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Masters champion, product of Dallas Jesuit prep school, remains humble

Jordan Spieth autographs memorabilia for young fans after a free golf clinic for youth at the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas, May 18. Spieth, an amateur golfer, was appearing in his first PGA tournament. (CNS photo/Jenna Teter, Texas Catholic) Posted on April 15th, 2015

That’s no surprise to those who know the new Masters champion, who set course records at Augusta, Georgia, from April 9-12 on his way to the coveted prize and the iconic green blazer. They say he has kept family first, especially his younger sister, Ellie, who is autistic.


Cancer claims freshman basketball player known for ‘determined spirit’

Ohio college basketball player Lauren Hill, who died of cancer April 10, is pictured in a 2014 photo. (CNS photo/courtesy Mount St. Joseph University) Posted on April 14th, 2015

Lauren Hill, a Mount St. Joseph University freshman who gained international attention when she pursued her dream of playing college basketball even as her inoperable brain cancer advanced, died overnight April 10. She was 19.


Four of six Catholic League teams capture state titles

Roman Catholic standout guard Tony Carr (10) and teammates take a timeout during the Catholic League championship Feb. 23 at the Palestra, as Roman coach Chris McNesby (center, in gray) calls his players to the bench. (Sarah Webb) Posted on March 27th, 2015

In Roman Catholic’s AAAA state championship win last weekend, an injured senior thought he was done for the year — until the coach put him in near the end of the game.


Group tends to spiritual needs, shares the good news at spring training

Ray McKenna of Catholic Athletes for Christ talks with Kansas City Royals special assistant Mike Sweeney, right, and relief pitcher Ryan Madson before a spring training game March 10 in Surprise, Arizona. Madson is in the Rite of Christian Initiation program and will join the Catholic Church at Easter. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) Posted on March 23rd, 2015

The crack of the bat is a sure sign of spring, one that calls Ray McKenna to the field.


Five Catholic schools playing for state basketball titles

Ciani Cryor, right, led her Neumann-Goretti teammates to the PIAA state championship, AAA Division,  Friday March 20. (Sarah Webb) Posted on March 20th, 2015

The Neumann-Goretti girls waltzed to the state championship today, March 20, as four more boys and girls Catholic teams from the archdiocese prepare for their state final games in Hershey — see our predictions on their outcomes.


St. Andrew’s captures state CYO basketball title

St. Andrews basketball2 Posted on March 20th, 2015

The girls CYO basketball team of St. Andrew Parish, Newtown, captured the state CYO championship Sunday, March 15 by beating St. Bernadette of the Erie Diocese, 32-18. St. Andrew’s earned the trip to the tournament held at Berks Catholic High School and went undefeated in three games to capture the title. The team and coaches […]


Forging uphill, and liking the challenge

Posted on March 13th, 2015

St. Basil Academy’s basketball team didn’t win the Catholic Academies League but they have nonetheless advanced to the PIAA state quarterfinal game tonight. Solid fundamentals bolster their stifling team defense.


Archdiocesan CYO champs St. Andrew’s heads to state tourney

After winning the archdiocesan girls’ CYO championship, the team poses for a photo including (from left) Maria D’Aulerio, Tara McGuigan, Bailey Vetter, Olivia Boyle, Cami Polinsky, Kate Mix, Belle Spinelli, Dana Bandurick, Lauren Vesey and (back row, from left) coaches Jim Staudt, John Coleman and Greg Gerber. Teammates not shown are Jessie Buten and Anna Needle. Posted on March 12th, 2015

The girls’ varsity CYO basketball team of St. Andrew Parish, Newtown, will play in the state CYO championship tournament in Reading this weekend.


Seminarians play basketball vs. Blessed Teresa’s CYO

Blessed Teresa Basketball DSCF0597 Posted on March 10th, 2015

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Limerick hosted a game between the high school CYO boys and a team of seminarians from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, all to support vocations.


Top-rated Saints avoid a shocker to win girls’ title

Sianni Martin (left) of Neumann-Goretti drives to the basket past Archbishop Wood's Shannon May. Posted on February 27th, 2015

Few gave Archbishop Wood much of a chance against the nation’s number-one team, Neumann-Goretti, in the Catholic League championship. But the Saints prevailed narrowly, winning 50-45.


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