“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”
Regardless of athletic prowess, team sports have the ability to bond people in ways that no other activities can. It builds trust in others as well as confidence in one’s ability to contribute to a common goal. At St. John’s, sports and clubs play key roles in the development of young men in order to not only provide the opportunity to be a part of a larger group and physical growth, but to also step outside of one’s self in the interest of others. Cooperation, collaboration, and teamwork are keys to success in most situations that they will encounter in their lives. Although every cadet is obligated to participate in physical training each day, all are encouraged to join a club or sport.
Both junior varsity and varsity military basketball programs are offered. The basketball season consists of 20 games and the state playoffs.
In order to promote a cohesive, well-developed team, it is very important that prospective soccer players attend the SJMS Training Camp.
Soccer is a successful sport at St. John’s with enthusiastic support from the corps.
The Wrestling season begins in November and goes to the end of February. The long season gives the Cadets the opportunity to have enough matches to prepare them for the post-season. St. John’s competes against schools in the Salina area in the 3A, 2A, and 1A classifications.
During the third week, everyone plays a “round robin” with a record kept of wins and losses to determine a ranking of ability. The top two players then are the first and second singles players, the next two are first doubles, and the next two are second doubles. A team in school tennis is six players.
Cadets typically compete in at least four meets in April and one the first week of May. All meets in which students participate are at the junior varsity level, and gives all participants a chance to achieve a medal.
The team includes players of all ability levels–from beginners wanting to learn how to play golf, to the experienced player looking to improve their skills.
All aspects of the golf game are covered including driving, pitching, chipping, and putting. More importantly, golf etiquette is stressed so each cadet will know how to properly conduct themselves when playing in competition. Knowing the rules are an important part of golf, because golf is the only sport where the player may have to call a penalty on themselves. Because of this, it is important that they have integrity for the game, and themselves.
The rifle team competes in more than twenty-five matches a season that extends from the first of November through the first of April; everything culminates with the Kansas State three-position Championship. Other prestigious competitions in which each team member competes includes the NRA Sectionals, the Junior Olympic Qualifier, and the Kansas State Outdoor and Indoor Championships. In addition, the St. John’s Rifle Team is a member of the North Central Kansas Gallery League and competes on a weekly basis against teams from the north central Kansas area.
The rifle range in the basement of the Steven’s Center utilizes twelve firing points and is considered to be a world class facility. This facility received praise from several Olympic hopefuls that include members from the Army’s Marksmanship Unit. While competing on the range, one such shooter tied a national record in standing position.
Coach Tony Blair is a competitor himself and has coached the high school rifle team from 1989-1993, and then again from 1999 to the present day. He is an NRA/CMP certified coach and rifle instructor and President of the North Central Kansas Gallery League.
Joining the rifle team is difficult at St John’s. Most Cadets, after hearing about the program, want to join but they need to try out for the few open positions each year. Normally, there are only three or four placements available.
The team practices two hours a day on four days a week when they are not actually competing in a match. They practice the self control of holding as perfectly still as they can and controlling their breathing. This is a difficult task even for an adult, requiring much self discipline and dedication.
CLUBS & GROUPS
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CAP Cadets receive training in Air Force Leadership, Aerospace Education, Character Development, and Emergency Services. They are issued Air Force style uniforms and afforded the opportunity to fly in powered and glider aircraft as well as the opportunity to participate in local, regional, and national Cadet activities. They may also earn the opportunity for activity scholarships, flight scholarships and college scholarships. More than 10% of the Air Force Academy Cadets get their start as Civil Air Patrol Cadets.
The Civil Air Patrol is the Congressionally Chartered official civilian Auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
For more information visit Civil Air Patrol Cadet program.