St. John's wrestlers attended the NHSCA (National High School Coaches Association) Duals held at the Virginia Beach on Memorial Day weekend. The Virginia Beach Convention Center was set up with 58 mats to host over 5400 wrestlers. Coach Paul's squad won two and lost four matches. Wyatt Cyprow, Ken Matsunaga, Michael Daichman, Sebastian Jimenez, Thomas Grannen, Wesley Gow, and Roman Lewis represented the Mavericks.
In addition to making the state playoffs, St. John's Girls' and Boys' Lacrosse fared well in the postseason awards for the TGHSLL and THSLL respectively. TGHSLLAll-State accolades went toAlexandra Lewis and Avery Morris. For the Boys', Charles Sampson was selected as a US Lacrosse All-American, the ninth St. John's Boys' Lacrosse player to receive the honor. THSLL All-State honors went to Brock Cannon and Charles Sampson. Finally, second-year Head Coach David Cohn was selected as the THSLL Coach of the Year. Congratulations, Maverick Lacrosse!
Girls Golf: Christine Wang, Denise Pan, May McCabe
Baseball: Jack Ben-Shoshan, Beckett Vine, Matthew Guyton
Softball: Laurel McKelvey, Julia Waller, Lauren Harpold
Boys Track & Field (# of events): Sam Faraguna (1), Genson Hooper Price (6), Lethan Hampton (1), Will Marx (3), Collin Fullen (3), Douglas Parsley (2), Josh Schwartz (1), Drew Woodfolk (2), Ian Thakur (2), August Windham (1)
Girls Track & Field (# of events): Catie Beck (1), Mycah Clay (1),
Shelby DesRoches (1), Mia Guien (1), Molly Isaac (1), Ciela Stark (1), Mira Thakur (1)
Boys' Win Athletic Directors' Cup for the First Time
St. John's Boys Athletics won the SPC Athletic Directors' Cup for the first time, edging out 10-time winner St. Mark's by two points. All of St. John's 2017-2018 SPC team standings were tallied with the lowest score winning. This past school year, Maverick Boys finished first in Wrestling, Swimming & Diving, and Track & Field. St. John's Girls won Swimming & Diving, Golf, and Tennis, finishing runner-up to Kinkaid in the top overall girls' programs category. St. John's also finished runner-up to Kinkaid in the combined girls and boys standings. Since the award began in 2006, St. John's has won the awards for top overall coed programs five times and for top girls' program four times; and, beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, the Mavericks have won a league-leading 35 SPC championships.
Sunshine and Mavericks made for a good mix on SPC Saturday. Boys' Track and Field won their second SPC championship in the last three years and Girls' Tennis joined Girls' Golf for back-to-back spring season titles.
Baseball (S4) 7-2 win vs. Greenhill; 5-4 win vs. Oakridge; 15-0 loss vs Kinkaid. 3rd place Softball (S4) 10-0 win vs. Oakridge; 6-5 win vs Greenhill; 6-3 loss vs. Kinkaid. 3rd place.
Boys' Tennis (S3) 3-0 win vs. Cistercian; 3-1 loss vs Casady; 3-0 win vs. St. Andrew's for 5th place.
Girls' Tennis (S1) 3-0 win vs. Greenhill; 3-0 win vs. Houston Christian; 3-1 win vs Kinkaid SPC Champions
Girls' Lacrosse (S2) 14-10 win vs. Greenhill: 19-6 loss to Hockaday; 12-8 loss vs Kinkaid for 4th place. Track & Field: Boys SPC Champions; Girls 4th place. Boys' Lacrosse: 4th place. Boys' Golf: 4th place. Girls' Golf: SPC Champions
Maverick Girls' Golf started the final round of the SPC tournament with a 24 shot lead and almost doubled it for SPC record score of 615 and a back to back SPC Championship. Christine Wang shot the two lowest scores for each round (71, 70). Denise Pan had a pair of 72's and May McCabe shot 77 in the final round to join Wang and Pan with All SPC honors. Runner-up Hockaday finished with 660 points. Led by All SPC Sean O'Neal's 79/73 performance, St. John's Boys finished fourth (643). For complete scores and results please click here.
St. John's Girls' Lacrosse defeated Woodlands 6-4 to reach the THSGLL City finals. The Mavericks followed up with a 16-8 loss to Kinkaid in the City Championship game. Nevertheless, St. John's qualified for the TGHSLL State tournament hosted by St. Andrew's School of Austin on May 12-13. First and second place regional finishers receive an automatic bid to the state tournament. In the meantime, the Mavericks are playing in the SPC tournament starting on May 4 against Greenhill at 10:00 a.m. (hosted by ESD)
Boys' Lacrosse Runner-up to Woodlands in City Championship
St. John's Boys' Lacrosse was back in the City Championship game for the first time since 2010. To get there, the Mavericks (18-4) defeated Strake Jesuit 16-7 in the district semi-finals on to advance to the City Championship for the 22nd time in the program. In the THSLL South District title game, St. John's faced off against host Woodlands High School (16-1) with the Highlanders prevailing 16-8. Woodlands took a commanding 7-1 lead at the end of the first period. St. John's closed the gap to 9-6 midway through the third quarter, but the Woodlands made it 13-6 at the end of the period and put up 3 more in the fourth. Both teams have already qualified for the THSLL Super Regionals which begin on Saturday, May 5. The 2018 THSLL State championships will take place in Round Rock on May 12-13. The Woodlands hold a 14-12 edge over St. John's in total games played.
Records Fall as Mavericks Excel at the Nick Finnegan Spring Invitational
St. John's Boys' Track and Field team won the 2018 Finnegan Invitational, scoring 240 team points, and the Maverick Girls' team finished second to Kinkaid. The boys broke two school records and four meet records: Genson Hooper Price ran 47.94 to set a school and meet record, Drew Woodfolk won the 1600 meters in 4:22.21 to break the school and meet records, the boys 4 x100 team of Will Marx, Collin Fullen, Ian Thakur, and Genson Hooper Price ran 41.88 to win and break the meet record (in the 2nd fastest time in school history!), and the 4 x 400 team of Will Marx, Ian Thakur, Lethan Hampton, and Genson Hooper Price won in a meet record time of 3:22.98.
Michael Urdahl '18 signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play volleyball for the UCSD Tritons next fall. Urdahl is the first NLI signee for St. John's Boys' Volleyball and will become the first player in the program to compete at the NCAA level. UCSD plays in the Big West Conference.
Shelbi Irvin has been named Varsity Head Coach for the St. John’s School Girls’ Volleyball program. Shelbi has served as an assistant coach for the Mavericks and is a master level coach with Houston Juniors Volleyball, the top-ranked club in the Houston area. Shelbi earned All-American accolades in high school and was listed as one of the top 150 volleyball players in the country in 2007. A three-year captain and assist leader, she helped guide Texas State University to three Sun Belt Conference Championships and two D1 NCAA tournament appearances. Please welcome Coach Irwin in her new role at St. John’s.
The Middle School Girls Golf Team decisively won the HJPC tournament at Hermann Park Golf Course defeating Kinkaid, AOS, and Duchesne. The team was led by Ashley Yen, who shot a 1-over par 36 and Isabel Soliman who shot a 4 over 39.
Maverick Boys' and Girls' Tennis teams toppled Alief Taylor, Alief Hastings, and Dobie 14-1 and 13-1 respectively to win the Sunseri Memorial Tennis Tournament hosted by Ball High School in Galveston. St. John's resumes SPC play on Tuesday against Kinkaid.
Drew Woodfolk ’18 entered the 800-meter finals at the Victor Lopez Classic seeded 6th after posting a PR in the prelims with a time of 1:58.53, just shy of the school record set by Rudy Reynolds '04 (1:58.20). In order to break it, he would have to use more than his legs to have a chance. The twelve man final pitted runners in two groups for a waterfall start which allows runners to leave their start lanes after the first turn and break to the inside lanes, squeezing stride space in seconds.
“It was super physical,” said Woodfolk. “From the gun, everybody was using their arms and it was a fight the whole 800 meters. Once both groups converged near the start there was more confusion.”
As the field lined up for the second lap Woodfolk held his own down the stretch and ended up in 6th place with a time of 1:57.64, well ahead of the school record. Teammate Douglas Parsley ’20 ran a PR of 1:58.60 for 9th. The girls 4x100 ran well in the exhibition final, posting season bests the last two days, and the boys won the exhibition 4x100 final in the third fastest time in school history. Genson Hooper Price '19 finished the evening by holding on to 3rd place in the 400 meter final in his second-best time ever - 48.25. The boys' team ended up the meet in 12th place overall with 23 points. Complete Rice VLC Results are HERE and on athletic.net.
Congratulations to St. John's Swimming and Diving Head Coach Ron Raper for being selected as 2018 TISCA State Private School Swimming Coach of the Year. Coach Raper led the Mavericks to two SPC titles this past season. Both the Girls' and Boys' teams won for the first time in the history of the St. John's swimming program.
Genson Hooper-Price '19 is renovating Maverick and SPC Track & Field times and jumps. On March 22 he jumped 22'10.75" to barely break the school record (Lee Hampton '15) in the Long Jump at the 36th annual Victor Lopez Classic held at Rice University. At the 51st Maverick Relays earlier in March, Hooper-Price broke the 200-meter school record with a time of 21.85. A week later he broke it again at the Kinkaid relays (21.80) with a 1.1 headwind. At SPC last spring he won the triple jump breaking the school record set by Hampton. He also broke the SPC 400 meter record with a time of 48.12. Genson tied the SPC record in the 100 meters (10.57), and he anchored the 4x100 meter relay to another SPC record time of 41.85. Catch him if you can as Genson and the rest of the Maverick Track and Field team are blazing trails in the 2018 season. For more on the Victor Lopez Classic please click HERE.
Genson Hooper-Price '19 was awarded the Stephen Kaestner Outstanding Male Athlete Award for the 51st Maverick Relays, as he, Will Marx '18, Drew Woodfolk '18, and the rest of the team put in a great team effort to score 165 points - ahead of second place St. Thomas with 93. Hooper-Price broke the 200-meter school record with a time of 21.85 seconds, while Woodfolk posted a school record of 9:45.35 in the 3200 meters. The Maverick Girls team finished 4th, just 2 points out of third place. Complete results are HERE.
St. John's sent seven wrestlers to the 83rd National Prep Wrestling Tournament hosted by Lehigh University on February 23-24. Layo Laniyan (145), Dani Yan (195) and Wesley Gow (220) all finished in the top 16. Sebastian Jimenez (126), Thomas Grannen (132), Evan Hammerman (170) and Roman Lewis (220) also competed in the event.
SPC Saturday featured three titles and a runner-up finish for the Mavericks. While Wrestling dominated the field with their 5th conference championship in the last six years, Girls' Soccer was in their first ever finals having put a stop to a 50-game winning streak the day before. Girls' and Boys' Swimming teams have never won a single title until Saturday when gut-check performances gave them one of their own. Both squads placed swimmers and divers on the awards stand in all 24 events.
St. John's Girls' Varsity Soccer ended another team's winning streak and started one of their own. The Mavericks shut out the ESD Eagles 4-0 in the conference semi-finals to put a halt on the Eagles' 50 consecutive conference wins from four previous championships and this season. ESD defeated St. John's in 2017, but a year later the Mavericks were all about starting their own streak. For the first time in the history of the program, St. John's Girls' Soccer made the championship game. In the finals against favored Kinkaid, the only team to defeat St. John's in the regular season, St. John's trailed 3-0 at the half. The Mavericks rallied with two second-half goals only to run out of time to tie it up.
Congratulations to all SPC participants. 2017-2018 final team results: Boys' Basketball (S4): 66-55 loss vs Oakridge (N5); 62-35 win vs St. Stephen's (S6); 55-44 win vs John Cooper (S5)- 9th place finish. Girls' Basketball (S5): 39-35 win vs Hockaday (N4); 50-20 loss vs Kinkaid (S1); 38-32 win vs St. Andrews (S3)- 5th place finish. Boys' Soccer (S3): 1-0 win vs FWCD (N6); 1-0 OT loss vs. St. Mark's (N2); 3-2 loss vs Cistercian (N4)- 7th place finish. Girls' Soccer (S2): 5-1 win vs Greenhill (N3); 4-0 win vs ESD (N1); 3-2 loss vs Kinkaid (S1) SPC Runner-up. Girls' and Boys' Swimming & Diving: Girls' SPC Champions! Boys' SPC Champions! Wrestling: SPC Champions!
Sandy McLanahan's last season as head coach of the Mavericks Varsity Girls' Tennis team netted an SPC championship, the first for St. John's since 2001. He is now in the running for a PCA Double-Goal Coach award. PCA will select 50 winners from a pool of approximately 800 nominations. Congratulations, Coach Mac!
The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) named 12 St. John's Mavericks Field Hockey players to the 2017 High School National Academic Squad. Congratulations to Izzy Chambers '19, Frederique Fyhr '19, Jaya Krishnan'19, Audrey Ledbetter '18, Mary Martha Maclay '18, May McCabe '19, Avery Morris '19, Amelie Perrier '19, Hatley Post '19, Natalie Stone '19, Isabel Windham '18, and Amy Worscheh '19.
It took overtime, but Layo Laniyan '18 scored a takedown to win 5-3 over Foti Pakes to become the first wrestler in the St. John's program to win back to back individual state crowns. He was also voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Texas Prep State Wrestling Championships held at EHS. Wesley Gow '19 also finished at the top of the podium in the 220 weight class. Eight wrestlers posted All-State performances: Laniyan, Gow, Michael Daichman '21 (120), Sebastian Jimenez '21 (126), Thomas Grannen '22 (132), Roman Lewis '19 (285), and captains Evan Hammerman '18 (170) and Dani Yan '18 (195). The Mavericks finished third overall behind champion Trinity Christian Academy and runner-up Liberty Christian School. Based on top-three finishers, SJS will be sending a program-best seven wrestlers to the National Prep Championships held at Lehigh University on February 23-24. The Mavericks are preparing for the upcoming SPC Championships hosted by St. John's on February 17.
Fifth-seeded Girls' 8th Grade Soccer team defeated AOS 2-1 to capture their third consecutive HJPC crown. The Mavericks defeated ROBS and Second Baptist to reach the final. Earlier in the week, Middle School Swimming also won their third consecutive HJPC title for boys and girls combined. St. John's finished with 174 points followed by ROBS (130) and Kinkaid (128).
St. John's Middle School Wrestling team won the State Championship for the fourth consecutive year. St. John's finished with 191 points, just ahead of runner-up Liberty Christian (182). Rockwall Utley finished third with 148. 30 teams and approximately 400 wrestlers competed in the event hosted by Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas. Individual accomplishments: 1st- Ben Sanders-98 (SJS's first 7th grade State Champion). 2nd- John Perdue-162, Alejandro Garza-175. 4th- Oliver Magdol-126, John Avery Foutch-140, Owen McCabe-150, Duncan McClaren-HWT.
Maverick Varsity Football wins first place for the first time at the Touchdown Club of Houston 13th annual Sportsmanship Award luncheon, sponsored by Comerica Bank. Presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, St. John’s was one of approximately 50 4A/Private high schools in the running for the sportsmanship award. The Mavericks were nominated in 2011, 2014, and 2017. The award is voted on by the Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO), Houston Football Chapter, who officiated high school games in Greater Houston. Congratulations, Mavericks!
Congratulations to Laurel McKelvey '18 for being selected as a PCA Triple-Impact Competitor scholarship winner at the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) awards banquet held at the Westin Galleria. PCA Triple-Impact Competitors strive to make oneself better, their teammates better, and the game better.
Congratulations to the St. John's Middle School Wrestling team for winning the City title for the fourth consecutive year. St. John's finished with 224.5 points followed by Hogg Middle School with 144 and Kinkaid with 135. Weight class results: 98 pounds: 1st Place Ben Sanders, 3rd Place Cinco Grobmyer; 120 pounds: 3rd Place Wyatt Cyprow; 126 pounds: 1st Place Bobby Hlavinka; 140 pounds: 3rd Place John Avery Foutch; 150 pounds: 1st Place Owen McCabe, 2nd Place Addison Spiegel; 162 pounds: 1st Place John Perdue; 175 pounds: 1st Place Alejandro Garza; 200 pounds: 1st Place Jojo Chase; 285 pounds: 1st Place Duncan McLaren, 2nd Place Eric Daniels
Middle School Mavericks are on the move in 2018. Boys' Seventh Grade Soccer scored a total of 14 goals to capture the River Oaks Baptist 7th Grade Tournament. St. John's defeated AOS 4-1 in the finals. The Middle School Wrestling team won the St. Mark's Invitational with a score of 172 points. Liberty Christian finished second with 131. Three out of the seven finalists were crowned champions.
Eric Wang '20 added a fifth school record to his name for the Maverick Boys' Varsity Swimming team. At the recent Lewisville Invitational, Wang's time of 52.89 in the 100-yard butterfly broke the record previously held by Cooper Lueck ’17 at the 2017 SPC championships. Wang was also the top swimmer in the 200 yard IM and 100-yard butterfly, helping the Mavericks finish 5th overall out of 31 teams. He currently holds school records in the 50-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, 100-yard breaststroke, and 400-yard freestyle relay with Lueck, Paul Swartz ’18, and Will Sampson ’20.
Congratulations to St. John's Mavericks Varsity Wrestling team for winning the 2018 Texas Christian Academy (TCA) Invitational with a top team-score of 171 points. Liberty Christian finished second with 144.5 points. Seven Mavericks made it to the finals, three of which were champions (Layo Laniyan-145, Peter Chen-70, and Wesley Gow-285). Ten out of the eleven Maverick wrestlers competing in the varsity division received medals by placing in the top four in their weight classes. Wrestlers who defeated competitors from Texas Prep schools also garnered seeding criteria for the state tournament to be held at the end of January. The Mavericks are undefeated in 2018, winning their fourth consecutive War on the Floor duals 117-42 over Kinkaid. Earlier in the month St. John's defeated McKinney Christian, Bishop Dunne, St. Mark's, and Oakridge. The Mavericks almost won the State Duals, finishing runner-up for the second consecutive season.
St. John's Announces Zeze De Moura as Head Coach of Varsity Girls' Tennis
St. John’s School Athletic Department welcomes Zeze De Moura as the new head coach of Varsity Girls' Tennis, who is taking over the program from recently retired head coach, Sandy McLanahan. Zeze began his tennis career in the junior program in Brazil. A former collegiate and professional player, Zeze has been coaching tennis for over 30 years. He has completed over 25 years of service with the United State Professional Tennis Association and is certified by the International Coaches Institute of Spain. He developed the junior program at the Houston City Club, where he led a team to a Texas state title in 2016. He is currently the director of Junior Tennis at The Downtown Club at the Met and The Forest Club. Welcome aboard Zeze!
Advantage Gonzalez: Xavier Gonzalez ’14 Named Rhodes Scholar
Congratulations to Xavier Gonzalez ’14 for being one of 32 college students to be named a Rhodes Scholar. In the fall of 2018, Xavier will begin studies for a Master of Science by research in mathematics at Oxford University. A senior on the Harvard University Men’s Varsity Tennis team, Gonzalez will not be putting down his racquet after his final match for the Crimson this spring, because Oxford University allows graduate students to compete on the tennis team. He will continue to pursue his lifelong love of tennis, a family tradition on two continents.
Congratulations to Kennadie Jake-Turner '18 for signing a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball with the University of Connecticut Huskies. Turner, a senior captain and middle blocker for the St. John's Girls' Varsity Volleyball team, helped guide the Mavericks to one of their best finishes at SPC in recent history.
"It's really special and to have people who have supported me over the years here to celebrate this moment with me," said Turner.
"Kennadie raised the bar for St. John's Girls' Volleyball," said Head Coach Karen Morgan. "She works hard and is a great role model for the players of the future. We asked her to lead this team and she was mature enough to take on that responsibility every day."
Turner led the team with 47 kills at SPC. Three years ago they did not qualify for the tournament. The last two years they held the sixth seed, and now they are they are no longer at the bottom of the bracket. The current squad also took all of the top three SPC seeds to five sets during the regular season. While Kennadie will be moving on to the next level, her legacy of leadership and excellence will be left behind for St. John’s Girls’ Volleyball to follow in the years to come.
2017 Fall SPC has come to a close with St. John's Field Hockey, Girls' Volleyball, Boys' Volleyball, Girls' Cross Country and Boys' Cross Country all putting it on the line in Cowtown. Team results: Field Hockey (S3): 3-0 win vs FWCD (N6); 3-2 OT win vs Greenhill; Championship semi-finals 1-0 loss vs Kinkaid (S1); 2-1 loss (strokes) vs St. Stephen's for 4th place. Girls' Volleyball (S4): 3-0 win vs Oakridge (N5); 3-2 loss vs Hockaday (N1); 3-0 win vs Kinkaid (S6) for 5th place. Boys' Volleyball (S1):3-1 loss vs Trinity Valley (N4); 3-1 win vs Kinkaid (S3); 3-1 win vs St. Stephen's (S2) for 5th place. Cross Country: Boys Cross Country-Runner-Up; Girls Cross Country- 4th place
With their win on Thursday night, Field Hockey advanced to a quarter-final match-up against Greenhill, played on the grass surface at FWCD. First pass-back was at 10:00 a.m. and the game took off in a seesaw pattern until the end. Their low seeding (S3) and grass playing surface was no longer an issue for the back to back champs as they came from behind to win it in overtime.
St. John's Boys' Cross Country ran into a formidable opponent at the SPC South Zone meet, held at St. Andrew's School in Austin this past Saturday. St. John's top three runners, Drew Woodfolk '18, Sam Ho '18, and Sam Faraguna '19 finished 4th, 5th, and 6th respectively. Woodfolk posted a time of 16:17.8. on the same course where the Mavericks won their last two SPC championships. Pearse Higgason '18 finished 14th overall followed by Davis Thames '20 in 18th to round out the team tally of 47 points, second to St. Stephen's 41 first place total. Along with the top five boys finishers for St. John's, James Talbott '18 (20) received All South-Zone honors. St. Stephen's top two boys' runners took first and second place with times of 15:36.4 and 15:53.3 respectively. Their last three finished 11th, 12th, and 15th, enough for the win. The Maverick boys are looking to extend their SPC title run to four consecutive championships. St. John's Girls' Cross Country also finished in second place (74 points) on the heels of second place finisher Jordan Kramer '18 (19:33.8). In addition to Kramer, Hannah Johnston '18 (13), Catie Beck '20 (18), and Erin Oldham '20 (20) received All South-Zone honors. The 2017 conference meet will be held at the Athletic Performance Ranch in Fort Worth on November 11.
Congratulations to the 2017 8th Grade Field Hockey team for winning the HJPC championship. The Mavericks opened up the tournament with a 2-0 win over Presbyterian School followed by a semi-final 4-1 victory over AOS. In the final, the St. John's defeated Kinkaid 3-0 for their fourth consecutive championship.
Maverick Varsity Football is 4-1 (1-1). Teams from ’04, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’09, ’10, also started the season at 4-1. The best start in recent history was 2012 when they were 5-1. In order for this year’s Mavericks to match that record, they will need to defeat cross-town rival Episcopal on October 20th. The last Maverick win over the Knights was a 35-18 victory on Skip Lee Field in 2011, one year after blanking them 28-0 at EHS. A common denominator in those wins over EHS was #10 Chris Gow ’12, starting at safety and quarterback, respectively.
Drew Woodfolk '18 and Jordan Kramer '18 both finished first to pace the Mavericks to a first-place boys' title and second place girls' finish, respectively, at the 37th St. John's Ramble cross country meet held at TJ Jester Park. This was the second consecutive Ramble win for Woodfolk and the first for Kramer. Erol Turk was on hand to present them with the top boy and girl plaques, named in his honor. The St. John's Boys' Varsity finished with a top team score of 46 points, ahead of second-place Antonian College Prep (71). The Maverick Girls' Varsity finished with 33 points behind first-place Kinkaid (24) and ahead of third place Episcopal (99). Please click here for final results.
St. John's Field Hockey climbed from #18 to #10 in the Max Field Hockey regional rankings. Conference competitor St. Stephen's School of Austin, who gave St. John's their only SPC loss this season, is currently ranked #8. The Mavericks are on a six-game winning streak which includes three shutouts over EHS (7-0), All Saints (8-0), and Houston Christian (5-0). Conference seedings are at stake in the last regular season game at Kinkaid on 11/2. The Falcons (4-0) recently defeated St. Stephen's 3-1. St. John's is 3-1 in the conference standings. The SPC tournament begins on 11/9 in Fort Worth.
Embracing a Maverick Strong mentality, fall sports teams are off to a great start, but the biggest competition this fall has been beyond the courts, fields, and trails. Facing nature, a mega-Maverick team of students, parents, faculty, and alumni emerged in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Mavericks mucked houses, provided families with non-perishable food, and pitched in wherever they could to get Houston up and running. According to Upper School Community Service Coordinator Marci Bahr, "the game is just beginning."
Randy Youngling of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) was on campus to present to the middle school faculty and students the message of the "Triple Impact Competitor." Where mistakes are viewed as part of learning, triple impact competitors strive to make oneself better, their teammates better, and the game better. A long time partner with PCA, St. John's School has had several coaches and students win PCA's annual awards. Recently Alice Chambers '16, Eric Gao '16 and Akshay Jaggi '15 were honored with Triple Impact Competitor scholarships. Former finalists for the award included Kendall Bernard '15,Jane Labanowski ’13 and Amanda Leavell ’13. CoachesSteve Gleaves and Angie Kensinger also won the Double Goal Coaching awards by emphasizing lessons of life through sports. Coach Gordon Center was a finalist for the award. Founded in 1998, PCA focuses on the roles of coaches, parents, and competitors in the athletic arena.
St. John's Varsity Field Hockey is ranked #8 in the Max Field Hockey West/Mid-West Region. This time last season Mavericks were ranked #17 in the pre-season polls. St. John's finished the 2016 season ranked 12th with an 18-0-1 record and their fifth SPC title in the past nine years. So far in 2017, the Mavericks have tallied 18 goals in non-counter competition. They travel to St. Louis at the end of September to compete against #10 ranked MICDS, #11 Villa Duchesne, and #15 Cor Jesu Academy.
Mavericks Boys' Varsity Cross Country won the Rose Hill Christian meet with a team score of 49, one point ahead of Woodlands Christian. Kinkaid finished third (84). Drew Woodfolk '18 posted the top time for the Mavericks and third overall in 9:09.94. Mavericks' Sam Ho '18 (9:13.27) finished 5th, followed by Sam Faraguna '19 in 9th (9:24.16), Davis Thames '20 in 15th (9:41.80), and Ian Thakur '18 in 17th (9:49. 39). St. John's JV almost had a perfect score placing 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9 to win that division with 16 points.
Congratulations to Hayden Simmons '17, Ellie Faraguna '17, and Jayan Hanson '17 for winning the Athletic Achievement Award, earned by St. John's student-athletes who have participated in three sports seasons during their junior and senior years.
Congratulations to the following St. John's student-athletes for being recognized at the 2016-2017 Mavericks Athletic Ceremony with the "Not Without Honor" award, presented to the student-athletes who embody excellence, sportsmanship, and leadership. These top Maverick performers not only gave their best on and off the field of competition, but also elevated others through positive attitude, exemplary work ethic, and consistent commitment to athletic performance.
9th Grade Boys: Isaac Blue, Peter Cannon, Will Skinner, Beckett Vine
Congratulations to the St. John's Girls' Athletic program for winning the 2016-17 SPC Athletic Directors' Cup as the top overall girls' program in the conference. Maverick Boys' Athletics finished third. St. John's also finished runner-up in the overall combined girls and boys rankings. St. John's Girls have won the cup in 2009-10, 2011-12, and 2012-13.
Congratulations to the St. John's School class of 2017 college bound NCAA student-athletes.
Peyton Brown - Track & Field - Princeton University, Carson Copeland - Lacrosse - Northwestern University, Kate Copeland - Lacrosse - Northwestern University, Camille Dawson - Fencing - Stanford University, Joe Gobillot - Baseball - Vanderbilt University, Katie Hasley - Track & Field - Washington University in St. Louis, Alex Jones - Softball - University of Houston, Emily Pedrick - Field Hockey - Columbia University, Sarah Grace Ritter - Field Hockey - Kent State University, Katherine Smith - Soccer - Davidson College, Josh Thomas - Football - United States Military Academy, Yasmin Toy - Soccer - Emory University, Reese Vogel - Field Hockey - University of Pennsylvania
Clint Everts Announced as Interim Director of Baseball/Head Varsity Coach for 2017/18
Congratulations to Coach T Riley for his upcoming new role as Director of Athletics and Wellness for St. Francis Episcopal School for the 2017/18 school year. The Maverick Baseball program has made significant developments under his nine year tenure as head coach. His departure from the St. John's community is our loss and St. Francis' gain. Stepping in to serve as the Interim Director of Baseball/Head Varsity Coach for the 2017/18 school year is Clint Everts, who has been a member of our coaching staff at St. John's for three years.
Congratulations to Girls' Varsity Tennis for winning the 2017 SPC Championship. The Mavericks won all of their matches by a score of 3-2 over Casady, Kinkaid, and Hockaday. This is the second SPC tennis title for the program (2001, 2017).
Congratulations to the Varsity Girls' Golf team for winning the 2017 SPC championship. After taking a seven stroke lead on day one, the Mavericks finished the tournament with a school-record low of 464 points, 16 shots ahead of runner-up EHS. Christine Wang '20 finished first overall (75 - 69), followed by Denise Pan '20 in third (77 - 76), and Morgan Sholeen '18 in sixth (85 - 82). Grace Wilson '17 finished in 8th (89 - 85). This is the first SPC title for St. John's Girls' Golf.
Led off by Boys' Lacrossefifth place finish, Boys' Golf eighth place finish, and Girls' Golf first SPC title, the rest of the Maverick spring teams battled it out in Big D as the wind swirled around the metroplex on the weekend of Spring SPC.Girls' Tennis won their first SPC title since 2001, while Boys' and Girls' Track & Field both finished runner-up. Girls' Lacrosse and Softball finished 4th. Boys' Tennis landed in 6th and Baseball ended up 10th.
Maverick Middle School added four more HJPC titles to the 2016-2017 school year. Girls' Golf, Boys' Tennis and both Girls' and Boys' Lacrosse teams won their HJPC conference championships. Middle School Boys' Tennis, Girls's Golf and Boys' Lacrosse all went undefeated in league play. Girls' Lacrosse won two one-goal games to capture their title.
The 2016-2017 Maverick HJPC Champions:Field Hockey, Football, Girls' Soccer, Boys' & Girls' Swimming (combined), Wrestling (City & State Champions), Girls' Golf, Boys' Lacrosse, Girls' Lacrosse, Boys' Tennis
Genson Hooper Price '19 broke Lee Hampton's '15 school record in the 100 meters (old record 10.78) with a 10.74 at the SJS-EHS Dual meet held on April 7, 2017 at the McMurrey Memorial Track. He also tied Lee's 200 meter record of 21.94. On April 15 Genson. Peyton Brown '17 broke her own 3200 meter record (old 10:51.20) with a 10:37.00. Compete results are HERE.
On April 15th Genson added another record to his name, breaking the 400 meter school record with a time of 49.37 at the Nick Finnegan Spring Invitational. David Barndollar '84 held the previous school best with a time of 49.46.
Congratulations to Alex Jones '17 for signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play softball for the University of Houston. Jones, a senior captain, is the starting catcher for the Mavericks and bats in the cleanup spot, averaging .532 with five home runs. So far she has thrown out 19 runners since last season.
In the inaugural Maverick Middle School Golf season, the St. John's Girls competed all season long in dominant fashion. The Mavericks won every tournament and match culminating with the HJPC championship win on Wednesday, April 12. Ashley Yen '22 won the individual title shooting 39 followed by Hope Doyle '21 in third with 45. Isabel Soliman '23 finished fourth with a score of 47. Nicole Doyle '21 posted a 48 for fifth. Evie Vu '23 rounded out the team scoring with a 50 for seventh place. Kinkaid finished second place, twelve shots behind. Eloise Chapman '23 and Rachel Kim '21 are also on the team.
St. John's-Kinkaid rivalry was in full tilt on Tuesday. St. John's Softball lead off the contests with an 11-0 victory. Boys' Tennis was down 2-0 in doubles, and won all three singles matches in third sets to pick up a first time win over Kinkaid since 2002. Girls' Lacrosse won 16-14. Girls' Tennis and Boys' Lacrosse lost 3-2 and 9-4, respectively. Baseball faces the Falcons at home on April 11.
Going Vinyl: Record Breaking Track & Field Performances
St. John's Mavericks Track and Field is trading out records with smash hit performances week by week. Last weekend at Rice University Katie Hasley '17 tossed a school-best 125' 10" in the discus, breaking the throw record for the third time. Will Marx '18, Collin Fullen '19, Ian Thakur '18, and Genson Hooper Price '19 chimed in with a breaker of their own in the 4x100 relay posting a time of 42.11. This past weekend at the 90th Texas Relays in Austin, Peyton Brown '17 ran another school record time of 4:58.16 to place 5th in the 1600 meters, surpassing her own mark of 4:59.84 set in March at Kinkaid. Stay tuned for more as Maverick Track and Field continues to climb the charts.
St. John's Girls' Varsity Golf won their third tournament in as many tries at their own event, the St. John's Invitational, held at the Wolf Dancer Golf Club at Lost Pines. Christine Wang '20 (75-68) and Denise Pan '20 (75-75) finished first and second to pace the Mavericks to a 61 shot win over second place EHS. Grace Wilson '17 (89-86), May McCabe '19 (85-89), and Morgan Sholeen '18 (91-88) rounded out the field for St. John's.
St. John's 8th Grade Baseball won the 7th annual St Johns Middle School Baseball Tournament for the second consecutive year. The Mavericks went 3-0, defeating John Cooper 10-0 in 4 innings, Lutheran South 4-2 in 6 innings, and Kinkaid 15-0 in 3 innings. Strong pitching, error-free fielding, and hits by all 12 players contributed to the team win.
Will Marx '18, Collin Fullen '19, Ian Thakur '18, and Genson Hooper Price '19 ran 42.11 to break the St. John's School Record in the 4x100 at the Rice Victor Lopez Classic. The previous record (42.41) was set by Toby Emiola '16, Marx, Thakur, and Hooper Price at the 2016 SPC Championships. Katie Hasley '17 tossed a school record throw of 125' 10" in the discus. This was her third time to break the record, the latest of 122' 6" set at Kinkaid in March.
The 2017 Varsity Girls’ Golf team scored a record team total of 239 to win the Kinkaid Lasher Invitational at Blackhorse Golf Club. Freshmen Christine Wang and Denise Pan, and senior Captain Grace Wilson led the team with 74, 85, and 80 respectively. Sophomore May McCabe and junior Morgan Sholeen also contributed to the team effort with 90 and 94, respectively. The Mavericks followed up with a second team win in as many tries at the John Cooper Invitational held at Cypresswood Golf Course. St. John's posted a score of 243. Kinkaid was runner-up with 290. Wang shot a 74 for first place followed by Pan with an 82 for second. Wilson (87) and McCabe (91) finished fourth and fifth.
The 50th St. John's Maverick Relays was held on March 3rd and 4th at the McMurrey Memorial Track. Both teams finished 2nd place out of 43 teams in the field. There were many outstanding performances and SPC qualifers, plus a new school record for Katie Hasley '17 in the Discus Throw and meet records for the Boys 4x100 relay team (Will Marx '18, Collin Fullen '19, Ian Thakur '18, Genson Hooper Price '19) and Peyton Brown '17 in the 1600 meters.
Congratulations to St. John's Girls' Varsity Tennis for winning the EHS Invitational Tennis Tournament held at the Met. Sophia Huynh '19 and Hannah Johnston '18 took first place in #1 and #2 singles, respectively. Emma Shea '17 and Kat Johnston '20 were semi-finalist in #1 doubles. Leanna Shebib '19 and Shelby Jordan '19 made it to the finals in #2 doubles. This is the first time St. John's has won the event under Girls' Head Coach Sandy McLanahan, who took over the program in 2002.
2017 Winter SPC comes to resounding close as Maverick Wrestling takes down their fourth title in five years. Boys' Swimming landed in second. Girls' Soccer defeated Hockaday 2-0 for third. Girls' Swimming placed fourth. Boys' Soccer won their last match against St. Stephen's 3-1 for fifth place. Girls' Basketball finished 6th and Boys' Basketball finished 10th.
Congratulations to the St. John's Varsity Wrestling team for winning the 2017 Texas Prep State Wrestling Championships held in McKinney, Texas. The Mavericks finished with 170 points. Bishop Lynch, the team that ousted the Mavericks at the state duals two weeks ago, finished runner-up with 146 points. 22 teams were in the mix including 10 SPC squads that will be heading to St. John's on February 11th for the 2017 SPC Championships. With the Maverick Middle School Wrestling winning the 2017 MS state title, St. John's made Texas wrestling history as the only high school program and MS program from the same school to win in the same year.
Congratulations to Reese Vogel '17 for being named to the Max Field Hockey 2016 High School All-West/Mid-West Region Team. Vogel is one of 25 award winners selected from California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.
Congratulations to the St. John's Varsity Football team for being selected as a finalist for the Touchdown Club of Houston class 4A/Private Schools sportsmanship award! The Touchdown Club hosted a luncheon on January 25 at the JW Marriott to announce the winner, Westbury Christian.
Congratulations to the Maverick Middle School Wrestling team for winning the Texas State Middle School Wrestling tournament for the third consecutive year. Over 40 teams competed in the event hosted by Liberty Christian, the 2017 runner-up.
St. John's Varsity Wrestling shut out ESD 84-0 in the first round of the state dual pool matches. The Mavericks followed up with a 57-22 win over Casady, and a 48-32 win over Trinity Christian Academy (TCA) to advance to the finals where they fought off Liberty Christian but could not get past Bishop Lynch.
USA Field Hockey will be on campus at Finnegan Field this weekend (January 20-22). The U17 and U19 National teams are coming for practices which they do periodically in places that have sanctioned facilities and that are mutually convenient given that players come from all over. They'll be practicing on the newly turfed Finnegan Field from noon to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
St. John's Boys' and Girls' Varsity Swimming finished first and third respectively at the recent Coastal Bend TISCA Zone meet held in Corpus Christi. Led by seven first place finishes, Maverick Boys' compiled 475 points, over 100 points ahead of second place Flour Bluff High School. The Maverick Girls' posted five first place finishes good enough for 223 points.
St. John's Middle School Wrestling team won the St Mark's invitational tournament for the second year in a row. The Mavericks were the best out of 20 private and public schools combined, edging Liberty Christian Academy by five points. Big pins in the finals and consolation finals made the difference.
Maverick Boys' Basketball is off to a 2-0 start in SPC play due in part to 78 combined points from Cliff Guidry '18. The junior combo guard put up 38 against St. Stephen's for a 53-46 SPC opening win. A week later Guidry followed up with 40 against John Cooper to help the Mavericks prevail 78-57. St. John's plays at Episcopal (3-0) in their next SPC counter on Friday, January 20.
Maverick Varsity Wrestling extended their overall record to 20-1 with a championship run to the top of the Big Horn Duals. St. John's moved through the stacked 6A field with wins against Cy Creek, EHS, Brazoswood, Reagan, Cy Lakes, Mayde Creek, Katy Taylor, Klein, Tompkins, and Cy Fair. The closest margin of victory was a 32-31 win over Klein. The rest of the wins were by an average of 30 points.
"This was one of the biggest wins in the history of the program," said Head Coach Alan Paul. "This rivals our first SPC title (2013)."
About two percent of all high school student athletes go on to compete at the NCAA D1 level. Today, four St. John’s seniors signed a National Letter of Intent or NLI to compete in D1 NCAA athletics. Carson ’17 and Kate Copeland ’17 are headed to Northwestern next fall to join the tradition of Maverick–Wildcat lacrosse players. Left handed pitcher Joe Gobillot ’17 will be throwing for the Vanderbilt Commodores, and Sarah Grace Ritter ’17 is going to Kent State to play field hockey for the Golden Eagles.
St. John's Field Hockey and Boys’ Cross Country lined up to compete for SPC Championships on Saturday. Field Hockey won four titles in the past eight years and was looking for another. The Mavericks took on SPC North top seed Trinity Valley. Some of the Boys’ Cross Country runners had a chance for a three-peat. For two juniors, Saturday’s contests had one Maverick ending his SJS career and another picking up where she left off.
Congratulations to the St. John's Boys' and Girls' Varsity Cross Country teams for sweeping the Maverick Ramble at T. C. Jester Park on October 8. JV Boys also won their division. For more in the Chronicle please click here. Both teams kept the pace going finishing first and runner-up respectively at the SPC South Zone championships held in Tomball on October 22. The conference final meet is on November 5 in Austin.
What do Stephanie Guo ’13, Jack Simmons ’14, Shannon Francis ’15, Joe Faraguna ’16, Margaret Trautner ’16, and Leah Vogel ’16 have in common and rank number one in? All six St. John’s alums participate in NCAA athletics for the Engineers of MIT, the school with the most active Maverick college athletes (6).
Congratulations to Wheeler Gibson '17, Josh Thomas '17, and Rob Wallace '17 for being selected to the 2016 All-Greater Houston Preseason Private School Football Team. Sponsored by the Touchdown Club of Houston, celebrating its 50th anniversary season, the awarded players were representative of the SPC and TAPPS private school conferences. St. John's kicks off the 2016 Varsity Football season on Friday, August 26th 7:30 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran in Tomball.
St. John's was awarded the 2016 Chronicle Cup for the Class 4A/Others overall best athletic program of the 2015-16 school year. The Mavericks received 107 points just ahead of runner-up Kinkaid (105). Episcopal received 82 points for fourth place. St. John's reached the top of the class by winning SPC titles in Girls' and Boys' Cross Country, Field Hockey, Wrestling, Girls' Lacrosse, Boys' Track & Field, and Softball. The Mavericks also finished runner-up in Girls' Tennis, Boys' Swimming and Boys' Soccer. For more in the Chronicle please click here.
Maverick Baseball was in the NCAA limelight with Jeffrey Lonnecker ’15 and the 2016 Division 3 NCAA ChampionsTrinity University Tigers. Lonnecker found himself a part of Trinity Baseball history as the Tigers won the NCAA title for the first time ever.
Congratulations to Chris Farish '13 for being drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 31st round. The 932nd player chosen, Chris is currently attending Wake Forest University.For more on the former Maverick pitcher, please click here.Way to go, Chris!
Congratulations to the 2016 St. John's Boys' Varsity and JV lacrosse teams for being honored with the Patterson Award, voted on by the SWLOAofficials. The awards' namesake, Bob Patterson is a former University of Maryland lacrosse player and past president and head chief official for the Southwest Lacrosse Official's Association. He was on hand to present the trophy to St. John's Head Coach Sam Chambers at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas at the 2016 THSLL State Championships. St. John's also won the award in 2013.
Lindsey McKone '16, and Winnie Brandfield-Harvey '16 were once again selected as US Lacrosse Houston Chapter High School All-Americans. Winnie garnered her second and Lindsey achieved a school record third All-American commendation. Alice Chambers '16 was also selected to the US Lacrosse All-Academic team for the second year in a row. Head Coach Angie Kensinger was voted as the 2016 US Lacrosse Houston Chapter Coach of the Year. For more on the 2016 TGHSLL awards please click here. Congratulations, Mavericks!
SJS Coach Sam Chambers Honored by Texas Lacrosse Organizations
St. John's is proud to announce that Coach Sam Chambers has been honored with two distinguished awards from the Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) and the Texas Lacrosse Officials Association (TXLOA).
Presented at the Mavericks Athletics Ceremony on Thursday, May 12, TXLOA named its sportsmanship and coaching excellence award after Coach Chambers. The Sam Chambers Award for Sportsmanship and Coaching Excellence will be awarded annually by vote of TXLOA officials to a deserving lacrosse coach in Texas who has exhibited the highest standards of sportsmanship and coaching excellence both on and off the field and whose players have honored the sport of lacrosse by playing the game with the same highest standards of sportsmanship.
Chambers will also be presented the THSLL Coach Earl Bill Award for Lifetime Achievement at this weekend's Boys Lacrosse Final 4 tournament. This special THSLL Commissioner's award is given periodically to coaches or administrators who have had a significant impact on THSLL. In addition, he has also been named THSLL South Zone Person of the Year.
Chambers has just completed his 24th and final season as the St. John's Mavericks Head Coach for the Varsity Boys Lacrosse team. Please join us in congratulating Coach Chambers and thanking him for all that he has done for the lacrosse programs at St. John's and throughout the state of Texas!
For the 2015-2016 school year St. John's won HJPC championships in the following middle school sports: Football , Field Hockey , Girls' Soccer, Boys' & Girls' Swimming, Boys' Basketball, Boys' Track & Field, Boys' Lacrosse, andBaseball. St. John's also won the City Championship in Wrestling, a sport not a part of HJPC.
Congratulations to the 2016 "Not Without Honor" award winners, who were recognized at the 2016 Mavericks Athletic Ceremony on May 12, 2016. The "Not Without Honor" athletic award is presented to the student-athletes who embody excellence, sportsmanship, and leadership. These top Maverick performers not only give their best on and off the field of competition, but also elevate others through positive attitude, exemplary work ethic, and consistent commitment to athletic performance. Athletic participation on multiple St. John's teams is given heavy consideration towards earing this nomination.
Mavericks Capitalize at State for Fourth Consecutive Title
Congratulations to St. John's Girls' Varsity Lacrosse for winning their fourth consecutive state championship with a 10-9 overtime win over ESD at the 2016 Texas Girls' High School Lacrosse League State Championships hosted by Coppell.
Girls' Varsity Lacrosse won their first round game of the TGHSLL State tournament 18-3 over McKinney, and followed up with a 19-9 semi-final win over Woodlands to advance to the title game vs. ESD in which the Mavericks prevailed 10-9 in overtime for their fourth consecutive state title.
Congratulations to the class of 2016 student athletes who are going on to play at the next level in the NCAA. Starting next fall, a record number of 24 grads will exchange their Maverick jersey for one with a new mascot. Ephs, Lord Jeffs, Cardinal, Tigers, Generals, Engineers, Crimson, Wildcats, Bantams, Hoyas, Crusaders, Demon Deacons, and Lions will all have a little more Maverick spirit.
In his senior year Trey Lewis '16 competed in volleyball, basketball, lacrosse and recently in track & field for St. John's. His leap of 6' 7" in the high jump at SPC was good enough for first place and helped the Mavericks win SPC.
Even as storms swirled around Dallas/Fort Worth on Friday, the 2016 Spring SPCChampionships continued on. St. John's took full advantage of the opportunity netting three SPC titles in Girls' Lacrosse, Softball, and Boys' Track & Field. Girls' Tennis finished runner-up for the first time since 2009. For updated SPC scores and final results please click here.For more in the Dallas Morning News please click here.
On Saturday April 16th we celebrated the induction of the Class of 2016 St. John's Track & Field Legends. The celebration, held before the running finals of the Nick Finnegan Spring Invitational, included several Legends from the Classes of 2013, 2014, and 2015, along with a couple of surprise honorees for this year.
The Athletics Department at St John's School is pleased to announce the appointment of David Cohn as the new Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse coach effective July 1, 2016. Cohn will take the helm from Sam Chambers who is retiring from the program after 24 years.
St. John's Varsity Baseball takes on Kinkaid at MinuteMaid Park on Thursday, April 21. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. For tickets please see upcoming announcement on the SJS website. All ticket sale proceeds will benefit the Astros Foundation.
Congratulations to the Maverick Middle School Baseball team for winning the 6th annual SJS MS Baseball tournament. St. John's defeated Lutheran South 8-0 in game 1; John Cooper 11-1 in game 2; and Second Baptist 4-2 in the finals. The tournament win was the first for St. John's and the last middle school game to be played on Taub Field.
Congratulations to Kelsey Bing '16 for making the 18 player roster for the U21 Team USA Field Hockey squad set to compete in the Junior Women's Pan American Championship this spring. Bing is one of five Max Field Hockey's High School All-Region selections. The rest of the team is comprised of current college players. Please click here for more.
In the wake of 11 new school records, Maverick Boys’ Swimming finished runner up and the Girls’ Swimming team finished third for an combined second place score. The Mavericks posted the overall best score out of the coed SPC schools.
Congratulations to Maverick Wrestling for winning their third SPC Championship in the last four years. St. John's won the 2016 Championships by a margin of 52 points over runner-up St. Mark's School of Dallas.
On the spark of Luc Ware’s '18 flash to the goal, St. John's Varsity Boys' Soccer turned the table on Holland Hall for a 3-1 come from behind and win in the conference quarter-finals. St. John's followed up the day win with a Friday night semi-final victory over Kinkaid in penalty kicks to advance to the SPC Championship game against host Episcopal. In the finals against the Knights, after a late goal by Will Bickham '16, the Mavericks' rally came up short in a 3-1 loss for a SPC Runner-Up finish.
Congratulations to Yo Akiyama '16 (152) for being selected as the Outstanding Wrestler (OW) at the 2016 Texas Prep State Wrestling Championships held at Episcopal High School last weekend. Akiyama has surpassed 100 wins in his high school wrestling career. The Mavericks finished third out of 19 teams behind Liberty Christian and Trinity Christian. St. John's hosts the upcoming SPC Wrestling Championships on February 13th.
Congratulations to 8th Grade Girls' Soccer, 8th Grade Boys' Basketball, and Middle School Boys' Swimming for being crowned 2016 HJPC champs. Girls' soccer won in pk's over River Oaks Baptist. Boys' Basketball defeated AOS 52-31. Middle School Boys' Swimming finished first and the Girls' team finished third for the combined HJPC championship title.
On February 1st at Liu Court Justise Winslow's '14 #42 Maverick jersey was retired during the half-time of the Boys' Varsity Basketball game versus John Cooper School. Since his assist to brother Josh Winslow '11 led to the first of three SPC Basketball titles for the Mavericks, Justise has continued to excel on the hardwood. Two world FIBA titles, two Texas Gatorade Player of the Year awards, a McDonald's All American award, and a NCAA championship have topped off his trophy treasure trove. The NBA number 10 draft pick for the Miami Heat played against the Houston Rockets the following night. For more in the Examiner please click here.
Congratulations to the Middle School Wrestling team for winning the 2016 City Wrestling Championship. This is the Mavericks second consecutive city title. St. John's won the 2015 state middle school title and will look to go back-to-back at the state level next weekend. The Maverick Middle School Wrestling team recently won the St. Mark’s Wrestling tournament.
Maverick Boys' and Girls' Varsity Swimming combined for an overall first place finish at the St. John's Upper School Invitational held at Lamar High School. Both teams finished second in their divisions with the boys team 6.5 points out of first behind St. Thomas High School. Duschene won the girls' meet. The highlight of the meet was Cooper Lueck's '17 49.99 split in the 4 X 100 free relay. Samuel Ho '18 and Jackie Ferrufino '19 had their best times for the season in the 100 yard breaststroke. Lauren Jhin '16 had PR's in the 200 and 500 freestyles, while Lexi Pickens '19 dropped another second for a PR in the 100 backstroke.
Varsity Girls' Soccer kicked off a new tradition on Saturday with the inaugural daddy-daughter Varsity Girls' Soccer contest. After the game ended in a 4-4 tie, the daughters prevailed in penalty kicks.
"The game builds a sense of community, not only between the kids and their parents, but between the families," said Head Coach Susan Quill '99. "There was a lot of comedy, plenty of smack talk, and much appreciation by the dads about their daughters' ability and fitness."
"The only thing that kept us from winning is that we were neither good nor athletic," said John Vogel (Leah Vogel '16). "Otherwise, we had them right where we wanted them."
St. John’s Middle School Wrestling team is back from Big D with another championship title. Last year the team won the state title in Southlake. This past weekend the Mavericks came out on top at the 2016 St. Mark’s Middle School Wrestling Tournament.
Kelsey Bing '14 is back in the net with the US U-21 team competing against Great Britain. Bing was recently named a 2nd team 2015 Harrow Sports/NFHCA Field Hockey High School All-American. She was also selected to the Max Field Hockey All-Region Team, representing the West and Midwest states.
St. John's defeated Kinkaid 124-47 in the 8th annual War on the Floor dual wrestling meet. The Mavericks lead the rivalry 5-3. Match results from both the middle and high school teams are combined for the total school score.
Congratulations to the St. John's Mavericks Varsity Girls' Soccer team for being crowned 2015 St. Mary's Hall Tournament Champions. The Mavericks toppled Beaumont Kelly in the finals to go 4-0 overall and take home the championship hardware for the first time ever.
Congratulations to Caroline Labanowski '14 and the Harvard Volleyball team for winning the Ivy League title for the second consecutive year. Caroline continues the winning tradition of the Labanowski sisters at Harvard. Jane Labanowski '13 was also part of the 2014 Ivy League championship run. The 2015 Harvard Girls' Volleyball squad is the first team in the history of the program to receive a bid to the NCAA tournament. The Crimson lost to 4th ranked Nebraska in the first-round, winning the first set, but losing the next three for a 3-1 loss. Follow the team on Twitter.
Sam Night '13 and the UNC Tarheels defeated Sarah Urdahl '12 and the Duke Blue Devils 2-0 in the NCAA Division 1 Field Hockey semi-finals. The Tar Heels lost 4-2 to Syracuse in the championship game. Carson Peacock '14 and the Middlebury Panthers defeated Bowdoin 1-0 to win the 2015 Division 3 NCAA Championship. All three former Mavericks have been to the final four in their respective divisions. Urdahl's Blue Devils made it to the championship game in 2013. Night and Peacock were in their first NCAA final appearances.
Kelsey Bing ’16, Lindsey McKone ’16, and Anna Brooks Pacha ’16, each signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) today to play NCAA Division 1 Athletics. The three St. John’s School student athletes gathered with family, teammates, coaches, and friends to celebrate a momentous occasion.
Congratulations to Kate Copeland '17 for being selected as the Chronicle Girls' High School Athlete of the Week. Copeland scored one goal in each of the three games at the SPC Championships to help St. John's win their 12th field hockey title. Copeland was the lone goal scorer in the semi-finals and championship 1-0 victories for the Mavericks. Both of those goals were converted on penalty corners as time expired.
Congratulations to Chris Gow '12 of Amherst College for being selected to the 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-DistrictTM First Team. Chris is a co-captain and starting defensive back for the Lord Jeffs Varsity Football team. Gow is now eligible to be selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team, voted on at the end of November.
Congratulations to St. John’s Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country for winning the 2015 SPC team championships held at St. Andrew’s School of Austin. The last time St. John’s won both titles in the same season was in 2000. They also won dual crowns in 1977, 1994, 1997, and 1998.
St. John's brought four teams in Austin for the 2015 Fall SPC Championships. Both Girls' and Boys' Cross Country ran away with their respective SPC Championships. Field Hockey (S2) defeated Hockaday (N3) 3-1, Casady (N1) 1-0, and Kinkaid (S1) 1-0 for the 2015 SPC title. Boys' Volleyball (S1) defeated FWCD (N4) 3-1 in the opening round and lost to Greenhill (N2) 3-1 in the semi-finals, and lost to St. Mark's 3-2 for fourth place. Follow the Mavericks on Twitter: @stjohnsmavs, and Athletic News. For more in the Chronicle please click here.
Congratulations to Emory Strawn '13 for helping Williams Crew win the 1V women's collegiate eight at the 51st Head of the Charles. The storied event attracts over 10,000 rowers, and is the largest regatta in the world. Stawn's boat finished first out of a fleet of 32 teams. A week later Williams finished their fall season with a win at the Head of the Fish regatta. Strawn, the six seat in the boat, is in her third season with the Ephs. She began rowing in her junior year in high school at the Greater Houston Rowing Club in Sugar Land. For complete results of both races please click here.
Congratulations to the Varsity Girls' and Boys' Cross Country teams for winning SPC South Zone. The Girls' team took all five first through fifth place spots for a team total of 15 points. Margaret Trautner '16 finished first followed by Peyton Brown '17, Julia Moody '16, Olivia Havel '16, and Maya Bhandari '16.Joe Faraguna '16 won the boys' race, leading the Mavericks for a 31 point team total. For complete results please click here. The Mavericks are set to compete at the SPC Championship race on November 7th at St. Andrew's School of Austin.
The fall tradition of the St. John’s – Kinkaid football dates back to 1951. Kinkaid leads the series 39 to 25. St. John’s gained its most recent victory in 2012, the last time the Mavericks were in the playoff hunt. For over two decades, under Head Coach Steve Gleaves, St. John’s has used the veer offense to put points on the board, methodically grinding down defenses one step at a time. In the steady synchronization of quarterback, fullback, and sometimes tailback in triple option offense, passing plays are few and far between. The kicking game typically has found its place with PAT’s (point after touchdown), kickoffs, and punts. A field goal is a rarity. According to Gleaves, on his watch, St. John’s has never made two field goals in one game--until last Friday night when the Mavericks faced the Houston Christian Mustangs on Skip Lee Field.
The Mavericks won both the Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity divisions at 35th St. John’s Ramble. The Boys' D2 Varsity also won their division and the Girls' D2 finished 2nd. Boys' JV finished 2nd and Girls' JV finished 10th. The Mavericks are looking forward to their last two meets: Southzone (October 24), which will be held at TC Jester Park, and SPC (November 7) at St. Andrew's School of Austin.
Congratulations to Alice Chambers '16 and Eric Gao '16 for being honored with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Triple Impact Competitor scholarship. Founded in 1998, PCA focuses on the roles of coaches, parents, and competitors in the athletic arena. The PCA Triple Impact competitors were selected based on how they improved themselves, helped their teammates, and honored the game. St. John's athletic program supports PCA and was on hand on October 10 at the River Oaks Country Club to honor the nominees and winners.
Congratulations to Kendall Bernard '15 for scoring two goals in Washington and Lee's 3-1 upset over #10 ranked Lynchburg in an ODAC field hockey showdown. Bernard's performance led her to ODAC Athlete of the Week honors.
The St. John’s Mavericks’ Boys' Varsity Volleyball victory of the Houston Cup merited an applause of hundreds of marveled Maverick fans, celebrating the second Houston Cup championship win in the history of the Boys’ Volleyball program, and the first under head coach Chaz Hulet.
Texas Two-Step: Boys' and Girls' Cross Country SPC Preview
What better way to race the season’s first 5k than on the 2015 SPC Championship course. That’s what the MAVS Boys’ and Girls” Cross-Country did this Saturday morning at St. Andrew’s School in Austin. All but three SPC schools were in the race. For the Girls, big opponents this year were St. Andrew’s, Kinkaid, and Hockaday. For the Boys, St. Stephen’s and St. Marks were running right on the MAV’s heels. The MAVS knew that SPC would look a lot like this race: same course, same runners, same conditions. How the Boys’ and Girls’ XC runners finished today relative to other teams would be a good indicator of things to come at the SPC Championship meet to be held on the same course on November 7.
Winslow '14 and Duke Blue Devils celebrate at the White House
In celebration of the championship team, President Barack Obama welcomed the Duke Blue Devils to the White House on September 8, 2015. Read more about Justise Winslow '14 and his visit to D.C. in the SB Nation article here.
Watch video of the event on the Blue Devil Network here.
Coach Sam Chambers announces that this will be his final season
Coach Sam Chambers '77 announced plans to step down as Head Varsity Boys' Lacrosse Coach at the conclusion of the 2016 season. Since 1992, Coach Chambers has successfully guided the Maverick Lacrosse program and has produced outstanding results, including two Texas State titles, one SPC Championship, and 11 State Final-Four Championship play-off appearances. Widely considered one of the founding fathers of the sport in the state of Texas, Coach Chambers' involvement in youth, middle school, and high school lacrosse helped build the foundation for the sport to become the fastest-growing athletic activity in the state.
Pizza, dreams, and Justise Winslow. The freshmen at St. John’s School couldn’t have asked for a better lunch hour on Friday, August 28. The energy in the Chao Assembly Room was contagious. Students, faculty, and media crews were all anticipating what Justise Winslow ’14, could possibly say to the group of wide-eyed, high school newbies, when he himself was a freshman only five years ago.
Miami Heat select Justise Winslow '14 as No. 10 pick in NBA Draft
During the NBA Draft on Thursday night, Justise Winslow '14 was selected as the number 10 pick by the Miami Heat. According to ESPN, at 6-foot-6 ½ and 222 pounds...Winslow increased his regular-season production to average 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds. He shot 51 percent from the field and 57 percent from 3-point range. It was an exciting draft night, and Mavericks fans are so proud of Justise!
Karl-Anthony Towns (Univ. of Kentucky) was the number one pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves. For a full listing of the NBA Draft results, click here.
To read more about Justise and his journey to the NBA, click here.
Justise Winslow '14 talks about St. John's, NBA draft
The New York Post published a piece on Justise Winslow '14. Read the entire story here.
How a lifetime of competitive fire molded Justise Winslow into Knicks option
Ask anyone who has followed the basketball career of Justise Winslow for the moment they thought he had the chance to be something special, and each points to the same moment: the state title game in his freshman year at St. John’s School, a small, private school in Houston.
Trying to lift the school to its first basketball title in more than 30 years, Winslow — playing alongside his older brother Josh — had been spectacular, putting up 43 points and 16 rebounds. With 12 seconds left and the score tied, coach Harold Baber knew there was no one else he would rather have with the ball in his hands.
“We drew up a play, and he worked it to perfection,” Baber said. “He crosses a guy over and gets into the lane, and no one would have been bothered if he took a shot. But his brother’s guy steps up, and he finds him and Josh lays it in as the buzzer sounded.
“It was worked to perfection by a freshman. It was one of those moments … you always knew he was special, but in the biggest game of his career at that point, he goes for 43 and 16 and finishes the game exactly the way you drew it up.
“That’s when I was like, ‘Wow, this is something extraordinary.’ ”
Congratulations to Winnie Brandfield-Harvey '16, Nell Copeland '15, and Lindsey McKone '16 for being selected as US Lacrosse High School All-Americans. Earlier this spring Stephen Wang '15 was selected as a US Lacrosse High School All-Academic honoree. Brandfield-Harvey, Alice Chambers '16, Kara Wollmers '16, McKone, and Kelsey Bing '16 received US Lacrosse All-Academic Honors.
St. John's Girls' Varsity Lacrosse defeated the Coppell Cowgirls 12-8 in the TGHSLL State Finals on Scotty Caven Field. With the win the Mavericks go undefeated (21-0) for the first time in the program since playing out of state competition. St. John’s went 11-0 in 1998 versus TGHSLL competition. In the semi-finals, held on Saturday, the Mavericks defeated Woodlands 12-2 and the Cowgirls edged ESD 12-11 to reach the championship game. A week prior the Mavericks needed overtime to defeat ESD 7-5 in the SPC Championship game.
As St. John’s Mavericks Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse team were ready to draw it up at the 2015 State Championship playoffs on Saturday at Scotty Caven Field, five former Maverick stars were bracket bound in the NCAA Lacrosse Women’s tournaments. Eden Epner ’14 (Johns Hopkins), Jess Carroll ’11 (Northwestern), Alexa Mullins ’12 (Stanford), Amanda Leavell ’13 (Princeton), and Jack Simmons ’14(MIT) joined their teams in search of a championship in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse field.
Congratulations to the St. John's class of 2015 college bound student athletes who are taking their game to the NCAA level. Kendall Bernard, Nell Copeland, Monica Dayao, Grant Guillory, Jeffrey Lonnecker, Libby Manela, Jenny Melcher, Elena Skaribas, Frank Spence, and Stephen Wang will all don a NCAA jersey starting next fall.
Softball entered the SPC tournament as the number two seed of the South Zone. Their season motto "our offense if going to win a championship," took the Mavericks to the brink of a title, losing by one run to EHS. The road to get there was something to behold by the numbers, and most importantly the Mavericks were a hit with their fans.
SPC Final Results: Girls' Lax SPC Champs, Softball, Boys' Track & Field SPC Runner-Up
All St. John's Mavericks' spring teams donned their jerseys to compete and finish strong in Spring SPC Championships in Fort Worth. Girls' Lacrosse defeated ESD 7-5 in overtime to take the Championship trophy to Houston. Softball finished 2nd with a 4-3 loss to EHS. Boys' Track & Field also finished 2nd overall and Girls' Track & Field took 3rd. Boys' Tennis lost 4-3 to St. Mark's to finish 4th, while Girls' Tennis defeated Kinkaid 3-2 for 5th.Baseball won the consolation finals 16-3 over FWCD. Earlier in April Boys' Lacrosse and Girls' Golf finished 2nd. Boys' Golf finished 8th.
St. John's Varsity Baseball throws their best effort in a 2-1 loss to Holland Hall to open up the SPC tournament. The Mavericks rally with an 8-2 win over Oakridge in game two and a 16-3 final outing against FWCD to win the consolation side of the bracket.
Congratulations to the Girls' Varsity Lacrosse team for winning the 2015 City Championship 18-8 over The Woodlands. The Mavericks are the host team and the number 1 seed in the upcoming 2015 TGHSLL Championships which begin on Saturday, May 9th. St. John's will face the winner of the #4 seed St. Michael's (Austin) and the #5 seed Woodlands. Draw time is slated for 2:00 p.m. on Scotty Caven Field.
Congratulations to the Maverick Girls' and Boys' 8th Grade Lacrosse teams, Girls' 8th Grade Tennis, Boys' 7th Grade Track & Field, and Girls' 6th Grade Track and Field for being crowned 2015 HJPC Champions. Way to go, Mavericks!
Justise Winslow '14, Duke Blue Devils win NCAA Championship
The St. John’s community was obsessed with March Madness, just as the rest of the country was this season. Mavericks from across the United States were watching and cheering on SJS alumnus Justise Winslow ’14, who led the Duke Blue Devils to the NCAA Championship game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Monday, April 6. It was an impossibly close game, but the Blue Devils ultimately defeated Wisconsin 68-63.
After the Blue Devils beat No. 5 Utah 63-57, and No. 2 Gonzaga 66-52 to reach the Final Four in Indianapolis, they knocked out Michigan State 81-61. In a major upset, the Badgers bested the previously undefeated Wildcats to pit Duke against Wisconsin for the championship title.
The Houston Chronicle spoke to Coach Krzyzewski after Duke’s victory against the Zags. "He had a great Tournament," Mike Krzyzewski said. "It doesn't surprise me about Justise. Justise is a very special young man, not just a special basketball player. He went to St. John's. He learned to be a total person, not just a basketball player. And he came to Duke, and he's trying to do that at Duke. So I just think he's one of the really special young men playing college sports right now. He's got this great background."
Justise's phenomenal play action began with a homecoming in Houston for the NCAA South Regional Tournament. Friends, family, and former coaches waited in anticipation for the arrival of the Duke basketball team at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The group of fans and close friends were gathered in the lobby holding signs to welcome Winslow back to Houston.
Winslow’s former coach and mentor, Stephen Trauber, coordinated the secret gathering of Winslow’s family and friends to surprise him upon his arrival to Houston. Coaches, teachers, and former students from St. John’s were all in attendance. Winslow was proudly decked out in his Duke blue as he walked through the crowd, hugging friends and shaking hands with fans. It was a St. John’s reunion of sorts as former teammates gathered around him to congratulate him and show their support.
Along with four other Blue Devils, Winslow was named to the All-ACC Academic Team at the beginning of March. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. Duke placed the second most number of players on the all-academic team, according to Duke Sports Information.
Congratulations to Lee Hampton '15 for setting a new school record in the 100 meters and triple jump. Hampton ran a 10.84 at the Texas Relays on Saturday to eclipse the previous record of 10.96 seconds held by Jay Kempner '82. A week later Hampton broke his own record in the triple jump with a 45'8.5" leap in the Rice Victor Lopez Classic Triple Jump competition.
Winter SPC tipped off Thursday on Liu Court with Girls' Varsity Basketball getting edged by Hockaday 32-31. Girls' Basketball finishes their season with a 40-33 loss to Trinity Valley. Girls' Soccer lost their opener 2-1 against Holland Hall, and took 5th place with a 1-0 overtime win against John Cooper. Wrestling finished runner up while both Girls' and Boys' Swimming & Diving landed in third place. Click on Chronicle and Examiner for more.
Legends of Lax- Drawing up Houston Lacrosse History
Houston lacrosse history was made by former Mavericks Hannah Clarke ’09 (Marquette), Eden Epner ’14 (Johns Hopkins), and Clayton Crum ’08 (Team STX) at the first NCAA Division 1 Women’s lacrosse game in Houston on Sunday, February 8 at University of Houston.
Maverick Girls' Varsity Soccer (7-0) defeated Kinkaid 2-0 to take the first seed in the upcoming SPC tournament, which begins on 2/12/2015 hosted by Kinkaid and Houston Christian. Read more on Girls' Soccer in the Chronicle.
Congratulations to the Maverick Boys' and Girls' Swimming teams for finishing a combined first place at the HAPPI (Houston Area Private and Parochial Invitational) Swimming and Diving Championships held at the Spring Branch ISD Natatorium.
St. John's took down Kinkaid 96-60 in the seventh annual "War on the Floor" middle and high school dual. The combined 96 points for the Mavericks was split evenly with 48 points each for the middle and high school teams. St. John's won 18 of the 28 matches and lead the series 4-3.
Congratulations to the St. John's Boys' and Girls' Varsity Swimming teams for taking first place in the 2014 Tomball Big Cat Swimming Invitational. Both teams took control of the meet from beginning and never looked back.
Congratulations to Maverick athletes for competing at the 2014 SPC Fall Championships, including the 2014 SPC Championship Boys' Cross country team. Girls' Cross country finished runner-up. Field Hockey and Boys' Volleyball both finished third.
Congratulations to Jack Simmons '14 and the #24 ranked MIT Engineers for advancing in the NCAA D3 Soccer tournament. MIT almost advanced to the next round but a late goal by Roger Williams in the second overtime put a halt to the Engineer's season. Simmons played the entire game for MIT.
St. John's Field Hockey, Boys' Volleyball, and Boys' & Girls' Cross Country took top billing going into the SPC Championships this weekend in Dallas. Field Hockey and Boys' Volleyball take third place. Girls' Cross country finishes second and Boys' Cross country wins for the first time in 14 years! Follow the feeds on Twitter.
St. John’s Mavericks started strong in the Friday morning games at SPC. Boys’ Volleyball and Field Hockey won their opening round games to advance to the right side of the bracket to the SPC semi-finals. Volleyball swept FWCD 3-0 and Field Hockey blanked Holland Hall 2-0. Both teams lost their Friday afternoon semi-final games, and along with Maverick Cross country, they are ready to finish strong on Saturday.
What are the odds for a St. John’s football team to go undefeated? The last time an SJS squad went undefeated was in 1977. The first was 1950, followed by 1953 and 1976. But don’t forget middle school. In 1974, Chuck Garwood, a former semi-pro football player, coached his 8th grade team to an undefeated season. No matter how you look at it, it’s a rare feat. So, how about the 2014 7th grade football team?
Congratulations to the Boys' Middle School Cross Country team for winning the HJPC championship for the 6th year in a row, and to the Girls' 8th Grade Field Hockey team for winning the 2014 HJPC crown.
Former Maverick Field Hockey stalwarts Sarah Urdahl ’12, and Sam Night ’13 squared off when Night’s #1 ranked UNC Tarheels travel up US 15-501 to Durham, NC to face Urdahl’s #5 ranked Duke Blue Devils at Duke’s Williams Field. Carolina blue prevailed 1-0. For more on the game please see Twitter feeds @UNCFieldHockey or @Duke_FH.
Mavericks packed a one-two punch at the St. John’s Ramble Cross Country races. St. John’s Girls’ Varsity finished first and the Boys’ Varsity finished a close second at the 34th running of the St. John’s Ramble.
St. John’s Mavericks Boys’ Varsity Volleyball (11-7, 1-0) squared off against 610 rival Episcopal for their second counter match of the season. The Mavericks defeated the Knights 3-0 two weeks prior, giving St. John’s a head start to take the SPC South title for the fourth year in a row. A win at Episcopal’s Crum Field House would put the Mavericks at 2-0 in the division with home and away matches against St. Mary’s Hall and Kinkaid left to finish out the regular season.
Fresh out of high school in Cuba City, Wisconsin, David Hendricks, an all state football and basketball player, was ready to join the Marines when he was awarded a Vanneck scholarship to any college in the country. He chose nearby BeloitCollege where he went on to star for the Buccaneers Basketball program, earning multiple team MVP and All-Midwest Conference honors. David ranks 16thin all time scoring (1,103 pts) for Beloit. He was inducted in the Beloit College Athletic Hall of Honor onSaturday, September 27th.
On the heels of Joe Faraguna ’16, St. John’s Varsity Boys’ Cross Country won the Varsity B Division at the Woodlands’ “Friday Night Lights.” Faraguna finished first overall with a 13:13 time in the 4000m race. Jake Schick ’16 was the next top finisher for the Mavericks at 11th place (13:48), followed by Jayan Hanson ’17 (18th-14:03), Ben Bieser ’15 (25th 14:15), and Alex Cherches ’15 (27th-14:17).
Congratulations toJoe Gobillot '17and the West University L.L. for winning the Senior League World Series in Bangor, ME. Gobillot pitched 5 1/3 innings in the championship win against Willemstad, Curacao. Please click here for more on the victory.
Congratulations to Libby Manela '15 and Kelsey Bing '16 for making the USA Field Hockey Junior Women's National teams. Manela and Bing will be playing goalie for the Women's Under 19 and Under 21 teams.
St. John’s is proud to announce that for the third year in a row (and the fourth time in five years) it has won the Southwest Preparatory School (SPC) Athletic Directors' Cup as the top coed program in the conference. The St. John's boys team was runner-up to first place winner St. Mark's School of Texas, while the girls team finished tied for 2nd with Kinkaid, both teams only two points behind Greenhill. The SPC is comprised of 19 highly selective independent schools in Texas and Oklahoma. It is the nation's largest geographical private school athletic conference.
Congratulations to Mary Ashleigh Boles '10 for receiving Washington & Lee's "Pres" Brown Outstanding Senior Female Athlete of the Year award. Boles tallied a record 1714 kills as an outside hitter for the Generals Volleyball team.
The St. John's varsity baseball team along with the 7th grade baseball team spent a few hours of their day on Sunday, April 13th volunteering at the West U Little League Baseball Challenger Division games.
Mavericks hit the tape, turf, and warning track in Division 1 competition at the spring SPC championships in Dallas.
(5/3/14) SATURDAY/FINAL RESULTS:
Girls' Lacrosse:(S1)9-8 loss vs. Hockaday (N1)RUNNER-UP Boys' Track & Field: RUNNER-UP Girls' Golf: RUNNER-UP Girls' Track & Field: 3RD PLACE Softball:(S1) 3-2 win vs. Kinkaid (S4) 3RD PLACE Boys' Tennis:(S2) 3-2 loss vs. St. Andrew's (S3) 4TH PLACE Boys' Lacrosse: (S3)13-12 OT win vs Greenhill (N3) 5TH PLACE Baseball:(S3)10-3 lossvs Holland Hall (N1) 8TH PLACE Girls' Tennis:(S3) 3-2 loss vs. EHS (S4) 8TH PLACE Boys' Golf: 11TH PLACE
For all current 8th Grade parents, please click "Read More" for importent information about the ImPACT Baseline Testing that is being done in preparation for your child's participation in 9th grade athletics. Thank you.
On April 1st in the last 2014 SPC regular season game, the St. John's Mavericks upset the Kinkaid Falcons 11-9 to clinch a D1 draw in the upcoming SPC playoffs in Austin (April 11-12). Throwback to April 5th, 2005 on Skip Lee Field when St. John's needed a win over Episcopal to land in the SPC playoffs.
Please welcome Karen Morgan to the St. John's School Athletic & Physical Education Department as the Head Varsity Girls' Volleyball Coach. In addition to her role as the program director for the entire Girls' Volleyball Program, Karen will serve as a full-time member of our Physical Education Department.
Winter SPC wraps up today. Friday's results: Boys’ Basketball:62-36 win vs. St. Mark's; 57-35 win vs. All Saints Girls’ Basketball:50-45 win vs. Casady Boys’ Soccer:2-0 loss vs Greenhill; 2-1 win vs. Kinkaid Girls’ Soccer:3-0 loss vs. ESD; 3-0 loss vs. Kinkaid Saturday, 2/15/14 Boys' and Girls' Swimming and Diving: Girls’ Swimming: 3rd Place finish Boys’ Swimming: Wrestling:SPC CHAMPS: 1. ST JOHN`S SCHOOL 158.02. ST MARK`S SCHOOL OF TX 152.53. THE KINKAID SCHOOL 119.04. EPISCOPAL HS (HOUSTON) 115.05. EPISCOPAL SCHOOL OF DALLAS 105.56. FORT WORTH COUNTRY DAY 90.07. CASADY SCHOOL (OK CITY) 84.58. ALL SAINTS` EPISCOPAL SCHOOL (FW) 54.09. THE OAKRIDGE SCHOOL 19.0 St. John’s School Liu Court Boys’ Basketball:SPC CHAMPS: 42-39 win vs. Kinkaid Girls’ Basketball:10th Place finish: 43-35 win vs. FWCD; D2 Championship game 51-28 loss to John Cooper Boys’ Soccer: 6th Place finish: 2-1 loss to St. Mark's Girls’ Soccer: 8th Place finish: 2-1 loss to Holland Hall
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Congratulations to Abby Avery '14, Eden Epner '14, Cameron Hull '14, Celia Lewis '14, Jack Simmons'14, and Helene Snyder '14 for making the 2013 Gladiator by SGI / NFHCA High School National Academic Squad.
Congratulations to the 2013-14 St. John's Middle School Wrestling team for winning the Houston Prep Middle School tournament for the eighth time. Since the tournament began in 2000, three schools and one coach have won all fourteen championships. See Mavericks in the Chronicle.
Mavericks Selected to Field Hockey All-American and All-Region Squads
Congratulations to Paige Albert '14 and Kelsey Bing '16 for being being selected to the 2013 Harrow Sports/NFHCA High School All-Region Team. Bing recently was selected to the 2nd team All-American squad.
Footballlost to All Saints in the first round of theSPC playoffs. Field Hockey beat Kinkaid for 5th place. Girls' Volleyball reached the D2 finals losing to Kinkaid for 10th place. Boys' Volleyball finished in fourth place. Boys' Cross country finished runner-up and Girls' Cross countrywon SPC for the second year in a row. Click here for SJ Review Twitter score updates.
After assisting the 2012 USA U17 Basketball Team to an undefeated (8-0) Gold Medal performance last summer, Justise Winslow '14 leaps to the 2013 USA U19 Team for nine more wins, another world championship, and a total of 17 FIBA victories to match his age as the youngest player on the team.
Jackie Modesett finished in 4th place in the 400 Meter Hurdles at the New Balance Outdoor Scholastic Nationals last weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina. She ran 1:01.14 to earn scholastic All-American honors in the same event for the second year in a row. Jackie travels to Des Moines this weekend to compete in the USA Track & Field Junior Nationals (Under 19s) at Drake University, where she will run both the 100 Meter Hurdles and 400 Meter Hurdles. Live results and coverage will be available here:
Stephanie Guo also competed in the New Balance Nationals, finishing 10th in the Heptathlon with a 160 point total, which was a new personal best. Videos and results from the New Balance Scholastic Nationals are available here:
St. John’s Girls’ Lacrosse defeated Episcopal of Houston 20-8 on Saturday and Ursuline Academy of Dallas 15-5 on Sunday to win the 2013 Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League (TGHSLL) Championship hosted by Southlake Carroll Lacrosse.
The Mavericks made it to the winner’s circle three times on SPC Saturday. Girls’ Lacrosse, Softball, and Track and Field ran away from the field with three titles on Derby day. Boys’ Lacrosse finished 3rd, followed by Baseball and Boys’ Tennis at 4th, Boy’s Track and Field at 6th, Girls’ Tennis at 7th, and Boys’ and Girls’ Golf following the pack.
In preparation for your child’s participation in 7th grade athletics in the Fall, we will be conducting ImPact baseline testing for all current 6th grade students during the weekof May 13-17, 2013. Testing will take place in the MS computer lab during regular 6th grade PE (3rd) period.
Congratulations to all Maverick Winter SPC teams. Backed by spirited crowds, St. John's competed within the code of "Not Without Honor," holding their own and more on the mats, courts, pools and fields.
On the backs of State Champions Eric Hobby '13 and Nathan Avery '13, St. John’s Mavericks Wrestling team, whose motto is "say something," finish runner-up in the Prep State Wrestling Championships held at McKinney Christian Academy, McKinney, Texas February 2nd, 2013.
Players from the 1952-53 A.T.P.S. championship boys' basketball team returned to join the reigning SPC champs on Liu Court celebrating a 60 year reunion of champions. The 2013 Mavericks prevailed over Kinkaid 59-50 in front of the former champs.
For the third year in a row, St. John’s Field Hockey will play in the SPC championship game. This time, they earned their way into the finals by withstanding a five-hour bus ride, strong south winds, and two tough opponents from Cowtown, host city Fort Worth.
All Maverick Varsity teams made the Division 1 SPC playoffs.
Field Hockey: SPC CHAMPIONS!vs All Saints’ Won 2-1 in game 1. Beat FWCD in game 2 in strokes 2-1. Beat Hockaday in finals.
Girls’ Cross Country: SPC CHAMPIONS! 6th place runner breaks tie with Hockaday.
Boys’ Cross Country: SPC Runner-up Football: SPC Runner-up vs. All Saints-Lost 60-50. Girls’ Volleyball: SPC 6th Place . vs. Greenhill Lost in 3 sets 21-25, 22-25, 18-25 in Match #1. Won second match over Holland Hall 3-0, 25-20, 25-18, 26-24. Lost third match of tournament to John Cooper.
Boys’ Volleyball: SPC 6th Place. vs FWCD Lost in 5 sets. 27-29, 25-11, 18-25, 27-25, 10-15. Beat SMH in second match of tourn. Lost to Casady in final match.
With a will to win and two minutes to go, St. John's Varsity Football completes a game winning drive, makes history with an all time record nine-win season, and gains a berth to the SPC Championship game for the second year in a row.
St. John’s Football, ranked 10th in the Houston 3A/Others Chronicle poll, is playoff bound. In the new modified SPC Football playoffs, the Mavericks will be hosting Cistercian Preparatory School of Irving in the SPC Small School Semi-Final Game on Saturday, November 3, 4:00pm at Skip Lee Field. Winner of the semi-final game will move on to play for the SPC Small School Championship on Saturday, November 10, 12:00 noon at Pennington Field, Bedford, TX. The other Small School semi-final features All Saints Episcopal School of Fort Worth (9-0, 7-0 SPC) vs. Houston Christian School (4-5, 3-3 SPC).
Houston Chapter of PCA Recognizes SJS Athletes and Coach
St. John’s is proud to announce that the Houston chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance has nominated two St. John’s students, Jane Labanowski ’13 and Amanda Leavell ’13, as finalists for the Triple Impact Scholarship Program.
SPC Divisions Expand, Make Way for Football Playoff
Much like the NCAA is moving to a football playoff system, the Southwest Preparatory Conference is also introducing a four-team playoff at the end of the season.
Part of a larger restructuring of the entire SPC, the football playoffs will have two teams from the newly formed "North Zone" and "South Zone" play each other for a large school and small school championship. To find out more about the playoffs and to hear from the Mavericks' Head Football Coach Steve Gleaves, please click this link to the West U. Examiner story.
The inaugural Maverick Strength and Speed Camp, led by Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Virgil Campbell, cut to the chase in a three week fitness program designed to inspire, instruct, and incorporate a new core language of heavy lifting.
Kelsey Bing Saves Spot on U17 USA Junior National Field Hockey Squad
After multiple rounds of tryouts, rising St. John's freshman goalie Kelsey Bing found out she made the U17 Junior National Field Hockey Team, part of the Futures program for USA Field Hockey. Saving her way through the regional tryouts in St. Louis, MO, then national tryouts in Virginia Beach, VA, Kelsey joins the team as the youngest of four goalies.
Justise Winslow '14 Named to All-U17 World Championship Team
Update 7/11: The U.S. Basketball Team claimed the World Championship gold medal in Kaunas, Lithuania by defeating Australia 95-62, finishing the tournament a perfect 8-0. Justise Winslow was named to the five-member All-U17 World Championship Team, and had 13 points, eleven rebounds, three assists, and four steals in the championship game. Winslow was joined on the All-U17 World Team by USA teammate and tournament MVP Jahlil Okafor, Argentina's Gabriel Deck, Australia's Dante Exum, and Croatia's Mario Hezonja.
Update 6/27: Read More for Justise's player bio, interview after USA defeated Australia, and a photo gallery from USA vs. Latvia.
6/20: Junior Justise Winslow has been selected to join the roster for the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team. Featuring 12 of the nation’s top prep players age 17-and-under, the U.S. team will spend two more days at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., preparing to defend the USA’s FIBA U17 World Championship title before departing for Europe. The 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship is being held June 29 – July 8 in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Neurocognitive Baseline Testing for Athletics: Saturday, August 4
Beginning this 2012-13 school year, ImPACT neurocognitive baseline testing for concussion will be required for all SJS students participating in Athletics here at school (7th grade through varsity). If your child has not previously completed baseline testing for his or her sport, testing will have to be completed prior to participation on a 2012-13 Maverick team.
Students entering the 7th grade will be tested the first week of school during PE period. Although welcome, these students do not need to attend the August 4th testing date.
All-American Jackie Modesett Leads Mavericks at Nationals
Jackie Modesett, Stephanie Guo, and Sam Jamison all ran 400 hurdle personal bests at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, NC, with Jackie placing 4th overall to earn All-American status! Stephanie finished 11th out of 44 runners in the 400 Hurdle Emerging Elite division with a time of 64.84 and Sam ran a PR of 57.43 in the boys' Emerging Elite division.
Jessica Carroll '11 factored in 4 of the last 9 Maverick Girls' Varsity Lacrosse championship appearances, all which led to victories, and is part of another dynasty with the Wildcats of Northwestern. Carroll, a freshman midfielder for Northwestern, and her Wildcats defeated Syracuse 8-6 in the NCAA Division 1 championship. NU shares the record for 8th consecutive appearances in the title game.
Congratulations to Clayton Crum '08 for being named the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Player of the Year. This is the first year US Lacrosse has given this award, called the Amtahcha Award, recognizing outstanding achievement in lacrosse at the college club level.
St. John’s is proud to announce that it has for the second time in the last three years won the Southwest Preparatory School (SPC) Athletic Director’s Cup as the top coed program in the conference. Congratulations to all of our athletes, coaches, trainers, and staff!
Spring SPC final results are in. Congratulations to all of the competitors including the 2012 SPC Champions Girls' Track and Field and Girls' Lacrosse teams. Going into the 4 by 400 relay the Maverick Girls' Track and Field team were down by 1 point and won that race going away with a record 3:58.80. Girls' Lacrosse won 13-10 over Episcopal.
Congratulations to the 8th Grade Girls' and Boys' Lacrosse Teams (2016) for capturing the 2012 HJPC Championships. The Girls Lacrosse team also won the Houston City Championship and posted a 19-0-1 overall record!
Texas Relays: Girls Win 4 x 400 Relay and Jackie Modesett Comes Back to Win 100 Hurdles
The Mavericks Tracks & Field team had a great weekend at the Texas Relays, highlighted by Jackie Modesettcoming from behind to win the 100m Hurdles and the 4x400 team of Stephanie Guo, Sam Night, Anne Johnson, and Jackie Modesett nearly breaking the school record to win the 4 x 400 Relay in 3:59.44.
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Using the Double-Goal Coach model of emphasizing lessons of life through sports, and a process which creates a winning atmosphere, St. John's Girls' Lacrosse Coach Angie Kensinger was recognized as one of twenty national winners of the 2012 Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Double Goal Coach Award. The Mavericks are also touted in the Inside Lacrosse 2012 National Poll.
Just a week after adding “dad” to his resume, Virgil Campbell has been named the full-time Director of Strength & Conditioning at St. John's School. Having held the position on a part time basis since 2007, Coach Campbell will take the reins full time beginning July 1, 2012.
Congratulations to all of our students who competed in this past weekend's SPC events (and swimmers who competed the weekend before!). Maverick pride is alive and well with strong showings across the board. Thanks to all our coaches, parents, and volunteers that helped make the winter season a success.
Stay tuned for a winter sports wrap-up, coming soon.
SPC FINAL WINTER RESULTS: Boys' Basketball (Division I): SPC CHAMPIONS! (70-60 win vs Kinkaid) Girls' Basketball (Division I): SPC RUNNER-UP (44-48 loss vs Kinkaid) Boys' Soccer (Division I): 4TH PLACE (loss vs John Cooper) Girls' Swimming: 4th PLACE Wrestling: 4TH PLACE Boys' Swimming: 5th PLACE Girls' Soccer (Division II): 5th PLACE( 2-0 win vs EHS)
The story of St. John's sports is being told with a recent face lift of the SSAC. Championship posters, photos and banners tell part of the past. Be a part of the finish and submit your most memorable athletic moment to help complete the final phase of the project.
In preparation for the winter season, the athletic training staff, along with help from the Methodist Concussion Center, will be ImPACT baseline testing all upper school basketball, soccer and wrestling athletes Monday 10/17 through Friday 10/21. Students will need to come by the athletic training room to sign up for a day that best fits their schedule. Students who participated in SJS football this Fall do not need to re-test, as we already have a baseline on record.
Blair Bashen ('07) and the Purdue Boilermakers Volleyball team won 14 games in a row, the same number as Blair's jersey, before ending the run to the 1 team in the nation (Fighting Illini) at Champaign, Illinois on Saturday night.
Sam Night ('13), Carson Peacock ('14) and Paige Albert ('14), were all selected to play in the U16 division at the National Futures Championship. The event will take place at USA Field Hockey's National Field Training Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia June 25-30, 2011.
The month of April showered accolades on Maverick Girls’ Lacrosse (past and present) to set up May post-season. Girls' Varsity repeats as State Champs by defeating Bowie 18-2, Hockaday 12-9, and finally Cy-Fair 11-10 in the State TGHSLL finals.
The 8th annual St. John's alumni baseball game will be held Saturday morning, May 7th at 11:00 AM on Taub Field. Batting practice will start at 10, and the game will be followed by a barbecue lunch for players with the 2011 varsity team (compliments of this year's varsity parents). Please RSVP as soon as possible to David Tipps (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Marty Thompson (email@example.com) so we can get a head count for the game and lunch. And, even if you can't make it this year, let us know if you're an alum of the baseball program but did not receive this information via email so that we can get you on our email contact list.
While Reed Daniel ('10) of Sewanee and Edward Williams, 5 ('09) of Southwestern were going head to head on the lacrosse field in a SCAC counter, Bryce Hollingsworth ('09) was gliding on the Malden River for the Cardinal Crew of Wesleyan.
Vince Arduini, currently Assistant Dean of Students at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will assume the position of Director of Athletics at St. John's School beginning July 1, 2011. Mr. Arduini began his teaching and coaching career at Davidson College and later spent eight years as an assistant football coach at Harvard University under legendary Ivy League head football coach Joe Restic. From 1995-2002, Arduini was the head football coach and Assistant Athletic Director at Kenyon College. For the past nine years Arduin has held several different administrative positions at the Pine Crest School, one of the most highly selective and academically rigorous independent schools in Florida. Pine Crest also has a strong athletic tradition and routinely sends graduates to a variety of Division 1 and Division 3 programs including two-time Gatorade high school basketball player of the year, Brandon Knight, who recently matriculated at the University of Kentucky. Arduini has also served in a coaching and advisory role to both the football program and athletic department.
Girls' Varsity Lacrosse is ready to make history, again. The defending state champs, arguably the best program in the Lone Star State, is set to play at Cowboys Stadium on March 19th alongside a familiar women's college match-up.
Former St. John's standout captains continue to hone their leadership skills that once lead St. John's teams to glory and now have their NCAA teams in contention. The Maverick Athletic Department, under the guidance of Rachel Skinner, is making sure we continue to foster the qualities that characterize good leadership which have served these captains of the past so well.
Bashen is Back! Austin, TX: Gators Gone but Horns Too Sharp
Purdue volleyball player, Blair Bashen ('07), was back in Texas a little early for the holidays. Her Boilermakers just swept #1 seed Florida on Friday and almost pushed a game 5 against the Longhorns in the Elite Eight NCAA Volleyball championship.
When the whistle blows and the gun goes off, Maverick athletes rise to the occasion and define the moment . The Mucho Maverick award, established in 2009, gives a glimpse of extraordinary performances made from real talent.
Maverick teams took the big step by advancing in all of their first round contests. Field Hockey kept everyone on the edge of their seats going scoreless with Hockaday in regulation, and in one 7 v 7 overtime period before falling 3-2 in strokes.
Thank you fans, and congratulations to all of the Maverick athletes. In victory and defeat you were competitive and most of all, you played: Not Without Honor!
The many former athletes, students and other members of the St. John's Community whose lives were touched in a positive way by Doug Osburn's decades of association with the school will be delighted to know that Coach Osburn was recognized as an Honorary Captain at the Kinkaid-St. John's football game on Friday, October 29th, 2010.
Field Hockey captures South Zone Championship on a full-moon Friday, while football blacks out in the third period to let go of the lead over the Dutch. Volleyball and cross country teams finish strong in conference regular-season competition to gear up for SPC.
From Houston to the Housatonic, Bryce Hollingsworth (’09) is leaving a wake with Wesleyan Varsity Crew. Hollingsworth and his Cardinals travel to the notable Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston this Saturday.
Catherine Franklin ('10) of Northwestern (Big Ten) squared off against former teammate, Paige Hawley ('10) of Colgate (Patriot League), in NCAA Field Hockey! Looks like their friendship is still intact as Franklin's Wildcats out shoot the Raiders by 34.
Krissy Incavo (‘10) and Ali Berkman (’09), both at Colgate ('14 and '13), were in the stands to cheer for their friends and former teammates.
After twenty-five years of coaching high school volleyball, Eric Lombardi gives the green light to the program now headed up by Rob Amason. Calling all alumni to identify the players and coaches in the photo.
Catherine Franklin ('10), fresh off the bench, scored and added an assist in Northwestern's Women's Field Hockey exhibition victory over Iowa. This was Catherine's first field hockey game as a Wildcat.
Franklin, a captain and a four-year letter winner at St. John's (2007-2010), participated on the gold medal AAU Junior Olympics team in 2008. Catherine also starred in lacrosse for the Mavericks.
Gruel on the Gridiron Tenderized with a Taste of Texas
Mavericks wound up pre-season practices with some home cooking of Bruce's best barbecue. Warren's "early football" final feast has become a tradition in August and sets the table for all of the teams in the year ahead. A new item was added to the menu over the 2-A-Day practice regimen. The Spartans of St. Stephen's School from Austin joined the Mavericks for some friendly fire in the second week of the gruel on the gridiron. "Both teams benefited from this experience," said Head Coach Steve Gleaves. "This was a great lift for us to break up the routine with new competition, and I know that Coach Wolkind of St. Stephen's, who initiated the process, was very glad to have made the effort."
The Mavericks open up at Concordia Lutheran this Friday.
Meredith Gamble, SJS '10, qualified for the USA Junior Nationals in the 1500 meters. Her unofficial time of 4:36 gives her a ticket to the Junior Nationals, the most prestigious national competition for athletes under 19 years of age!
David Lawernce and Matt Starke, SJS '06 and Haverford lacrosse teammates, have one more thing in common: They both made the Centennial Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll on top of their lacrosse wins.
Gagel's Score a First in Final Game of Collegiate Career
Andy Gagel (SJ '06) scored his first collegiate goal on Saturday against Brown University. He put Dartmouth on the board for the Big Green's first score of the day, but it was not enough as the Bears prevailed in overtime and moreover, bumped Dartmouth out of the Ivy League tournament.
Destination D1: All Maverick spring teams made the cut, and more!
Stephanie Guo, Meredith Gamble, Jackie Modesett, and Anne Johnson broke the school 4 * 400 meter record to win the race and the entire SPC meet for girls' track and field. Prior to the final race, SJ was down by three points to the Knights, whose girls' lacrosse team just beat the Mavericks for their first SPC Championship, a crown dominated by St. John's in the past.
The dynasty of all St. John's SPC sports however, is Girls' Track and Field which now holds a school record of 19 SPC titles. St. John's won SPC in consecutive years from 1976-1988, and followed with victories in '94, '96, '97, '2000, '2005, and with 50 meters to go Johnson passed the Knights for the 2010 Championship. The 4 * 400 race was led by the Mavs led most of the way but with 150 meters to go, Episcopal passed Johnson, but there was too much room to recover and A.J. got it done! For more in the Examiner News click here.
Congratulations to all of the Maverick athletes, coaches, parents, and fans for an awesome showing in D1 this spring!
St. John's Middle School has two of THE NATION'S top ten middle school 1600 meter runners in its halls! Congratulations to Michael Oramas '15 (ranked #1) and Xavier Gonzalez '15 (ranked #8). Click here for the complete standings.
St. John's lacrosse faces off against Episcopal Tuesday night. All games are at Episcopal: Boys' JV 4:00 p.m. Bissonnet Field Boys' Varsity: 7:00 p.m. Simmons Field Girls' JV 2: 6:30 p.m. Girls' Varsity: 5:00 p.m.
Congratulations to our Maverick Winter Athletic Teams. They competed, improved, inspired, and brought new meaning to "5 $ foot-long" Subway sandwiches. Final results and awards are listed for each team.
Get ready to cheer on your Maverick Wrestlers, Soccer and Basketball athletes at SPC. Boys' Basketball had Liu Court rockin, and Grant Williams' "5 $ Foot Long" chants would not be enough to get the Mavs past a stingy Hornet squad in double OT. Click here for the Examiner story. Girls' Basketball, seeded third in the South, went on a 19-9 run in the fourth quarter to race past FWCD to the SPC Championship game today vs Holland Hall. Girls' won it in 1989 and were in their last final in 2000.
Swimming and Diving finish strong at SPC to set the stage for the rest of the winter teams this week. Wrestling, fresh from State, will pounce on their chances at SPC along with Maverick Basketball and Soccer starting Friday.
Mavs Make Some Waves at SPC. The SPC Swimming Championship was held at the beautiful Conroe Natatorium on Saturday evening. The St. John's Girls' Team finished with a 4th Place finish and the St. John's Boys' team finished in 6th Place overall.
Wrestling will hit the mats at State while St. John's swimmers dive into SPC this Saturday. SPC Southern swing final stop is Saturday at home vs St. Mary's Hall. Boys' and Girls' Soccer are in a must win mode for a chance to make Division 1. Boys' and Girls' Basketball clinched Division 1 spots and both post 5-1 records going into Saturday's games.
Sallie Armstrong, SJS '06, picked up where she left off for the Generals athletic program. Armstrong broke the Washington and Lee Field Hockey scoring record this fall and is now gaining points in indoor Track and Field for the Generals.
Weiser Wins Walton and Coaches' Awards for Yale Bulldogs
Julia Weiser captured the Coaches' and Walton awards for the Yale Field Hockey team. A four year player and Academic and 2nd team All Ivy, Weiser left it on the field to end a storied career as the 40th team captain for Yale Field Hockey.
While Philip Crain, SJS '08, is busy sailing for M.I.T. and training for the 2016 Olympics, younger brother Carson has launched his own sailing campaign by being named to the US Sailing Development Team.
2009 brought in many moments of Maverick greatness on the courts, fields, pitches, mats, pools, and courses. St. John's coaches sent in these peak performances by some of our fall and winter middle school and upper school athletes.
Who do you think should be The MUCHO Maverick of 2009? Vote for your top three.
Backing up from the scoring zone or finishing area described in the last post on "Real Talent," most coaches agree that offense starts with defense. See what these coaches say about dictating on defense to set the tone for the game.
The last sport to compete at SPC, Girls Cross Country brought in the first championship trophy on SPC FRIDAY. Girls' Volleyball followed suit and took out the ESD Eagles 3-1 for title number 2 making it "FRIDAY OF FAME" for the Mavericks. Boys' Volleyball valiantly reached the championship game for the first time since 1989, and ran out of come-backs falling to St. Mark's 0-3.
Field Hockey followed the lead of the St. John's Girls' Volleyball team with a 1-0 first round win over Oklahoma City Casady. Earlier in the day the volleyball team swept Hockaday to advance to the winner's bracket. Maverick Field Hockey made their magisterial move to the second round. Coach Chambers and his charges play All Saints at 3:00 p.m. today. All field hockey games are hosted by The Hockaday School.
St. John's has four teams in contention for the top prize in Dallas. Girls Volleyball went first and put the hammer down on Hockaday. The Mavs swept the Daisies 3-0 in the first round of the SPC Division 1 Championship. The Mavericks will play All Saints in their second round match at 2:00 p.m. today in the Greenhill Phillips Gymnasium.
It is a first round sweep for all St. John's teams on opening day SPC competition! Boys Volleyball finished off Fort Worth Country Day 3-0 to be the third Maverick team of the day to win their first round games. They followed Girls Volleyball and Field Hockey to advance in the D1 bracket. Coach Lombardi's squad will take on Greenhill, the only team to put a loss in their regular season column. This pivotal match against the Hornets will start at 8:00 p.m. tonight.
MAVERICKS PLAYING TO PRANCE - FALCONS LOOKING TO DANCE
Varsity Football hopes to play the spoiler tonight versus the Falcons in the 58 year old rivalry, which moved to Rice Stadium in 1979. St. John's is the visiting team and will be on the east side of the stadium.
Sallie Armstrong is finishing up her Senior year breaking records at Washington and Lee University. Recently honored as ODAC player of the week, Armstrong is leaving a wake of awards in her last tenure as a General. With Kate Donnelly on her heels and Deets Hoffman finishing up his Senior year, who will cary the torch for the Mavericks in Lexington?
(GAMBLE WINS RAMBLE) TRICK AND TREAT FOR MAVERICK MEREDITH GAMBLE
Senior Cross Country Captain, Meredith Gamble, is turning heads statewide as she moves beyond the competition towards her dream, using tricks of the trade to endure the pain of running. POSTING A TIME OF 12:16, GAMBLE RAMBLES TO A WIN BY AN EIGHT SECOND MARGIN.
48 St. John's alumni are currently participating in intercollegiate athletics this year! These Mavericks are taking it to the next level in gymnastics, lacrosse, track and field, cross country, crew, sailing, football, field hockey, volleyball, tennis, swimming, softball, golf, and baseball.
Can you name the majority of them? Some of the NCAA Fall Sport athletes are on the SJS photo carousel.
St. John's is looking to put a chink in the Episcopal armor this Friday. The Knights are heavily favored even though both teams post a 5-1 record. The Mavericks are coming off last week's win over the St. Thomas Eagles. ( Read the Examiner article St. John’s uses big pass play to run past St. Thomas for more info)
Sallie Armstrong, SJ '06, shattered the Washington and Lee Field Hockey scoring record this past weekend. Being a good teammate, Kate Donnelly, SJ '07, made sure Armstrong broke the mark and then some before she sent the final goal in for the Generals. Final score: W & L(St. John's) 4- Limestone 1.
Armstrong and Donnelly are not only lighting up on the field. They were recently announced to the ODAC ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM along with W&L Mens' lacrosse player, Deets Hoffman, SJ '06.
Using Friday's exceptional performance to earn a token play-in ticket to the Saturday bracket, The Mavericks cash in against all odds. On the brink of elimination they redeemed their loss of the Houston Cup two weeks ago to bring back more: a bigger trophy and a will to win. Read Coach Lombardi's account of their quest: holding off a match point, Ryan Yeung's 17 straight service wins, Max Lee's 8 jump serves, revenge on the Ballers, and Hornets, plus a team of real talent.
The 2009 Boys' Maverick Volleyball squad had their hands on THE CUP after defeating the eventual Houston Cup Champion, Trinity Valley, but the Hornets of Greenhill bumped them out of Saturday's bracket.
Sallie Armstrong, SJS class of 2006, is in her 4th year as one of the field hockey standouts for the Washington and Lee Generals. Coach Wendy Orrison is hoping that Armstrong and her Senior teammates have the will for an ODAC Championship, something they have not seen in the past three seasons. Armstrong finished up last year by scoring 4 goals in their last win of the season, and as the 2009 season begins to unwind, Sallie needs just four more to break the school all time scoring record. The Generals lost their opener to Johns Hopkins but rebounded against McDaniel last Saturday for a 2-1 win. Armstrong took four shots on goal and converted to get closer to the mark. As the Mavericks catch a glimpse of Sallie and teammate Kate Donnelly (SJS '2008), on their way to the November 7th ODAC Championship, one can only believe that Armstrong will be yelling "fore" when she breaks the record and gets it done for the Generals in her fourth year!
HOUSTON CUP TO TEST THE COMPASS IN LONE STAR SPC VOLLEYBALL
With the needle pointing to the north in recent years, St. John's and company from the South Division hope to make it a Southern swing starting this Friday night at the Houston Cup Boys' Volleyball Classic. All games will be played the Bob & Vivian Smith Student Athletic Center at St. John's School.
BOOK SHOWS HOW TO BRING OUT THE REAL TALENT IN YOU!
Sam Chambers' first book, Head Case-Lacrosse Goalie is out now! Chambers has also taken a new role in the athletic department as sports information and communications coordinator. Look for weekly stories in St. John's Athletic News about "Real Talent." Stories on Paige Albert and Tom Harvey have been posted. Send in your ideas and tales to capture "REAL TALENT" to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sophomore JV football player, Tom Harvey, finds his niche where contact is not an option. He has discovered his own "short game" of success in paving the way for the backfield to make it in the end zone.
CORE VALUES KEEP ALBERT GROUNDED 30 FEET IN THE AIR!
8th grade Maverick Paige Albert is finding a way to get to the next level of trampoline and tumbling on her quest to make it to the 2012 Olympics. Balancing her responsibilities as a student and three sport athlete, Albert is raising the roof to reach her dream.
The Mavericks had a great weekend at the 79th Texas Relays in Austin. The Girls 4 x 400 team of Courtney Miller, Candace Bailey, Jessica Chen, and Sallie Armstrong broke the school record by almost 3 seconds on Friday with a time of 4:02.16. On Saturday, the 4 x 400 team placed 4th in the finals and lowered the school record almost 2 more seconds to 4:00.25! In between, the same four girls qualified for the 4 x 100 final with the second best time in school history and finished 7th in the finals. To top it off, Sallie Armstrong ran a new school record in the 100m Hurdles, tieing the third place time of 15.19 but placing 4th when the timer went to 1000ths. Sallie was part of 3 school records in less than 24 hours! Courtney Miller ran two personal bests to lead of the 4 x 400 team. Blaine Finley tied his personal best in the Pole Vault with a jump of 14'6", finishing in a tie for 8th place out of 24 vaulters, and taking 3 close attempts at a school record-tieing 15'0"! For complete results go here: http://www.texassports.com/doc_lib/relays_2006.htm