SJCS ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB HOSTS LITTER FREE GAME

St. Joseph’s Catholic School and the SJCS Environmental Club hosted a Litter-Free Game — sponsored by PalmettoPride — Friday night at the Homecoming football game.

Before the game, students were handing out car litter trash bags. At halftime, they were walking around and picking up trash from the crowd, and then after the game, they made another round to make sure the trash was all picked up.

#LitterFreeGames

SJCS GIRLS TENNIS TEAM HONORS ITS SENIORS

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The SJCS varsity girls tennis team lost its final match of the regular season against visiting Christ Church on Thursday, Oct. 17. The Knights, 9-6 overall, finished 4-2 and in second place in Region 1-2A.

“We had some very tough matches, but the girls battled very hard against some stout competition,” said SJCS coach Tricia Brown.

The Knights will begin the playoffs on the road on Monday, Oct. 28 against Region 1 champion Abbeville.

In their final home match, the Knights honored their two seniors, Madison Patrick and Emily Mullins, with a recognition ceremony that highlighted their various academic and athletic achievements. Each girl was presented with a gift and flowers to recognize her time on the team. Each senior demonstrated leadership capacities, with Emily serving as team captain this year.

LUCKEY’S HUGE NIGHT LEADS KNIGHTS OVER McCORMICK

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Rashad Luckey rushed for 354 yards and five touchdowns, and St. Joseph’s once again used a big second half to put away its opponent in a 55-20 homecoming victory over McCormick Friday night.

The Knights (7-1), who led Landrum by seven points at the half last week and won 49-28, led McCormick 27-20 after two quarters before taking command. St. Joe’s rushed for 588 yards, and Luckey has rushed for 524 yards and scored nine touchdowns in the last two weeks.

As they did against Landrum, the Knights scored on the game’s first possession, this time moving 55 yards on five plays. Luckey scored from 7 yards out, and Matthew Hall added the point-after kick.

St. Joe’s went 55 yards again on its second possession in three plays, with K.D. Boyd taking it the last 29 yards. The kick was no good, and it was 13-0 with 6:56 left in the quarter.

After McCormick scored to make it 13-6, the Knights struck for two more touchdowns before the end of the quarter, getting an 8-yard run by Kyle Lonergan and a 74-yard run by Luckey. With a pair of conversion kicks by Hall, St. Joe’s led 27-6 at the end of one.

McCormick, a non-region opponent, had the edge in the second quarter, scoring twice to pull to within 27-20. Hall’s 33-yard field goal attempt with 33 seconds left in the half hit the crossbar and bounced back, leaving the Knights with a seven-point halftime advantage.

But the second half was all St. Joe’s. Luckey scored on runs of 3 and 13 yards in the third quarter and then capped the scoring with a 70-yard burst midway through the fourth quarter.

Earlier in the fourth quarter, Boyd scored on a 29-yard run, with Lonergan and Marcos Salgado providing big blocks that paved the way. Hall nailed all four of his conversion attempts in the second half.

The Knights return to Region 1-2A play next week, playing on the road against rival Christ Church.

At halftime, Meghan Malone was crowned Homecoming Queen, and senior lineman Mack Floyd was crowned Homecoming King.

SJCS MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM IMPROVES TO 5-0

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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.

REP. JASON ELLIOTT VISITS SJCS

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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!

SJCS CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS HONOR SENIORS

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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.

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

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 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!

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.

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.”

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