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

Monday, January 21, 2019

Chance Cover Shines at Blue-Grey All Star Game!

January 21st 2019
Patrick Hall '19, Luke Macias '19
Chance To Make ‘Em Dance: Nolan Catholic All American
Greetings Vikings and welcome back! We recently caught up and interviewed with Academic All State and First Team All District Linebacker Chance Cover. Cover, a senior, enrolled at Nolan Catholic in the spring of 2017 and since then he has made us very proud. His latest achievement and adventure came with the Blue-Grey All American Game. Cover says the organization, “takes some of the top prospects from the United States” and even MVP caliber players in the NFL like Patrick Mahomes have played in prior years. The game was held in Houston, Texas where Cover and Team Lone Star, the best prospects from Texas, had, “two days of jampacked practice” after receiving their equipment. During this time, Cover, “made close friends and enjoyed his teammates”. They stayed at the Marriott Hotel which provided a luxurious stay for the players. Cover played an integral role for Team Lone Star and was even named a captain. He said, “it felt great to be named as a captain because it showed that my hard work is been paying off”, while also being tasked with playing multiple positions. Cover played inside linebacker, defensive end, and a multitude of positions on special teams. His biggest takeaway from this experience was that, “play your best game and stay true to your self”. Our last question was if he had any ideas on where he will be taking his talents in college. He stated that, “we’ll find out soon” so stay tuned!

First Team All State LB/Academic All State/All District TE
Came to Nolan during spring of sophomore year
Full Interview:
Macias/Hall - Many people are not familiar with the Blue-Grey All American Game. Will you tell us about the selection process and organization?
Chance - The selection process takes some of the top prospects from the whole country. There have been many great pro football players who played in the game such as Jameis Winston and Patrick Mahomes. The coaches were some Texas high school coaches and some guys with NFL coaching experience.
Macias/Hall - Once you arrived in Houston, how was practice? Did you like your teammates? Where did you stay?
Chance - Once I arrived in Houston we received our gear and had a team meeting. From there we went to our first practice which was three hours long and we only had two days of practice.It was difficult to learn all the scheme in such a short amount of time. I really enjoyed my teammates and made close friends with some of the kids out of Houston. We stayed at the Marriott which is a very clean nice hotel, they really took good care of us.
Macias/Hall - Based off twitter, it certainly looked like you were an integral part to Team Lone Star. How did it feel to not only be a starter, but also a captain? What different positions did you play?
Chance - It felt great to be named as a captain because it showed that my hard work is paying off and I did play multiple positions. I played defensive-end and inside linebacker and then I was also on the majority of the special teams.
Macias/Hall - Lastly, what was your biggest takeaway from the game? And any ideas on your college selection?
Chance - My biggest take away from the game was that no matter the playing field just to go out and play your best game and stay true to your self and it helps to be a very diverse individual and on my college decision you’ll find out soon...

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Vikings Hold Off Trojans!

January 17th, 2019
Kevin Arduino

      Last night the TCA Trojans boys soccer team looked to invade Doskocil stadium and take a district match from our Vikings. Riley Riethman and PJ Besman had other plans. The majority of the first half saw some great opportunities for the Vikings attack but the boys stuggled to find the back of the net. That was all until Riley Riethman took a long shot well outside of the box on the right side that cleared the keeper and banged in off the left side of the net! The boys took a 1-0 lead heading into intermission. 
     The second half saw a lot of the same. PJ Besman, Edson Omana and Charlie Heidt all had some great looks on goal but couldnt find the net. PJ Besman blasted one through with around 9:00 minutes of regulation. 
     The shutout was preserved by keeper Jake Becan with the help of some great defensive play by Cam Kitowski, Riley Reithman and Will Birbeck. The Vikings will travel to Dallas tonight to face rival Bishop Lynch in a non-district match. Varsity starts at 7:00 PM and JV starts at 5:00 PM
     The girls team will take on the TCA Trojans themselves tonight in a big district match! Varsity starts at 6:45 PM and JV at 5:00 PM! If you cannot make the game, the live-stream will be available on the @Nolan_Athletics twitter. If you have not signed up for 5th quarter yet, make sure you see coach Coleman during your lunch. Teams are beginning to fill up!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Trifecta Tuesday!!

January, 16th 2019
Patrick Hall ‘19 Luke Macias ‘19
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 featured three big wins from our basketball programs and women’s soccer team. The men’s and women’s basketball teams traveled across town to play TAPPS District 1-6A rival All Saints Episcopal School. The girls game starred a match-up between Abbey Walter from Nolan Catholic and Taylor Morgan from All Saints. Morgan, an Abilene Christian University basketball commit, fouled out late in the second half, allowing Walter and the Vikings to take control. The Vikings ended up winning by a score of 51-35 and they received a huge game from Sophomore Gloria Fornah, who tallied 22 points and controlled the glass all night. Their district record moved to 3-1 and they resume action this Saturday at home in Hartnett Arena against Bishop Lynch. The boy’s also secured the district win with a score of 65-38. They came out red hot from deep, including 10 threes from five different people with Senior and East Texas Baptist University commit, Jayden Williams leading the way with 17 points. After a shoe malfunction, Junior Kevin Classo was in need of a pair of shoes. Luckily, Patrick Hall had a spare pair in the car, which gave Classo the ability to run over the Saints in the second half. They have a enormous game this Friday versus North Central Texas Academy at 7:30 P.M. CST in Hartnett Arena. There will be a fifth quarter after the game; contact Coach Dwight Coleman for details.
The third part to the trifecta came when Lady Vikings Soccer shutout Castleberry High School, by a score of 5-0 with a complete team effort. Avery Hutka added two more goals to her impressive résumé with Laci Earixson, Paola Vasquez, and Olivia Tankersley adding one a piece. They are currently on a nine game win streak after returning from the Tri-Valley Classic in California. The girls have an important district game this Thursday against Trinity Christian Academy at 6:45 P.M. CST at Dosckocil Stadium. The ladies are looking to avenge their early season loss to TCA and carry their momentum through January. The boys played TCA tonight and look to stay undefeated in district. Do not forget to get your team signed up for 5th Quarter on Friday, see coach Coleman during your lunch for details and signups!

For any updates and scores, check @Nolan_Athletics and @NC2019fanclub on Twitter.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A Championship Weekend for Nolan Catholic Athletics!

Patrick Hall '19, Luke Macias '19

This past weekend, your Nolan Catholic Vikings had an eventful journey across the athletic spectrum. Eight of our outstanding athletic programs competed anywhere from home to three hundred miles away and everything in between. The Royelles and Cheer competition teams traveled to Temple, Texas to partake in the TAPPS state competition. The Royelles had an exciting day which culminated in a state championship victory. Captain Grace Wagner received all state honorable mention, Miranda Uranga was first team all state, and Mia Thompson won best leap to go along with second team all state. On cheer’s side, their trip resulted in a fourth place finish with many Vikings receiving honors. Among those were Lauren Cannon and Maeve Cleary who garnered first team honors with Addison Dahmer, Hannah Rainey, and Nina Marquino receiving second team honors. Congrats and good job ladies!
Now onto soccer, as both the women and men programs competed in tournaments last week. The Lady Vikings Soccer repeated as champions of the Bear Cave Classic going 4-0 and outscoring opponents 26-0. The championship game featured a breakout performance from freshman phenom Avery Hutka, who scored all four goals in the first half. On the men’s side, they won a thriller versus Sachse in penalty kicks and ended up placing fourth in the Jesuit Invitational. Men and women’s swim participated in pre-regionals and ended up winning first overall. The boys finished first and the girls placed second. The girls squad is led by recent Lafayette College commit, Emma Taylor while the boys feature seniors Jack Byers and Coleman Meadows. Good luck to them for the rest of the season! Men’s Soccer invaded Argyle, Texas to take a district match from Liberty Christian with a 4-0 shutout on Monday! A brace by both Bryant and Besman with assists from Bui, Bryant, Partida and Reithman.
On the hardwood, the basketball teams faced a tough road test three hundred miles west in Midland, Texas. The girls came out with a win by the score of 46-32. They were led by recent Western New Mexico University signee, Abbey Walter who had 17 points. The boys fell in a heart breaker and dropped their first district game with the score of 41-39. Their district records are both at 2-1 as they look to go 3-1 tomorrow night versus All Saints.

For this week, Women’s soccer kicks it off with non-district match against Castleberry on Tuesday night at Dosckocil Stadium at 7:15 P.M. CST. They also have a district game against Trinity Christian Academy this Thursday as they look to avenge their early season loss. The men’s basketball team returns to Hartnett Arena this Friday with a match-up against North Central Texas Academy. There will be a fifth quarter following the game. Contact Coach Dwight Coleman or Jordan Hampton for any questions or concerns. Thanks for reading this week’s sports update and Go Vikings!