Boys Swimming Defeats 5A Opponents

Boys Swimming landed a huge victory Thursday at Middle Tyger YMCA defeating not one, but TWO 5A schools in the same night. The 5A schools, Riverside and JL Mann, both have tremendous swim programs and to defeat two opponents at this level of competition is a new height for Boys Swimming, who captured St. Joseph’s first 3A state title last year.

View more Swimming photos. Special thanks to Susan Cinquemani her photography skills!

Girls Swimming also had an excellent night, finishing only 20 points back from JL Mann’s girls team. The Riverside girls are also powerhouse team in 5A. Coach Becky Van Evera, who waited up late into the night for the official results to be released, was thrilled with the victories. “This is the first time in the six years I have been coaching that we beat two 5(A) teams! Very proud of all these swimmers!”

The official results are as follows:

Dual Meet Scores – Through Event 22

Men

St. Joseph’s 162.00  |  106.00 Riverside
St. Joseph’s 143.00 |  142.00 JL Mann
JL Mann 173.00 |  106.00 Riverside

Women

Riverside 185.00 |  98.00 St. Joseph’s
JL Mann 153.00 |  132.00 St. Joseph’s
Riverside 187.00 |  99.00 JL Mann

Sixth Grade Academy Hot Air Balloon Visit

The Sixth Grade Academy students kicked off their year in style this Thursday with a visit from SkyScapes of America, a local Anderson company who brought a magnificent hot air balloon to campus! The students recently completed a reading assignment, The Twenty-One Balloons, and in addition to a day of learning about the history of balloon travel and the countries discussed in the story, the Academy teachers, Mr. Assinesi, Mrs. Connelly, Mrs. Crosby, Mrs. Duncan, and Mrs. Shapiro, created an unforgettable experience by bringing SkyScapes in for some first hand hot air balloon learning!

The students were able to see the entire assembly process and cheered as the balloon inflated and rose off the ground! The pilots tethered the craft securely and then gathered the students around the basket to show them all the behind the scenes details and answer their questions.

Thank you to our awesome Academy teaching team for putting together such a great day, and special thanks to the faculty and staff who came out to help set up!

 

Ladies Golf Sweeps Tri-Match

Ladies Golf continues to perform well, sweeping a tri-match against Region 1-AA school Landrum and AAAA school Riverside on Monday, August 27. Emma Curran fired a 43 Monday at GCC Chanticleer to lead the team, with a 46 from Reagan Lillibridge, a 51 from Caleigh Noonan and a 53 from Kaitlyn Dumit. Eighth-grader Marett Cole shot 56.
SJCS had a 193 total while Landrum shot 212 and Riverside 232.
HIGH SCHOOLS
Girls golf
Monday at GCC Chanticleer
Team: 1. St. Joseph’s 193, 2. Landrum 212, 3. Riverside 232.
Individual: 1. Emma Curran (SJ) 43, 2. Reagan Lillibridge (SJ) 46, 3. Eliza Whiteside (L) 48.
Other SJCS scores: Caleigh Noonan 51, Kaitlyn Dumit 53, Marett Cole 56.
Records: SJCS 6-1.

Knights in Action: Caroline Lovett, SJCS Class of 2016

Our students and parents understand the need for time management! There are only so many hours in a day, and with a multitude of competing interests, it can be difficult to know where and how to invest ourselves beyond our immediate responsibilities. 

Caroline Lovett, 2015

Thanks be to God, there are always many Knights who set beautiful examples of generosity and love for us in how they choose to spend their energies! In this recurring feature, Knights in Action, we will highlight students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends to our school who exemplify our mission and bring joy to those around them. Stay tuned for more stories throughout the year!

In this first edition of Knights in Action, we would like to celebrate alumna Caroline Lovett (SJCS ‘2016). Throughout all four years of high school at St. Joseph’s, Caroline mentored a young student at nearby St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School through our Campus Ministry program. Caroline visited St. Anthony’s every week to work with her mentee, tutoring him in his studies and spending quality time together on the playground with other students. 

Caroline Lovett, 2018

Graduation from St. Joseph’s, however, was not end to the friendship! Caroline has continued to stay connected with her young friend and made sure to stop by St. Anthony’s to say goodbye before heading back to Georgetown to begin her sophomore year. Caroline is a beautiful witness to the blessings that follow simple acts of generosity, and we are thankful to the students of St. Anthony’s for the way they enrich our lives and bless us with their friendship!

Interested in mentoring at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School? Contact Campus Minister Gabe Lewis.

Greece Trip Interest Meeting

Mrs. Palmer and Mrs. Trakas are leading a group to Greece from June 8-16, 2019.  We will visit the Parthenon, the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Ancient Ephesus, Santorini, Patmos Monastery of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse, stand in the place where St. Paul preached to the Ancient Greeks about their Unknown God, and much more! There will be an interest meeting for students and parents on Thursday, August 30, at 7 pm in the Meeting Room.  Or you may email Marla Palmer (mpalmer@sjcatholicschool.org) or Elaine Trakas (etrakas@sjcatholicschool.org) for more information.

First Swim Meet Results

St. Joseph’s Swimming competed in the first swim meet of the season on Thursday, August 23rd facing off against Eastside High School, Greenville Tech Charter, and Christ Church. The results were as follows:

Men lost to Eastside (AAAA state champs) 165 to 117
Men beat Christ Church 170.5-98.5
Men beat Greenville Tech Charter 198-51

Women lost to Eastside (AAAA state champs) 194-85
Women lost to Christ Church 147-120
Women beat Greenville Tech Charter 172-73

Congratulations to our swimmers for a strong start to the season! We look forward to a great year ahead!

 

Girls Golf Finishes Well Back to Back Days

St. Joseph’s fired a 189 total Wednesday, August 22 at Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course to finish second in a four-way match.

Coming in first with a 175 total was AAAA power Daniel High. After SJCS, Christ Church fired a 199 while Powdersville had a 205 score.

Caleigh Noonan posted the lowest score for the Knights (3-1) with a 42. Fellow sophomore Emma Curran had a 44 while classmates Kaitlyn Dumit and Reagan Lillibridge shot a 51 and 52 respectively. Eighth grader Marett Cole had a 59.

The following day, St. Joseph’s girls golf team posted its lowest score to date (174) in beating AAAA school Blue Ridge at Cherokee Valley Golf Club in Travelers Rest.

Sophomores Reagan Lillibridge and Caleigh Noonan each shot 40 on a beautiful day in the mountains. Teammates Emma Curran and Kaitlyn Dumit shot 44 and 50 respectively while teammate Marett Cole shot 51 for the Knights (4-1).
SJCS returns to action Monday at Chanticleer against AAAA school Riverside and Region I-AA rival Landrum.

Register Today for Real Life & Real Love – 7th and 8th Grade

Register Today

St. Joseph’s Catholic School, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church will be hosting a truly unique chastity program for parents and teens in 7th and 8th grade. The program is designed to bring parents and their teens together to discuss life’s most important issues, with a special emphasis on chastity and God’s gift of sexuality. Here, one parent shares what they liked most about the program,

“This program did such a wonderful job tying in all the things we want our children to know about sex and relationships.  Learning about all this with God and the Cardinal Virtues at the center of it all – just as it should be!”

The program is presented by Family Honor, Inc., and is called Real Love & Real Life. It will be held on Monday, September 24th, October 1st, and October 8th from 6:45 – 9:00 pm.

Register Today

Deadline for registering is September 10th. Space is limited so register online soon at www.familyhonor.org. There is a registration fee of $45 for the program, which can be paid upon checking in at the first session. Scholarships may also be available.

Small Steps Make a Big Difference: Green Steps at St. Joes

The middle school Green Steps team hit the ground running this year with their conservation effort “Tap and Stack”, a program designed to decreases the volume of waste after lunches and allows the team to begin to compost some of the fruit and vegetable waste, keeping it out of the landfill. By stacking the lunch cups and trays, the Green Steps team is able to compact our trash bags, reducing the number from 8 full trash cans down to 3 during each lunch period last year.

Stay tuned throughout the year to hear other ways St. Joe’s is doing our part to protect the environment! To get involved, contact Joanna McLucas.

Green Steps Schools is an environmental education and action initiative that recognizes schools in South Carolina who take annual sustainable steps toward becoming more environmentally responsible.

Lady Knights Tennis Begin Season at Furman High School Tournament

St. Joseph’s Girls Tennis Team battled this weekend in the competitive Furman High School Tournament and came out with their best finish to date. Competing this weekend were Julia Jasques, Marta Ratkowski, Adrianna Delacruz, Emily Mullins, Meredith Wiper, Caroline Curran/Caroline Gallagher, and Michelle Perez/Grace Marlow. Two of the seven lines competed in the finals: Adrianna Delacruz in singles line 3, and the team consisting of Caroline Curran and Caroline Gallagher in doubles line 1. Great kickoff to the Knights’ season!

Swimming Shows Strong at Splashdown Invitational

The Knights swim team competed in the Splashdown Invitational today. Though the meet isn’t scored between teams, our swimmers received 28 state cuts (automatically qualifying them to go to states) and 15 state consideration cuts, which qualifies them to go to state if there’s enough room in the pool. Congratulations to our boys and girls swim team on a strong start for the season!

Opening Victory for Knights Football

Classes begin Monday, but the St. Joseph’s Knights Football season began Friday night with a 40-14 victory over Carolina High. The stands were packed with fans joining after a well attended Welcome Back Potluck and Tailgate hosted by Campus Ministry, including an especially loud student section in St. Joe’s blue!

This year’s lineup includes plenty of familiar faces, such as seniors Jacob Johanning (#55), Luke Bynum (#11), Jadin Nassif (#2), Ryan McLear (#14), and Ted Sanchez (#33), but also some hot new talent in junior Rashad Luckey (#30) at fullback, who scored four touchdowns.

 

The victory is a fantastic start for new Head Coach Jon Wheeler, who is coming to St. Joseph’s from the Wofford College football program. His leadership and expertise seem to be producing early and exciting results for the team, and we look forward to seeing him in the halls as well as the Student Life Associate.

Plan to get on the road this Friday, August 24 for our first away game against Ninety-Six High School and cheer on your Knights!

Girls Golf Claims First St. Joe’s Win of 2018-19

Sophomores Emma Curran and Caleigh Noonan each posted a 41 Wednesday at GCC Chanticleer as the Knights opened their 2018 girls golf season.
The Knights beat AAAA school Blue Ridge 176-205. Kaitlyn Dumit shot a 45 and Marett Cole had a 49 for SJCS. Reagan Lillibridge of the Knights posted a 55.
St. Joseph’s is back in action at Chanticleer next Wednesday in a four-way match with Christ Church, Powdersville and Daniel.
HIGH SCHOOLS
Girls golf
Wednesday at Chanticleer
Team: 1. St. Joseph’s 176, 2. Blue Ridge 205
Individual: 1, Emma Curran (SJ), Caleigh Noonan (SJ) 41, 3. Raquel Fowler (BR), Kaitlyn Dumit (SJ) 45.
Records: SJ 1-0, BR 0-1.
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