Wildcat Athletics

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Athletics

Our STA athletic program emphasizes Christian principles and good sportsmanship between teams and among athletes for students in 5th-8th grade.

5th Grade–8th Grade: Dallas Parochial League 

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School participates in the Dallas Parochial League (DPL). Beginning in 5th grade, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School students have the opportunity be a part of the STA athletic program emphasizing Christian principles and good sportsmanship between teams and among athletes. Competing in the Dallas Parochial League, along with 29 other Catholic Middle Schools, we offer 9 different sports throughout the year. Last year, 96% of all STA 5th–8th grade students participated in at least one DPL sport!

In addition to playing sports with their friends and being coached by parents and former alumni, students love the feeling of pride that comes from competing as a Wildcat.

In order to participate in athletics, please do the following:

  1. Register for your sport BEFORE the deadline. The Athletic Director will send an email with registration and payment information before each season begins.
  2. Complete the DPL Sports Physical Form and return to the AD office.
  3. Complete Concussion Baseline Testing (all 5th & 7th grade students and new Upper School students). Instructions will be sent by the Athletic Director.
  4. Become a Booster Club Member. Booster Club not only provides vital support for our athletic programs, but also gives members reduced athletic fees!
  5. STA requires all student-athletes maintain acceptable grades and satisfactory behavior.

Athletic Mission

The mission of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Athletic Department is to provide an athletic program with an emphasis on Christian principles and good sportsmanship, and to govern healthy competition between teams and among student-athletes in grades 5th-8th. The Athletic Department is an integral part of the total education system provided by the school where young men and women are taught lifetime skills of doing one's best, teamwork and leadership. The Athletic Department strives to develop student-athletes' bodies, minds and spiritual beings into strong, contributing members of society and the Parish community.

Athletic Philosophy

Student-athletes, coaches, parents and spectators are to keep in mind at all times that the contests in which the student-athletes compete are games. They should be fun for everyone involved. Winning is a worthwhile goal and purpose when viewed in the proper perspective. When doing one's best, enjoying intense competition, and receiving the character building benefits of competition, winning can be a most honorable goal. Activity programs provide valuable lessons for practical situations -- teamwork, sportsmanship, winning and losing, and hard work. Through participation in activity programs, students learn self-discipline, build self-confidence, and develop skills to handle competitive situations.

I coach basketball because it is full of much of what is in life. There is hard work, competition, team work and strong passion. Kids learn about the game and themselves through listening, training and sometimes the hard way, by failing and having to pick themselves up. I love to see the rapid improvement in players over the season. I love to see when the light bulb goes off and they get it. I love to see the excitement of accomplishing as a team what can’t be done as individuals.

-Bob Hartmann, Volunteer Coach

FALL SEASON NOTICE: STA continues to closely monitor COVID-19 and is taking proactive measures to mitigate the impact of the virus. When it comes to decision-making, our commitment is this: protect the health and safety of our student-athletes. 

News Stories

STA Wins Catholic Bowl, Sets Milestone

As the final seconds ticked off of the clock the sideline went crazy.  Players and coaches were jumping in the air as time expired and St. Thomas won the DPL championship for the second year in a row.  It was a game that was full of crucial moments and big highlights.  St. Thomas entered the game as the undefeated, number one seed facing the number two seeded St. Monica Bearcats.  

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Volleyball Wrap-Up

Volleyball season has now come to an end for STA. The Wildcats had 11 volleyball teams: 3 fifth grade, 2 sixth grade, 3 seventh grade, 2 eighth grade, and 1 coed. We are very proud of all these teams and how they played this year! 4 of those 11 teams made the playoffs: 5th grade – White, 6 th grade D1, 7th grade D1, and 8th grade D1. Our 6th grade D1, 7th grade D1, and 8th grade D1 then advanced to the semifinals.

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Our Stats

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97%

of Middle School students participate in a STA sport

All Sports

10

different sports offered every school year

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25

number of basketball teams in 2017-18 season

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80

DPL Championships

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56

5th, 6th, Junior Varsity and Varsity teams

Teamwork

100%

students that want to play get to play

Alumni

8

alumnae coaches

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86%

of students have continued onto catholic high school

Our Partners

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DPL

Dallas Parochial League

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The DPL is the official athletic league of the Diocese of Dallas offering leagues for 29 member schools. DPL website

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Booster Club

Wildcat Pride

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Committed to supporting our student-athletes, promoting volunteerism, and instilling school spirit. Booster Club Info

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Spirit Store

Wildcat Spirit

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The Spirit Store is the place to buy your Wildcat Gear. Spirit Store Info