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CYC 75th Anniversary Memories

FREE Hitting Seminar - Nov. 10th at SLUH


Free Hitting Seminar, Thursday, Nov 10, 6:30 @ SLUH Computer Room
The purpose of this seminar is to cover the following:
1. history of the swing
2. why we don't teach what we see
3. understand the difference between style and technique
4. identify the common movements in the swing
5. identify the 3 core movements of the swing
6. learn how to evaluate video
9. discuss strategies in teaching the swing in groups vs individually
10. hitting pitches in different spots
11. adjusting to pitches that are different than what you anticipate
12. having a plan
13. proper batting practice
14 question/answer time

Hope you can join us for a fun evening!

Please RSVP with an email ( telling me your name, organization, and how many seats. The players are welcome, but this geared for parents and coaches.

SLU Youth Volleyball Promotion for CYC VB Teams

This Friday, October 21, and Sunday, October 23, Saint Louis University Volleyball will be having a youth volleyball promotion and we would like to invite CYC Volleyball teams to both games!

We are able to offer free admission to CYC players who are 13 years of age and younger, if they wear their team jersey to the game.

For players U-14+, coaches, family and friends we created a discounted group ticket for $4.00. For individuals interested in purchasing the $4.00 ticket they can CLICK HERE to purchase tickets and enter the promo code SLUVOL.

Please note, this $4.00 ticket special is only available online and not at the gate. If anyone needs assistance they can call the Billiken Ticket Office at 314-977-4SLU or visit

Dick's Customer Appreciation Event - Sat. Oct. 15

Saturday, October 15th at the West County Location from 9am to 3pm Dick's Sporting Goods is hosting a Customer Appreciation Event.  Not only can you get 20% off most items (CLICK HERE for Coupon) but there will be many other highlights including:

  • Mystery Gift Card to the first 100 customers
  • DJ, Face Painter and Balloon Artist In Store
  • Raffles throughout the day prizes include:
  • Youth Baseball Package
  • Hitting Net, Batting Tee, Bucket of Balls and Bat
  • Football Hall Of Famer Orlando Pace Autographed Helmet
  • Autographed Baseballs from former St. Louis Players

Solovic Sisters Push Each Other

A very nice article about former CYC golfers in the Post-Dispatch and on STLToday, written by Steve Overby and photo by Ron Rigdon.


     At first glance, Emma and Claire Solovic appear to have the perfect sister relationship.
Think Brady Bunch. Or Family Ties.
     Emma, a 17-year-old senior at Seckman High, looks after for Claire, a 14-year-old freshman, like a mother hen.  Claire, on the other hand, spends much of her time trying to emulate her older sibling.
"They really are best friends," explained Wendy, their mom. "I can't remember them ever getting into a fight or anything like that."  That's because Wendy doesn't regularly attend on-course practice sessions.
That is where the dynamic changes greatly.  The two quickly drop their friendship, at least for the time being, while they aggressively try to beat each other's brains out in an 18-hole battle.
"Sometimes, she'll say something about how good her shot was," Emma said. "Then, I'll get mine closer and I'll make sure she hears about it."
     Claire, being the younger sister, takes a more simple approach.  "When she bothers me, I'll just look at her and say, 'Don't talk to me,' " the freshman said.  That on-course rivalry has helped make the Solovic sisters one of the best duos in the state.
     Both have qualified for the Class 2 girls golf state tournament, a two-day affair that begins Monday at Columbia Country Club.  Emma will be making her third trip to state after a 23rd-place finish last fall and a 40th-place performance as a freshman.  For the first time, she will get to share the experience with her little sister, who will be competing just a couple of foursomes away.  "It's great for both us," Emma said. "No matter what happens, it'll be something we'll both remember for a long time."
     The two possess exactly opposite golfing styles.  Emma, a righthander, uses an aggressive go-for-it style to get the job done. She is headed to the University of Central Missouri to play golf.  Claire, a lefthander, prefers to play it safe. She is coming off a strong summer where she turned heads at several national tournaments.
     Right now, both girls are nearly equal on the course.  "It would be hard to say one is better than the other," said PGA Professional and instructor Tom DeGrand, who serves as the swing coach for both girls. "Different types of players, but each one knows how to get the job done."  This season, Emma has bested Claire in most high school competitions. But last week, the younger Solovic posted a 5-over-par 77 to finish fourth in the sectional tournament at Crown Pointe Golf Club in Farmington. Emma was two strokes back.
Emma bested Claire by three strokes a week earlier as the girls finished second and third in district play.
     Both are in fine form heading into the biggest weekend of the high school season.  "I think it would be great to finish in the top 10," Emma said. "But I'm not going to put any pressure on myself. I'm just going to go out there and see how it goes."  Claire says she would be pleased with a top-20 finish.
"Since, it's my first time, I just want to enjoy it and have fun," Claire said.  DeGrand feels like both are capable of big things over the next few days.  "They're both peaking and right time," he said. "And they're both working on the right things."
     Wendy and her husband Brian are simply going to enjoy the moment. They will take turns following their daughters around the course, switching off from one day to the other.  Although relatively equal in skill at this point, Claire seems to have an amazing upside, according to DeGrand.  He believes that if Claire's game progresses as it has over the past six months, she could be headed to an NCAA Division I school after she graduates.  The freshman is coming off a sizzling summer. She captured the Missouri Women's Amateur age 14-15 crown and finished an fourth among all age groups. In addition, she represented Missouri at the IMG Academy Jr. World Championships in San Diego.  Emma finished second in the Missouri Women's Junior Amateur Championships. Plus, she is enjoying her best high school campaign.  "I feel like my game is where I want it to be right now," she said.  Emma is the more outgoing of the two. Claire is somewhat quiet and reserved.
     No matter what happens at the state tournament, the girls will return to their usual level of sisterhood Wednesday.  "In the end, we're still sisters and we still have each other's back," Emma said.

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