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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 15 M and ANN CAVERA Season Starts Tomorrow," Katie of how Coach Walt Kennedy basketball team at St. Jude High School Alabama from obscurity to the state confined to a wheelchair by multiple to be a much tougher had ever experienced. He disci- r and demanded that they play while other teams played the demanding zone defense. The boys ground, never giving opponents and then pounded their opposition Praying to win It occurs to me that we can pray the same way. As Christians, we use zone defense against evil when we pray together for world peace, an end to poverty, or a cure for AIDS. Group prayers offered for large evils are fine, but when my child is injured or a loved one has cancer, the struggle gets personal. I want more. 1 want to know that friends and family are lifting the name of my loved one to heaven's gate, dealing one- on-one with the hard things that have come into my life. These are the prayers we count on to win our bat- tles and shield and nourish us in our pain. Then there are times when the adversary seems overwhelming and the odds of winning look slim. Any team in the NBA that faces Michael Jordan pits more than one player against him. We can use this same strategy in prayer. To know that my church community, relatives and friends have joined to dou- ble team the most potent evils that invade my life, gives me assurance that these things will be defeated. When the adversary appears overwhelming, I'll take a one-on-one or a double team defense over zone defense any day. I often think of my mother as one of the mighti- est prayer warriors I've known. For more than 20 years she prayed daily that faith might sprout in my father's heart: Who can stand against such prayer? After 20 years, he became a man of faith. Recently I sat with Grandma at her kitchen table 'r:hile she fin- ished her nightly cup of liquid supplement. She paused and said forlornly, "I feel so useless." Frail of body with little hearing, dim eyesight and arthritic hands, she is unable to do most of the things she once enjoyed. "Are you still praying for us?" I ask, (shouting a little so she can hear.) She smiles broadly and nods. "Then you are far from useless." She is tiny and stands hunched over, gnome-like. If the prayer warrior within her were made visible, she would stand head and shoulders among mighty ath- letes. When times get really tough, VI1 take one pray- ing Grandma over a team of less experienced zone prayers, any day. --By ANN CAVERA Jim and Ann Cavera live and trk in Evansville. Their column is a regular feature of the Message. offer them an learn the skills are well-pre- of for this know that Parents are a great with their together, we Students will needed to successful- t of tests." red-forty-four graders, or 95 taking the standards arts. The compares state-wide percent of graders met math, corn- percent on a met state ards in language 82 percent of the group which level. graders, 372 in math. COmpared red-and-fifteen state stan- This was Students tak- ith Five- third graders standards in percent of the a state Grade 3 Language Arts Mathematics NMS % NMS % Christ the King 36 97 37 100 Corpus Christi 19 86 22 100 i' Good Shepherd 46 96 46 96 Holy Rosary 49 88 54 98 Holy Spirit 17 89 16 84 St. Joseph, Co. St. Theresa WCCS RageVRet Holy Cross Holy Family PreciouS Blood i St. Bernard St. James St. John the Baptist St.Joseph, Princeton St. Matthew Sts. Peter and Paul St. Philip St. Wendel Washington Catholic 14 100 24 86 17 85 18 8 23 25 i0 8 3O 12 9 18 22 16 14 100 27 96 20 100 !i 86 ,18 89 9 100 85 27 100 Grade 6 Language Arts Mathematics NMS % NMS % 86 23 79  i NA NA i00 0 9o i ! 2 100 8 86 32 80 14 75 11 82 21 81 26 94 82 372 20 87 18 13 87 13 27 9O 30 26 9O , 24 38 90 40 10 50 11 63 85 78 87 100 83 05 18 82 21 95 23 82 20 71 27 82 28 85 i NA NA NA NA f 28 78 33 92 NA NA .... 150 100 11 91 NA 93  ' 7 92   NA 95 NA 96 16 17 ' 100 79 10 71 NA NA NA 88 8 100 NA NA NA NA NA NA 59 22 81 10:63 : 12 100 18 72 ' 12 48 25 86 22 76 Grade 8 Language Arts Mathematics NMS % NMS % NA 74 444 95 28 100 21 95 28 100 32 43 13 25 89 17 77 26- 03 17 26  28 31 NA 24 NA 100 t6 94 93 25 89 97 3O NA NA NA 100 24 100 11 100 NA NA NA NA  4 100 NA NA 23 88 11 lO0 NA NA NA NA 24 98 NMS: Number of students meeting standards; %: Percentage of students meeting standards; NA: Not available The attention of the state has been on the tenth graders tak- ing the test. In order to get an Indiana high school diploma, they must pass both the lan- guage arts and math sections of the test. For those who did not pass all or part of the test, they will have four more chances to take the test. One-hundred-sixty-three Organist Parish in Rockport, IN, a community in the Catholic liturgical tradition, a Part-time organist. Responsibilities playing for two weekend liturgies aCCOmpanying a weekly choir rehearsal evening, Salary is negotiable. [31 I for more information. sophomores at Mater Dei High School, Evansville, met the lan- guage arts state standards. This was 97 percent of the class. One- hundred-forty-five Mater Dei sophomores, or 86 percent, met the math standard. At Memorial High School, Evansville, two-hundred-seven- teen sophomores, or 94 percent, met state standards in language arts. One-hundred-ninety-nine, or 85 percent, met the state math standard. Twenty-two Rivet High School sophomores attained the state standard in language arts. This was 92 percent of the Vincennes class. Eighty-eight percent, or 21 students, attained state stan- dards in math. Twenty-three sophomores at W,hgton Caflolic High School, Was!ington, met the state stan- dards in language arts. This was 85 percent of the class. Fif- teen WCHS tenth graders, or 56 percent, attained state stan- dards in math. Several classes in diocesan schools had 100 percent of their students meeting state stan- dards in either language arts or math. .............. Language ArtsGrade Mathematics10 .................. I" NMS % NMS % i Mater Dei 163 Memorial i 217 i Rivet 97 145 86 94 199 85 NMS: Number of students meehng standards; %; Percentage of students meeting standards: NA: Not available , , ,,