letter from the director of athletics
Perhaps you are as surprised as I am to see the name Bill Simmons back as Athletic Director for Bishop Ireton. When asked to work on a temporary basis, I was glad to help and amazed at the scope of the renovations underway. That quickly turned to excitement for the potential opportunities for our school community; not only in the facilities, but for the community of students and families, faculty, staff and alumni. The dreams and hard work of nearly 20 years is coming to fruition in the next few months. We have an exciting year ahead of us!
Athletic participation adds an important experience to young people’s high school years. Education-based sports programs teach life lessons often only learned in athletics, lessons that continue to benefit our young people long after the games are over. I encourage all of our students to look at the many programs we offer as another “elective” in their preparation for life. I look forward to seeing our Cardinals, as well as their families and friends, on Cambridge Road as another school year begins. See the schedule for our fall sports below and check back on our website and social media channels for up-to-date times and locations for practices and games. More than ever it really is GREAT to be a Cardinal.
Today, Bishop Ireton announced that it is moving in a new direction with its boys basketball program. Coach Neil Berkman, the varsity head coach for the past 11 years will no longer be coaching the team. Bishop Ireton is extremely grateful for his time and commitment to Bishop Ireton basketball. His love of the program and his work with alumni have been well recognized in the Ireton community.
A trio of Cardinal grapplers earned medals at the recent Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association state tournament. Kyle Miller (113) led Bishop Ireton with a second place finish in the 29-team affair, while junior Finn Sofield (132) garnered a 4th place and 152 pounder Jack Ambrey snared a 5th place in Richmond.
James Berry poured in 21 points and Sese Mobutu added 10, but the seniors couldn't get the Cardinals past top-ranked Paul VI in the quarterfinals of the VISAA Division I playoffs Wednesday in Fairfax. It was the final appearance for the pair in a Cardinal uniform and the campaign ends for the 9th-seeded Bishop Ireton at 15-18.
Athletic director Bill Simmons announced WCAC spring sports will open their 2020 tryout camps on Thursday, February 20th at Bishop Ireton. A current VHSL athletic physical must be entered into the Magnus portal prior to a student participating in tryouts.