The Fall 2015 season kept many of the BT athletic teams busy, happy and triumphant. The Titans added two more state trophies to an already crowded case this fall, a runners-up title, four region wins and an Elite Eight appearance, with two teams still in the running in playoffs.
Boys Cross Country – How do you win back-to-back state cross country championships?? You do it by having the largest group of runners ever participating in a voluntary winter running program which began immediately after last season concluded, by having over forty runners every morning over the summer, by taking your top runners for three weeks of intense training accompanied by a lot of team bonding, by having the largest and best group of freshmen runners come and join you every day to run even before their actual high school careers even begin, by having a bus load of runners meet at 7am every Saturday morning and head to Kennesaw Mountain where they are joined by other teammates to have over 50 runners taking on the hills of “The Mountain”, and you do it by having athletes who are willing to play a little less XBox so that they can get enough sleep and who also commit to healthier diets.
State Championship Meet – The Titans recorded their lowest point score at state in school history by only scoring 49 points. In a very exciting race, they went from being the fifth place team at the mile to winning state. At the half-way point, the Titans were in roughly 2nd-3rd place. In the final mile the boys poured it on, got the team in first place and finished strong.
Coach Greg Johnson – The boys executed the race plan and it was really beautiful to watch. It was a great day for all of our runners that raced. Our team emphasizes the importance of depth. The guys that raced at the state meet were able to perform at their best because of their teammates that had pushed them all season long in workouts. The seniors’ leadership over the last four years has helped us develop the depth in our program, and their positive impact on our JV team will continue to be felt in the years to come.
Volleyball – Although the season was not an easy one, the Lady Titans pulled out their fifth state championship. At the end of the season the record stands at 42 – 18, ironically the exact same record of the 2006 state-winning season. The team fought through a lot of adversity, including numerous injuries. The Titans won back-to-back championships for the first time in program history, and have now won three out of the last four championships and four out of the last six.
State Championship Match – For the fourth consecutive year, the Lady Titans punched their ticket to the state finals, this time in a rematch of the 2014 state championship match with Westminster. After splitting the first two sets, the teams traded blows throughout the beginning of the third set before the Titans built a large lead, ultimately taking the set 25-18. But in the fourth set, the Lady Titans found themselves down 12-4 before storming back to tie the set at 14. Westminster came back to take the set 26-24. Blessed Trinity fell behind 3-1 in the fifth and deciding set, but then ran off an 8-2 run and held on for a 15-12 fifth set victory!
Coach Paul Stevens – What a battle! Both teams went back and forth for almost two and a half hours before this one was decided. But in the end, I’m so proud of the players and their ability to make the necessary in-game adjustments that helped us win the match.
Girls Cross Country – Did you know that it takes 26 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments and a network of nerves, tendons and blood vessels working together in order to run?!?! Well, it took that AND a lot of hard work for the girls cross country team to get the job done this season. Although the end of the season was wet and soggy, the BT girls cross country team used all they had to finish 2nd place at state!
Runners-up in State – The Lady Titans fought hard in the mud placing second at state behind Westminster. The girls had two podium finishes with Mary Claire Solomon taking 3rd and Emma Rose Bagwell placing 10th. Despite some injuries mid-season, the team maintained strength especially with upperclassmen leadership.
Coach, Marissa Bohan – I couldn’t have asked for a better group of runners for my first season as head coach. We had a few setbacks but worked through them as a team.
Softball – After winning the region championship for the second year in a row over Westminster and sweeping the first two rounds of state, softball made it to the Elite Eight tournament. The team finished 5th overall in the state, it’s best finish since 2011.
Coach Jonathan Grattan – The success of the season came down to senior leadership and the chemistry among the girls. Our motto for the year was “positive attitude breeds positive results” and the girls really bought into that concept and played with heart every single game!
Football and competition cheerleading, both region champs in their respective fields, are still continuing their season. Please wish them luck and Godspeed on a healthy and successful end-of-season run.