Sportsmanship is just over the (Blanchette) bridge

The Blanchette Memorial Bridge is the path most St. Louisans take when venturing into St. Charles. The historic structure guides travelers safely over the Missouri River and into the company of the Gateway City’s closest westbound neighbor.
It takes a little longer to get to St. Charles these days, though. The bridge is undergoing some much needed repair work – which makes the lanes a little narrow and the speed limit somewhere between a brisk walk and a crawl. Nevertheless, the Sportsmanship Brigade will go wherever good character and respect for the game can be found.
Our most recent trip landed us at Sts. Joachim & Ann for an 8th grade softball matchup between the home squad and St. Elizabeth / St. Roberts. We were impressed with the stellar attitude of the Sts. Joachim & Ann team. It was a tough day for them, but they stood tall together. The young ladies encouraged each other and even gave a group hug to a teammate who was having a hard time on the mound. As you can tell by the photo below, these girls have a winning attitude.
Sts. Joachim & Ann 8th Grade softball
Not to be outdone, St. Elizabeth had its own pair of character twins. Cheyenne Thorpe and Bella Orlando showed tremendous leadership in cheering on their teammates and helping them maintain focus throughout the game. They also displayed great humility in making sure the visitor’s bench was in better shape than when they found it. Cheyenne and Bella are certainly mature beyond their years and worthy of recognition by the Brigade.
Bella and Cheyenne
The Sportsmanship Brigade is a group of Sports Commission volunteers who attend youth sporting events looking for acts of good sportsmanship. Athletes, coaches, parents, fans and officials who exhibit good sportsmanship are rewarded with a certificate of recognition and a gift card to a local business. For more on the Brigade, including scheduling and volunteering information, please visit or call 314-345-5130.

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