Mount St. Mary Academy Athletics – Go Belles!
Sports can teach you a lot about yourself – they expose your abilities, show your vulnerabilities – and challenge both body and spirit. Here at Mount St. Mary, sports help you build a strong sense of self-confidence, and a stronger community, and they push you to be your best both on and off the court or the field.
Our athletes compete at a high level. The Mount St. Mary Academy athletic program is recognized by the Arkansas Activities Association in the 7-A division, the largest in Arkansas. Participation in athletics promotes a love of the game and builds a strong school community where every young woman learns what it takes to work hard, play with integrity, and to be a team player.
Girls who attend single-sex schools are much more inclined to leave the stands as spectators and join a team as players. Over the past two decades, this participation has brought our athletic program much success, including state championship or runner-up titles in soccer, tennis, and golf. Each year a number of Mount St. Mary students sign letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.
If you would like more information about a particular sport or would be interested in participating, please feel free to contact the coach of that specific team.
Basketball, Varsity and Freshman
The Mount St. Mary basketball program includes the Varsity Belles and the Freshman Mounties, and the season runs November to February.
For the past 25 years, Mount St. Mary Academy has hosted the Heavenly Hoops Tournament, where some of the best teams in the state of Arkansas compete in this prestigious tournament. They also host an eight-week Basketball Skills Academy each fall and spring for 4th-8th grade girls and a summer basketball clinic in early June.
Tryouts for 8th graders interested in playing basketball for the Freshman Mounties are held in the spring. Grades 9 to 11 try out for the Varsity and Junior Varsity Belles basketball teams in May. See athletic calendar for tryout dates.
The Mount St. Mary bowling team begins in November, and the season runs through February. The bowling team is a no-cut sport that competes at Millennium Bowl in Maumelle, All-Family Bowl in Cabot and in other parts of the state for tournament play.
Amy Perkins, Coach – email
The MSM Cheerleaders encourage and promote school spirit, unity, and pride. The MSM Cheerleading program is a 7-A sanctioned sport that supports both Mount St. Mary Academy and Catholic High School year-round at sporting events, school pep rallies and assemblies, and outreach in the community. They cheer for CHS football games, certain MSM volleyball games, as well as MSM and CHS basketball games.
Tryouts take place in early April, and the season lasts until the end of February or the end of basketball season. The Freshman and Varsity squads practice at Cheer City United, where they work on skills and routines for pep rallies and games.
Varsity cheer attends a UCA camp in early June, and the MSM Cheerleaders also host a Kids Cheer Clinic during the MSM basketball season.
Marly Jeffries, Varsity Coach – email
Amy Perkins, Freshman Coach – email
See athletic calendar for tryout dates.
“You run like a Girl” is quite a compliment, when you’re talking about the Mount St. Mary cross country team. The MSM team has earned the title of 7-A Conference Champion in 2013, with one of our runners placing first in the 7-A Conference as recent as 2015. A no-cut sport that competes September through October, with the state meet around the first weekend in November, MSM cross country invites all students to discover a love of running and exceed their own personal bests!
Practices are held throughout the summer. Students interested in running with the MSM cross country team should contact the team’s staff liaison below.
2013 – 7A Conference Champion, MSM team (6 out of top 10 finishers were MSM runners)
2014 – 3rd place 7A Conference, MSM team
Rachel McLemore, Coach – email
The golf team at Mount St. Mary has enjoyed much success – four team state championships and one individual state championship – since the team joined the Arkansas Activities Association in 1971. Team members have gone on to play at the college level, become PGA Pros and one of our alumnae was even inducted into the Arkansas State Golf Association’s Hall of Fame 2009.
The golf season runs from August through the state tournament in October. Tryouts are held in August, and the team practices and home games are held at the First Tee.
2013 – 7A Individual State Champion – Taylor Loeb
Ruthie Pineda, Coach – email
The legendary kick lines and non-stop entertainment associated with the Mount St. Mary Rockettes never fail to keep energy and spirits high at Mount St. Mary and Catholic High sporting events and pep rallies. The Rockettes’ dance routines are long-time crowd pleasers, and the team has received numerous awards at the Universal Dance Association camp at Arkansas State University, where they attend camp in the summer. Past team members have been selected to perform with the UDA All-American dance team in London, England.
Grades 9-11 try out for the Rockettes Dance Team (Grades 10-12) in the spring. See athletic calendar for tryout dates.
Dee James, Coach – email
Mount St. Mary softball begins in January, and the season runs through the state tournament in May, with tryouts conducted in September. Tryouts and practices are conducted at Play Ball in Maumelle and the Sherwood Parks and Recreation Department.
Mount softball players embody the competitive spirit that it takes to win games and show what it means to be a Belle! In the past ten years, our students have brought home All-State and All-Conference titles, competed in the Arkansas Activities Association All-Star Game in June and gone on to play softball at the college level.
Eric Carden, Coach – email
The soccer program at Mount St. Mary Academy is known throughout the state of Arkansas for competing head-to-head at state competitions with some of the best teams in the region. The Varsity Belles won the 7-A state championship in 2008 and finished as state runner-up in 2013. From their 2008-2015 seasons, MSM soccer athletes have gone on to play college soccer at Benedictine College, Hendrix College, John Brown University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Central Arkansas, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, University of Memphis, and Lincoln Memorial University.
Stephanie Boccarossa, Varsity Coach
Jeff Stotts, Athletic Trainer
Beth Pursley, Staff Liaison – email
Season: January – May
Conference Play: begins in March and ends in May with the state tournament
Tryouts: end of September/early October for the soccer pool, and then the months of January and February to determine Varsity and Junior Varsity teams
Practices: begin after Christmas break and are held two to three times a week at Catholic High School’s Soccer Stadium
Swimming at Mount St. Mary Academy goes back nearly 100 years, as the school’s gymnasium used to house one of the first indoor swimming pools in the state. Today, the Belles swimming and diving team practices at UALR and travels to meets across Central Arkansas from December to January, but they hit the water with the same fervor.
2016, 7-A All-State, Alexis McCauley ’16, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Mary Dawn Blair, Marisa Blair, and Lindann Day, Coaches
Marilyn Lenggenhager, Staff Liaison – email
Known throughout the state of Arkansas for their prowess on the court, the MSM tennis team has won the 7-A Conference title for the last three years, and they earned second place at state in 2015. The team practices at Rebsamen Tennis Center, alongside the Catholic High School boys team, and matches are held from August to October with the state championship held in mid-October.
2013 – 7-A Conference Champions, MSM Team
2014 – 7-A Conference Champions, MSM Team
2014 – 1st place 7-A Conference Doubles – Mary Mills Menz and Conley Grayson Norris
2014 – 1st place 7-A Conference Singles – Brooke Buckner
2015 – 7-A Conference Champions, MSM Team
2015 – 1st place 7-A Conference Singles – Margaret Lucas
2015 – 7-A State Championship Runner-Up, MSM Team
Tim Glancy, Coach – email
The Mount St. Mary track season begins in March and runs through May. The track team practices at the Catholic High School track and field, and tryouts are held each January. In the past five years, Mount St. Mary track athletes have chosen to run for the University of Central Arkansas, Lindenwood University, and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
2016 State Indoor Champion 1600 meter, Alex Ritchey
2014 1st place 7-A Conference 100m hurdles, Molly Sampson
2014 2nd place 7-A Conference 300m hurdles, Molly Sampson
2013 3rd place 7-A State Track Meet 100m hurdles, Molly Sampson
Brendan Britt, Coach – email
The Mount St. Mary volleyball program includes the Varsity and the Freshman Mounties, and the season runs August to October.
Each year the Belles and Mounties compete against the best teams in the state. Showing spirit both on and off the court, the teams donate proceeds from their Pink Out game held in October to New Outlook Women’s Cancer Center at CHI St. Vincent for breast cancer awareness. They also host a parochial league volleyball tournament at Mount St. Mary Academy each November and a summer volleyball clinic in early June.
Tryouts for 8th graders interested in playing volleyball for the Freshman Mounties are held in early summer. Grades 9 to 12 try out for the Varsity and Junior Varsity Belles in the spring. See athletic calendar for tryout dates.
Lane West, Varsity Coach – email
Brendan Britt, Junior Varsity Coach – email
Jeff Stotts, Athletic Trainer