Published March 18, 2016
ROSWELL—Blessed Trinity High School inducted three alumni athletes into its Athletic Hall of Fame Jan. 30, recognizing some of the outstanding athletes who have graduated from the archdiocesan high school since it opened in 2000. This year’s inductees were Jack Andrews, who graduated in 2004, and Kara Kasten Mullins and Alison West Hollstegge, both 2005 graduates. They are the second group of inductees, joining Tyler Flowers and Brooke Alexander who were the inaugural inductees in 2015.
A member of the first Blessed Trinity freshman class, Andrews was a four-year starting offensive and defensive lineman on the football team and still holds three school records. Named All-County in his junior and senior years, he helped lead the Titans to their first playoff appearance in 2002.
He was also a member of the track and field team, competing in discus and shot put. His discus record set in 2004 at BT still holds. He twice qualified for both events in state competition, won region his senior year and was region runner-up his junior year.
After graduation, Andrews played football and was on the track team at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He won the conference championship in shot put, finished third in discus and received conference honorable mention as a defensive lineman. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering. He is married to his high school sweetheart and BT alumna Danielle Cart, class of 2003. They have two children, Gianna and Nathan, and live in Greenville, South Carolina.
“There have been many outstanding athletes and young people of great character that I have had the opportunity to coach since coming to BT,” said theology teacher Chuck Price, his track and field coach, “but none any better than Jack. He epitomizes what we want our students to become as reflected in our mission statement. It was a joy to coach him and an honor to present him for induction into the BT Athletic Hall of Fame.”
Kara Kasten Mullins
During her junior year, Kara Kasten helped lead the Blessed Trinity girls soccer program to its first state championship. During her senior year, the team returned to the state championship, where they finished as the state runner-up. She was also a member of the 2004 region championship team.
Kasten set a record that may never be broken at Blessed Trinity by scoring over 100 goals during her four-year soccer career. She also played basketball and was a member of the 2003 Elite Eight girls basketball team.
“There will never be another Kara ‘Special K’ Mullins for the simple fact that her talent migrated to the soccer field and into the classroom,” said former BT girls varsity soccer head coach, Gilbert Jean-Baptiste.
Kasten played soccer at Auburn University, Alabama, where she majored in accounting and completed her master’s degree. She works for PricewaterhouseCoopers and is married to Cliff Mullins. They have a baby boy named Cole and currently reside in Brookhaven.
“It was such an honor to receive the award. It brought back lots of great high school memories, some of which I had clearly forgotten about,” Mullins confessed. “I really appreciated all the coaches, staff and current Blessed Trinity families who attended the event. Both Coach JB (Gilbert Jean-Baptiste) and Coach Megan Ryan had a huge impact on my athletic career. It was very memorable and I am grateful for the impact that Blessed Trinity has had on my life.”
Alison West Hollstegge
As a junior Alison West played on the volleyball team that went to the state Final Four. During her senior year, the team made it to the state championship game, where the Lady Titans finished as state runner-up. West was named Metro Player of the Year as a senior.
“The numbers Ali put up during her time at Blessed Trinity don’t lie,” said Paul Stevens, head varsity volleyball coach. “She was a complete player. During her senior year, she led the team in kills, hitting efficiency, blocks, aces, serve receive rating, and digs. She is the only player in BT history to lead her team in all of those categories in the same year. When she left BT, Ali was ranked fifth all-time in Georgia history in career digs, sixth in career kills per game and seventh in career kills.”
West played volleyball at Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, becoming the first Blessed Trinity athlete to play collegiate volleyball. As a Furman senior her team made its first NCAA tournament appearance in four years and won a conference championship. She was named conference tournament MVP her senior year and first team All-Conference her junior and senior years.
West majored in communications at Furman and earned her master’s degree from Savannah College of Art and Design. She currently works at Commercial Furniture Interiors. She is married to Nick Hollstegge and lives in Greenville.