The 2013-24 basketball season for the Cathedral Fighting Irish figured to be better with a more experienced team and with the arrival of successful coach Tony Harper.
But what Cathedral has accomplished this season has been remarkable. The Fighting Irish are 29-7, have beaten several quality opponents in El Paso, Texas and New Mexico and are now playing in the TAPPS Class 5A Final 4 this weekend in Mansfield. First up is No. 1 Prestonwood Christian on Friday.
The Fighting Irish have bought into coach Harper's system of discplined offense and defense. They have also developed into a strong team. They play well as a unit and everyone has produced when called upon.
A big piece of the puzzle for the team this year has been the play of Hector Romero. The talented forward has emerged as the team's best scorer and has been consistent all season long. But there are have been other pieces such as Aaron Partida and Mike Alcala to name a couple who have produced at key moments.
Cathedral hasn't won a state title since 1960 in boys hoops but it has had some really good teams that just fell short. Whether or not, Cathedral wins the state title this year is irrelevent. It's already been a great year watching the team develop and buy into what coach Harper and his staff want the team to do. Who knew that 36 games into the season, the Irish but would be aiming for a state title? Whichever way it turns out, it's been a neat story.