There was a time that when summer rolled around, students either had a job, went to the pool, or, if things hadn’t panned out in the classroom, it was summer school. Now as soon as the graduates strike a pose with their diplomas, the sheepskin is replaced by pigskin or sweat proof togs as the sun rises on summer. Underclassmen—and even graduates-- are not lacing up their wing tips and lining up at the job fair. They are heading out to the venues of summer sports in search of better competition and to get a look not only at the campuses but from the coaches that represent them. The leather on their feet has stripes or a swoosh and the cases they carry are anything but brief, and usually require special packaging to make it to baggage claim at the airport.
This past summer, St. John’s Maverick athletes fanned out across the globe in search of opportunities to raise their game to the next level. Across the pond, on college campuses nationwide, and on the Great 28 acres of SJS, many student athletes found grit and glory in their own summer games. NCAA commitments are listed along with the player's graduation year.
Catherine Hay (‘11) and Hannah Gershenson (’11) of the Houston Express 93 Navy girls’ soccer team won the State Championship in the President's Cup Competition in San Antonio and went on to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma for a semi-final finish in mid June.
Reed Daniel (’10, Sewanee) took his lacrosse game to the national level playing for Team Freedom in the ESPN 2010 High School Lacrosse Showcase, a US Lacrosse Event held in Orlando, Florida. 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) were elected from the four regions of the country. As the only player from Texas and the only recruit for Sewanee and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), Reed set as his goals: to score in the tournament and to play in the televised Champ Game on ESPNU. He was thrilled to achieve both and was rewarded with ESPN film footage of vintage Reed Daniel, clearing the ball and assisting on a goal, reminiscent of his 2009 double-overtime game winning assist to Patrick Wilkey (’09) that sunk Episcopal.
“I would say being invited to represent the Mavericks and Texas at the ESPN tournament was the perfect ending to my 4 years of St. John’s Varsity Lacrosse. Being together with the best players from all over the country, with all of us being committed to play in college, was a lot of fun. Skills camps, select teams, and showcase tournaments were really important experiences to becoming a better player by learning from a variety of coaches and teammates,” said Reed.
Meredith Gamble (’10, Rice) qualified for the USA Junior Nationals in the 1500 meters. Her unofficial time of 4:36
gave her a ticket to the Junior Nationals, where she finished 10th in the finals held at Drake University in Des Moines. For the final results click here:
Rush Moody (‘10) played the Texas Private School Coaches Association All Star football game on June 19th at Standridge Stadium (Carrollton ISD). He was joined by Maverick Assistant Football Coach Alan Paul and last minute super subs, Reed Daniel (’10), and Jett Williams, ('10, Millsaps). Daniel had one pick and three tackles while Williams came up big with four tackles. Moody played the entire game at fullback in a 13-3 loss to the North squad.
Savannah Erwin (’10,) competed in the Greater Houston Softball Coaches' All Star Game held at University of Houston on June 15th. She played for the West team which lost to the East 7-9 in 9 innings. Erwin was selected to the All-Greater Houston 2nd Team by the Houston Chronicle.
John Cialone (’10, Villanova) John was selected from over 100 nominees to represent his region and play catcher in the Texas Private School Coaches Association All Star baseball game on June 18th at R.L. Turner HS in Carrollton, TX. Cialone went 3-4 with a single, double, home run, 3 RBI, and scored 3 runs. Cialone, heading to play for Villanova next year, was named to the Houston Chronicle's All Greater Houston 2nd team. Click here for the Chronicle story.
Meryl Gibbs (‘12) played as the starting middle for her Texas Tornados club team which received bronze medals at the Junior Olympics in Reno, NV, June 29 - July 3rd.
Jackie Modesett (‘13) braved record heat, dry air, mile-high altitude, and some of the best high school competition in the west to finish 6th place over all in the 300 meter Hurdles at the Great Southwest Classic in Albuquerque, New Mexico in June. She followed up with a 4th place finish in Norway as part of a Houston team in a sister-city exchange in Stavanger!
Jessica Carroll (’11, Northwestern) and Sarah Duncan (’11, Davidson) representing the Women’s Division National Team of Texas along with St. John’s Coach Megan Henry, traveled to Baltimore for the Memorial Day lacrosse tournament. The team swept their pool, went into the championship down 2-7 at the half, and came back and won it 9-8! Carroll, a 2010 US Lacrosse First Team All American, headed up a group of Maverick Girls’ lacrosse players that attended, in part, 7 tournaments this summer in Ohio, Florida, New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
Sarah Urdahl (’12) and Paige Albert (’14) were selected to play at the USA Field Hockey National Futures Championships in Virginia Beach, VA this June. The week long championship series brought together the top 646 field hockey players in the country. Paige’s USA EAST team was awarded the Barbara Longstreth Sportsmanship Award at the end of the tournament. “The game is faster and more competitive in these tournaments, and as a result, it is a great opportunity to improve,” said Urdahl.
Anthony Foster ('11), Max Lee ('11), Alec Winograd ('11), Jason Shyu ('13), Richard Johnson ('11), and Stephen Reynolds ('11) traveled to the Junior Nationals Volleyball tournament in Austin from July 2-5. “We played at a higher level than what we see in our regular season,” said Max. “The experience really opened up our eyes to see highly skilled teams from the west coast that we do not find in our conference,” added Alec Winograd. The big highlight of the tourney for the guys was taking a set off the legendary So-Cal club.
William Wallace (’11), Jack Craddock (’12), and Caldwell Flores (’11, Yale) all agreed that 7-on-7 summer football was a valuable opportunity to get ready for the season. “Summer is about being in shape, and is something all athletes should do,” said Wallace, who also played in the Adidas National Lacrosse Classic in Maryland. Flores also tried out for the same event and got cut giving him more focus on football and an opportunity of a lifetime. He turned a loss into a gain while at the Yale Summer Football Camp. Flores got a good look at the campus and in turn, their coaches saw something in Caldwell to make him a Bulldog. “Yale made me an offer and I committed right there on the spot in New Haven. It was not just about football. The campus, coaches, and students convinced me it was the place to be,” said Caldwell.
Mary Harrison (’11, Brown) is also heading to the Ivy League next fall to join her sister Kelley at Brown. Unlike most summer athletes, Mary never got on the field to play even one of her three sports (field hockey, soccer, lacrosse). She was working hard on rehab following her ACL reconstruction instead. “I worked harder this summer on my muscles in the rehabilitation process than I have ever done while playing,” said Harrison. Mary’s “hard work and positive attitude” according to Head Athletic Trainer, Melissa Russell, paid off as she is set to be back in action this week on the field hockey team possibly to strike a pose of a game-winning shot, but mostly to get back and compete as the regular season begins on the Great 28.