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Cross Country Showing Signs of Significant Improvement
For the second time, the Cardinal cross country team traveled back to Baton Rouge. This time it was to participate in the Catholic High Invitational held at Highland Road Park. The course conditions were much improved from the previous week, and the times the runners ran reflected that. After arriving at the course for 7:00 a.m., the 8:00 a.m. Varsity runners did their warm ups, stretched, laced up their spikes and headed down the hill to the ever constant starting line. Leah Varisco ’26 and Vivian Real ’26 lead their team by running close to each other over the course of the first mile with each running 6:31 & 6:32. They then worked together through the crowd to close the gap of the front runners and by the 2nd mile, only 9 seconds separated them in time of 13:38 and 13:47. These two runners held their paces and finished with season best time of 20:45 for Leah in 33rd and 21:07 for Vivian, only 16 seconds from her personal best, in 44th out of 152 competitors. Olivia Boyd ’22 ran the race she was scheduled to do, by taking it a little easier on the first mile, holding steady on the second mile, and then opening her stride on the last mile. Never one to back down from a goal or challenge, Olivia did hit all of her marks, 6:53, 7:41 and 7:34 for a very nice and controlled 22:08 time for 61st place, some two minutes faster than the week before. Her trajectory is on pace to have a wonderful second half of her senior season. Katherine Benton ’24 in 24:00 for 100th and Chiara Bazan ’25 in 24:37 for 106th rounded out our Top 5 scorers for the meet, while Eliza Capella ’24 ran a 25:05, Juliet Boyd ’24 and Annabel Richards ’25 competed in the 3 mile race. The Cross Country team travels to Hammond on this coming Saturday, October 16th. Good luck runners!
Swimming Captures Another Win
Congratulations to the Sacred Heart swim team for winning yet another meet hosted by St. Martin’s! Three more girls achieved state qualifying times and earned their red cap:
Reese LaCaze ’23 - 200 yd freestyle and 100 yd breaststroke
Natalia Mehaffie ’25 - 200 yd individual medley
Piper Rubin ’25- 50 yd freestyle
First place Individual Finishes:
Piper Rubin ’25 - 50 yd freestyle and 100yd backstroke
Reese LaCaze ’23 - 100 yd breaststroke
Second Place Finishes:
Reese LaCaze ’23 - 20 yd freestyle
Claire Parrish ’25 - 100 yd freestyle
Isabelle Degruy ’24 - 100 yd backstroke
Third Place Finishes:
Claire Parrish ’25 - 200 yd freestyle
Isabelle Degruy ’24 - 50 yd freestyle
Natalia Mehaffie ’25 - 100 yd freestyle
Elodie Scafidel ’26 - 100 yd backstroke
Last Monday, the JV team travelled to the West Bank to play the AOL Penguins. The JV served tough in the first set and won, 25-8 In the second set the Cardinals attacked the Penguins through the air again with tough serves and won 25-11. Lily Stone ’24 and Ellie Bendich ’24 each tallied three aces. Kate Farris ’24 added four kills and two aces, and Mary Elise Meyer ’25 contributed three kills and a block.
On Wednesday, the JV returned home to face the Cabrini Crescents for the third time this season. The Crescents fought hard, and the Cardinals had to work hard to win the first set 25-18. In the second set, the team settled down and applied steady pressure to win 25-10. Kate Farris ’24 had six aces and five kills in the match to pace the Cardinal attack. Bria Egana ’25 added three kills and three blocks. Callie Parenton ’25 had a kill, and Lily Stone ’24 contributed 11 assists. Claire Moriaty ’25 served very tough and disrupted the Crescents serve receive each time she went back to serve. On Saturday, the Cardinals played in the Newman Invitational JV Tournament. They had a tough three set win in the first match of the day against Ben Franklin. The JV lost the first set 25-18 then came back to win the second game 25-13. The third set was close until the Cardinals pulled away to win 15-11. Natalia Mehaffie ’25 had four kills and two blocks. Bria Egana ’25 added three blocks and a kill of her own. Taylor Robert ’25 showed great hustle keeping some plays going that were crucial. The second match of the day featured the Cardinals going against the Newman Greenies # 1 JV squad. ASH JV won a tight first set 25-21. The second set was another close affair with the Greenies prevailing 25-23. The third set the Cardinals fell behind early and ended up losing 15-12. The Cardinals made a few too many unforced errors, and the Greenies played a solid match. Mary Elise Meyer ’24 had four kills, and Ellie Bendich ’24 passed very well and added three kills. The Cardinals then played their third consecutive match of the morning against the Newman # 2 JV team. Sacred Heart was low on energy after having battled in two 3 game matches and it showed as the Cardinals started out a bit sluggish, but slowly got going to eventually win the match 25-12 and 25-15. Evelyn Monstead ’25 served well and had some nice digs. Ellie Bendich ’25 had five aces, and Natalia Mehaffie ’25 had an eight point serving run of her own. After a break the Cardinals were back on the court for the final match of the day for a rematch with John Curtis. Unfortunately, the match featured a referee who was calling very strictly on every set. After calling five doubles on each team's setters, it became a bump set contest. Lily Stone ’24 handled her bump sets very well, and the Cardinals won a tough match 25-19 and 25-18. It was the end to a long day of volleyball. The JV played 10 sets and ended the day 3-1, bringing their overall record to 13-4.
The Varsity volleyball team had a great week on the court going 2-0. They defeated Academy of Our Lady on Monday 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, and 25-23 and Cabrini on Wednesday 25-16, 25-13, 25-14. The offense was led by setters Marian Graffagnini ’22 and Brooke Habetz ’23 totaling this week’s season games with 50 assists. Attacking at the net were hitters Gigi Gibbens ’24 (9 kills), Cami Davis ’23 (14 kills), and MC Mazzanti ’23 (15 kills). Leading the Cardinal defense on serve receive and digs were Catherine Bonura ’22 (19 digs), Katherine Hale ’23 (11 digs), and Brooke Habetz ’23 (10 digs). The Cardinals will play Country Day on Wednesday and the Hall of Fame game vs Crescent City on Thursday. Good luck teams!
Middle School Cross Country
The Middle School Cross Country team traveled to Lafreniere Park to run in the Mole Hill Invitational. This is one of the main meets in the NOAL League. There were a total of 142 runners in the 5th-6th grade race and 102 in the 7th-8th grade race. The 5th-6th grade team were crowned Champions out of 13 teams! The girls dominated the race with five runners finishing in the top 10 and earning a prized t-shirt. This is a difficult course because of the three hills that the girls have to run over but we also had to deal with a sloppy course from all the rain the previous week. These conditions made the girls work even harder to run a good time. Courtney Habetz ’28 took the lead from the start and took control of the whole race. With about 50 yards to the finish line, the 2nd place runner caught Courtney, and it turned into an all out sprint to the finish line. Courtney finished 2nd overall, and we were super proud of her heart and determination and the courage to get out in front and take the lead. Courtney Habetz ’28, Rosie Varisco ’28, Emmy Woodward ’28, Molly O'Sullivan ’28 and Sarah Wanek ’28 all finished in the top 10. Elise Scafidel ’28 and Grace Venn ’28 both scored for the Cardinals and helped lead the team to the first place finish. We are very proud of Campbell Smith ’29 and Laine Suhren ’29 who both competed in their first cross country race. Elena Hardin ’29, Birdie Berniard ’29 and Adeline Comboy ’29 helped push each other along the way and finished stride for stride. This was the first official race for our cross country team and the girls stepped up to the challenge. They were so excited to run up and grab the first place trophy.
The 7th-8th grade team finished 3rd overall out of nine teams. Colette English ’28 and Lily Varisco ’28 both finished in the top 10. Darby Hayes ’26, Zoe Sofranko ’26, Chloe Shannon ’28 and Colleen Collins ’28 all scored for the team and helped lead the Cardinals to a very impressive 3rd place finish. Colleen Collins ’27 ran her 2nd mile a whole minute faster than her first mile. She really pushed herself the last half mile and ran negative splits. Darby Hayes ’26 passed up about 20 runners down the stretch to help the team improve its score. Chloe Shannon ’28 has been pushing herself at practice and is improving her times from week to week. The Cardinals will race again on Friday, October 15th at City Park in the Newman Middle School Meet.
Middle School Volleyball
Last week, Sacred Heart hosted Ursuline for four games. The 8th grade Black team defeated Ursuline in 3 sets, 25-18, 23-25, 15-0. Ellie Habetz ’26 clinched the win by serving all 15 points of the third game. She had 15 aces total in the match. Riley Ralston ’26, Eleanor Erazo ’26 and Olivia Monsted ’26 all had four kills in the match. The 8th grade Pink team fell short in three very exciting sets, 25-18, 23-25, and 14-16. Gisele Saborio ’26 tallied six aces and Evy Lauscha ’26 kept a play alive and scored a point by popping the first ball up with her foot and then putting it down for a kill on the third hit from a set from Caitlin Brennan ’26. The 7th grade Red team also defeated Ursuline with scores of 25-8, 12-25, 15-7. The team is now 5-1 on the season. Ellie Brennan ’27 had six aces and two kills. Elizabeth Alford ’27 had three aces and six kills. The 7th White team played Ursuline very close for two sets but fell short in two. The team has played very well together and were able to string together some pass, set, hit combinations. The 6th grade Red team took on Ursuline with a solid performance winning 25 - 9 and 25-14. Maddie LeBlanc ’28 had 12 aces and Rosie Varisco ’28 had two kills.
On Tuesday, the 8th grade Black team defeated Trinity 25-14, 25-18. The team is now 6-0 and still undefeated. Sally Irwin ’26 had six aces, six assists, and three kills. Lucy Mason ’26 also had four aces, seven assists and two kills. The 6th grade Red team also defeated Trinity 19-25, 25-12 and 15-12. Maddie LeBlanc ’28 had 10 aces, and Lucia Walsh ’28 had three aces and two kills. Allie Gernard ’28 had four aces on the day also. The 6th grade Red team also traveled to Trinity and fought hard for a win over Trinity, 19-25, 25-12, 15-12. On Wednesday, the 6th grade White team took on two Trinity teams fighting hard but coming up short in both matches. Both Mary Frances Gagliano ’28 and Camille Hymel ’28 had four aces for the day.
Varsity Sports Now Partnership
We are excited to continue our partnership with VSN this year to livestream many of our home volleyball, basketball, and soccer games. With your support through the Booster Club, we hope to be able to extend this opportunity to our other sports as well.
Below is the link to subscribe to VSN. It is important to use this specific link, as Sacred Heart will get back 50% of the subscriptions fees.
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Wed., Oct. 13
4:15 6th Red @ Lusher
5:15 8th Black @ Lusher
4:30 JV Volleyball vs. Country Day @ Rosary Gym
5:30 V Volleyball vs. Country Day @ Rosary Gym
Thurs., Oct. 14
Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony @ Rosary Gym
4:30 JV Volleyball vs. Crescent City @ Rosary Gym
5:30 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
6:00 V Volleyball vs. Crescent City @ Rosary Gym
Fri., Oct. 15
3:30 MS Cross Country - Newman Meet @ City Park
Sat., Oct 16
8:00am JV/V Cross Country - St. Thomas Aquinas Meet @ Hammond
Mon., Oct. 18
4:30 JV Volleyball vs. Hayne @ Rosary Gym
5:30 V Volleyball vs. Haynes @ Rosary Gym
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