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Athletic Director Welcome

Ketelsen,CraigCraig Ketelsen Athletic Director Head Wrestling Coach

We at Saint Paul’s are extremely proud of our athletics and feel we have the best overall sports programs on the north shore as evidenced by our numerous district titles last year, multiple Cross Country Metro Championships, 15 out of 17 Parish Championships in wrestling and undefeated for 6 years in district, our dominance in Soccer as perennial district champs and 4 time finalists, 2 time Champions, and listed as one of the top 5 programs in the nation, Bro. Ken’s 33 year playoff streak in Tennis with too many titles to name, our 10 Div. I state titles, including 3 this past year, along with several runners up.  Our athletes and teams are always ranked highly in the state and have been ranked nationally. Yet there is a place on just about any team for any student here at St. Paul’s.  We pride ourselves on and believe the secret to our success is the fact that most all students can find a way to compete and succeed as part of a team here at St. Paul’s.  We had over 600 students play at least one sport last year.

We believe we win the right way, following the examples of John Baptist De La Salle and our school history.  We have a great coaching staff, both faculty and non-faculty, and we encourage all students to get involved in at least one sport. Click HERE for an article on the benefits of participating in multiple sports. All students share the benefits that athletics offers as athletes, managers, trainers or fans, and athletics fits in as part of the school, not a separate entity.

Currently, we have 17 sports during 3 major seasons:

Fall – Football, CC, Swimming

Winter – Power lifting, Soccer, basketball, Wrestling and indoor track

Spring – Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf, Baseball, outdoor Track and Rugby

Frisbee, Bowling, and in-line hockey have more fluid seasons.

 

Most sports (but not all) have a Jr. High or an 8th and 9th grade team. Baseball, Basketball and Soccer have limited rosters.  Those sports have tryouts.

Most teams practice daily.  It is hard for a student-athlete to participate in 2 sports during the same major season.  In addition, we do not make exceptions for those who play non-SPS sports (select teams, club teams) during our season.  We believe that playing for SPS is a primary commitment.  Also, once a student-athlete becomes part of a team, he is committed to that team for the season.  He may not “switch sports” after he has started without special permission from the coaches and Athletic Director.  We are a bit more lenient with this rule for 8th graders – we encourage them to try a sport each season or at least be involved in one sport.

Most sports have a booster club to support the teams at all levels.  Each parent will receive a list of general athletic policies at the “Meet the Team” event for their sport.

Each athlete must have a physical and complete his entire sports eligibility packet before he we be allowed to participate.

Please contact me if you have any further questions, and I look forward to seeing you at a game!