STATE! Bishop Heelan High School is used to going to state tournaments. Although it may sound like a lot of athletic success, making a habit of going to state is a great thing for the school, but the pressure that comes with a state tournament can push athletes to the limit.
It is obvious that qualifying for state tournaments is exciting, but a long history of success means that athletes may feel pressured to measure up to the high standards of Crusaders before them. When used positively, pressure is a good thing, but if the athletes find themselves in a spot of trouble, the pressure to succeed may prove to be too great for a student athlete to handle. History, however, shows that the Crusaders are do not break under pressure.
Most schools would love compete on the state level as frequently as Heelan does. In this year alone student athletes have accomplished quite a bit and are showing no signs of stopping. The Cross Country team has proven to be the highest achieving team this year, powering themselves to the highest state-placing cross country team in Heelan history. The volleyball team proved themselves to be one of the best teams in the state, placing second in class 3A. The girls and boys swimmers made a big splash while they competed on the state level, breaking a record in the process. Then, of course, there is the girls and boys basketball teams. The boys continue their journey on their way to the championship for the forth year in a row.
Heelan also does well in competitions of the academic and musical nature. Our debate team, jazz band, choir students, and quiz bowl team have brought true PRIDE to the Bishop Heelan.
All of Heelan’s successes, however, are not possible without the strong support the Crusaders get from teachers, coaches, administrators, and parents. The Heelan Family is quite the force to be reckoned with, and schools all around the great state of Iowa are quickly figuring that out.