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!