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RAS at VB Playoffs


    Annunciation 5th Grade Boys     Immaculate Conception-Arnold   Our Lady of Providence 6th Grade

A number of Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS) were spotted at the Archdiocesan Volleyball Playoffs this past weekend.

Sacred Heart-Valley Park Parochial Girls Team (not pictured) were very impressive in their semi-final match against St. Joseph-Cottleville.  Although the 2 set victory went to St. Joe, the SHVP girls hustled and gave it their all through every point of both sets.  Every time they scored a point, they were genuinely excited and congratulated their teammates for good plays.  If you had walked in the gym when at the end of the second set and the score was 24-11, when SHVP scored their next point, by their enthusiasm, you would have thought they were the team that was getting ready to win the match.  Congrats to Donna Haller and all the girls on the team for a great season.  Your enthusiam is contageous!

Annunciation 5th Grade Boys - This entire team deserved a RAS for the way they took care of each other.  As in all volleyball games, there are balls missed, passes shanked and hits that go into the net.  Any time that happened ont he Annunciation side of the net, a teammate would get a pat on the back or a word of encouragement.  That positive message didn't come from the same player all the time, everyone on the team acted that way.  We are sure Coach Carol Henken is proud of how her team acts toward each other.

Coaches Rob Gerber and Dave Schaeffer of Immaculate Conception-Arnold were shining examples of how to be positive coaches in a tough situation.  In the 5th grade championship game their team faced a good St. Catherine Laboure team, who had been them during the season.  Things did not start well for IC, but Rob and Dave never got upset or angry.  They offered words of encouragement and continued to coach in a positive manner the whole match.  It would have been easy to slip in some negative messages, but they did not!  Great examples of how to Coach to Make a Positive Difference. 

Our Lady of Providence 6th Grade boys and their Coaches Erin LeClerc and Laurie Altabella were recognized for their good sportsmanship not only to their teammates, but also to the opposition and the officials.  They boys were very selfless players.  They would get more excited for a play a teammate made, than one they made themselves.  They told the opponents when they made good plays.  The one action that stands out in my mind was as they won the championship match, as the team was jumping up and down celebrating, one boys left to go chase down the ball and bring it to the official.  Love your Sportsmanship!

Although CYC Volleyball and Soccer seasons have ended, Basketball and Chess season is just getting started.  So keep your eyes and ears open for any Random Acts of Sportsmanship.  When you spot them, email a quick little paragraph describing the action to , so we can recognize the player, coach, official or fan on the CYC website.  Remember- Good Sportsmanship makes Great Sports!

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Good Sportsmanship makes Great Sports


    Villa/Oak Hill Intermediates             Lauren Jenkens (far right)           St. Catherine Laboure Crusaders

During a cold, or should we say frigid, week of Girls Archdiocesan Soccer Playoffs, the great sportsmanship of a couple teams and a player warmed our hearts.  All three of these Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS), are recognized here.

The Villa/Oak Hill 8th grade girls team was referred to us by their game official, Tim Fleming.  Thanks Tim.  He everyone of the players were polite and respectful.  They played hard but clean.  Their coaches were always positive in their instruction and they praised good plays made by both teams.  Although they lost the game, their attitude never faultered and they were genuine in wishing their opponents good luck in their next game.

The Intermediate team at Assumption in O'Fallon has a very good team and a goalie, Lauren Jenkins, who earned a RAS for her honesty and integrity.  Early in the first have their opponents were on the attack, when the right wing took a low shot headed for the far post.  As the ball hugged the ground it seemed to miss the goal and rolled past the upright.  The officials thought it might have gone in and went through a gap in the goal netting and came out the far side.  Hard to tell if it was a goal or not.  Immediately Lauren told the official that the shot was a goal.  Even though it put her team down 1-0 early in a playoff game, Lauren never hestitated to assure the officials that the ball went in.  Her integrity will be a trait that will standout for Lauren as she matures.  She is already doing things most 13 year olds wouldn't.  Keep it up Lauren! 

Our final RAS winner is the St. Catherine Laboure Crusader girls team coached by Tony Rezek.  Their first round opponent only had 11 players.  In the first half one of their opponents was injured, then shortly after that, 2 more were on the bench and the SCL eleven were facing only 8 opponents.  Tony asked the official if he could take 3 players off so that both teams could play with 8.  What a wonderful gesture of Sportsmanship.  The official told him to make sure all his players had played their 25% before he did that.  However, all players recovered quickly and the game proceeded with 11 on 11.  Although it never came to pass, his offer and gesture are what Sportsmanship is all about.

We encourage you to look for RAS at the games you attend.  When you see something worth of being recognized and rewarded, please email with the details so we can recognize those players, coaches, officials and/or fans.  

Because we all know Good Sportsmanship makes Great Sports.     

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