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

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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

SENIORS REPRESENT SJCS AT CONSTITUTION DAY

Seniors Mary Ellison McCoy and Jenna Maunsell represented SJCS at Constitution Day on Friday, Sept. 13.

The annual James Otis Lecture Series, held at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, is sponsored by the American Board of Trial Advocates and all high schools in the state are invited to participate.

Mary Ellison and Jenna are pictured with Court of Appeals Judge Aphrodite K. Konduros, one of the speakers at the event. All high school students who are selected to attend are recognized as James Otis Scholars.

Congratulations to Mary Ellison and Jenna!

KNIGHTS, NOW 4-0, BEAT LIBERTY FOR THIRD STRAIGHT SHUTOUT

It was worth the wait.

After nearly a two-hour delay because of lightning, the SJCS varsity football team followed the same script as it had the previous two weeks. The offense and special teams did their jobs, and the defense kept the opponent scoreless.

The result was a 10-0 win over visiting Liberty — the Knights’ fourth consecutive victory to start the season and their third straight shutout.

St. Joe’s has not allowed the opponent to score since Carolina registered eight points in the fourth quarter of Week 0. The Knights have outscored the opposition 68-8.

Rain fell during the early going, and both teams struggled to hold onto the ball. The Knights took advantage of a turnover to produce the game’s first score.

Sophomore C.J. Sahlman recovered a fumble at the Liberty 18-yard line with 5:40 left in the first quarter. The Knights didn’t make much progress, but freshman Matthew Hall put them on top by kicking a 30-yard field goal.

With 6:42 left in the third quarter, senior Alec Miller pounced on a fumbled at the Red Devils’ 29-yard line, and again the Knights capitalized.

On third-and-seven, sophomore quarterback Harrison Scott connected with senior Marcos Salgado for 21 yards, giving the Knights a first-and-goal at the 5. On the next play, sophomore K.D. Boyd burst through and went into the end zone standing up.

Hall added the point-after kick, and the Knights had a 10-0 lead with 5:17 remaining in the quarter.

Liberty never really threatened to score, and St. Joe’s posted its third shutout in a row and fifth in 15 games under second-year coach Jon Wheeler.

In addition, with the junior varsity and middle school teams both 2-0, the SJCS football program is a combined 8-0.

Next Friday, the Knights will play on the road against West-Oak.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: MS FOOTBALL, JV GIRLS TENNIS STILL UNBEATEN

Harrison Zinkann and Brayden Renfrow scored two TDs apiece, Johnny Jaraczewski and Joe Patterson each scored once and the SJCS middle school football team defeated the visiting Anderson Cavaliers 42-8 Thursday.

The Knights, who scored all 42 points in the first half, improved to 2-0.

Zinkann returned a punt for a touchdown midway through the first quarter to put the Knights on top. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but it only took St. Joe’s 30 seconds to score again.

Renfrow lofted a 40-yard touchdown pass to Zinkann. A seamlessly executed pass from Renfrow to Patterson secured the two-point conversion, and Knights had a 14-0 first-quarter lead.

SJCS fans witnessed an electrifying Renfrow run on the first play from scrimmage to start the second quarter, a 90-yard sprint down the left sideline for a touchdown. Renfrow passed to Gabe Nelson for the two-point conversion to make it 22-0.

Jaraczewski broke several tackles on a 44-yard touchdown run. The conversion was no good, but it was 28-0. The Knights regained possession quickly, and Renfrow launched a 50 yard-touchdown pass to Patterson, making it 34-0.

The next time St. Joe’s had the ball, Renfrow passed to Tradd Coulter, setting up a short touchdown run by Renfrow. In what may have been the most impressive play of the game, Kolbe Hanson scurried past several defenders to catch the two-point conversion with two minutes left in the first half.

The Knights led 42-0 at halftime. The Cavaliers finally scored and tacked on a two-point conversion midway through the fourth quarter.

The next game for the Knights is Sept. 26 when they travel to Christ Church.

Volleyball

The SJCS varsity volleyball team won on the road Thursday night, defeating Blacksburg 3-0 (25-14, 25-0, 25-13).

Senior Elizabeth Tamura served 25 points in a row in the second set, marking the first time in Knights coach Jan Carino’s career she has had a player achieve this feat.

St. Joe’s improved to 6-0 in Region 1-2A. This weekend, the Knights will compete in the Tournament of Champions at Dorman High School.

The SJCS JV also defeated Blacksburg.

Junior Varsity Tennis

The SJCS won on the road against J.L. Mann 4-3 on Thursday, improving to 4-0 this season.

Jayne Womack, Isabella Delacruz and Maggie Olewiler won their singles matches and Womack and Meredith Wiper won their doubles match.

On Wednesday, the Knights defeated visiting Asheville School 6-1.

Michelle Perez (No. 1), Wiper (No 2), Womack (No 3) and Alexa San (No 5) won in singles. Wiper and Womack won at No. 1 doubles and Olewiler and Mary Maken Reed at No. 2 doubles.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: SWIMMING, GIRLS GOLF, VOLLEYBALL

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The SJCS swim teams swept a tri-meet against Brashier Middle College and Greenville Tech on Tuesday at the Spaulding Farms Pool.

Next up for the Knights will be Monday’s meet  against Eastside and Christ Church at Greenville Country Club. Eastside’s boys have won three straight Class 4A state championships and its girls have won back-to-back titles. Christ Church’s girls won the 3A championship last year.

Here are the scores from Tuesday’s meet:

Combined
St. Joseph’s 383, Greenville Tech 138
St. Joseph’s Brashier MC 157
Brashier MC 270, Greenville Tech 204

Boys
St. Joseph’s 196 Greenville Tech 66
St. Joseph’s 198, Brashier MC 72
Brashier MC 124, Greenville Tech 97

Girls
St. Joseph’s 187, Greenville Tech 72
St. Joseph’s 192, Brashier MC 85
Brashier MC 146, Greenville Tech 107

Girls Golf

The St. Joseph’s girls golf team returned to its winning ways Tuesday with a tri-match victory against Region 1-2A rivals Christ Church and Landrum.

Playing at The Preserve at Verdae, the Knights (9-4) posted a 179 total, 19 shots better than CCES. Landrum finished with a score of 202.

The Knights were led by juniors Emma Curran and Kaitlyn Dumit, each of whom shot 44. Sophomore Caleigh Noonan posted a 45, and junior Reagan Lillibridge had a 46. Freshman Marett Cole fired a 48.

SJCS returns to action Sept. 19 against Landrum and Chesnee at Links O’Tryon.

Varsity Volleyball

The SJCS varsity volleyball team kept rolling Tuesday night, working its way to a 3-1 (25-18, 16-25, 25-9, 25-21) win over visiting Greer Middle College.

The Knights, 5-0 in Region 1-2A, will play on the road against Blacksburg on Thursday night.

Middle School Volleyball

The SJCS middle school team earned a split in a tri-match at Spartanburg Day on Monday.

The Knights defeated Spartanburg Day 2-0 (25-18, 25-12) but lost to St. Mary’s 2-0 (25-17, 25-19).

SJCS SENIORS AMONG NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS


SJCS students Julia VanPutte and Thomas Zakrzwski have been named National Merit Semifinalists out of a class of 102 seniors! Ranked in the top one percent of the nation’s high school students, these seniors will be notified in February 2020 of their standing as finalists.

The National Merit Scholarship Program, a privately financed academic competition for recognition and scholarships, bases its awards on high school student results on the PSAT.

Congratulations to Julia and Thomas!

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