Winter SPC Final Results

Sam Chambers
Winter SPC Final Results: 
Saturday games:
Wrestling - 2016 SPC Champions
Girls' Basketball (S5) loses 47-44 vs St. Andrew's (S6) 10th place.
Swimming- Girls' third place, Boys' 2nd place.  Combined teams 2nd place.
Boys' Basketball (S6) loses 81-57 vs Houston Christian (S4) 6th place.
Girls' Soccer (S2) wins 1-0 vs Episcopal (S4) 5th place.
Boys' Soccer (S2) loses 3-1 vs Episcopal (S1) SPC Runner-Up.
Friday games:
Girls' Soccer (S2) loses 1-0 vs Hockaday (N3) 
Boys' Basketball (S6) loses 44-36 vs Episcopal (S2) 
Boys' Soccer (S3) wins 3-1 vs Holland Hall (N2) 
Girls' Basketball (S5) wins 41-25 vs FWCD (N6) 
Boys' Soccer (S3) wins (4-2) in pk's vs Kinkaid (S1)
Thursday games:
Boys' Basketball (S6) wins 54-41 vs FWCD (N3)
Girls' Basketball (S5) loses 47-42 vs ESD (N4) 
Boys' Soccer (S3) wins 2-1 vs Casady (N6)   

Boys' Basketball started things off for St. John's with a 54-41 first-round win over FWCD.  The Mavericks played up to their home crowd on Liu court after trailing 12-10 at the end of the first quarter.  St. John's led by four at the break, and 10 at the end of the third to advance to the next round only to lose to Episcopal.  The Mavericks ended their season with an 81-57 loss to Houston Christian for 6th place.

In the opener, Girls' Basketball stayed fairly even with ESD only down by four at the half, but could not get past the Eagles for a 47-42 loss sending them to consolation bracket winning against FWCD on Friday. St. John's lost to St. Andrew's 47-44 for a 10th place finish.

Arguably the most exciting game for the start of Winter SPC was the Boys' Soccer 2-1 victory over the Casady Cyclones at Episcopal High School.  Philip Kensinger '16 had three saves on the night including a key stop on a cross at the end of the first half to keep it 0-0 going into the second period.  Early on in the second half Cyclones struck first at the north end of Simmons Field to go up 1-0. The Mavericks, who had relied on their defense to get them to the tournament, were struggling with offensive chances all season long until Hayden Simmons '17 broke free on the left side and found Matthew Garnett '17 for the equalizer with 24:54 to go. Garnett sneaked between two defenders minutes later to snatch the ball and bury his second goal, which proved to be the game winner.

"We have been struggling to score all season and to score one in SPC to get back level and then to go ahead was awesome," said Garnett.  "I just wanted to get the ball around the keeper and put something on target.

"It was awesome to see Matthew make that shot off the post and I'm happy to be apart of it and contribute," said Simmons.

"This team rallied around each other," said Kensinger. "We finally put in some goals which we have not been able to do all season, so onward we go."

"Its all about heart, hard work, and finally we scored," said Head Coach Ziad Allan. 

Boys' Soccer had another come from behind win (3-1) over Holland Hall in the second round, and followed up in the late night game with a 4-2 win in pk's over Kinkaid. In the semi-final vs Kinkaid, the Mavericks jumped out to an early first half lead off a half-volley at the top of the box from John Boom '18.  Kinkaid tied it with 26:35 to go and both teams went scoreless in regulation and overtime.  Lucas Tyler '18, Luc Ware '18, Chris Randall '16, and Owen Torczon '17 all scored their penalty shots to help advance the Mavericks to the SPC Championship game.  

In the final the Mavericks got down 3-0 to Episcopal and rallied on a goal from Will Bickham '16 with 12 minutes to go.  Several saves from Kensinger and a close shot by Joe Faraguna '16 kept the Mavericks in it until the final whistle sounded.  Congratulations on a 2016 SPC Runner-Up finish.

Girls' Soccer dropped a thrilling first round game against Hockaday, losing 1-0 in overtime.  The team rebounded for fifth place 1-0 win against Episcopal. 

Boys' Swimming finished second and Girls' Swimming finished third for a combined second place coed finish. 

Wrestling won the SPC Championship!

Sam Chambers - Athletic News