Three SMA Student-Athletes Named to All-State Golf Teams and Coach Named Coach of the Year: Accolades Continue for the Undefeated Wildcats

(Pictured left to right: Coach Ann Wolta Blackstone, Reese Brown, Maddy Bante, Natalie Tartar, Mallory Hopper, and Assistant Coach Russell McFall)

ENGLEWOOD, CO -- St. Mary's Academy is pleased to announce that three members of the state champion-winning golf team were recently named to All-State girls golf teams by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA), and their head coach named Coach of the Year. Maddy Bante, rising sophomore, and Natalie Tartar, rising senior and co-captain, were named to the 3A First Team, and rising senior and co-captain, Mallory Hopper, was named to the 3A Second Team. Coach Ann Wolta Blackstone was named 3A All-State Coach of the Year. The teams are created based on the results of the state championships that took place in June.

The recognition tops a season of firsts for the SMA team after a season of undefeated play. The Wildcats won the 3A State Golf Championship on June 22 by 45 strokes over runner-up Vail Mountain, the 3A Regional Championship on June 7 by 46 strokes over runner-up Faith Christian, and the 3A Metro League Conference Championship on June 3 by 31 strokes over Colorado Academy.

At the state championships, the golfers snagged top individual finishes, with Bante placing in second, Tartar in third, and Hopper in eleventh. The three golfers were also named to the Metro League All Conference First Team, filling three of the four top spots, and teammate Reese Brown, rising sophomore, was named to the Metro League All Conference Honorable Mention Team. Coach Wolta Blackstone was named Coach of the Year by the Metro League as well. The coaching staff also includes Russell McFall, SMA teacher at the High School. There were nine members on the SMA golf team.

St. Mary's Academy is Denver's premier independent, Catholic school spanning coeducational Pre-K to 8 and an all-girls high school. Established in Colorado Territory in 1864 by the Sisters of Loretto, St. Mary's Academy continues to be a forward-thinking educational leader focused on developing the whole child through rigorous academics in a highly supportive and collaborative environment, integrated service learning, and master faculty committed to individualized attention. Its vision is to inspire leaders to act with integrity, seek justice, build community, and change the world. Three out of four High School students play CHSAA sports at SMA; last year 95% of SMA junior and senior student-athletes received All-State Academic Honors.