2016-2017 SPS Sports Year in Review

(COVINGTON, La.) — St. Paul’s sports this school year has set a new bar, concluding the year with almost all teams winning district championships, three state championships, many top five finishes in state, 13 college signings and even some broken records.

The football team won yet another district title and finished with a 9-1 regular season record. The Wolves defeated Archbishop Shaw in the first round of the playoffs 44-14, then lost to Evangel Christian in the quarterfinals 28-21.

Since the conclusion of the 2016 season, nine players were named to the All-District team. This included Trey Icamina, Karson Matherne, Timothy Bedford, Matt Meyers, Austin Means, Bradley Mashburn, Josh Tourelle, Christian Roberts and Brycen Brown. Bedford, Icamina, Mashburn, and Tourelle also made the 2016 Clarion Herald All-Metro team. Four parting seniors have signed to play in college next year: WR Timothy Bedford (Texas State), DB Brycen Brown (Rhodes College), Trey Icamina (Millsaps), and SS Christian Roberts (Millsaps).

The cross country team took home the first of three State Championship trophies won in 2016-2017. They also won their ninth consecutive district title.

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Eric Coston crosses the finish line during the Episcopal High Round Table Run in September of the 2016 season (Photo: Travis Spradling, The Advocate)

Eric Coston, Steven Schlottman and Jonathon Bertucci earned All-District, Metro, and State honors. Frankie Durio, Patrick Elliot, Evan Hendry and Colin Sullivan were also named to the All-District team.

Senior Eric Coston will continue his cross country career at LSU next year. The departure of Coston marks the end of a dominant role on the SPS Cross Country squad. He has been on the varsity squad since his freshman year, and to cap off his tenure at SPS, won the 2016-2017 Louisiana Boys Gatorade Cross Country Player of the Year award

The swimming team, otherwise known as the Aqua-Wolves, finished first in the Northlake Regional meet and third in the state meet.

The Aqua-Wolves were led by senior Kyle Hladky, who was this year’s Co-Captain and selected as the most valuable swimmer. Hladky was the district champion in the 100 backstroke and a crucial member to the 200 medley relay team. Brenton Larmann and Jordan Wyble, two also decorated Aqua-Wolves, are graduating along with Hladky.

The rugby team had a challenging season following controversy in the 2015-2016 season. The Wolves, for the first time, played as a club sport rather than a school sport. They lost in a close match to Jesuit in the playoffs.

Nick Montreuil and Gavin Grefer were first team All-Americans. Bam Barreiro and Cameron Meyers were named second team All-Americans. Barreiro will continue his rugby career at Spring Hill next year.

The golf team finished second in regionals, a solid sixth place trophy in state and another district title. The team, under the direction of district coach of the year Luke Barwick, consisted of three All-District golfers: Trey Hughes, Jacques Couturier and Chris Wilson. Wilson was also named to the All-Regional team. The young team will look to have an even better outcome next season with more experienced and skilled golfers building from this year’s team.

The basketball team finished with a 26-8 overall record under first year head coach Stephen Dale. The Wolves also won their second consecutive district title with an excellent 13-1 district record. Three members of this year’s team were named to the All-District team: Devonte Allen, Parker Edwards and Timothy Bedford. Bedford, Allen and Edwards were also selected to the Clarion Herald All Metro Team. Bedford finished his senior year as the District 6 5A MVP. The Wolves will be losing four senior players from this season: Timothy Bedford, Tyler Babcock, Kiefer Napolitano and Owen Waguespack. Coach Dale has confidence that his team will continue to build on their success and have an even more successful season next year, but not without continued hard work and practice.

“We have to get better,” said Dale. “We have to get in better shape. We need guys to expand their roles, and maybe be asked to do some things that they didn’t have to do in the past.”

The track and field team won another district title, a third place finish in regionals and eighth place in state. Timothy Bedford was named as the outstanding field performer in the regional meet with a first place finish in long jump and fourth place in triple jump. Senior Eric Coston was the individual state champion in the 1600m and 3200m run. Bedford earned sixth place in state for long jump and Colin Sullivan won ninth place for the 800m run.

The indoor track and field team finished with an admirable third in state this season. The team was led by senior Eric Coston, who won a state championship in the 1600m run and runner-up in the 800m run. The Wolves 4 by 800m relay team, comprised of Coston, Steven Schlottman, Evan Hendry and Colin Sullivan, place first in state.

During the state meet, Coston broke the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse composite record for the 3200m run with a time of 9:17. It’s no wonder as to why Coston will be running for LSU next year.

The lacrosse team finished with their first ever State Championship after years of falling just short in final and semifinal heartbreakers.

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Players from the senior class pose with the hardware after defeating Jesuit 10-9 in the LHSLL State Championship (Photo: @spslax, Twitter)

The Wolves dominated the regular season with a 18-1 record. The Wolves defeated Mandeville 29-1 in the first round of the playoffs, then defeated Ocean Springs 21-3 in the quarterfinals, followed by a 9-6 victory over St. Thomas Moore in the semifinals which carried the Wolves to a nail-biting 10-9 victory over Jesuit in the finals.

Dylan Futrell, Eli Crosby, Kevin Katich and Liam Ordoyne were named to the LHSLL All-State team. Senior Ryan Flood will be playing lacrosse for Belmont Abbey College next year.

The powerlifting team finished second in district and fourth in state. John Rushing placed first in the 242 pound division at the state tournament, David Ricalde (148 lbs.) and Nick Picone (275 lbs.) placed second at the state tournament, and Thomas Dugan (181 lbs.) placed third.

Several powerlifters broke records in the 2016-2017 season. Senior John Rushing set a new South Regional overall lifting record (back squat, deadlift, and bench press) with 1805 pounds. Junior Nick Picone also set a new South Regional record for back squat with a 685-pound lift. Junior Jack Caminita set a new Louisiana record for bench press at 450 pounds.

The wrestling team continued their annual tradition of parish and district domination in the 2016-2017 season by winning their ninth consecutive district and 19th consecutive parish titles. The Wolves also finished fourth in state along with several individual wrestlers earning some hardware.

Junior Cole Houser (120) won his second consecutive state title, junior Jared Thieler (126) won his first state title, and senior Shane Ulfers (138) also won his first state title.

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Cole Houser, Shane Ulfers and Jared Thieler each embrace victory after winning their respective individual state wrestling titles (Photos: SPS Wrestling)

Houser also won parish and district MVP. Head coach Craig Ketelsen won coaching MVP honors for parish and district.

The tennis team finished with an undefeated regular season, a district title and a regional title. The Wolves also finished fourth in state. The Wolves, coached by the legendary Brother Ken Boesch, FSC, attribute their excellent season to hard work and persistence.

Junior Kent Shiell finished as the regional singles champion and the state runner-up in singles. He also was named to first team All-District. Alex Krake and Luke Beckendorf were regional doubles champions and were also named to first team All-District.

The baseball team finished the 2017 season with a 19-13 record and a third consecutive district title. The Wolves started off slow in pre-district play, but tore apart their district foes with a 12-2 record, only losing to Northshore and Fountainbleau. The Wolves defeated Scotlandville in three games in the first round of the playoffs and then fell in a hard fought quarterfinal series against Catholic High.

The 2017 All-District team was stacked with Wolves. Kyle McLaughlin, William Duncan, Robbie Darrah, William Heurtin, Grant Grosch and Jacob Sherer made first team honors. Peyton McNeil and Nick Vitale made second team honors. Senior William Heurtin, who will be playing for Rhodes College next year, won District MVP.

The soccer team finished with a record yet another State Championship title. The 5-1 victory over Catholic High marked the program’s fourth consecutive championship, and head coach Sean Moser’s fifth championship at SPS.

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Catholic’s Preston Stafford and St. Paul’s Reiss Thieler chase down a ball in the championship game. (Photo: Stephen Lew)

“I was extremely proud of our team,” Head Coach Sean Moser said. “I was especially proud of the fact that we were able to pull ahead with a 3-1 lead so that I could put all of the seniors in together for their final game, along with some freshmen who were first experiencing a championship game.”

Adam Schellang, Michael Longo, and Kyle Schmitt won first team All-District and All-Metro honors. Longo and Schellang were also selected to the first team All-State along with Justin Savoie and Thomas Carriere. Reiss Thieler and Adam Schmitt were selected to second team All-State. Longo, who will be playing for Christian Brothers University next year, won All-State defensive MVP.

The ultimate frisbee team, or “Dire Wolves,” went 8-3 this season under the leadership of Alex Ogea, Eddie Heap, Julian Celiba and William James. Ogea, Heap, Celiba, and James were named to the LSU Hat All-Tournament team.

The bowling team finished the year with a 6-5 overall record led by Jonathan Wellmeyer and Peter Bertucci. The Wolves finished third in district play behind Albany and Holden. Wellmeyer and Bertucci were selected to the first team All-District squad, and Joseph Brown and Jared Kreeger were selected the the second team All-District squad.

One comment

  1. What a grand and well written article! What a wonderful year for our

    Wolves.!! Beaux Wolves !!!⚽️ ⚾️ 🏉 🏀 🏈 🎾



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