SPORTS ROUNDUP: KNIGHTS BLANK NINETY SIX, IMPROVE TO 2-0

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The St. Joseph’s football team rode another big defensive effort and defeated Ninety Six 10-0 in its first home game of the season Friday night.

The Knights (2-0), who blanked Carolina through three quarters in their 26-8 season-opening victory last week, recorded a shutout for the third time under second-year coach Jon Wheeler.

Last season, St. Joe’s defeated West-Oak 45-0 in Week 4 and shut out McCormick 23-0 in Week 8.

In their 2019 home debut, the Knights gave ground on the first possession of the game, with Ninety Six driving to the SJCS 25-yard line. But the Wildcats turned the ball over on downs.

On the Knights’ first play from scrimmage, sophomore K.D. Boyd burst through for 49 yards, the key play on a drive that ended with a 15-yard touchdown run by junior Mark Lyons.

Freshman Matthew Hall made the point-after kick, and the Knights led 7-0 with 8:45 left in the first quarter.

That was all the scoring until the fourth quarter, when the SJCS defense came up with another big stop at the Wildcats’ 44-yard line with less than eight minutes remaining.

St. Joe’s moved to the Ninety Six 5-yard line, and with a fourth-and-goal situation, Matthew Hall came on and nailed a clinching field goal with 2:41 left in the game.

Fittingly, on a big night for the Knights’ defense, the Wildcats’ last possession ended with a sack by senior Alec Miller.

Next week, St. Joe’s will have its annual Military Appreciation Night when the Knights host the Anderson Cavaliers.

JV FOOTBALL

The Knights’ junior varsity team got off to a good start with a 20-12 victory on the road against Ninety Six on Thursday night.

GIRLS TENNIS

The SJCS girls tennis team rolled to a 7-0 victory over Southside Christian on Thursday.

Singles
1-Melina Norton d. Zoe Dinkle, 6-1, 6-3
2-Julia Jacques d. Caroline Williams, 6-1, 6-0
3-Adrianna Delacruz d. Chloe Dew, 6-2, 6-3
4-Madison Patrick d. Sophie dew, 6-3, 6-2
5-Charlotte Horin d. Farah King, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0
Doubles
1-Norton/Jacques d. Dinkle/Williams, 6-1, 6-2
2-Caroline Gallagher/Grace Eilers d. Barret Hughes/Emma Williams, 6-1, 6-1

VOLLEYBALL

The SJCS volleyball team improved to 2-0 in Region 1-2A with a 3-0 (25-6, 25-7, 25-9) win over visiting Greenville Tech on Thursday.

MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

The SJCS middle school volleyball team lost to Langston on Friday, 2-0 (25-11, 25-11). Camila Salgado was high-scoring server for the Knights.

The Knights lost a tough match against Bob Jones on Thursday, 2-1 (25-14, 21-25, 15-10). Lindsey Netterville was high-scoring server for St. Joe’s.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: GIRLS TENNIS TEAM DEFEATS ASHEVILLE

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The SJCS varsity girls tennis team defeated visiting Asheville School 5-2 on Wednesday afternoon.

Melina Norton (No. 1), Julia Jacques (No. 2) and Madison Patrick (No. 4) won singles matches for the Knights.

Also for St. Joe’s, Melina Norton and Julia Jacques were victorious at No. 1 doubles and Caroline Gallagher and Grace Eilers at No. 2 doubles.

The Knights play today at 4:30 at Southside Christian.

In the Furman preseason tournament Aug. 16-17, Melina Norton placed third at No. 1 singles; Adrianna Delacruz placed second at No. 3 singles; and Caroline Gallagher and Grace Eilers defeated the team from Riverside in the playoff for third place in the No. 1 doubles draw.

Girls golf

The St. Joseph’s girls golf team played a tri-match against Wren and Blue Ridge Wednesday at Chanticleer. The Knights (6-2) lost to the Hurricanes but beat Blue Ridge.

Emma Curran led the way for SJCS with a 45. Caleigh Noonan fired a 50, Marett Cole a 51 and Kaitlyn Dumit a 54. Illness prevented Reagan Lillibridge from participating.

The Knights next play Tuesday against Ware Shoals at The Preserve at Verdae.

Volleyball

The SJCS volleyball team, which opened Region 1-2A play Tuesday night with a 3-0 victory over Brashier Middle College, will play at home tonight at 6:45 against Greenville Tech. The JV plays at 5:30.

Also today….

The SJCS middle school volleyball team plays at Bob Jones at 4:30 PM. The Knights’ JV football team plays at Ninety Six at 6:30 PM.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: VOLLEYBALL TEAM TAKES 9TH IN TENNESSEE

The SJCS varsity volleyball team took ninth overall out of 50 teams and finished as the Silver Bracket runner-up in the Showdown at the Sunsphere tournament this past weekend in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Knights will open Region 1-2A play tonight at home against Brashier Middle College at 6:45 PM. The JV plays at 4:30 PM.

Swimming

Saturday was a big day for the St. Joseph’s swim team, which added 15 state cuts and 20 consideration times to its growing list during the Splashdown Invitational at the Greenville County Aquatic Complex.

The Knights also had two individual first-place finishers: Silas Crosby in the 200 free and Colin Jordan in the 100 free.

Next up for the SJCS swimmers is the Upstate Invitational at the Rock Hill Aquatic Center on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Girls Golf

Led by co-captain Caleigh Noonan, the St. Joseph’s girls golf team beat Wren 161-169 Monday at Southern Oaks in Easley.

Caleigh shot a 1-over 37 for the Knights (5-1). Emma Curran posted a 39, while Reagan Lillibridge had a 40 and Kaitlyn Dumit carded a 45. Also for the Knights, Marett Cole shot 50 and Meghan Noonan 69.

SJCS next plays Wednesday at GCC Chanticleer against Wren and Blue Ridge.

FALL PLAY: AGATHA CHRISTIE’S BLACK COFFEE

The SJCS Theatre Department’s Fall Play will be Agatha Christie’s “Black Coffee.” Auditions will be Monday, August 26 (5:00-7:00 PM) and Tuesday, August 27 (3:30-5:30 PM).

Audition callbacks will be Wednesday, August 28 from 1:30-3:00 PM. The names of students needed for callbacks will be posted on the Scene Shop door by 2nd period on Wednesday. Every student auditioning should be available to attend callbacks in case they are needed for additional scene reading.

All Auditions will take place in the St. John Paul II Center. Entry should be made through the high school student entrance.

Click here for more information.

SJCS FOOTBALL TEAM OPENS WITH VICTORY OVER CAROLINA

Senior Rashad Luckey ran for three touchdowns, and the SJCS football team opened the season with a 26-8 victory on the road against Carolina High at David Farnham Stadium Friday night.

The Knights, who pulled away with two fourth-quarter touchdowns, began the season with a win over Carolina for the second year in a row.

Rashad scored on a short run the first time the Knights had the ball, and they led 6-0 with with 3:16 left in the first quarter.

With 6:27 remaining in the first half, Rashad scored on a 12-yard run and sophomore Matthew Hall added the point-after kick to make it 13-0.

Carolina scored and added a two-point conversion to pull within 13-8 with 9:29 left in the game. But St. Joe’s scored on its next two possessions.

Sophomore K.D. Boyd broke free for 34 yards, setting up his 20-yard touchdown run. Then Rashad scored on a 20-yard run with 1:45 remaining. Matthew Hall kicked the extra point, and the Knights had a 26-8 lead.

Click here to view Richard Shiro’s photo gallery on GreenvilleOnline.com.

School-wide tailgate

The Knights will play their first home game next Friday, August 30, at 7:30 PM against Ninety Six. All SJCS families & friends are invited to attend our Welcome Back Tailgate before the game from 5:30-7:00 PM on the softball field next to the gym.

SJCS parent leader groups will be providing FREE hot dogs (cooked by Mr. Kiser, Dr. Jones and Mrs. J), condiments, plates, flatware and napkins. There is no cost to attend, though we ask that you bring…. If your last name begins with:

A-C: Individual bags of chips
D-H: Dessert (no nuts, please)
I-Q: Side dish (fruit, salads, antipasto, veggies, etc.)
R-Z: Case of bottled water

FOOTBALL BEGINS BIG SPORTS WEEKEND; GIRLS GOLF EARNS VICTORY

The SJCS football team opens its regular season tonight, playing on the road against Carolina High School.

Coach Jon Wheeler’s Knights, with 18 returning starters, are coming off a 5-6 season that included a loss in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM at Carolina High.

Click here to read The Greenville News preview of the Knights’ football team.

It’s the start of a big weekend for SJCS athletics.

The Knights volleyball team will be playing in the Showdown at Sunsphere tournament in Knoxville, Tenn., today and Saturday.

The SJCS swim team will compete in the Splashdown Invitational at the Greenville County Aquatic Complex.

The JV tennis team will play in the Spartanburg tournament at Spartanburg High School.

Girls golf team wins tri-match

Led by junior Emma Curran, the St. Joseph’s girls golf team won a tri-match Thursday at Greer Country Club against Greer Middle College and Landrum.

Curran shot a 39 to lead the Knights (4-1) to a 173 total, four shots better than GMC. Landrum finished third with at 201.

Junior Kaitlyn Dumit fired a 43 while juniors Reagan Lillibridge and Caleigh Noonan shot 45 and 46, respectively. Freshman Marett Cole carded a 47, marking only the second time in program history that the top five golfers all posted sub-50 scores. Seventh-grader Meghan Noonan also competed and finished with a 67.

The Knights next play on the road against Wren Monday, Aug. 26 at Southern Oaks in Easley.

SIXTH GRADE ACADEMY BIBLE BLESSING

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Sixth Grade Academy students participated in the annual Blessing of the Bibles on Thursday, August 22.

Fr. Duncan spoke to the students about reverence and how to care for the Bible and delivered a blessing:

“Lord God, may these writings give us deep understanding of You and of ourselves. May it strengthen our love for You. May it lead us to active concern for our brothers and sisters.”

Fr. Duncan also prayed that the students might “study the scriptures in such a way that they may make the prayer of Jeremiah their own:

“When I found your words I devoured them — they became my joy and the happiness of my heart.” Jeremiah 15:16

SJCS GIRLS GOLF TAKES 2ND, GIRLS TENNIS 4TH IN TOURNAMENT

The St. Joseph’s girls golf team opened its regular season Wednesday with a four-way match at Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course.

Daniel won the team competition with a 174 total, and the Knights (2-1) finished second with 181. St. Joe’s was led by junior Emma Curran, who shot 41. Co-captains Kaitlyn Dumit, a junior, and Caleigh Noonan, a sophomore, posted 45 and 47, respectively. Freshman Marett Cole fired a 48, and junior Reagan Lillibridge had a 51.

Riverside (215) and Powdersville (218) rounded out the field.

The Knights are back in action today, Aug. 22, against Greer Middle College and Landrum at Greer Country Club.

Girls Tennis

The SJCS girls varsity tennis team placed fourth at the Furman Girls Preseason Invitational this past weekend. Christ Church won the championship, followed by J.L. Mann and T.L Hanna.

Eight teams from the Upstate competed. Daniel, Mauldin, Riverside and Travelers Rest rounded out the field.

2019 FALL RED DOOR CEREMONY

St. Joseph’s Catholic School’s annual Red Door Ceremony was held Wednesday, August 21 prior to the first all-school Mass of the year.

All freshmen, as well as new students in grades 10-12, were formally welcomed into the school community by processing in through the red door, just as this door welcomed the first 13 high school students to St. Joe’s in 1993.

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SJCS BOYS SWIM TEAM DEFEATS RIVERSIDE

The SJCS boys swim team snuck past Riverside by three points Tuesday night and lost to J.L. Mann.

The Knights had outstanding performances from junior Silas Crosby, who won the 500 free; senior Peter Permanente, who won the 100 fly; and senior Preston Jennings, who won the 100 free. The boys swept the 200 and 400 free relays with help from James Cline and newcomer Colin Jordan.

The girls team fought hard against Riverside and J.L. Mann, with junior Elizabeth Loudermilk winning the 500 free and sophomore Mary Kate Farrell winning the 200 IM.

The team achieved 15 individual state cuts, 22 additional consideration cuts, and four relay state cuts.

The Knights will compete in the Splashdown Invitational at the Greenville County Aquatic Complex Saturday.

SJCS HONORED AS A RECYCLING SCHOOL OF THE YEAR

The Greater Greenville Sanitation Commission has recognized St. Joseph’s Catholic School as a Recycling School of the Year for 2018-2019 — one of just five schools in Greenville County to receive this honor!

The GGSC recognized the schools “for their recycling impact throughout the school year. These schools have done an outstanding job helping students learn the importance of recycling.”

Congrats to Green Steps Coordinator Mrs. Joanna McLucas and her team!

SJCS WINS 2019 BEST OF GREENVILLE AWARD

St. Joseph’s Catholic School has been selected for the 2019 Best of Greenville Award in the category of Catholic School.

Each year, the Greenville Award Program identifies companies it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community.

According to the Greenville Award Program, these exceptional companies “help make the Greenville area a great place to live, work and play.”

Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Greenville Award Program and data provided by third parties.

Congrats to SJCS faculty, staff, students, parents, grandparents, alumni, benefactors and all those who helped bring this recognition to our school!

FACULTY/STAFF TEAM DEFEATS SENIORS IN KICKBALL

The SJCS faculty/staff jumped on top, kept the offense humming and rode the pitching of Coach Kucinic and Dr. Jones to a 16-9 victory over the seniors in the first kickball game between the friendly rivals Thursday, August 15.

Congrats to all for an incredible display of athleticism and sportsmanship, especially to the seniors for allowing the older set’s brief return to glory.

Good luck to all in the coming school year! Go Knights!

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SJCS THEATRE DEPT. PRESENTS CHARLOTTE’S WEB AUG. 16-18

Join the SJCS Theatre Department in kicking off the school year with the memorable childhood tale, “Charlotte’s Web.” Join Wilbur as he finds a new home on the Zuckerman farm. His blossoming friendships with Fern and the farm animals become a source of courage in the face of danger. It’s Charlotte’s artistic messages that truly save the day. Take a journey to a world where animals talk and friendships’ ties are strong!

PERFORMANCES
Friday, August 16, 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 17, 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 18, 3:00 PM

Click here to purchase tickets.

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