May 20th, 2012

Banner Weekend For Local Catholic Schools

Paul Najjar

CSN Staff Writer

Banner Weekend For Local Catholic Schools
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Two team titles, several individual titles for Catholic athletes

Assumption Sweeps Distance Events For Track Title

The Assumption Rockets, led by a trio of talented sophomore runners in Katherine Receveur (800), Bailey Davis (1,600) and Emily Bean (3,200), swept these three key events en route to winning the girls class 3-A state title. 

Receveur, Amanda Vokun, Melanie Strothman and Caroline McCaslin started off the championship meet with a resounding and record-breaking victory in the 4 x 800 relay. The foursome set a state record in the event with a time of 9:17. 45. They won by a whopping 0:22 over Oldham County.

Receveur won the 800 in a time of 2:15.50, almost four seconds ahead of Oldham County's Margaret Grogan. Davis won the 1,600 by stalking the leaders and using a strong finishing kick to win the race in 5:03.06 over Manual's Cassidy Hale (5:04.75). And Bean took the 3,200 championship by besting both of Manual's Hale sisters, Cassidy and Kristen. Bean edged out Cassidy Hale by just 0.07 seconds clocking a winning time of 11:22.90.

St. Xavier Tennis Earns 21st State Title

St. X junior Sean Donohue defeated teammate and University of Louisville signee Alex Gornet in the state championship singles match on Saturday at UK's Boone/Downing Tennis Park. Donohue surged in the third and deciding set to get the win, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

It was St. X's first state singles title since 1997.

Both players helped propel the Tigers to their fourth straight team state title, and their 21st team title overall, defeating Lone Oak by a 3-0 score.

Sacred Heart Academy Duo Brings Home Second Consecutive Doubles Trophy

Sacred Heart Academy senior Caitlin Hanley and junior Katherine English dug themselves out of a 0-1 deficit in the state tennis doubles final and rallied to defeat Notre Dame Academy's Alyssa Kennedy and Catriona Shaughnessy two sets to one by scores of 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Hanley, a Bellarmine University signee, and English defended their 2011 championship as well as their No. 1 overall seeding, but not without that first set scare. The duo, so dominant last year and this year, hadn't lost a set since the 2011 state quarterfinals.

Trinity, St. X Set State Records In Track

The Trinity Shamrocks took home the 3rd place trophy in the Kentucky state Track and Field championships, getting a record-setting performance from James Quick in the 200. Quick's blistering time of 20.94 broke the 11 year old record set in 2001 by South Oldham's Ben Kittleson (21.22).

The 7th place finishing St. Xavier Tigers set a record in the first boys event of the day, the 3,200 (4 x 800) relay. Seniors Zach Beavin and Vincent Stephen joined juniors Thomas Cave and Nick Reader in setting the state record with a time of 7:52.18. That effort eclipsed the record of 7:54.07 set in 2010 by Butler high school. The St. X quartet got a strong finish from Cave in order to clip Butler at the wire. Butler's time of 7:53.45 also bested the 2010 record.


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