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‘Tremendous excitement’ in parish of British Open winner Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry returned home to the small parish in Ireland's Midlands region and received a hero's welcome July 23 after winning the British Open golf tournament two days earlier.

Lavelle’s Catholic alma mater cheers her goals, team’s World Cup victory

Rose Lavelle skyrocketed from a star player, loping across the soccer fields at her Catholic girls high school in Cincinnati, to a superstar, scoring three goals for the U.S. women's team at the World Cup and winning the Bronze Ball as the third-best player in the tournament.

Brooklyn Collars vs. Scholars game part of Catholic education celebration

A friendly softball game in the Brooklyn Diocese saw the clergy edge a team of principals and teachers of diocesan schools. It was a way to toast Catholic education, "honor our students and have a nice evening," said a priest.

Devon Prep gets hot at right time, captures state baseball title

A six-game winning streak capped a 12-13 season, then the Tide rolled through the District 12 playoffs and the PIAA class 2A playoffs on the strength of small-ball execution and shut-down pitching.

St. Joe’s Prep crew heading to London after Stotesbury win

The Prep's varsity 8 boys won gold on the Schuylkill last month, earning a place at the international Royal Henley Regatta on the River Thames July 3-7.

Two of 3 area Catholic schools capture state lacrosse titles

It was Bishop Shanahan in a rout for the PIAA Class 2A championship, La Salle in a dramatic late-game win for the 3A title and, alas, Villa Maria losing a heart breaker in the Class 2A final. John Knebels wraps up all the action.

More than a few fans prayed for St. Louis Blues to win Stanley Cup

Before the St. Louis Blues won the NHL's Stanley Cup for the first time in the team's 52-year history June 12, people shared their hopes for divine intervention -- maybe even from St. John Paul II, who visited the city in 1999.

Teams ending their season in state playoffs view it as success

The highs and lows of their sports were in full bloom this week as five Catholic League softball teams and four baseball squads came up short in the PIAA playoffs. All pointed proudly to their campaigns.

Shanahan drops tight District 1 final to rival but goes on to states

The Lady Eagles lost 1-0 to West Chester East, to whom they lost twice during the regular season, in the district final. But they went on to win their opening round game in the PIAA playoffs.

Toronto Raptors’ player took a shot at priesthood training

When Pascal Siakam was in his young teens attending a minor seminary in Cameroon he likely never imagined he'd be playing in the NBA Finals. He found basketball through a former 76er and fellow Cameroonian.