Notre Dame volleyball captures district, region titles

The Notre Dame High School volleyball team finished the 2023 season with a 32-7 record, capturing both the district and region tournament crowns before falling in the sectional round, just one step short of the state tournament. In the Division II, District 2-A Tournament finals held Oct. 2 in the …

Sacred Heart gym, athletic field have new look

A new floor and scoreboard highlight the gym improvements, and Coulter Field has a new turf surface By Dan McWilliams Sacred Heart Cathedral School students are enjoying the benefits of a newly refurbished gymnasium/performing-arts center and a new turf surface on its athletic field behind the school. The replacement of …

Our brethren before us

Students learn that care for departed, their burial grounds are part of Christian life By Emily Booker A burial ground, be it a cemetery, mausoleum, or columbarium, is an important part of a Catholic community. The Catechism says, “The bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, …

Longtime school family lends St. Mary-Oak Ridge a Picasso

St. Mary School in Oak Ridge has recently been loaned a unique print to display from Picasso’s Imaginary Series, Shakespeare. The Warne family have loved being a part of the Oak Ridge community and St. Mary Parish and School since 1952. The late George and Rosemary Warne, avid art collectors …

Witnessing the culture

Schools superintendent gets acquainted with students, faculty at all 10 campuses By Gabrielle Nolan Mary Ann Deschaine, the new superintendent of Catholic schools, made the journey to all 10 Diocese of Knoxville schools at the beginning of the school year to get better acquainted with diocesan students and their teachers. …

Notre Dame High School names Brian Gill as new athletics director

Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga announced that Brian Gill has accepted its invitation to serve as athletics director. Formerly the head age group coach and swim director at Baylor School in Chattanooga, Mr. Gill officially joined Notre Dame on Aug. 11. He will be responsible for the oversight of …

Knoxville Catholic names former player as new softball head coach

Knoxville Catholic High School on July 10 announced the hiring of Hannah Seaver-Logan as the new head softball coach for the Lady Irish. Mrs. Seaver-Logan graduated from Knoxville Catholic in 2012 and was a four-year starter at KCHS under head coach Sarah Fekete Bailey and went on to play collegiately …

KCHS football coach Cokinos steps down

Former Irish coach Steve Matthews and longtime prep coach Philip Shadowens named co-head coaches By Dan McWilliams Dean Cokinos, named head coach of the Knoxville Catholic High School football team Dec. 22, stepped down this summer shortly before practices began for the 2023 season. “Coach Cokinos won’t have the opportunity …

Improving the body, mind, and soul

Notre Dame High School places priority on student success, facilities upgrades By Bill Brewer The body. The mind. The soul. They are the three elements of success at Notre Dame High School. In addition to its primary ministry of bringing students to Jesus Christ through learning and faith formation, Notre …

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Chesterton Academy: joyful, classical, Catholic

The new, independent Catholic high school in Knox County opens its doors for the 2023-24 year  By Gabrielle Nolan A new Catholic school has opened its doors in Knox County for the 2023-24 academic year. Chesterton Academy of St. Margaret Clitherow is an independent Catholic high school in the classical …

Former diocesan superintendent looks forward to a school-setting return at KCHS

By Bill Brewer It’s back to where it all began for Dr. Sedonna Prater. And that is an answered prayer. As the 2023-24 academic year starts, Dr. Prater transitions from superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Knoxville to vice president of academics at Knoxville Catholic High School. And while …

New superintendent eager to start the academic year

By Jim Wogan Mary Ann Deschaine, a veteran educator with nearly three decades of experience as a teacher, principal, and superintendent, was announced as the new superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Knoxville on May 31. She served as superintendent of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Saginaw, …