SPC Super Saturday

SPC Saturday featured three titles and a runner-up finish for the Mavericks. While Wrestling dominated the field with their 5th conference championship in the last six years, Girls' Soccer was in their first ever finals having put a stop to a 50-game winning streak the day before. Girls' and Boys' Swimming teams have never won a single title until Saturday when gut-check performances gave them one of their own.  Both squads placed swimmers and divers on the awards stand in all 24 events.
"Believe and achieve," said Head Swimming and Diving Coach Ron Raper. "When we went to the Lewisville meet in January, the teams knew they could compete with any top teams in the state. Both teams functioned with one goal- to win the SPC Championship."
The first race of the day and the last one framed a total team effort for both squads. In the opening 200 meter relay, the Girls smashed their old record finishing first just ahead of Kinkaid. The first boys' race of the day was the 200-yard medley relay. St. John's got out of the water but their score was the only tally absent on the scoreboard. It would be minutes later before it was revealed that a timing-pad malfunctioned. St. John's finished third in the race earning 13 points. They would need every bit of that score and more to topple St. Mark's, the perennial power in SPC Boys' swimming. Going into the final race of the day the boys finished third for a 106-102 SPC victory over St. Mark's. For Maverick Girls' Swimming it also all came down to the last race of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay. To win the championship the Mavericks needed to win outright against a heavily favored Kinkaid Falcon squad. The speed time for the Maverick Girl's was significantly slower thank Kinkaid's, but St. John's managed to drop almost 9 seconds off their speed projected time to clock in at 3:34.12. Kinkaid finished in 3:40.07, less than a second better than their speed time. St. John's and Kinkaid finished with 118 points and were crowned co-champions. 

Wrestling put up 221 points for their 5th SPC title in the last six years. EHS was runner-up with 131 points. Eight out of ten wrestlers won their finals matches with six coming off of pins or falls. 

"This team performance shows how strong the program is and far we have come," said 145 pound SPC Champion Layo Laniyan '18. "My sophomore year we lost SPC by 10 points and that motivated us to come back and do better in SPC and State. We now have seven wrestlers going to Nationals."
In the finals for the first time, the St. John's Girls' Soccer team started a new phase of the program. Veterans and newcomers alike gave their all in gritty competitive form. The Mavericks were down 3-0 to Kinkaid at the half but managed to get two scores in the second period only to fall 3-2.

Three championships and a runner-up was a super finish for St. John's on SPC Saturday. 

Sam Chambers

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