CH. 11 FINAL CHAPTER – IRISH REACH THE PINNACLE!!

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The 2018 story for the Fighting Irish Cross Country team concluded with fantastic results.

The Men’s team took home their 5th runner up team trophy in 19 years. In addition, Seniors Alex Phillip (3rd) and Matt Sollenberger (8th) placed in the top 20 and earned a spot on the podium. Senior Colin Scahill finished in 29th place to earn All Ohio honors.

The Women’s team also finished as the 2nd best team in the state. The Irish had three women stand atop the podium: Theresa Hagey took 8th place, Nina Zraik took 14th place and Amelia Moll took 16th place.

All of these honors will be on display in the Cosgrove Building on the Wall of Honor.

Adding to both teams success was an additional honor with 11 out of 12 runners earning Academic All Ohio honors.

On behalf of my coaches: Bob Shell, Cori Hammer, Matt Frantz, Christine Stires and Michelle Sollenberger, it has been my honor to witness such a great story that will now be added to the Fighting Irish Cross Country forklore.

CH. 10 ONTO THE STATE FINALS!!

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Congratulations to both the Men’s and Women’s cross country teams as both teams have qualified to State Championship this coming Saturday in Hebron, Ohio;
For the Men’s team, this will be their 14th trip in 19 years. For the Ladies team, this is their 11th straight trip to the state finals.
On the guys side, senior Alex Phillip won the Regional meet. He was closely followed by Matt Sollenberger who finished in 3rd overall. Colin Scahill, Chase Powers, Nick Steel and Jake Pentasuglia rounded out the scoring for the Irish as they finished in a close 2nd place by only 8 points to our arch rival – Woodridge.
On the Ladies side, they won their 7th Regional crown by over 22 points. The Irish were led by Sophomore Theresa Hagey who finished in 2nd overall. Nina Zraik and Amelia Moll also finished in the top 24 places. Rounding out the scoring was Sadie Porchowsky and Kate Saum.
The teams will compete for the State title this Saturday with the guys team running at 11:45 am and the Ladies team running at 2:15 pm.
CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH TEAMS!

Both teams stepped up in big fashion at the Regional finals yesterday.Despite the miserable conditions, many of you fought through and enabled our teams to advance to the state finals. For the ladies team, this will be your 11th straight trip. For the guys team, this will be your 14th trip in 19 years. The tradition lives on!
Before I get into the week, I want to start to telling all of you and this includes the alternates – TO ENJOY EACH DAY OF THIS WEEK! I know both teams have set a very high bar for this race and I sincerely believe it is within your reach if you are mentally prepared for it. I know you all are physically prepared for that final goal. There is no team as strong as both of our teams. Believe it.
All that is left to do this week is to tweak the speed component of each runner. It is imperative that you all understand that we are not going to be doing that many reps. Therefore, I am expecting the times of each rep to be FASTER than race pace. This is an essential piece in creating speed memory. Hopefully, concentrating on this part this week will be enough time. Lastly, many of you have been battling with a cold. Please consider your hydration and nutrition all week long.
Now, let the Big Dance begin! Here is the breakdown for the week:
Monday – Wednesday: Goodyear from 3:30 – 4:45
Thursday @ school for meditation 3:30 – 4:30
Friday – Send off rally in the gym at 8 am
I am attaching the agenda for all of you to review.
Congratulations once again to both team. Visualize the race beginning now and remember – Courage and Passion requires you rise above your comfort zone. 

Chapter 9 Fighting Irish Men and Women dominate the District

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Congratulations to the Guys and Girls Fighting Irish Cross country to for the dominating performance this past Saturday at the Glen Oak District Finals. The Guys started the day off by placing 6 runners in the top 16 places and winning the title by a 50 point margin. Senior Alex Phillip won the title with his own teammate senior Matt Sollenberger in close pursuit to finish in 2nd place. Colin Scahill finished in 6th place with Chase Powers, Nick Steel and Jake Pentasuglio rounding out the scoring.
For the Ladies team this is their 12th straight District title. The Ladies had 6 finish in the top 15 places. The ladies were led by Sophomore Theresa Hagey who finished in 2nd place. She was closely followed by Nina Zraik and Amelia Moll. Sadie Porchowsky, Natalie Tobin and Quincy Powers rounded out the scoring as the Lady Irish won the title by almost 60 points.
Both teams will now attempt to qualify for the state title this Saturday at Youngstown Boardman. The guys will run at 11:45 am and the Ladies will run at 2:15 pm.
Here are the photos courtesy of Christian Lisle:

Ch 8 BOTH IRISH TEAMS END THE REGULAR SEASON IN DOMINATING FASHION!

 

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Congratulations to both Men and Women’s team for their dominating performance at the Legends Invite this past weekend as both teams took 1st place. Despite the fact that the spread between our number 1 runner and #5 runner was too large, the key take away was the fight and determination shown by most of you while you battled through a very difficult terrain. It appeared as though many of you didn’t let the muddy conditions alter your fight towards beating a runner in front of you. This intangible is exactly what we will need if we want the final destination to be the top of the podium.

Congratulations to Senior Alex Phillips for ending his regular season career as the champion of the Legends Invite.

Now the journey is down to two more mountains in order to earn the right to go to the “Big Dance”

Photos from the race courtesy of Christian Lisle:

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CHAPTER 7 – A BIT OF A SET BACK

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The Midwest Meet of Champions race was by far the strangest invitational we have been in this year starting with the soft ground conditions to a gator directing the guys race the wrong way! However, despite these bizarre situations, the competition was as extremely intense as anticipated. Unfortunately,  many of our Irish didn’t rise to the challenge.

The good news of the day was the depth shown by our younger runners. Due to their efforts, we now are going into our final regular season invite with a challenge for both teams as to who will be our top 7 for the post season. The final chapters will now begin to be written.

Here are the photos from this past weekend thanks to Christian Lisle:

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CHAPTER 6 THE IRISH DOMINATE THE ALL CATHOLIC

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The Lady Irish not only dominated the Silver division, they also won the overall race beating out some of the top division 1 schools from Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. This has only been done one time before at the All Catholic and that was done by our Lady Irish in 2010. The All Catholic has been contested for 24 years.

The men’s team also won the Silver division in convincing fashion by placing all 7 runners in the top 20.

CHAPTER 5 – LADY IRISH TAKE COMMAND OF BOARDMAN INVITE OVER 51 TEAMS!

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The Lady Irish have won their 2nd straight Invitational this past weekend at the Youngstown Boardman Invitational.  The Fighting Irish took the title over 50 other teams. The Irish were led by Sophomore Theresa Hagey who finished 2nd overall in a field of 425 runners. She was followed by Amelia Moll, Nina Zraik, Sadie Porchowsky, Natalie Tobin and Quincy Powers. The Lady Irish are currently ranked 2nd in the state.

On the men’s side, Alex Phillip led the way with an impressive 4th place finish amount 435 runners. The guys team ended up in 2nd place against 53 teams. Matt Sollenberger and Colin Scahill both had strong finish that enabled the Irish to secure the runner up spot. Jake Pentasuglio and Nick Steel rounded out the scoring for the Irish. The guys team is currently ranked 4th in the state.
The following link are photos courtesy of our famous photographer – Christian Lisle