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


PHOTO COURTESY OF SCRUNNERS.COM

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.

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.

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