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Changes Coming to Baseball & Softball in 2017

In an effort to improve the overall experience for CYC Baseball and Softball players and families changes are being implemented, especially for the 5th through 8th grade teams in 2017.  Those changes are listed on the Baseball and Softball webpages.

Sportsmanship Shines on the Hardwood

Meet Brady Schnable

When we opened our emails Monday morning, there were a number of them nominating coaches, players, a whole team for the Random Acts of Sportsmanship Award all centered around one incident late in a 7th grade boys game between Holy Spirit and St. Charles Borromeo.  Borromeo was well ahead with 2 minutes left in the game when Coach Barteau (Borromeo) called time out.  A few fans thought it odd that the leading team would call timeout at this point in the game.  What happened next was an incredible display of sportsmanship and what the mission of CYC is all about.  The smallest player (by far) on the court, Brady Schnable, had the ball and was trying to make his first basket.  [ A little back story is needed here.  Brady was born with multiple birth defects including a congenital heart defect, but he doesn't let that define him.  This past April he had his second heart surgery, but he continues to play and try hard.  He can give his all for about 90 seconds before he has to come out of the game.]  He shot and missed.  The Borromeo team allowed him to rebound but he missed a few more times.  After a teammate made the basket, Borromeo inbounded the ball.  Coach Barteau (Borromeo) urged Brady to "Steal the Ball"!  Which he did.  He took a few more shots, but missed.  He was running out of steam.  Then with the encouragement of #34 on Borromeo's team he got closer to the hoop and Made a Basket!  The whole gym exploded in excitement!  After he made the shot all the players, on both teams gave Brady high fives.  After the game #22 came up to Brady gave him a high five and words of encouragement.  Coach Barteau taught his players and everyone in the gym a huge lesson in sportsmanship.  Here is a testimony from Coach Schnable, Brady's mom, " I want to thank the whole Borromeo team, Coach Barteau and #34 for giving Brady the opportunity to score his first basket.  It is a  moment that this momma will never forget."  Neither will everyone in the gym that day.

Two young basketball officials are also being recognized for their Random Acts of SportsmanshipMichael Oleson and Mason Jenkins are both juniors in high school.  They officiate in the St. Charles league.  The were nominated by coaches and the Officials coordinator.  They work hard at being good officials.  Not only do they make good calls, but they explain their calls so the players and coaches understand.  They are good young men who are outstanding representatives of the CYC program.

We remind everyone who attends a CYC game that if you see a Random Act of Sportsmanship to please bring it to our attention by sending an email to buzzswanston@archstl.org and simply explain what you saw.  It can be a player, coach, official and even fans can be recognized for their good sportsmanship.  We want to spread the word, because Good Sportsmanship makes Great Sports

SLU Pink Out Game - Party for 6157

St. Louis University Women's Basketball Team defeated Fordham Saturday night by a score of 82-58.  Over 900 CYC players and family members were part of the 6,157 fans that measured the largest crowd of the year for the Women this season.  CYCer, Sadie Stipanovich led all scorers with 22 points on the night.  That puts her in 4th place on the SLU career scoring list.  Teammate and A-10 player of the week, Jackie Kemp added 15 points for the Billikens.

In addition to a great game, the fans enjoyed plenty of pregame and in game activities in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.

CYC Spirit Games - Fun Night

Seventeen girls and boys teams from four different districts got together this past Saturday evening at the Center St. Louis for the Spirit basketball games.  Each team consisted of 8th grade players from various schools/organizations in their own district and played against like teams from other districts.  Each team played two games a piece.  The night began with a brief welcome and inspiring words from Khalia Collier, the owner and general manager of the 2 time defending National Champion, St. Louis Surge, women's basketball team. 

Thank you to Khalia and also Dave Stumpf, West County Basketball Coordinator, and his group who hosted the games.  It turned out to be a fun night for all.

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