Students, family and friends gathered in the Fazi-Richard Athletic Center to honor student athletes for their dedication and hard work representing St. Bernard Prep in athletic programs for the 2011-12 academic year.
Coaches recognized each team of students and presented awards accordingly. Athletic Director, Wade Knight, said each student contributed to the success of the athletic program and commended parents and students for their support
Cross Country had an exceptional year. The girls team placed 1st in the 1A2A Sectional meet and placed 3rd out of 12 teams in the state finals. The boys team came in 2nd in the 1A2A Sectional meet and was 5th out of 12 teams in the state finals. Ayleana Mami, who was the Cullman City/County Campion and placed 1st for the team in 5 meets, was recognized as the Most Valuable Runner in the girls program. Will Faulk, who was the Section 3 and Cullman City/County Champion and placed 1st for the team in 11 meets, was the Most Valuable Runner in the boys program. Most Outstanding Runner awards were presented to Seamus Russell, who placed 9th in Section 3, and Logan Ayers, who was the Section 3 Champion.
The Swim Team had a very successful season with Bennett Glasscock making All-State in the 100 Backstoke by finishing 8th at the AHSAA Swim Meet held at Auburn University. Swimming recognizes no classifications so 1A though 6A schools complete against each other. Despite this tough complete, Bennett and Sean Moriarty both make qualifying times to compete at the State Meet. At the 40 team meet in the McCallie Invitational in Chattanooga, TN, Glasscock made the “A” final in Backstoke (5th place) and Butterfly (7th place) and Moriarty made the “B” final in freestyle (12th place). Also receiving recognition were John Paul Stolz (Freshman) and Morgan Matz (Middle School).
Abigail Mescher and Zoie Wilson were standouts in the volleyball arena where both girls were named to the All Area Team. The Lady Saints came in 2nd in the 1A Area Tournament this year and look forward to the growth of the program in coming years.
Basketball saw a much improved year. JaDavian Roland and Sean Moriarty were named to Basketball All-Area and the Cullman Times All County Honorable Mention Team. Moriarty achieved a double-double season, meaning that for the season his scoring average was in double figures (13.8) as well as his rebounding average (12.4). For girls basketball, Aymee Chauvin and Andrea Naranjo made All Area in the 1A competition. Like the boys, the girls will graduate only one senior so the future looks good for both boys and girls basketball.
The girls soccer season began with the team being undefeated and not scored upon by the other teams in the first five games of the season. The team was especially noted for its youth since over half of the players were students enrolled in the 7th to 9th grades. Andrea Naranjo was recognized as the Best Defensive Player and So Hyun Park as the Best Offensive Player. In the boys soccer program, the team took some amazing wins despite the loss of senior talent to last year’s graduation. John Schneider was recognized as the Most Dependable Player, Jacob Mynatt as the Best Offensive Player and Michael Schartung for Best Defensive Player.
The boys baseball team steadily improved this year as it played a roster of young talent against opponents from 2A, 3A and 4A schools. The new score board installed this season is indicative of the confidence and expectations the team has of itself as it looks to the future. Miles Bennett received the Most Valuable Player award, Jacob Grey was the Best Offensive Player and Mauricio Rosa was the Best Defensive Player. The girls softball team brought home some hard-fought wins and makes plans to continue along that path. Recognized as the Best All-Around Player was Jerrica Crawford, Best Offense Player was Halle Webb and Best Defensive Player was Zoie Wilson.
The tennis team brought home several wins against strong competition. Alex Ginas and Ethan Arndt were especially recognized for their contributions this year.
The track program won sectional and state honors. In 1A2A the boys team placed 5th out of 12 teams in Section and 7th out of 34 teams in the State meet. The girls team in 1A2A placed 5th out of 12 teams in the Section and 6th place out of 33 teams in the State. Will Faulk received the Most Outstanding Performer award in recognition of the exceptional 36 points he scored in the State meet by winning the 1A State Championship in 3 events (800, 1600, and 3200). Steven Mami received Best Young Performer recognition for his performance and by qualifying for 3 State events (1600, 3200 and 4 x 800 Relay). Ayleana Mami, who was the 1A State Champion in the 3200 for the second straight year, received the Most Outstanding Performer award. Logan Ayers, who placed 2nd in the 1A 800 and 3rd in the 1600 as well as 7th place in the 1A Long Jump, also received the Most Outstanding Performer award. Jaden Edge, who qualified for 3 State events (1600, 3200 and 4 x 800 Relay) was awarded the Best Young Performer.
The Cheerleading squad was commended for their great work throughout the year. Receiving special recognition for their outstanding leadership were Danielle Klopfer and Maddie Schweers.
The Fr. Luke Fazi Award is the highest athletic recognition that is presented annually at the honors and awards event. This award is given in recognition of leadership and performance and academic excellence to the best of one’s ability. At the recommendation of the combined St. Bernard coaching staff, the 2012 winner of the Fr. Luke Fazi Award was Sean Moriarty.
Fr. Joel Martin, President, said he was proud of the efforts of these students both athletically and academically. “You have represented us well!” was his closing remark.