Nolan Catholic Athletics

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Winter Sports Recap!

Winter Sports Recap
Luke Macias ‘19
After many days and hours spent on the field, court, and in the pool, our winter sports have unfortunately concluded. Each team had its ups and downs and at the end of the day the memories made will never be forgotten. The men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, and swim teams all experienced tremendous growth throughout their respective seasons. First off, our men’s soccer team was TAPPS District 1-6A champions with an undefeated record. They were anchored by seniors Edson Omana, Carlos Arcos, and Charlie Heidt. They hosted and won a playoff game versus Plano Prestonwood in the first round by a score of 4-0. Then they traveled to Midland to take on El Paso Cathedral where they lost a tough game in the end 0-1. However, the future is bright and look for juniors Camden Kitowski, Peyton Sullivan, and Karlson Bessman to lead a great group next year and repeat as district champions. On the women’s side, the Lady Vikings repeated as Bear Cave Classic Champions and finished second in district. They lost 2-1 versus Plano John Paul II in the first round of the playoffs, but there is reason for optimism. The seniors left a great legacy for underclassmen such as Laci Earixson, Abby Geiser, and Grace Gnatovic to follow. Thank you soccer!
Now on the court, where excitement was present every game. The men’s team had a perfect 10-0 record at Hartnett Arena and were the Allen In-N-Out Burger Classic Champions. Other highlights included senior Austin Poling’s game winning three with no time left at Plano John Paul II and Kevin Classo’s back to back game winners versus North Central Texas Academy and Midland Christian. The boys tied atop TAPPS District 1-6A with Midland Christian, but our student section was second to none. The Hartnett Hooligans provided an electric atmosphere that propelled the boys to many victories. Their season ended with a 59-64 defeat to Plano Prestonwood but look for the boys and the Hooligans to come back stronger next year. The women’s team, led by senior Abbey Walter, secured a second place finish in district and were Lake County Christian Tournament champions. They displayed great team work and hustle all year, especially in their one point win versus Godley. They played Plano John Paul II in the first round and lost a close one by a score of 55-50. Junior Kate Griffith and freshmen Samantha Watson will lead the squad next year. Thank you basketball!
Last, but certainly not least, our men’s and women’s swim team had a phenomenal season in the pool this year. Lafayette signee Emma Taylor led the women’s team, while Coleman Meadows, Brandon Kamath, and Jack Byers led the men’s team.  Overall, both teams finished within the top 10 of the state. The girls finished with 131 total points at the state meet which placed them in 6th place overall! The boys finished with 96 total points and placed 9th overall!  Individually, Adam Gonzalez and Emma Taylor both had top 3 finishes in different events. Gonzalez took 1st place in the 200 IM! Taylor took 2nd in the 100 Breaststroke with a personal record of 1.08.69! The Vikings saw a number of other great finishes at the state meet this year. Claire Burtzlaff took 4th place in the girl's 100 backstroke with an official time of 1.01.59! Abbey Mueller took 7th in the 100 butterfly while Nhan Vu placed 6th in the 500 free with a final time of 5.10.48! Adam Gonzalez also placed in the Boy's butterfly with a 4th overall finish.

Thank you to each and every one of our players, parents, fans, and coaches for a great winter sports season and now on to Spring!

Monday, March 4, 2019

11 Game Win Streak

        The Viking baseball team started off the 2019 season a little slow. The Vikings record after their first 6 games was 2-3-1 as they were losing the close games. On a brisk February 15th night the boys lost a close game to Southwest Christian at their place 3-2. Since then, the Vikings have not lost. They are currently ridi
ng an 11 game winning streak. The astonishing number could the 11 wins in a row or it could also be the run difference during this streak. The Vikings have outscored their opponents 106-16 during this impressive win streak! Seniors Will Horton,Danny Taylor, Ben Cawyer and Jacob Watson  have been strong on the mound so far and look to continue that success. Sam Adams and Alex Rivas have led the way with the bats. This is an important time for the boys to have momentum as the real season begins tomorrow night as district opponent, TCA comes to Manning field for the first district series of the season. After TCA, the boys will make the trip out West to visit Midland Christian for their second district game of the year. The boys looks to carry this momentum as long as possible! The home game on Tuesday against TCA will begin at 4:00 PM with the JV to follow at 6:45 PM. Come check out the hottest team in TAPPS!


Friday, February 22, 2019

Playoff Preview!

Patrick Hall ‘19 Luke Macias ‘19
Tonight will mark the beginning of the TAPPS 6A North Playoff tournament featuring your very own Nolan Catholic Men’s and Women’s basketball teams at Brewer High School. The second seed from TAPPS 6A-1 is your Nolan Catholic Men’s team finished with a 7-1 district record will take on the third seed from TAPPS 6A-2 Plano Prestonwood Christian Academy at 4 P.M. Earlier on this year these two teams met with the Vikings coming out on top 46-41 at Prestonwood Christian with Senior PG Jayden Williams and Senior SG Austin Poling having a stellar night shooting the ball extremely well around the Perimeter. Kevin Classo and Matt Jones had another great night on the defensive end leading the Vikings to easy fastbreak points all night. Expect Senior F Lej’on Doss to have a big night on both ends of the floor and lead the Vikings to a first round win. If the Vikings win tomorrow night they will play their round two game Saturday at 5:30 against the winner of Bishop Lynch vs. Liberty Christian game. Head there after school and wear blue.

The Women’s team will play after also at Brewer High School at 5:30 against Plano John Paul II. Your lady Vikings finished with a 6-2 district record and the second seed for TAPPS 6A-1 while John Paul II finished third in TAPPS 6A-2. Nolan Catholic is led by Senior G Abbey Walter who is the leading scorer for this team and recently surpassed the 700 point mark for this season in just 38 games. The Vikings are only giving up 38.1 points per game this year, priding themselves on defense. Expect Forwards Kate Griffith and Gloria Fornah to own the glass all night and Freshman PG Sam Watson to be a big part on both ends of the floor. With a win at 5:30 your Vikings would play at 2:30 on Saturday against the winner of Midland Christian vs Bishop Lynch. Be there to support both your squads as they tip-off playoffs! Wear Blue!


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

State Swim Meet!


    Last week the Nolan Catholic Swim team headed over to Mansfield to compete in the TAPPS State Championships! The Vikings saw a number of great individual finishes as well as top 10 overall team finishes!
   Overall, both teams finished within the top 10 of the state. The girls finished with 131 total points which placed them in 6th place overall! The boys finished the day with 96 total points and placed 9th overall! 
   Individually, Adam Gonazalez and Emma Taylor both had top 3 finishes in different events. Gonzalez took 1st place in the 200 IM! Taylor took 2nd in the 100 Breast Stroke with a personal record of 1.08.69! The Vikings saw a number of other great finishes. Clair Burtzlaff took 4th place in the girl's 100 backstroke with an official time of 1.01.59! Abbey Mueller took 7th in the 100 butterfly while Nhan Vu placed 6th in the 500 free with a final time of 5.10.48! Adam Gonzalez also placed in the Boy's butterfly with a 4th overall finish. 
   The Viking relay teams did some damage as well! The girls relay in the 200 free placed 3rd overall! Congratulations to Coach Black and the entire Nolan Catholic Swim team on an incredible season! Nolan Catholic is extremely proud of each and everyone of you and you're accomplishments! Good luck to Emma Taylor as she will continue her swim career at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania!


Monday, February 11, 2019

Signing Day

      Last Wednesday, the Nolan Catholic athletic department had the privilege to see eleven of our student athletes achieve their goals of becoming college athletes! The eleven seniors signed their national letters of intent to attend and play for their respective university or college. 
     The football team was represented well with six athletes signing that day. Chance Cover, who arrived to Nolan in the spring of his sophomore year is headed to Texas Tech and ready to take on Lubbock! Marvin Young, a wide-out for the Vikings in the fall will be attending and playing football at Prairie View A&M! The versatile Sam Hicks signed his letter of intent to Southwest Oklahoma State University. Clay Campbell , a running back for the Vikings will be playing for Benedictine in the fall! Malik Wooley, a star defensive lineman is headed to Pittsburgh State. Last but not least, Danny Taylor will be attending and playing football at Washington University in St. Louis next year. 
    Morgan Schuster, a star volleyball player for Coach Melton in the fall is headed to Southern Arkansas to attend and play volleyball. Will Horton, a pitcher and outfielder for Coach Weik and the Vikings signed his NLI to Arkansas Tech. Abigail Walter who arrived at Nolan this summer, has lead the girls basketball team all season and she has signed her NLI to Western New Mexico University. Emma Taylor sat next to her brother, Danny and signed on the dotted line. She will swim and study at Lafayette College next fall! Jay Williams, the star point guard for the Vikings boys team signed his letter of intent to play at East Texas Baptist University next year! Austin Poling, a shooting guard for the Vikings, did not sign with his classmates on Wednesday but he has signed his letter of intent to Oklahoma Wesleyan University!
     Congratulations to all these seniors and good luck as you take your next step towards your futures! You will always have a home here at Nolan Catholic High School! Once a Viking, always a Viking!


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Midland Madness

BY: Patrick Hall & Luke Macias

Last Friday, Hartnett Arena was ELECTRIC. The day started with a pep rally at the end of the day, which saw the sophomores taking the spirit stick. After a couple of hours, the action resumed with the girls playing at 6:00 P.M. CST. They cruised to a 55-31 victory and maintained their second place standing in TAPPS District 1-6A. They were led by senior Abbey Walter, who dropped 25 points to go along with 6 rebounds. Freshman, Samantha Watson also had a great game, contributing 10 points. They resume action tomorrow with another district game away at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas at 6:00 P.M.CST.
In between the women’s and men’s game, senior night honored six seniors. Abbey Walter joined Jayden Williams, Le’jon Doss, Austin Poling, Luke Tompkins, and Sam Ater in their final Friday night home game. Also, it was middle school night as well as teacher appreciation night, which added on to a white out theme for the fans. Austin Poling started off the game with a three pointer, which triggered the inaugural Diaper Drop. Sixty plus packages of diapers were thrown onto the court in honor of Respect Life Week. These diapers were collected and will be donated to Catholic Charities. The dynamic environment continued for the remainder of a back and forth battle between two top ten teams fighting for district glory. Nolan Catholic seized a three point lead heading into half time due to their continual attack on both ends. Midland Christian erupted for a twenty point third quarter highlighted by a fifty foot heave to end the quarter. Despite the deficit, Nolan Catholic responded with a twenty point quarter of their own in the fourth. Jayden Williams’s tenacious defense forced two turnovers where the Vikings capitalized. Midland regained the lead late after five straight points from Joseph Venzant. The Hooligans went wild on the following possession when junior, Matthew Jones hit a three to make the score 52-51. The Vikings full-court trap caused another Mustang turnover with 12 seconds left. Head Coach Dwight Coleman called timeout and drew up a masterful play. Le’jon Doss found Kevin Classo off a Poling screen where Classo went to work. Classo took one hard dribble and powered through the paint to score the winning basket as time ran out. The Hartnett Hooligans stormed the court in jubilation as they tied the Mustangs for first in district. The boys are back at it tomorrow night versus Trinity Christian Academy in Addison at 7:30 P.M. CST.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Non-District Victories for Boy's/Girl's Basketball!

Wednesday, January 23rd
Kevin Arduino

Tuesday night saw both basketball teams take on two different non-district games. The Girl's battled with cross town school Trinity Valley and the boy's took on the respectful Krum high school from north Texas. 

The girls started off slow and took a 23-18 point lead going into half time. Coach Blok turned up the defense in the second half as the Vikings allowed just one point to be scored in the entire third quarter. The Vikings started the fourth quarter with a 38-19 point lead. Trinity Valley tried to push for a comeback but the Viking held off for a final score of 49-31 in favor of the Vikings! The girls will have a big district game on Friday night at Hartnett arena against Midland Christian at 6:00 PM.

The boys took on Krum, they started off strong as they pushed their lead to ten in the first quarter. 
going into the second the Vikings lead 18-8. Krum put together some buckets in the second quarter and cut the lead. Kevin Classo extended the Vikings possessions twice at the end of the first half in which lead to easy buckets. The boys took a 24-20 lead going into the break. The second half was all Vikings. Jay Williams and Austin Poling shined from both ends of the court as Classo and Doss worked the paint well all night. The boys finished off Krum with a Sam Ater three with less then 10 seconds remaining for a final score of 59-43! The Vikings will also host Midland Christian on Friday night. 7:30 PM tip. Friday will be Senior night as well as another 5th Quarter! #DiaperDrop