WICHITA, Kan.—Bishop Carroll is the Class 5A All-Sports Award winner for the 2011-12 athletic year. It is Carroll’s second all-sports award in a row. Not only did Carroll win back-to-back class 5A all-sports awards, but it is now back-to-back all-class, all-sports award champion.
Carroll was the only school in the state of Kansas to score triple digits in the competition, as it finished with 100 points. In 2010-11, Carroll finished with 102.5 points, the first time a school had scored triple digits in the competition.
Carroll participated in 16 of the possible 21 state tournaments this past school year. Of those 16, nine different teams finished in the top two in the state.
“We don’t stress winning,” said athletic director Larry Dostert. “We stress doing things the right way. If you stress winning and losing, there is a lot riding on that, but if you stress doing things the right way, I think winning and losing takes care of itself.”
With all of the winning Carroll enjoyed, Dostert said the atmosphere on a school day was much the same as any other.
“I think the kids have gotten used to seeing the results of their hard work,” he said. “Our coaches stress having fun and concentrate on working hard. Once that foundation is laid, the rest takes care of itself. Once you have that tradition, it keeps building.”
The Golden Eagles started the year strong as it grabbed championships in both boys’ and girls’ cross country. Carroll won the state championship by thirty points ahead of Aquinas.
The boys’ team was paced by state champion David Thor, who ran the 5K course in 16:03.3, good for a 5:10.1 per mile. Teammate James Hampton finished directly behind Thor in 16:18.6.
Girls’ cross country won the title with 42 points, nine ahead of second-place Aquinas. The girls’ race was paced by state champion Kaelyn Balch, who finished the 4K race in 15:07.7, good for a 6:05.2 mile average.
Carroll football made it to the state semifinal game, where it lost to eventual champion Hutchinson. It was a tremendously entertaining game, where two of the best football coaches squared off against each other in Carroll’s Alan Schuckman and Hutchinson’s Randy Dreiling. Hutch came out on top 29-21.
Girls’ tennis was the runner-up at the 5A state tournament behind rival Kapaun. Anne Feldkamp and Paige Lauer took were the top finishers for Carroll in the tournament, as the doubles pair took home second place.
Carroll’s girls golf team took fourth in the state and its volleyball team made the tournament.
For the second year in a row, the Carroll boys swim team was unable to take home top honors as it swam its way to the runner-up spot at the state championships.
Despite a championship performance from Hollyann Johansen, the Carroll girls bowling team finished second at state. Winter was the only season Carroll didn’t see a state championship.
The boys basketball team had a splendid showing at the state tournament, as it took home third place.
The Carroll baseball and softball teams both completed stellar seasons yet again, as both won state titles in the spring, as both boys and girls track finished in second place at the state meet.
Place School Points
1 Wichita Bishop Carroll 100
2 St. Thomas Aquinas 89.5
3 Blue Valley Stilwell 61
4 Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel 60.5
5 Topeka Seaman 53
6 Newton 33.5
7 Lansing 33
8 Hays 26
9 Liberal 24.5
10 SM Bishop Miege 24
11 Shawnee Heights 20
12 Blue Valley Southwest 19.5
13 Andover 18
14 Shawnee Mill Valley 16
15 Emporia 15.5
16 Salina Central 15
17 Valley Center 14
18 Great Bend 11.5
19 Arkansas City 11
20 Kansas City Harmon 7
T-21 Gardner-Edgerton 5.5
T-21 Goddard Eisenhower 5.5
T-23 McPherson 5
T-23 Topeka Highland Park 5
T-23 Winfield 5
26 Andover Central 4
27 Salina South 3
28 Kansas City Turner 2.5
29 Goddard 2