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History: Irish tops in state times two
KCHSís first-ever team state crowns come in boys tennis, soccer

History has been made with Knoxville Catholic High School athletics ó times two.

The schoolís first-ever TSSAA team state championship was earned in boys tennis, edging University School of Jackson 4-3 Wednesday, May 21, in Murfreesboro and led by coach Rusty Morris and individual doubles state champs Nick Widmer and Steven Young (More later on tennis).

Three days later it was Mark Leaderís Irish boys soccer team dethroning five-time defending Class A/AA Christian Academy of Knoxville in convincing fashion.

Catholicís 3-0 state title win against its archrival capped an 11-0 goal differential during the eight team tournament, six by standout Spencer Payne that included five goals in a 6-0 semifinal rout of Boyd Buchanan.

The Irish limited CAK to only one shot-on-goal.

Catholic, 26-2, opened with a 2-0 win against Goodpasture with goals from Michael Bonfini and Brian Beckman.

Payne, Hank Holleman and Ricardo Martinez scored against the Warriors.

Bonfini scored the other goal against Boyd Buchanan.

Christian Academy (14-8-1) beat White House Heritage 2-0 in quarterfinal action as Brandon Tarr was the star of the first two rounds.

Tarr would end up scoring every CAK goal at state. He was assisted by Jake Ragland and Zack Proper.

Tarrís hat trick (three goals) in a 3-1 semifinal win against USJ was assisted by Proper, David Platillero and Matt Warren.


Young, Widmer and Mark DiStefano all won in singles against USJ before the Widmer-Andrew Bosse doubles combo beat Ben Gaines-Stuart Howell 8-4 to clinch the championship.

Michael McCarty joined Widmer, Bosse and DiStefano in a 4-0 semifinal blanking of Donelson Christian Academy.

To win state gold in individual doubles, Widmer-Young whipped Erick Hale-David Hawkins of Ezell-Harding 6-2, 6-4 in Fridayís title match.


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