Fall sports — at the high school and grade school levels — are nearing completion, with high school and CYC soccer championships held this month.
The high school soccer championships occurred in St. Louis at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton. St. Louis Priory won the Class 2 Missouri State High School Activities Association championship with a 3-0 victory over Lincoln College Prep of Kansas City.
Priory scored three goals in the first half. In just the third minute of the game, junior forward Drew Ahlering gave Priory the lead. Midway through the half, freshman forward William Kelly scored. Kelly added another goal just before the end of the half.
Priory, 19-7 this season, recorded 10 shots, while Priory goalie Gregory L'Hommedieu saved the only two shots on goal out of eight shots by Lincoln.
The win Nov. 4 marked the third state championship for Priory and coach John Mohrmann, who also won in 2005 and 2011. The team won 12 games in a row at the end of the season.
Mohrmann said his team was "a very, very focused and disciplined group."
The coaches and players had a good feeling at the beginning of the year, but knew they'd be challenged because they're a young group with only four seniors, Mohrmann said. "It took a while to get game experience and figure things out a bit. But we were competitive from the start," he said.
Priory lost to highly ranked, large schools at the start of the season, but played well. "We just set our sights on getting better every week," the coach said. "The team practiced very well. It was a team thing. They challenged and supported each other, coming along gradually and peaking at the right time."
Priory also won 3-0 in the semifinal game Nov. 3 against Southern Boone High School of Ashland. Kelly, David Villarreal and Joseph Hunt scored for Priory. In the quarterfinals, Priory defeated Duchesne 3-1 with goals from Ross, Kelly and junior Jack Taul.
St. John Vianney fell just short of a championship in Class 4. The Griffins lost 3-2 Nov. 11 against Rockhurst of Kansas City. Vianney's goals came from Marcus Harris and Jacob Sansone. Shots were nearly even, with Rockhurst having 13 and Vianney 12. Vianney, 26-8-3, won in the semifinals 3-1 against Kickapoo of Springfield with goals from Sansone, Steven Bibas and Nicholas Christante.
Christian Brothers College High School finished third by defeating Kickapoo of Springfield 6-0 Nov. 11 in Fenton. CBC's Jacob Weiss and Tyler Herberholt each had two goals and Reese McKell and Hunter DeGrand each added one goal. Nick Randazzo and David Fitzgerald split time in goal. CBC's chance at a championship was stopped by Rockhurst Nov. 10 in a 2-1 loss. Jack Edwards scored CBC's goal. CBC ended the year 22-6-2.
The girls brackets of the Catholic Youth Council's CYC soccer program completed its playoffs Nov. 12. Only the parochial open division of the boys brackets had completed their playoffs, with Mary Queen of Peace in Webster Groves defeating St. Catherine Laboure in Sappington, 2-0. The rest of the boys competition was to end Nov. 19.
In the girls Midget (fifth grade) closed division, Our Lady in Festus defeated Holy Spirit in Maryland Heights 5-0 to win the championship. In the Midget open division, Ascension in Chesterfield won against St. Peter in Kirkwood, 1-0.
In the Crusader (sixth grade) closed division, St. Sabina in Florissant defeated St. Paul in Fenton, 3-1. In the Crusader open division, St. Paul in Fenton won against Holy Redeemer in Webster Groves, 4-0.
In the Cadet closed (seventh grade) division, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in Oakville defeated St. Joseph in Cottleville, 5-0. In the Cadet open division, Queen of All Saints in Oakville won over St. Peter in Kirkwood, 2-1 in overtime.
In the Intermediate (eighth grade) closed division, St. Simon the Apostle in south St. Louis County defeated Mary, Mother of the Church in south St. Louis County 2-0. In the Intermediate open division, Immaculate Conception in Arnold won over Holy Infant in Ballwin, 1-0.
In the Juvenile (ninth and 10th grades) division, St. Joseph in Manchester defeated St. Joseph in Cottleville, 2-0. In the Junior (11th and 12th grades) division, Holy Spirit in Maryland Heights won over Queen of All Saints in Oakville, 3-2 in overtime.
Parochial CYC volleyball playoffs will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 1, and all other divisions will play for the championships Dec. 2-3.