BK Girls Take Three State Titles in Three Weeks

The Comet Volleyball, Girls Cross Country and Cheerleading teams have claimed state titles in the 2018-2019 school year.

 

Volleyball

The Bishop Kelley volleyball team claimed the 2018 5A state championship title in a match against Mount St Mary.

"What a special team this was!" said head coach Jerri "Wads" Berna. "They loved each other, they battled adversity together, supported each other, played their hearts out and, as a result, won together. Couldn't be prouder of them!"

Bishop Kelley led the match against Mount St. Mary 2-1. In the final set, as the teams were tied at 25, the two-point margin win would determine whether a fifth and final set was played, or if Bishop Kelley would claim the title. The latter occured with a 28-26 win in the fourth set.

"Our seniors this year chose three qualities that they wanted to be this season," said assistant coach Sarah Dicks '04. "The chose to be determined, unified and selfless. They were all three of these things in the final match."

Earlier in the season, the BK volleyball team claimed their 33rd consecutive regional title. Their last state title was in 2015. The volleyball program has claimed 18 state titles since 1989, the most of any sports program at Bishop Kelley High School.

 

Girls Cross Country

For the second year in a row, the girls cross country team took home the state titie.

"The commitment these young ladies put into cross country is amazing," commented head coach Terry Stupp. "Months of early morning practices as a team are a major part of their success. Their dedication to the sport and to one another is what makes these results happen."

Freshman Ella Eureste claimed the individual state title. "Winning the state title individually was amazing, but it did not compare to winning as a team," said Eureste. "It was so special when all of our hard work and training paid off, and we got to celebrate together." Other individual runners who finished on the podium include Tess Crosley (4th), Sara Crosley (6th), Alex Borovich (10th) and Addie Gehring (14th).

Earlier in the season, the team claimed the regional title.

 

Spirit Squad

Since the 5A Gameday Cheerleading state finals was established two years ago, Bishop Kelley has claimed the consecutive state titles.

"This team is a year-round commitment for these girls and they really put their hearts into it," said assistant coach Katherine Devonshire '09. "They cheer and perform at halftime for football and basketball, take a brief break in the spring, then come back together for tryouts in May and prepare non-stop for the following season. Winning state reflects not only their commitment, but how well they work as a team."

Prior to this tournament, the BK Spirit Squad participated in the OSDTDA (Oklahoma State Dance Team Director's Association) state pom competition, where they won in 2016 and placed runner-up in 2017. With their first 5A OSSAA state win in 2017, a new championship banner was added to our gymnasium.

"I was really excited to win a second state title, especially with this group of girls," said Meg Grundy '19. "As a senior, it was a great finish to our competition season."