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 …

St. Joseph JV boys hoops team raises funds for Legacy Clinic

By Allison Di Gennaro In December, while many children were dreaming of what they might receive for Christmas, the junior varsity basketball team at St. Joseph School in Knoxville was only dreaming about how they could give back. The JV team, composed of St. Joseph fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-grade students, …

Knoxville Catholic names new head football coach

By Dan McWilliams Knoxville Catholic High School named Dean Cokinos as its new head football coach Dec. 22 following the resignation of Korey Mobbs on Nov. 8 after he spent two seasons at the helm of the Fighting Irish. Mr. Cokinos brings a wealth of football experience from serving as …

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Seven KCHS athletes commit at National Signing Day

Ceremony is the first to occur in Knoxville Catholic’s new St. Gregory the Great Auditorium By Dan McWilliams Knoxville Catholic High School held its first National Signing Day in its new St. Gregory the Great Auditorium on Nov. 9 as seven student athletes committed to play college sports at seven …