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Brayden Renfrow threw five touchdown passes, and the SJCS middle school football team remained unbeaten with a 58-6 rout of the visiting Anderson Cavaliers on Thursday night.

Renfrow had two touchdowns passes apiece to Harrison Zinkann and Johnny Jaraczewski and one to Gabe Nelson. Renfrow also scored on a pair of two-point conversions, one rushing and one receiving, and threw for a couple of conversions, connecting with Brayden Johnson and Tradd Coulter.

Jaraczewski also threw for a touchdown and scored twice on conversions, one rushing and one receiving, and Zinkann added a punt return for a touchdown.

Collins Langdon ran for a touchdown and Hammond Fayssoux caught a scoring pass for the Knights, who improved to 5-0.

St. Joe’s also had a number of big defensive plays. Zinkann had an interception to set up the first score. Fayssoux, Langdon and Joe Patterson made big stops to keep the Cavaliers off the board until late in the game.

The Knights will wrap up their season on the road next Thursday against Southside Christian.


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Jason Elliott, a member of the House of Representatives for District 22 in Greenville, recently stopped by St. Joseph’s Catholic School to talk to middle school students about Youth in Government and the bill-making process.

Rep. Elliott, a Greenville native, listened and watched as students went through the process in mock fashion as they will in the upcoming YIG conference in Columbia in November, and then he shared his experiences and answered questions.

Thanks to Rep. Elliott for spending time with our students!


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The SJCS cross country teams celebrated their Senior Sendoff during Wednesday’s home meet against J.L. Mann, Brashier Middle College and Greenville Tech.

St. Joe’s won the boys meet with 28 points. The SJCS junior varsity competed in the girls meet, with the Knights’ varsity runners serving as meet volunteers.

The following SJCS senior girls were recognized: Ava Dobson, Margaret Coburn, Emily Crosby, Abby Horne, Annie Puckett, Marta RatKowski, Luciana Strathern and Cailin Sullivan.

The senior boys recognized were Justin Chamberlin, Isaac Hine, Brendan McTigue, Declan McKinley and Cole Van Emburg.

J.L. Mann 15, Brashier MC 59, St. Joseph’s 66
St. Joseph’s 28, Brashier MC 53, Greenville Tech 72


The annual Jubilate Guild Online Christmas Wreath Fundraiser will run through October 31!

Send a wreath to yourself, one to family members, friends, co-workers, clients, employees, your Thanksgiving Dinner host, or anyone else!

Hailing from the Mickman Brothers Christmas Tree Farm in Minnesota, all items are crafted by hand and conveniently & carefully shipped to your doorstep or any in the 48 contiguous states! Each order will invite you to leave a personal note to the recipient by designating their respective names and addresses on the online order form. (For bulk/company/client orders, please contact Rachel Neubauer in the Development Office.)

Please note: Items will arrive on doorsteps from Nov. 21-Dec. 10.


Any SJCS parent/grandparent/guardian who “shares” the SJCS social media posts about this fundraiser will be entered into a raffle for a $100 Amazon gift card. You must share the post directly from the SJCS social media posts in order to be entered.


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!


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!



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
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
2–Michelle Pares/Emily Mullins d. Sarah Jones/Sophia Bennett 6-1, 6-0


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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!


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 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.


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.


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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.


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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.”


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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.

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