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CYC 75th Anniversary Memories

Catching Up on Soccer Random Acts of Sportsmanship


We apologize for being tardy with some of these Soccer Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS).  We thank all those officials, coaches and fans that turned in the following RAS.

Opposing Our Lady of Festus Coach John Stewart recognized the sportsmanship of the St. Joseph-Imperial 6th grade girls' Coach Berberich.  Late in a 2-2 game, when the extreme hot and humid conditions were taking a toll on the players from both teams, Coach Berberich recognized the health of the girls was more important than the score of the game.  Our Lady only had 11 players, and one of their players became to sick to play.  So instead of taking the man advantage and trying to win the game, Coach Berberich stopped the game as a tie and showed great class and sportsmanship!

Pam Bowen, a soccer official, found herself at the field without an officiating partner for two games.  The games were between 6th grade boys Kirk Day-Christen vs St. Joe-Manchester-Ganninger and 4th grade boys Kirk Day-Laughlin vs Ascension-Wigge.  Not a single person; coach, player or spectator argued a call or yelled at the only official the entire 2 games.  It is encouraging to know that this type of behavior can happen!  Plus Pam witnessed several examples of good sportsmanship by players on all teams.  Helping opponents up after a fall, waiting to restart a play while and opponent tied their shoe and simply asking if an opponent was OK after a foul.  Pam commends all 4 teams and their fans for such great sportsmanship and much deserving of a RAS.

Again, an opposing coach recognized the RAS of his fellow coach and team.  Patrick Madigan had a game where his Queen of All Saints team only had 9 players.  The Mary, Mother of the Church team they were playing, coached by Tim Grant and Matt Heilich chose to only put 9 players out for their team too.  Patrick said that Tim and Matt have clearly taught their boys teamwork.  You will often see more talented players bypassing scoring opportunities and passing the ball to lesser skilled players to give them a chance to score.  These coaches are great role models as their kindness and commitment to the principles of the CYC are reflected in their players.

Jim Hetlage officiated quite a few CYC High School games this past season, and unfortunately had to give out a few yellow cards.  However, he commended 2 teams and their coaches in a late season game he officiated.  Sacred Heart/St.Stephen coached by Tim Mantych and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque coached by Tim Henson.  In what was a highly competitve game that ended in a tie, all players and coaches genuinely repected the other players and the officials through out the game.

Don Bowe officiated a 7th grade girls' Archdiocesan semi-final game between Assumption-O'Fallon and Annunciation.  At one point in the game, Anna Lennon, a player on the Assumption-O'Fallon team was injured.  Someone brought her a bag of ice for her injury.  Later in the game, an Annunciation player was injured and came off the field.  At that time, unprompted, Anna went to the opponent's bench and gave the injured player the bag of ice.  That was truly a Christian Act of Kindness and a RAS!

One of the volunteers at Queen of All Saints field turned this next RAS into us.  He was so impressed by the two 6th grade girls' Mary Queen of Peace teams.  After shaking hands and congratulating their opponents, whether they won or lost, each and every player went to both officials and said "Good Game", or "Thank You" with a few fist bumps thrown in.  Congratulations to their coaches, Brody Ward and Cathy Nourie for training their teams to respect and honor not only the officials, but the game itself.

Finally, an unusual situation happened during the the 7th grade Boys Archdiocesan semi-final game at St. Sabina.  Right at the end of the first half, a St. Joseph-Manchester player took an indirect free kick from well outside the penalty area.  He lofted it just right that it went over the hand of the leaping goalie and into the goal for an apparent goal!  St. Joseph celebrates a great goal!  However the officials get together and realizing no one else touched the ball on the indirect kick, so it is NOT a goal.  As you can imagine, the large crowd on had did not understand.  It was explained to the St. Joseph coaches Charlie Wiegers and Tom Dolan.  The officials, John Bollinger and Kurt Laynar then went along the spectator side of the field explaining the call.  Finally, Coach (and CYC Official) Tom Dolan came over at halftime and told the fans the officials made the correct call.  A RAS to both officials and the coaches for explaining the situation to the fans and controlling what could have gotten out of hand.

CYC Soccer & Volleyball Spirit Games

Saturday, November 26 is the day for the CYC Spirit Games for both Soccer and Volleyball.
Read about the Spirit Games click here . . .

Soccer games are going on this morning at the Lou Fusz Soccer Complex.
The games are being hosted by the St. Charles CYC District.
Click here for schedule and more info . . .

The 2016 Spirit of St. Louis Volleyball Games are being played at the Center-St. Louis, 6727 Langley Ave St. Louis, MO 63123 with Opening Ceremonies at 5:00PM. 
They will be hosted by the North County CYC District. Click here for schedule and more info . . .

List of participating players can be found on the corresponding pages.
Congratulations to all on your selection to your District's Spirit Team!

2016 Archdiocesan Soccer Championships

Archdiocesan Soccer Championships have been completed. Monday, November 21st the Parochial Girls and 8th grade girls’ games were finished, thus wrapping up the 2016 Soccer season. Over 1500 teams participated in the program this year, with 150 teams competing in the Championships.
Champions were decided in 21 different divisions. Congratulations to all teams.

A big thank you goes out to our South County and North County Districts for a great job in hosting this year’s Championships. We also extend this to our hosting parishes and their workers.
Assumption, St. Margaret Mary, Queen of All Saints, Immaculate Conception-Arnold, Our Lady-Festus, St. Sabina, St. Angela Merici, St. Norbert, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Sacred Heart-Florissant.

To see all the results and brackets click here . . .

CYC Nights at St. Louis U Basketball and Ambush Soccer



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