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.


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.


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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!


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.


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
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
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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The annual Admissions Open House was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic School on Sunday, October 6, with current students, an alumnus and parents providing insightful and inspiring perspective for prospective students and families.

Those who shared their perspective were Charles Kennedy (Class of 2025); Juliana Moore (Class of 2020); Gene Langan (Class of 2014); and Drs. Chris and Maya Powers, parents of Josh (Class of 2019) and Madison (Class of 2021).

Click here to listen to their testimonials.

Father Jonathan Duncan delivered the opening prayer; Wanda Jaraczewski, Director of the Middle School, and Steven Jones, Director of the High School, shared some thoughts before introducing the middle school and high school speakers, respectively; and Headmaster Keith Kiser gave the closing remarks.

Families were then given the opportunity to take student-guided tours throughout the school before enjoying refreshments in the cafeteria.



Senior Ava Dobson took first and led the SJCS girls cross country team to a seventh-place finish in the 3A race at the prestigious Wendy’s Invitational Saturday at McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte, N.C.

Dobson finished in 17:35 — the fastest time of the day and the third time this season she has run under 18 minutes.

Junior Caroline Linen finished 10th (19:49) out of 208 runners for the Knights, who came in seventh out of 30 teams.

The SJCS boys finished 15th out of 35 teams.

For the Knights, senior Brendan McTigue was 28th (17:24), junior Tristan McTigue was 34th (17:26) and junior Dylan McTigue (17:47) was 56th out of 242 runners.


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The 10th-ranked SJCS varsity football team battled but came up short in its quest to remain unbeaten, falling 42-21 against No. 4 Southside Christian in the Region 1-2A opener for both teams at Sabre Stadium Friday night.

The Knights (5-1, 0-1) scored on their first possession, fell behind 28-7 by halftime and then played the Sabres (5-1, 1-0) even in the second half.

St. Joe’s took the opening kickoff and marched the length of the field. The big play was a 32-yard pass from Harrison Scott to Kyle Lonergan.

On third-and-six from the SCS 11-yard line, Scott rolled to his left on an option play and sped into the end zone. Matthew Hall’s point-after kick made it 7-0 with 6:39 left in the first quarter.

Southside Christian scored on its first two possessions, with Marist College recruit J.W. Hertzberg throwing a pair of touchdown passes that gave the Sabres a 14-7 advantage after one quarter.

After the Knights came within an inch of stopping SCS on fourth down inside the 5, the Sabres scored to make it 21-7. Hertzberg added a third touchdown pass that gave Southside Christian a 28-7 halftime lead.

The Sabres scored first in the third quarter before Rashad Luckey’s 25-yard touchdown run — followed by Hall’s kick — cut the margin to 35-14 midway through the period.

SCS struck 20 seconds later when Hertzberg threw his fourth touchdown pass. Luckey capped a Knights drive with his second score of the night, a 6-yard touchdown run with 1:16 left in the third quarter. Hall’s conversion made it 42-21.

St. Joe’s will return home next Friday and take on Landrum.


The SJCS volleyball team rallied from two sets down to defeat host Greer Middle College 3-2 (21-25, 17-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-8) on Thursday night in a Region 1-2A match at Fairview Baptist Church.

The Knights, in first place in the region with an 11-1 record, improved to 22-12 overall.

For the Knights, senior Sydney Nobarak had 28 kills and 15 digs; freshman Emily Normand had 12 kills; sophomore Kimmie Thompson had 40 assists, 18 digs and two aces; sophomore Maggie Patterson had 18 digs and three aces; and senior libero Elizabeth Tamura had 32 digs, two aces and three assists.

The team had nine aces and 92 digs.

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JV Football

The SJCS JV football team suffered its first loss of the season, falling to visiting Southside Christian 27-12 Thursday night.

It was the first defeat for the Knights’ football program this season after 11 victories.

St. Joe’s scored in the first half on a 38-yard run by Daniel Watson and trailed 14-6 after two quarters.

Watson returned the second-half kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown to pull the Knights to within 14-12. But the Sabres scored the next two touchdowns in the game to pull away.

Watson added a third touchdown to his outstanding performance for the Knights, racing 90 yards for a score. Walker Wood passed to Chris Johnson for the two-point conversion.

The Knights have one game remaining, next Thursday at 6:30 PM at Landrum.


On Saturday, October 12 at noon, on the hill in front of St. Joseph’s Catholic School, numerous members of the SJCS family will join with more than one million people from all over the world to say the Fatima Rosary prayer.

According to its website, America Needs Fatima has held this Public Square Rosary Crusade every year since 2007, with thousands of rosary rallies across the country.

In 2017, there were 21,570 rallies, and in 2018, there were 21,145 groups praying.

“We’re trying to put our country back together,” said Ted Kelly, a former SJCS board member and the St. Joe’s Rosary Captain.

The rallies take place each year on the closest Saturday to October 13, the date of the sixth and last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun.

“It’s not easy for a lot of people to believe with the apparitions, but it’s been well documented and well observed over the centuries,” Mr. Kelly said.

This is the third year that a group will gather at St. Joe’s for the Fatima Rosary prayer, and Mr. Kelly said about 50 to 60 people have joined in the prayer each of the first two years. All are welcome. For more information, contact Mr. Kelly at or Mr. Karl Orbon at

Click here for more information on America Needs Fatima.


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The annual Parent Coffee was held on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 25 in the SJCS cafeteria. Numerous St. Joe’s parents took advantage of the opportunity to stop by for coffee, a light breakfast and fellowship with Headmaster Keith Kiser, other school administrators and several parent volunteer leaders.

Parents were able to hear from those individuals about happenings and groups at the school and how to get involved, as well as have their questions answered in a small, informal setting.


The SJCS varsity girls tennis team defeated host Riverside 5-2 in a non-region match Wednesday.

The Knights, who improved to 7-4, will host Spartanburg Day on Tuesday.

SJCS 5, Riverside 2
1-Emma Bao (R) d. Melina Norton (SJCS), 6-3, 6-0
2-Julia Jacques (SJCS) d. Whitney Anderson (R), 6-0, 6-0
3-Adrianna Delacruz (SJCS) d. Alba dela Torre (R), 6-0, 6-0
4-Madison Patrick (SJCS) d. A.P. Gilstrap (R), 6-0, 6-1
5-Charlotte Horin (SJCS) d. Jane Anne Creech (R) 7-5, 6-4
1-Delacruz/Patrick (SJCS) defeated dela Torre/Creech (R) 8-5
2-Anna Grace Henderson/Neela Yarlagodada (R) defeated Grace Eilers/Caroline Gallagher (SJCS), 5-7, 7-6, 1-0

JV Girls Tennis

The SJCS JV beat host Asheville School 6-1 Wednesday. Meredith Wiper, Jayne Womack, Alexa San and Pryce Saad won singles matches for the Knights, and Wiper and Womack and Maggie Oleweiler and Mary Mayken Reed won doubles matches.

The JV will play at Spartanburg Day on Tuesday.


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Senior Sydney Nobarak had 16 kills, 10 digs and three aces to lead the SJCS varsity volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-20) victory over visiting Landrum Tuesday night.

Freshman Emily Normand had 10 kills for the Knights, who are 21-12 overall and 10-1 and in first place in Region 1-2A.

Also for St. Joe’s, sophomore Kimmie Thompson had 32 assists and eight digs, and senior Elizabeth Tamura had 22 digs and three aces. The Knights had 10 aces in all.

St. Joe’s will play at Greer Middle College on Thursday.

Girls Tennis

The SJCS varsity girls tennis tennis team blanked visiting Powdersville 7-0 in a non-region match Tuesday.

SJCS 7, Powdersville 0
1-Melina Norton d. Ryann Roth, 6-4, 6-2
2-Julia Jacques d. Sydnee Barrett, 6-0, 6-0
3-Adrianna Delacruz d. Alison Reca, 6-0, 6-0
4-Madison Patrick d. Anna Kirby, 6-2, 6-1
5-Charlotte Horin d. Bayla Brown, 6-1, 6-2
1-Michelle Pares/Emily Mullins d. Kirby/Boyd, 8-4
2-Caroline Gallagher/Grace Eilers d. Anna Kate Brooks/Tam Tran, 6-1, 6-0

Girls Golf

Junior Emma Curran fired a 39, sophomore co-captain Caleigh Noonan shot a 42 and the SJCS girls golf team defeated Riverside 181-220 in a 9-hole match Tuesday at Thornblade.

Freshman Marett Cole recorded a 48, and junior Reagan Lillibridge shot a 52 for the Knights (11-5).

SJCS next will play Oct. 10 against Travelers Rest at Green Valley Country Club. The Region 1-2A tournament will be Oct. 14 at Carolina Springs.

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MS Cross Country

The SJCS boys and girls both finished fourth in Tuesday’s Carolinas Middle School Conference cross country championships hosted by the Knights.

1. Mitchell Road Christian Academy 38, 2. St. Mary’s 52, 3. Langston Charter 78, 4. St. Joseph’s 106, 5. Prince of Peace 124, 6. Our Lady of the Rosary 139, 7. Spartanburg Prep 194.

1. Langston Charter 39, 2. Mitchell Road Christian Academy 53, 3. St. Mary’s 56, 4. St. Joseph’s 93, 5. Bob Jones Academy 150, 6. Prince of Peace 154, 7. Lead Academy 165.

1. Olivia Tolles-MRCA-13:22, 2. Ellie McCart-SM-13:24, 3. Brigid McKinley-OLR-13:31, 4. Nina Brown-SM-13:32, 5. Cara Grace Phillips-SF-13:43, 6. Erin McCallion-PoP-13:52.
1. Andrew Gay-MRCA-11:34, 2. Miguel Vega-LC-11:56, 3. Liam Novak-SM-12:05, 4. Parker Edwards-LC-12:06, 5. Francis Fajardo-SM-12:07, 6. James Nickles-SF-12:11.


This year’s Homecoming shirt was designed by our Senior Senate. This is a fundraiser for Senior Senate, with a portion of the proceeds going toward its Mission Trip to Tampa, Florida.

To order a shirt, please fill out the following form.

Bring cash or check to Mrs. Fesler by this Friday, October 4 at 12:00 PM. If paying by credit card, please fill out an additional form, found below:

Note that these orders will be placed on Friday, October 4, so please respond before then. Due to time constraints, there will be no extensions to this due date, and payment must be received by then as well.

The Homecoming football game is Friday, October 18 when the Knights host McCormick, and the Homecoming Dance is Saturday, October 19.

Thank you in advance for supporting your Senior Senate!


Advance tickets for this Friday’s St. Joseph’s at Southside Christian varsity football game are on sale in the SJCS athletic office. Tickets are $7 (6 and under admitted free). Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM.

It’s the Region 1-2A opener for both teams. Southside Christian (4-1), No. 4 in the state in the most recent S.C. Prep Media Poll, is coming off a 16-13 win over No. 5 Saluda and has lost only to top-ranked and four-time defending state champion Abbeville. St. Joe’s (5-0), tied at No. 10, has outscored its opponents 126-43.

Come out and support your undefeated Knights!

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