Mucho Maverick Nominees

Sam Chambers
Congratulations to the nominees for the Fall, 2010 Mucho Maverick selection.

Girls’ Volleyball: Over a 12 game stretch, Meryl Gibbs (’12) and Jane Labanowski (‘13’) combined for 7 facials.  “Facial” is volleyball vernacular for balls attacked by one player that hit an opponent’s face.   Many Maverick opponents have “Tachikara” tattooed on their foreheads!


Field Hockey: In the EHS counter, Catherine Dawson (’12) got the game winner from a Sarah Urdhal (’12) assist.  It was a one-touch frozen rope shot from the top of the right side of the defense into the upper left hand netting!  The victory set up a showdown with Kinkaid in which the Mavericks prevailed as South Zone Champs.


Girls’ Cross Country: Nicole Gras (’11) is the Mucho Maverick Nominee for Girls Cross Country.  Nicole joined the cross country as a junior.  Although Nicole had some track experience, her longest competitive distance had been 400m.  From the time she was a junior her winning attitude and spirit quickly launched her into on of our top 5 runners and finished 22nd at SPC.  Fast forward to her senior season…her teammates recognized her leadership ability and just after one season of running voted her as a captain.  Nicole was dynamite this year.  Each week she steadily improved from the previous week’s performance.  Nicole’s goal this year was to improve on 2009’s performance and make it into the top 20.  SPC race morning, the gun goes off, in the first half mile Nicole is in the front of the pack.  She steadily passes people through the 3 mile course.  She used her 400m speed towards the finish line and finished 5th place in a time of 19:48!  She led the Mavericks to a 3rd place SPC team finish.


Boys’ Cross Country: The 29th Ramble was contested in early October on a cool, foggy morning on the beautiful Buffalo Bayou Park course.  The Mavericks ran well, but at the end of the race the 5 Maverick scorers were tied with Lutheran South for the team championship.  By rule, the tie is broken by the 6th runner.  The team whose 6th runner finishes higher in the rankings wins the meet! Philip Taffet (’13), an up and coming sophomore runner for the Mavericks, ran a personal best time of 18:22 on the hilly 3 mile course to finish 23rd overall, 5 spots ahead of the 6th Lutheran South runner to break the tie and give the Mavericks the 2010 Ramble Team Championship.  It was the first of a clean sweep of championships for the Mavericks that day, as we won the Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Middle School boys divisions for the first time ever!


Football: This Fall the St. Johns Varsity Football team played Episcopal at EHS. Just before the end of the first half with the Mavericks leading the Knights 14-0, the Knights were on the move and looking to put 7 on the board. With less than 30 seconds on the clock in the 2nd quarter the Knights found themselves with a decision.  With 4th and 1 to go from the Maverick 17, the Knights decided to go for the first down and the 7 point TD instead of a field goal try.  Jack Waller (’11) inside linebacker, monster, “Go Rilla,” and the heart and soul of the Mavericks mighty defense made sure that the EHS coaching staff knew that challenging him is always the wrong decision. The Knights chose to run right at # 20, and Jack delivered an intimidating, bone crushing, smack stopping Episcopal running back James Melody right in his tracks.   That was as close as the Knights would ever get to the end zone for the entire game.  The sound from Jack’s hit could be heard across the field, and moreover, knocked the lights out of the Knights in rivalry routing black out.



Boys’ Volleyball: This year the Maverick Boys’ Volleyball team knew that the SPC championship road would eventually have to go through Dallas Greenhill. Even though the Mavericks were returning six seniors, the Dallas Greenhill Program was returning their entire squad from last year that still had the bitter taste of defeat in their mouths after losing twice to the Mavericks on their home court; with the biggest lost being the 5 game thriller that catapulted St. John's into the finals. As fate would have it, St. John's and Dallas Greenhill would once again square off in semi-finals this year providing fans of both programs with a thrilling display of high caliber volleyball. All season long Coach Amason had been challenging the team to meet certain goals that he knew would give them their best chance to beat Greenhill; things like ball control, counter attacking with the middle attacker, accurate aggressive serving and most importantly being mentally prepared for the battle that would ensue; all things that the team had struggled with throughout the season. When the Mavericks took the court for this match there was a different look in their eyes & a body language that said they were prepared. Led by Seniors Max Lee, Richard Johnson, Alec Winograd, Anthony Foster & Stephen Reynolds the Mavericks Boys Volleyball Program did not back down one bit taking it to the Greenhill Hornets from the first whistle. Saving their best performance of the season for the most important match of the year, the Mavericks combined for team passing percentage of 2.26 on a 3.0 scale; middle attacker Richard Johnson had a .622 hitting percentage, middle attacker Stephen Reynolds had a .341 hitting percentage, outside attacker Anthony Foster had a .260 hitting percentage, outside hitter Max Lee had .238 hitting percentage and 5 service aces and Alec Winograd had 37 assists. Even though the Mavericks went down in three straight sets (22-25, 23-25, 20-25 ) to eventual 31-0 SPC Champions Dallas Greenhill; this proved to be the toughest test of the year for Greenhill. The amount of passion, fire, determination & pure desire to succeed that was displayed by this group of volleyball athletes was definitive of not only what the boys volleyball program has become but also the true essence of what St. John’s student body is. When they left the court that day, they left with Honor, Integrity & the respect of their foes on the other side of the net & the fans in the bleachers.