By MIKE MOGUIN
BK GIRLS SOCCER: STATE CHAMPIONS
Courtesy Bishop Kelley Athletics
The spring athletic season of 2017 was memorable for Bishop Kelley as three teams won state and a half-dozen athletes took top individual honors in other sports.
The accomplishments of the Comets and Lady Comets are as follows:
One year after losing state 1-0 in overtime to Claremore, Kelley redeemed itself with a 3-1 victory over the Lady Zebras in the 2017 Class 5A girls title game. It was the first title for Kelley in four years.
Arkansas State bound Maggie Ertl scored the first goal of the game with 33:26 left.
“This is the best feeling ever,” Ertl said. “We knew it was our time. We’ve been working on this for all four years and this year, we knew we had the team that could pull this out.”
The Lady Comets would maintain the lead for over 20 minutes before Claremore tied it with a goal made from 25 yards with 11:03 to go. Junior Katie Gasaway broke the tie with a header nearly three minutes later.
“I just saw the ball and just knew that I had to do whatever we could to win,” Gasaway said. “I didn’t want to go with the same feeling as last year.”
Freshman Madison Tokarchik, scored the clincher with 6:21 left.
The Comets won their first state championship in six years with a 2-0 shut out of East Central.
Goalkeeper Austin Wormell made impressive saves and even scored a goal with a 65-yard free kick with 17:29 left in the game.
“The adrenaline was going.” Wormell said. “They were pressing us the whole time. We stuck through it and got the win.”
Adam Habib, a graduate headed for TU, added the second goal with 7:13 remaining.
“I noticed the keeper wanted to play short,” Wormell said. “So I ran as fast as I could, I was really tired but I got the ball, he started closing in and I waited until the last second and I just hit it in.”
Bishop Kelley won its first boys’ state championship in four years on May 9, beating Oklahoma City Bishop McGuinness by 29 swings at Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.
The Comets carded (311-299-316) 916, compared to 945 for the Fighting Irish. Kelley had two top 10 finishes in the individual ranks. Matt Edgeller was the leading Comet, tying for fourth with 223 (76-71-76) and Davis Woodliff took sixth with 224 (74-75-75).
“Last year, we came up short by 12 shots,” Edgeller said. “To come back and win it this year meant a lot.”
“We had more of a team chemistry. We thought we bonded more as a team, which helped us win this year,” said Woodliff, a sophomore at the time.
Mika Ramos, a freshman, won the individual state championship as she finished atop the standings of the Class 5A girls tourney on May 4 at Quail Springs Country Club in Oklahoma City.
Ramos shot 149 (74-75), winning by five shots over Collinsville’s Nina Lee (78-76—154).
“It’s incredibly meaningful,” Ramos said. “It’s really cool because I wasn’t exactly expecting to win, so it was nice that the hard work and effort I out into it finally paid off.”
2017 graduates Jeryn Jack and Kimmie Koors won the No. 1 and No. 2 divisions, respectively in girls 5A state on May 6 in Oklahoma City.
Jack beat Ryan Thompson of Heritage Hall, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, and Koors was Lauren Harvey, also of Heritage Hall, 6-4, 6-3.
“It meant a lot to me to win state a second time and my high school career with a good win,” said Jack, who will be playing college tennis at Western Michigan. “It was really exciting to win it with Kimmie because we’ve known each for so long. We’ve known each other since we were very young.”
“We started tennis together and we got to end it on a good note,” said Koors, who also won state a second time. “It’s really exciting for both of us to win. We were both in tears when we won the state championship.”
Koors was No. 3 seed who beat the top seed, while Jack was the No. 1 seed in her bracket.
Brothers Daryl and Dominic Roman won the No. 1 and No. 2 singles championships, respectively, on May 13 in Oklahoma City.
As No. 2 seeds, Daryl Roman beat Will Kaiser of St. Mary’s, 7-5, 3-6, while Dominic defeated Jack Kaiser of Heritage Hall, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Each of their foes were the top seeds.
“It’s cool that we beat two guys as brothers,” said Daryl Roman, who completed his senior campaign. “We’ve been going up against them the whole season, mostly in tournament, where they had beaten us ever time.”
“I knew I was going to win,” said, Dominic Roman, who was a sophomore at the time.
Tess Crosley, who will be a junior when school starts back up, won the 3,200-meter run on May 12 in the Class 5A Girls meet in Yukon. Crosley won with a time of 12:12.96.
“It was really amazing,” Crosley said. “I didn’t expect to do that well.
Crosley passed the runner-up at the last second.
“It was really close,” she said.