Athletic Dedication Delivers
So Much More Than Championships
This school year we have discussed how CBC's faculty, academic offerings, Fine & Performing Arts Department and parents make our school Stronger Than Ever.
Earlier this month 30 CBC student-athletes made their commitments to continue to study and compete at the collegiate level. We also celebrated four wrestlers who medaled at last week's state tournament and tonight we will cheer on our hockey team as they compete for their third consecutive Challenge Cup.
There are so many more examples we could cite, so let's take a moment to applaud every one of the 631 Cadets who participate in CBC Athletics.
It's no secret that our teams are elite. All you have to do is pick up the Sports section or watch the local news to learn about the success our student-athletes are having in competition. While we love celebrating big wins and beam with pride when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch taps us as the Big School Program of the Year, we play for so much more than trophies.
CBC exists to help students from all backgrounds develop into young men who are guided by faith; strengthened by intellect; committed to justice; and prepared to lead and serve. The lessons learned through athletics are an important part of the well-rounded education we provide.
Take a closer look at a few of the young men we celebrated at this month's signing ceremony. A few will go on to compete at the highest levels of collegiate athletics. Others will play at smaller schools. What they all have in common is that our teachers and coaches have pushed them to be their very best.
Reed Sahadevan - University of Tulsa, Cross Country
Reed looks to complete a decorated Cadet career with a return trip to the medal stand at the state track meet. His career in the classroom has been even more impressive than his time on the track. Reed is a member of the CBC Honors Program, carries a 4.6 grade point average, is an AP Scholar and was named to the prestigious list of National Merit Finalists. He is also a CBC Ambassador and a Freshman Mentor.
He has volunteered at the St. Louis Crisis Nursery and plans to study business while running for head coach Steve Gully at the University of Tulsa.
"Reed is the quintessential scholar athlete," said Coach Bernie Sill. "He's been a great leader in our program and a true asset to the broader CBC community."
Tre Bryant - University of Nebraska, Football
Tre totaled more than 2,800 yards and 54 touchdowns during his career while helping lead the Cadets to consecutive title game appearances and the 2014 state championship.
As a senior Bryant received a variety of awards, including being named the Class 6 Offensive Player of the Year and he was also honored as the All-Metro Player of the Year by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Tre carries a 3.1 grade point average and volunteered to coach and mentor the North County Cowboys, a youth flag football team. He plans to study Kinesiology when he continues his career as a student-athlete at the University of Nebraska.
"Tre is a dynamic ballplayer that can change the complexion of the game any time he touches the ball," said Coach Scott Pingel. "However, the thing I admire most about Tre was how unselfish he was. He took great pride in pass protection and run blocking, as well."
AJ Palazzolo - Indiana University, Soccer
As a freshman Palazzolo was a starter and key contributor on the Cadets' 2012 State Championship team. He then spent two years away from high school soccer playing in the USA National Development Program. After competing internationally he returned to the Cadet team for his senior campaign to earn 1st Team All-Conference, All-Metro and All-State awards. He was also named a High School All-American and was honored as the 2015 National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School Player of the Year.
A strong performer in the classroom, he carries a 3.6 grade point average and has volunteered at St. Joseph-Cottleville.
"AJ was very deserving of his National Player of the Year recognition," said Coach Terry Michler. "He had a great career at CBC and has an even brighter future in front of him. I wish him all the best and continued success!"
Nick Wheeler - Colgate University, Football
Following an exceptional high school career in football, basketball and track, CBC senior Nick Wheeler will continue his career as a student-athlete as a football player at Colgate University. He plans to study medicine.
He was a key figure on the Cadets' 2014 championship team and totaled 42 tackles and 10 sacks before his high school career was cut short seven games into his senior season due to health reasons.
Wheeler has volunteered at the YWCA during his time at CBC and holds a 3.6 grade point average.
"Nick is a warrior," said Coach Scott Pingel. "His intensity and attention to detail will carry him far in life. Although his season was cut short due to illness his leadership never stopped. Big things are in store for Nick Wheeler."
Congratulations to these Cadets and each of the 631 students who compete for our school. Your hard work and dedication make us incredibly proud!