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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!


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.

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
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.


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.

At Greenville County Aquatic Center
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
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
Chelsea Rose Doyle
Sylvia Walker
Silas Crosby
Preston Jennings
Colin Jordan
James Cline
Peter Permanente


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
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
1-Norton/Jacques d. Dinkel/ Murphy, 8-1
2-Caroline Gallagher/Grace Eilers d. Alli Tolbert/Barrett Hughes, 6-2, 6-3


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.


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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.

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

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

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.

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