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Bishop Kelly makes winning titles look easy

They better start clearing some room in the trophy case at Bishop Kelly High. Better yet, just build another one.

The Knights capped a brilliant championship week Saturday by claiming the 4A softball title and the girls lacrosse championship and sharing the 4A tennis crown. Earlier in the week, Bishop Kelly collected state titles in girls golf and boys track.

That's five titles in less than a week. Not to mention, the Knights won both cross country championships and a football crown in the fall.

Rumor has it Bishop Kelly also took home state titles in checkers, tiddlywinks and tetherball.

That's on top of the seven state titles the school secured last year.

Just how does one school have so much success?

"It's been our coaching staffs. We have some great coaches," longtime Bishop Kelly athletic director Dean Satterfield said. "With the great kids that we have, most of the time we get it done."

Satterfield added the qualifier only because the Knights suffered an improbable loss in the baseball title game Saturday. Leading 6-2 in the top of the seventh and final inning, Sandpoint — which lost to BK in this year's football semifinals 21-20 — rallied for six runs and the win.

A handful of football players showed up for Saturday's baseball game with that score scribbled on T-shirts and, in some cases, their chests. They promptly sat down in the Sandpoint cheering section.

That self-assuredness — some would call it downright arrogance — is why Sandpoint fans, like those associated with most 4A schools in the state, don't much care for the Knights or their prodigious haul of state championships.

"They all hate Bishop Kelly. They think they get all the calls," one Sandpoint representative said during the baseball game.

The Knights are used to such complaints and worse, like the allegations that their success is built on recruiting top athletes.

"Everyone thinks we recruit. We have to go through the same transfer rules everyone else does. We don't recruit," Satterfield said, adding that Idaho's lone private Catholic high school gets most of its 660 students from five Catholic elementary schools.

No doubt there's more than a little bit of jealousy in the air surrounding BK. What school in the state — heck, in the nation — wouldn't want to win championships at the Knights' rate?

Nobody likes a consistent winner, especially one who petitioned to play up to 4A in the past because its enrollment was that of a 3A school. (BK's enrollment is now in the low end of the 4A parameters.)

"There's always a little bit of jealousy about any success that anybody has," said softball coach Wes Worrell, who knows a bit about success.

The Knights' softball team won its seventh state title in 10 years Saturday by winning three straight games.

"We ethically try to do things on and off the field, in the classroom and out of the classroom,'' he said. "And it's paid off."

Has it ever.

Need proof?

It's right there in the trophy case.

that their success is built on recruiting top athletes.

"Everyone thinks we recruit. We have to go through the same transfer rules everyone else does. We don't recruit," Satterfield said, adding that Idaho's lone private Catholic high school gets most of its 660 students from five Catholic elementary schools.

No doubt there's more than a little bit of jealousy in the air surrounding BK. What school in the state — heck, in the nation — wouldn't want to win championships at the Knights' rate?

Nobody likes a consistent winner, especially one who petitioned to play up to 4A in the past because its enrollment was that of a 3A school. (BK's enrollment is now on the low end of the 4A parameters.)

"There's always a little bit of jealousy about any success that anybody has," said softball coach Wes Worrell, who knows a bit about success.

The Knights' softball team won its seventh state title in 10 years Saturday by winning three straight games.

"We ethically try to do things on and off the field, in the classroom and out of the classroom,'' he said. "And it's paid off."

Has it ever.

Need proof?

It's right there in the trophy case.

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