December 2011

Immaculate Heart of Mary Basketball Tournament (4th Grade)

Date: 
02/03/2012 - 02/18/2012
Sport: 
Basketball

Location

Immaculate Heart of Mary
Grade and Gender: 
4th Grade Boys and Girls
Entry Fee: 
$90 per team
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Kevin Sullivan at 314-479-8310

Immaculate Heart of Mary Basketball Tournament (3rd Grade Boys/5th Grade Girls)

Date: 
01/06/2012 - 01/20/2012
Sport: 
Basketball

Location

Immaculate Heart of Mary
Grade and Gender: 
3rd Grade Boys and 5th Grade Girls
Entry Fee: 
$90
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Kevin Sullivan at 314-479-8310

Sportsmanship Abounds

***  "DIG up your old coats, PASS them on, and SET up someone for Winter"  That was the motto of the St. Anselm Volleyball teams as they sponsored a Coat drive on November 12, 2011 as volleyball games were played at their gym.  They collected 178 coats and 8 large bags of assorted gloves, mittens, hats and scarves.  Items were donated to the Wellston Center, Our Lady of Perpetual Help thrift store and 2 shelters.  What a wonderful way to wrap up the volleyball season.  Congrats to all involved.

                                                       The Sportsmanship Brigade raided a few more CYC gyms during volleyball playoffs.  They found some good sports and wrote about them on their Sportsmanship Blog, http://stlsportsmanship.blogspot.com/ .  With the permission of Solomon Alexander, we have copied his stories below:

*** The Sportsmanship Brigade recognized McKenzie Spurlock of Holy Trinity in St. Louis on Saturday. Spurlock's 7th grade volleyball team took on St. Bridget in the Catholic Youth Council (CYC) quarterfinals. Brigade members have witnessed several great acts of sportsmanship during this volleyball season, but never with this much on the line. This is the playoffs. How would players act if a call went the wrong way or the score got out of hand? Well, McKenzie Spurlock showed us that good sportsmanship never takes a break and great players can have great attitudes. Holy Trinity and St. Bridget played three spirited sets and it was close throughout. Neither team lost its cool, but Spurlock stood out as she treated the game as if it were a family outing in the park.  She did everything she could to help her team win and she was having fun doing it. Spurlock encouraged her team on the court and continued even when she was on the bench. This is the type of attitude we want our kids to display: Play hard. Play to win. Play with respect. Play for fun. The word play is a key element here. Whenever you play anything, it's supposed to be fun. By the way, Holy Trinity did advance to the semifinals. Don't know how they played, but I'm sure they had a blast. 

*** 2011 concluded in grand style for the Sportsmanship Brigade. We visited the Catholic Youth Council (CYC) 6th grade boys volleyball playoffs on Saturday. St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and Immaculate Conception of Dardenne Prairie (ICD) locked horns in the quarterfinals. It was a very aggressive match and the boys left all they had on the court. They were diving and grunting all over the place. Yet, they played with respect and played within the rules - which by the way has been a common theme throughout the Brigade's visits to CYC games. St. Rose took the first set and seemed confident going into the second. ICD had other plans, though. They took the second and third sets to advance to the semifinals.  These young men are good athletes and even better people. The Brigade recognized five young men - three from ICD and two from St. Rose. All cheered for their teammates when they were on the bench and were seen encouraging teammates and even opponents seemingly after every play on the court. The reason you only see four boys in the picture with me is because the second young man from St. Rose left with his parents before we could catch up. His coach accepted the award on his behalf. We were very impressed with both teams. 

*** Two different times during the playoffs, I felt a great sense of National pride.  The first came during the National Anthem at St. Martin de Porres with the two Cadet girls teams lined up in the middle of the field facing the stands, about a third of the way through the National Anthem the song started to break-up and stopped completely.  The two teams Immaculate Conception-Dardenne and St. Francis of Assisi, coaches and officials picked right up and sang the rest of the anthem.

Then a similar situation happend at Christ Prince of Peace during the boys volleyball finals.  The batteries for the i-pod that was playing the national anthem died.  So for the last three matches the gym director asked if anyone would step forward and lead the crowd in singing the National Anthem.  Two of the scorekeepers stepped up.  The crowd very willingly chimed in, and although it wasn't recording studio quality it did give me goose bumps.

*** District rivals respect and cheer each other during playoff run.  Two St. Charles 7th grade girls volleyball teams qualified for the Archdiocesan playoffs.  They have been rivals in league play for years.  However, when the St. Joseph-Cottleville team played in their semifinal match the entire Holy Trinity team and most parents came and cheered for St. Joe.  When the match was over, Tory, one of the St. Joe players and Kevin Rygelski, the St. Joe coach came over and thanked the Holy Trinity team and fans for the encouragement they provided.  Great sportsmanship and a wonderful bond between the teams!

*** The Spirit Games are an obvious place for good sportsmanship.  However, it can be difficult to make players from different parishes feel comfortable in a short period of time.  Jason Alexander and Maggie Ebling did a great job of doing just that with the West County Volleyball Spirit team this past November.  They got the girls together ahead before the games and helped them break the ice with a pizza party and practice.  Both coaches feel as if new friendships were formed based on their Spirit Game experience.  Thanks to the coaches and thanks to the players for coming into a new situation willing to adapt.  As a side note, we know that the South Central and North County Spirit teams do similar things to help the girls get to know each other.  Thanks to all involved for going the extra mile to make a good situation much better!

*** Mike Green, coach of the St. Paul junior boys team wanted to commend the officials and his opponents, Christ Prince of Peace, for great sportsmanship in their last league game of the season.  The game was not close in the second half, and teams can get goofy, or start playing a rougher, but he said CPOP continued to work hard and played good clean soccer to the end.

*** St. Michael's would like to recognize the Sacred Heart-VP 4th grade girls volleyball team coached by Mullen for being such great sports.  The team, coaches, families and fans were cheered in a very positive manner.  Everyone involved with them was very friendly and upbeat.  They played the last game of the day at St. Michaels and some of the Sacred Heart folks help put chairs away and clean up the gym after the match.

*** Torri Brotherton was looking forward to playing her 8th grade volleyball season at St. Mary Magdalen in Brentwood this fall.  However, she was injured and was not able to play all season.  Even though she does not go to St. Mary Magdalen school, she has a lot of friends on the team.  So she became the team manager and came to practices and games and cheered her teammates on all season long.  What a great display of sportsmanship for you team.  Very impressive Torri!

*** We would like to recognize two Holy Redeemer volleyball players as great sports and great teammates.  Kelly Komotos is on the 7th grade girls team.  She works very hard at practice and games, and is always willing to listen to coaching and work on those suggestions.  She has a positive attitude and has a heart the size of Texas.  DJ Moll plays on the 8th grade boys team.  He goes out of his way to take care of his teammates.  He is the first to compliment a teammate when they make a good play.  One of the last weeks of the season he was blocked by an opponent, obviously frustrated at being blocked, but he looked through the net and told the St. Paul player, "Nice block".  That's not easy to do, but it is a very sportsman-like thing to do.

Save these Dates - CYC Events

               Tuesday, December 27, 7pm     - CYC Night at St. Louis University Men's Basketball vs. Texas Southern at Chaifetz Arena.  Buy a ticket to this game ($10) and get a free ticket to the Saturday, February 18 game vs Fordham.  Call the Billiken ticket office at 314 977-1260 by December 23 at noon to order your tickets.

Saturday, January 14, 8:30am - 12:00                           -                                 St. Louis Youth Sports Summit at Maryville University Auditorium.  This seminar, sponsored by the St. Louis Sports Commission is for coaches, parents and administrators of youth sports.  It is a FREE event, but you must register by calling 314 345-5130 or click here to go to the St. Louis Sportsmanship page.

  Saturday, January 28 - 7pm                          - CYC Night at St. Louis University Women's game vs Richmond at Chaifetz Arena.  All players in CYC jerseys get in FREE, and their family and friends can order tickets for $4.  Must call the SLU ticket office at 314 977-1260 on or before Friday, January 27 to reserve tickets.  There will be a half time contest.  If you would like to sign up for that, contact Buzz at 314 353-8911 ext. 13 or at buzzswanston@archstl.org.  First come, First serve!

     Saturday, March 10 - 5pm and 7:30pm - CYC Night at the Missouri Valley Conference Womens Championships at the Family Arena.  All players in CYC jerseys can get a FREE ticket.  Family and friends can get a discounted ticket for only $5.  All tickets, players, family and friends must be reserved by Friday, February 24th by calling Buzz at 314 353-8911 ext. 13 or email him at buzzswanston@archstl.org.  There will be a CYC poster contest at the games.  Prizes for the best posters! 

2011 St. Stephen Holiday Hoop Fest

Date: 
12/26/2011 - 12/28/2011
Sport: 
Basketball

Location

St. Stephen
3949 Wilmington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63116
Grade and Gender: 
8th Grade Boys and Girls
Entry Fee: 
$125 per team
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Lisa Klutho at edlisa@charter.net or 314-276-4323

For more information:

Smorgasbord of Sportsmanship - Random Acts!!!

We have had a large number of Random Acts of Sportsmanship (RAS) spotted over the past month, and we want to recognize all of them.

- We want to thank the St. Louis Sports Commission's Sportsmanship Brigade that made appearances at few CYC volleyball games and recognized the following Random Acts of Sportsmanship:

* The Grace Christian Saints hosted St. Joseph in a CYC 5th grade volleyball match-up on Saturday. Both team played with tremendous class and character. Sportsmanship Brigade members rewarded Ivana Pease and Sophie Ellis of Grace and St. Joseph respectively. Ellis competed at a very high level while encouraging her teammates throughout. Even when plays went against her team, Ellis was the primary motivator. The same could be said of Pease - who took her role a step further. She started an impromptu cheer for her teammates while she was on the bench. When I asked Pease about her cheer after the match she said, "Oh, I didn't start it. It was my teammates and I just joined in." Brigade members clearly saw Pease start the cheer, but her humility makes her stand out all the more.

* The Sportsmanship Brigade began its November schedule Friday night with a visit to Immacolata School. The home team took on St. Peter in a volleyball match-up of eighth-graders. Immacolata won the match 2-1, but the attitudes of both teams guaranteed there wouldn't be any losers on this court. Sophie Hibbard of Immacolata ran to a teammate who had been having a bad game. She could be heard from the stands saying, "That's alright. Keep your head. We'll get the next one." Hibbard's encouragement helped her team in a match that could've easily gone either way.

* On Friday night, St. Angela Merici met St. Norbert in an eighth grade volleyball match-up. St. Norbert is a well-oiled machine that breathes teamwork and sweats sportsmanship. These young ladies are a complete unit. They play at a high level while maintaining a high level of character. St. Norbert represents a prime example of winning with class. They played hard and played to win. Yet, they never disrespected their opponents through gloating or excessive celebration. It didn't take long for Brigade members to determine that this week's recognition would be a team award. Congratulations to coach Amy Porter and her entire team. St. Norbert is a near-perfect combination of class and skill.

- Claire Nelson broke her arm last week after the volleyball game and showed up at the game today to cheer her team.  She was supportive and encouraging the girls the whole game. She is on the Our Lady Festus 5th grade team.  Way to go Claire!

- I just want to let you know that I had the privilege of witnessing volleyball at it's finest this past Friday night 11/4. Your St. Peter's 8th grade girls team coached by Beth Molloy and Lisa Belloli played Sacred Heart in our gym. Both teams were full of talent and were really playing with passion and as a team. It was just amazing to watch! Both of your coaches were very positive & encouraging...definitely wonderful role models for young teenagers. All of the fans were so into it as well..in a very positive way. The referees even commented that it was a pleasure to hear both sets of fans encouraging and cheering on their teams...instead of complaining about calls. How refreshing!!! The place just felt electrified so much so that one of our courts ended earlier than this match. A lot of those fans came over to see what all the excitement was about. it was just a 'WOW' kind of game as both teams played their hearts out. The volleys went on and on. It was fun to be a part of it.

I wish I had a camera at the end of the game when all 5 coaches met at the net to shake hands and the exchange was very positive knowing how well their girls just played. Also, as both teams were filing out into the lobby, Sacred Heart families were chatting with St. Peter's familes. It was truly an example of what CYC is all about.

- I coach the soccer team for the 7th grade boys at St. Clement. During a game against St. Monica we had a hard shot on goal that slipped through the hands of the goalie for St. Monica. After a couple bounces, the goalie jumped on the ball. When he grabbed it, it appeared that he moved the ball over the line, but the referees made no call and the boys kept playing. The goalie laid on the ground not moving. After a couple seconds, he jumped up and rolled the ball out to the middle calling it a goal himself. I find it very impressive that a 13 year old boy had the wherewithal to make a call like that on himself. I have no idea what his name is, but he should be proud of himself as should his coach, parents and parish.  Now that is very impressive!

We invite you to continue to send in any and all Random Acts of Sportsmanship you see at the CYC games you are attending.  Send them to buzzswanston@archstl.org - "Good Sports make great games!" 

St. Louis Youth Sports Summit

     

The St. Louis Youth Sports Summit once again invites all Youth Coaches, Parents and Admistrators to join in their annual Sports Summit on Saturday, January 14, 2012 from 8:30am to 12:30pm at Maryville University Auditorium.  This year's kenote address will be given former St. Louis University's former basketball star, Scott Highmark.  In addition there will be breakout sessions on CPR, Sports Parents and Technology in Youth Sports.  For more information, click here.