December 2012

You are invited to attend the St. Louis Youth Sports Summit

                                   

The St. Louis Sports Commission is hosting the St. Louis Youth Sports Summit on Saturday morning January 12, 2013.  Parents, coaches and any adult associated with youth sports are invited, in fact encouraged,  to attend this FREE program.  It will be held at Maryville University Auditorium from 8:30 am – 12:30pm.  This year’s keynote speaker is Mia Hamm.  Additionally you can choose to attend two breakout sessions from the following topics:
- Sports Parenting
- Coaching Leadership
- Signs & symptoms of head injuries
- Gambling in youth sports
- Sportsmanship Initiative
- Others to be announced
For more details go to the St. Louis Sports Commission website at http://www.stlsports.org/sportsmanship/events/youth-sports-summit.  This event offers a great deal of information on how to insure our children enjoy a fun, safe and positive youth sports experience. 
 

Stocking Stuffer??? - Holiday Fun - and More!

How about tickets to a college basketball game or 2 or 4?  If you are looking for a great deal, here it is!  You can buy a ticket to sit close to the SLU Billiken basketball action for only $5 and get TWO college games for that low...low price!   

CYC Nights at St. Louis University Men's & Women's BASKETBALL 

SLU Men's Basketball - Friday, December 28 vs SIU-Edwardsville - 7pm at Chaifetz Arena -           All CYC tickets (Kids, Family & Friends) are only $5.  Seats are lower level in the student section, behind the basket!!! and must be reserved in advance by calling the SLU Ticket Office at 314 977-1260 by 5pm December 27th. Kids please wear your CYC jerseys.  Everyone will also get a FREE ticket to the Women's game Saturday, January 12.

SLU Women's Basketball - Saturday, January 12 vs VCU - 7pm at Chaifetz Arena - Kids wearing CYC Jerseys get in FREE! Family and Friends can get tickets for only $4 if they call the SLU Ticket Office at 314 977-1260 by 5pm Friday, January 11th. There will be halftime contests.   If you want to participate in a halftime contest, contact Buzz at 314 353-8911 ext. 13 or email him at buzzswanston@archstl.org .

CYC Night at Missouri Valley Women's Semifinals

Saturday, March 16 at 5:00pm & 7:30pm at the Family Arena

Kids wearing CYC Jerseys get in FREE!  Family and Friends can get tickets for only $5.  ALL tickets, CYC players, family and friends must be reserved by March 4th by calling Buzz Swanston at at 314 353-8911 ext. 13 or email him at buzzswanston@archstl.org .  

...Random Acts of Sportsmanship Continued...and hopefully will continue to continue!

Our first Random Act of Sportsmanship (RAS) did not occur on a field or court, but in a library.  Sharon Mason of St. Anselm organized the West County Volleyball book drive to collect books for the Holy Trinity School library (above, those are Holy Trinity Students enjoying their new books).  The books were collected at the gym on a specific Saturday.  Thanks to all those West County teams that made this event such a success.  Altogether they collected 1049 books!  What a wonderful gesture that was greatly appreciated by Holy Trinity School.

The entire St. Angela Merici and St. Joseph-Cottleville Intermediate volleyball teams were chosen by the St. Louis Sportsmanship Brigade as displaying outstanding sportsmanship during their first round match of the Archdiocesan Playoffs.  Both teams, coaches and members of the Brigade are pictured above right.  Each team was awarded a gift certificate to Pizza Hut which they could use for their end of season party!

Further identified as RAS recipients for their actions in the St. Joseph-Cottleville versus St. Paul-Fenton Championship final were St. Joe players Ryan Toal (#10 serving below) and his teammate #16 Billy Arras for their positive encouragement and continued spirit throughout the match.  The both encourage and consoled teammates and through their actions proved that they too are champions in their own right.

Finally St. Joseph-Manchester parochial coach, Chris Hintz, was awarded a RAS for his consistent and positive coaching through out a hard fought Archdiocesan Playoff semifinal match, which went 3 sets.  When the games are close, the environment is tense and a loss means elimination, some coaches give in to the temptation of only playing their best players in crunch time.  Chris (with team below right) stuck with the rotation he used throughout the whole match.  All his players got to experience the excitement of the a good playoff match.

Playoffs - What a wonderful time for Sportsmanship

 

Archdiocesan Playoffs in Soccer and Volleyball started in mid-November and concluded December 9th.  Players, coaches and fans are anxious and excited about playing for the "City-County Championship".  That type of atmosphere can lead to a lot of different emotions.  At times those can be negative, but when sportsmanship shines through in this environment, it is a wonderful thing to witness.  Here are just some of the great sportsmanship that was on display during the CYC playoffs. 

 Mackenzie Daiber is a spark plug of positive energy and enthusiasm.  As her St. Joachim and Ann Crusader team (above left) played in their first round game, she was cheering on her teammates, congratulating them when they made a good play and helping keep their spirits up if they made an error.  In their first round game against Mary Queen of Peace, both teams started a little tentative and nervous.  But soon Mackenzie's energy spread to her entire team and they played high level volleyball.

Melissa Eichorn coaches the St. Catherine Laboure (SCL) Crusader girls volleyball team (above right in blue).  Her team was locked in a very tight, tense match with the defending Champions, St. Alban Roe.  In the middle of the third and deciding game the ball was hit through the ceiling rafters to the other side... or did it hit the rafters.  The officiating crew got together to be sure to get the call right.  The call was made, and it went against SCL.  Some of the loyal SCL fans began to voice their displeasure with the decision.  Coach Eichorn calmly stood up and said "Parents and fans, that will be enough."  The fans obliged.  The coach took quick and decisive action to make sure the fans didn't get out of hand, and put the focus back on playing the game.  Her act of sportsmanship help everyone in the gym stay focused on their roles:  Players Play, Coaches Coach, Officials Officiate and Fans cheer positively for their team. 

A team RAS (Random Act of Sportsmanship) goes to the St. Norbert Intermediate Boys Open team that played Thursday night at CVAC-B8.  Coach Scott Enstall and his team came up against a very good Ascension team in the first round of the playoffs.  In fact, Ascension went on to win the championship.  Ascension controlled the game, however the St. Norbert crew continued to work hard, never giving up and never turning the game into a rough, chippy contest.  They had a few second half scoring opportunities, but were never rewarded with a goal.  The should be very proud of their effort in a 4-0 loss.

Austin Blom plays 8th grade soccer for St. Gerard Majella.  He earns a RAS for encouraging and cheering on his teammates through out the game.  Quite often you could see him pat a teammate on the back for a nice effort and give compliments to teammates.  But the most impressive act came when there was a 50-50 ball that he was a tad late getting to.  He tripped his opponent.  Not a dirty play.  A foul was called.  But his opponent was down for a while.  He immediately went over to the downed opponent to make sure he would be alright, and apoligized.  Good Sportsmanship Austin!

Finally, two RAS were given out during the Junior Boys game between Ascension and St. Cecilia at CBC on Friday night, November 30th.  The first to Ascension coach, Tom Church.  He had a large team that evening and had a set rotation where his players played a very even amount of time through out the game.  Then the game went to overtime, and he kept his rotation, giving all his players plenty of playing time in an elimination game. 

On the St. Cecilia side, we were impressed by #11, Daniel Nyugen, and gave him a RAS when he collided with an opponent.  There was no foul, but his opponent went to the ground.  While the ball was still in play near him, he did not pursue the ball.  Instead he turned around and offered his hand, and helped the opponent up.  No doubt everyone saw that act of sportsmanship, as the ball was in the same area.  At the end of the half, both officials commented on Daniel's act of Sportsmanship.  Way to go Daniel!

CYC Officials Fleming & Picha    Tom Church's Ascension Jrs.    St. Cecilia Jrs, Daniel Nyugen in headband

Please keep your eyes open and let us know if you see a Random Act of Sportsmanship at a game.  It can be by a player, coach, official and even by fans.  If you see one, drop us a note describing it.  Send it to buzzswanston@archstl.orgThanks!

I Played CYC Sports

  

                                         Klages                Wilson             Friedman              Blood                   Mahl 

Many players that started playing sports in the CYC advance to play in high school and college.  As the fall sports season comes to an end, here are a few that have earned some academic and athletic honors at their universities.

  • Katie Klages and Hannah Wilson are teammates on the Evansville University volleyball team.  Katie is a Junior defensive specialist, and Hannah an outside hitter.  Katie led the team in digs and was third in aces.  While Hannah was second in both kills and digs for the Aces.
  • Maddie Friedman is a freshman at Ole Miss, and played a key role in the defensive backfield for the Rebels.  Mississippi finished with a 13-9 record and Maddie logged the most playing time on the team.
  • Tessa Blood helped the Washington University Bears to a 31-4 record this season.  She has worked hard to recover from a back injury suffered last year.  Mid way through the season she earned her spot on the right side back.
  • Victoria Mahl is a junior defensive specialist for the Rockhurst Hawks, which finished the season with a 28-7 record.  Victoria had 619 digs on the year, almost double the amount of any other teammate.  That helped her earn 3rd team honors in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
  • The MIT men's volleyball team has 3 former CYC players on it.  Junior Matt Hohenberger was just named Academic All-District.  He led his team with 365 kills and a hitting percentage of .323.  Teammate Pat Vatterott led the team in blocks, with 120 this season.  And Junior Kenny Siebert finished the year with a team high 51 aces and had 338 kills for the Engineers.
  • Jason Grant scored 5 goals and had 7 assists as a sophomore forward for Western Michigan's soccer team.  WMU finshed with a record of 11-6-2 and helped the Broncos to the highest collective grade-point average (3.45) among all Division I soccer programs.
  • Senior Nick Maglasang and the St. Louis University Billikens finished the season ranked in the top twenty.  Nick will never forget his overtime goal at the homecoming game to give SLU a 1-0 victory over Drake.
  • Junior roundballer, Mike Mayberger was named to the all-tournament team of the Lopata Classic played at Washington Univeristy.  Mike scored 22 points in the title game, but his Illinois Wesleyan team lost to the Wash. U. Bears 67-57.
  • IF YOU HAVE A STORY TO SHARE ABOUT A FORMER CYC PLAYER, PLEASE PASS IT ON TO Buzz Swanston at buzzswanston@archstl.org .  We love hearing about folks that Played CYC Sports!

 

All Saints Basketball Tournament

Date: 
01/04/2013 - 01/28/2013
Sport: 
Basketball

Location

All Saints Gym
7 McMenamy Rd
St. Peters, MO 63376
Grade and Gender: 
5th Grade Girls and Boys
Entry Fee: 
$120
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Bob Rodermund at 636 397-6841 or email b_rodermund@charter.net

Games will be played Friday nights, Saturday nights and Sunday day and nights.  The first 16 teams will be accepted.  Players must be on your league roster.  We will play by the CYC rules.  Entry forms are due by December 23rd. 

CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM AND MORE DETAILS

15th Annual St. Paul 7th Grade Pro-Life Basketball Tournament

Date: 
01/17/2013 - 01/21/2013
Sport: 
Basketball

Location

St. Paul Gym
1235 Church Rd
St. Paul, MO 63366
Grade and Gender: 
7th Grade Boys and Girls
Entry Fee: 
$125
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Jerome Mueller at 6muellers@charter.net

Proceeds benefit 7th grade class to help offset cost for their 8th grade Pro-Life trip and other class expenses.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND REGISTRATION FORM

The St. Clement Classic

Date: 
02/19/2013 - 03/03/2013
Sport: 
Basketball

Location

St. Clement
1510 Bopp Rd.
Des Peres, MO
Grade and Gender: 
8th Grade Boys and Girls
Entry Fee: 
$150 per team
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
David Stumpf at 314 308-5915 (cell) or david.stumpf@wellsfargo.com

For more information:

Barat Academy 7th Grade Girls Holiday Shootout

Date: 
12/29/2012 - 12/30/2012
Sport: 
Basketball

Location

Barat Academy
17815 Wild Horse Creek Rd.
Chesterfield, MO 63005
Grade and Gender: 
7th Grade Girls
Entry Fee: 
$150 per team
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Roger Luna at rogerwluna@hotmail

Barat Academy 7th Grade Boys Holiday Shootout

Date: 
12/22/2012 - 12/23/2012
Sport: 
Basketball

Location

Barat Academy
17815 Wild Horse Creek Road
Chesterfield, MO 63005
Grade and Gender: 
7th Grade Boys
Entry Fee: 
$150 per team
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Roger Luna at rogerwluna@hotmail