June 2012

Golf Championships - 1 Ace and a Gaggle of Good Golfers

   

The CYC Archdiocesan Golf Championships were held Saturday, June 23rd at Tower Tee Golf Course.  159 Girls and Boys represented their districts at the championships.  No one had a better start than Seven Holy Founders 7th grader, Joseph Conroy.  On his first shot of the day, on the par 3, 94 yard 16th hole, his ball found the green...the flag... and the bottom of the cup!  HOLE IN ONE!  Wow, what a start.  Congratulations Joseph! 

He was not the only good golfer on the course.  A few golfers shot under par for their 9 hole rounds.  The Midget and Crusader divisions played the front 9 holes and the Cadet and Intermediate played the back 9.  Below are the top 3 finishers in each of the divisions.

Midget Girls: Leigha Kelly - IC-Dardenne 30, Caroline Lynch - MQP 37, Cassandra Aegreter - Assumption 37

Midget Boys:  Brennan Dolnick - St. Joe-Manchester 25, Riley Burns - MQP 30, Jack Cronin - St. Joe- Manchester 30

Crusader Girls:  Karlie Kremer - QAS 35, Brooke Granada - Assumption 37, Abbigayle Loveless - St. Alban Roe 39

Crusader Boys:  Christian Chiapel - St. Alban Roe 28, Ben Blase - Ascension 29, Louie Perotti - St. Alban Roe and Nick Sippel - QAS 30

Cadet Girls:  Emma Solovic - St. Joe-Imperial 33, Veronica Loomis - St. Rose 35, Grace Standbrook - MQP 37

Cadet Boys: Max Twardowski - Ste. Genevieve DuBois 26, Sam Harrison - St. Gerard and Joseph Conroy - SHF 28

Intermediate Girls: Isabella Leeker - OLOL 32, Kali McClure - Vizitation 34, Carlee Cronin - St. Angela Merici 37

Intermediate Boys: Austin Schettler - St. John Lutheran 26, Kyle Sachs - IC-Dardenne 27, Peter Reardon - Holy Redeemer and Johnny Antonacci - SMMA 29

Congratulations to all the golfers for a fine season and earning the chance to compete in the championship!   

     To view and order additional photos from the Archdiocesan Golf Championships, go to Images Today and Beyond at http://photos.imagestandb.com/cycgolf .                                         

2012 St Rose Philippine Duchesne Training League Soccer Tournament

Date: 
08/17/2012 - 08/26/2012
Sport: 
Soccer

Location

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
3500 St. Catherine
Florissant, MO 63033
Grade and Gender: 
KDG - 2nd Grade Boys and Girls
Entry Fee: 
$125 per team
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Chad Cattoor at strosesoccer@yahoo.com

40th Annual St. Francis of Assisi Soccer Tournament

Date: 
08/18/2012 - 09/03/2012
Sport: 
Soccer

Location

Bussen Soccer Complex
Grade and Gender: 
1st - 8th Grade Boys and Girls
Entry Fee: 
1st - 2nd Grade: $90 and 3rd - 8th Grade: $125
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Martin Henning 892-0399 or 620-6681

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1st Pitchers strike at CYC Night at Busch Stadium

 

CYC Night at the Cardinals game on Thursday, June 14th was a success all the way around.  Starting with the on field batting practice visits by Colin and Jordan Beveridge from St. Joseph-Manchester and Henry and Jack Boland from St. Monica.  Followed by the Parade around the field by all parishes in attendance.  Then the 2 CYC First Pitchers, Nathan Duchinsky from St. Paul and Megan Gilmore from Sts. Joachim and Ann.  Finally the Cardinals beat the White Sox 5-3 in the main event.  Home town hero David Freeze had a good night with a double and home run for 3 RBIs.

Megan had her sign carrying teammates cheering her on as she hummed a strike to Joe Kelly, the Cardinals new starting pitcher just called last Sunday.  Then Nathan made a splash with his high hard one that had photographers and spectators scattering.  That is one 1st pitch to be remembered!

A good night for all involved.  To view a photo gallery of pictures from the night, click here.

We have one more CYC baseball night, that is CYC Night at the River City Rascals on Friday, July 13th at 7:05pm at TR Hughes Ballpark, when the Rascals tangle with the Lake Erie Crushers.  All CYC players, family and friends are invited to get Infield Bleacher seats for only $7.  To reserve a ticket, contact Buzz at 314 353-8911 ext. 13 or buzzswanston@archstl.org by Monday, July 9th at 5pm.  Special activities include  1, Pregame parade around the outfield for all CYC players, families and friends.

2. The group that purchases the most and 2nd most tickets can select a girl/boy to throw out the first pitch.

3. First 18 girls and boys to purchase a ticket can run out on the field with the Rascals players to start the game. 

 

Random Acts of Softball Sportsmanship

  

       Popeye, Ally Cat and Coach Mohesky                     Sol, Socks, Kammi and Coach Mike

This week the St. Louis Sports Commission's Sportsmanship Brigade went from South to North to take in two CYC softball games.  They awared some coaches and players Sportsmanship certificates.  We appreciate Big Sol and his Brigade for spotting Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS) at CYC games.  Below are Sol's write-ups of their observations.

You remember the old cartoon. "I'm strong to the finish, 'cause I eats me spinach. I'm Popeye the Sailor Man." I don't know if Dick 'Popeye' Drury was ever a sailor or if he even likes spinach. I do know that he is an excellent softball coach and the parents and kids at Mary, Mother of the Church (MMOC) in South St. Louis County are fortunate to have him. The Sportsmanship Brigade was on-hand Friday evening for a 6th grade game between the aforementioned MMOC and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. We found seats next to an older couple who were very quick to let us know we had arrived in the right place for sportsmanship. They are the grandparents of one of the MMOC players.

Grandma said, "You have to look at our Popeye. He's an outstanding coach." When we asked who Popeye was, she told us to look for the guy wearing the Popeye t-shirt. Of course...why didn't we think of that? Popeye had on a green t-shirt with his namesake cartoon character on the front, jean shorts and socks with sandals. His gruff exterior is a mere facade. Popeye's a softy for his team. He taught, corrected and cheered on every play for seven innings. Some coaches say they're with you, but Popeye was with his girls every step of the way. During a particularly rough inning in which St. Margaret Mary scored quite a bit, Popeye made an interesting offer to his team. He yelled, "I've got a Tootsie Roll for whoever gets the third out."

Sure enough, MMOC recorded the third out on the very next play. The player who made the catch ran over to Popeye who greeted her with a hug and a Tootsie Roll. A simple nod between Brigade members confirmed that no matter what else we saw, one award had Popeye's name on it. Our attention then turned to Coach Doug Mohesky of St. Margaret Mary. His team is very well coached and his attitude sets a great example for any coach or parent. You would've thought St. Margaret Mary had won the league championship after every inning. Mohesky met his players at the edge of the dugout every time they came off the field and gave them hi-fives and words of encouragement. He is a tremendous coach and certainly worthy of recognition from the Brigade.

Just when we thought our night was done, an 'Ally Cat' ran across our path. No, not a real alley cat, but Alyssa from MMOC. Her batting helmet reads 'Ally Cat' across the front. It's often said that players take on the personality of their coaches. There's no doubt this young lady is a Popeye disciple. When she wasn't clapping and cheering from her post at first base, she lead group cheers for her teammates from the bench. You definitely want to run into this 'Ally Cat' on the field. The Brigade decided to go into the prize vault for the third time and give that award to Alyssa. Incidentally, Alyssa's grandparents are the people who directed our attention toward Popeye in the first place. Funny how things come full-circle...even on a diamond.

Laurel Park in St. Peters, Mo. was the setting for a 7th grade softball game between St. Joachim & Ann (SJA) and the visiting Holy Spirit parish on Wednesday night. The trip across the historic Blanchette Bridge proved to be worthwhile for the Sportsmanship Brigade. Skill levels increase with age along with the competitive juices. Both teams really wanted to win this game. Pitching, defense and timely hitting were staples for both squads. That being said, two players for SJA didn't miss an opportunity to have a little fun.

Kammi and Emily played shortstop and second base for SJA respectively. Emily's nickname is 'Socks' because of the loud and colorful socks she wears during games. Only Kammi and Socks' cheers for their teammates were louder. The two also skipped...yes, skipped to their positions in the field at the bottom of each inning. Now, the Brigade has seen players sprint, jog, walk and even flip to their defensive positions, but skipping? We'll take it as long as the kids are having fun.

Attitudes like these don't exist in a vacuum. It was evident that the SJA coaching staff creates an atmosphere that promotes hard work, learning and fun. Coach Mike gave sound instruction from the bench and highlighted the good things his girls did on the field. There were hi-fives and supportive words after every inning. On one particular play, the SJA third baseman missed a chance at a double play. She fielded the ball cleanly, but forgot to step on the base before throwing over to first.

Rather than yell at her for not getting the double play, Coach Mike applauded her for getting the sure out at first. She nodded to her coach in acknowledgement and got back in her stance for the next play. This was an example of excellent coaching. By recognizing what she did right instead of what she did wrong, Coach Mike helped his player maintain her focus and she remained in position to help the team. Wednesday's awards were an easy SJA trifecta for the Brigade.

You can be your own Sportsmanship Brigade.  If you see a Random Act of Sportsmanship at a CYC game by a player, coach, official or fan please contact Buzz at buzzswanston@archstl.org or call 353-8911 ext. 13.  Or if you would like to join Big Sol's brigade, contact him at sportsmanship.org or call 314-345-5130.

St. Sabina's 44th Annual Soccer Tournament

Date: 
08/08/2012 - 08/26/2012
Sport: 
Soccer

Location

St. Sabina
Grade and Gender: 
1st - 8th Grade Boys and Girls
Entry Fee: 
$125 per team
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Christy Buffa (buffasa@hotmail.com) or 314-608-6167 (cell or text)

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Summer Shoot-Out

Date: 
08/03/2012 - 08/26/2012
Sport: 
Soccer

Location

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Fields
4900 Ringer Road
St. Louis, MO 63129
Grade and Gender: 
1st - 8th Grade Girls
Entry Fee: 
1st Grade: $100 2nd - 8th Grade: $140
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Jeff Collier at 314-845-7728 (home) or 314-477-6049 (cell)

For more information:

SummerBall - Some R Good Sports!

          Megan Neaf (SCL) with Dad and Big Sol              Blake Terry (St.Rose), Sol & Geommy Brock (St. Norbert)

Once again the CYC would like to thank Solomon Alexander, aka "Big Sol", and his Sportsmanship Brigade for stopping in all the right places (CYC softball and baseball fields) to catch Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS)

The Brigade stopped at Assumption last week, where they saw Megan Neaf of St. Catherine Laboure, clapping, yelling encouragement, stomping and cheering on her teammates.  She was the first one to pat her teammate on the back when her coach made a pitching change.  Megan chose not to let the scoreboard determine the quality of her experience, as she said, "I don't care what the score was...it was still fun."  She played the entire game with heart and determination.  Way to go, Megan!

At St. Ferdinand Park the brigade found St. Rose shortstop, Blake Terry and St. Norbert player Geommy Brock as worthy of a Sportsmanship award.  Not only did Blake display some fancy leather work int he field, but he also gave constant verbal support to his pitchers.  Never a negative, always positive remarks.  Geommy was there to support his catcher after a tough inning with passed balls and stolen bases.  Geommy put his arm around his dejected teammate.  He talked to him most of that half of the inning.  By the end of the inning, he even had the catcher smiling.  The catcher went back on the field with a much better outlook then he left the field.  Both Blake and Geommy showed what being a real team player is all about.

On an unseasonably cool Friday night in late May, the Brigade found a St. Norbert trio to warm the hearts of sports fans.  Jordan, Claire and Abby displayed an upbeat attitude and made sure that spirit spread to their teammates.  Joining them in Sportsmanship was St. Rose coach, Dave Loomis.  He could be heard giving firm instructions, everyone knew he wanted to win, but he was not obsessed with winning.  He made this comment after a high fly ball was dropped in the outfield, "Way to get the ball back in.  That was a tough one.  It was so high, I'm not sure I could have caught it.  Way to stay with it."  The most impressive part of the statement...he said it to the opposing team's outfielder!  Love that sportsmanship!                                              

                                      St. Rose coach Dave Loomis, Sol, St. Norbert players Jordan, Claire and Abby

You can be a one person Sportsmanship Brigade.  While you are watching a game, if you see a Random Act of Sportsmanship by a player, coach, official or fan, please let us know.  Simply call and leave a message at 353-8911 ext 13 or e-mail buzzswanston@archstl.org

Mary, Mother of the Church 14th Annual Volleyball Tournament

Date: 
08/17/2012 - 08/31/2012
Sport: 
Volleyball

Location

Mary, Mother of the Church Gym
5901 Kerth Rd
St. Louis, MO 63128
Grade and Gender: 
6th grade Girls and Boys
Entry Fee: 
$100 per team
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Dave Hughes at 314 849-6177 or dave.w.hughes@charter.net

4 team pools, 3 matches (9 games) guaranteed.  Matches are played consecutively.  Top 2 teams in pool advance to playoffs.  CYC rules including South County Supplemental rules

Tournament Web site for schedules, standings and announcements.  Schedules will also be mailed and e-mailed to managers.  15 minute time limit per game.

Click here for registration form.

St. Louis Hills Soccer Festival & 4 v 4 Tourney

Date: 
07/20/2012 - 07/22/2012
Sport: 
Soccer

Location

Francis Park - South St. Louis 63109
Grade and Gender: 
Girls, Boys, Women, Men going into 1st grade thru adult
Entry Fee: 
$150 by June 30th
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
www.ajaxstl.com for more information and registration form

You are invited to join us for our 1st Annual St. Louis Hilss Soccer Festival and 4 versus 4 Tourney hosted by the St. Gabriel's Athletic Association and Ajax Elite.

There will be plenty of food and drinks available, plus lots of fun activities and games going throughout the entire weekend in mangificent Francis Park.

Your team will play 4 v 4 small sided games on condensed fields with small goals and no goalkeepers.  Small siced games are great teaching tools for player development since it emphasizes a passing game and ball handling skills.

Our 4 v 4 tourney is open to all boys and girls in grades 1 through 8 (next fall), plus there will be a men's division and a women's division.  Individual awards will be presented to the winners of each division.

Each participant receives a team shirt, which will be worn during all games.  Maximum of 6 players per team plus one coach.

The entry fee is $150 per team, which includes a minimum of 3 games, a team shirt for each player and coach, and individual awards for the winning team in each division.  Entry deadline is June 30th.  teams accepted on a first come basis.

Please visit www.ajaxstl.com to obtain a Team Application form or to pay your team entry fee online.

We hope you decide to join us for an awesome soccer weekend in beautiful St. Louis Hills!