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The Thunder Continues with Blessed Trinity Athletics


This past week, there has been a lot of thunder around Blessed Trinity Catholic High Schools athletics. From state tournaments to individual athletic recognitions, the Titans showed what they were made of and how hard work and dedication pay off.

Blessed Trinitys Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Ricky Turner has been named North Fulton Prep Clubs Coach of the Year. During the 2005 fall season, the Titans football team won the region championship.  

Coach Turner accepted the award on behalf of his entire coaching staff. Receiving this award really means a lot to me as the coach, but it really goes to the assistant coaches who have put in a lot of hard work and hours to give our players a chance to win a region championship, he said.  

The North Fulton Prep Club also recognized four of the football teams members for their achievements on the gridiron. Senior Tim Dougherty was named North Fulton Defensive Player of the Year. Those nominated as Blessed Trinitys outstanding players were Jake Cooper, Academic Award, Eric Maust, Offensive Player of the Year, and Tommy Wise, Special Teams Player of the Year. 

Tim Dougherty really deserves this award for what he accomplished this past season as the leader on the defensive side of our football team. He always finds a way to be on in a tackle which is the main reason he holds the school record for 144 tackles in a season for the Titans, Turner said.  

This past weekend also saw BTs athletes go up against the best athletes in Georgias State Tournaments. The girls swim team came in sixth in the state tournament held at Westminster. The boys team placed 15th in state - a school record! 

Senior Caitlin Curran was a silver medalist, state runner-up, in the 100m breast stroke and placed 4th overall in the 200m Individual Medley. Senior Ryann Kopacka was a bronze medalist (3rd place finish) in the 100m backstroke and came in 11th overall in the 200 freestyle. Ryann was the lead off leg on the 400m relay that placed 6th while Caitlin was the anchor leg. 

According to Coach Michele Coco, Caitlin and Ryann have been instrumental in the success of the team since they came on board as freshmen. These girls were a pleasure to work with for the past four years. They helped to establish the Blessed Trinity Catholic High School girls swimming program, placing the team with a Top 10 finish over the past three years (9th, 5th and 6th respectively). This is an amazing accomplishment considering that we compete against schools that have a 1A- to 4A-classification which includes swimming powerhouses, Marist, Pius, Dalton, Lakeview and Lakeside, said Coco.  

Congratulations also go out to the varsity wrestling team which finished 19th in the state during the tournament at the Gwinnett Arena and Civic Center.

According to Coach Richard Barden, the wrestling team improved on last years record by posting a 20-win record. Some dont realize how tough it is to have a 20-win season in wrestling. Our team wrestled against higher classifications and more established teams and held their own through every match, he said.

While seven members of the team competed at state, only senior Brock Mantella competed under the spotlight on center mat against one of the best wrestler in his weight level. Brock ended a very successful season this year as the state runner-up at the 152 lb. weight class. This is the highest finish that has ever been achieved by a BT wrestler. During his time here at BT, Brock has broke and set almost every record in wrestling including 155 career wins which will be next to impossible for someone to break, Coach Barden said.


Photo (L to R):

Rich Gray -  Dir. Of Operations at Velocity Sports

Tim Dougherty Defensive Player of the Year of N. Fulton

Jake Cooper BT Academic Award

Eric Maust BT Offensive Player of the Year

Tommy Wise BT Special Team Player of the Year

Ricky Turner Coach of the Year of N. Fulton