Comets close sports seasons with runner-up spot
That’s a wrap. Pack up the equipment and take the rest of the spring and summer off.
That is unless you are looking forward to the upcoming American Legion baseball season and summer basketball leagues, which are about to tip off around town.
But the 2015-16 high school sports seasons have come and gone with the end of the May 13-14 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball Championships in the books.
St. Charles Catholic ended a fine 32-10 season under head coach Wayne Stein, and although the Comets are somewhat disappointed that the silver trophy was not gold, they outlasted every other school in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
For the sixth time, St. Charles is a state runner-up, following a 3-1 loss to first-time champion St. Thomas Aquinas.
Its outstanding performance concludes a school year during which local Catholic schools won 12 team state championships and took home 17 runners-up trophies.
Not a bad haul over the last 8 1/2 months when you consider 16 different schools in the archdiocese won eight first- or second-place plaques.
A review of the seasons
VOLLEYBALL – Mount Carmel won the first of its three championships by defeating Mandeville in three easy games (25-15, 25-15, 25-17). Senior Kristen Nuss was named the Division I Outstanding Player.
Archbishop Chapelle made it to the semifinals before losing to Mandeville.
CROSS COUNTRY – Jesuit was the Class 5A champion with a total time of 1:26:11.03 and 106 combined points. St. Paul’s Eric Coston finished second with a time of 16:15.06.
The Academy of the Sacred Heart was runner-up in Class 3A, behind the 1-2 finish of Mary Nusloch and Madeline Kling.
SWIMMING – The St. Scholastica Swim Team won the Division II girls’ title with 355 points. Jesuit’s team finished as the runner-up in the Division I boys meet.
Holy Cross (Division II) and Pope John Paul II boys (Division IV) were also runners-up. Holy Cross fell just 16 points shy of Ruston’s winning mark.
FOOTBALL – A disappointing runner-up finish for No. 1 Archbishop Rummel. After running past district mates Jesuit (44-14) and John Curtis (24-10), Rummel lost to No. 6 Catholic High, 31-28.
WRESTLING – Brother Martin continued its run of Division I championships by besting second-place Jesuit and the field. Luke Cotton, Steven Shields, Pierce Williams and Jacob Clapp won their respective weight classes.
Without winning a single individual championship match, De La Salle still had enough points to win the Division III team trophy by outscoring perennial power Brusly, 214.5-194.5.
SOCCER – St. Paul’s defeated Acadiana, 3-0, to win the Division I crown. Holy Cross was the Division II runner-up.
On the girls’ side, Mount Carmel won all its matches by one point to win the Division I team trophy. Academy of the Sacred Heart was runner-up in Division III, and Archbishop Hannan was runner-up in Division IV.
BASKETBALL – While the Catholic boys’ teams languished through a disappointing season, the girls happily grabbed the spotlight.
Once again, led by senior Kristen Nuss, Mount Carmel won its third team title by defeating Denham Springs 59-48 for the Class 5A championship.
And sophomore- and freshman-laden Ursuline Academy surprised a talented field of Class 4A teams to win the championship as a No. 8 seed.
Coach Andrea Williams’ Lions roared to resounding victories over Plaquemine, 67-56; Ellender, 66-48; St. Thomas More (the No. 1 seed) 59-55; Edna Karr, 58-50; and Rayne, 61-48, for the title.
POWERLIFTING – Pope John Paul II has always been a title contender in this sport. Both the Jaguars and Lady Jags were runners-up but had individuals named best lifters in their respective classes.
Wesley Wharton won that title in the boys’ 114- to 165-pound class, and Blaike-Lee Ordes was the best in the girls’ 97- to 148-pound class.
BOWLING – Brother Martin claimed its second state championship by defeating Vandebilt Catholic, 17-10. Crusader Max Oertling won the gold medal as the best bowler.
SOFTBALL – Behind senior fireballer Karli Perque and a strong defense, Cabrini rose to become the Class 4A runner-up. The Crescents lost the championship game to North DeSoto, but along the way, they beat Minden, 15-0; Grant, 10-0; Bastrop, 11-1; and West Ouachita, 2-1.
GOLF – St. Charles Catholic finished 33 strokes behind University High for the Division III title and took the runner-up trophy back to LaPlace.
Mike Landry of the Comets tied for second place after shooting a 71-73-144.
The Division III girls’ runnerup award went to Academy of the Sacred Heart, whose golfers shot a combined 341. The Cardinals finished just 12 strokes behind champion Notre Dame (329).
The star of the tournament was Archbishop Hannan’s Abbey Daniel, who posted a magnificent two rounds of 67 and 71 for a 138 total.
TENNIS – Dominican has for years been one of the titans of girls’ tennis, and this season was no exception as it won another Division I championship.
Morgan Forshag won the singles finals match over Mount Carmel’s Taylor Garcia, and the doubles team of Lily LaBiche and Gabby Terranova won the doubles title.
Jesuit was again the best in boys’ Division I. The highest- placing individual was Brother Martin’s Benjamin Chanes, who advanced to the semifinals.
St. Paul’s doubles team of Kurt and Kent Shiell defeated Jesuit’s Brandon Beck and Trey Hamlin, 2-1, in the doubles finals.
TRACK & FIELD – Archbishop Rummel used 24 individual points scored by Kristian Fulton and 10 by distance runner Connor Killian toward its 42 points to claim the Class 5A boys’ runner-up trophy.
The Academy of the Sacred Heart placed fourth in the girls’ Class 3A meet, and Ursuline was fifth in the girls’ Class 4A meet.
BASEBALL – St. Charles Catholic eliminated district rival Riverside Academy in the semifinal round. The Comets also won best-of-three series over Sterlington and Menard to qualify for the state tournament.