Cathedral’s most dominant sport. The Irish Swim Team has won 31 state championships since the mid 1980’s.
Our swimming team’s history consists of 5 Olympic Trial Qualifiers with 2 swimmers going on to swim for Mexico in the Olympics, 23 High School All-Americans, and over 100 swimmers sent to college as athletes.
In 1994 and 2001 the Irish were the 4th ranked high school swim team in the country, their highest finish to date and in 2015 ranked 11th.
Under Coach Jack White’s leadership, swimmers have gone on to compete at Stanford, Harvard, Texas A&M, TCU, Williams College, Cornell, SMU, the Naval Academy, Air Force, University of Virginia, Incarnate Word, Wayland Baptist University and more.
State Championships: 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 ,2017
With multiple state championships and playoff appearances The Fighting Irish F.C. is consistently ranked in the top 4 within the state of Texas. Coached by Steven Lucey, the Irish have claimed titles in 2015 and 2003.
Since the start of the 21st century the Irish have finished their seasons with a top four ranking an impressive 8 times.
Cathedral F.C. boasts alumni such as:
Carlos Hernandez, Class of 2010, Columbia University Dental School
Jorge Almeida, Class of 2006, St. Edward’s University
Andres Bustamante, Class of 2015, University of Texas at Austin
Victor Portillo, Class of 2016, Texas A&M University (Gates Millennium Scholar)
Roberto Ruiz, Class of 2016, University of Texas at Austin (Gates Millennium Scholar)
Matthew Hallmark, Class of 2016, Princeton University (Gates Millennium Scholar)
State Championships: 2003, 2015
Final Four appearances: 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
All Tournament Selections: Brian Hockman (2001), Nathan Benitez (2001), Gerardo Moreira (2003), Giovanni Saucedo (2003), Francisco Roman (2003), Beto Perez (2007), Sergio Fernandez (2007), Carlos Hernandez (2010), Andrew Noble (2010)
Led by the legendary Tony Harper, the Irish Basketball team has had a resurgence since 2010; ending multiple seasons as one of the city’s best programs and having a historic run in 2014 to the Final Four of the State Championships.
With multiple collegiate players including Omar Duran of UTEP and Mason Zuniga of Lake Forest College the Irish have produced a bevy of talent to the next level both athletically and academically.
Irish Basketball boasts alumni such as:
Erland Modesto, Class of 2003, Boston College
David Saucedo, Class of 2003, Notre Dame
Nick Govea, Class of 2006, Boston University
Nick Najera, Class of 2014, Notre Dame
State Championships: 1941, 1942, 1950, 1957, 1960
Final Four appearances: 2001, 2014
State Championship All Tournament Selections: Brendan Malone (2001), Derek Fernandez (2001), Michael Alcala (2014), Hector Romero (2014) Academic All State: Aaron Partida (2014, 2015), Luis Reyes (2015), Ramon Carrasco (2015), Albert Nava (2014), Hector Romero (2014), Michael Alcala (2014), Carlos Garcia (2012), Jesus Reyes (2012), Mason Zuniga (2011, 2012)
All State: Mason Zuniga (2012), Alex Flores (2004, 2005), Michael Kirkland (2016,2017)
A staple of Cathedral athletics, the Irish CC team has finished as a top 10 team in the state 11 times since 2000, capturing state titles in 2006, 2015, and 2017.
Led by Coach Isaac Montoya, a former Cathedral Cross Country stand out and collegiate Cross Country athlete, our current team wrapped up their 2016-2017 season with their second title in three years and Sophomore Brandon Seagreaves and Junior Ian Smith earning All State.
State Championships: 2006, 2015 , 2017
Top 10 finishes:
A traditional powerhouse in its own right. The Cathedral Tennis team has a history of dominance in their state tournament beginning in 2000. Since the start of the 21st century, Cathedral has taken home the state championship 8 times, coming in second 8 times and finishing in the final four on one other occasion. The Irish Tennis team boasts alumni such as:
Jonathan Brower, Class of 2007, Texas A&M
Rafael Cano, Class of 2008, University of Southern California.
Adrian Ordonez, Class of 2008, Pepperdine University
State Championships: 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Top Ten Finishes
JJ Brooker (2001, 2002, 2003 ), E. Acosta (2002, 2003), J. Brower (2005, 2006), T. Markowski (2005), Z. Markowski (2008, 2009), B. Markowski (2011), V. Cordella (2013), F. Dominguez (2014)
Acosta/Grajeda (2001), Ganem/Voght (2001), Acosta/Voght (2002), Lopez/Gonzalez (2003), Lloyd/Arciniege (2004), Z. Markowski/T. Markowski (2006), Brower/ T. Markowski (2007), Cano/Ordonez (2007), B. Markowski/ R. Cano (2008), B. Markowski/A. Cavazos (2009, 2010), M. Cisneros/S. Leeper (2011), E. Urias/ G. Baca (2011), M. Cisneros/S. Leeper (2012), V. Cordella/D. Baca (2014)
Boasting multiple state championships and collegiate athletes in its history, the Irish Golf Team has been a perennial contender in state competition finishing in the top 10 seven times since 2000.
Led by Cathedral alumnus, Oscar Lopez, the 2017 Irish golf team has taken first in six tournaments thus far and boasts a team comprised of mostly underclassmen including Juan Carlos Sapien, one of the top amateur golfers in Mexico.
The Irish Golf team boasts alumni such as:
John Aguilar, Class of 2006, Boston University
Patrick Mullin, Class of 2004, Medical University of South Carolina.
Jake Spencer, Class of 2009, Oral Roberts University
Larry Lopez, Class of 2009, Our Lady of the Lake University
State Championships: 1988, 2001
Top ten finishes in State Tournament:
With 9 top ten finishes since 2000, the Irish Track & Field squad is a force in statewide competition.
Led by Mike Dillard the Irish have a distinguished history of individuals placing in statewide competition and boast former athletes such as Ronald Arajs, Class of 2006, UTEP, the current Latvian record holder in the 100 meter race and 2008 Olympic athlete and Marcos Lopez, Class of 2006, Texas State University, 800M state champion
State Championships: 1996, 1998
Top Ten finishes at State Competition:
Discuss: E. Palomo (2001-Silver), R. Madrid (2002- Bronze), J. Falliner (2003- Bronze) 100m Dash: J. Lee (2001-Gold), T. Lopez (2003-Bronze), R. Arajs (2006-Gold) 200m Dash: J. Lee (2001-Silver), T. Lopez (2003-Gold), G. Moreno (2007-Silver) 300m Hurdles: A. Torres (2001- Silver), J. Nabors (2002-Gold), J Nabors( 2003-Gold), R. Brown (2003-Bronze), G. Moreno (2007-Gold)
4×100 relay : 2002-Silver, 2006-Gold, 800m: A. Parra (2002-Silver), M. Lopez (2006-Gold), D. Torres (2014-Silver), E. Esquivel Reyes (2014-Bronze), E. Esquivel Reyes (2015-Silver)
400m: J. Gutierrez (2002-Gold), G. Moreno (2005-Silver), V. Valdez (2007- Silver)
4×400 relay: 2002-Silver, 2003-Bronze
110m Hurdles: R. Brown (2003-Silver)
1600m: E. Puente (2005-Silver), E. Esquivel Reyes (2014- Silver), E. Esquivel Reyes (2015-Bronze)
3200m: E. Puente (2005-Silver), K. Peters (2014-Silver), E. Peters (2015-Silver), L. Barba (2015-Bronze)
Long Jump: R. Arajs (2006-Gold)
Triple Jump: B. Shaw (2009-Silver), T. Porras (2011-Bronze)
Shotput: D. Madrid (2012-Silver)
State Playoffs Qualifier: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Final Four appearances at State Tournament: 2012, 2015
5 Times City Runners Up: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014
High Desert Bowl Champions 2015
The Irish Football team made history in 2016-2017, winning El Paso's first 11 man State Championship. The Irish football team, with an 8-3 record defeated Houston's The Village School to cement its place in Cathedral and El Paso history. Five of Cathedral's seniors during their historic campaign have been offered to play Football at the collegiate level:
Jaime Perales (OL) UTEP
Christopher Lightbourn (QB), Concordia Wisconsin
Miguel Lopez (WR), Concordia Wisconsin
Adam Acosta (MLB), Concordia Wisconsin
Christopher Frazier (TE), University of Nevada at Las Vegas
State Championships: 2016
State Playoffs Qualifier: 1937, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1 968,1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1993, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
Bi District Champions: 1949, 1957, 1961, 1963, 1969, 1976, 2008
Christopher Lightbourn (Quarterback -2016)
Jaime Perales (OL-2016)
Christopher Frazier (TE-2016)
Adam Acosta (MLB-2016)
Daniel Sauter (Running Back-2011)
Joe Terebessy (Linebacker-2011)
Chase Calvillo (Running Back-2009)
Frank Rayas (Linebacker-2009)
Stephen Romero (2009-Secondary)
Academic All State:
2015: Andrew Rodela, Armando Espinoza, Brandon Martinez, Eddie Urueta, Lucas Fisher, Mauricio Contreras, Miguel Escoto, Noah Ruelas, Sean MacDonald
The Irish baseball team have reached the state playoffs the past five years under the leadership of Coach Carlos Puertas, a Cathedral alum and former collegiate athlete. During his tenure as Head Coach the Cathedral Baseball team has sent on 7 boys to play collegiately at Dodge City College, New Mexico State University, USC, Columbia University, Colorado State, Northern Colorado, and EPCC
State Playoffs Qualifier: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Academic All State: