SPORTS ROUNDUP: GIRLS TENNIS TEAM TAKES FIFTH IN BELTON

The SJCS girls tennis team finished fifth over the weekend in the 33rd annual Hall of Fame Girls Tennis Classic Saturday and Sunday at the Belton Tennis Center.

The prestigious tournament also included J.L. Mann, T.L. Hanna, A.C. Flora, Greenville, Clinton, Eastside and Belton-Honea Path high schools.

Michelle Pares and Grace Eilers had the highest finish for the Knights, taking third place at No. 3 doubles.

Singles
1-Melina Norton (SJCS) lost to Emerson Mitchell (JL Mann), 6-1, 6-2 to claim 4th place
2-Julia Jacques (SJCS) d. Jinette Faraj (Eastside), 6-1, 6-1 to claim 5th place
3-Adrianna Delacruz (SJCS) d. Gracie Spangler (Clinton), 6-1, 6-1 to claim 7th place
4-Madison Patrick (SJCS) d. Mary Few (Greenville), 6-7, 6-4, 1-0 to claim 5th place
Doubles
1-Jacques/Norton (SJCS) d. C. Dailey/M. Dailey (Clinton), 6-3, 6-1 to claim 5th place
2-Michelle Pares/Grace Eilers (SJCS) d. Bokesch/Templeton (A.C. Flora), 6-7, 7-6, 1-0 to claim 3rd place

 

Girls Golf

Led by junior Emma Curran, the St. Joseph’s girls golf team tried mightily in the High School Invitational this past weekend at Woodside Plantation in Aiken.

The Knights posted a 748 total over the two rounds. That left them in last place, but there is a huge silver lining: The tournament’s goal is to invite the best 15 teams in the state covering all classifications.

“This was a difficult course for us,” said Knights coach Mark Matlock. “It was set up close to 500 yards longer than courses we play during the regular and postseason.

“It’s all about the postseason for us, and that starts in two weeks. This weekend was a good opportunity for us to sharpen our games for the region, Upstate qualifier and the state tournaments. Mission accomplished.”

Curran finished with a 80-90–170 total, good for 35th place. Juniors Kaitlyn Dumit and Caleigh Noonan shot 91-91–182 and 96-91–187, respectively. Freshman Marett Cole shot 101-109–210.

The Knights next will play Tuesday at Thornblade against Riverside.

SJCS GIRLS, BOYS SWIM TEAMS REPEAT AS REGION CHAMPS

The SJCS boys and girls once again swept the Region 1-2A championships Saturday at the Greenville County Aquatic Center. It’s the fourth consecutive title for the boys and the second straight for the girls.

The girls meet was close, with St. Joe’s winning 272.50-264 over Christ Church. The boys won by a more comfortable margin, 306-201, also over Christ Church.

“On the boys side, it was great to have Jack Doyle back from injury with two wins, and he assisted two relays to wins,” Knights coach Becky VanEvera said. “Seniors Preston (Jennings), James (Cline), Peter (Permanente) and Patrick (Fesler) led this team to victory. Silas (Crosby) and Colin (Jordan) both brought home wins, James Cline finished second in the 100 back and Liam Kelly and Gabe Lagleva pulled an unexpected third-place finish in the 50 free and 100 back, respectively.

“The girls surprised us. Mary Kate Farrell and Elizabeth Loudermilk won two events each and helped the 200 medley relay to a second-place finish and 400 free relay to a win with an outstanding anchor leg of the relay by Mary Kate, splitting 54.1 to touch out Christ Church.

“Again there were so many notable swims. The girls 200 free relay won, with Victoria (Kucaba), Kelsey (Fitzgerald), Helen (Norton) and Chelsea Rose (Doyle). Second-place finishes by Chelsea Rose, Sylvia Walker and Colleen Taylor were critical to our win, with Taylor’s being a huge surprise. Caitlin Fitzgerald agreed just this past week to swim the 100 fly for the team and went on to score for us in the event as a senior, as did Juliana Moore in the 200 free and 500 free. Our younger girls grabbed higher places and fought for every point to bring us to the 8.5-point win over Christ Church.”

The Knights will compete in the Class AAA state meet Oct. 12 at the USC Natatorium in Columbia. The SJCS boys will be seeking their third consecutive state title.

REGION 1-2A MEET
At Greenville County Aquatic Center
TEAM SCORES
GIRLS
1. St. Joseph’s 272.50
2. Christ Church 264
3. Brashier Middle College 163
4. Greenville Tech 116
5. Greer Middle College 72.50
6. Southside Christian 2
BOYS
1. St. Joseph’s 306
2. Christ Church 201
3. Greer Middle College 113
4. Greenville Tech 101
5. Southside Christian 89
6. Brashier Middle College 66

Girls Region Co-Swimmers of the Year: Elizabeth Loudermilk, Mary Kate Farrell
Boys Region Co-Swimmers of the Year: Jack Doyle, Nathan DePiero (Christ Church)

SJCS All-Region
GIRLS
Chelsea Rose Doyle
Sylvia Walker
BOYS
Silas Crosby
Preston Jennings
Colin Jordan
James Cline
Peter Permanente

SPORTS ROUNDUP: MS FOOTBALL TEAM DEFEATS CHRIST CHURCH

Johnny Jaraczewski, Harrison Zinkann and Brayden Renfrow scored TDs, and the SJCS middle school football team defeated Christ Church 22-14 on Thursday night to remain undefeated.

It was the second victory of the season over Christ Church for the Knights, who are 3-0. With the varsity 5-0 and the JV 3-0, the SJCS football program is 11-0 this season.

Playing on the Cavaliers’ home field, the Knights struck first late in the first quarter on a 25-yard touchdown run by Jaraczewski. He also ran in for the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.

After Christ Church tied the score midway through the second quarter, the Knights regained the lead. Quarterback Renfrow pitched to Jaraczewski, whose halfback pass found Zinkann in the right side of the Cavaliers’ end zone. The two-point attempt was no good, and St. Joe’s led 14-8 at halftime.

The third quarter was rife with momentum shifts, and the Knights made some key defensive stands. Collins Langdon, in particular, demonstrated excellent execution to halt one Cavaliers drive. However, the Cavaliers tied the score at 14-14 early in the fourth quarter.

With time running out, the Knights marched down the field and Renfrow ran it in to give the Knights the lead. Renfrow passed to Gabe Nelson for the two-point conversion, and St. Joe’s led 22-14 with 1:30 remaining.

The Cavaliers had one more chance, but Joe Patterson picked off a pass to seal the victory for the Knights.

The next game for the Knights will be Oct. 10 at 6:00 PM when they host Glenview.

Varsity Volleyball

The Knights won on the road against Southside Christian 3-0 (25-20, 25-5, 25-10) on Thursday night.

SJCS is 9-1 and in first place in Region 1-2A.

Middle School Volleyball

The Knights lost a tough match against visiting Southside Christian on Thursday in two games, 26-24, 25-23.

Varsity Girls Tennis

The Knights swept past visiting Southside Christian 7-0 on Wednesday to improve to 5-4 overall and 3-1 in Region 1-2A.

SJCS 7, Southside Christian 0
Singles
1-Melina Norton d. Zoe Dinkel, 6-0, 6-4
2-Julia Jacques d. Caroline Murphy, 6-0, 6-0
3-Adrianna Delacruz d. Chloe Dew, 6-1, 6-1
4-Madison Patrick d. Sophie Dew, 6-2, 6-2
5-Charlotte Horin d. Emma Williams, 6-0, 6-3
Doubles
1-Norton/Jacques d. Dinkel/ Murphy, 8-1
2-Caroline Gallagher/Grace Eilers d. Alli Tolbert/Barrett Hughes, 6-2, 6-3

SJCS FORENSICS CLASS VISITS WITH CRIME SPECIALISTS

The students in Mrs. Joanna McLucas‘ Forensics Class, a science elective for juniors and seniors, recently had a unique experience.

Sergeant Ted Kinsler, the father of SJCS graduates, arranged for the class to see one of the crime scene unit trucks and to meet one of the specialists. Then the students visited the drug lab, where they learned about the equipment used to identify the drugs, the firearms unit and the latent print unit.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: SWIM TEAM SWEEPS IN SENIOR SENDOFF

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The SJCS swim team swept dual meets against Southside Christian and Greer Middle College in the Knights’ Senior Sendoff Tuesday at Spaulding Farm Pool.

Among the SJCS girls, Sylvia Walker won the 200 free and the 100 butterfly; Elizabeth Loudermilk the 200 IM and the 100 breast; Mary Kate Farrell the 50 free and the 100 back; and Elaina Mulholland the 400 free.

Among the Knights’ boys, Jack Doyle won the 200 IM and the 100 breast; Liam Kelly the 50 free; Preston Jennings the 100 fly; William Zeimetz the 400 free; and Silas Crosby the 100 back.

St. Joe’s also won five of the six relays.

After the meet, the following SJCS seniors were honored: Anna Bradley, James Cline, Lindsey Cummings, Patrick Fesler, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Preston Jennings, Meghan Malone, Mary Ellison McCoy, Kaitlyn Meade, Juliana Moore, Alice Norton, Peter Permanente, Joey Stansberry and William Zeimetz.

On Saturday, the Knights will compete in the Region 1-2A meet at the Greenville County Aquatic Center. The boys will be seeking their fourth consecutive region championship, and the girls will be vying for their second straight title.

Combined
St. Joseph’s 443, Southside Christian 87
St. Joseph’s 420, Greer MC 127
Greer MC 266, Southside Christian 152

Boys
St. Joseph’s 193, Southside Christian 67
St. Joseph’s 196, Greer MC 73
Greer MC 112, Southside Christian 93

Women
St. Joseph’s 250, Southside Christian 20
St. Joseph’s 224, Greer MC 54
Greer MC 154, Southside Christian 59

Varsity Volleyball

The SJCS varsity volleyball team swept past visiting Greenville Tech 3-0 (25-6, 25-13, 25-8) on Tuesday night to improve to 8-1 in Region 1-2A play.

Middle School Volleyball

The SJCS middle school volleyball team defeated visiting Christ Church 2-1 (25-17, 10-25, 15-9) on Tuesday.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ATTRACTIONS FUNDRAISER WINNERS

The top-selling students in the 2019 Attractions Fundraiser were: Emily Schmidt, Palmer Household, first place ($125), 57 books sold; Katherine Noel, Connelly Household, second place, ($100), 25 books sold; and Hannah Moore, Benkert Household, third place ($75), 22 books sold.

Those three students, along with Collin Maides, sold 20 or more Attractions Books and will receive the Movie Card Package.

The top-selling Household, Mrs. Palmer’s, will receive a pizza party.

The following students sold five or more books and will receive a dress down day (date TBD): Bryan Brackett, Katherine Byrne, Kayce Charlton, Mason Conners, Tradd Coulter, Nicholas Cuppett, Jasmine Dunning, George Frank, Oliva Gaino, Reagan Grace, Harold Hall, Bridget Houck, Preston Jennings, Sylvia Kucinic, Tessa Leduc, Joshua Linebaugh, Collin Maides, Michael Mendola, Hannah Moore, Katherine Noel, Michelle Pares, Jordan Pearse, Jordan Plumbee, Brayden Renfrow, Benjamin Saunders, Emily Schmidt, Taylor Scott, Sara Thompson, Joshua Zannino, Zachary Zannino and William Zeimetz.

BLOOD DRIVE FOR P.J. MALAFRONTE SET FOR OCT. 8

A Red Cross Blood Drive in honor of SJCS sophomore P.J. Malafronte has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 12:30-5:30 PM at the school.

Anyone 17 and older may donate; 16-year-olds need a parental form. For more information, please email Elaine Trakas at etrakas@sjcatholicschool.org.

If you have been following the Caring Bridge updates, you know P.J. is getting stronger every day, but he still has a long way to go. Click here to visit P.J.’s Caring Bridge journal.

 

VOTE FOR AVA DOBSON FOR NATIONAL RUNNER OF THE WEEK!

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SJCS senior Ava Dobson is in the running for MileSplit USA National Girls Performer Of The Week after winning the Lake Murray Invitational in Chapin Saturday with a career-best 17:12.79.

You can vote for Ava by going to the following link: bit.ly/2lme5fY.

Ava’s time, which was the fastest in the nation this past weekend, was also 24 seconds faster than the state record of 17:36, achieved by Spring Valley’s Kate Niehaus in the 2003 state meet at Fort Jackson’s Hilton Field. However, the South Carolina High School League only recognizes those performances achieved in state meets in consideration for the state record.

It was also Ava’s second straight performance under 18 minutes. The previous weekend she ran a 17:40 to finish as runner-up in the Eye Opener.

Also for the Knights, Caroline Linen placed 11th in 19:06.44, and St. Joe’s took 13th out of 31 teams.

The SJCS boys placed 15th out of 32 teams.

Brendan McTigue was 26th in 16:33.15. Dylan McTigue was 39th (16:45.05) and  Tristan McTigue 40th (16:45.12).

OFFENSE ERUPTS IN WIN OVER WEST-OAK; VARSITY NOW 5-0

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This time it was the offense that took center stage.

The SJCS varsity football team, which scored nine touchdowns in its first four games, traveled to West-Oak Friday night and produced eight touchdowns in a 56-35 victory.

Kyle Lonergan and Harrison Scott each scored three touchdowns and K.D. Boyd added two for the Knights, who are 5-0 and have a bye this week before playing at Southside Christian in their Region 1-2A opener on Friday, Oct. 4.

St. Joseph’s, which had blanked its previous three opponents, lost its shutout streak despite another solid defensive effort led by Marcos Salgado, Joseph Poole and Nathan Turcotte, and Mac McCauley pitched in several nice stops on special teams.

The Knights took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a quarterback sneak by Scott and a 59-yard touchdown run by Lonergan. Matthew Hall made both point-after kicks, the start of an 8-for-8 night for the freshman.

West-Oak scored a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter, the first points allowed by the Knights since the fourth quarter of a Week 0 win over Carolina. The score was tied 14-14 at halftime.

Boyd returned the second-half kickoff to the Warriors’ 38-yard line. Scott ran to the 18 on first down and scored on the next play. Hall’s kick made it 21-14.

After West-Oak evened the score, Lonergan returned the kickoff to the Warriors’ 30. That led to a touchdown run by Boyd, and Hall’s conversion made it 28-21 with 1:39 left in the third.

Then came the play that changed the momentum. The Knights’ Alex May recovered his own onside kick, resulting in a second touchdown by Lonergan. Hall’s kick gave St. Joe’s a 35-21 advantage after three quarters.

West-Oak struck first in the fourth quarter, but Boyd’s touchdown run gave the Knights a 42-28 lead.

After the Warriors pulled to within 42-35, Lonergan returned the kickoff for a touchdown. Hall added the point after, and St. Joe’s had a 49-35 lead with 8:08 remaining in the game.

West-Oak brought the ensuing kickoff back to the SJCS 35-yard line, but on first down, Poole intercepted and returned it to the Warriors’ 42.

On the next play, Scott raced 42 yards for a touchdown. Hall’s eighth conversion kick of the night made it 56-35 with 6:25 left to play.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: JV FOOTBALL TEAM WINS IN HOME DEBUT

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Jack Murphy’s 90-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter lifted the SJCS junior varsity football team to a 14-8 victory over Carolina Thursday night.

Murphy’s run enabled the Knights to break an 8-8 tie, win their first home game of the season and improve to 3-0.

The Knights’ defense was led by Andrew Passerello, who had several tackles for loss, as well as Alex Gillespie, Walker Wood and K.J. Haynes.

Girls Tennis

The SJCS varsity girls tennis team swept past host Landrum 7-0 on Thursday. The Knights improved to 4-3 this season.

SJCS 7, LANDRUM 0
Singles
1-Julia Jacques d. Lexie Hardin, 6-0, 6-1.
2-Adrianna Delacruz d. Anna Kuykendall, 6-0, 6-0.
3-Madison Patrick d. Ting Oliver, 6-2, 6-0.
4-Charlotte Horin d. Emily Malick, 6-1, 6-1.
5-Caroline Gallagher d. Haley Schulman, 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles
1-Adrianna Delacruz/Madison Patrick d.Hardin/Kuykendall, 8-1.
2-Grace Eilers/Michelle Pares d. Sarah Jones/Sophia Bennett, 6-0, 6-0.

Girls Golf

Led by junior Emma Curran, St. Joseph’s girls golf team finished second in three-way match Thursday at Links O’Tryon in Campobello.

Curran fired a 3-over 39 to lead the Knights (10-5) to their second-best score of the season. SJCS fired a 162, with Kaitlyn Dumit, Caleigh Noonan and Reagan Lillibridge shooting 40, 41 and 42, respectively. Marret Cole shot 51 and Meghan Noonan 59.

Chesnee, considered one of the favorites in the state tournament scheduled for late October, fired a 151. Host school Landrum shot 199.

Earlier this season, the Knights posted a 161 total against Wren at Southern Oaks in Easley.

“We’re beginning to round our games into shape,” said SJCS Coach Mark Matlock. “If we can get our putting in better shape, we will be a force the rest of the season.”

SJCS next plays in the High School Invitational Sept. 27-28 in Aiken. The tournament consists of the top 15 teams from around the state in all classifications.

SJCS SENIORS RECOGNIZED AS COMMENDED STUDENTS

SJCS seniors Luciana Strathern and Margaret Coburn have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

Although they will not continue in the 2020 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2018 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Congratulations to Margaret and Luciana!

PARENTS ATTEND ANNUAL SJCS MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT

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The annual St. Joseph’s Catholic School Meet the Teacher Night, on Wednesday, September 11, provided a great opportunity for parents to walk through their children’s schedules and hear from their teachers, as well as for them to hear from SJCS leaders regarding the state of the school and plans for the year.

 

NEW PARKING LOT PROJECT MAKES GOOD PROGRESS

The weather has been warm, but it has cooperated with regard to construction of the detention pond and parking lot in front of the building.

The detention pond is almost complete, and the footprint for the parking lot is established, according to SJCS Director of Operations Terry Crosby.

Work is currently being done on the piping that connects the parking lot to the pond, and that should be close to completion by the end of the week.

The parking lot, which will account for 100-plus spaces, could be complete by early November.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: AVA DOBSON IS NO. 1; SWIMMERS TAKE ON CHAMPS

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SJCS senior Ava Dobson has the fastest time in the state and one of the best in the nation after Saturday’s performance in the Eye Opener cross country meet at the Roger Milliken Center in Spartanburg.

Dobson finished as runner-up in the girls invitational with a PR of 17:40 — a new South Carolina record on the Eye Opener course, the top time in the state this season (according to scrunners.com) and the 30th fastest in the nation according to the MileSplit Network.

Dobson led the Knights’ varsity to an 11th-place finish out of 18 teams.

Sophomore Isabella Adams finished 66th out of 429 runners and led the Knights’ JV to a 16th-place finish out of 35 teams.

The SJCS varsity boys finished 17th out of 33 teams. Senior Brendan McTigue came in 29th (17:04), junior Tristan McTigue 57th (17:29) and junior Dylan McTigue 61st (17:33).

Senior Cole Van Emburg was the top finisher among the boys JV runners (152nd out of 769).

Swimming

The SJCS boys swim team defeated Christ Church by 28 points and the girls lost to defending Class 3A champion Christ Church by the same margin Monday at Greenville Country Club. Eastside, the reigning Class 4A boys and girls state champions, swept the meet against Christ Church and St. Joe’s.

“On another hot afternoon, our Knights showed up and swam fast,” Knights coach Becky VanEvera said. “This was a very fast meet with great competition.”

For the Knights, junior Preston Jennings won 100 and 400 free, junior Silas Crosby won the 200 IM and the 100 breast and sophomore Mary Kate Farrell won the 200 free.

Jennings, Crosby, senior James Cline and freshman Colin Jordan teamed to win both the 200 and 400 free relays.

Boys

Eastside 188, St. Joseph’s 97
St. Joseph’s 155, Christ Church 127
Eastside 193, Christ Church 90

Girls

Eastside 193, St. Joseph’s 93
Christ Church 156, St. Joseph’s 127
Eastside 183, Christ Church 100

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