2020

  • October

    Max Field Hockey Mavericks

    Congratulations to Sloan Davidson '22 and Tyler Kennedy '21 for making the West/Mid-West Region Players to Watch list for Max Field Hockey.
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  • Real Runners

    Maverick Cross Country is back on course. The pandemic may have scratched some of the schedule, but it couldn’t stop the 40th running of the Ramble. While there there will always be a gap in the win/loss record from March to October, the competitive drive of the Maverick runners never went missing. St. John’s won the boys varsity, girls varsity, girls jv, and took a close second in the boys jv division.  The Boys also won the jv and varsity races at the Woodlands Christian meet the following week. 
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  • Emmanuel Sgouros

    Mavericks Ramble to Victory

    The Boys and Girls Varsity and Girls JV all finished first at the 40th Maverick Ramble, held at Spring Creek Park in Tomball.  The early morning fog finally cleared about the same time Emmanuel Sgouros '22 crossed the finish line for the top time of the day (16:20.2) in the Boys Varsity race.  The JV Boys, led by first place finisher Jack Litton '24 (18:42.2), tied with St. Thomas but finished second on the 6th runner tie-breaker.  The Girls' Varsity was paced by Sarah Clark '22, who finished second overall (20:43.4).  Katie Karlson '23 (24:01.6) won the Girls' JV division.  Complete results are HERE.
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  • Athletics Update- Spectator Policy and Livestream

    Varsity and Junior Varsity teams have been following a phased plan that began with work-outs and strength & conditioning, then incorporated practices, and now includes an abbreviated game schedule against other Houston independent schools. At this time, we are in the process of calibrating our livestream cameras in order to capture live footage of all home competitions. Currently, field hockey and volleyball games are available to watch on the SJS Athletics livestream webpage.
     
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  • Cici Calhoun '22

    Mavericks Back on Course

    Emmanuel Sgouros '22 finished first overall (9:46.3) in the Cooper Dragon Invitational cross country meet to help lead the Mavericks back in the athletic arena for the 2020-2021 school year. Sgouros paced a host of PRs for the young Mavericks Boys' Varsity Cross Country squad for a 2nd place team finish to John Cooper.  The Boys' JV won their division, while the Varsity Girls, led by a 3rd-place performance from Cici Calhoun '22 (12:31.5), finished second to St. Agnes.  The Girls' JV also finished runner-up. The complete results are HERE. 
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  • September

    Jim Rouse '21, Mansfield Owsley '21, Eric Johnson '21,

    Touchdown Club Football Honorees

    Congratulations to Jim Rouse '21, Mansfield Owsley '21, and Eric Johnson '21 for being selected as 2020 All-Greater Houston Preseason Private School Honorees by the Touchdown Club of Houston.


     
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  • Johnston Receives HTA Scholarship

    Congratulations to Katherine Johnston '20 for receiving the National Senior Women's Clay Court Championship Scholarship from HTA.
    Katherine was a three-sport athlete at St. John's (cross country, basketball, tennis) and a super champ tennis player.  She is now in her first year at Washington University in St. Louis and a member of the varsity tennis team.
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  • August

    US Conditioning & Fall Sport Skill Instruction 

    The Athletic Department has set Monday, August 31 as the date for the Fall US sports programs to return to campus.  Guidelines set forth by the Medical Advisory Team will be used to allow our US student/athletes to begin training with their Fall sports teams.  The on-campus voluntary training sessions will not be utilized for tryouts.  Rather, the sessions will emphasize conditioning and individual sport skill instruction.  The training session will run M-F from 5:00–6:00pm.  For specific information regarding the program, please reach out directly to the Varsity Fall coaches.  

    Football - Practice Field 2.5. Or Randall(weather). Kevin Veltri. kveltri@sjs.org
    Field Hockey - Finnegan Field.  Brenda Mercado. bmercado@sjs.org
    Boys Cross Country - Track.  Richie Mercado.  rmercado@sjs.org
    Girls Cross Country - Track.  Rachel Fabre.  rfabre@sjs.org
    Boys Volleyball - Track & Big Red.  Chaz Hulett.  chulett@sjs.org
    Girls Volleyball - Track & Big Red.  Shelbi Irvin.  sirvin@sjs.org

    For those athletes planning on attending, a signed Covid-19 Self Screening Contract Form is required.
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  • SPC Cancels Fall 2020 Athletic Season

    Please see the following update regarding The Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) fall 2020 season. With this announcement, St. John's plans to announce how it will approach fall athletics in a school-wide communication on Monday, August 24.  

    SPC Board of Directors Statement Regarding the FALL 2020 Athletic Season:

      *   We recognize each of our member schools is under unusual and challenging circumstances regarding each aspect of school operations.
      *   We recognize we are members of a Conference with a wide variance in local conditions, approaches and opinions regarding how to handle these challenging circumstances as they relate to athletic competition.
      *   We recognize our member schools are located in multiple metro areas, spread over a wide geographic area, with varying health conditions, regulations, public opinions and governmental recommendations.

    Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the SPC Board of Directors approves the cancellation of the 2020 fall SPC athletic season.

    The SPC Board of Directors further approves maintaining existing plans for the winter and spring SPC Championship seasons, and those plans be sustained without alteration and played as currently scheduled consistent with current SPC policies. The Operations Committee and SPC Board of Directors will revisit plans for winter and spring seasons at a later date and determine if any adjustments are required as a result of circumstances at that time.
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  • Mavericks Win Directors' Cups

    Congratulations to the St. John's Mavericks for winning the 2019-2020 SPC Directors' Cup as the top athletic program for both coed schools and girls’ programs in the Southwest Preparatory Conference. The Maverick Girls’ program, led by SPC championships in Field Hockey and Swimming, finished first in the standings. The Boys’ were led by a single SPC title in Wrestling for second-place. In total, St. John’s has won six SPC AD Cups as the top Coed Athletic Program in the SPC (2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2018-19, 2019-20).  St. John's has also earned five AD Cups for the top girls' program and one for the top boys' program.
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  • PCA Triple Impact Finalists Announced

    Congratulations to our PCA Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Finalists Ella Kalapatapu '21 and Landon McKelvey '21!


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  • July

    Fall Sports Preseason Announcement

    Since the SJS decision to begin the school year on Wednesday, August 19 remotely, the start of
    US Fall Preseason has been pushed back until Tuesday, September 8. The beginning of the US Fall practices will lead into the recent SPC announcement that competition between schools for all of our Fall sports has been moved to, at the earliest, September 8. SPC Counter contests will not occur until, at the earliest, the week of September 21.

    No decisions have been made at this time regarding the MS Fall season. We are in frequent contact with the Houston Junior Preparatory Conference (HJPC) and other peer schools about what may be feasible for this Fall and beyond.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Fall Varsity Head Coaches listed below with specific questions related to the start of the Fall season.

    Kevin VeltriHead Varsity Football Coachkveltri@sjs.org
    Brenda Mercado   Head Varsity Field Hockeybmercado@sjs.org
    Richie MercadoHead Boys’ Varsity Cross Country   rmercado@sjs.org
    Rachel FabreHead Girls’ Varsity Cross Countryrfabre@sjs.org
    Shelbi IrvinHead Girls’ Varsity Volleyballsirvin@sjs.org
    Chaz HulettHead Boys’ Varsity Volleyballchulett@sjs.org
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  • Fall Sports Announcement from SPC

    As a conference committed to the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and communities, the SPC continues to access and review the appropriate public health and safety information from medical experts. We value the importance of our athletic programs as vital parts of our schools' developmental programs. The commissioner continues to meet regularly with heads of school and athletic directors from our member schools during the summer to explore and review every possibility for providing the safest, most appropriate and most meaningful experiences for our student-athletes.

    At this time SPC schools are agreeing to delay any competition between schools for any of our sports to, at earliest, September 8th. SPC counter games would not occur until, at earliest, the week of September 21. SPC will not regulate when or how individual member schools hold training sessions or practices during the unusual circumstances of COVID-19.

    Chris Gunnin, Chair of the SPC Board of Directors
    Bob Windham, SPC Commissioner
     

     
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  • All-Greater Houston Soccer

    Congratulations to Katina Christensen '21 and Alec Jazaeri  '20 for making the Houston Chronicle All-Greater Houston Private School soccer teams. 
     
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  • June

    Maverick Summer Training Program Suspended

    Maverick Summer Training Program has been suspended effective Wednesday, June 24.  With the increase in COVID cases locally, we feel it necessary to suspend the summer training program at this time.  The campus and all athletic facilities will remain closed.
    Thank you for your patience as we work through this very challenging time.
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  • May

    2020 Vype Private School Boys Wrestling Team of the Year

    Mavericks Pin Vype Wrestling Awards

    Sebastian Jimenez '21 and Ken Matsunaga '21 were nominated for the Vype Private School Boys Wrestling Player of the Year for the Vype High School Sports Awards. Jimenez took home the honors alongside the Boys' Wrestling Private School Coach of the Year, Head Coach Alan Paul. The 2020 Maverick Wrestling team was also recognized as the Private School Team of the Year. St. John's Wrestling has won back to back triple crowns in Texas wrestling (State Duals, Prep State, and SPC) for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.  
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  • 2020 Maverick Athletic Ceremony

    Watch the 2020 Maverick Athletic Ceremony honoring our athletes and their teams.  
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  • April

    Class of '20 NCAA Mavericks

    St. John's congratulates 28 Maverick student-athletes from the Class of 2020 who have made the decision to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level!
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  • Skinner Signs NLI with Drake University

    St. John’s School congratulates Will Skinner '20 (Drake Track & Field) who is set to pursue his athletic and academic career as an NCAA student-athlete next year at the D1 level.
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  • St. John’s Announces Interim Head Coach for Field Hockey

    St. John’s Athletic Department is pleased to announce that Brenda Mercado will take on the role of Interim Head Coach of the Maverick Field Hockey program effective immediately.  Brenda is no stranger to the program, having coached field hockey at St. John’s for the past 31 years. She has served as the Varsity assistant for 26 seasons, while also doubling up as the head coach for JV1 and middle school field hockey.  Brenda started her field hockey coaching career as a physical education major at the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to coaching at St. John’s, she spent five seasons coaching field hockey at Casady School in Oklahoma City.  

     
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  • SPC & HJPC Cancel Spring Season

    After exhausting all possible avenues to potentially postpone and reschedule a modified spring conference tournament, the Board of Directors of the Southwest Preparatory Conference unanimously decided to cancel all Southwest Preparatory Conference athletic competitions for the entire spring season.  The Houston Junior Preparatory Conference (HJPC) also canceled the 2020 spring season.  
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  • March

    St. John's Announces New Boys' Head Basketball Coach

     
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  • Boys' Track & Field Win 53rd Maverick Relays

    St. John's Boys' Track & Field finished first and the Girls' placed fourth at the 53rd Maverick Relays.  The Boys trailed St. Thomas High School up until the last race of the meet and won the 4 x 400 relay to finish first overall.
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  • All-SPC

    Congratulations to the following All-SPC award winners from the 2019-2020 winter season.
    Girls Swimming & Diving: Lexie Lukens, Ainsley Dodson, Ella Flowers (SPC Champ - 200 IM), Georgianna Mathews, Sydney Buchman (SPC Champ - 100 Breaststroke), Cai Flowers, Lexi Guo, Katie Shelburne 
    Boys Swimming & Diving: Rhys Beauchamp, Michael Skaribas, Eric Wang, Will Sampson, Pete Curtis (SPC Champ - 1-meter diving), Todd Achuff
    Wrestling: Ishan Shah, Ken Matsunaga (SPC Champ), Sebastian Grannnen (SPC Champ), Sebastian Jimenez (SPC Champ), Thomas Grannen (SPC Champ), Oliver Magdol, Michael Daichman (SPC Champ), Thomas Chang (SPC Champ), John Perdue (SPC Champ), Eric Johnson (SPC Champ) 
    Boys Basketball: Brian Gordon 
    Girls Basketball: Eliza Holt, Katherine Johnston 
    Boys Soccer: Ryan Doughty, Alec Jazaeri
    Girls Soccer: Carter Hollingsworth, Zoe Toy, Charlotte Gillard, Katina Christensen
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  • February

    Girls' Tennis Wins EHS Tournament

    Varsity Girls Tennis won the EHS Tournament held at The Downtown Club at the Met.  Girls A Singles was won by Victoria Zhao '23. Kat Johnston '20 finished runner up in Girls B Singles, while Ava Phan '23 & Hannah Chang '21 won Girls A Doubles and Betsy Hook '20 & Dalia Khera '23 won Girls B Doubles. 
     
     
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  • 2020 SPC Champions

    Pin to Win: Mavericks Claim 5th Consecutive SPC Wrestling Championship

    St. John’s Wrestling entered the 2020 SPC Championships as the heavy favorite. The Mavericks were already back-to-back Prep State and State Duals champions, and were sending a program record of eight wrestlers to the Prep Nationals the following week. While they had won the previous four SPC championships, they could not just show up and win. They would need a total team effort against an improved field that had an advantage with a small number of teams.
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  • SPC Final Results

    The 2020 Winter SPC Championships culminated with the Mavericks taking home two championship and two runner-up trophies. Girls Swimming & Diving team won their third consecutive SPC title and Wrestling grabbed their fifth SPC championship in a row. Boys’ Swimming & Diving and Girls’ Soccer both finished runner-up. Boys' Soccer netted 5th place. Girls' Basketball finished 7th and Boys' Basketball ended up in 9th.

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  • 2020 SPC GIRLS' SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONS

    Mavericks Three-Peat at SPC Swimming & Diving

    St. John’s Swimming & Diving showed up loud and proud at the 2020 SPC Championships garnering their third consecutive Girls’ SPC championship and a runner-up Boys’ finish.
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  • SPC Weekend Update

    The Winter SPC Championships began on Thursday with the Girls Swimming & Diving team winning their third consecutive SPC title and the Boys finishing runner-up. Girls' Basketball defeated Trinity Valley 58-24, lost to Kinkaid 33-23 and play FWCD at 11 am on Saturday at ESD for 5th place.  Boys' Basketball lost to Oakridge 71-69, defeated 47-43 ESD and play St. Andrew’s at 930 am on Saturday at Cistercian for 9th place.  Boys' Soccer won in pk's over ESD, lost 2-0 against Cistercian and play host Greenhill at 11am on Saturday for 5th place.  Girls' Soccer defeated Trinity Valley 3-1 and ESD 3-2 in overtime to advance to the SPC Championship game versus host Hockaday at 1 pm on Saturday. Wrestling begins on Saturday at 900 am at St. Mark's.
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  • SPC Update: Three-Peat Thursday

    The Winter SPC Championships began on Thursday with the Swimming & Diving meet at the Lewisville ISD Westside Aquatic Center. The Girls won their third consecutive SPC title and the Boys finished runner-up. In opening round games, Girls' Basketball defeated Trinity Valley 58-24 and play Kinkaid on Friday at 1100 am hosted by ESD. Boys' Basketball lost to Oakridge 71-69 and play ESD at 230 pm on Friday at Cistercian.  Boys' Soccer won in pk's over ESD and play Cistercian at noon on Friday at Greenhill.  Girls' Soccer starts off against Trinity Valley at noon on Friday hosted by Hockaday.  Wrestling begins on Saturday at 9:00 a.m., hosted by St. Mark's.
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  • 2020 Texas Prep State Wrestling Champions!

    Back-to-Back State Champs!

    St. John’s Wrestling won the 2020 Texas Prep State Wrestling Championship with a team score of 214.5 points, 65 points ahead of second-place Liberty Christian. The Mavericks won their first-ever Texas State title at the 2017 Texas State Prep championships and captured their second State Prep State title last season.  Midway through today’s 2020 tournament, the Mavericks built an insurmountable lead. Mathematically, St. John’s would become the next Prep State champion before the finals began, but there was more at stake. The St. John's mat men placed six wrestlers in the regulation finals and four more in the consolation finals. In the end, they crowned one state champion and will be sending eight wrestlers to the Prep Nationals. 
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  • January

    HJPC Champs!

    Girls' Swimming finished first and the boys' team took second for a combined overall first place at the 2020 HJPC Swimming Championships.  St. John's has finished at the top in the combined girls' and boys' scores for five years in a row.  
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  • Field Hockey Post Season Awards

    Congratulations to Sloan Davidson '22 and Kate Ainbinder '20 for being selected to the Max Field Hockey 2019 West/Mid-West All-Region First and Second teams respectively.  Davidson was also garnered NFHCA All-Region and Third Team All-American honors.  Kennedy Sholeen '20 also made the NFHCA All-Region team.
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  • 2020 Texas State Duals Wrestling Champions

    Back to Back State Duals Champions Land 200th Title

    St. John’s School’s 200th championship was on the line at the 2020 Prep State Duals.  For the record, St. John’s had won 178 SPC championships and 21 state titles in the history of the school. Girls’ and Boys’ Lacrosse and Wrestling accounted for all of the state titles.  Wrestling was the 2019 State Duals champion and aimed for a second consecutive title. Leading up to the meet, practices in the mat room reached a heightened intensity, and every wrestler was ready and eager to get the big team win for the school.
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  • Will Sampson 2020

    Swimming & Diving Turn Heads at SPC South Zone and Lewisville

    Boys' Swimming & Diving finished first and the Girls' Swimming Diving took second for a combined team win at the Kyle Tilley Invitational.  The Mavericks were one of 20 teams in attendance hosted by 6A high schools Flower Mound, Marcus, and Lewisville.  This past weekend the Mavericks Girls' and Boys' teams both won the SPC South Zone meet held at the Alief Ness Natatorium.  The Mavericks will return to Lewisville for the SPC Championships held on February 13. 


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  • Power of a Song

    A decade ago, after the 2010-2011 Boys’ Basketball team defeated Episcopal at home for their first SPC title since 1987, fans swarmed the team on Liu Court and spontaneously they started singing the Alma Mater.  Since that time St. John’s teams have carried on this tradition for 26 seasons of 52 championships. The 2019-2020 school year has celebrated two titles so far: the 2019 SPC Field Hockey Championship, and recently, the 2020 Prep State Duals Wrestling Championship, bringing the total count to 200 titles (178 SPC, 22 State).
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