December 19, 2008

‘We’re No. 1!’: Catholic high school teams earn three state championships

Chris Sosnowski, standing in the back row at the left with a hat and hood on his head, said the rosary walk that he and others completed outside St. Michael School in Greenfield was a community effort. “I’m really appreciative of all the work these guys put in,” he said. (Submitted photo)

Our photo essay for the three state championship teams. Click the photo to view a large version, or download the PDF version here.

Criterion staff report

The memories and friendships from playing high school sports can last a lifetime.

So can the pride and the joy of being part of a team that wins a state championship.

This fall, three teams from Catholic high schools in the archdiocese savored the experiences and the emotions that come with winning an Indiana State High School Athletic Association championship.

  • On Nov. 8, the girls’ volleyball team of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis earned the 4A state championship with a victory over Muncie Central High School.
  • On Nov. 28, Cardinal Ritter Jr./Sr. High School in Indianapolis defeated Sheridan High School 34-27 in the 1A state championship football game.
  • On Nov. 29, Cathedral’s football team beat the squad from Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne 10-7 in the 4A state championship game.

As this photo essay tribute (download PDF file here to view) to the three winning teams shows, pure joy marks the face of a champion.

The Criterion congratulates the championship teams and their fans. We also salute all the high school athletes and coaches in the archdiocese who have left their mark on their schools, their fans and each other through their hard work, dedication and sacrifice.

(Editor’s note: Photos for the Cathedral volleyball and football teams were submitted by the high school. Action photographs of Cardinal Ritter’s state championship game were provided by Bob Kelly, editor of The Sports Chronicle. See more of his photos at


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