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Due to weather, the baseball team will open up the district tournament today at Archbishop McCarthy at 4:00 vs American Heritage. The teams split the regular season contests. The Chiefs defeated American Heritage 2-1 earlier this Spring and lost a hard-fought, extra-inning game 4-3 a few weeks ago. The Chiefs won the district tournament game vs Heritage last year, 6-0.  

The baseball team presently is playing its best baseball of the year. The team has won 18 of their last 20 games. The two losses over that span have come in extra innings. Recent successes can be attributed to strong pitching and defensive performances and a revival of offensive execution and big hits in big situations. The team has been led by seniors, Nate Pawelczyk and Karl Hirsch on the mound and at the plate. The two are 9-4 between them on the mound and rank #1 and #2 in batting average, RBIs, and hits on the team. Winning the Bishop Moore Catholic Challenge this spring break has given the team a wave of confidence going into the district tournament.

Hirsch Leads Baseball to Two Wins in One Day

Senior pitcher Karl Hirsch accomplished something  yesterday no other Cardinal Gibbons baseball player had ever done.  Hirsch earned two victories on the mound in one day.   Prior to the scheduled game today versus Pompano, the Chiefs resumed a 4-4 tie from a previous game that was stopped due to darkness after 9 innings.  Hirsch took the mound in the top of the 10th and retired the Tornadoes without a run.  Then in the bottom of the 10th, Hirsch singled home Senior Justin Lara to win the game.   In game two Hirsch pitched 6 scoreless innings and with the help of fellow Senior Nathan Pawelczyk’s 3 run homerun earned the victory in game 2 as well.  3/19/15

Wrestling Wins Regional Title

The Wrestling Team and Head Coach Frank Pettineo added another title to its collection by winning the 1A Regional Championship.   The Chiefs dominated the competition with 257.5 points, which was well ahead of 2nd place Somerset’s 174 points.   Twelve Chiefs will be competing in the State Championships next week in Kissimmee.  3/7/15
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State Champs

For the first time in school history, the Boys Basketball team won the 5A State Championship by defeating Rickards from Tallahassee 74-58.   The Chiefs started slow trailing 15-11 at the end of the 1st quarter.   However, the Boys started off the 2nd quarter on a 9-0 run and lead by 5 points at the half.   They then dominated the 3rd quarter and put it on cruise control in the 4th quarter to win the title.  Seniors Jose Morales and Melvin Brooks and Junior Maverick Rowan lead the way for the Chiefs.  2/28/15
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Boys Basketball Going to the Ship

The Boys Basketball Team is headed to the State Championship game after defeating Gibbs 73-38 in the State Semi-Final game this afternoon.  The Chiefs will take on Rickards from Tallahassee for the title Saturday morning at 10:00am.  Junior Maverick Rowan poured in a game high 34 points to lead all scorers.  2/27/15

Wrestling Wins District Championship

For the 28th time in school history, the Wrestling Team won the District Championship.  At the end of the meet, the Chiefs finished with 255 points which was well ahead of 2nd place Calvary Christian Academy’s 116 points.  Eleven Chiefs took home 1st place trophies.  2/27/15


Rugby Catholic Cup

Hirsch Leads Baseball to Big District Win

Senior Karl Hirsch pitched a complete game to lead the Baseball Team to an impressive 2-1 victory over district rival American Heritage. Hirsch scattered 4 hits and struck out 6 batters over 7 innings. Junior Collin Durkin was 2-4 with 2 stolen bases to lead the offense.  2/22/15

Boys Basketball Headed to States

The Boys Basketball Team earned a trip to Lakeland to compete in the State Final Four by defeating Eustis 49-38. Junior Maverick Rowan put on a show scoring a game high 32 points. The Chiefs dominated the game from the tip off. They lead 13-9 at the end of the 1st quarter and 22-15 at the half. The Chiefs will take on Gibbs High School from St. Petersburg in a State Semi-Final matchup on Friday, February 27 at 11:30am at the Lakeland Civic Center.  2/22/15

Boys Basketball in the Elite Eight

The Boys Basketball Team defeated the Dillard Panthers for the fourth time this season, but this victory was the most important as it advanced the Chiefs into the final 8 teams in the State of class 5A.  The Chiefs started slow trailing 14-6 at the end of the 1st quarter.  However, the Boys picked things up in the 2nd quarter and built a 30-23 lead at halftime.  Dillard pulled to within 3 points midway through the 4th quarter, but the Chiefs pulled away down the stretch winning the game 62-50.  Senior Jose Morales scored 15 points, and Junior Maverick Rowan contributed a game high 27 points.  Next up for the Chiefs is a Regional Finals contest at Eustis High School on Saturday at 7:00pm.  2/18/15

Boys Basketball Advances

The Boys Basketball Team (28-1) defeated Palm Bay 63-43 in a Regional Quarterfinal matchup last night played at Cardinal Gibbons.  Junior Maverick Rowan lead all scorers with 24 points.  Senior Jose Morales also contributed 15 points hitting a trio of 3-pointers.  The Chiefs will now play for the 4 th time this season the Dillard Panthers in a Regional Semi-final matchup at Cardinal Gibbons on Tuesday, February 17.  The Chiefs have defeated the Panthers in all 3 meetings this season.  2/13/15

Wrestling Wins BCAA Championship

The Wrestling Team added yet another piece of hardware to their collection by winning the BCAA Championship.  The Championship is the Team's 13th title in school history which ties a county record.  At the end of the meet, the Chiefs were 22 points ahead of 2nd place Cypress Bay.  Seven wrestlers took home individual championships:

113 Gabriel Gibson

120 Dominick Gibson

145 Erik Byelick

160 Alex Lopouchanski

170 Julian Georgescu

182 Nino Sannasardo

195 Diego Bell

The team still has 3 undefeated wrestlers:  Erik Byelick 42-0, Alex Lopouchanski 43-0, and Nino Sannasardo 43-0.  The 7 BCAA Champions also ties the county record for most in one year.  2/8/15

Boys Basketball Captures District Title

The Boys Basketball Team defeated the Dillard Panthers last night 85-72 to win the 16-5A District Championship.  Senior Jose Morales scored 31 points to lead all scorers, and Junior Maverick Rowan added 18 points to lead the Chiefs.  The Boys got off to a fast start building a 16 point lead at the end of the first quarter.  Dillard cut the lead to 8 points in the 4th quarter, but that was as close as they would get.  The Chiefs will now host Palm Bay in a Regional Quarterfinal game on Thursday 2/12 at 7:00pm.  2/8/15

National Signing Day

Cardinal Gibbons celebrated National Signing Day today.  Twelve student-athletes signed on the dotted line to play collegiate athletics:

Corry Short – Princeton

Richard McIntosh – Miami

Andrew James – Wisconsin

Joe Riggins – Utah State

CJ Maybin – East Carolina

Winston Jackson – Georgetown

Jonathan Washington- Northern Michigan

Demetrius Amerson – Becker

Jonathan Graham – West Florida

Nate Pawelczyk – Winthrop

Justin Lara- Lenoir-Rhyne

Kelsey Stafford – Lincoln


Boys Basketball Ranked #11 in the Nation

The Boys Basketball team (23-0), currently ranked #11 nationally by Max Preps in their latest Xcellent Top 25, begin the BCAA Big 8 tournament tonight against rival St. Thomas at 6:30pm.  All the games will be played at Dillard high school.  The Chiefs defeated St. Thomas earlier this season 70-53.  1/28/15 

Mr. Paul Ott

Mr. Michael Morrill
Athletic Director

Mrs. Margo Flack
Asst. Athletic Director

Mr. Matt DuBuc
Associate Assistant
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District Champions:
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  • Boys Basketball
  • Wrestling
  • Boys Soccer
Regional Champions:
  • Wrestling
State Champions:
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