KCHS spring teams win multiple state titles

The Fighting Irish capture their first baseball crown, dominate in tennis, and collect five track victories By Dan McWilliams Knoxville Catholic High School in May made the most of the annual TSSAA Spring Fling spring-sports championships. Fighting Irish athletes came home with a number of Division II, Class AA 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 …

Faith, family, and football

Vols athletics icon Gus Manning remembered as someone filled with all three blessings By Bill Brewer The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was steeped in orange Feb. 20 for the funeral Mass of longtime University of Tennessee Athletics Department icon Charles A. “Gus” Manning, who died Feb. …

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 …

KCHS athletes earn fall-sports honors

Knoxville Catholic High School athletes and a coach recently earned postseason recognition for their achievements in fall sports. The Tennessee Sports Writers Association announced its Division II-Class AAA all-state teams for football. Fighting Irish offensive lineman Trevor Duncan, defensive back Braylon Harmon, and punter Brock Taylor were honored. Making the …

USA’s No. 1 ranking ‘means so much’ to KCHS girls tennis team

By Dan McWilliams The Knoxville Catholic High School girls tennis team is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 squad heading into this spring’s season. Global tennis player rating system Universal Tennis Rating recently ranked the Lady Irish as tops in the country. “The No. 1 ranking means so much because …

New KCHS football head coach ready for the challenge

Dean Cokinos has ‘the answers to the test’ as he prepares to lead the Irish in a tough region By Dan McWilliams New Knoxville Catholic High School football head coach Dean Cokinos is ready to take on the challenge of leading the Fighting Irish as they play in what many …

Knoxville Catholic girls tennis team ranked No. 1 in the nation

Global tennis player rating system Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) recently ranked the Knoxville Catholic High School girls tennis program as the No. 1 girls high school team in the United States. When it comes to high school tennis, the No. 1 spot in the nation usually belongs to a full-scale …