With the stroke of a pen, four Episcopal athletes solidified their plans to continue competing at the college level. Adele Broussard, Brandan Garrido, Todd McInnis and Mary Kathryn Underwood join a long line of Episcopal athletes who elected to continue their athletic career. At a signing day ceremony this week, Athletic Director Randy Richard congratulated the athletes. “What a year it was for Episcopal athletics,” he said. “Today is a day of looking forward to the future.”
Todd McInnis – Mississippi College, Cross Country/Track and Field
As Coach Richard introduced the athletes, he reminisced on their success. For senior Todd McInnis, who plans to participate in cross country and track and field for Mississippi College Honors College in the fall, there has been tremendous success. “Senior members of the boys cross country and track and field teams have earned 12 state championship titles in the last four years,” said Richard. “You guys have never lost.” Todd and his family were all smiles as they discussed the runner’s bright future. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to keep running,” says Todd. He also encouraged others with a passion, to work hard and remain level headed as they search for an opportunity to continue doing what they love. Todd says Mississippi College was the right fit for him because of the school’s Christian values, which are important to him. Coach Claney Duplechin says Todd is one of the hardest workers he has ever coached. “If he’s not a captain I’ll be very surprised.”
Adele Broussard – Louisiana State University, Cross Country
Adele Broussard has had impressive success in the long distances, earning numerous individual state championship titles. Coach Richard commended Adele for the enviable inner strength she possesses in order to run the anchor leg of a relay immediately following a two mile run. With another team state championship recently earned, Adele says this is the perfect way to end her senior year. She looks forward to donning the purple and gold for LSU in the fall along with her former Episcopal classmates. “LSU was the perfect school. The team was very welcoming.” No doubt, Adele will be a welcome addition to her new team. Coach Jones says she is a hard worker, a fierce competitor and a fabulous person.
Mary Kathryn Underwood – Fordham University, Track and Field
At the recent signing day, Mary Kathryn told Coach Richard and the crowd that she knew she had to do everything she could to help her team win at the very beginning of this year’s cold, wet cross country state championship meet. Despite the conditions, the girls were victorious and brought home the title. Now Mary Kathryn heads to her favorite city, New York, to attend Fordham University and continue track and field. “It’s important that I keep running,” she says. “It helps me with school, time management and clears my head.” Coach Jones says Mary Kathryn is tough as nails on the track and one of the nicest people he’s ever been around. Both qualities should serve her well as she looks toward her future.
Brandan Garrido – Birmingham Southern College, Basketball
This dual sport athlete says after a long decision-making process he ultimately went with basketball over football because the sport was his first love. Brandan says he’s had a lot of fun playing sports while in school and he looks forward to continuing that in college. Birmingham Southern was his school of choice because the school felt like a second home and he felt accepted as soon as he got there. Coach Beckman congratulated Brandan and says he’ll never forget how Brandan beat Denham Springs at the buzzer twice in two different years or how happy Brandan was when the team was victorious against Riverside. Brandan certainly has much to be happy about now as he looks to becoming a college athlete this fall.
The Year in Review
State Champs X’s 5!
Boys cross country – State Champs
Girls cross country – State Champs
Boys indoor track and field - State Champs
Boys outdoor track and field – State Champs
Girls outdoor track and field – State Champs
It was a tremendous year for Episcopal runners and track and field athletes with five team state championship titles in one year. Here’s a look at impressive individual results:
Adele Broussard – Individual cross country state champ, 800M, 1600M, 3200M state champ, indoor 1600M state champ
Francie Oliver – Long jump state champ
Trevor Babcock – 800M state champ, indoor 800M state champ
James Christian - Individual cross country state champ, 3200M state champ
Trevor Babcock, Austin Broussard, Todd McInnis, Brandan Garrido - 4 X 400M state champs
Austin Broussard, Greyson Yorek, Logan Leblanc, Trevor Babcock - Indoor 4 X 800 M state champs
David Whitehurst – 1,600M state champ
Episcopal golfers had a great showing at the recent state tournament. The girls finished as the Division II State Runner Up! Riely Heaslip and Caroline Glynn shot a two day score of 324! Riely finished as the third place medalist in the tournament.
Freshman Boyd Owens finished as the Boys Individual State Runner Up with a two day 36 hole score of 145.
Senior Riely Heaslip is certainly ending her last year of Upper School on a high note. In addition to a great tournament finish, she has also been named as the Advocate’s Star of Stars for Girls Golf. This is the second year in a row that Riely has won the award.
Tennis State Champs
Congratulations to the boys tennis team who brought home a state title of their own. One of the contributing factors of the regional and state titles for the team this year was a talented group of doubles teams that occupied three of the four slots in both tournament semi-final rounds. The doubles team of Ethan Gettys and Carter Rigby capped off those teams by finishing as regional champs and state runner up in the boys doubles competition.
Athletes of the Year
At this spring’s sports ceremony the Athletes of the Year were announced. Congratulations to the following athletes who won Episcopal athletics' highest award:
Adele Broussard (Cross Country and Track & Field) – Annslee Laura Phillips Female Athlete of the Year
Brandan Garrido (Football, Basketball, Track & Field) – Michael Babers Male Athlete of the Year
*Alum Bart Phillips '91 was on hand to present the Annslee Laura Phillips Female Athlete of the Year award, named in honor of his sister.
Athletic Hall of Fame Honors
Former Episcopal Coach “Chinkie” Cointment was inducted into the Episcopal Athletic Hall of Fame. Chinkie has been a mainstay in Episcopal athletics since 1979 and helped solidify a strong Middle School athletics program, while also helping to pave the way for girls athletics at Episcopal.
For a look back at action earlier in the year, check out these blog posts.
Fantastic Fall Performances
Winning Winter Sports
Be on the look out for a new Episcopal athletic field house informational piece coming out soon. For more information on the field house, click here.