After an exciting weekend of fall sports here are the results.
The Episcopal cross country team is ready for competition. The group has been working out since June in preparation for the upcoming season which gets underway Saturday, September 7th at 7 am with the West Feliciana Relays. The Knights are coming off of another big year after they brought home state titles in both the boys and girls division last year. Head Coach Claney Duplechin says after several seniors graduated in May, other athletes will have an opportunity to shine. So far that is exactly what they are doing as Coach Dupe says the students are making the most of the opportunity and practices have been quite productive. “Now is their time,” says Coach Dupe. “If practices are any indication, I’ll be very pleased this season,” he says.
As the team works toward another state title, Coach Dupe is as enthusiastic as ever. “My first year in cross country I fell in love with the kids,” he says. “It’s rewarding. I maybe making a difference in their lives, but they’re making a difference in mine. They keep me young and healthy.”
This year’s distance runners are led by seniors James Christian and Ella Kimbrough. Coach Dupe is joined by assistant coaches Amy Claire Whitehurst, Clayton Counts, John Harris and Alison Seals. As he looks to the future, Coach Dupe says the program is positioned well with several talented Middle School runners. He says there is even a chance that members of the Middle School boys and girls teams may run with the varsity squad this season. To see upcoming cross country dates click here.
Knights fans have five opportunities to catch the football team in action at home this year. That first opportunity is set for tonight versus St. Michael. In addition to the home field contests, Head Coach Travis Bourgeois hopes Knights fans will travel with the team and take in a few away games. “This is the biggest senior/junior class combination in a long time,” says Bourgeois. He says the team’s experience will give them some depth that will no doubt be a factor in games down the road. “Competition will bring out the best in the team,” he says.
When the Knights take the field, they will be led by senior captains Ethan Amedee, Kolin Bilbrew, Lane Grisby and Griff Strain. Fans can also expect senior leaders Jamieson Bell and Alex Wilson to be factors in the game.
Bourgeois says the Knights are in a good position going forward with 22 eighth grade players who are playing well and having a positive Middle School football experience. This bodes well for the program’s future. Bourgeois says his coaching staff including Bill Jones, Charlie O’Brien, Wally Stevens and Jimmy Williams are another key to the program’s success. “We have different strengths and philosophies,” he says. “We feed off of each other.”
The Knights certainly feed off of crowd support, so don’t miss your opportunity to cheer them on this season. Mark your calendar for the following important contests:
Friday, September 6th St. Michael
Friday, September 13th St. Thomas Aquinas
Friday, October 4th Catholic Pointe Coupee Homecoming Game
Thursday, October 17th at Dunham
Friday, October 25th Northeast
Friday, November 8th Port Allen Senior Knight
Episcopal begins the swimming season with a new head coach. Kate Cramer returns to the Knights after previously coaching the swim team from 2007 to 2010. Kate describes herself as high energy. She can often be found on the deck whistling and coaching the students on their strokes. She says as a coach she uses a lot of speed training and interval and aerobics training to help swimmers build their endurance and boost their speed. Her goal is simple. “We want to qualify as many swimmers as we can and the rest will take care of itself,” she says.
This year’s team hopes to build on their third place finish in last year’s state championship meet. The group will be led by seniors Maia Adams, Sara Be, Valerie Beggs, Nick Johannessen and Megan Nguyen.
Don’t miss your opportunity to catch the Episcopal swimmers in action this season. Click here for upcoming swimming dates. The team enters the pool for competition for the first time on Saturday, September 7th at the LHSCA All Star Swim Meet in Lutcher. All lanes will lead to the varsity swimming city championship finals on Sunday, November 3rd at Crawfish Aquatics. City championship preliminaries will take place Saturday, November 2nd. Athletes will cap off the year at the varsity swimming state championship meet on Thursday, November 21st in Sulphur.
There is excitement in Head Coach Madeline Gugich’s voice as she discusses the upcoming volleyball season. “We’re a young team,” she says of her squad that includes four seniors. “Our bench is engaged and our kids have found a love of the game.” That love of the game is evident from the support that team members provide each other as they enter or exit the court. “We have nothing to fear,” says Gugich. She expects the team to have a few good losses in which they gain experience and learn to respond to the tempo of the game. She also expects the team to give area competitors a run for their money.
This year’s team is led by seniors Grace Cullens, Makenzie Daughtery, Celia Kiesel and Halle Roman. The group will serve up their first game during the annual Episcopal Invitational on Saturday, September 7th. Don’t miss your opportunity to catch the team in action. Click here to see upcoming volleyball dates. September home contests include games against McKinley, Woodlawn, Walker and Denham Springs. In October, Port Allen, Dunham, Capital and Northeast come to Woodland Ridge for district games.
Lower and Middle School
In addition to the Upper School action underway, Knights fans don’t want to miss the Lower and Middle School excitement. Members of the fifth/sixth grade flag football and seventh/eighth grade football teams are preparing for the season with regular practice. The sixth grade and seventh/eighth grade softball teams and sixth through eighth grade swimming teams are also gearing up. Click here to view the Middle School sports calendar.
All fall sports participants, including cross country, swimming, Middle School softball, football and flag football, will be recognized at this Friday’s football home opener. We hope to see you there. Go Knights!
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.
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!
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