GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY WINS REGION; VOLLEYBALL ADVANCES

Senior Ava Dobson won the individual championship and led the SJCS girls cross country team to the Region 1-2A title Wednesday at Hillcrest High School.

Dobson finished in 17:26. For the Knights, junior Caroline Linen finished third in 19:19, and seventh-grader Lauren Kelly finished ninth in 21:51, and both also made the all-region team.

In the boys meet, St. Joe’s senior Brendan McTigue won the individual championship in 16:52 and led the Knights to a runner-up finish. Juniors Dylan McTigue (17:22) and Tristan McTigue (17:36) came in third and sixth, respectively, and made the all-region team.

Volleyball

The SJCS volleyball team advanced to the Class 2A Upper State final with a 3-1 (25-13, 25-18, 21-25, 25-19) victory over host Gray Collegiate Academy in Columbia on Wednesday night.

The Knights were led by senior Sydney Nobarak, who had 35 kills (hitting .517), and freshman Emily Normand, who had 15 kills.

Sophomore Kimmie Thompson had 47 assists and 14 digs, and senior libero Elizabeth Tamura had a team-high 29 digs and four assists. The team had 64 digs and six aces in all.

The Knights (27-12) will host North Central in the Upper State final at 6 p.m. Monday.

Girls Tennis

The SJCS girls tennis team will play Governor’s School in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs (Upper State semifinals) at Coker College at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

MIND EXPERT VISITS PSYCHOLOGY CLASS

 

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Jessica Sharp of Sharp Brain Consulting in Greenville recently visited Mrs. Meby Carr’s Psychology class to talk about mindfulness and lead the class in a meditation exercise.

“Ultimately, mindfulness is just a big concept that really means being focused on the present moment, so being really intentional about being here and in the moment, and that is really hard,” she said.

“There’s always kind of this stream of consciousness happening in our brain, which makes it incredibly hard to be really focused here on the present moment, so meditation is often put with mindfulness because meditation is a tool that can help you be more mindful.”

Click here for more on Sharp Brain Consulting.

SJCS GIRLS GOLF TEAM TAKES FIFTH IN 3A STATE TOURNAMENT

Led by the stellar play of junior Caleigh Noonan, the St. Joseph’s girls golf team finished fifth in the Class 3A state tournament Monday and Tuesday in Conway.

Played on the 5,250-yard Hackler Course on the campus of Coastal Carolina University, the tournament featured the best teams in class 1A, 2A and 3A.

Noonan, a co-captain, fired a 78 in the first round and a 77 in the second round, both personal bests, for a 155 total. She finished tied for ninth and made the all-state team.

“I couldn’t be happier and more proud of Caleigh,” said SJCS coach Mark Matlock. “She has worked so hard on her game, and it all paid off in the biggest tournament of the season.”

Junior Emma Curran shot 87-80-167 for the Knights, who posted a score of 671. Junior co-captain Kaitlyn Dumit had 89-85-174, while junior Reagan Lillibridge had 91-84-175. Lillibridge’s round featured a birdie on the difficult par-4 18th hole. Freshman Marett Cole posted a two-day total of 210.

“The entire team responded on the second day,” said Matlock. “We improved our score by 19 shots from the first day and solidified our fifth-place finish. Considering the level of competition, it was an outstanding achievement for us to finish where we did.”

The future is bright indeed for the girls golf team, which has no seniors on its roster.

SJCS FINE ARTS DEPT. PRESENTS “BLACK COFFEE” OCT. 31-NOV. 3

BLACK COFFEE

Agatha Christie has woven a fantastically intriguing plot with her first written stage play, Black Coffee. Famous detective Hercule Poirot is summoned to the home of Sir Claud Amory after an important formula has been discovered stolen. Shortly after Poirot’s arrival, one member of the family is found dead. Not only must Poirot uncover the thief, but there is now also a murderer in the midst. Join the SJCS Theatre Department and the cast and crew of Black Coffee in this production filled with mystery, intrigue, and hidden identities to see if you can guess the culprits correctly!

 

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, October 31 at 7:00 PM – Preview Performance
Friday, November 1 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 2 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, November 3 at 3:00 PM

We look forward to seeing you at the show at the JPII Center. Come support the SJCS Fine Arts Department. Purchase tickets HERE!

VOLLEYBALL, GIRLS TENNIS TEAMS ADVANCE IN PLAYOFFS

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The SJCS volleyball team rallied from one set down and then from 23-19 down in the fourth set to defeat visiting Andrew Jackson 3-1 (23-25, 25-12, 25-16, 25-23) in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs Monday night.

The Knights (26-12) will play Region 3 champion Gray Collegiate Academy in Columbia in the third round at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

St. Joe’s lost the first set against Andrew Jackson, won the next two, but trailed 23-19 in the fourth. However, sophomore Maggie Patterson served out the set with six straight points, including two of her three aces. She also had 10 digs in the match.

The Knights were led by freshman Emily Normand, who had 21 kills, and senior Sydney Nobarak, who had 16 kills, 12 digs and an ace. Sophomore Kimmie Thompson had 39 assists and 10 digs.

Senior Elizabeth Tamura had a team-high 36 digs and four aces. Sophomore Maja Hawthorne contributed two aces.

The team had 85 digs and 11 aces in all.

Girls Tennis

The SJCS girls tennis team, runner-up in Region 1-2A, went on the road and defeated Region 2-2A champion Abbeville 6-1 Monday in a first-round Class 2A playoff match.

The Knights will travel to Hartsville Wednesday for a second-round match against Region 1-2A champion Governor’s School.

SJCS 6, Abbeville 1
Singles
1–Melina Norton (SJCS) d. Sara Beth Ferguson (A), 6-1, 6-2
2–Julia Jacques (SJCS) d. Sidney McCurry (A), 6-3, 6-3
3–Adrianna Delacruz (SJCS) d. Audrey McCurry (A), 6-0, 6-3
4–Anna Beth Smith (A) d. Madison Patrick (SJCS), 7-5, 6-2
5–Charlotte Horin (SJCS) d. Bet Ricketts (A), 6-2, 6-0
Doubles
1–Norton/Jacques (SJCS) d. Ferguson/McCurry (A), 8-2
2–Grace Eilers/Michelle Pares (SJCS) d. Claire Hughes/Amanda Boyd (A), 8-2

KNIGHTS MAKE IT TWO IN A ROW OVER RIVAL CHRIST CHURCH

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After earning its first victory over rival Christ Church a year ago, the SJCS varsity football team didn’t wait long for its second.

The visiting Knights scored on all five of their first-half possessions, rushed for 438 yards and cruised to a 47-7 win over the Cavaliers Friday night at Carson Stadium.

Senior running back Rashad Luckey, coming off a 366-yard, five-touchdown performance against McCormick that netted him Greenville News Athlete of the Week honors and High School Blitz recognition, scored three more touchdowns for the Knights, two rushing and one receiving.

Sophomore K.D. Boyd rushed for two touchdowns, and sophomore Harrison Scott and senior Nick Crews each ran for one score for St. Joe’s, which improved to 8-1 overall and 2-1 in Region 1-2A.

The Knights had the ball first and scored on their third play from scrimmage, a 62-yard dash by Boyd. Matthew Hall’s point-after kick made it 7-0 at the 10:27 mark of the first quarter.

The next time St. Joe’s had possession, it took only two plays to score. Luckey burst 60 yards for a touchdown, Hall converted and it was 14-0. Boyd scored from 32 yards out, and the Knights led 21-0 after one quarter.

St. Joe’s used a few more plays on its next drive, which culminated with Scott’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Luckey. The kick was wide, but the Knights had a 27-0 advantage with 7:07 left in the half.

Scott’s long pass to junior Kyle Lonergan set up a 9-yard touchdown run by Luckey with 3:40 remaining in the half. Hall’s conversion gave St. Joe’s a 34-0 halftime lead.

Christ Church broke through midway through the third quarter to make it 34-7, but the Knights responded with a five-minute drive, with Scott scoring on an option play from 6 yards out. Hall converted, and the lead was up to 41-7.

In the fourth quarter, senior Nick Crews broke free for 38 yards and then scored on a 1-yard run. The Knights opted to take a knee on the conversion try, leaving the score at 47-7.

This Friday, in their final regular-season game, the Knights will host Blacksburg. Both are 2-1 in the region, so the game will have major playoff implications.

It also will be Senior Night and Catholic Parish Night. St. Joe’s will offer free admission to all Catholic parish employees, staff and teachers, as well as to all children 18 and under with a parish bulletin (printed or electronic).

INSCAPE WELCOMES SUBMISSIONS FOR ITS 2020 EDITION

On behalf of the staff of Inscape, our SJCS literary and art magazine, I want to invite you to submit your work to be considered for this year’s volume. We welcome submissions from high school and middle school students, as well as from faculty and staff.

Please consider sharing your poetry, short stories, drawings, paintings, and photography with us! We appreciate all submissions and then work as a staff to choose a wide selection to be featured in this year’s magazine, which will be published in the spring.

Click HERE to read about this year’s theme, to fill out the Google submission form, and to attach your work.

God bless,
Dr. Kriegel

 

JV FOOTBALL TEAM ROLLS OVER CCES; MS SUFFERS 1ST DEFEAT

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Chris Johnson scored three touchdowns — two rushing and one receiving — and the SJCS junior varsity football team closed its season with a 34-7 victory over visiting Christ Church on Thursday night.

Daniel Watson put the Knights on top, racing 40 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. The point-after try was blocked, and St. Joe’s led 6-0.

The Cavaliers scored first in the second quarter and added the conversion to lead 7-6. On the Knights’ next possession, a long run by Johnson and a CCES facemask penalty set up a Johnson touchdown run. A two-point conversion attempt failed, but St. Joe’s had a 12-7 advantage.

Tommy Sullivan knocked down a Cavs pass on third down, forcing a punt. Quarterback Jack Murphy capped the Knights’ next possession with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Johnson. Watson, with fancy footwork and a nice spin move, ran in for the conversion to make it 20-7.

Christ Church drove deep into SJCS territory, but a sack by Sullivan and a pass breakup in the end zone by Walker Wood and Christian Cancello forced a field goal attempt that came up short.

The Knights added another big play before the half, with Johnson scoring on a 67-yard run. The two-point conversion pass was incomplete, but St. Joe’s led 26-7 after two quarters.

In the third quarter, Murphy ran 30 yards on an option play, setting up the final Knights touchdown. Murphy pitched to Walker, who found Alex Gillespie in the end zone. Murphy ran in for two points and a 34-7 lead.

Watson had a sack in the fourth quarter for the Knights, who ended a highly successful season with a record of 4-2.

Middle School Football

In a highly anticipated game between undefeated teams, visiting Southside Christian School defeated St. Joseph’s 34-6 on Thursday night.

The Sabres scored twice in the first quarter before the Knights’ Brayden Renfrow hit Harrison Zinkann for a 60-yard touchdown. At the end of the quarter, the Sabres led 12-6.

In the second quarter, Southside Christian scored on a quarterback sneak and a pick-six, and the Knights headed into the locker room at halftime down 26-6.

The Sabres had a strong running game, and midway through the third quarter, they scored another rushing touchdown and added a two-point conversion, making it 34-6.

The Knights ended an outstanding season with a record of 5-1.

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VOLLEYBALL TEAM CELEBRATES SENIORS, 1ST-ROUND VICTORY

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It was a night of celebration for the SJCS volleyball team.

Most important, the Knights, beginning their quest for a ninth consecutive state championship, defeated visiting Central High School 3-0 (25-9, 25-7, 25-11) in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs Wednesday night.

St. Joe’s was led by freshman Emily Normand, who had 12 kills (hitting .346), and senior Sydney Nobarak, who had 10 kills (hitting .471), seven aces and six digs.

Senior Elizabeth Tamura had a team-high 12 digs, along with three aces and two assists. Sophomore Maja Hawthorne had six aces, two assists and a block, and sophomore Kimmie Thompson had 20 assists and 11 digs.

The Knights had 44 digs and 22 aces in all.

Early in the match, SJCS coach Jan Carino called a timeout so that the team could recognize Sydney Nobarak, who recently recorded her 1,000th career kill.

After the match, the team honored its three seniors: Emma Martin, Sydney Nobarak and Elizabeth Tamura.

On Monday, Oct. 28, the Knights (25-12) will host Andrew Jackson in the second round. The first 25 St. Joe’s students will be admitted for free through the generosity of the Knights Athletic Booster Club.

SJCS GIRLS GOLF TEAM QUALIFIES FOR STATE

The St. Joseph’s girls golf team fired a team score of 344 Tuesday at Carolina Springs Golf Club in Fountain Inn to easily qualify for next week’s Class 3A state tournament in Conway.

Juniors Caleigh Noonan and Emma Curran led the way with 83 and 85, respectively while juniors Kaitlyn Dumit and Reagan Lillibridge were right behind at 87 and 89, respectively. Freshman Marett Cole shot a 102.

The Knights competed in the Upper State qualifier Tuesday, with teams shooting a score of 400 or lower advancing to the state tournament at The Hackler Course on the campus of Coastal Carolina University Oct. 28-29.

“The point of the tournament truly is to just make the state tournament field,” said SJCS coach Mark Matlock. “Mission accomplished.

“This group of young women has matured and grown together on the golf team, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

SJCS ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB HOSTS LITTER FREE GAME

St. Joseph’s Catholic School and the SJCS Environmental Club hosted a Litter-Free Game — sponsored by PalmettoPride — Friday night at the Homecoming football game.

Before the game, students were handing out car litter trash bags. At halftime, they were walking around and picking up trash from the crowd, and then after the game, they made another round to make sure the trash was all picked up.

#LitterFreeGames

SJCS GIRLS TENNIS TEAM HONORS ITS SENIORS

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The SJCS varsity girls tennis team lost its final match of the regular season against visiting Christ Church on Thursday, Oct. 17. The Knights, 9-6 overall, finished 4-2 and in second place in Region 1-2A.

“We had some very tough matches, but the girls battled very hard against some stout competition,” said SJCS coach Tricia Brown.

The Knights will begin the playoffs on the road on Monday, Oct. 28 against Region 1 champion Abbeville.

In their final home match, the Knights honored their two seniors, Madison Patrick and Emily Mullins, with a recognition ceremony that highlighted their various academic and athletic achievements. Each girl was presented with a gift and flowers to recognize her time on the team. Each senior demonstrated leadership capacities, with Emily serving as team captain this year.

LUCKEY’S HUGE NIGHT LEADS KNIGHTS OVER McCORMICK

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Rashad Luckey rushed for 354 yards and five touchdowns, and St. Joseph’s once again used a big second half to put away its opponent in a 55-20 homecoming victory over McCormick Friday night.

The Knights (7-1), who led Landrum by seven points at the half last week and won 49-28, led McCormick 27-20 after two quarters before taking command. St. Joe’s rushed for 588 yards, and Luckey has rushed for 524 yards and scored nine touchdowns in the last two weeks.

As they did against Landrum, the Knights scored on the game’s first possession, this time moving 55 yards on five plays. Luckey scored from 7 yards out, and Matthew Hall added the point-after kick.

St. Joe’s went 55 yards again on its second possession in three plays, with K.D. Boyd taking it the last 29 yards. The kick was no good, and it was 13-0 with 6:56 left in the quarter.

After McCormick scored to make it 13-6, the Knights struck for two more touchdowns before the end of the quarter, getting an 8-yard run by Kyle Lonergan and a 74-yard run by Luckey. With a pair of conversion kicks by Hall, St. Joe’s led 27-6 at the end of one.

McCormick, a non-region opponent, had the edge in the second quarter, scoring twice to pull to within 27-20. Hall’s 33-yard field goal attempt with 33 seconds left in the half hit the crossbar and bounced back, leaving the Knights with a seven-point halftime advantage.

But the second half was all St. Joe’s. Luckey scored on runs of 3 and 13 yards in the third quarter and then capped the scoring with a 70-yard burst midway through the fourth quarter.

Earlier in the fourth quarter, Boyd scored on a 29-yard run, with Lonergan and Marcos Salgado providing big blocks that paved the way. Hall nailed all four of his conversion attempts in the second half.

The Knights return to Region 1-2A play next week, playing on the road against rival Christ Church.

At halftime, Meghan Malone was crowned Homecoming Queen, and senior lineman Mack Floyd was crowned Homecoming King.

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