These Maverick Athletes take to the fields, lanes, and courts to shine in summer glory.
Catherine Hay and Hannah Gershenson (Girls' Soccer) of the Houston Express 93 Navy girls soccer team won the State Championship in the President's Cup Competition. This is the 2nd highest level of competition held nationally for youth soccer teams. The team was undefeated in bracket play this spring and won 2 games and tied one in the state finals in San Antonio to win the championship. The team advances to the U. S. Region III Championships which includes champions from 12 states to be held in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma from June 10-13th.
Houston Express 93 Navy won 2 of its 3 group stage games at the Regionals, leaving it in second place in its group. The first game was a 1-0 loss to the Florida champion, and eventual Regional Champion, on a controversial PK. The team came back and defeated North Texas 5-0 and Louisiana 3-2, leaving it in a tie for the final spot in the semi-finals.
Reed Daniel (Boys' lacrosse) has been selected to play at the 2010 High School Lacrosse Showcase, a US Lacrosse Event. The Showcase is a part of the ESPN RISE Games, a week long, multi-sport event that is the culmination of ESPN's 20-year history of covering high school sports. 96 of the top graduating high school lacrosse players committed to play next year at the collegiate level (NCAA Divisions I, II and III) have been selected from the four regions of the country (North, South, East & West - 24 ea). The games will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World in Orlando FL., on July 20-22. Several of the games, with in-game features and highlights, will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.
Meredith Gamble (Track & Field) qualified for the USA Junior Natonals 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!
Rush Moody (Football) will be playing the Texas Private School Coaches Association All Star game on June 19th 7:30 pm at Standridge Stadium (Carrollton ISD) He will be joined by Maverick Assistant Football Coach Alan Paul.
Moody was joined by last minute super subs, Reed Daniel and Jett Williams, also from the SJS class of '10. Daniel had one pick and three tackles while Williams came up big with four tackels. Moody played most of the game at fullback in a 13-3 loss to the North squad.
Savannah Erwin (Softball) will be competing in the Greater Houston Softball Coaches' All Star Game held at University of Houston at 7:00 pm on June 15th. For more on the Houston All Stars click here.
John Cialone (Baseball)has been recognized by two associations and will participate in two post season all star baseball games this summer. John was selected from over 100 nominations to represent his region and play catcher in the Texas Private School Coaches Association All Star Game on June 18th- 7:30pm at R.L. Turner HS in Carrollton, TX. He has also been selected to play in the Greater Houston Baseball Coaches Association All Star game on June 22nd at 4pm at Rice's Reckling Park. Cialone hit .405 this season with 10 doubles, 10 home runs, 38 RBI, and threw out 30 runners from behind the plate. He is is very deserving of this recognition and we are proud of his accomplishments. John will represent St. John's in these games before heading off to play for Villanova next year.
Cialone was named to the Houston Chronicle's All Greater Houston 2nd team. Click here for the Chronicle story.
Meryl Gibbs (Volleyball) is playing as the starting middle for her Texas Tornados club team which is participating in the American Division of the Junior National Volleyball Tournament in Reno, NV, June 29 - July 3rd. This is Meryl's 3rd consecutive appearance at the National Championships, and participating teams are determined by winning bids at National or Regional Qualifier tournaments.
Jessica Carroll and Sarah Duncan (Girls' Lacrosse) were selected to be members of the Women’s Division National Team for Texas, and, just last weekend, brought home the Mohawk Division Championship! Along with St. John’s own, Coach Megan Henry, they traveled to Baltimore over Memorial Day for the tournament. The team swept their pool, beating feisty teams from Central Pennsylvania (14-10), Southern California (13-7), and North Carolina (13-9). A first place finish in the pool put Team Texas in the semi-finals, where they resoundingly defeated Western Pennsylvania (10-2). After just an hour’s break the team took on a highly skilled and quick team from Northern California in the championship. The first half stunned the Texans, and they went into halftime down 2-7. Always maintaining their determination and a positive attitude, the girls never gave up… and ultimately took the championship with a final score of 9-8! What a way to finish the weekend!