(COVINGTON, La.) — St. Paul’s School fall sports took on new heights this year with cross country winning state, varsity football remaining district champs, and the Aqua Wolves placing third in state.
“I am very proud of them,” Athletic Director Craig Ketelsen said. “As each year is different, there are new challenges which these teams overcome.”
The varsity Football Wolves’ season came to an end with the loss to Evangel, 28-21, in the second round of the playoffs. The Wolves’ only gave up one other loss and that was the first game of the regular season against highly ranked Edna Karr. From then on, they made it a responsibility to show what it means to be a St. Paul’s Wolf. SPS football clinched the 6-5A District Championship for the second year running by beating Fontainebleau 59-21.
“I think that this year worked for us because we really came together as a team, and we were all very close, from seniors all the way down to the freshman, everyone did their part and played their roll,” FG specialist, punter, and senior Austin Means said. “Most importantly, no one played as an individual, this was the most selfless group of guys I have ever played with.”
The team and the senior class have a great bond with each other. One student, senior Will Slatten, also known as “Yung Flappy” made a rap for the varsity football team. (click on the link to listen to the song: St. Paul’s football rap 2017)
“The inspiration (for this song) is that it’s our senior year; I’ve made a song every year since sophomore year about the football team,” senior Will Slatten said. “It has just become a thing I do every year.”
The Cross Country Wolves had an extraordinary season only losing one meet throughout the year, and winning state, led by senior Eric Coston who ran 15:19 at the state meet coming in first place.
Sophomore Jonathan Bertucci and junior Stephen Schlottman also placed in the top 10, contributing to the team win and giving hope to the future of the Cross Country Wolves.
“This year I think we just focused more on running for each other rather than for ourselves,” senior Eric Coston said. “The team is very close knit with each other; we usually hang out with each other and joke around, making the bond stronger.”
Nine members of the Aqua Wolves’ team traveled to Sulfur, La., to compete in the 2016 state championship meet, and finished their season coming in third place in state. The team also won district for the first time in six years.
“Congratulations to the Aqua Wolves for finishing 3rd in state,” SPS President Bro. Ray Bulliard wrote in his weekly school newsletter. “I hope the listened to ‘Water Music’ on the way home.”
Three seniors will pass the torch to the underclassmen with hopes to go up in the ranks next year.
“As the leaders of the team, the upperclassmen will coach up the younger guys to prepare them to be leaders of the team next year,” senior Jordan Wyble said.