The past two weeks have been ones to remember for the Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School Athletic Department…
The junior varsity squad turned in one of its best performances in a decade as they won 19 of their last 21 games to finish the year 19-4. The team won the Elmore County Tournament and then swept Reeltown during Easter Break to finish off the year.
Meanwhile, the varsity baseball team swept Abbeville prior to Easter Break and returned to defeat Reeltown and Lanier in non-area games. The Knights travel to Pike County this afternoon (Friday) for their game of the three game series, and with a win can clinch the area championship and would host a first round playoff series next weekend. The team will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday afternoon in between games, with the first game beginning at 1 pm. All Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School elementary students were given a coupon to use for one free hot dog and popsicle at the game on Saturday afternoon.
The Knights claimed their first-ever Greater Montgomery Open championship on Monday at Arrowhead Country Club. The team was paced by medalist Zach Jones who eagled the final hole to clinch the victory, and by Chapman Barranco who was named All-Tournament. The team was also featured in The Montgomery Advertiser for their victory. The Knights return to action on Monday and Tuesday as they travel to play in north Alabama in the always competitive Tom Bell Memorial.
The Knights fell in a close contest to Alabama Christian, and then another to Brew Tech during the Break. They host Wetumpka tonight (Friday, 4/12), and then host Tallassee on April 15.
The varsity won three consecutive area games during Easter Break and into this week, as they defeated Alabama Christian in a pair games and clinched the playoff berth with a 7-1 victory over Brew Tech. The Knights will finish as the runner-up in the area and will face Montgomery Academy on the road in the first round of the playoffs.
The Knights traveled south and claimed the McGill-Toolen Tournament with wins over McGill-Toolen, Cottage Hill and Davidson. Prior to the tournament, the Knights defeated perennial power Pleasant Home on the road. The team returned home and blanked Abbeville 15-0 in just three innings, with Sydney O’Connor recording all nine outs via strikeout. The Knights host Alabama Christian on Monday afternoon.
The girls finish up the regular season today against Prattville Christian at 3:30, playing their final home of the season. The seniors on this years team will be honored on Senior Day, April 23, along track and soccer. The team will play at the O’Connor Tennis Center on Monday in the Sectional Tournament.
Track and Field
The Knights had their first two runners in school history earn an invitation to the Select Invitational at the Mobile Meet of Champions – one of the best meets in the country. Kylie Frank and Skip Martin earned the honors after their finishes in the Open races on Friday of the Break. This week, the girls claimed second place at the Beauregard Speed Meet with two new school records and 10 season bests performances. Meanwhile, the boys swept wins in the distance competition and set 14 new season bests performances during the meet.
Zachary Van Alst continued his dominating performance on the season. After finishing 46-1 on the year and claiming his second consecutive state championship in the 106-pound weight class, he went on the win the state championship at the middle school level before this week earning All-America honors for his third place finish at the NHSCA national meet.