encouragement, "Good, now hop here, and jump."

It was a busy Monday at Barron Gymnastics in south St. Louis County, filled with youngsters from 14 months on up who are super-charge...