Winter Athletics Update
The Cardinals have had successful seasons in all winter sports including basketball, soccer and powerlifting.
The boys’ varsity basketball team has a current record of 14-1. Two of those games were won in the final seconds of the game. They are now entering their first playoff game for a regional title against Teurlings Catholic High School.
Jonathan Keife, the boys’ varsity basketball head coach, said that one of the reasons they have improved so much over the season is because the competition level is very high, and the older players have led a good example to the newer players.
He also said that this year’s team is mentally tough because of all of the adversity they have faced. They work well together and have overcome so much.
“I have been so proud of this group of young men for how they have overcome everything. Regardless of how the rest of the season turns out, they will be better people because of having played basketball this year,” Keife said.
The girls’ varsity basketball team has a current record of 12-12 after winning last Saturday’s game against St. Michael the Archangel High School.
Head Coach Marcey Zeringue said that the players this season were all very dedicated. They showed up to every practice ready to learn and work hard. She also said that although we are in the midst of a pandemic, the team has been lucky to play as many games as they have.
“The planning of games has been a rollercoaster ride. Some games were cancelled, and then searches to find new opponents began. Overall, the Lady Cardinals were extremely blessed to play 24 games,” Zeringue said.
The girls’ varsity soccer team finished this season with a record of 15-6-5.
Head coach Lindsey Spinner said that one of their biggest highlights of the season was their win against St. Michaels. They were ranked number two in the state, so that win was special to them and their best game of the season.
Spinner credits their success this season to the good communication and teamwork skills the team has. The team is also skilled at adapting to certain situations and obstacles that present themselves.
“Things are not always easy with COVID-19 and quarantine. We had to rely on players who weren’t starters. The ones who have stepped up did an incredible job and didn’t miss a beat,” Spinner said.
The boys’ varsity soccer team is heading into the state finals with a record of 16-3-4.
Head Coach Roger Bimah said that the team is doing a great job this season dealing with distractions regarding COVID-19. Because they may not have all their team members present at any given time, they have to make sure they are mentally prepared to bring their best to each game. Bimah credits the success of the season to how well the players work together.
“We have a very close-knit atmosphere. Our players have stepped up and done the job required of them,” Bimah said.
The powerlifting team is having a great season and claimed multiple titles in their recent two invitational meets at Denham Springs and Central Catholic.
Coach Grant Chiasson said that he was very pleased with their performances. Key lifters on this season’s team include Hunter Becnel, Branton Vicknair, Lexie Steinmann and Olivia Fanguy.
Chiasson also talked about how goal-driven and competitive this season’s athletes are. They are good at setting individual goals that they know will help the team overall. The team can’t score points unless each player meets their individual goal. The competitive environment brings out the best in those athletes.
“Anyone can lift weights at school, but as soon as you get into a competitive environment in front of an audience and other lifters, the students take it to a whole other level. They encourage each other, are behind one another and are always positive,” Chiasson said.
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Written by: Madeleine Bauland, Communications Intern