The Saint Louis University and Christian Brother College rivalry goes all the back to the 1920s, and Friday nights game concluded another great year of the friendly rivalry. The Great American Rivalry was happy to be a part of this ongoing rivalry between the two schools and add a little extra excitement to the weeks events. Not only was it Rivalry Week for the two schools, the Christian Brothers College was also celebrating their Homecoming week. Each day of the week had a theme allowing for student body and teachers to get in school spirit for the Fridays game versus Saint Louis University High School.


Kamryn Babb
Christian Brothers (MO)


Brandon Zmuda

Christian Brothers (MO)

Brandon is a three-year members of the varsity football team and is a captain of the Cadet squad in this, his senior season. He is a two-year starter at middle linebacker and also competes in lacrosse. Brandon is also a standout in the classroom, where he carries a 4.6 GPA and is a member of the CBC Honors Program. He recently scored a 35 on the ACT and also participates in National Honor Society. Brandon thanks his teachers for preparing him to succeed in college and his classmates for the strong bonds of brotherhood they have built while at CBC
Mitchell Batschelett

St. Louis University

Mitch is a 4-year varsity letterman in the football program and a captain for the 2016 varsity football team. He has been selected as the second-team all MCC Quarterback for two years in a row. Mitch is a member of the National Honor Society, President’s Ambassador, Admission’s Ambassadors, and the Medical Careers Club. Mitch plans to pursue a career in medicine.


Mike Bartoni

Christian Brothers (MO)

Mike bleeds purple and gold. As a student-athlete, Bartoni competed in football, soccer, and track for the Cadets before going on to play football at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His favorite CBC memories include playing in the inaugural Stadium Game against the Jr. Bills. He helped lead the Cadets to a combined record of 17-0-1 during his junior and senior football seasons. Following his senior campaign, Bartoni was named to the All-District, All-Suburban, All-Metro, All-Bi-State and All-State teams for his hard-hitting play at linebacker. All three of Mike’s sons also graduated from CBC and he continues to work at and support CBC in so many ways.
John Houska

St. Louis University

John played in the CBC-SLUH rivalry his sophomore, junior, and senior years. As the kickers for the Jr. Bills during his three seasons on the varsity, John kicked 65 extra points and one field goal. As a senior, John led the Jr. Bill offense from the quarterback position, rushing for 200 yards and throwing for 1069 yards and 13 touchdowns (including one in the 1966 Busch Stadium Game vs. CBC). Also, playing in the defensive backfield as a senior, John set a school record with 10 interceptions and returned two of those 10 for touchdowns. Following the 1966 season, John earned recognition as a member of the honorable mention All-State team, and 2nd Team All-Metro, the 1st Team All-City District, and the 1st team All-Conference defense. John was also a faculty member at Saint Louis University.


Another part of the Friday night’s festivities was the acknowledgement of the SLUH vs. CBC stadium game which was played at the Busch Stadium in 1966 where they played in front of a 33,000 crowd. Members of both teams were recognized prior to the game and at half time. Both schools also selected members of the each team to be recognized as the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame winners.