St. Patrick Catholic School

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Reflections by Randy Hodge

Wrapping Up a Successful Winter Sports Season

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM

On the evening of Wednesday, March 15, St. Patrick student athletes, their parents, and the winter sports coaching staff gathered at the Knights of Columbus Hall for the annual awards banquet. The purpose was to celebrate a successful winter sports season. This event is graciously hosted by our Athletic Association every year. I personally believe a school’s sports programs and the students involved in those programs should represent the goals and values being taught in the school’s curriculum. With that as the standard, our student athletes accomplished all that could be expected of them and more during the winter sports campaign. They exemplify the third part of our mission statement: We Achieve!


The highlight of the winter sports season was the girls basketball team winning their third consecutive district title. This title is another great honor for legendary girls basketball coach Al Schrauben who notched his 600th career coaching victory this winter. Another was our boys basketball team upsetting a strong Fulton squad in the district quarterfinal. The team from Fulton had advanced to the Breslin Center the two previous years. Both our boys and girls bowling teams had strong seasons and both finished 4th in their regional matches with the top three teams advancing to the state level of competition.


Individual and team accomplishments for the winter sports season include:


• Girl’s Bowling: The team finished second in the league this year. Abby Pearson and Abrielle Mason had strong seasons and finished 14th and 15th respectively in the regional tournament.

• Boy’s Bowling: Senior Matt Jandernoa finished in second place in the regional (he missed first by two pins) and advanced to states. Stephen Wernet finished 12th in the region and missed advancing by nine pins. Senior Adam Brown was presented with the Brandon VanderBroek scholarship which is awarded to the bowler which exemplifies the characteristics displayed by Brandon when he was a bowler in high school.

• Boy’s basketball: Graham Smith was named second team CMAC. Brandon Scheurer, Dan Mackowiak and Brendan Schrauben were honorable mention CMAC.

• Girl’s Basketball: Katie Coyne and Hannah Greenwood were named second team CMAC and Chloe Cross was named honorable mention CMAC.

Most importantly, our student athletes worked hard to maintain their grades and demonstrated good sportsmanship throughout the season. All in all, I am very proud of the way our student athletes represented our school both on and off the court and lanes throughout the season. Their strong work ethic, commitment to success, positive attitude, and teamwork propelled our teams to a successful winter sports season of which they can be very proud. Our student athletes have been exemplary examples of what we expect at St. Patrick School. Congratulations, teams for a job well done!


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