It was a week of new beginnings and successful closures for the Patriots as the fall sports’ season comes to its end.
Kicking things off for the Patriots, Paul Patton’s Lady Patriot’s soccer team hit the road for Columbia, Ky. to battle Cumberland University (15-3, 9-0 MSC) for a chance to advance to the Mid-South Conference championship game. For the majority of the contest, the Patriots held the #9 Cumberland Bulldogs to just one goal from a header in front of the net early in the first period. However, the Patriots fell behind 2-0 late in the second half when Cumberland broke away and scored the winning goal on a “one on one” shot. Even though the Patriots could not muster a goal in the contest they had a lot to be proud of, seeing that their advancing to the semi-final round was the furthest that a women’s soccer team had gone in school history. In addition, four Patriots were named to the All Mid-South Conference Second team roster; Macy Higdon (Elizabethtown, Ky.), Chelsey Landrum (Independence, Ky.), Courtney Hagedorn (Highland Heights, Ky.), and Adrienne Bishop (LaGrange, Ky.) were all named to the roster, thus giving St. Catharine a strong showing.
Even with the soccer season officially ending, the Patriots still had an opportunity to compete for a Mid-South Conference title as the volleyball team (21-13, 11-7 MSC) made their semi-final debut against the Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders (18-0, 36-3 MSC). With an impressive win against the Shawnee State Bears (17-15, 9-9, MSC) in the opening round, the Patriots looked to be in sync. The Blue Raiders came out of the gate quickly, downing the Patriots in set one, but the Patriots rallied in both sets two and three to keep it close. However, they were unable to overcome the red hot hitting of the Blue Raiders to fall 3-0. The Volleyball Patriots finished their season with a school high of 11 conference wins in addition to the deepest conference tournament run in school history. Furthermore, the Patriots had three athletes named to All Mid-South Conference rosters, two of which earned first team honors. Allie Southard (Louisville, Ky.) and Shauna Stone (Bardstown, Ky.) were both named to the All Mid-South Conference First Team roster with Rebecca Just (Louisville, Ky.) earning a spot on the All Mid-South Conference Second Team roster as just a sophomore. The excitement continued for volleyball when it was announced that Head Coach Jason McDannold had been named the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year in only his first year at the helm. McDannold took the Patriots to new heights and looks to continue their success at an even higher level in 2014.
With the fall seasons ending, basketball heated up as both the men’s and women’s teams took to the road for their final contests before opening conference play. Following a productive exhibition contest with the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets, the Lady Patriots took to the road to battle Wilberforce University. For the Patriots Rianne Hofstraat (Netherlands) led the way with 27 points, nine rebounds, and five blocked shots; Hofstraat kept the Patriots within striking distance by scoring on 11 of 21 field goal attempts and posting a 50 percent mark from behind the arc. The Patriots kept the battle close thorough out the second half with the assistance of Machera Calhoun (Fort Meyers, Fla.) and her 16 total points. Coming off the bench, Cora Moore (Louisville, Ky.) nailed down 18 points and gathered six rebounds in her 11 minutes of play. Even with strong performances, the Patriots were unable to overcome the deficit and dropped the contest 93-84.
The men’s basketball team continued their early season success as they were able to down Wilberforce University 90-70. The Patriots were led by stellar performances from Omar Skinner (New Castle, Del.), Julito Hutchinson (Atlanta, Ga.), Romeo Lewis (Detroit, Mich.), Taron Franklin (Philadelphia, Pa.), and William Tolefree (Stone Mountain, Ga.). Each tacked on double digit scoring, while Tolfree carried the torch with 13 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Rounding out the weekend for the Patriots, the bowling team took to the lanes as they traveled to Louisville, Ky. to compete in the “Striking Knights” hosted by Bellarmine University. For the men it was a sixth place finish as they bowled a nine game total of 7940, placing them in front of several NCAA Division one institutions such as Indiana University, Northern Kentucky University, West Virginia University, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. The Patriots were led by Billy Lundy (Bardstown, Ky.) with his 11th place finish. Lundy tallied a nine game total of 1803 for an average of 200.33 per game, placing him just short of the top ten. The “Alley Pat” women finished in strong fashion, nailing down a top five finish with a nine game total of 7452 placing them in front of NCAA Division one Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Louisville, and Indiana University. The women were led by Tiffany Webb (Louisville, Ky.) as she nailed down a sixth place finish with a nine game total of 1601 for an average of 177.89.
The Patriots will be back in action this week as the men’s and women’s basketball teams open conference play with the University of Pikeville on Thursday followed by a showdown with Bluefield College on Saturday, both in Lourdes Hall.