SJCS GRAD LUKE BIKULEGE HAS CAREER DAY FOR CMU

Junior running back Luke Bikulege rushed for a career-high 93 yards on 16 attempts and scored two touchdowns to lead Carnegie Mellon University to a 24-3 victory over Waynesburg University in a Presidents Athletic Conference game at Gesling Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, October 12.

Bikulege, a 2017 SJCS graduate, scored on runs of 6 and 15 yards for the Tartans, who improved to 5-1.

So far this this season, Bikulege has carried 58 times for 248 yards and scored three touchdowns.

Congrats to Luke on his big day!

PHOTOS COURTESY OF CMU SPORTS INFORMATION

SJCS GIRLS TENNIS TEAM DEFEATS LANDRUM

The SJCS varsity girls tennis team defeated visiting Landrum 6-0 in a Region 1-2A match on Tuesday.

The Knights, who improved to 9-5 overall and 4-1 in the region, bounced back from a 6-1 non-region loss against 5A Wade Hampton on Monday.

St. Joe’s will host Christ Church on Thursday, and it will be the Knights’ Senior Sendoff.

SJCS 6, Landrum 0
Singles
1–Julia Jacques d. Lexi Hardin, 6-0, 6-0
2–Madison Patrick d. Anna Kuykendall, 6-0, 6-0
3–Charlotte Horin d. Ting Oliver 6-1, 6-2
4–Caroline Gallagher d. Emily Myalik 6-0, 6-0
5–Grace Eilers d. Haley Schulman 6-0, 6-1
Doubles
2–Michelle Pares/Emily Mullins d. Sarah Jones/Sophia Bennett 6-1, 6-0

SJCS LADIES NIGHT OUT

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The annual SJCS Ladies Night Out was held Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Bianca Walker Residence. Members of the SJCS community and friends gathered for a fun and relaxing night of hors d’oeuvres, wine and fellowship.

St. Joseph’s would like to thank Bianca Walker and Amy Cassidy for hosting this special evening!

CATHOLIC PARISH NIGHT NOV. 1 AT SJCS FOOTBALL GAME

On Friday, November 1, the Feast of All Saints, St. Joseph’s Catholic School will celebrate Catholic Parish Night and offer free admission to its home football game to all Catholic parish employees, staff and teachers, as well as to all children ages 18 and under with a parish bulletin (printed or electronic).

Join us for kickoff at 7:30 PM or come at halftime following your parish Mass. Come out and cheer on the Upstate’s only Catholic high school football team as the Knights host Blacksburg in an important Region 1-2A game that’s sure to have playoff implications. It’s also Senior Night at St. Joe’s, so the team will have extra motivation!

Come support the Knights on Catholic Parish Night!

SJCS HOSTS LITTER-FREE GAME AT HOMECOMING

St. Joseph’s Catholic School and the SJCS Environmental Club are hosting a Litter-Free Game, sponsored by PalmettoPride, when the Knights take on McCormick this Friday night, October 18 in our Homecoming game. St. Joe’s is hosting its Litter-Free Game at Homecoming for the second time, having done so last year. #LitterFreeGames

SJCS SENIORS ATTEND GIRLS IN AVIATION DAY

SJCS seniors Abby Horne and Anna Impeduglia attended Girls in Aviation Day at the Charleston International Airport on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Both Abby and Anna were in Mr. Bryan Haffey’s aerospace science course last year, and both earned their commercial FAA Remote Pilot certificates in that course.

Girls in Aviation Day is an event put on by Women in Aviation International. Events are held around the world. The event in Charleston was put on by the Palmetto branch of the organization.

Click here for more on Girls in Aviation Day.

EXCEPTIONAL SC BELIEVES IN OPPORTUNITY

Representatives of the Educational Credit for Exceptional Needs Children Program were at St. Joseph’s Catholic School on Monday, Oct. 13.

The ECENC Program was created by the SC General Assembly and signed into law on May 18, 2018 to provide grants and parental tax credit to eligible students attending approved schools. St. Joseph’s is one of more than 130 schools that have been approved for the 2019-2020 academic year.

A check presentation, representative of the numerous funds provided by the organization, was made during the group’s visit to the school.

“ECENC is a great example of how donors’ generosity advances the educational options for this sometimes neglected population,” said SJCS High School Director Dr. Steven Jones.

SJCS GIRLS GOLF TEAM WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT REGION TITLE

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Juniors Emma Curran and Reagan Lillibridge each shot 77 Monday as the St. Joseph’s girls golf team won the Region 1-2A title, the Knights’ fifth straight conference championship.

The Knights (17-5) posted a 325 total, just five shots ahead of Greer Middle College at Carolina Springs Golf Club in Fountain Inn. It was the best 18-hole tournament score SJCS has posted since the program started in 2014.

“I knew this was going to be our most difficult challenge yet in the region,” said Knights coach Mark Matlock. “We talked about how much better Greer Middle College was. They played like gangbusters.”

Junior co-captains Caleigh Noonan and Kaitlyn Dumit shot 83 and 88, respectively, for SJCS. Freshman Marett Cole posted her best 18-hole score ever at 90.

Curran and Lillibridge tied for third, Noonan finished sixth and all three made the all-region team.

The Knights play next Oct. 22 at Carolina Springs in the Upper State qualifier. After that, it will be the state tournament at the Hackler Course on the campus of Coastal Carolina University in Conway during fall break Oct. 28-29.

BOYS SWIM TEAM THREE-PEATS! GIRLS ARE STATE RUNNERS-UP!

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The SJCS boys swim team achieved a three-peat and the girls recorded their first-ever state runner-up finish at Saturday’s Class 3A state meet at the University of South Carolina’s Blatt Center in Columbia.

The boys finished 135.5 points ahead of runner-up Academic Magnet — an even bigger margin than last year’s 130 points. The girls finished second to Oceanside Collegiate Academy.

Senior Preston Jennings took second in the 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle — back-to-back events with about 12 minutes rest — and James Cline took second in the 100 backstroke. Junior Jack Doyle won the 200 IM and took third in the 100 breaststroke. Junior Silas Crosby won the 500 freestyle and took second in the 200 free. Freshman Colin Jordan posted third-place podium finishes in the 200 free and 100 fly.

“This is the first time that I can remember putting three relays on the podium, with two firsts and a third,” Knights coach Becky VanEvera said. “The boys medley did exactly what was needed. The boys 200 free relay was equally as fast as it had been with a completely different combination of swimmers, and the 400 free relay was pure joy to watch explode. It bested the 4A state winner, Eastside, by three seconds.”

The winning relays were comprised of Cline, Doyle, Jennings and Crosby in the 200 medley and Jordan, Crosby, Doyle and Jennings in the 400 freestyle. The 200 free relay that took third was made up of Cline, Jordan and sophomores Gabe Lagleva and Liam Kelly.

“Winning a championship is not solely about the podium finishes,” VanEvera said. “It is about all those points scored in the trenches if you will, from fourth through 20th place. Our guys moved up places like crazy to grab these points. It was amazing and fun to watch. Senior Peter Permanente led this charge by scoring 29 points.”

The girls were led by sophomore Mary Kate Farrell, the only Knight to come home with two individual state titles, having won the 200 free and the 100 breast, both come-from-behind-in-the-last-lap victories. Junior Elizabeth Loudermilk took second in the 500 free and fourth in the 200 IM. The 200 free relay (Farrell, Loudermilk, Sylvia Walker and Alice Norton) took second, as did the 400 free relay (Farrell, Loudermilk, Walker and Helen Norton).

“Similar to the boys, this team’s meet was made in the sweep points as well, led by Sylvia Waker, Helen Norton and Alice Norton,” VanEvera said.

The Knights’ other top-10 finishes were as follows:

Bryn Bissinger, 10th in the 50 free; Cline, eighth in the 200 free; Chelsea Rose Doyle, sixth in the 200 free and eighth in the 500 free; Kelly, sixth in the 50 free; Lagleva, ninth in the 200 IM and sixth in the 100 back; Chloe Lonergan, 10th in the 100 breast; Alice Norton, eighth in the 50 free; Helen Norton, sixth in the 50 free and ninth in the 100 free; Permanente, ninth in the 100 fly and eighth in the 100 back; Walker, seventh in the 100 free; and Will Wolfe, 10th in the 50 free.

The Knights had a school-record number of swimmers compete at state this year, 15 boys and 15 girls — two-thirds of the team!

However, VanEvera and assistant coach Karen Miros were proud of so much more than the results.

“This crew of athletes has been such a joy to coach this year,” VanEvera said. “They put in the work and showed up ready to swim outside of their comfort zone Saturday. So many of the younger swimmers came up to me and said, ‘Wow, that really hurt,’ after their swims, and my response, ‘Good, as it should!’

“Karen and I are so blessed to have 10 weeks with these athletes — to work with, to learn from, to figure out, to inspire, to push, to challenge, to demand from and, most of all, to enjoy. They truly push us to our limits and then show us the best versions of themselves. They make us crazy, they make us laugh, they make us downright mad and Saturday, they made us cry with joy.

“They are perfectly imperfect, and we love them.”

KNIGHTS BOUNCE BACK TO DEFEAT REGION RIVAL LANDRUM

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The SJCS varsity football team bounced back in a big way Friday night, pulling away in the second half for a 49-28 victory over visiting Landrum in a Region 1-2A game.

The Knights, who lost for the first time this season the previous week at Southside Christian, improved to 6-1 overall and 1-1 in the region.

St. Joe’s had the ball first and took advantage of a short field after a failed onside kick by the Cardinals. It took the Knights 11 plays to strike, with quarterback Harrison Scott scoring on an option run from 4 yards out. Matthew Hall’s kick made it 7-0.

Landrum scored on its first possession to make it 7-7 before the end of the first quarter, but St. Joe’s responded just as quickly. Rashad Luckey scored on a 13-yard run, and Hall’s conversion made it 14-7 early in the second quarter.

Landrum evened the score again, and then St. Joe’s continued the back-and-forth trend. K.D. Boyd took off for 57 yards, taking the ball to the Cardinals’ 4-yard line, and Luckey scored on the next play. A bad snap prevented the Knights from adding the point after, leaving the score at 20-14.

Landrum scored and kicked the extra point to take the lead at 21-20 with 1:08 left in the half. It took the Knights just 55 seconds to go 64 yards and regain the lead.

The passing of Scott, along with a pair of Landrum penalties, helped St. Joe’s move inside the Cardinals’ 10. Luckey scored his third touchdown on a 6-yard run and then plowed in for the two-point conversion, giving the Knights a 28-21 lead with 13 remaining in the half.

Landrum scored on its first possession of the second half, but St. Joe’s again responded. From the Cardinals’ 16, Luckey broke numerous tackles, kept his balance and went into the end zone standing up. Hall’s kick made it 35-28.

After the Knights forced a punt, Boyd’s 41-yard dash led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Scott. With Hall’s kick, St. Joe’s led 42-28 with 9:05 remaining.

The Knights made yet another stop and then marched for the clinching score, a 3-yard touchdown run by Kyle Lonergan. Boyd had a huge block that paved the way.

Hall, 6-for-6 on conversions, made good again, and the Knights had a 49-28 advantage with four minutes left.

Next Friday, the Knights will host McCormick, and it will be Homecoming.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: MS FOOTBALL TEAM REMAINS UNBEATEN

Brayden Renfrow ran for two touchdowns and threw for a score, and the SJCS middle school football team remained unbeaten with an 18-6 victory over visiting Glenview Thursday night.

On the game’s third play from scrimmage, Renfrow connected with Harrison Zinkann for 45 yards, moving the ball deep into Yellow Jackets territory. But the drive stalled and the Knights (4-0) turned the ball over on downs.

The visitors from Anderson converted a first down but then fumbled and the Knights recovered, and the first quarter ended with the teams scoreless.

In the second quarter, the Knights’ Johnny Jaraczewski ran for first downs on consecutive carries, bringing the ball deep into Jackets territory. Renfrow ended the drive by plunging into the end zone from a few yards out. The two-point conversion pass attempt was unsuccessful, and the Knights led 6-0.

After Glenview was forced to punt, Jaraczewski’s running led the Knights into Glenview territory, and Renfrow once again capped the drive with a short touchdown run. The two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, with Renfrow’s pass being tipped by the Jackets’ defensive front. Nonetheless, St. Joe’s had a 12-0 lead.

A formidable running attack led the Jackets to the Knights’ 6-yard line with eight-tenths of a second left in the first half. From the shotgun formation, Glenview attempted a fade route in the corner of the end zone, but Zinkann and Brayden Johnson combined to break up the pass and see to it that the Knights had a 12-0 halftime advantage.

The Jackets took possession at midfield to begin the third quarter after a failed onside kick attempt by the Knights, but St. Joe’s took over on downs. The Knights pulled out most of their playbook on an impressive drive that mixed running and passing and included a halfback pass.

Renfrow hooked up with Zinkann for a 30-yard touchdown, and although the Knights once again failed on the conversion attempt, they led 18-0.

With 2:17 left in the third quarter, Glenview scored on a slant pass from the Knights’ 17. After an unsuccessful two-point attempt, the score was 18-6.

The fourth quarter was marked by a strong Jackets running game, but the Knights’ responded with a bend-but-don’t-break effort and held on for the victory.

St. Joe’s will try to make it five consecutive victories when it hosts the Anderson Cavaliers on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Volleyball

The SJCS volleyball team completed its regular season with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-10) victory over visiting Christ Church on Thursday night.

The Knights, who won the Region 1-2A championship with a 13-1 record, are 24-12 overall. They will host a first-round playoff match on Wednesday, Oct. 23, which will also be Senior Night.

Against Christ Church, the Knights were led by sophomore Maja Hawthorne, who had 14 kills (hitting .455), five digs and one ace. Sophomore Maggie Patterson added 11 kills, eight digs and two aces, and freshman Emily Normand had 10 kills and led the team with three aces.

Sophomore Kimmie Thompson had a double-double with 34 assists and 19 digs, and senior Emma Martin had 11 digs, four assists and two aces.

The team had 10 aces and 57 digs.

Girls Golf

Led by sophomore co-captain Caleigh Noonan, the SJCS girls golf team won a tri-match against Greenville High and Travelers Rest Thursday at Greenville Country Club’s Riverside course.

Noonan shot a 41 to lead the Knights (13-5) to a 176 total. Host Greenville posted a 191, and Travelers Rest shot 251.

Junior Emma Curran and junior co-captain Kaitlyn Dumit shot 44 and 45, respectively. Freshman Marett Cole posted her best-ever match score of 46.

St. Joseph’s next plays Monday in the Region 1-2A tournament at Carolina Springs. The following week the Knights will play in the Upper State qualifier. The 3A state tournament is set for Oct. 28-29 at Coastal Carolina University’s Hackler Course in Conway.

SJCS FOUNDERS CIRCLE BARBECUE

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The annual Founders Barbecue was held Saturday, October 5 at the Salgado residence in celebration of the SJCS Founders Circle, which recognizes those who sustain the Annual Fund with gifts at or above $1,000 during the school’s fiscal year.

Founders Circle members enjoy various benefits throughout the year, including the barbeque event with the Board of Trustees and a special preview performance of the spring musical.

St. Joseph’s Catholic School would like to thank the members of the Founders Circle for their contributions and the Salgado Family for hosting this wonderful event!

BLOOD DRIVE IN HONOR OF P.J. MALAFRONTE

SJCS sophomore P.J. Malafronte was back at school on Tuesday, and he’s looking forward to spending more time at St. Joseph’s.

P.J. and his mother, Dr. Lynn Smith, came to St. Joe’s on the day a blood drive was being held in his honor. P.J., born with a chest wall deformity called lateral pectus carniatum, underwent Ravitch surgery, an open chest repair, in Norfolk, Va., in July. Because of complications, he bled out his entire blood volume at least five times and was given 68 units of blood.

So thank you to all those who donated blood Tuesday or tried to donate! The overwhelming response was amazing and will help save lives!

P.J. still has a long way to go in his recovery, but he said he’s bored and — believe it or not — eager to get back to schoolwork. It was great to see P.J., and we look forward to having him back again soon!

Click here to visit P.J.’s Caring Bridge journal.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: TENNIS TEAMS SWEEP SPARTANBURG DAY

The SJCS varsity girls tennis team defeated visiting Spartanburg Day 5-1 in a non-region match on Tuesday.

The Knights, 8-4 overall (3-1 in Region 1-2A), will host 5A Wade Hampton Monday at 4:45 PM.

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

JV Girls Tennis

The SJCS JV girls tennis team won on the road against Spartanburg Day Tuesday, 4-2.

Meredith Wiper, Alexa San and Pryce Saad won their singles matches in straight sets for the Knights, and Maggie Olewiler and Mary Mayken Reed won their doubles match.

The Knights will play their final match Thursday at Christ Church.

Varsity Volleyball

St. Joseph’s swept past Blacksburg 3-0 (25-7, 25-13, 25-14) to improve to 23-12 overall and remain in first place in Region 1-2A with a 12-1 record.

Sophomore Maggie Patterson led the way with 11 kills (hitting .563), five digs and five aces. Sophomore Kimmie Thompson had a team-high 28 assists, and senior libero Elizabeth Tamura led the team with 10 digs and six aces.

Also for the Knights, freshman Emily Normand had eight kills and two blocks, and sophomore Maja Hawthorne had six kills (hitting .462), one block and three aces.

The team had 32 digs and 18 aces.

The Knights will host Christ Church on Thursday.

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