Neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor hail, nor even mud could deter them. No, we’re not talking about the post office. We’re talking about members of the Episcopal cross country team. At one of the muddiest, wettest and coldest state championship meets in recent memory, the boys continued their streak by earning their 23rd straight state championship title. The Episcopal girls also came home with a state title of their own. To accomplish this, both squads had to face unpleasantness on the course.
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.
The mud wasn’t the only thing that made the 2018 state meet special. The Episcopal girls went into the contest ranked behind a Menard team that defeated contenders by 100 points in late October. However, the Knights worked hard and believed they could finish strong. And they did, beating Menard by six points and bringing the title home. “That was one of my most enjoyable coaching times,” says Coach Dupe. He says there were happy tears among the runners as the boys and girls celebrated as one team - both champions. As Coach Dupe reflects on the long hours and hard work put in by the girls to make their dream a reality, he realizes that this muddy victory truly was special. “It’s just so fun when good people do win,” he says.
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!
For the 23rd straight year, the Episcopal boys brought home the state 2A cross country title. The team finished the year with seven runners in the top 25, including four in the top 10. Congratulations to the 2018 individual state champion, junior James Christian!
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.
The Episcopal swim team certainly made a splash at the state meet this week. The boys and girls teams finished third overall. Congratulations on the impressive showing.
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
The Episcopal volleyball team also extended their season. The squad made it to the second round of the playoffs to cap off a strong season on the court.
Congratulations to the athletes who fought hard all season. We look forward to exciting winter and spring sports ahead. Go Knights!
This week, the football Knights travel to Crowley to take on Notre Dame. The Knights earned their spot in week 11 after defeating Holy Savior Menard at home last Friday night. Senior Austin Jemison gained 190 yards on the ground, including 53-yard and 30-yard scoring runs.
"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
Sitting in the Episcopal athletic department surrounded by the female coaches you get a sense of guts, grit and family. Madeline Gugich, Heidi Hebert, Taylor Mims and Brenna Perez are the real deal. They are 100% committed to team success and, if possible, even more committed to the individual players who wear the numbers that make up their teams.
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:
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.
coaches, pressure and everything that goes with it, are just part of who they are and adding “athlete” to that simply takes it to the next level. “Put that number on your back and you’re a totally different person,” says Hebert.
Life as a coach is intense. “We don’t just coach the sport. We coach the life lesson,” says Gugich. Gugich says a good coach is a motivator who inspires athletes to achieve in everything they do. She says she aspires to teach her athletes the killer instinct needed to compete and to persevere. For Coach Mims, it is important that her athletes learn to fail well. “We fear failure and we have to get students past that,” she says. “I teach athletes to fail in practice and that it is OK because you get better by making errors.”
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.
Despite the long hours, having to wear their baby on their hip while they run drills and the demands of mothering a team, this group of amazing women would not have it any other way.
“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.
Alumni Reflect on a Coach's Influence
A coach is like a second mother to female athletes. The lessons learned through athletics influence a player for their entire life. Here is a look at what Episcopal graduates remember about their favorite coaches.
Episcopal athletics WAS high school. I was lucky enough to play volleyball for Coach Mansur and Coach Price for 4 years. No where else could I have experienced bus breakdowns, across the spectrum teen girl personalities and the shenanigans that go along with them, being State Runner-Ups, and having a Coach of the Year all in one! Mostly ups, a few downs, and memories that I still hold dear as some of the best ever! I cannot thank Episcopal, Coach Mansur, and Coach Price enough for giving me those!
Anna Hackler Wall
Class of 1996
My softball coach at Episcopal High School helped shape me into the person I am today. Coach Heidi Hebert was not only my coach throughout the years, she was a second mother to me. She truly helped me through every pitch of every game, and also every event life threw my way. I am truly thankful that our lives crossed paths through EHS athletics!
Class of 2014
Episcopal Athletics taught me that winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. When I look back on my time at Episcopal, I remember many things. I remember locker room talks before running out to “pepper” on the volleyball court, and our bus ride dance party on the way to the Pontchartrain Center for the state tournament. I remember trapping a ground ball out to left field with my foot during my first softball game, and I remember playing drums on the turned over white buckets in the dugout with all of my best friends. I remember hours of soccer practice behind the football field, and sweaty, smelly yellow pennies that coach claims she washed. I remember half time talks where we were losing 3-0 and planning the major comeback, and I remember the dreadfully early 6am warm-ups in the 50 degree weather at Lafreniere Park. But most importantly, I remember the final whistle. Because of my coaches, I have learned that not only in the games, but in life, you must always play to the final whistle. Because of Episcopal Athletics, I am determined to be better for something bigger than myself, and I remember Episcopal Athletics as the biggest building block to my high school successes, and career endeavors. Having the opportunity to give Episcopal athletes what my coaches gave to me, and being able to share my experiences and knowledge with students that also want to be apart of something more than just the game, is why I’m happy to forever be an Episcopal Knight.
Class of 2016
I was born around sports and grew up loving them. Being a coach’s daughter at Episcopal wasn’t the easiest, but the Episcopal coaches became a second family. From playing sports, I learned that winning is not everything. Though it is what you want the most, that’s not always the case at a school like ours. What’s most important is the friendships and family built on a team. Each year in high school, being on a team became more and more important to me because I was one year closer to never having a close feeling like that again. The Episcopal coaches care more about who you surround yourself with and your own well being before your win-loss record. At the end of the day, I don’t remember the score to any regular season game. I remember the feeling of winning the softball district championship my senior year playing with my sister, and I remember the final out of the playoff game knowing I was never going to play the sport of softball again. The Episcopal coaches taught me to have such a passion for sports. Episcopal athletics has shaped me into a better person. Without it, Episcopal would have been different for me. I will never forget the coaches who have taught me lifelong lessons and I will never forget the valuable memories made on the field, on the court, and off.
Class of 2018
Episcopal coaches will soon have a new Athletic Field House in which to work. To learn more about the project click here.
Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.
For decades, Episcopal coaches have been providing that little nudge, direction and support to student athletes. Volumes of research prove that being a part of a team has lifelong, positive impacts on athletes. The benefits students reap from interacting with a great coach are equally as impressive. Here are just a few personal examples from Episcopal alumni.
Episcopal coaches and teachers are invested in student success. Walk the halls of Lower School and you will find that the same coach who runs out of the tunnel on football Friday nights directs a row of kindergarten students quietly toward the gym or the coach who led her team to the state volleyball playoffs is the same coach running drills with first graders in Phillips Gym.
“We like to believe that Episcopal has a physical education experience that serves each student’s physical development. Our coaches are professionals that have devoted their lives to teaching students how to develop and care for their body. They just so happen to also be members of our varsity coaching staff. Every day in almost every grade level, our coaches are teaching our students how to move, have proper form, and develop aspects of health to better each student’s life. It’s in our best interest, as these are the same students that will fill out our athletic teams and put in the extra effort that is crucial in remaining a competitive program in Baton Rouge,” says Episcopal Athletic Director Randy Richard.
Members of the Episcopal coaching staff are highly-qualified professionals, who also know what it is like to be an athlete. “From master’s degrees to special certifications and collegiate and professional athletes, our staff are indeed experts in their field. They have the experiences to know what it takes to be successful and the understanding of what truly matters in life. Beyond each of our coaches’ awards and accolades, they are good people that truly care for each and every student. Our students know this, respect this, and buy in to what we do and how we teach it. This common bond of trust and respect is what often gives our teams the edge over other programs,” says Richard.
The impact of a coach on the lives of players goes well beyond wins and losses. Oftentimes, coaches are who alumni remember as going the extra mile, pushing them beyond their perceived limits and molding them into who they are today.
Don't Miss Friday Knight Live and Homecoming 2018!
We invite you to come back to Episcopal for Homecoming on Friday, September 28th. Homecoming is a great opportunity to reconnect with Episcopal coaches and teachers as the community comes together for this special occasion.
New this year!
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Game time - 7:00 pm
Free football game tickets for those who attend the tailgate. Campus tours available for those interested.
Jambalaya dinner will be served near the field thru the first half.
Friday Night Live
Parking lot near the home team bleachers
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Current families and alumni are all invited to participate in the festivities, which will include a DJ, balloon artists and a video game truck. Food and drinks will be served in the tent. Please stay for the football game at 7:00 pm. The tent will stay open thru halftime.
Friday Knight Live is a combined event sponsored by Squires & Alumni Affairs.
“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi
Most athletes will tell you that there is nothing like putting on your school’s team uniform for the first time. There is a feeling of pride and a sense of unity that comes from being a part of a whole that is represented by that crisp, clean jersey. Middle School is typically the first opportunity for most athletes to compete for their school, making this a truly special time for these students.
The Episcopal Middle School athletics program has recently experienced tremendous growth. Williams says over the past three years the Knights have had a record number of participants in basketball and volleyball. In addition, Middle School students are competing in softball, flag and tackle football, cross country, swimming, soccer and track. Ample opportunities to participate and compete means more students benefit from the overall team experience. Click here to read more about the 2A sports opportunities available at Episcopal.
Research has shown that participation in athletics fosters independence, a sense of community, healthy lifestyle choices and the development of lifelong leadership skills. Williams says students also develop the time management skills needed to manage classroom requirements and the demands of the team. This is significant in Middle School as students transition to more responsibility for their own academics and more rigorous course requirements.
Middle School is also the time when students increase their overall understanding of the game and refine their skills. Practice requirements increase as students get older, becoming more and more like the drills run by Upper School students. In addition, eighth grade students are introduced to strength and conditioning and summer practices. Williams says that the Middle School coaching staff are always cognizant of the fact that Middle School students are not Upper School students with smaller frames. He says safety is a top priority as students develop healthy habits and proper techniques that will serve them well, regardless of which sport they choose.
The success of the Middle School program means so much more than just building a successful Upper School pipeline. As students get in the game and feel the support of their community and families, their confidence soars. This confidence helps them take on new challenges and opportunities. The perseverance required to develop and improve new skills helps them achieve in the classroom. The sense of community provides them the support needed to keep trying.
Are you a Middle School sports fan? Click here to view the division’s athletics calendar and make plans to attend an event.
Go Middle School Knights!
Research by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) shows that students who are involved in sports, music, speech, theatre and debate are gaining “lifelong lessons that complement the academic lessons taught in the classroom.” These extracurricular experiences foster independence, promote healthy lifestyle choices and assist students in developing useful leadership skills.
Given that Episcopal’s mission is to prepare students for purposeful and meaningful lives, the school maintains a strong commitment to providing students an array of co-curricular opportunities to explore. For example, students can choose to participate in one or even multiple team sports among a list of 13 sports currently offered.
Based on enrollment numbers, Episcopal is classified as a 2A school. This classification size means more students have an opportunity to compete, play and achieve throughout the season. In contrast to larger high schools, it is common for Episcopal students to "letter" in more than one sport. Throughout Episcopal’s history, the school’s enrollment has been intentionally managed so that class sizes remain small and students benefit from personalized learning both on and off the field. Students are carrying the lessons learned at Episcopal with them as they move on to become successful collegiate and professional athletes. Here are just a few of the many examples.
Beyond High School Sports
Last year’s senior athletes continued this tradition of success with many advancing on to collegiate sports. Click here to read more about the Class of 2018.
The Knights have had tremendous team success. Here is a look at a few highlights from last year:
Research shows that being a teammate has long-term impacts for students. Episcopal Athletic Director Randy Richard says you cannot overestimate the impact of being a part of a team with a common goal. “Participation in athletics can be a vehicle for teaching students teamwork, respect of self and others, and sound values that they can take with them for the rest of their lives. Sports teaches all of us, adults and children alike, courage, grace, persistence, discipline, and greatness of spirit. What one can gain from being on a team is immeasurable,” he says.
Students need a well-rounded education with abundant opportunities to explore their interests. Episcopal’s 2A enrollment size and commitment to excellence provide students the right combination of cross curricular activities so that they can do just that. With 80% of Middle and Upper School students participating in sports, Episcopal will continue to develop well-rounded, strong athletes who are also successful academically, artistically and spiritually.
Students and coaches are gearing up for another exciting fall sports season and they are hoping the entire Episcopal community will show their support. Here is a look at the upcoming action.
The Knights' football season is now underway! Here are some highlights of the home game schedule. The team gets straight to work with regional rival St. Thomas Aquinas making the trip in from Hammond for a face-off on Episcopal’s Memorial Field on September 7th. The rivalry action continues the very next Friday when Metairie Park Country Day also comes to Baton Rouge to take on the Knights at home. As always, look for exciting action when Episcopal takes on Dunham in a week 10 showdown on November 2nd. The Knights hope to battle through this year’s tough schedule and extend their season by earning either a bye or home game rights for the first round of the playoffs.
Make plans now to attend football Friday nights and support your team. Mark your calendar now for special theme nights throughout the season.
September 7th – First Responders, Law Enforcement and Military Appreciation Night (All uniformed guests will receive free admission to the game.)
September 14th – Middle and Upper School Fall Sports Appreciation Night
September 28th – Homecoming and Friday Night Live
October 11th – Middle School Flag Football at Halftime
November 2nd – Senior Knight
This year’s Senior Knight will feature an exciting group of students who have committed themselves to Episcopal football over the years: Cruz Crawford, Grant Curry, Tyren Dutton, Brandan Garrido, Alex Harrison, Austin Jemison, Ethan Massengale and Kirk Singletary.
After last year’s strong playoff showing, the Knights are looking to once again be a contender this season. The team is led by strong senior starters Amelia Alexander, Abby Johnson, Julia Pearce and Gracie Veillon. These seniors bring experience and talent to the team that is sure to make for exciting volleyball action.
In September, the team travels to Brusly and Northeast for varsity tournament competition before gearing up for home court rivalry matchups later this season. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 16th when district rival U-High comes to Episcopal for a showdown in Phillips Gym. The following week the Knights play host to another big game when Central High School comes to campus. In addition, Episcopal hosts the Episcopal Volleyball Invitational on October 27th.
Mark your calendar:
Tuesday, October 23rd
Toys for Tots night
Episcopal hosts Central High School
The team will collect donations for Toys for Tots as their service-learning project.
The Cross Country girls begin their first season in 10 years without former Head Coach Eddie Cole as they try to improve on last year’s third place finish and get a spot on the podium. No doubt seniors Mary Katherine Bolton, Adele Broussard, Madeline Dansky, Caitlin Davis, Riely Heaslip, Ashley Soloman, Jenny Stauss, Caroline Thaxton and Mary Kathryn Underwood are up for the challenge.
The Cross Country boys will look to continue their dominance of the sport. Seniors Trevor Babcock, Louie Ballard, Austin Broussard, Clay Burton, Todd McInnis, Samuel Shortess, David Whitehurst and Greyson Yorek will lend their talent and experience toward once again achieving that state championship goal.
Cross Country action is now underway. Make plans to attend the annual Round Table Run on September 8th at Highland Road Community Park. Congratulations again to Knights Cross Country Coach Claney Duplechin who was named the 2018 National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Coach of the Year!
The Episcopal swimmers made a tremendous splash last season and are looking to be a contender again this year. The Knights should have an edge heading into the city and state competitions with returning seniors Ajit Alapati, Mary Grace Beck, Lili Pellegrin and Emily White leading the charge, supported by a large group of talented freshmen.
The boys’ squad could break a school record or two thanks to the strong senior leadership of Owen Johnson, Mason LaFerney, Ben Levine, Pierson Luscy and Davis Singletary. In addition, look for talented juniors and sophomores including Sara Be, Nick Johannessen, Evan Jurkovic and Ben Naquin to be difference makers.
Congratulations again to Head Swim Coach Stephen Anderson who was named the All-Metro Boys Coach of the Year last year.
Mark your calendar:
October 27th and 28th
November 14th and 15th
Join your Episcopal Knights this fall for exciting sports action on the field, the court and in the pool. Here are a few reminders to improve your fan experience.
Episcopal home game admissions prices are $8 for adults and $5 for non-Episcopal students. Episcopal students and Squires members receive free admission with their student ID or Squires Card.
Due to the construction around our stadium, convenience areas will be different this year.
Randy is in his third year as Athletic Director at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge. Randy 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.
Episcopal congratulates 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee April Brown ʼ95! April was named to the Hall of Fame at the annual sports banquet at the end of the school year. Hall of Fame honorees are selected each year based on their outstanding contributions to Episcopal during their time as a student or later on as a graduate.
April truly left her mark on Episcopal athletics, participating in basketball, volleyball, and track and field. She was the recipient of the Annslee Laura Phillips Female Athlete of the Year award and named the Advocate Athlete of the Year. In addition to lettering in multiple sports, April was a well-rounded student participating in activities including choir, French Club and Science Club. After graduation, she attended Division I DePaul University where she was a member of the women’s basketball team.
Nominations for the Episcopal Athletic Hall of Fame are accepted each spring. Previous honorees include Van Hiles ʼ93, Meghan O’Leary ʼ03 and Jimmy Williams ʼ97.
While the first bell of the 2018/2019 school year won’t officially ring until Friday, August 10th, there’s one group of students who are already gearing up for the new year. Episcopal athletes and coaches are in summer prep mode with summer league competition, team camps and sports camps.
Members of the baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and football teams are currently participating in city-wide summer league games with other area schools. Brenna Allphin-Smith Perez, Episcopal’s Head Girls Soccer Coach and Athletic Administrator, says summer league play is an especially great opportunity for incoming freshmen to get to know the team. She says coaches also encourage anyone interested in playing during the school year to play during the summer to get that extra preparation and exposure.
June is also traditionally when teams participate in team camps together. The boys basketball team recently spent time together at Birmingham Southern and the boys soccer team traveled to Southern Miss. Meanwhile, the girls soccer team trained at the Extreme Performance Team Camp in Bay St. Louis and the girls basketball team hosted a team camp at Episcopal. Team camps help athletes get to know their teammates and cultivate the relationships needed to succeed, in addition to boosting their overall skills.
Strength and conditioning work is a big part of summer sports prep. Students work out on campus three times a week throughout the break. In addition, on any given day you can find members of the Episcopal athletic staff on campus hosting summer sports camps for students of all ages. The camps are a great way to introduce students to a new sport or to help them fine tune existing skills.
While the start of a new school year may seem like a long time from now, student athletes will be suiting up and hitting the field, court, track and pool before you know it. We’re looking forward to another great year of Episcopal athletics!
Want to relive all of the best moments from the 2017/2018 season? Click here for a look back.
The 2017/2018 Episcopal athletic teams did not disappoint. The players and coaches gave it their all and put up impressive results. Thanks to everyone who supported the teams and cheered them on. Here’s a look back at a great year of Episcopal athletics.
The team fought hard all season and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Team members Caden Dickinson and Cam Dumas were honored with the WBRZ Fan’s Choice Award for their performances on the field. The entire squad was recognized by Cumulus media group as the Team of the Week. Multiple team members will be playing collegiate football for their respective colleges next fall.
The volleyball squad had a tremendous year, finishing the regular season 20 and 13 and earning a first round bye in the postseason. Gracie Veillon was named to the All-Metro team and Emily Mendoza earned Honorable Mention.
The cross country runners continued their dominance in the sport with another state championship season. Head Coach Claney Duplechin was named the 2017 US Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association Coach of the Year, the 2017 Metro Cross Country Coach of the Year and a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Cross Country Coach of the Year.
The swim team truly stepped up this fall. The boys’ team finished second place at the annual state meet in Sulphur. Head Swim Coach Stephen Anderson was also named the All-Metro Boys Coach of the Year. Swimmers Sara Be, Lilli Pellegrin, Ben Levine and Ben Naquin were also named to the All-Metro Team.
What a season the basketball teams delivered!
The girls’ team advanced to the quarterfinals after a successful regular season. Senior Tera Snell reached Episcopal’s 1000 point club and was named to the LHSAA All Star Team. She has signed to play for the Loyola New Orleans Wolf Pack.
The boys’ team had a tremendous regular season and easily advanced to the playoffs. After taking down nationally ranked Riverside Academy the team finished the year as state runner up with an overall record of 33-4. Team leader Cam Dumas was recognized with All State honors and was a member of the LHSAA All Star Team and the Marsh Madness Tournament Team.
Episcopal’s Griffin Dynes placed third in the state wrestling championships after fighting back from the consolation bracket with a 9-1 win. This season Fox Garon secured his first varsity win over Hahnville and William Guffey won his first freshman tournament of the season against Zachary High School.
Celia Kiesel and John Pojman both placed third in the LHSAA regional powerlifting meet. Kolin Bilbrew placed first in the same event. Nicholas Miller earned the title of Best Male Lifter and Savannah York earned the title of Best Female Lifter.
After a tremendous season, the boys’ squad finished as district champions. The team ultimately advanced to the state semifinals to cap off the year. Head Coach Kiran Booluck also earned District IV Coach of the Year honors.
The girls’ soccer team was district runner up and was awarded the Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award by the United Soccer Coaches. Skylar Yegge also earned the United Soccer Coaches Senior Excellence Award and All Metro honors. Caroline Glynn, Grace Moraes, and Sarah Whisnant were named 1st Team All District.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award.
Track & Field:
The boys’ indoor and outdoor track and field teams both came home state champions. The girls’ outdoor team finished state runner up. Coach Claney Duplechin was named the 2017 Metro Coach of the Year and the US Track and Field Coaches Association Coach of the Year.
The boys’ team finished as regional champions, shooting a 322. John Hayden Wood shot an even par 72 and earned the Regional Individual Champion title. At the state tournament the team finished third with John Hayden Wood earning the Individual State Runner Up title.
The girls’ team finished second overall in the regional tournament with Riely Heaslip shooting a 76 to earn the Regional Individual Runner Up title. The girls also finished first in the Baton Rouge Metro League Championship tournament. Riely Heaslip and Caroline Glynn shot a combined score of 201 to earn the Metro Team Champion title. Heaslip also put up the best score in the field earning her the Metro Individual Champion title. Athletic Director and Coach Randy Richard was named the Girls Golf Metro Coach of the Year.
The boys’ team won the LHSAA regional tournament in Baton Rouge with several singles and doubles groups from both the boys’ and girls’ teams moving on to the state tournament in Monroe. Team members Edward Staib, Femke Maassen-Veeters, Elli SIm, and Casey Rigby earned All Metro honors.
Several members of the baseball team were selected to the 8-AA All-District Team. Congratulations to the following:
The softball squad put together a tremendous season, earning the district championship title! Corinne Talbot, Annslee Bourgeois, Bailey Bourgeois, Emily Mendoza, Sydney Summerville, and Savannah York all earned 1st Team All District honors.
Congratulations to the 2018 Episcopal Female and Male Athletes of the Year!
We look forward to seeing everyone on the sidelines next year. A special thanks to the cheerleaders and drum corps for their support this year. Go Knights!