The Knights football team will host a first round playoff game this Friday, November 15th at 7 pm! The team finished the regular season with an 8 and 2 record after a win over Port Allen last Friday.
Congratulations to the Middle School boys cross country team! The team won their division at the St. Michael's Cross Country meet. The varsity boys and girls teams were runners up. Senior James Christian was the first place finisher in the varsity race. Next up - the state meet in Natchitoches on Monday, November 18th.
Friday night the Episcopal home crowd had one last regular season opportunity to cheer on senior members of the football team, as well as the cheerleaders, dance ensemble dancers, and drum corps musicians. Senior Knight at Episcopal is a special time for these students and their families as they celebrate the last regular season home game in an athletic career that may have lasted one season or numerous years. Students also had the opportunity to attend the Squires Club's Friday Knight Live.
To learn more about what it's like to be an Episcopal athlete click here. Seniors Sara Be, James Christian and Nick Johannesson share their thoughts on athletics and academics.
Episcopal student athletes of all ages have already had a great fall. Lower School students enjoyed an exciting flag football season. Fifth graders teamed up with sixth graders to play on the navy or gold flag football teams. Lower School students will also have the opportunity to compete in volleyball, which takes place in the spring.
This fall, the Middle School Knights competed in cross country, swimming, football and softball with tremendous results. The Middle School boys and girls cross country teams each won the Episcopal Round Table Run with four girls in the top 10 and three in the top five, and six boys in the top 15 and four in the top 10. At the West Feliciana Relays, the Middle School boys broke the course record by 1:04 and recently they earned the metro championship title for their performance at Highland Road Park. The Middle School swim team earned a title of their own as they won the city championships and were named Division 2 champions. There were numerous individual and relay champions, including Lucy Cramer, Ella Kate Johnston, Faith Johnston, Jack McConnell, Olivia Melancon, Ryann Richard, Rylee Simoneaux and Charlie Williams. In the opening meet, Middle School swimmer Olivia Melancon was an individual double winner. Three swimmers won their events – Olivia Melancon, Faith Johnston and Matt VanDeMaele. Rylee Simoneaux, Baylen Sims, Ryann Richard, Ella Stephens and Charlie Williams also placed in the top five in their individual events. The Middle School football team is well on their way to playing on Friday nights with an enthusiastic and engaged home crowd. The squad had a great season with big wins including a dominating victory over Dunham. The softball girls fielded a sixth grade team and a combined seventh/ eighth grade team this season. The teams fought hard all season with exciting contests against Dunham, Parkview, UHigh and Central. It will be exciting to see how these Middle School athletes continue to grow as they transition to Upper School sports.
Senior members of the Knights football team can be proud of the 8 and 2 season they put together. The squad won their Homecoming contest against Catholic High of Pointe Coupee and there have been numerous high scoring games in which the Knights simply ran away with the game. Junior Ryan Armwood’s name has been called throughout the season for scoring touchdowns for the Knights. Two Knights, RB Ryan Armwood and QB Dylan Mehrotra, were nominated for WBRZ Player of the Week honors. The first round of high school football playoffs gets underway this Friday, November 15th with the Knights hosting the game.
In what has become a tradition, the Knights cross country team is prepared for a trip to the state championship meet on November 18th in Natchitoches. Look for senior captain James Christian to make a big impact at the meet. James was recently the top boys runner at the St. Michael's meet. He also placed 5th in the Metro Meet and the Catholic High Invitational. Over the course of his senior year, he has put up personal bests and arrived at the line among the top six finishers at each event. However, James is much more than just a great athlete. Coach Dupe says James truly is a leader, staying after practice or meets to help pack up and really pitching in wherever he is needed.
The varsity swimmers will make their way west for the state swim meet on November 20th and 21st. Both the boys and girls teams finished in third place in the recent Capital City Swim League City Meet. At that meet, sophomores Eugene Jiang and Alexa Ryon Bennett earned individual wins and the 200 medley relay team of Ben Naquin, Evan Jurkovic, Nick Johannessen and Eugene Jiang broke a 16 year old Episcopal record by one-hundredth of a second.
The volleyball Knights made it to the first round of the playoffs! They faced Thomas Jefferson High School in the bi-district round earlier this week. The team put together an exciting season with big district wins against Capitol and Northeast and a fourth place finish in the Northeast tournament in September. They finished the regular season against Parkview Baptist for the Cox Game of the Week.
We hope you will support your Knights whether they are in Lower, Middle or Upper School. Mark your calendars now for upcoming winter sports dates. Go Knights!
What does it mean to be an Episcopal athlete? We asked Episcopal senior athletes to share more about their experience.
“Athletes at Episcopal must learn to have mental stamina, being able to truly balance academics with sports, pushing themselves in multiple areas of their lives to be the best they can be, sometimes exhausting but always fulfilling,” says swimmer Sara Be.
“The thing I most enjoy about being an Episcopal athlete is the community that comes from being on a team,” says swimmer Nick Johannessen. “It has always been good to know that I had friends across all grades due to the friendships I made through the swim team.”
“The aspect that I enjoy most about being an Episcopal athlete is the comradery that comes from being a part of a team,” says runner James Christian. “Every day, the team creates an atmosphere that is different than any other. You are surrounded by people who go through many of the same difficulties as you. When you are around these people, you can relax and just be free with others who understand if you are having a tough time.”
Academics are important for all three of these athletes. “Coach reminds us that academics are more important than athletics,” says James. “Coach Dupe teaches us every year of what he believes to be the priorities in life: First is God, second is Family, third is school/work, fourth is sports/extracurricular activities and last is social. To him, academics should be above cross country. This is what helps me juggle the two. I realize I need to prioritize school.”
Academics are equally important for Sara and Nick who are National Merit Semifinalists. Nick says while it is challenging to juggle the rigorous academic program at Episcopal while competing, it’s not impossible. “I learned to be more efficient with my time and listen to my body,” he says. “I also made sure to use my study halls and office hours to their maximum potential, meeting with teachers, and doing homework during these times. Staying ahead on homework helps minimize some of the stress caused by the time crunch of practice and schoolwork.”
Episcopal truly does provide students the opportunity to explore a diverse array of interests. “Being an athlete at Episcopal is not a label, it does not limit any individual,” says Sara. “The swim team has three students participating in drum corps, attending morning swim practice and nighttime football games on Fridays. The football team this year includes three boys who race to select choir after practice on Mondays. This diversity of talent and character within the athletics department is priceless; sports teams gather a spectrum of types of students, forming seemingly unlikely connections and relationships that end up possessing enormous value.”
Students gain a range of important life skills from their participation in sports. “From my athletic experiences, I have learned the values of competition, leadership, teamwork, and hard work,” says Nick. “From competition with teammates in practice to actual swim meets, competitiveness is a crucial component of swimming. Teammates are always pushing each other to improve and be better at practice. Swim meets are the chance for all that hard work to shine, where you can prove to yourself and others what all that hard work has done.”
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Coach Dupe. “This is a quote that we hear every year, and it represents one of the most important lessons I have learned from my Cross-Country experience,” says James. “It is always important to be willing to put in the hard work. No matter how good you might be at something, it is hard work and dedication that will get you the farthest in life.”
Team is Everything.
Putting together a successful team and a championship season, truly is a team effort. “As a member of relays, races made of teams of four, I have also learned the value of teamwork,” says Nick. “A relay would not work with only three people. It takes everyone on the relay to make it work. Relays are my favorite races to swim because there are other people to celebrate your team's success. It takes the hard work of all four swimmers for a relay to be successful, and it is a fantastic feeling when it works.”
“Being on a team also brings you closer to people you might not have ever known,” says James. “Those people can become some of your closest friends.”
Sara points out that even those who are not officially on the team contribute to success in meaningful ways. “To be invested and engaged with Episcopal athletics doesn’t necessarily mean enrollment in a sports team,” she says. “Positive energy radiates through the stands when students of all grades gather together to cheer on the football team. In this nature, students build networks of support, elevating the school spirit and overall quality of life at Episcopal through athletics. In other words, sports at Episcopal facilitate mutual support from students, people lifting each other up when they need it the most.”
Congratulations to all of the Episcopal athletes who are accomplishing great things in the classroom and in competition. Go Knights!
“It was such a privilege to cheer for Episcopal athletics in high school, and I am thrilled to continue to be a cheerleader for the school by supporting the new Field House.” Carolyn Moore Wood ’82
Winning the game. Finishing the race. Giving it your all. Inspiring your peers. Setting new records. Breaking old ones. Learning that teamwork, health, wellness, and physical activity are essential parts of life. Athletic experiences open new paths to understanding in the classroom and new opportunities for college and beyond. The athletic and physical education programs at Episcopal are offered to all students and create lifelong memories.
The 1986 Episcopal Knights football team won Episcopal’s very first district championship. “Some of my best memories at Episcopal were on Friday nights or even during summer football workouts.” Paul Garrett ’89
Episcopal’s athletic program has grown over the years. What began as basic offerings of football, basketball, track, cheerleading, and volleyball has blossomed into 62 varsity and sub-varsity teams in Upper and Middle School. With 80% of the student body participating in athletics, it is only natural that our students have memories of both their athletic experiences and the camaraderie that follows. Generations of Knights have won state titles, beaten fierce rivals, and crafted their own Legacies through these programs.
Beginning in Pre-K 3, Episcopal students participate in Physical Education and Wellness Programs. Coach Heidi Hebert states, “With the advances in technology and the video game generation, daily physical education is more valuable than ever.”
As the school has grown, so has the Physical Education and Wellness Programs that begin with our youngest Knights. On any given day, Lower School students can be found learning how to exercise like an astronaut, train for a triathlon, compete in Nursery Rhyme Olympics, or practice Yoga with their classmates. Episcopal offers physical education classes five days a week for all three divisions through ninth grade. Students have the opportunity to be active every day and explore team sports in a non-competitive environment. This comprehensive, early focus on health, wellness, and athletics develops the whole child for years to come.
The 1980-1981 girls volleyball team was supposed to have a year of re-building. Instead, the team hosted the district tournament in Episcopal’s new Gym Annex and became district champions! They went on to win the State Title for the third time.
Very soon we will celebrate the opening of our new Field House. The Field House will mark the first major athletic facility constructed on Episcopal’s campus since the pool was installed in 1997 and the first athletic building since the 1982 addition of the Annslee Laura Phillips ’00 Memorial Gym. It was designed with ALL students and coaches in mind. While the inside of The Field House is certainly impressive - cardiovascular and strength training equipment, collaborative workspaces, flexible areas for wellness programs, updated locker rooms, and dedicated space for the coaches - the outside is just as special. The expansive terrace and new concession stand will quickly become THE gathering place for all Knights to celebrate as a community, remember the legacies of those who came before them, and celebrate future champions for years to come. This is truly a Field House for everyone.
Lower School Field Day is now a tradition. Coaches, teachers, and other faculty members come together for a full day of physical activity and creative games to celebrate the end of the school year.
We are pleased to announce that you have the opportunity to commemorate you or your child’s Episcopal memories by choosing a paver on The Terrace to tell their story. A commemorative paver is also a great way to honor a coach, memorialize a teammate, or remember a win. The possibilities are endless. Naming options on The Terrace are now available and start at $5,000. Write your story on one of the concrete or granite pavers that line the entryway and encircle The Terrace. Sponsor a locker, weight, or aerobic exercise station, starting at $1,000. Cement your legacy at Episcopal for years to come.
Richard Chauvin ’72 is inviting fellow classmates to join him in memorializing three former teammates. Chauvin ’72 states, "David Castillo, Richard Dardenne, and Larry Grantham were unselfish, hard-working, positive people whose qualities fostered strong bonds of trust and friendship that I learned are the immeasurable rewards of striving together toward a common goal. These men went on to greater success in sports and life, and I believe our experiences in Episcopal basketball played a part in who we became as adults."
Many Episcopal alumni are hard at work organizing team gifts to commemorate their Legacy and honor their past. “The Field House presents a perfect opportunity to pull my teammates and high school friends together to remember three men who personified the type of student-athlete that made my experience in high school sports so rewarding and memorable,” said Chauvin ’72. Carolyn Moore Wood ’82, Paul Garrett ’89, and Sean Reilly ’79 are also organizing team gifts to tell their story on The Terrace. “I want future students to create and enjoy those same memories in a first class facility,” adds Garrett ’89.
The 1979 Episcopal boys cross country team won the school’s first State Championship Title, setting the pace for our 2019 Knights to be in the running for Episcopal’s 36th State Championship Title. Coach Claney Duplechin has been a coach at Episcopal for over 40 years and has been a part of its athletic legacy. “The Field House will provide an invaluable training space for our athletes and students. The growth of Episcopal’s athletic programs are tremendous and this new facility will be an unbelievable asset to our program, campus, and student body,” says Coach Duplechin.
What will you remember? An individual accomplishment. Your family’s Legacy. The team’s big win. We are ready to help you finalize your gift. Please contact Lindsay Lamont Turner ’97 in Episcopal’s Development Office to learn more about team gifts. Additionally, if you would like to reserve a space for an individual achievement or family gift you can CLICK HERE to see the many opportunities available.
Or visit the Spirit · Mind · Body website to learn about the naming opportunities still available at The Field House.
Let’s line The Terrace with memories of your Legacy at Episcopal.
Middle School athletes have already had a great fall season. Here are highlights of recent action. Click here to access the Middle School athletic calendar and make plans to cheer on your Middle School Knights!
The boys and girls had a great showing at the recent Catholic High Invitational. Pearson Spender led the way with a first place finish in 11:11 in the boys two mile. For the first time, Scarlett Spender and Ivy Jiang ran in the varsity three mile race, with Spender putting up a time of 19 minutes. In the Middle School race, Anna Kate Yale led the way for the Knights with a great two mile time of 13:29.
The Middle School boys had a dominating win at the St. Joseph’s Invitational. Eighth grader Abram Johnston finished second. The girls squad placed second overall in the meet. Eighth grader Ivy Jiang placed fourth and Rebekah Reid and Anna Kate Yale were among the top 10 finishers.
The seventh/eighth grade team recently had a huge victory against Dunham with a final score of 40 to 16. This was the team's second win against Dunham this season. This week, the students faced pouring rain in a hard fought home contest versus Our Lady of Mercy. The football Knights will play their final game of the season here at Episcopal on Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:30PM.
The softball Knights are playing great this season. The sixth grade team has had nice wins over Dunham and U-High. The seventh/eighth grade team had two wins versus Parkview and fought hard against U-High and Central. The athletes have shown significant progress this season.
Middle School is making a splash. The boys and girls teams recently placed first in the 200-medley relay. Relay team members include Olivia Melancon (backstroke), Ryann Richard (breaststroke), Lucy Cramer (butterfly) and Rylee Simoneaux (freestyle). Olivia Melancon and Rylee Simoneaux each qualified for high school state swimming cuts in the 100 freestyle and Olivia was the 50 backstroke champion, while Rylee Simoneaux was 50 backstroke runner-up and Matt VanDeMaele was the 50 breastroke boys runner-up.
It was a fun-filled week on Episcopal’s campus as students celebrated Homecoming. All three divisions displayed school spirit with theme dress days, pep rallies and campus decorating. Everything culminated with the Knights' Homecoming victory over Catholic Pointe Coupee. Congratulations to the 2019 Episcopal Homecoming King and Queen - Griff Strain and Sarah Collier!
Alumni also got in on the celebration with a Cochon De Lait in the alumni tent. We hope the classes of 1979 and 1989 enjoyed their time back on campus.
Congratulations to the 2019 Episcopal Homecoming Court!
Top Row: Griff Strain, Sara Be, Tochi Mbagwu, Maia Adams, Logan LeBlanc, Landry Litel, Annslee Bourgeois, Kolin Bilbrew
Bottom Row: Thomas Lee, Sarah Collier, Andrew Clark, Chloe Carmouche, Robert Xing, Rachel Nichols, Lewis Ward, Grace Alexander, James Be, Anna Katherine Harrell
Mark your calendar now for the Homecoming game next Friday, October 4th at 7 pm. The Knights take on Catholic of Pointe Coupee. Check out the remaining football schedule here. Go Knights!
Calling All Episcopal Alumni!
Homecoming is a special time for alumni. Don’t miss out on the following activities.
Alumni tent featuring a Cochon De Lait
Look for the tent on the track near the north end zone.
Game time is set for 7 pm.
Wear your Episcopal gear and show your school spirit!
Welcome back to the classes of 1979 and 1989! We hope you have a great reunion weekend.
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!