The 2021-2022 school year has been an outstanding school year at Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart Academy, especially for women’s varsity athletics.
Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., the Sacred Heart Academy softball team will play in the Division 4 semi-finals against Ottawa Lake Whiteford from the Michigan State University campus.
The Lady Irish (28-11) are in the semi-final for the third time in program history (1994, 2012) and enter the semi-finals strong, winning 13 of their last 14 games.
Plus, after a quick read of what the Lady Irish have done over the past school year, one is amazed at all the accomplishments.
Last fall, the SHA Women’s Cross Country Team placed fifth at the MHSAA Division 4 State Finals, a strong showing from one of the top programs in the state. The women’s golf team also won a regional title and placed 13th in the D4 state finals.
A few weeks later, the Sacred Heart volleyball team put on their best post-season run in program history by advancing to the D4 semi-finals at Battle Creek for the first time in the league. program history, ending the campaign at 35-6-4.
Earlier this spring, SHA women’s basketball won a third straight district title and advanced to regionals before retiring to top-ranked Fowler. Damon Brown and company went 17-4 for the season.
Then, a few weeks ago, defending D4 State Champion SHA’s women’s track and field team finished second in the MHSAA D4 State Finals, about four points away from winning back-to-back state titles.
Not a bad school year, huh?
Considering all of the above, it’s quickly remarkable that a high school with just 110 students could be so successful in athletics, but it’s true.
Heading into Friday’s semi-final, the unseeded Irish will have their hands full as Ottawa Lake Whiteford are ranked second in D4 and have nearly 40 wins this season. Still, keep in mind that the Irish have played very well in recent weeks and have upset many ranked teams, including the seventh-placed Portland St. Pats.