This was a team with potential that worked to fulfill it.
Cathedral High School baseball did just that with a solid, consistent 2023 season that ended with a run into the postseason.
“We were really pleased with our body of work throughout the season,” Irish baseball coach Ed Freije said.
The Irish, a traditional city and state power, followed a 2022 state runner-up season with a strong ’23 season in which they went 20-4 in the regular season and finished No. 4 in the final Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Class...
The season ended in a familiar place.
And if it took a difficult road to arrive there for the 2023 Cathedral High School boys lacrosse team, that adversity made the Irish stronger. And it made them one of the state’s best programs yet again.
“It’s baptism by fire – that’s what these guys had to do,” longtime Irish boys lacrosse coach Andy Gruber said.
The Irish, long one of Indiana’s top high school boys lacrosse programs, finished an injury-plagued 2023 season with a 6-13 regular-season record. They rem...
Another year, another strong season.
That has become the norm for Cathedral High School girls track and field, and it remained that way for an experienced Irish team in 2023.
Senior Kailee Swart won the state pole-vaulting title, and her state-record performance – along with strong relay teams and several standout individual performances – led the Irish to a 10th-place finish in the Indiana High School Athletic Association State meet.
Swart set a state record with a vault of 13 feet, six and a half inches. The team state finish was t...
The future is bright for Cathedral High School boys track and field.
What made the 2023 season memorable is that the present was bright, too – and that made for a successful season for the Irish.
It was a season of improvement, development and performance.
“It was a fun group to see grow throughout the season,” Irish track and field coach John O’Hara said of the boys team in 2023.
The Irish, who featured youth and experience in ‘23, also featured high character and strong academics. It was a talented group that p...
Kailee Swart won the 2023 IHSAA State Pole Vault Title. Swart cleared 12-3 on her third attempt, then went to 12-6 to clinch the state championship. After clearing 13-0 on her second attempt, she set the height to 13-6 ½. This time, on her first attempt, Swart cleared the bar and set a state meet record previously set by Ellie McCardwell of Pendleton Heights in 2009.
Irish All-State finishers
Kate Kubacki placed 4th in 300M hurdles!
Boys 4x100 relay finishes 9th!
This program continues in a strong direction.
That was the expectation for 2023 Cathedral High School boys volleyball – and Tyler McClure said that happened during an outstanding season that featured balance, talent and success.
“It was definitely our expectation to be one of the top teams,” said McClure, who finished his third season as the Irish’s boys volleyball coach in ’23. “We came in with expectations of improvement, expecting to contend, and we definitely held on to that throughout the year.”
The 2023 season was about accomplishment for Cathedral girls tennis.
The Irish won two significant titles and had a chance at another, all while laying a foundation for what could be a strong future for one of Indianapolis’ top high school girls tennis programs.
“It was a good season,” Irish girls tennis coach Jeff Giles.
The Irish, a young and talented team with a bright future, won the Penn Invitational and City Championship in 2023. They did so against another difficult schedule for the program, and rose to as high as No. 4 ...
This was a season about difficult times. And youth.
A young Cathedral High School softball team overcame significant adversity in 2023. The result was a memorable season that set the stage for a strong future.
And as Tony Matthews saw it, that made this a good season. Very good.
“We played some good ball this season,” the Irish’s longtime head softball coach said.
The Irish, an annual contender in recent seasons, finished the 2023 season with another strong record – and another solid postseason performance. They finish...
The future is bright for Cathedral High School girls lacrosse.
The Irish in 2023 were a solid team, with multiple impressive victories. They accomplished those with a motivated – and hard-working team – that played well together through difficult circumstances.
That produced a lot of memorable moments. And a strong foundation.
“I love this team,” Irish girls lacrosse coach Mary Ann White said. “This was a development year. It was a growing year. They were willing to grow, willing to fight. They were so coachable.&rd...
This was a solid team, a good team.
Cathedral High School golf boys performed consistently much of the 2023 season, doing so with strong performances from players of various levels and experience playing major roles.
That made ’23 a successful season, as coach Mike Miller saw it.
“It was really, really enjoyable,” Miller said.
The Irish, who placed fourth in the Indiana High School Athletic Association state tournament in 2022, lost state runner-up Ryan Ford – who went on to play at the University of Cincinnati –...
Much went right in 2022-2023 for Cathedral High School cheerleading.
Camaraderie was high, and the Irish found good balance throughout the school year – and good success in competition and school spirit. That was the objective for the program.
That made ’22-’23 a strong season for Irish cheerleading, and a memorable one.
“We had a very successful year, overall,” said Irish Cheerleading Coach Jessica Stoner, in her second season leading the program. “It was great.”
The Irish not only had a strong regul...
This was a different sort of year for the Royal Irish Rugby Society, a difficult year. That didn’t make the 2023 season unsuccessful.
Not even close.
“It has been very special,” David Snyder said.
The Royal Irish, long a national and Midwest power, had lower numbers in the program than usual in 2023 – and the result was a difficult performance in the Midwest tournament in early May before losing in the semifinal of the state tournament to an unbeaten Pendleton club.
The Royal Irish also in 2023 opted against playing in...
The Fighting Irish boys volleyball team captured the regional title and advanced to the semi-state matchup against Fishers. Cathedral defeated Bishop Noll 3-0 (25-8, 25-11, 25-18). Gavin Weed led the way with 10 kills and Ryan Peterson followed up with 9 kills. Cathedral then defeated Westfield 3-0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-20) to clinch their spot in semi-state. Nick Whitley distributed 32 assists with Lincoln Hieser recording 10 kills. Brayden Moyars recorded 11 digs.
The Irish will face Fishers at 2:00pm at Lafayette Jeff. With a win the Irish will ad...
Congratulations to the Fighting Irish baseball and softball teams on winning their City Tournaments!
Softball defeated Heritage Christian 3-1 and baseball defeated Covenant Christian 5-1.
This is a team with potential, experience and talent. That makes it a team with a chance.
The Cathedral High School baseball team, a traditional city and state power, turned in a remarkable run to the state championship game in 2022. Irish baseball coach Ed Freije said there is potential for another memorable season in ’23.
But much work must be done to get in that position.
“We like our group,” Freije said. “We know our strengths and what we need to improve on.”
The Irish, the Class 4A state runners-up in &lsquo...