Field House Fever is catching as real vertical progress gets underway on the new Episcopal athletic field house! To learn more about this new 23,000 square foot facility, click here or contact Spirit • Mind • Body Capital Campaign Director Mellie Bailey at 225-755-2687 or email@example.com. You can also watch a video of the foundation being poured and download the field house brochure by clicking here.
The bats are swinging as baseball season heats up. This year’s group of seniors, Cruz Crawford, Harper Doerr, Aaron Root and Takumi Takei and the rest of the team are excited to move toward tournament season. The Knights are currently 8-2 and will host Riverside next weekend on Friday, March 22nd at 5 pm and Saturday, March 23rd at 11 am. Look for this to be an exciting contest.
Don't miss the upcoming game between the Episcopal Knights and Metairie Park Country Day at Tulane's Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
Softball season is underway with numerous opportunities to catch the girls in action. This year’s team is led by senior Kate Oliver and a multitude of juniors. Make plans to enjoy a weekend of softball as the team hosts the Episcopal round robin tomorrow with games at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 28th at 5 pm when the girls host Dunham.
Track and Field
Track and Field action moves outdoors for spring competition. The Episcopal indoor boys team already earned the state championship title and the outdoor group hopes to do the same. The group is led by seniors Trevor Babcock, Louie Ballard, Austin Broussard, Clay Burton, Bryce DeBourg, Brandan Garrido, Raymond Gould, Todd McInnis, Graham Perkins, Davis Singletary, Kirk Singletary, David Whitehurst and Greyson Yorek. The girls team has also had a tremendous year and they hope to continue that success outdoors. The girls are led by seniors Mary Katherine Bolton, Adele Broussard, Madeline Dansky, Caitlin Davis, Riely Heaslip, Claire Hook, Jenny Stauss and Mary Katherine Underwood. After hosting and both teams winning the Episcopal Relays this week, the teams will be in action again on Friday, March 22nd at the West Feliciana Relays and then again on Thursday, March 28th at the Alan Brown Invitational at Broadmoor High School. The state championship meet is set for Friday, May 3rd at LSU.
Metro competition is in full swing. Junior Joe Patterson and freshman Boyd Owens are already having a great season. Look for more from them and the rest of the team as they work toward the Metro Tournament on Tuesday, April 9th in Zachary and the district meet in Lafayette.
The girls golf team is also having a strong season. Senior Riely Heaslip and junior Caroline Glynn are off to an impressive start. Look for them to have a great showing at the Metro Tournament on Monday, April 15th in Zachary.
Mark your calendar for exciting tennis action on Monday, March 18th as Episcopal hosts Dunham. Later that same week the Knights will also host Central on Wednesday, March 20th. Look for seniors James Bruno, Grant Cretin, Ethan Gettys, Carter Rigby, Edward Staib and Emily White on the court as they work toward the LHSAA Regional Tournament. It gets underway on Wednesday, April 17th right here in Baton Rouge, LA. The LHSAA State Tennis Tournament will be on Tuesday, April 23rd.
Congratulations again to our winter sports athletes!
It hasn’t been all w’s for Bourgeois since he’s been at Episcopal. During his first year as head football coach, the team was 0 and 10. Bourgeois was steadfast and determined to continue on. “When you’re young you think anything is possible.” After that year, Bourgeois and his fellow coaches, including Wally Stevens, Randy Richard, Mike Moock and Steve Maddox rallied together and the program bounced back. In 2002, the team advanced to the state semifinals and Bourgeois earned the Class AA Coach of the Year award.
Bourgeois has been a Knight long enough that his next chapter at Episcopal also includes coaching the children of former students or even working alongside former athletes. Bourgeois was at the helm of the girls’ basketball team when a young Taylor Mims and her teammates went to the final four and he is proud to see how Taylor has grown to become the head basketball coach she is today. He also enjoys sharing coaching duties with former athletes and Episcopal alumni Cody Day ‘15, Charlie O’Brien ‘13 and Jimmy Williams ’97. Such an experience shows that his coaching career has truly come full circle. Coach Bourgeois enjoys being around students and seeing how they develop over the years. He says no matter how much the times change he still strives to instill the lessons he’s learned over the years because that never changes. Continuity, consistency, teamwork and drive are as important today as they were when he first became a member of the Episcopal family so long ago.
We look forward to seeing how this next chapter unfolds. As construction progresses on the new field house there is a sense of anticipation and excitement, similar to that feeling before the start of a new sports season. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the action. Click here to learn more about the giving opportunities still available. What a great opportunity to honor a beloved coach, successful alumni or favorite Knight. Go Knights!
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Over the years, Squires members have done it all. The organization financially supports the coaches’ wish list, which has included items such as a sled for the football team, soccer goals and nets, drum corps equipment and batting helmets. But the wish list is only the beginning.
Lower School religion teacher and Squires faculty liaison Laura Portwood shares the Roots enthusiasm for Squires. Portwood first became involved with the organization in 2006 because she wanted to be a part of what her children were doing. Both the Roots and Portwood stress that Squires is for all Episcopal sports and all athletes.
Another important role of Squires is promoting and building school and team spirit. What better way to do this, than with food? Kelly Root says Squires members cook special team meals and even host tailgating events for the entire Episcopal community. Squires has also sponsored bus trips to ensure the Knights Nation can travel with the teams for playoff action across the state. All of this is in an effort to promote school spirit and the athletes giving their all in competition. “There’s something an athlete feels and feeds off of when they know someone’s behind them,” says Portwood.
“Squires is a representation of how parents and coaches can work together to give our student athletes the best opportunities to succeed,” says former Athletic Director Myra Mansur. Episcopal athletics has experienced tremendous success over the years, thanks in part to the partnership of the school’s coaching staff and the supportive members of Squires. The support of the Episcopal community makes it possible for student athletes to successfully compete in multiple sports, while also excelling in the classroom. As long as there continues to be a Squire behind every Knight, that legacy of excellence with endure.
Did you know that members of Squires receive free admission to all Episcopal home games? To receive this benefit and others, become a Squires member by registering here.
"You just gotta' go for it."
Jimmy Williams '97
“If you want to win, do the ordinary things better than anyone else does them day in and day out.” Chuck Noll, Head Coach Pittsburgh Steelers (1969-91)
Williams didn’t become an Episcopal Knight until his ninth grade year. Before then he attended Southeast Middle School like the other kids in his neighborhood and competed in the Episcopal Squires baseball league as a member of the Rockies. While his older brother and sister went to school at Capitol and Woodlawn, Williams’ family decided to try something new with their youngest. Since Williams was familiar with campus and had Episcopal teammates, Episcopal seemed like a good fit. Williams proved to be as good a scholar as he was an athlete and he truly embraced the opportunity before him.
When Williams returned to Episcopal for his senior season, he was heavily recruited by the likes of Steve Spurrier, Urban Meyer, LSU and even the Toronto Blue Jays. But it was Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee that caught Williams’ attention. “I like Nashville and they stressed academics,” he says. With a full scholarship to one of the top academic institutions in the SEC, Williams earned his degree in human and organizational development with a minor in health and human services. He continued to excel on the football field as a Commodore, being named to the Freshman All-SEC team for his contributions as a running back and later earning All-SEC team honors for his role as a cornerback. In fact, he was so successful that he could have declared for the NFL draft early, but Williams elected to finish his degree.
“Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.” Vince Lombardi - Head Coach Green Bay Packers
As a member of the 49ers, Williams made the trip to Osaka, Japan for that American Bowl in 2002. The NFL learned of Williams’ previous high school exchange trip to the city and arranged for all of Williams’ host family members to attend the game. He says they made signs and cheered. He was the star of the game. Williams was named a captain for the team that day and even called the coin toss in Japanese before kickoff. “It was all because of a class at Episcopal,” he says looking back on the experience.
Williams would go on to play for the Seattle Seahawks, the New Orleans Saints and the Houston Texans. He remembers the Seahawks experience fondly. “Nobody cared who scored as long as we scored,” he says of the camaraderie and team cohesion that existed. Williams signed with the team not long after Hurricane Katrina ravaged his home state and he says his teammates immediately began offering help and support. That teamwork and spirit of brotherhood eventually earned the squad a trip to Super Bowl XL in 2005.
“The most valuable player is the one that makes the most players valuable.”
Peyton Manning, two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback.
Now in 2019, Williams is happy to be a part of the Episcopal family and for the opportunity to support and guide students at his alma mater. He wants students to go for it the way he did when it comes to trying new things. “Get outside of your comfort zone more. True character gets revealed when you’re in an uncomfortable situation,” he says. That is certainly reflective of how Williams has lived his life. When he became an Episcopal ninth grader he was the only African American student in his class. While the situation could have been uncomfortable, he went for it with courage and determination and says it actually helped him learn more about himself.
Williams’ son Ace is now at his dad’s alma mater. Unlike Williams, Ace became an Episcopal Knight at three years old. Williams hopes his son takes full advantage of the variety of opportunities available to him. As for himself, Williams is taking advantage of the opportunity to focus on his wife, Chandra. With a nomadic football life, the two never had the opportunity to travel for leisure, there was no official honeymoon and there were no free summers. He says his goal now is to support Chandra in the same manner she supported him through the ups and downs of a NFL career. He says he’ll also have his hands full keeping up with young Ace.
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600 wins! Earlier this season, Head Coach Chris Beckman celebrated his 600th win in 23 seasons at Episcopal. This accomplishment was followed up with a hard-fought victory over number one seed and defending state champs Jehovah-Jireh. This year’s team, led by seniors Ky Borskey, Brandan Garrido, Alex Harrison and Austin Jemison, has certainly built upon the momentum from last year’s state championship runner-up finish.
Friday, February 1st at 6:30 pm versus Vermilion Catholic on the road
Monday, February 4th at 6:00 pm versus Family Christian Academy on the road
Saturday, February 7th - District tournament
Don’t miss Senior Knight on Tuesday, February 12th. Borskey, Garrido, Harrison and Jemison, along with student manager Bryce DeBourg will be recognized.
As the number one seed in the district, the girls team has had a tremendous season. Last Friday, the squad beat rival Dunham during a PINK KNIGHT overtime. The Knights were down by ten with five minutes left in the game and fought back to force the overtime in which they came up victorious. This week Episcopal is hosting the district tournament, giving the Knights home court advantage and a first round bye. Look for senior standouts Anna Scot Hixon and Savannah Hofman to finish their final season strong.
Don’t miss the upcoming hoops action:
Tonight versus Dunham in the second round of the District Tournament at Episcopal
Thursday, February 7th at 6:00 pm versus False River at home for SENIOR KNIGHT
DISTRICT CHAMPS! The boys’ soccer team has kicked their way to a division title this season. Look for senior leaders Raymond Gould, Jack Morganti, Eliott Reimann and Garret Spring to guide the team through the playoffs which got underway this week. Episcopal has a bye the first round and home field advantage once play begins.
Congratulations to Eliott Reimann who was selected as a member of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association East West All Star game.
DISTRICT CHAMPS! The girls’ team kicked it into high gear this season with a district championship of their own. The girls enter the playoffs for the first time in at least three years. Look for strong play in the final stretch from the team as they travel to Harvey, LA tonight in the first round versus Patrick Taylor Math and Science Academy.
The Knights will be in action tomorrow at the LSU Last Chance indoor meet. After that, it’s on to the indoor state meet at LSU’s Carl Maddox Field House on Saturday, February 16th.
The powerlifters are training for regionals on February 22nd and 23rd for a chance to qualify for the state meet in Alexandria in mid-March. The team had a strong showing at the Panther Invitational last weekend and hopes to build on those performances for state.
This year’s wrestling squad is led by Episcopal graduate Charlie O’Brien. Seniors Thomas Hugenroth, Taner Morgan and Graham Perkins are looking to finish strong in their final year. The Knights had to Dutchtown tomorrow for another chance to hone their skills before the state tournament later this month.
Construction is underway on the new athletic field house! The multi-use facility will be used for physical education, strength training and interscholastic sports.
Learn more about this exciting development at https://www.spiritmindbodybr.org/rationale2.html.
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Randy Richard is in his third year as Athletic Director at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge. He is from Baton Rouge and attended Catholic High School prior to earning a four year athletic scholarship and a degree in education from Louisiana Tech University. Since joining Episcopal in 2002, Randy has served in many capacities including Dean of Students, the Physical Education Department Chair, teacher, and coach for a variety of boy’s and girl’s Upper School athletic teams.
This cheer, commonly used by Upper School athletes, has been used by a large group of enthusiastic, spirited and extremely talented Middle School soccer players this year. The Episcopal Middle School girls and boys Navy teams are both in the Baton Rouge Soccer Club’s Middle School Division I finals! Don’t miss your opportunity to cheer the teams on this weekend.
Girls Navy team - Sunday, January 27th at 5 pm on Burbank soccer field 22
Boys Navy team – Sunday, January 27th at 1 pm on Burbank soccer field 20
Coach Moroney says when the call came out for Middle School soccer players, 46 girls expressed interest. With such passion and strong talent, Episcopal was able to field two teams. The Navy and Gold teams are comprised of sixth, seventh and eighth graders competing together in a fun atmosphere. While Moroney has coached the Navy team in addition to his role as a math teacher, the Gold team has been led by Taylor Rosson. Moroney says his goal for athletes on both teams is that they improve their game, grow in their understanding of the sport, learn teamwork and enjoy the experience. The Navy team’s winning season has been an added bonus.
The Episcopal boys squad has enjoyed similar success. The Navy team is slated to play in the tournament final with a record of 3 and 3. Coach Jeff McLean says the sixth, seventh and eighth graders have unbelievable talent in soccer, as well as other sports, including football and cross country. While McLean has led the Navy team, Ben Westra has served as coach of the Gold team. Coach McLean, who also teaches Upper School science, says he thinks the experience has helped students develop a sense of school spirit and camaraderie as they come together and wear an Episcopal jersey for the first time as a team.
Both Moroney and McLean look forward to seeing how the Middle School athletes grow and develop as Upper School athletes. “I expect the high school teams to be really competitive in the district with the girls who are coming up,” says Moroney of his Navy squad. “Some of the stuff we do prepares them for the routine of high school practice,” says McLean of the transition athletes make between Middle and Upper School. The talent on the teams has certainly not gone unnoticed by the Upper School athletic staff.
Both Middle School teams have enjoyed tremendous support this season, with four coaches and an entire division behind them. Richard says the support from coaches McLean and Moroney has been exceptional. “These two gentlemen stepped in this year as middle school soccer coaches and have poured their heart and soul into their teams,” he says. “Having Episcopal Faculty and Staff coaching Episcopal students makes a huge difference on these teams.”
Both coaches, who are in their first year on staff at Episcopal, say the experience has been a rewarding way to get more involved at Episcopal. “I like interacting with the kids outside of school. You see a different side of students. They are respectful, good athletes,” says Coach McLean. Coach Moroney says as a high school soccer player himself he enjoys being involved with the team now. “I like working with the students and helping them have fun with it,” he says. This weekend’s run at dual championships should certainly be fun.
Good luck Middle School soccer players!
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Head Coach Claney Duplechin says in 35 years of coaching cross country he and his teams have faced seven or eight meets with very bad conditions, but nothing to the degree of what the teams faced on November 12th in Natchitoches. There was mud – deep, wet mud that refused to let go of the runners’ legs as they took each stride. It was cold – very cold, in the forties in Louisiana, cold. However, the Knights were undeterred. In fact, Coach Dupe says such conditions are actually ideal for his team. He says regardless of weather conditions practice must go on. “We’re running no matter what,” says Coach Dupe, emphasizing that sticking with a strict schedule allows the team to catch up, and eventually surpass, competitors.
Coach Dupe says in the end it won’t be the winning that the athletes remember. “Getting to the winning – working hard to reach a goal,” are what Coach says will matter in the long run. That, and the friendships forged as they trudged through the mud and celebrated each other’s triumphs.
Congratulations 2018 Episcopal Cross Country team!
Go Knights! Good People! Have Fun! State Champs!
The girls came up a big with a 2A state cross country title of their own. The squad also took home the individual state champion and the individual state champion runner-up titles as seniors Adele Broussard and Mary Kathryn Underwood came in first and second.
Nick Johannessen, Owen Johnson, Ben Levine, Ben Naquin, Boys 200 yard medley relay team - second place
Ben Levine, Boys 50 yard free - second place
Ben Naquin - Boys 100 yard back - third place and an Episcopal school record
Abigail Gibson, Girls 500 yard free - third place
Lilli Pellegrin, Girls 100 yard breast, third place
Sara Be, Alexa Ryon Bennett, Abigail Gibson, Emily White, Girls 200 yard free relay - second place
Sara Be, Alexa Ryon Bennett, Abigail Gibson, Emily White, Girls 400 yard free relay - third place
Nick Johannessen, Evan Jurkovic, Mason LaFerney, Ben Naquin, Boys 400 yard free relay - third place
Congratulations to the athletes who fought hard all season. We look forward to exciting winter and spring sports ahead. Go Knights!
"True champions aren't always the ones that win, but those with the most guts." Mia Hamm, Olympic Gold Medalist, FIFA Women's World Cup Champion - Soccer
Deep inside these women, the young girl who loved sports still thrives. Looking back on their time as competitors the coaches list a range of benefits associated with sports. “Being an athlete made me feel like there was nothing I couldn’t do,” said Coach Perez. “I learned how to achieve my goals and the value of having something to work toward,” said Coach Hebert.
Research proves the coaches right. According to “The Girls’ Index: New Insights into the Complex World of Today’s Girls,” there are significant benefits for female athletes, including the following:
- Higher levels of confidence at all ages
- Higher GPAs and a higher opinion of their academic abilities
- Lower rates of social media use and a lower rate of sadness and depression
Female athletes at Episcopal have a range of sports in which to compete and the benefit of being able to play in multiple sports in a single school year. Since 1990, 29 outstanding female athletes have earned the Episcopal Female Athlete of the Year Award, which has been known as the Annslee Laura Phillips Memorial Award since 2000. Award recipients have continued to develop their athletic abilities even after graduation. Meghan O’Leary, the 2003 award recipient, went on to compete in the 2016 Olympic games as a member of the US rowing team. Other recipients, such as April Brown and Bria Johnson, went on to successful college athletic careers. Coach Mims, who received the award in 2009, even returned home to Episcopal to inspire other female athletes in the same way she was inspired years ago.
However, there is more to being an athlete than research and awards can convey. Being a team member provides athletes a community and a place where they belong. “You find yourself within a group of people with one goal,” says Gugich. “You are a family.” This sense of belonging and community can be especially important for the female athlete.
Gugich says being an athlete also instills a sense of mental toughness that helps girls succeed later in life. The coaches all agree that sports helps foster a drive and an ambition in athletes that pushes them beyond their perceived limits. “You have to take yourself to a different place to deal with this pressure," says Hebert, reflecting on the game day pressure commonly experienced by athletes. For these experienced
The coaches admit that team sports were different when they were in the game. “There are more opportunities available now for women,” says Perez, who actually grew up playing on a boys team because the opportunities at the time were scarce for women. “I hope they realize the opportunities out there for them and that they are capable of doing anything they want to do,” says Hebert.
“Once an athlete, always an athlete,” says Perez, with unanimous agreement from the others.
Regardless of career pursuits and life aspirations, one thing is certain. The support and strength female athletes gain as a member of a team serves them well throughout their lives. Like the coaches who support them, Episcopal female athletes have guts, grit and a sense of family.
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