Notre Dame High School holds graduation

Students who were freshmen when COVID hit ready for next step in their journeys By Dan McWilliams Notre Dame High School’s 147th commencement took place May 13 before a full house at the football stadium. Head of school Deacon Hicks Armor presided as 99 seniors in the class of 2023 …

Knoxville Catholic High School holds graduation

By Bill Brewer Knoxville Catholic High School marked its 91st graduation ceremony on May 12 as 164 seniors walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. Commencement was held in the school’s football stadium, which was filled almost to capacity with family and friends of the graduates. It was a …

Diocese names new schools superintendent

By Jim Wogan Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that Mary Ann Deschaine, Ed.S., a veteran educator with nearly three decades of experience as a teacher, principal, and most recently as superintendent of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, W. Va., has accepted the position of superintendent of Catholic …

KCHS students have medicine on their minds in new club

By Dan McWilliams Knoxville Catholic High School junior Andrew Dreiser has a strong interest in a medical career, and he has shared his zeal for that field with many of his fellow students by starting what has become the extremely popular Irish Medicine club. Begun in the fall, Irish Medicine …

Luke Smith leaves KCHS boys basketball program after one year

Knoxville Catholic head basketball coach Luke Smith is resigning his position as coach and personal finance teacher effective at the end of the 2022-23 school year. In his one season at the helm of the basketball program, Mr. Smith’s Fighting Irish team went 20-8 and was defeated in the state …

Notre Dame boys reach first state tourney final

The Fighting Irish make school basketball history, and ‘the future is bright’ for the team       By Dan McWilliams The Notre Dame High School boys basketball team made Fighting Irish history by reaching the program’s first state-championship game. Notre Dame hung close to Goodpasture for three quarters before the school from …

KCHS girls basketball team wins first state title

The Lady Irish defeat a strong Ensworth squad 64-59 in the finals as Sydney Mains earns MVP    By Dan McWilliams On paper, the Ensworth High School girls basketball team and its 27-4 record made it seem like a heavy favorite over Knoxville Catholic High School in the Division II-AA state …

Gatorade honors KCHS runner Keegan Smith

In its 38th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, Gatorade on Jan. 30 announced that Keegan Smith of Knoxville Catholic High School is the 2022-23 Gatorade Tennessee Boys Cross Country Player of the Year, the second straight year the Fighting Irish runner has won the award. Keegan …

Knoxville Catholic’s Deondrea Lindsey named state’s top soph in basketball

Knoxville Catholic High School sophomore basketball standout Deondrea Lindsey was recently named the top player in the state for the 2025 signing class by 247Sports. The 6-foot-7, 205-pound Deondrea is receiving collegiate offers from Division I programs Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, and SMU. The Fighting Irish finished the season …

KCHS tennis player follows in mom’s footsteps

Gigi Sompayrac is bound for college in the sport her mother, Cathy, also played for the Lady Irish     By Bill Brewer The circle is now complete. May the circle be unbroken. Knoxville Catholic High School senior Gigi Sompayrac put the finishing touches on that 360-degree journey on Feb. 1 when …

Diocesan educators’ in-service is first in 3 years

The East Tennessee Catholic More than 350 Catholic school educators from the Diocese of Knoxville’s 10 schools gathered Feb. 21 at Knoxville Catholic High School to do something they haven’t been able to do in nearly four years — meet in person for an in-service session. It was the first …

KCHS announces hiring of new girls soccer coach

Knoxville Catholic High School on Jan. 18 announced the hiring of Josh Martin as its new head girls soccer coach. He replaces Chris Quinn, who was coach for one year. Mr. Martin comes to Knoxville Catholic after seven seasons as head boys and girls coach at T.C. Roberson High School …