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This past weekend, October 13-14, six other seminaries traveled to Conception, Missouri to compete in our annual Thunder Cup Tournament. The weekend features a soccer tournament and a volleyball round robin tournament.

The soccer fields were pretty soggy from several days of rain that fell before the weekend. The main soccer field was torn up pretty quickly by seminarians competing and the other field still retain a lot of water. Additionally, temperatures in the morning were only in the 40’s. The afternoon, however, provided much nicer and sunnier weather, which was enjoyable particularly for the spectators.

The CSC soccer team lost both of their games in the tournament, but still enjoyed the competition. Our Lady of Guadalupe from Denton, NE ended up winning the soccer championship.

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At 6:30 in the evening on Saturday, the volleyball tournament began. Each team would play every other team in the tournament, a total of six games. I’ve lost track of how many years that I have coached CSC’s Sons of Thunder volleyball team. We practiced twice a week in preparation for the tournament.

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Above: We celebrate together a victory in our final game, winning 3 games and losing 3 games. While we didn’t make it to the championship game, we played well and I was pleased with our performance. St. Meinrad (St. Meinrad, IN) Seminary defeated St. John Vianney (St. Paul, MN) in the championship game.

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There was one final competition that weekend. Bishop Michael Sis of the Diocese of San Angelo and I played five games of racquetball on Saturday afternoon. Bishop Sis is an avid racquetball player. I don’t play consistently, but I have always enjoyed playing racquet sports (I played tennis in high school). Pictured below: Fr. Paul and Bishop Sis before our five game series. I ended up defeated His Excellency four games to one.

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