NEW PARKING LOT PROJECT MAKES GOOD PROGRESS

The weather has been warm, but it has cooperated with regard to construction of the detention pond and parking lot in front of the building.

The detention pond is almost complete, and the footprint for the parking lot is established, according to SJCS Director of Operations Terry Crosby.

Work is currently being done on the piping that connects the parking lot to the pond, and that should be close to completion by the end of the week.

The parking lot, which will account for 100-plus spaces, could be complete by early November.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: AVA DOBSON IS NO. 1; SWIMMERS TAKE ON CHAMPS

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SJCS senior Ava Dobson has the fastest time in the state and one of the best in the nation after Saturday’s performance in the Eye Opener cross country meet at the Roger Milliken Center in Spartanburg.

Dobson finished as runner-up in the girls invitational with a PR of 17:40 — a new South Carolina record on the Eye Opener course, the top time in the state this season (according to scrunners.com) and the 30th fastest in the nation according to the MileSplit Network.

Dobson led the Knights’ varsity to an 11th-place finish out of 18 teams.

Sophomore Isabella Adams finished 66th out of 429 runners and led the Knights’ JV to a 16th-place finish out of 35 teams.

The SJCS varsity boys finished 17th out of 33 teams. Senior Brendan McTigue came in 29th (17:04), junior Tristan McTigue 57th (17:29) and junior Dylan McTigue 61st (17:33).

Senior Cole Van Emburg was the top finisher among the boys JV runners (152nd out of 769).

Swimming

The SJCS boys swim team defeated Christ Church by 28 points and the girls lost to defending Class 3A champion Christ Church by the same margin Monday at Greenville Country Club. Eastside, the reigning Class 4A boys and girls state champions, swept the meet against Christ Church and St. Joe’s.

“On another hot afternoon, our Knights showed up and swam fast,” Knights coach Becky VanEvera said. “This was a very fast meet with great competition.”

For the Knights, junior Preston Jennings won 100 and 400 free, junior Silas Crosby won the 200 IM and the 100 breast and sophomore Mary Kate Farrell won the 200 free.

Jennings, Crosby, senior James Cline and freshman Colin Jordan teamed to win both the 200 and 400 free relays.

Boys

Eastside 188, St. Joseph’s 97
St. Joseph’s 155, Christ Church 127
Eastside 193, Christ Church 90

Girls

Eastside 193, St. Joseph’s 93
Christ Church 156, St. Joseph’s 127
Eastside 183, Christ Church 100

SENIORS REPRESENT SJCS AT CONSTITUTION DAY

Seniors Mary Ellison McCoy and Jenna Maunsell represented SJCS at Constitution Day on Friday, Sept. 13.

The annual James Otis Lecture Series, held at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, is sponsored by the American Board of Trial Advocates and all high schools in the state are invited to participate.

Mary Ellison and Jenna are pictured with Court of Appeals Judge Aphrodite K. Konduros, one of the speakers at the event. All high school students who are selected to attend are recognized as James Otis Scholars.

Congratulations to Mary Ellison and Jenna!

KNIGHTS, NOW 4-0, BEAT LIBERTY FOR THIRD STRAIGHT SHUTOUT

It was worth the wait.

After nearly a two-hour delay because of lightning, the SJCS varsity football team followed the same script as it had the previous two weeks. The offense and special teams did their jobs, and the defense kept the opponent scoreless.

The result was a 10-0 win over visiting Liberty — the Knights’ fourth consecutive victory to start the season and their third straight shutout.

St. Joe’s has not allowed the opponent to score since Carolina registered eight points in the fourth quarter of Week 0. The Knights have outscored the opposition 68-8.

Rain fell during the early going, and both teams struggled to hold onto the ball. The Knights took advantage of a turnover to produce the game’s first score.

Sophomore C.J. Sahlman recovered a fumble at the Liberty 18-yard line with 5:40 left in the first quarter. The Knights didn’t make much progress, but freshman Matthew Hall put them on top by kicking a 30-yard field goal.

With 6:42 left in the third quarter, senior Alec Miller pounced on a fumbled at the Red Devils’ 29-yard line, and again the Knights capitalized.

On third-and-seven, sophomore quarterback Harrison Scott connected with senior Marcos Salgado for 21 yards, giving the Knights a first-and-goal at the 5. On the next play, sophomore K.D. Boyd burst through and went into the end zone standing up.

Hall added the point-after kick, and the Knights had a 10-0 lead with 5:17 remaining in the quarter.

Liberty never really threatened to score, and St. Joe’s posted its third shutout in a row and fifth in 15 games under second-year coach Jon Wheeler.

In addition, with the junior varsity and middle school teams both 2-0, the SJCS football program is a combined 8-0.

Next Friday, the Knights will play on the road against West-Oak.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: MS FOOTBALL, JV GIRLS TENNIS STILL UNBEATEN

Harrison Zinkann and Brayden Renfrow scored two TDs apiece, Johnny Jaraczewski and Joe Patterson each scored once and the SJCS middle school football team defeated the visiting Anderson Cavaliers 42-8 Thursday.

The Knights, who scored all 42 points in the first half, improved to 2-0.

Zinkann returned a punt for a touchdown midway through the first quarter to put the Knights on top. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but it only took St. Joe’s 30 seconds to score again.

Renfrow lofted a 40-yard touchdown pass to Zinkann. A seamlessly executed pass from Renfrow to Patterson secured the two-point conversion, and Knights had a 14-0 first-quarter lead.

SJCS fans witnessed an electrifying Renfrow run on the first play from scrimmage to start the second quarter, a 90-yard sprint down the left sideline for a touchdown. Renfrow passed to Gabe Nelson for the two-point conversion to make it 22-0.

Jaraczewski broke several tackles on a 44-yard touchdown run. The conversion was no good, but it was 28-0. The Knights regained possession quickly, and Renfrow launched a 50 yard-touchdown pass to Patterson, making it 34-0.

The next time St. Joe’s had the ball, Renfrow passed to Tradd Coulter, setting up a short touchdown run by Renfrow. In what may have been the most impressive play of the game, Kolbe Hanson scurried past several defenders to catch the two-point conversion with two minutes left in the first half.

The Knights led 42-0 at halftime. The Cavaliers finally scored and tacked on a two-point conversion midway through the fourth quarter.

The next game for the Knights is Sept. 26 when they travel to Christ Church.

Volleyball

The SJCS varsity volleyball team won on the road Thursday night, defeating Blacksburg 3-0 (25-14, 25-0, 25-13).

Senior Elizabeth Tamura served 25 points in a row in the second set, marking the first time in Knights coach Jan Carino’s career she has had a player achieve this feat.

St. Joe’s improved to 6-0 in Region 1-2A. This weekend, the Knights will compete in the Tournament of Champions at Dorman High School.

The SJCS JV also defeated Blacksburg.

Junior Varsity Tennis

The SJCS won on the road against J.L. Mann 4-3 on Thursday, improving to 4-0 this season.

Jayne Womack, Isabella Delacruz and Maggie Olewiler won their singles matches and Womack and Meredith Wiper won their doubles match.

On Wednesday, the Knights defeated visiting Asheville School 6-1.

Michelle Perez (No. 1), Wiper (No 2), Womack (No 3) and Alexa San (No 5) won in singles. Wiper and Womack won at No. 1 doubles and Olewiler and Mary Maken Reed at No. 2 doubles.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: SWIMMING, GIRLS GOLF, VOLLEYBALL

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The SJCS swim teams swept a tri-meet against Brashier Middle College and Greenville Tech on Tuesday at the Spaulding Farms Pool.

Next up for the Knights will be Monday’s meet  against Eastside and Christ Church at Greenville Country Club. Eastside’s boys have won three straight Class 4A state championships and its girls have won back-to-back titles. Christ Church’s girls won the 3A championship last year.

Here are the scores from Tuesday’s meet:

Combined
St. Joseph’s 383, Greenville Tech 138
St. Joseph’s Brashier MC 157
Brashier MC 270, Greenville Tech 204

Boys
St. Joseph’s 196 Greenville Tech 66
St. Joseph’s 198, Brashier MC 72
Brashier MC 124, Greenville Tech 97

Girls
St. Joseph’s 187, Greenville Tech 72
St. Joseph’s 192, Brashier MC 85
Brashier MC 146, Greenville Tech 107

Girls Golf

The St. Joseph’s girls golf team returned to its winning ways Tuesday with a tri-match victory against Region 1-2A rivals Christ Church and Landrum.

Playing at The Preserve at Verdae, the Knights (9-4) posted a 179 total, 19 shots better than CCES. Landrum finished with a score of 202.

The Knights were led by juniors Emma Curran and Kaitlyn Dumit, each of whom shot 44. Sophomore Caleigh Noonan posted a 45, and junior Reagan Lillibridge had a 46. Freshman Marett Cole fired a 48.

SJCS returns to action Sept. 19 against Landrum and Chesnee at Links O’Tryon.

Varsity Volleyball

The SJCS varsity volleyball team kept rolling Tuesday night, working its way to a 3-1 (25-18, 16-25, 25-9, 25-21) win over visiting Greer Middle College.

The Knights, 5-0 in Region 1-2A, will play on the road against Blacksburg on Thursday night.

Middle School Volleyball

The SJCS middle school team earned a split in a tri-match at Spartanburg Day on Monday.

The Knights defeated Spartanburg Day 2-0 (25-18, 25-12) but lost to St. Mary’s 2-0 (25-17, 25-19).

SJCS SENIORS AMONG NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS


SJCS students Julia VanPutte and Thomas Zakrzwski have been named National Merit Semifinalists out of a class of 102 seniors! Ranked in the top one percent of the nation’s high school students, these seniors will be notified in February 2020 of their standing as finalists.

The National Merit Scholarship Program, a privately financed academic competition for recognition and scholarships, bases its awards on high school student results on the PSAT.

Congratulations to Julia and Thomas!

SJCS BOYS SWIM TEAM TAKES 3RD, GIRLS 7TH IN ROCK HILL

The St. Joseph’s boys swim team took third out of 20 teams (15 of which were 3A or larger) and the girls took seventh in Saturday’s Upstate Invitational at the Rock Hill Aquatic Center.

Among the top individual finishes for the boys were Preston Jennings taking third in both the 50 and 100 freestyle; Jack Doyle, who had a long recovery this summer from a shoulder injury, placing second in the 100 breaststroke; and Collin Jordan taking third in the 500 free.

James Cline, Jack Doyle, Preston Jennings and Collin Jordan teamed to take second in the 200 medley relay and third in the 200 free relay.

For the girls, Sylvia Walker, Kelsey Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Loudermilk and Alice Norton placed seventh seventh in the 200 medley relay and Bryn Bissinger, Helen Norton, Alice Norton and Elizabeth Loudermilk placed eighth in the 200 free relay.

Newcomer Sylvia Walker also helped her team out with a point-scoring finish in the 100 free and Elizabeth Loudermilk placed fifth in the 200 free.

The team achieved some new state consideration times and cuts. Also of note, long-time team members Lucy Abromovitz and Camille Ferguson achieved their state consideration times for the first time.

Next up is a home meet against Brashier Middle College and Greenville Tech at Spaulding Farms Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

KNIGHTS RECORD SECOND STRAIGHT SHUTOUT, IMPROVE TO 3-0

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The St. Joseph’s football team mustered all the offense it needed in the first three minutes Friday night.

The Knights recorded their second consecutive shutout in a workmanlike 22-0 victory over the visiting Anderson Cavaliers on Military Appreciation Night.

St. Joe’s improved to 3-0 for the third time in the 10-year history of the program and the first time since 2013, when the Knights won their first eight games.

The Knights, who have outscored their three opponents 58-8, have posted four shutouts in their first 14 games under second-year coach Jon Wheeler.

Against Anderson, St. Joe’s took the opening kickoff and moved 68 yards in five plays, the big one a 41-yard run by K.D. Boyd. Kyle Lonergan ran the ball in from the 5, and Matthew Hall added the point-after kick to give the Knights a 7-0 lead.

After St. Joe’s held on defense, Anderson punted, and Lonergan returned the kick to the Cavaliers’ 31-yard line.

The Knights needed just two plays to score, the second a 16-yard strike from Scott to Lonergan for the touchdown. Hall’s point-after kick made it 14-0 with 7:42 left in the opening quarter.

St. Joe’s added to its lead in the third quarter, taking advantage of a short field with a seven-play, 32-yard drive that ended with Scott’s 4-yard touchdown run. The conversion was no good, and the Knights led 20-0.

With 39 seconds left in the game, Anderson snapped the ball over the punter’s head, and it rolled out of the back of the end zone for a safety, making the score 22-0.

Next week, the Knights will host Liberty in another non-region game.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: MS, JV FOOTBALL TEAMS CRUISE TO WINS

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Brayden Renfrow ran for two touchdowns and threw for two scores, and the SJCS middle school football team rolled to a 26-0 win over visiting Christ Church in its opener on Thursday night.

Late in the first half, on fourth-and-goal from the 5-yard-line, Renfrow threw to Gabe Nelson, who made a diving catch in the end zone. The two-point conversion attempt was no good, but the Knights had a 6-0 halftime lead.

Renfrow scored on a sweep in the third quarter, and although the conversion attempt failed, St. Joe’s led 12-0.

Christ Church was marching down field in the fourth quarter when Brayden Johnson picked off a pass. Renfrow took advantage of excellent field position and punched in another touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt failed, and the score was 18-0.

With a little more than two minutes remaining, Renfrow threw a long pass to a wide open Harrison Zinkann, who scurried down the left sideline for the touchdown. Renfrow ran in for the two-point conversion to make it 26-0.

JV Football

St. Joseph’s forced four turnovers, Daniel Watson ran for a pair of touchdowns and the Knights’ junior varsity football team cruised to a 32-6 victory over the host Anderson Cavaliers on Thursday night.

John Bynum, Adrian Monterrosa and Chris Johnson had interceptions, Andrew Passerelli recovered a fumble and Tommy Sullivan registered a sack for St. Joe’s, which improved to 2-0.

A long run by Johnson to the 1-yard line set up Watson’s first touchdown. The point-after attempt was no good, but the Knights had a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Watson’s 80-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion run gave St. Joe’s a 14-0 halftime advantage.

In the third quarter, quarterback Jack Murphy scored on a short run and then threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Johnson. The Knights missed on both conversions but still led 26-0.

Passerelli’s fumble recovery set up a 42-yard touchdown run by Davis Satterfield in the fourth quarter. Again, St. Joe’s failed on the conversion, but the score was 32-0.

The Cavaliers finally scored with 1:23 remaining.

Varsity Girls Tennis

The SJCS varsity girls tennis team lost a close non-region match on the road against Spartanburg Day School on Thursday, 5-4.

The Knights dropped to 3-1 overall. Next up is an away match against Region 1-2A foe Christ Church on Tuesday, followed by a non-region away match against Class 5A J.L. Mann on Wednesday.

SDS 5, SJCS 4
Singles
1-Kelly Killeen (SDS) d. Julia Jacques (SJ), 6-2, 6-4
2-Adrianna Delacruz (SJ) d. Mianna Converse (SDS), 1-6, 6-4, 1-0
3-Caroline Simon (SDS) d. Madison Patrick (SJ), 6-2, 6-0
4-Maggie Cobb (SDS) d. Charlotte Horin (SJ), 6-4, 7-5
5-Anna Grambling (SDS) d. Caroline Gallagher (SJ), 6-3, 7-6
6-Grace Eilers (SJ) d. Ella Grenoble (SDS), 6-2, 6-1
Doubles
1-Jacques/Delacruz (SJ) d. Killeen/Converse (SDS), 8-4
2-Simon/Grambling (SDS) d. Gallagher/Eilers (SJ), 8-6
3-Patrick/Michelle Pares (SJ) d. Grenoble/ Arden Harley (SDS), 8-3

JV Girls Tennis

The SJCS junior varsity team improved to 2-0 with a 6-0 victory over visiting Spartanburg Day School on Thursday.

Emily Mullins (No. 1), Meredith Wiper (No. 2), Jayne Womack (No. 3), Isabella Delacruz (No. 4) and Pryce Saad (No. 5) all won their singles matches, and Maggie Olewiler and Alexa San won their doubles match.

Girls Golf

Playing with a depleted lineup, the St. Joseph’s girls golf team had a rough outing Thursday, losing to Daniel (178) and Greer Middle College (179). SJCS shot 191.

Junior Emma Curran posted a 44 for the Knights (7-4), while junior Reagan Lillibridge shot 48. Freshman Marett Cole had a 48 and sophomore Caleigh Noonan had a 51.

The Knights have completed the busiest portion of their schedule. From here on, it will either be one match or tournament per week.

SJCS next plays Christ Church and Landrum at The Preserve on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Varsity Volleyball

The SJCS varsity volleyball team won on the road against Landrum 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 26-24) to improve to 4-0 in Region 1-2A.

SJCS VARSITY, JV GIRLS TENNIS TEAMS POST VICTORIES

The St. Joseph’s varsity girls tennis team kept rolling with a 5-2 victory at home over Class 5A Riverside on Wednesday afternoon.

Julia Jacques (No. 2), Adrianna Delacruz (No. 3) and Charlotte Horin (No. 5) posted singles victories for the Knights.

Julia and Adrianna also were victorious at No. 1 doubles, and Caroline Gallagher and Grace Eilers won at No. 2 doubles.

The JV girls tennis team won its first match Wednesday afternoon, defeating Class 4A Greenville High 4-3.

Meredith Wiper (No. 2) and Pryce Saad (No. 5) won singles matches for the Knights. Meredith and Jayne Womack won at No. 1 doubles, and Alexa San and Maggie Olewiler won at No. 2 doubles.

Today, the varsity plays on the road against Spartanburg Day and the JV hosts Spartanburg Day, with both matches scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: VOLLEYBALL TEAMS SWEEP OPPONENTS

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The St. Joseph’s varsity volleyball team swept past rival Southside Christian 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-15) in a Region 1-2A match at home on Tuesday night. The Knights improved to 3-0 in the region.

The SJCS junior varsity rolled to a 2-0 victory (25-15, 25-19) over Southside Christian.

The Knights’ middle school team defeated visiting Lead Academy 2-0 (25-19, 25-22). Lucy Cordi was high-scoring server for St. Joe’s.

Girls Golf

With an overall consistent effort, the St. Joseph’s girls golf team defeated Ware Shoals 173-203 Tuesday at The Preserve at Verdae.

Reagan Lillibridge led the way for the Knights with a 42. Kaitlyn Dumit fired a 43, while Emma Curran and Caleigh Noonan each shot 44.

The Knights (7-2) next play Thursday in a tri-match against Daniel and Greer Middle College at The Preserve.

SJCS GRAD DR. CAITLIN McLEAR SPEAKS TO PSYCHOLOGY CLASS

Dr. Caitlin McLear, a psychologist with Synergy Psych in Greenville, returned to her alma mater recently to speak with students in Mrs. Meby Carr’s psychology class.

Dr. McLear, a 2006 SJCS graduate who was in Mrs. Carr’s household, spoke to the students about how she deals with patients from the ages of 3 to 93; how she handles those who struggle with expectations and the pressures of today’s society; how difficult it is to get through to some patients; and many other interesting topics.

Click here for more on Dr. McLear and Synergy Psych.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: AVA DOBSON WINS FIGHT LIKE WYATT RACE


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The SJCS cross country teams competed for the first time this season in the Fight Like Wyatt event at Hillcrest High School on Saturday, August 31.

The Knights’ Ava Dobson won the girls varsity race in a time of 18 minutes flat. Her time is No. 1 in the state this season according to scrunners.com and No. 20 in the nation according to the MileSplit Network. Click here to see her interview with scrunners.com.

Ava led St. Joe’s to a fifth-place finish out of 10 teams. Caroline Linen finished sixth, and Brigid Alvis, Emily Meade and Karolina Montalvo were the other scorers for St. Joe’s.

The girls JV was runner-up out of seven teams. The scorers for the Knights were Skylar Lewis, (9th) Clare McKinley, Isabella Adams, Cailin Sullivan and Margaret Coburn.

The SJCS boys varsity came in fifth out of 11 teams. For the Knights, Brendan McTigue was 18th (17:41) and Tristan McTigue was 19th (17:42).

The boys JV was sixth out of nine teams. Morgan Fayssoux finished 25th for St. Joe’s.

Volleyball

The St. Joe’s volleyball team finished fifth overall and won the Silver Bracket championship in the Porter Gaud Invitational in Charleston this past weekend.

The Knights defeated Bishop England, James Island, Branchville and Pisgah (N.C.), and their only loss came against Class 5A River Bluff.

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