Ursuline News

From the Desk of Susan Noonan
From the Desk of Susan Noonan


The good news keeps rolling in for Ursuline Athletics!

Swimming earned its 12th straight — yes, 12th straight — Regional Championship. Best of luck to our eight swimmers who compete in Friday's state meet at Mansfield Natatorium. Priscilla Wongso swept four events, and Cali Brewer, Claire Polak, Abby Dalton, and Arianne Tsioutsias earned first-place finishes at Regionals. Shelby Van Hyfte also joins younger sister, Paige, at state along with Caroline Hayes.

Soccer and Basketball are playoff bound! Thanks to an impressive 4-0 win over Bishop Lynch, the Soccer Bears finished first in district and open the playoffs at home against Bishop Dunne on Monday, February 11. Basketball celebrates Senior Night on Friday, February 15. Freshman plays at 4:30 p.m., and Junior Varsity and Varsity follow at 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively. Varsity Basketball opens the playoffs Tuesday, February 19.

Additionally, these Soccer Bears signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday:

  • Adrienne Bland, St. Edwards
  • Anna Kate Coker, Trinity University
  • Katey Kansler, Rhodes College, Memphis
  • Peyton Robertson, Emory University

Ursuline is blessed with many exceptional athletes, but we know their successes can't happen without amazing parents. The latest Journal of Applied Sport Psychology backed up this point. In the "Experience of Being a Talented Youth Athlete: Lessons for Parents" study, three stressors were identified:

  • When student-athletes are recognized as "talented" or "elite," this often changes their social relationships. Feeling pressure to live up to this expectation is common.
  • Young athletes might feel pressure about their future. Earning a college scholarship and playing for a prestigious program can contribute to anxiety.
  • An elite athlete is no longer "playing for fun." Practices and games are a place of constant improvement, which can include criticism and added stress.

When parents are simply made aware of these stressors, supportive conversations can follow benefiting your child.

This letter isn't complete without a big thank you to all the student-athletes and parents who contributed to last month's basketball clinic with Notre Dame School of Dallas. Softball will host a kickball event with our Notre Dame friends in the coming weeks. There is nothing better than seeing our girls playing with these blessed student-athletes. It truly reflects gracious love and true Serviam spirit. Ursuline and Notre Dame School are blessed communities indeed.

Go Bears,

Susan Noonan
Director of Athletics