Cadet Baseball: Off-Season Preparation Equals Commitment

Andrew Grunik, Turret staff writer

The Cadet varsity baseball team is looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss in the first round of the playoffs last spring. After having a strong season with a record of 21-11 the Cadets are training hard in the off-season and have their sights set on a state championship. The team will be returning a large number of seniors who have a vast amount of experience on the varsity team.

“I can’t wait to get started,” said senior infielder Shane Melbrod. “This is our year.”

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HAIL TO THE BROTHERS BOYS: Cadets Claim MCC Crown With Win Over Jr. Bills

Tom Hartbeck, Turret staff writer

CBC swept the Metro Catholic Conference (MCC) this year. The final scorecard for conference play read 216-16. CBC won the MCC for the fifth consecutive year and has been undefeated since 2009.

“Winning the conference is always a big thing for us,” Cadets coach Scott Pingel told STLToday. “A lot of these guys know and have played with the kids from Vianney, Chaminade and De Smet. I don’t really think we played at a high level tonight. We did not sustain a lot of drives on offense – but we were able to make the big plays.”

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Cadet Football: MCC Title Game and What the State is Missing

Tom Hartbeck, Turret staff writer

CBC football has once again shown how dominant they have been this season with a 60-0 shutout of the neighboring De Smet Spartans.  Though it has been a tough year up on Ballas Road, CBC’s conference foes have not scored in the last three games. An MCC title game between the Cadets and SLU High School is set for Friday.

For 88 years CBC versus SLUH has been one of the premier football rivalries in St. Louis. It is the second oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi River (only behind Webster Groves versus Kirkwood). This will decide the winner of the MCC. Either way, CBC will claim at least a share of the title. With a win over the Jr. Bills, CBC will win outright. On a history note, if the Cadets can get the shutout, this team would be the first in St. Louis history to blank all conference opponents.

CBC now averages 54.8 points a game. The last time CBC was scored on was midway through the 3rd quarter of the Fort Zumwalt West game and the final score was 52-21 in the Cadets favor.  The statistics speak for themselves; CBC is 329-35 over the entire season. The defense is the standout on this team with 35 points over six games and four shutouts.

“We have been focusing on what we need to do to take away what teams do best,” defensive coordinator Butch Dimovitz said in an interview. “But most importantly, we have been focusing on improving our fundamentals and our technique: getting better at our trade.”

According to STLToday.com area rankings, CBC is ranked fourth behind Hazelwood Central, Rockhurst,  and Francis Howell, respectively. In the STLToday.com Missouri Sportswriters poll the Cadets are sixth. This past week, No. 1 Lee’s Summit West lost 44-38 and No. 3 Blue Springs lost 14-13. That makes the undefeated teams in the state Kirkwood, Francis Howell, CBC, and Hazelwood Central. The Cadets have outscored their opponents by a large margin and are going up in the polls.

The Cadets play as a team so that nobody stands out. Maybe that’s what coach Scott Pingel intends. He wants his team to stand out, not just his players.

Cadet Football Rolling in 2014: Pivotal Game With CCP Ahead

Tom Hartbeck, Turret staff writer

Coach Bob Shannon is one of the best known high school football coaches in the country. He retired in 2007 after being at the helm of the Cadets since 1999. He went 56-39 with CBC after a long and historic career with the East St. Louis Flyers, leading them to multiple Illinois titles and a National Championship. Under his guidance, CBC, led by running back Rayon Simmons made its first trip to The Show-Me Bowl in 2006, losing to Blue Springs South 41-7. In his tenure, CBC had developed a reputation for playing a “smashmouth” style of game and more and more athletes in the St. Louis area wanted to be “Brothers for life”.  It was clear that Cadet Football had turned a corner in the Shannon era.

In 2008, the first year head coach Scott Pingel was hired, he went 4-6. Needless to say the man who holds the NCAA record for receiving yards in a career had some big shoes to fill. After molding the program to his own early on, Coach Pingel has built a perennial contender out of CBC Football in the past five years. In 2011 led by Arion Penton, Dalton Demos and Jonathan Parker, CBC made it back to the dome in an undefeated campaign but fell once again to Blue Springs South 40-37.  Since all players in the current program have gone through CBC under his microscope, the Cadets are 47-7.

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CBC Football: Seasoned Senior Defense Leads the Way into 2014

By Tom Hartbeck, Turret staff writer

CBC defense looks to lead the way into 2014. Last season the Cadets fell in the District 2, 6A final to Hazelwood Central, 26-24. This year the Cadets will be sporting new leaders as well as a new look. This year’s captains are Damion Baker, Calen Taylor, Alec Wardenburg, Quintin Wynne, and Eric Carrera.

Historically known for offence, CBC will look to lead on the defensive side of the ball. Mr. Nick Buckvar, defensive back coach for the Cadets, said  “For the 2014 season, we return five guys who all started games last year. At safety, seniors Sean Boyd and Eric Carrera both started last season. However, mid-way through the season, Sean Boyd suffered a dislocated hip in practice, and current junior Lamar Anderson started the rest of the season. In addition to the three returning starters at safety, junior Tyler England has put in a great off season and will compete for playing time. At the corner positions we return two experienced corners in seniors Damion Baker and Hunter Robinson. Also competing for a starting spot and playing time at corner will be junior Rashon Davis and senior NaMonte Hawthorne.”

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