Five Teams Take State Titles in 2017-2018

Five teams at Bishop Kelley won state titles in the 2017-2018 school year.

The boys soccer team won their second consecutive state championship this spring. The 5A state championship match was against East Central, who lost to Bishop Kelley in last year's state championship match. "Although we were the defending champs, we didn’t approach the season that way, " said head coach Phil Barkley. "We lost five starters from last season. Giving credit to this year's group, they worked as a team and did everything that the coaching staff asked. I couldn’t be more proud of this year's team and they got what they earned and deserved: another state championship."

The baseball team took the state title for the first time since the 2010-2011 season." As a coach, I’m just so happy for our students who had the opportunity to reach the ultimate goal for high school sports," said assistant coach Jeff Scardino '06, who himself won two state titles as a Comet baseball player. "It is a moment that will live with them forever and no one can ever take that away." This marks the first state win as a coach for Scardino, whose father is former head baseball coach Tony Scardino.

Back in the fall semester, the girls cross country team took 1st in the state meet. This is their first state title since the 1986-1987 season. "I was so proud of these girls," said senior Mary Gathright, who is one of the three team captains. "I think what made this team so special was the amount of trust each of us had in one another to do their part to bring the team to a long awaited state title."

The spirit squad won the first ever 5A Game Day State Championship, a new category of cheer and dance competition that was established in 2017. This is the first state win for the Bishop Kelley Spirit Squad. "It was super exciting because we didn't know what to expect at this brand-new competition," said assistant coach Katherine Devonshire '09. "We've mostly worked with pom, but with this competition, we got to work more with cheer. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the competition and eagerly await next season."

"It is so gratifying to watch our student-athletes and coaches represent our school, community, and mission is such a positive way all year," said Athletic Director Lance Parks. "The trophies are wonderful, but the real value in the experience lies in the educational foundations that athletics provides in a school environment." With the recent addition of new state championship banners in the gym, Bishop Kelley looks forward to updating them with our latest 2017-2018 championships.

The varsity academic bowl team won its fifth consecutive state championship this year. Angela Brown '18 experienced this win as Captain of the team. "It meant so much more to me because of this," said Brown. "We had an undefeated season! I'm so proud of my team as a whole." Coach Medea Bendel has enjoyed watching her students grow over their years on the team. "Winning five consecutive state titles is a testament not only to the intellectual calibur of the students on the team, but also to their hard work and the bonds of friendship they have formed over the years."