Georgia Bulletin

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Blessed Trinity High School state champion pole vaulter Samantha Sanchez, right, poses with Blessed Trinity community coach Dennis Carda. Photo Courtesy of Blessed Trinity High School


Catholic School Teams Scale Heights At State

By MICHAEL ALEXANDER, Staff Photographer | Published June 10, 2010

In state playoffs, Blessed Trinity High School boys and girls tennis teams competed at Clayton County International Park, Jonesboro, where each defeated The Westminster School, Atlanta, to win their respective AA state championships. For the BT girls, it was their second consecutive state title. The BT boys were state runners-up in 2009. The girls, coached by Debi Miller, finished their perfect season with a record of 19-0, while the boys, coached by Scott Carter, completed their season at 17-3.

In track and field, Blessed Trinity junior Samantha Sanchez captured the AA state championship in the pole vault at the girls state track meet in Albany. This year was a rematch of the 2009 competition between Sanchez and Greater Atlanta Christian School pole-vaulter Claire Goodson. Last year Goodson won by setting a new state record of 10 feet, 7.5 inches while Sanchez finished as runner-up. This year the roles were reversed as Sanchez won the competition by breaking Goodson’s record and setting a new state meet record of 11 feet on her first attempt.

Blessed Trinity senior Katie Hawkins was AA state runner-up in the discus with a final throw of 114 feet, 9 inches, shattering the old school record by over 11 feet.

Other State Accolades In Spring Sports

Marist School, Atlanta

Baseball  (AAAA state champion)

Pinecrest Academy, Cumming

Boys Soccer (Georgia Independent School Association state champion)
Six players named to GISA all-state soccer team; coach Chris Kane named GISA coach of the year
Lizzie Brenner named to GISA all-state girls soccer team

St. Pius X High School, Atlanta

Girls Soccer (AAA state champion; second year in a row)
Girls Track and Field Team (AAA state runner-up)
Shelby Ashe—state champion in the shot put
Danielle Penk—state champion in the pole vault
Crystal Taylor—state runner-up in the long jump
Kathleen LaPorte—state runner-up in the 800m run

Holy Spirit Preparatory School, Atlanta

The following students were named to the GISA all-state soccer teams:


Kali Higgins


Alex Galvez
Alex Rodriquez
Celso Torres