CBC Soccer: The Tradition Continues

Jordan Kahrhoff, Turret staff writer

Terry Michler ‘65 is in his 44th year as the head soccer coach at CBC High School. Michler played three years on the varsity team at CBC and remembers the players’ desire to win even then.

“The one thing that has stayed consistent in all of those years is a winning tradition and mentality,” said Michler.

That winning tradition is still evident. CBC (11-6-3) has had somewhat of a difficult and frustrating start to the season.

“We started slow but now we’re playing better,” Michler said. “Right now there is a disconnect with how we are playing and the results. We’ve been playing very well but have not been achieving what we desire, which is to win.”

Michler explained that there are many players that have made an impact on the team so far this year, but two Cadets stand out. The first is senior Brendan Fisher. Fisher was a JV player last year and has stepped up into a leadership role on the varsity team this year.

“He puts his nose in it,” Michler said as he described how Fisher plays. “He’s a hardworking player who gives us everything.”

Fisher’s focus may be one reason for his success.

“With this being my last season playing CBC soccer, my mentality has just been to leave everything out on the field each and every game,” Fisher stated. “There are no second chances anymore.”

According to Michler, another player making a great impact is junior midfielder, Niko Karidis, who controls the tempo in which the Cadets have played this year.

Michler pulled up three sophomores from the B Team to help with the season. Sophomores Joey Crawford, Cameron Meyer, and Ryan Gerteisen were the players Michler called up to give the team a little push towards the end of the season.

Gerteisen’s experience on the team has been a little different than the others. He is now able to play alongside his brother, Senior Kurt Gerteisen.

“It’s been a lot of fun and I look forward to soccer every day,” Ryan said. “Michler has taught us to play quick, clean, and simple.”

Ryan said he enjoys playing with his brother, “​Playing with my brother has taught me to know what I want to do with the ball before I get it and play strong.”

This year’s team is a little different from years past. The roster for this year’s varsity team has seventeen seniors on it.

“We knew that there was a possibility of this many seniors on the roster,” Michler explained. “Tryouts took two weeks this year and at the end of every look, the senior was the best for the job.”

Michler believes with this many seniors on the roster that it brings a sense of experience to the team.

“There is a sense of urgency and a desire to win because it is their last year here at CBC,” Michler stated.

Next up for the Cadets is Parkway North on October 28.

Making Something Out of Nothing: Mike Shannon Field

Tom Hartbeck, Turret staff writer

Cadet Park used to be just a big open field with nothing but a couple goal posts, a pavilion, and some nice tennis courts. The one thing that stuck out was the Fred Saigh Memorial Field. It was an unkept, scalped patch of dirt that looked like an overly-used little league field. CBC’s baseball program was forced to play their games at Missouri Baptist University. In fact, the baseball program never played a game on the CBC Campus. Since 2010 efforts have been made to turn what was once dirt and chain-link fence into a suitable and elegant facility, now known as Mike Shannon Field.

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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.