The IC Catholic Prep Baseball Program will strive to develop fundamental skills and strategies at all levels needed to excel in the game of baseball and in life. Equally important, positive lifetime skills such as cooperative work, self-esteem, self-control, work ethic, and achieving goals will be enhanced through the game of baseball as an educational experience. The coaching staff of ICCP Baseball approach coaching with the attitude that we work for our teams and families, and the players do not work for us. We are providing a service of coaching baseball and running a quality program. It is the coaching staff’s responsibility to do the following: treat teams and every individual with respect; be positive sport role models; be positive family role models; guide student athletes through the program and school; allow them to experience optimal levels of success; and to teach each student athlete to be a better person than an athlete.The Knights Baseball Program practices and competes on their beautiful 100% Field Turf baseball complex which is also equipped with full stadium MUSCO Lighting. The Knights play a competitive conference schedule and look to schedule quality non-conference opponents each year which includes an annual out of State Spring Trip to a warmer climate. The baseball program strives to be in contention every year for an MSC Conference and IHSA State Championship.Highlights: Class 2A State Final Four- 2010; Super Sectional Champions- 2010; Sectional Champions- 2010, 2008; Regional Champions- 2016, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 1983, 1969; Conference Championships- 2010, 1981, 1979, 1966, 1965.*The Knights Baseball program has also seen many players continue on and compete as members of the NJCAA, NAIA, and at the NCAA collegiate level.
The Bass Fishing Team is co-ed and open to all students. The fishing team is part of the athletic department, and members of the team are held to the same academic standards as all other athletes. The team competes in the fall and the spring, when tournaments are available. The IHSA Bass Fishing Sectional Tournament is held in the Spring to determine which schools advance to the IHSA State Bass Fishing Tournament.Highlights: The Bass Fishing Team came in 2nd Place at the Diamond Lake Tournament in Mundelein. Matt DeWitte’s 4 lbs 1 oz bass set a new team record for big bass.
ICCP Boys Basketball Program has 3 teams: Varsity, Sophomore and Freshmen. Minimal cuts are made at the freshman level allowing incoming students the opportunity to develop in the sport through quality coaching and instruction. As the student-athlete moves up to sophomore and varsity levels, the teams get more competitive, and cuts are more likely at those levels. Boys Basketball season officially starts in early November, although we do have preseason open gyms, weight lifting and conditioning programs available leading up to the season.Highlights: In 2013, the Varsity team became SCC-Gold Champions for the 2nd year in a row, with an overall record of 22-6 (4th best in school history). In the last two seasons, the Knight have a combined record of 46-10! The Varsity also won the IC/Westmont Holiday Tournament.
The girls basketball program has three levels: Varsity, Sophomore, Freshmen. Opportunities exist for all students interested in participating as athletes or student managers. Typically, team cuts are not held at the lower levels, however, remain an option should the staff determine cuts are necessary. We welcome all athletes who are interested in being a part of a team that strives for excellence on and off the court; academically, spiritually, and athletically. Our high school season begins in late October and runs through February. We also conduct summer camps in June and hold preseason workouts/open gyms in the fall.Highlights: Our program hosts a Coaches vs. Cancer event, which has collectively raised over $10,000 for the American Cancer Society for the past three seasons. Previous ICCP Graduates currently playing collegiate basketball include Allie DiVito (2011) at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and Taylor Reaber (2010) at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. Last season, the 2012-2013 Lady Knights won the first SCC Divisional Conference Championship in school history.
The Cheerleading Team continues to grow with great success year after year. The team now consists of three squads: Fall/Winter season Varsity sideline, Fall/Winter season Junior Varsity sideline, and Winter season Competitive Squad. No experience is necessary to join the cheer team, yet tumbling is always encouraged. Highlights: In 2013, Varsity placed 2nd in the SCC Competition, and in 2016, were IHSA State Qualifiers.
Cross Country is a challenging, but rewarding sport. It is important to know that every time you compete in a 3-mile race, you will not only improve your run time, but you also increase your self-esteem and confidence. We offer a summer running program, which runs through the month of July. During the season, our families open their homes on Friday evenings and host pasta parties.Highlights: Rachel Hill placed first at the Rockford East/St Edwards/Chicago Christian Meet and placed 3rd at the Elmwood Park High School Meet. Brian Anzures and Brendan Doherty placed 1st at the Knights Relay invite.
The Lady Knights Dance Team is an athletic team that has two levels: Junior Varsity and Varsity. Both teams perform at all home football games, boys home basketball games and other school pep rallies and community events. The dance team has clinics and auditions in the spring leading up to summer and fall practices. The Varsity Dance Team competes at IHSA competitions during the winter season. Highlights: The Lady Knights Varsity Dance Team has qualified for the IHSA State competition every year since dance was recognized as an official sport. IHSA State Qualifiers 2014, 2015 and 2016 IHSA Class 1A 9th Place.
The ICCP football program offers three different levels of play: Varsity, Sophomore and Freshmen. Football is a fall sports program built on the belief that success is achieved through the development of character, commitment, passion, leadership, and honor. It is our goal to reveal and foster these traits in our community’s young people. We have implemented programs that help our student athletes maximize their potential on the field as well as in the classroom. Being a part of this program requires a high level of mental and physical strength. We strive to continually provide an experience that is both fun and challenging. The end result is a young adult who has developed the skills to be successful, not just in sports, not just in school, but in life. Highlights: In 2012, the football program won a SCC Gold conference championship and competed in first and second rounds of the 3A state playoffs. 2016 MSC West Division Champions and IHSA Class 3A State Semi-Finalists. 2017 MSC Blue Division Champions and IHSA Class 3A State Champions.
The ICCP Golf Team competes during the fall of the school year. Our season begins in August and runs through mid-October. The team looks for players with experience in the sport, and a desire to compete both against teammates and against student athletes from other schools. A working knowledge of the rules is necessary in order to play, as each student athlete is responsible for playing by the rules, and ensuring that co-competitors also play by the rules. The Golf team places a strong emphasis on integrity, competition and camaraderie.Highlights: Maddie Hurt won the 2015 IHSA Girls Golf 1A State Championship, Boys were 2016 IHSA Boys Golf 1A Conference Champions, IHSA Boys Golf 1A Regional Champions and Trey Morris finished 15th.
The Lacrosse Program started at IC Catholic Prep in 2011. Due to the increased interest in the sport, the team will now play numerous Varsity and JV games, with some contests targeted only for freshman and sophomores. Lacrosse is experiencing tremendous growth around the state of Illinois, and ICCP is very proud to be a part of this expansion. The program believes in introducing lacrosse to players with all levels of experience. We look at our success in terms of progress and increasing our level of play. Our coaching staff is experienced, with both coaches having played at the collegiate level.Highlights: The program has played a Varsity schedule since 2014. Lacrosse will become an IHSA sport in the spring of 2018.
Javier Andrade is an experienced soccer coach. He holds both an American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Advanced License and a USSF C License, has been coaching in AYSO Region 399 for over 15 years. He has coached various teams in the U6-U19 age groups and has also coached boys teams in the AYSO Extra travel program. ICCP will begin it’s 2nd year in 2016.
The girls soccer program is encouraging all female student athletes not already tied to a spring sport to participate, regardless of experience. The plan is to field a Varsity and JV team. Opportunities are available for those willing to listen, play with passion and embrace team unity in a supportive environment. Spring of 2013 was the sport’s inaugural season and it proved to be a successful one!Highlights: In the Spring 2013 and 2014 season, the girls earned the titles of Regional Champions and Sectional Champions. 2015 Regional Champions.
The girls Softball program begins in March and all young women are encouraged to tryout, regardless of experience. The team’s home field is at Plunkett Park, but during the season two night games will be held at Benedictine University in Lisle and Chicago Bandit’s Field in Rosemont. This year the Knights will host their third softball tournament at their home field.Highlights: Three (3) consecutive years as SCC Gold Conference Champs (’10, ’11, ’12). IHSA Regional Champions 2014, 2015, 2016. IHSA Sectional Champions 2015. The program will be competing at Myrtle Beach, SC this spring break.
ICCP Girls Tennis competes at the Varsity Level in the Fall. The team is coached by IC Athletic Hall of Fame member Julie (Falduto) Hurt ’89. Tennis tryouts are held in August, all interested students are encouraged to attend, regardless of their experience level.Highlights: Kelley Hodyl (2017) was a IHSA State tournament qualifier in 2013 and 2014. Kelley Hodyl and Autumn Gage (2017) earned 2nd place honors at the 2015 Metro Suburban Conference Tournament.
ICCP competes in track & field for boys and girls teams with a demanding schedule of indoor and outdoor meets. Come out to run, jump, or throw, or join and have fun figuring out what you’re best at. You are joining a very success-oriented group of student athletes who work hard to make themselves and their team better. We continue to qualify girls and boys for state championship level competition while learning valuable life lessons each day on motivated hard work, teamwork and camaraderie, faith, and success defined by winning, improvement, and self satisfaction.Highlights: Our girls 400 relay qualified for state in 2016, as did Jaida Smith who took 5th in state as a freshman. Our boys 400 relay took 4th in state in 2016, and Jordan Rowell took 2nd in state in the 400 the last 2 years, and placed in the 100 and 200 over the last 3 years.
Volleyball offers three levels of play – Freshmen, Junior Varsity and Varsity – all of which are competitive teams. Camps are offered in the summer to assist players in preparation for tryouts and the upcoming season. During the season, practice is every day either after school or in the evening. If we do not have a tournament, we will practice on Saturday. Games are usually played on Tuesdays and Thursdays. ICCP Volleyball is…commitment, dedication, excellence, honor, pride, tradition. Highlights: The Varsity Volleyball Team has received the American Volleyball Coaches Association Academic Excellence Award for 23 years running. The program has also won 13 Conference Sportsmanship awards over the last 16 years. In program history, we have won 6 Conference Championships, 24 Regional Championships, 16 Sectional Championships, 13 Elite Eight, 1 Third Place IHSA State Finals, 3 Second Place IHSA State Finals, and 3 IHSA State Championships – most recently in 2013. To date, 38 players have gone on to play at the collegiate level, including 18 NCAA Division 1 players.
Wrestling is one of the oldest sports known to man and the first ever sport of the Olympic Games. ICCP Wrestling will begin its fifth season this winter. Wrestling is a very physical and tough sport that any student is sure to enjoy. No experience is necessary. Practices are held off campus at Elmhurst College. Highlights: Joey Bianchini – 2017 IHSA Class 1A State Champion at 113lbs.