Middle School Uniform Return
On Friday, May 6 we will celebrate our middle school spring athletes with a pizza party during their normal lunchtime. This is also the day they must return their softball or track uniform top. Athletes may turn in their uniform prior to the party to Associate Athletic Director Lanie Victory.
Varsity Tennis Wins State Runner-Up Title
On Monday, the varsity tennis team traveled to Monroe to compete in the LHSAA Tennis State Championship. This year, having won the doubles regional championship and qualifying all five lines of competitors, the Cardinals were poised to take home a title for the first time in years. Because of the regional doubles championship, the line one doubles team of Mariella Congeni ’23 and Olivia Boyd ’22 were the seed to beat and had a familiar path to the championship. Sofia Rodriguez ‘23, the singles regional runner-up, also had one goal in mind, making it to the finals and helping the team gain as many points as possible along the way. Sofia did just that and made it to the state finals, with a very impressive three set win over U High 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. She then faced the regional champion from Newman in the finals and though she played very strong tennis, was not able to beat the future Division 1 college athlete and ended up with a second place singles title for Sacred Heart and gained 4.5 points for the team.
Emmeline Singer ‘26 was playing line 2 for the Cardinals and fought her way to the quarterfinals to meet up with the defending and current state champion from Newman that Rodriguez played in the finals. Singer ’26 stayed the course for the first two rounds and kept the Cardinals in the running, gaining an impressive 2 points for the team. The line 2 and 3 doubles teams had never traveled to Monroe and were new to the state tournament. Catherine Bonura ’22 and Maria English ’24 had an unfortunate draw playing the Region 2 doubles champion in the first round. Despite their efforts and great play, they lost a tight match 6-3, 6-4 and were unfortunately eliminated from the tournament. Likewise, Chiara Bazan ’25 and Elise Griffith ’27 were first time qualifiers to Monroe. Although this team is very talented, they were unable to come up with the win. At the quarterfinal round, the Cardinals had three lines remaining. Day one ended up with Sacred Heart in a close second between Newman and U High. Day two of the tournament started out with a very impressive win for the line 1 doubles team of Congeni ’23 and Boyd ‘22, beating Loyola Prep’s talented line one doubles team 6-3, 6-2. They advanced to the doubles finals with Rodriguez ‘23 in the finals for singles. At this point, Sacred Heart pulled away from U high, clinching the team runner-up place. Congeni ‘23 and Boyd ’22 were poised to win the doubles championship title Sacred Heart for the first time since 2015. They were facing the line one doubles team from Newman, which they had already beaten in straight sets twice during the season. They had never lost to this team. Despite efforts to work with the LHSAA to expedite the championship doubles match to earlier in the day, the match could not be completed as planned. Congratulations to the entire team on a wonderful season!
Varsity Track & Field
The regional track and field qualifiers traveled to West Feliciana High School on April 27 for the Region III 3-A meet. Our region hosted some of the state's toughest competition throughout all 19 available events. An individual athlete or a relay team must finish in the top three places to earn an automatic spot in the State Meet. As the meet began with the field events, the athletes did their best they could on this day against some very tough competition. With the long break between the field events and beginning of the running events, the foursome of the 4 x 800 Relay team felt the weight of trying to qualify on their shoulders and they stood up to the challenge and finished 2nd overall and punched their team's first ticket to State. The team of Lily Varisco '27, Colette English '27, Katie Kleehammer '22 and Olivia Boyd '22 ran a season's best time of 10:43.52 while covering 2 miles on the track. Some two hours later, Lily Varisco '27 took to the track once again, this time as an individual in the 1600 meters, an event that she was placed in just a few short weeks ago. She shocked the fans and maybe even herself, as she made a very strong move over the last 300 meters to pass two runners and pull out an exciting 3rd place overall in a personal record of 5:52.95, dropping 8 seconds and earning herself a trip to the state meet to represent herself as well as her teammates and school. The last opportunity of qualifying an individual came at around 8:30 p.m., in the 3200 Meters, where Colette English '27 was trying to upset some very talented runners including the defending State Champion and State Runner Up. The plan was for her to stick close to the competition early and test her training over the course of 8 laps. The race pace was slightly slower than anticipated, so this gave Colette a much better opportunity to compete with her fellow competitors. By the end of the fourth lap, she was looking very good and gaining confidence with every step. If the other runners were going to beat Colette, she was going to make them earn and as she passed them on the outside with two laps to go and took the lead with only 600 meters to go. What Colette did at that moment was something very brave and the foot race was on and all four runners pushed hard the last lap to try and secure their spot in the top three. Not backing down even as they passed her with 200 to go in the race, Colette never quit. Although she ultimately finished 4th in a new personal record of 12:53, she proved to herself that she was indeed worthy of being in that race. However, her story doesn’t end here. Five days later, one of the runners that qualified in three other individual events for the state meet decided to take herself out of the 3200 meters. This would give Colette the final spot at the State Meet. When told of her new found fortune, Colette confidently said she is excited to have another race in her young career.
The Regional Championship was a great way to end the year for most of our athletes and on Saturday, May 7, the athletes will be representing their teammates, families and school, will get to do something that most will never do, and we know they will give it their all. Good luck Cardinals!
Olivia Boyd - 6th - 2:36.68 - 800 Meters
Lily Varisco - 3rd - 5:52.95 - 1600 Meter - STATE QUALIFIER - Personal Record
Colette English - 4th - 12:53.66 - 3200 Meter - STATE QUALIFIER - Personal Record
Maddie Do - 6th - 19.54 - 100 M Hurdles
Charlotte Bush - 5th - 54.88 - 300 M Hurdles
Katherine Benton 7th - 58.36 - 300 M Hurdles
Malina Hull, Aaliyah Oro, Lulu Real, Ekua Commey - 5th - 53.65 - 4 x 100 M Relay
Malina Hull, Aaliyah Oro, Lulu Real, Ekua Commey - 5th - 1:51.92 - 4 x 200 M Relay
Olivia Boyd, Lily Varisco, Ekua Commey, Charlotte Bush - 6th - 4:34.17 - 4 x 400 M Relay
Lily Varisco, Katie Kleehammer, Colette English - 2nd - 10:43.52 - 4 x 800 M Relay
Olivia Boyd - STATE QUALIFIER
Lulu Real - 8th - 15' 03" - Long Jump
Ekua Commey - 9th - 15' 00" - Long Jump
Juliet Boyd - 9th - 28' 11" - Triple Jump
Allie Langhetee - 9th - 77' 10" - Discus
MC Mazzanti - 6th - 83' 04" - Javelin
Allie Langhetee - 11th - 69' 10" - Javelin
Middle School Tennis
We had a great season this year in Middle School tennis! The white team members showed dedication and practiced weekly to become better tennis players. Great effort was shown in improving their serve and return, and expanding their knowledge on scoring and the rules of the game. The red team finished their season with the NOAL championships played on Monday, April 25th- Thursday, April 28th at City Park. Four doubles teams: Ryan McIntyre ’28 and Laine Suhren ‘29, Charlotte Jenkins ‘27 and Becca Mogabgab‘29, Elise Scafidel ‘28 and Mary Frances Gagliano ‘28, Eleanor Kogos ‘28 and Maryclaire Arana ‘28 participated in the tournament. The teams played some incredible tennis- great shot-making, beautiful strokes, and a lot of hustle! Two of the teams made it to the finals. Charlotte Jenkins ‘27 and Becca Mogabgab‘29 (4-8) played hard, showing skill and confidence throughout the entire match. Elise Scafidel ‘28 and Mary Frances Gagliano ‘28 (8-5) finished off the tourney with a doubles team win! The Cardinals also came in third place overall in the tournament! We are so proud of these girls for their sportsmanship and commitment to tennis. Well done and Go Cardinals!
Middle School Track & Field
Congratulations to the middle school track and field girls! Both the 5th/6th and 7th/8th teams placed 2nd in the NOAL Championship this past Saturday. The 5th/6th grade team was one point short of first place, which was a tough feeling, but the girls were excited and fought to the very end of a long day. The talent and skills of this group is impressive, and they will go far in this sport. Thank you to everyone for your support, patience during long and hot track meets, and all of your kind words.
1st place finishes:
Daniella Guarnieri '28 - Long Jump
Arabella Lara '27 - High Jump
René Charles '26 - Javelin, Discus
Therese Hymel '28 - Javelin, Discus, Shot Put
Courtney Habetz '28, Rosie Varisco '28, Molly O'Sullivan '28, Sarah Wanek '28 - 4 X 800
We had plenty of personal records to celebrate as well.
Courtney Habetz '28 - Mile - 5:59
Rosie Varisco '28 - Mile - 6:15
Colleen Collins '27 - Mile - 6:30
Erin Collins '27 - Mile - 6:57
Sarah Wanek '28 - 800m - 2:41
Molly O'Sullivan '28 - 800m - 2:55
Coco Rudolph '29 - 800m - 2:59
Chloe Shannon '27 - 800m - 3:09
René Charles '26 - Javelin - 73" 1'
Camille Hymel '28 - Javelin - 61" 9'
Daniella Guarnieri '28 - 13"11'
Jane Farnsworth '26 - 100m Hurdles - 18.41
Mary Frances Gagliano '28 - Shot put - 16' 5'
Caroline Kenter '27 - 400m - 1:12
Zoe Sofranko '26 - 400m - 1:17
Amelia Hoffman '29 - 400m - 1:19
Charlotte Hammel '29 - 400m - 1:20
Grace Venn '28 - 100m - 14.99
Meredith Cortez '26 - 200m- 30.05
Elise Scafidel '28 - 200m - 34.48
Olivia Gill '28 - 200m - 38.59
Physicals for 2022-2023
- Date: Wednesday, May 11
- Time: 2:45 PM- 4:00 PM
- Location : Upstairs Track in the Gym
- Cost: $20 (cash or check payable to: Academy of the Sacred Heart)
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.
Join the Booster Club!
Please consider joining the Booster Club if you have not done so already. Your membership provides opportunities for our Booster Club to enhance the athletic experience for each athlete. As a Booster Club member, you have many opportunities throughout the year to volunteer to assist at athletic events.
For more information about our Booster Club, please visit our website via the link below.
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Saturday, May 7
V Track & Field @ State Championships - LSU
Wednesday, May 11
2:45-4:00 Physicals @ Rosary Gym
Thursday, May 12
5:30 JV/V Awards Banquet @ NIMS
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