Bishop Kearney School Sports
Pictured above is Kearney’s championship soccer team with their coach, Sterling Parris.
By Gail Brady
Class of 2002
Bishop Kearney’s soccer team finished in first place this season after entering a new league. The league is the Girls’ Catholic High School Athletic Association. Other teams in the league are Fontbonne Hall, The Mary Louis Academy and Stella Maris.
Returning from last year’s team were seniors Maura Clyne (captain), Colleen Cassidy, Christina DiPetro and Adriana Rodriquez; juniors Siobhan McKinney (captain), Rosella Abate (captain), Jane Greenberg, Josephine Vitale and Christina Buzzetta; sophomores Alison Bergen, Gail Brady, Jillian Fezza, Katelyn Lawlor, Leighann French and Elizabeth Garvin. Newcomers included Jody Jordan, Dana Raja, Lisa Vaquero, Michelle Santomauro and Megan Ring. Katie Carita also made the team but was sidelined early in the season with an injury. The team was led by Manager Lindsey Miller and Head Coach Sterling Parris.
Practicing began in early September. The team worked hard on their footing skills. As Kearney started to play games, the girls came together with great Kearney spirit. The team started off well with wins over Mary Louis, 8-0, and over Stella Maris, 7-1. At that point, the girls knew a good season was ahead of them.
Main scorers on the team were Rosella Abate with 24 goals, Siobhan McKinney with 13 goals, Alison Bergen with nine goals and Elizabeth Garvin with two goals. Freshman Michelle Santomauro did an excellent job as goalie, managing 13 saves in a game against Mary Louis.
At the end of the season, Kearney had won all its games except for two ties. Kearney glided right through the semi-finals with an easy win against Stella Maris. The team walked into the championship game with "tiger spirit." The girls’ hearts were set to beat Mary Louis, and they were overjoyed when they were victorious. This was the first time that Kearney’s soccer team was Diocesan Champs. After a victory lap around the field, each girl received her first-place medal.
Members of the team are grateful to their coach, Sterling Parris, for all his hard work and dedication. They also want to thank their parents and teachers for all their support and for attending the games with true Kearney spirit.
Kearney’s tennis team did it again. The team made it to the Diocesan Championship. They walked onto the courts of the National Tennis Center, played hard and walked off the proud winners of the Diocesan Championship for the second year in a row. Kearney played Christ the King and won with a score of 4-1. In singles competition, Captain Vanessa San Martin won first place with scores of 6-4 and 7-5. Stephanie Campanella took second with scores of 7-5 and 6-4 and Erminia Vacirca took third with scores of 7-5 and 6-0.
In doubles competition, Regina Riccio and Laura Gallo won their matches in two straight sets with scores of 6-4 and took first place. Kearney’s second doubles team, Stephanie Hatgipetros and Meredith Murphy, played very well but did not take their match. Their coach, Ms. Elena Gentile, was extremely proud of the championship players and the entire team. The girls played their best tennis ever and showed that the Kearney tennis team deserved such a great honor.
The team went on to be a finalist in the CHSAA State Tennis Championships. Although they lost to St. Francis Prep, the team deserves a great deal of credit. They are looking forward to next year and plan on doing even better.