The SJCS varsity basketball teams both lost on the road Friday night against rival Christ Church in Region 1-2A games.

The SJCS girls were within striking distance in the third quarter before the defending Class 2A state champion Cavaliers pulled away for a 61-37 victory.

The Knights dropped to 6-2 in the region, with both losses coming against the first-place Cavaliers.

Brigid Stanton led St. Joe’s with 14 points, and Emily Meade added 10 points. Brittany Morris and Essence Thompson each scored four points, Mady Duwe three and Grace Ireland two points.

Varsity Boys

Christ Church broke the game open in the third quarter and went on to a 42-25 victory.

The Knights trailed 19-15 early in the second half, but the Cavaliers went on a 13-0 run and led by as many as 15 points the rest of the way.

Adam Rogers scored six points to lead the Knights. Kyle Lonergan had five points, Jalen Gibson four, Daniel Watson and Ben Saunders three each and Davis Satterfield and Gannon Stockton two points apiece.


SJCS Math Department Chair Mr. George Carr recently spent a few hours communicating with people from around the world.

Mr. Carr had the honor of serving as moderator for “What’s Going On in This Graph?”, a weekly online feature produced by The New York Times and the American Statistical Association.

Each week, The New York Times Learning Network publishes a new “What’s Going On in This Graph?” Mr. Carr served as moderator on Wednesday, January 15, when the subject of the graph was declining bird populations in different habitats.

Students in grades 7 through 12 are asked to make hypotheses and conjectures about what they think is going on in the graph and are given the opportunity to write a catchy headline. Three of the latter are chosen for everyone to see.

“The goal for the moderator is to encourage them to do a little more thinking,” Mr. Carr said. “This is up there for the world to see — literally.”

The graph’s release is updated each Thursday with the “reveal,” which includes the graph’s article, additional questions and stat nuggets.

Mr. Carr, who became involved through a connection with a fun run which he helps to time, said he enjoyed the experience and hopes to have another opportunity.

“It was flattering to be asked,” he said.

For more on the “What’s Going On in This Graph?” feature, click here.


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The SJCS junior varsity boys basketball team outscored Christ Church 14-0 in the fourth quarter to earn a come-from-behind, 38-35 victory over the visiting Cavaliers Wednesday night.

Jake Bailey scored all 12 of his points in the second half and Alex Gillespie added 10 points for the Knights, who trailed 26-14 at halftime and 35-24 after three quarters.

Tommy Sullivan and Sandon Brown each scored four points for St. Joe’s, and Jack Murphy, Luke Caudell, Andrew Walajtys and K.J. Haynes each had two points.

The JV girls also defeated Christ Church.

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The JV boys were coming off a runner-up finish in the Landrum Shootout on Saturday. The Knights lost in the championship game when Spartanburg Christian scored at the buzzer.

St. Joe’s defeated Chapman in the semifinals of the four-team tournament, 64-60, as Walajtys scored 25 points and Bailey added 13 points.

Varsity Boys

The SJCS varsity boys lost yet another close game Tuesday night, falling 53-49 against visiting Southside Christian.

The Knights, 2-5 in Region 1-2A, have lost three of those games by a total of nine points and the others in overtime and double overtime.

Varsity Girls

The SJCS varsity girls defeated Southside Christian 47-38. The Knights, 8-5 overall, are 6-1 and in sole possession of second place in the region.


St. Joseph’s Catholic School seventh-grader Margaret Turner was crowned Miss South Carolina Junior High School America on Saturday, January 11 at River Bluff High School in Lexington.

Margaret advances to the Miss Junior High School America Pageant, which will take place in Little Rock, Arkansas, on June 22-27, 2020. This competition, according to its website, “exists for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for girls currently in 5th through 8th grade” and “to provide outstanding junior high school girls the opportunity to compete in a pageant system that has the highest of moral values.”

Margaret said her previous highlight where pageants are concerned was finishing as runner-up in the USA National Miss Preteen at Disney World this past summer. Now she’ll be competing for an even bigger honor!

Congratulations, Margaret, and good luck in Little Rock!!


Spartanburg Christian scored at the buzzer to defeat the SJCS junior varsity boys basketball team in the championship game of the Landrum Shootout on Saturday.

St. Joe’s defeated Chapman in the semifinals of the four-team tournament, 64-60, as Andrew Walajtys scored 25 points for the Knights, and Jake Bailey added 13 points.

Varsity Boys

The SJCS varsity boys, who lost in double overtime at Blacksburg last Tuesday night, lost in overtime against Greer Middle College Friday night, 60-58, in a game played in the auxiliary gym at Eastside High School.

Ben Saunders scored 13 points for the Knights, who trailed 27-17 at halftime and 40-35 after three quarters. Daniel Watson, Jalen Gibson and Gannon Stockton each had 11 points for St. Joe’s.

Varsity Girls

The SJCS varsity girls rolled to a 69-47 victory over Greer Middle College. The Knights improved to 5-1 in Region 1-2A and remained in second place.

Middle School Boys

The SJCS middle school boys rallied from a double-digit first-half deficit to tie the score but lost to Mitchell Road Christian Academy 41-37 on Thursday afternoon.

Johnny Jaraczewski led the Knights with 14 points, and Brayden Renfrow pitched in 12 points. Harrison Zinkann had six, Michael Poinsette three and Ned Murphy two points.

Middle School Girls

The SJCS middle school girls went down to the wire with Mitchell Road Christian Academy but came up short, 24-23, on Thursday afternoon.

For the Knights, Lola Kelly and Taylor Scott each had six points, Ava Elder had five, Hanna Moore four and Jordan Pearse two points.

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St. Joseph’s Catholic School welcomed Professor Mark Byrnes, the chair of Wofford College’s History Department, on Tuesday, January 14. Prof. Byrnes spoke at the Pope Francis Forum for Dialogue and Diversity meeting about the history and the current situation regarding U.S. and Iran relations.

Upon seeing that the room of PFFDD moderator Mrs. Jennie Neighbors was filled during the lunch hour with students and members of the staff, Prof. Byrnes said, “I am shocked and impressed that there are this many people giving up free time to be here. I think that says a lot of good things about the school.”

As for whether we are on the verge of a war, Prof. Byrnes said the odds are “unlikely.”

“I won’t say never,” he said. “One of the things you learn from studying history is that lots of things that people say would never happen, happened, so I don’t say never, and I don’t say impossible.”


Emily Meade scored 22 points, and the SJCS girls varsity basketball team rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat host Blacksburg 59-55 in a Region 1-2A game Friday night.

Meade scored 14 points to help the Knights take a 27-21 halftime lead, but Blacksburg surged to a 41-40 advantage after three quarters.

Meade scored six points, Mady Duwe five and Brittany Morris and Essence Thompson four apiece in the fourth quarter to help the Knights come from behind and take over sole possession of second place in the region with a record of 4-1.

Duwe finished with 13 points, Morris and Brigid Stanton with eight each, Thompson with six and Jamison White with two points.

Boys Varsity

The SJCS boys staged a furious fourth-quarter comeback against host Blacksburg Tuesday night but eventually lost a heartbreaker in double overtime, 79-68.

The Knights trailed by nine points with two minutes remaining in regulation and by five with 55 seconds left before tying the score at 57-57 to send the game into overtime.

Jackson Gore, who scored nine of his 25 points in the two overtimes, hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer of the first overtime to tie the score at 65-65. The Wildcats then outscored the Knights 14-3 in the second extra period.

Ben Saunders led St. Joe’s with 22 points. Daniel Watson added 15 points, Jalen Gibson 14 and Gannon Stockton 11. Kyle Lonergan had four points and Davis Satterfield two points.

6th Grade Boys

The SJCS fought hard but lost to visiting Lead Academy 29-19 on Tuesday afternoon.

Charlie Walters led the Knights with seven points. Pierce Jones, Luka Kucinic, Meyer Hoover-Dempsey, Brodie Miller, Vine Stanton and Sam Utecht each scored two points.

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Jake Bailey’s 3-pointer lifted the SJCS junior varsity boys basketball team to a 34-31 victory over visiting Blacksburg Monday night.

Alex Gillespie scored 12 points and Bailey 10 for the Knights, who trailed 25-23 after three quarters.

Also for St. Joe’s. K.J. Haynes had six points, and Sandon Brown, Patrick O’Connell and Andrew Walajtys had two points apiece.

JV girls

Eight different players scored as the SJCS JV girls breezed to a 36-0 win over Blacksburg.

Salome Schmitt scored nine points to lead the Knights, and Summer LaPress and Elaina Mulholland added seven and six points, respectively.

Claire McKinley and Raquel Monterrosa each scored four points, and Tiffany Morris, Maria Hanson and Emma Stuart scored two points apiece.


The SJCS varsity basketball teams bounced back in a big way Friday night, winning on the road against Landrum.

The SJCS boys, who gave Christ Church a battle before coming up short in the final minute Tuesday night, emerged from another 32-minute struggle with a 57-49 victory.

The Knights, who improved to 2-2 in Region 1-2A, led 44-41 after three quarters. Then six different players scored for St. Joe’s in the fourth quarter.

Ben Saunders led a balanced scoring effort for the Knights with 17 points. Daniel Watson had 12 points, and Josh Masters contributed 10 points.

Jalen Gibson had six points, Brendan Dunlavey and Gannon Stockton four each and Davis Satterfield and Kyle Lonergan two apiece.

Varsity Girls

The SJCS girls, who played well in the second half Tuesday night against defending state champion Christ Church, carried that momentum into a 53-30 win over Landrum.

The Knights, who improved to 3-1 in the region, pulled away by outscoring the Cardinals 18-6 in the fourth quarter.

The girls also displayed balance, with Brigid Stanton leading the way with 14 points. Mady Duwe and Emily Meade added 11 and nine points, respectively.

Also for the Knights, Brittany Morris had seven points, Essence Thompson six, Marissa Davenport three, Fielding Pace two and Grace Ireland one point.


SJCS eighth-grader Sophie Stancel has been selected to perform in the opening ceremony for the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C., at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 24.

Coverage of the Championships is scheduled to begin that night at 8 p.m., and a brief segment from the opening ceremony is scheduled to be shown during the women’s freestyle event. In addition, US Figure Skating will have a live feed of the opening ceremony.

More than 50 girls are involved in the production. Sophie (center in the photo) has been training with a group in Charlotte on numerous weekends since September. Another group has been practicing in Greensboro, and all will skate together during the opening ceremony to music from the movie “La La Land.”

Here is a link to a feature on the opening ceremony on the website:


Alex Gillespie scored 15 points, and the SJCS junior varsity boys basketball team cruised to a 52-20 victory over visiting Landrum on Thursday night.

Jake Bailey added 10 points, Walker Wood seven points and Sandon Brown six points for the Knights, who led 24-15 at halftime.

Gillespie, who made 7 of 8 from the free-throw line, scored 11 points in the third quarter when St. Joe’s extended the lead to 43-17.

JV Girls

Elaina Mulholland scored 13 points to lead the SJCS junior varsity girls to a 28-24 victory.

Mulholland scored 10 points in the first half, helping the Knights take a 15-6 lead after two quarters.

Raquel Monterrosa added five points for St. Joe’s.

Both teams will be back in action Monday night at home against Blacksburg, with the girls tipping off at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:15.


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The SJCS boys varsity basketball team made a valiant second-half comeback, but visiting Christ Church had the edge in the last minute and defeated the Knights 49-45 in a Region 1-2A game Friday night.

The Knights, who trailed by as many as 13 points, used an 8-0 run late in the third quarter to close the gap. A pair of 3-pointers by Josh Masters and a drive by Jalen Gibson pulled St. Joe’s to within 35-32.

The Knights closed to within 45-43 on a jumper by Gannon Stockton with 3:40 to go, and when Gibson knocked down a shot from the left block, the score was tied at 45-45 with 2:41 remaining.

However, Bennett Rogers put Christ Church ahead on a drive with 1:07 left, and Sam Perry’s two free throws with 21 seconds to go clinched the victory for the Cavaliers.

Daniel Watson and Ben Saunders scored 13 points apiece to lead the Knights.

Varsity Girls

The SJCS varsity girls also made a comeback in the second half, but they dug too big of a hole in the first half and eventually lost 70-47.

Christ Church, the defending Class 2A state champion, scored the first 16 points before Mady Duwe made a free throw with 1:49 left in the first quarter.

The Knights trailed 25-1 before Brigid Stanton made their first field goal with 5:43 remaining in the second quarter.

St. Joe’s came to life in the second half and actually pulled to within 51-38, but that was as close as the Knights could get.

Brigid Stanton led St. Joe’s with 15 points, and Brittany Morris and Essence Thompson each scored 10 points.

Both teams will be back in action Friday night on the road against Landrum.

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Eighth-graders in Mrs. Susie Benkert’s classes participated in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week Dec. 9-15.

What began as a one-hour introduction to computer science to show that anybody can learn the basics and to broaden participation in the field of computer science has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with one-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.

This grassroots campaign is now supported by more than 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide. More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code in more than 180 countries.

For more information on the Hour of Code, click here.

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