February 9th, 2012

Elementary Excellence: Holy Spirit

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer

Elementary Excellence: Holy Spirit
photo courtesy of Cindy Effinger

Team pride leads basketball, Spring sports as well

The following feature is a part of a weekly series called "Elementary Excellence" - a set of profiles that will spotlight Louisville area Catholic elementary schools and its athletic programs, teams, traditions and excellence in all aspects of sports. Do you want your school to be featured? Send us your recommendation to editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

As the Falcons continue the 2011-2012 school year, Athletic Director Gus Herbert says there has been plenty of excitement from the fall and winter sports that will be carried into the spring.

“Looking at our winter sport of basketball, we had our eighth grade girls win their league in the regular season so that worked out well,” said Herbert. “We have three teams in quarter finals (sixth grade boys), and our number four team did well during the year. We have our one and two teams looking to advance, and we’ll know more about that next week. Our fourth grade girls’ basketball team has done very well. While the CSAA doesn’t keep standings with that grade, I’ve had people tell me it’s a once in a generation type team.”

According to Herbert, Holy Spirit has been able to host more games at the gym this year and is looking to have more games in the future.

“One of the highlights of this year so far includes our gym and concession management,” said Herbert. The participation and attendance has been great, and we’ve had people pitch in to make the job easier to have more games and have a positive experience.”

With a successful fall and winter season, including a championship win by Megan Buechler in 7-8th grade girls’ cross country, Herbert says he’s excited about the upcoming athletics this year.

“Soccer, lacrosse and baseball are the growing sports for us,” said Herbert. “One of our niches here is soccer as we have more than 100 kids between pre-kindergarten and second grade signed up junior soccer now. It’s busting at the seams. We have good leadership from all of the soccer coordinators, and I think they get the kids excited about soccer, and get the kids in the habit of playing while also finding success on the field.”

And Herbert says in addition to soccer, his student athletes and their parents are thrilled about a couple other sports coming down the line.

“For lacrosse, we look to combine with Lourdes this year, and there are a lot of kids excited about that,” said Herbert. “In addition, we are anticipating and confident about having the first baseball team here for the first time in several years. The team will include the 5th and 6th grades, and it’s our hope we can move forward with that.”

According to Herbert, Bob Burt will be the baseball coordinator moving forward this year.

“Baseball didn’t have the numbers needed until now,” said Herbert. “Now we can field a team and we are excited about that. We won a championship earlier in the decade (in baseball) and I’m glad to see it come back. Now, we have a group of kids that love playing baseball and parents fostering that environment.”

With spring right around the corner, Herbert said he looks to continue strong programs with other teams as well.

“We want to continue to be a tennis power, as well as have a strong showing in track and field and swimming,” said Herbert.

With the second part of the school year underway, Herbert says he continues to envision new improvements and additions even into the next school year.

Said Herbert: “Perhaps we may start hosting volleyball leagues in the fall 2012. We haven’t done that in a long time. We want to continue to use and show off our gym to the community. We are proud of the facility.”


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