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.
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2009 MUCHO Upper School Maverick Moments
M.A. Boles (Girls’ Varsity Volleyball) On November 6th M.A. Boles led the team in kills to send the ESD Eagles in a tailspin and the Mavericks to a SPC Championship for the first time in 22 years.
Charlie Caplan (Boys’ Varsity Swimming) The junior has won every freestyle race between 50 and 500 yards and has scored and even 100 points to lead the team in scoring for the 5-1 Boy's.
Henry Chapman (Boys’ Varsity Cross Country) Due to illness his sophomore year, Chapman was unable to run in SPC. Almost out again two years later, he recovered from a groin injury and got the go ahead to run 7 days prior to SPC in Dallas. On November 6th, Chapman finished as the St. John’s number 5 scorer in a gutsy performance in his last and only CC race of his Senior year.
Zach Gaitz. (Boys’ Varsity Soccer) He has been our most dominant player during the first ten games. (7-2-1). His versatility allows us to play him all over the field. 5 goals on the season. Tenacious defense, relentless pressure ....Scored two highlight tape goals vs Bay Area Christian. December 8th. 6-0 win. Both goals were rockets off of his foot.
Meredith Gamble (Girls’ Varsity Cross Country) On November 6th Meredith Gamble finished second in the SPC Championship meet, but lead her team to a SJS 15th SPC crown at Norbuck Park in Dallas. The Mavericks slipped by St. Stephen's School by a narrow 5 point margin.
Meredith Lawrence (Girls’ Varsity Swimming) The freshman leads the undefeated girl's swim team in scoring with 95 points and has multiple wins in her Breaststroke and Freestyle events.
Rush Moody ( Boys’ Varsity Football) After falling to the Casady Cyclones in 2008 by a score of 28-56 in Oklahoma City, the Mavericks got their revenge in 2009 hosting the Cyclones at Skip Lee Field and posting a 28-7 score for the victory. On October 16th Senior fullback, Rush Moody, carried the ball 25 times for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns in a stellar performance to help the Maverick team in their wining effort!
Tim Otey (Boys’ Varsity Basketball) In the Texas Jamboree at Strake Jesuit on November 27 and 28, Otey had 26 points, 4 rebounds against North Forest HS and 25 points, 3 rebounds against Austin LBJ, both 4A public schools. Otey’s performance helped St. John’s to a first two-win outing in the Texas Jamboree.
Stephen Reynolds (Boys’ Varsity Volleyball) On September 26th, with his team three points from losing in straight sets, junior opposite Stephen Reynolds manages an incredible save attack from fifteen feet off the court. The Mavs come back to take the Greenhill Invitational two sets to one!
Alex Saucer (Boys’ Varsity Wrestling) Alex brought St. John’s back to win the “War on the Floor.” In a team duel on December 9th, it came down to the last heavy weight match to decide the victory. Down 73-70, “The Sauce” needed a victory to tie or a pin to win. Saucer went for the whole enchilada and pined Kinkaid’s Senior captain to give the Mavericks an epic 76-73 victory in front of a packed gym full of Falcon fans.
Kris Slaughter (Girls’ Varsity Basketball) On December 5th, Slaughter, a sophomore returning starter, nailed a half court shot against South Zone foe John Cooper. With 3 seconds to go on the clock, the Mavs inbounded the ball to Slaughter who took one dribble and shot the ball from the backcourt -- nothing but net as the buzzer sounded, putting St. John's up 8 points heading to halftime. The Mavs went on to win the game 54 to 36 with Slaughter leading the way with 17 points.
2009 MUCHO Middle School Maverick Moments
April Chang (8th Grade Field Hockey) After 47 scoreless minutes, April Chang scored the only goal of the game to help the Mavericks win the 2009 HJPC championship against AOS on October 29th.
Xavier Gonzalez (Middle School Boys’Cross Country) Throughout the season, Xavier strived to improve, supported his teammates, and lead by example. His remarkable work ethic paid off in consistent improvement and much appreciation and respect from his team and coaches. Xavier was the Mavericks’ lead runner in every meet, including the HJPC Championship team victory on October 27th.
Caroline Labanowski. (8th Grade Girls’ Basketball) On December 3rd Labanowski scored 22 of the teams 26 points in a win over St. Michael's in HJPC league play.
Zoe Margolis (Middle School Girls’ Cross Country) In the final meet of the year, the HJPC Championship Meet, Margolis improved on her personal best time for the course by over a minute and a half. Zoe ran the mile and a half in 12:19, making her the 3rd Maverick to finish the race, and placing 25th in a field of 64 7th and 8th graders. A great way to finish her first season of Cross Country!
Micheal Oramas (Boys’ Middle School Wrestling) On December 9th at the War on the Floor, Michael gave St. John’s their first lead of the night, which flipped back to Kinkaid before the Saucer finished the deal. Oramas is undefeated and has yet to be scored on all year.
Wes Wallace to Justise Winslow & Wayne Wainguri (8th Grade Football) On Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, in a defensive showdown, the 8th grade football team drove the length of the field in 90 seconds for their only score of the game. The drive was capped off by a Wes Wallace to Justise Winslow touchdown pass in the waning seconds of the first half. Wallace to Wainguri’s extra point provided the margin of victory in a 7-6 win over Kinkaid. The team finished 9-1 on the season.
Justise Winslow (8th Grade Boys' Basketball) Winslow was selected as the Tournament MVP for the Kinkaid School Eighth Grade Boys Basketball Tournament on November 19-20. Justise led the team in scoring, averaging 14 points per game in the tournament, and scoring 18 in the semi-final win over Second Baptist and 10 in the championship game against Pershing. Justise also led the team in rebounds, assists, and blocked shots.