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Archdiocesan briefs

Twisted gifter

St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood teamed up with locally owned Pretzel Boy’s for a delivery to all Vianney students, faculty and staff the week of March 30. It’s a gift from Vianney President Mike Loyet Class of 1977 to acknowledge the work of the school community under extraordinary conditions. The owner of Pretzel Boy’s, Tim Garvey, says Vianney’s 572 delivery orders means he can keep his staff employed longer in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Garvey plans to pay it forward by donating more than 1,000 pretzels in Vianney’s name to an area food pantry. Vianney moved to distance learning on March 24, following the protocols shared by local, regional, and national authorities. The school’s mission since its founding in 1960 is to form young men for spiritual, academic and personal excellence in the Catholic, Marianist tradition. This partnership with Pretzel Boy’s allows the school to support a local business while supporting its community.

High school hoops stars

The Missouri Basketball Coaches Association named Caleb Love of Christian Brothers College High School Mr. Show-Me Basketball. Mr. & Miss Show-Me Basketball is the organization’s highest player honor. It goes to a senior player that exhibits exceptional talent and skill along with strong character. Love also was named Missouri boys Class 5 Player of the Year. Academic All State Awards went to St. Joseph Academy’s Kathryn Conaty, Katie Distelrath, Sydney Hilker, Alaina Novotny, Sarah Stewart, Victoria Unnerstall and Allie Westphal; Duchesne’s Amanda Maasen and Claire Weber; Valle Catholic’s Mallory Weiler. All State players are Incarnate Word Academy’s Saniah Tyler; Cardinal Ritter’s Gary Clark and Mario Flemming; Trinity Catholic’s Ryan Kalkbrenner; St. Mary’s Sofara Rasas; Chaminade’s Tarris Reed, Jr. and Luke Kasubke and CBC’s Love. Coach of the Year awards went to Cardinal Ritter’s Ryan Johnson, CBC’s Justin Tatum, Chaminade’s Frank Bennett and Incarnate Word Academy’s Dan Rolfes. Inducted into the Coaches Hall of Fame will be Gary Koch who has more than 600 wins at Ste. Genevieve, Valle Catholic, St. Pius X, Festus, and Pacific High Schools. He was the head women’s basketball coach at Mineral Area College the past 14 years.

For Holy Week

In 1999, three Catholic men from St. Louis, Ray Duffy with Zip Rzeppa and the late Declan Duffy, founded a musical group, Eyes of the Heart, to offer live performances and CDs to 17 parishes in the archdiocese. The body of work included four meditations honoring Jesus, Our Heavenly Father, The Holy Spirit and Our Blessed Mother. They ceased doing live performances in 2008 when Declan Duffy’s health began to decline. To honor his memory, the remaining members of the group developed a website, www.eyesoftheheart.us, which features an online version of the four meditative works. One of the works is “A Requiem for Jesus,” a meditation on the seven last sentences spoken by Jesus on the cross.

New deadline

The Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship deadline for high school seniors has been extended to Thursday, April 30. New applications must be sent via email. Submissions are accepted from anyone who mailed or faxed an application before March 31. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their award by June 1. For information, contact Sports Commission Foundation Director Solomon Alexander by email at [email protected] or call (314)345-5130. For an application, visit www.bit.ly/2UuFZFc.

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