Spring Sports Preview: Teams poised to build on last season’s successful campaigns

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By BRAD ANDERSON ‘18

1. Track and Field

Senior school recorder breaker Phil Zuccaro and the track-cats have a goal of getting as many atheletes down to states to have a shot at States. Darian Kinnard, in his second year is looking to top the podium himself this spring. “The vibe is great and everyone is pushing each other everyday at practice” Zuccaro says. They plan to get as many cats as possible to states.

2. Baseball

Saint Ignatius vs. Benedictine 2017

New faces with good offensive talent prepare to states for a successful season. “We all feel like we’re gonna pick each other up and win as a team” says senior Jordan Assimes . They have their sights on Columbus but want to win in everyway. Their season is highlighted with four South Carolina games and two matches against arch rival St. Eds.

3. Lacrosse


Revenge fuels the minds of the Saint Ignatius La- crosse team. Under new leadership in coach Gary Cintron, they look to claim their along waited state championship. “Old and new talent will fuel our team this year” says Senior Defensemen Jeffery Outcalt. “Our goal since loosing last year in the State Championship has been to train to get us back and win our first ever title.With tough opponents in California to come and clashes with hudson and mueller, the cats are ready for it all.

4. Rugby


Reigning State Champions and seeking international fame, the Rugby cats are ready for action. Led by “The Russian import” Senior Captain Nick Zolikoff and a hard hitting tight six, they have their sights on another star to add to their crest. Early on they have already beaten Gonzaga from D.C. On March 18th, they host Penn on Wasmer.

5. Volleyball


After graduating eight seniors last year, the young Volley cats look to have their youth fuel them. Led by Phil Catanzaro ‘19, they intend to contend in the state tournament. With youths like Sophomore Owen Flanagan in the ranks, they come with a point to prove. A huge game April 7th against St. X awaits them.

6. Tennis


A combination of fresh and veteran players with good talent fuel the tennis team. Brian Zhu ‘18, Rich Hofstra ‘18 and Jack McNally ‘19 all return in attempts to return to the state tournament. Their first match is March 27th against Toledo St. John. “ We have a tough scedule but look to redeem our playoff loss to University School.” says senior Peter Nichols.