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The Greenwood Genetic Center Mobile Science Lab, under the direction of Dillon Gary, Lead Coordinator and Lead Instructor of the GGC Education Outreach Programs, visited the SJCS campus on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Students in Mrs. Joanna McLucas’ Honors Anatomy and Forensics classes had the opportunity to participate in on-campus field trips. Education outreach had the Honors Anatomy students perform blood typing to solve a paternity testing case. The Forensics class worked with DNA electrophoresis to solve the Atlanta Murder Mystery.


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St. Joseph’s Catholic School held its annual Veterans Day Assembly on Thursday, Nov. 7 in the JP II Center.

Following the Posting of the Colors by Boy Scouts of America members Maclean Armstrong, Josh Masters and Adam Rogers and a welcome and prayer by Mr. Kiser, National Social Studies Honor Society President Joseph Poole read a short history of Veterans Day.

After the pep band played the National Anthem, NSSHS Treasurer Brendan Dunlavey read “In Flanders Fields,” a poem written during World War I. The SJCS singers and 8th grade chorus, under the direction of Ms. Hayes, sang “America the Beautiful.”

Then NSSHS Vice President Julia Thompson introduced the speaker, U.S. Army Captain Scott Langley, parent of SJCS students Zac (Class of 2019) and Lily Palmer (Class of 2023).

Captain Langley shared his experiences with the audience and also answered questions. Then NSSHS Secretary Jenna Maunsell provided closing remarks and presented Captain Langley with a gift.

Mrs. Malphrus led the pep band as it played a “Medley of Patriotic Tunes” before the Retiring of Colors by the Boy Scouts.



The SJCS girls cross country team took the top two spots and five of the top 19 in winning the Class 1A/2A state qualifier at the Springdale Race Course in Camden on Saturday.

Senior Ava Dobson finished first in 17:24 — 12 seconds under the state-meet best. She ran 12 seconds faster than the official state record, held by Spring Valley’s Kate Niehaus, who ran a 17:36 in 2003.

However, according to the South Carolina High School League, the state record must be achieved at the state meet, which is this Saturday, also at the Springdale Race Course in Camden.

St. Joe’s junior Caroline Linen was runner-up in the qualifier in 18:50. Seventh-grader Lauren Kelly was eighth in 20:55; freshman Karolina Montalvo was ninth in 20:56; and junior Emily Meade was 19th in 21:42.

Also for the Knights, juniors Brigid Alvis (21:44) and Skylar Lewis (22:28) were 22nd and 32nd, respectively, out of 206 runners.

St. Joe’s, which has won nine consecutive SCHSL state championships and 11 in a row in all, finished with 39 points. Philip Simmons was second with 56.

In the boys Class 2A qualifier, St. Joe’s finished second with 90 points. Greer Middle College was first with 67.

SJCS senior Brendan McTigue was second in 16:44, junior Tristan McTigue third in 16:49 and junior Dylan McTigue 10th in 17:17. Senior Isaac Hine was 25th (17:54) out of 206 runners.

The SJCS boys have won four straight state titles and six in the last seven years.


The SJCS volleyball team is up to nine and counting.

Coach Jan Carino’s Knights received a strong challenge from Oceanside Collegiate Academy, but they responded with a championship effort Saturday and a five-set victory in the Class 2A final at River Bluff High School in Lexington.

St. Joe’s beat Oceanside — the third straight region champion the Knights had defeated in the playoffs — 25-15, 17-25, 25-16, 18-25, 15-4 to win its ninth consecutive state championship.

The Knights were led by senior outside hitter Sydney Nobarak, who recorded 31 kills. Sophomore Maggie Patterson had eight kills and 14 digs.

Sophomore setter Kimmie Thompson had 45 assists, 22 digs and three blocks. Senior libero Elizabeth Tamura had a team-high 38 digs, and sophomore middle blocker Maja Hawthorne had three blocks.

The Knights finished the season with a record of 30-18-1.


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The SJCS football team made its first home playoff game a successful venture Friday night, opening up a four-touchdown lead in the first half on its way to a 49-27 victory over Lee Central.

The Knights (10-1), matching the program’s highest win total with their 10th victory, advanced to the second round of the Class 2A playoffs. They will travel to Columbia to take on Gray Collegiate Academy at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Senior running back Rashad Luckey again carried the load for St. Joe’s, rushing for four touchdowns. In seven games this season (he’s missed four due to injuries), Luckey has scored 26 touchdowns (25 rushing, one receiving).

As has been the case many times this season, the Knights scored on their first possession. They marched 66 yards in five plays, with Luckey capping the drive by scoring from 2 yards out. The big play was a 31-yard dash by sophomore quarterback Harrison Scott.

The defense enabled the Knights to regain possession quickly, and Luckey’s 5-yard touchdown run — followed by another successful Matthew Hall conversion — made it 14-0 with 5:49 left in the first quarter.

Sophomore K.D. Boyd made a leaping, one-handed interception at the St. Joe’s 23-yard line, and that was the start of a 77-yard scoring drive for the Knights. Luckey’s 35-yard run was the key play, and Scott plowed in from the 1.

Luckey’s third touchdown came on a 10-yard run in which he bulldozed a defender on his way to the end zone. Hall’s kick gave the Knights a commanding 28-0 lead.

Lee Central scored on a pass with four seconds left in the half, making it 28-7.

Midway through the third quarter, Scott burst through the middle and sprinted 64 yards for a touchdown. On the Knights’ next possession, Scott threw short to the left side to junior Kyle Lonergan, who darted down the left sideline for 57 yards and a touchdown.

Hall’s conversion gave St. Joe’s a 42-7 advantage with 2:56 to go in the third quarter.

Lee Central scored on a pass with eight seconds left in the third and then rallied with the help of St. Joe’s turnovers. The Stallions capitalized on two fumbles in the fourth quarter, turning them into touchdown passes and pulling to within 42-27.

But Luckey added his fourth touchdown of the night on a 6-yard run with 2:59 remaining to clinch the victory.


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Christ Church’s girls tennis team defeated visiting St. Joe’s 7-0 in the Class 2A Upper State championship match Tuesday.

St. Joe’s, which finished second in its region, beat two region champions in the playoffs and advanced to the Upper State final.

Congrats to Coach Tricia Brown and the Knights on an outstanding season!


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The SJCS volleyball team is still in the running for a ninth consecutive state championship.

St. Joseph’s won the battle of the Knights Monday night, defeating visiting North Central 3-1 (25-19, 27-25, 21-25, 25-16) in the Class 2A Upper State championship.

St. Joe’s (28-12) will play for its ninth straight state title when it takes on Oceanside Collegiate Academy in the state final at noon Saturday at River Bluff High School in Lexington.

Against North Central, St. Joe’s was led by senior Sydney Nobarak’s double-double of 22 kills and 17 digs. Freshman Emily Normand added 18 kills.

Sophomore Kimmie Thompson had 42 assists, 28 digs, six kills, one ace and one block. Senior Elizabeth Tamura had a team-high 41 digs. Sophomore Maja Hawthorne had two blocks, and eighth-grader Lillie Hecker had 1.5 blocks.

As a team, St Joe’s had 107 digs and seven blocks.

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Girls Tennis

The SJCS girls tennis team advanced to the Upper State championship with a 6-0 victory over host Governors School at Coker University in Hartsville on Monday.

The Knights will play at Christ Church in the Upper State final at 4 p.m. today.

1-Melina Norton d. Rita Allen, 6-1, 6-0
2-Julia Jacques d. Pia Kayser, 6-0, 6-0
3-Adrianna Delacruz d. Krishan Patel, 6-0, 6-2
4-Madison Patrick d. Grace Ann Thompson, 6-2, 6-2
5-Charlotte Horin d. Ellie Moran, 3-6, 6-0, 1-0
2-Grace Eilers/Michelle Pares d. Kayleigh Wilcox/Shamita Nandi, 6-0, 6-0


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On Thursday, Oct. 31, students in the Sixth Grade Academy participated in a tradition known as Dia de los Muertos — Day of the Dead.

The tradition originated several thousand years ago with pre-Hispanic cultures who considered mourning the dead disrespectful. The dead were still considered members of the community, kept alive in memory and spirit, and during Dia de los Muertos (October 31 through November 2), they temporarily returned to earth.

Students were invited to participate by bringing in small mementos of deceased members of their families. They were encouraged to bring forth the mementos and lit candles (battery operated) to the altar during a brief prayer service. They told stories of these family members and celebrated the lives of their loves ones.


SJCS senior Brendan McTigue and juniors Tristan and Dylan McTigue earned All-Greenville County honors with their performance in Saturday’s Ed Boehmke Greenville County Cross Country Championships at Woodmont High School.

Brendan McTigue finished seventh in 16:09. Tristan came in 14th in 16:30, and Dylan was 15th in 16:33.

The Knights came in seventh out of 19 teams.

In the girls JV race, sophomore Clare McKinley was the top finisher for the Knights, placing 16th out of 187 runners.


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The SJCS football team will be playing at home at least one more time this season.

The Knights earned the chance to begin the playoffs at home by erasing an early deficit and defeating visiting Blacksburg 45-30 on Friday night.

The Knights (9-1, 3-1) celebrated Senior Night by winning their final regular-season and clinching second place in Region 1-2A. That means they’ll host Lee Central in the first round of the playoffs next Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Senior Rashad Luckey scored six touchdowns and freshman Matthew Hall made a field goal and was 6-for-6 on point-after kicks for the Knights, who matched the best regular-season record in the history of the program.

After Blacksburg scored on its first two possessions, Luckey brought St. Joe’s right back into the game, bursting through for a 65-yard touchdown. Hall’s field goal early in the second quarter cut the lead to 14-10.

The Wildcats had the lead back up to 11 points, but another long touchdown run by Luckey pulled the Knights to within 21-17 by halftime.

Blacksburg spread the gap again through the first half of the third quarter and led 30-17 when Luckey scored his third touchdown of the night. Hall added the point after, making it 30-24 with 3:48 left in the quarter.

St. Joe’s regained possession quickly, and a long run by junior K.D. Boyd set up Luckey’s next touchdown. Hall’s kick gave the Knights their first lead, 31-30, at the 2:15 mark of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, senior Marcos Salgado recovered a Blacksburg fumble, and St. Joe’s capitalized. Boyd and senior Kyle Lonergan had big runs, setting up Luckey’s fifth touchdown, which put the Knights on top 38-30.

After a big stop by senior Joseph Poole, Lonergan picked off a pass and returned it to the Wildcats’ 10-yard line. That led to Luckey’s sixth touchdown run. Hall’s kick made it 45-30 and sealed the Knights’ ninth victory.

The seniors were honored at halftime, and after the game, they took part in the tradition of passing a football to the sixth- and seventh-graders as the next generation.


Senior Ava Dobson won the individual championship and led the SJCS girls cross country team to the Region 1-2A title Wednesday at Hillcrest High School.

Dobson finished in 17:26. For the Knights, junior Caroline Linen finished third in 19:19, and seventh-grader Lauren Kelly finished ninth in 21:51, and both also made the all-region team.

In the boys meet, St. Joe’s senior Brendan McTigue won the individual championship in 16:52 and led the Knights to a runner-up finish. Juniors Dylan McTigue (17:22) and Tristan McTigue (17:36) came in third and sixth, respectively, and made the all-region team.


The SJCS volleyball team advanced to the Class 2A Upper State final with a 3-1 (25-13, 25-18, 21-25, 25-19) victory over host Gray Collegiate Academy in Columbia on Wednesday night.

The Knights were led by senior Sydney Nobarak, who had 35 kills (hitting .517), and freshman Emily Normand, who had 15 kills.

Sophomore Kimmie Thompson had 47 assists and 14 digs, and senior libero Elizabeth Tamura had a team-high 29 digs and four assists. The team had 64 digs and six aces in all.

The Knights (27-12) will host North Central in the Upper State final at 6 p.m. Monday.

Girls Tennis

The SJCS girls tennis team will play Governor’s School in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs (Upper State semifinals) at Coker College at 4:30 p.m. Monday.



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Jessica Sharp of Sharp Brain Consulting in Greenville recently visited Mrs. Meby Carr’s Psychology class to talk about mindfulness and lead the class in a meditation exercise.

“Ultimately, mindfulness is just a big concept that really means being focused on the present moment, so being really intentional about being here and in the moment, and that is really hard,” she said.

“There’s always kind of this stream of consciousness happening in our brain, which makes it incredibly hard to be really focused here on the present moment, so meditation is often put with mindfulness because meditation is a tool that can help you be more mindful.”

Click here for more on Sharp Brain Consulting.


Led by the stellar play of junior Caleigh Noonan, the St. Joseph’s girls golf team finished fifth in the Class 3A state tournament Monday and Tuesday in Conway.

Played on the 5,250-yard Hackler Course on the campus of Coastal Carolina University, the tournament featured the best teams in class 1A, 2A and 3A.

Noonan, a co-captain, fired a 78 in the first round and a 77 in the second round, both personal bests, for a 155 total. She finished tied for ninth and made the all-state team.

“I couldn’t be happier and more proud of Caleigh,” said SJCS coach Mark Matlock. “She has worked so hard on her game, and it all paid off in the biggest tournament of the season.”

Junior Emma Curran shot 87-80-167 for the Knights, who posted a score of 671. Junior co-captain Kaitlyn Dumit had 89-85-174, while junior Reagan Lillibridge had 91-84-175. Lillibridge’s round featured a birdie on the difficult par-4 18th hole. Freshman Marett Cole posted a two-day total of 210.

“The entire team responded on the second day,” said Matlock. “We improved our score by 19 shots from the first day and solidified our fifth-place finish. Considering the level of competition, it was an outstanding achievement for us to finish where we did.”

The future is bright indeed for the girls golf team, which has no seniors on its roster.

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