2002-11-30 / Sports

Bishop Kearney High School Sports

By Krista Durney'05

By Krista Durney'05

The Kearney J.V. Volleyball team had a formidable task ahead of them this season. How do you draft a team and compete with almost all new recruits? Coach Theresa Gannon was up to the challenge of rebuilding after the majority of the team moved up to Varsity.

Having to defend a perfect record of 16-0, the sophomores from last season Krista Durney (Capt.), Teresa Farrell and Parker Griffin practiced tirelessly with the new freshmen Ashley Delea (Capt.), Courtney Donohue (Rockaway Park), Ashley Fallon (Breezy Point), Nora Howard (Rockaway Park), Christina Kirk (Rockaway Point), Sheila O’Rourke (Belle Harbor), Elizabeth Rene, Caitlin Walsh and Jessica Lava (soph.) to perform their best.

Although the season got off to a rocky start, the girls began winning games against Stella Maris, St. Agnes Seminary, St. John’s Prep, Fontbonne Hall Academy and most impressively, the #2 team St. Francis Prep and the #1 team Mary Louis Academy; only Archbishop Molloy was able to beat them twice. However, both times were ties that were broken and won on match point 26-24 and 27-25.

After a mid-season change, new coach and alum, Kristin Wulff, BK’98, encouraged the girls to work together on their setting and passing and not to give up. Their confidence was fueled by a tournament at Minisink Valley in upstate Middletown, New York and their wins on home court October 29th made them the "spoilers" for a hotly contested play-off berth.

The team came out on top of a 3-way tie, thus capturing 3rd place in their division. This set them up for a play-off against rivals St. Francis Prep at Christ the King H.S. on Tuesday, October 29th. Although they were defeated in the playoffs and Mary Louis Academy took 1st Place overall, the novice team ended their season on a high note by celebrating their successes.

This team should be very proud of what they have accomplished since coming together in late August. They truly embody the Kearney spirit of friendship and cooperation and the team looks forward to improving their record next season.

Cross Country Track

The track team started off the cross-country season with great performances by Linda Michlik, Cristin Mullen (Belle Harbor), Noelle Raffaele, Florence McPartland and Chrysta Irolla.

At the Regis High School Invitational, our top two runners, captains Linda Micklick and Cristin Mullen were at it again, placing second and third. Linda tied Cristin's one-week-old school record for the 2½ -mile course in 17 minutes, 23 seconds. Sophomore Noelle Raffaele was also a medalist, placing 33rd in a field of 150 runners. The following week, at the Nazareth High School Invitational Meet, our girls continued to break school records. Linda Michlik became the first Tiger ever to break the 17-minute barrier at Van Cortland Park. The new school record for the 2½-mile race is now 16 minutes, 58 seconds. Noelle Raffaele broke the two-year sophomore cross-country record previously held by Cristin Mullen with an outstanding time of 18 minutes, 55 seconds.

Linda Michlik broke her 2½-mile record at the prestigious Eastern States Championship, posting an impressive record of 16 minutes, 47 seconds. Cristin Mullin also medaled, with a time of 17 minutes, 26 seconds. Noelle Raffaele established a new sophomore school record with a time of 18 minutes, 26 seconds. Florence McPartland ran in 19 minutes, 42 seconds, a minute faster than the week before.

Our varsity A team, led by the M&M girls, Linda Michlik and Cristin Mullen took second place at the Brooklyn Championship Meet. Linda not only broke her week-old school record, but also broke the meet record with an outstanding time of 16 minutes, 27 seconds. She was the overall winner of the race and became the first BK Cross Country Brooklyn Champion. Cristin also shined in this race by taking 4th place, with a time of 17 minutes, 16 seconds. Noelle's 7th place finish broke the sophomore school record by 2 seconds, in 18 minutes, 23 seconds. Florence's 14th place finish and Crysta's 15th place finish secured the team's 2nd place finish. Dalia Sharaf and Maribel Rodriguez both showed improvement, and made a difference in the team's overall success. The freshman team of Regina Pynn, Josephine Byrne. Courtney Donohue Rockaway Park), Kenya Middleton-Brown and Nataly Gonzales were very impressive in their first race. Regina won the overall freshman mile and a half race. Courtney and Josephine, who took 3rd and 4th, followed her closely. Kenya's last minute sprint gave her the 15th place trophy

The freshmen and sophomores had a very strong performance at this year's City Championships. Noelle Raffaele broke her own school record in 18 minutes, 4 seconds, to become the fastest sophomore in New York City. Teammate Maribel Rodriguez ran her best time of the season. Regina Pynn placed 48th out of 200 in the city, after placing 8th in the diocese. The varsity 7 were very happy with their performance. Their 8th place finish is the best the school has ever performed in the City Championships. Linda led the team placing 14th and Cristin placed 24th. Noelle received the 33rd place medal, breaking the school's sophomore record in 17 minutes, 47 seconds. Florence and Crysta both ran their personal best, assuring BK the 8th place finish. Maribel Rodriguez broke the 20-minute barrier, a personal best.

The varsity team also took part in the NYC High School Invitational Marathon 2½ mile race in central Park. The M&M girls became the first BK runners to break the 17-minute barrier in the same race. Chrysta ran an excellent race, just missing breaking the 19 minute barrier. Jessica ran a good race after a long lay-off due to injuries.

Because of their outstanding performances this season, Linda and Cristin were among the 12 runners chose to represent New York City on November 16 at the New York State Championships in Wappinger Falls. This is another BK first and an outstanding achievement by two great runners.

Congratulations to the entire team and their coach, Mr. John Lovett (Rockaway Park), for a championship season!

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