Girls’ Cross Country spent last season in 2020 without the usual fanfare and competitive schedule. The first four meets were canceled and the season was limited to three competitions: the John Cooper Invitational, a five-team Ramble, and the Houston Private School Championships. The South Zone and SPC championship meets were canceled as well. Also missing were seniors. All the veterans of last year were juniors from the class of 2021. Now they are leading their team as seniors, and the results tell the story as St. John’s convincingly won the 40th Ramble paced by first-time Ramble winner Cici Calhoun ’22. St. John’s finished with 41 points ahead of second-place John Cooper (58). See Athletic.net for the complete team and individual results.
St. John's Mavericks Varsity Football defeated EHS 24-20 on October 8th and moved up to third in the Chronicle Houston Area Private School rankings in addition to receiving Team of the Week honors from H Town High School Sports. Check out the highlights of the game here. The full show from @HTownHSS airs on @ATTSportsNetSW. The following week, St. John's won the final home game of the season 49-13 over St. Mark's.
The Mavericks (7-0) take on Episcopal School of Dallas (8-0) on October 22 at ESD in a battle of undefeated SPC 4A teams. Click here for the Livestream link to the game.
The Mavericks battled the Knights this week starting with Boys Volleyball on Tuesday at EHS and ending with Varsity Football on Friday at home on Skip Lee Field. The overall team results were tied at 4-4 until the final whistle of the varsity football game. St. John's led at halftime 14-13, but EHS took a 20-17 lead late in the third period. In the fourth period, the Knights drove the ball deep into Maverick territory and looked to pad their lead only to throw an interception near the Maverick goal line. St. John's then marched 99 yards for the go-ahead touchdown and the defense held the Knights on their final possession for a first SJS Varsity Football win over EHS since 2011. For the football game recap in the Chronicle please click here.
Maverick Varsity Field Hockey is winding up for the stretch of counter games leading up to the SPC tournament. Fresh off a weekend of games at the Max Field Hockey Tournament in Philadelphia, PA, St. John’s (6-2, 1-0 SPC) is now focused on SPC competition starting with Houston Christian on September 30.
Maverick Cross Country found the winner's circle on Saturday at multiple events held across the state. Emmanuel Sgouros ’22 won the Gold Division at the McNeil Invitational with a time of 15:01. The Varsity Girls’ won the McNeil 6A division led by medalists Cici Calhoun ’22 (3rd) and Sarah Clark ’22 (17th). St. John’s also won the Woodlands Christian Varsity Boys and JV Boys races. Lyle Raymond ’25 won the JV race as the Mavericks finished with a perfect score of 15 points!
Everyone matters in the St. John’s Cheer program, a community built on a foundation of trust and crystal clear communication. When performing at football games, the cheer squad rarely takes timeouts, as they are busy planning, checking, and double-checking to make sure stunts are all set and safe to go. Halftime is their showtime.
Congratulations to Miles Masterson '21, Stefan Gustafson '21, John Perdue '21, and Michael Skaribas '21 for being named to the Houston TD Club Preseason All-Greater Houston football team. The four senior captains helped lead St. John's to a 35-23 win over John Cooper in the season opener. The Mavericks followed up with a 42-0 win on the road against the Hornets of Greenhill and a 34-33 win against Ft. Bend Christian at home. St. John's hosts Village School on Friday, September 24th. The kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. on Skip Lee Field. For more in the Houston Chronicle please click here.
Congratulations to Varsity Girls’ Volleyball finishing in 3rd place at the FAST Private School tournament. The Mavs went 5-1 on the weekend and Katherine Nelson ’23 was named to the All-Tournament team!
If you're a St. John’s Cross Country fan, you know that Emmanuel Sgouros ’22, nationally-ranked runner and European champion, is fast, very fast. But what you may not be aware of is his impact on his teammates. This August, the 34th annual Greenhill 6-Mile relay race was won by St. John’s for the first time ever. The field was composed of 6A schools and a handful of SPC teams. Each school separated its runners into teams of four to cover the total distance in 1.5-mile legs. Danny Wasserman '24, William Thames '23, Wilson Bailey '23, and Sgouros represented St. John’s top foursome. When Sgouros was tagged by Bailey for the anchor leg, the Mavericks were about eight places out of the lead. Sgouros went to work and caught St. Mark’s top runner on the last turn for the victory and some new hardware for the Maverick program. Sgouros’ three teammates can also say they finally won a race with him in it.
Three solid legs and a stupendous anchor by Emmanuel Sgouros '21 (6:59) gave the Mavericks Boys' cross country team their first-ever victory at the 6A division of the 36th running of the Greenhill 6-Mile Relay. Sgouros crossed the finish line for a team time of 31.32, just 3 seconds ahead of second-place St. Mark's. His teammates Danny Wasserman '24, Wilson Bailey '23, and William Thames '23 recorded the three additional times for the win. Jesuit College Prep finished third followed by Flower Mound. Times are on the SJS athletic.net page. Varsity Girls finished 8th overall in the 6A division.
Congratulations to Sloan Davidson '22 and Katina Christensen '21 for being named as USA Lacrosse 2021 Girls' High School All-Americans, and to Lindsey Price ’21, and Christensen, who were named as USA Lacrosse 2021 Girls' All-Academic players. Way to go, Mavericks!
Congratulations to Emmanuel Sgouros ’22 for winning the 3000 meters at the Balkan U18 Championships held in Kraljevo, Serbia. Running for Greece, Emmanuel posted a personal best time of 8:23.78, just ahead of the second-place runner from Austria who ran an 8:25.52 time. The third-place runner from Serbia clocked in at 8:35.16.
He is the 3000 meter champion in the following categories: 2021 Greek Champion - U18, 2021 Greek Champion - U20, 2021 Balkan Champion - U18. He was planning to participate in the 2021 U18 European Track and Field Championships in Italy, but they were canceled due to COVID.
St. John’s Mavericks Margot Manning ’23, Katherine Nelson ’23, Reese Animashaun ‘24, Sonia Rio '24, Daniela Laing '25, Warner Stahlbaum '25, and Kiran Rio '26 competed at the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships (GJNC) held in Las Vegas, NV on June 27-July 5, 2021. Their teams earned spots in GJNC by medaling in qualifying tournaments this spring in either the Open, National, USA, or American divisions, respectively.
St. John’s Mavericks Alexis Burger ’25, Ellie Burger ’25, Gracey Crawford ’26, and Chloe West ’25, competed at the USA Field Hockey National Club Championships held in Virginia Beach, VA on June 24-26, 2021. The four Mavs were on the Texas Pride U-14 team that posted a 4-2 record, and finished 9th out of 16 clubs. Their team was also Texas’ first team in this age group to qualify for the National Club Championships.
St. John’s Athletics put a capstone to the 2020-2021 year of sports with the annual Maverick Athletic Ceremony and awards presentation. The recorded video pays tribute to all of the hard work and dedication of athletes, coaches, support staff, administration, and parents. The awards include the first recipient of The Angie Kensinger Athletic Award, The Athletic Achievement Awards, and The Not Without Honor Awards.
Congratulations to Girls' Golf for winning the 2021 SPC Championship over Hockaday at Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas. The Mavericks were led by Ashley Yen '22 (74), Brielle Burns '24 (79) Kenna Lee '24 (79), Reyna Ngu '22 (86), Isabel Soliman '23 (86), and Eloise Chapman '23 (88).
Congratulations to the Girls' Varsity Lacrosse team for winning the 2021 SPC Championship 10-9 over Hockaday in Dallas. The Mavericks are 14-2 overall and 6-0 in SPC conference games this season. The Mavericks also added the City Championship to their resume with a 17-10 win over Lamar. St. John's, the host of the TGHSLL state tournament (May 8-9), opened up against Southlake with a 14-11 loss to close out their season.
St. John's School will be represented by a record number of 32 college-bound student-athletes from one class heading to compete on new teams starting next fall.
Class of 2021 - College Bound Student-Athletes:
Elliot Anton – Sewanee Lacrosse (Tigers); Jack Ben-Shoshan – Rice Baseball (Owls); George Caldwell – Sewanee Football (Tigers); Katina Christensen – Dartmouth Lacrosse (Big Green); Roe Crawford – Swarthmore Lacrosse (Garnet); Ainsley Dodson – Wesleyan Swimming (Cardinals); Piper Edwards – Dartmouth Field Hockey (Big Green); Maya Estrera – Swarthmore Softball (Garnet); Matt Fleming – Washington & Lee Baseball (Generals); *Cai Flowers – Fordham Swimming & Diving (Rams); Anne-Charlotte Gillard – Harvard Water Polo (Crimson); Jack Goldstein – U of Chicago Baseball (Maroons); Katcher Halligan – McLennan Baseball (Highlanders); Matthew Hensel – Middlebury Swimming (Panthers); Carter Hollingsworth – Amherst Soccer (Mammoths); Leyton Howell – Trinity Univ. Baseball (Tigers); Sebastian Jimenez – Duke Wrestling (Blue Devils); Eric Johnson – RPI Football (Engineers); *Tyler Kennedy – Virginia Field Hockey (Cavaliers); Tyson Luna – Amherst Baseball (Mammoths); Georgianna Mathews – Swarthmore Swimming (Garnet); Henry Miller – Occidental Cross Country (Tigers); Grace Nockolds – Johns Hopkins Field Hockey (Blue Jays); Jules Nunn – Trinity Univ. Basketball (Tigers); Olivia O’Reilly – Middlebury Soccer (Panthers); Jackson Peakes – Rice Basketball (Owls); Jim Rouse – U of Chicago Football (Maroons); Josh Schwartz – Tufts Cross Country (Jumbos); Nina Varma – Yale Squash (Bulldogs); Emile Vlahos – U of Chicago Football (Maroons); Kirk Waller – U of Chicago Baseball (Maroons); Lyndon Way – Babson Soccer (Beavers).
Maverick Wrestling recently won a third consecutive Texas Prep State title to go along with seven SPC championships, and two Texas State Dual crowns. The team also sent 14 mat men to the Prep Nationals held at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA this past weekend. Four Mavericks finished in the top 12 with John Perdue ’22 landing in sixth place and taking All-American honors. See the latest coverage on the Mavericks from KPRC Click2 Houston and the Houston Chronicle.
St. John’s Girls’ Varsity Golf won the 2021 South Zone Championship held at Woodforest Golf Club in Montgomery, Texas on Tuesday. The Mavericks shot a team total of 315 for first place ahead of Kinkaid (322). Ashley Yen ’22 finished first place overall with a score of 72 and Brielle Burns ’24 shot 75 for fourth place. Eloise Chapman ’23 posted an 82 for 8th, and Reyna Ngu ’22 turned in an 86 for 10th to factor in the team tally. St. John's Boys', led by Sean O'Neal '21 (73, tied for 3rd) and Aiden Manji '21 (75, 6th), finished in third place.
Boys finished 2nd, Girls finished a strong 3rd, and the Boys shattered the 4 x 800 Relay Record (7:57.80). Emmanuel Sgouros '21, Pierce Ederle '21, Josh Schwartz '21, and William Thames '23 broke the Nick Finnegan Spring Invitational meet record (8:03.95) and school record (8:00.86) previously held by Sam Faraguna '19, Sam Ho '18, Douglas Parsley '20, and Drew Woodfolk '18. All results are HERE
Maverick Wrestling won their third consecutive Texas Prep State Championship this weekend in Argyle, Texas. This is the sixth consecutive season the Mavericks have won a championship in either the SPC, State Duals, or State Prep meets. In the previous two seasons they won all three. This win was worth the wait. SPC winter wrestling was cancelled and the program that usually competes in the winter season, had their first practice just before spring break. With just two dual meets to prepare for the state event, St. John’s relied on their veterans to set a championship tone. The Mavericks won with 207.5 points, ahead of host school Liberty Christian (95.0) and third place EHS (92.5). St. John’s qualified for all-state honors in every weight class with four first-place finishes, five runners-up and four third-place results.
Emmanuel Sgouros '21 is breaking school records, setting new PR's, and is hard to catch in Texas, Alabama, and North Carolina so far. Sgouros ranks 4th in the state and 20th in the nation in the 1600 meters with his latest time of 4:12.28 (school record). Emmanuel also broke the school record in the 3200 meters winning the New Balance Dash for Doobie 3200 meter race in Winston Salem, NC with a time of 9:05.92. Drew Woodfolk '18 previously held the record with a time of 9:45.35. Sgouros, Pierce Ederle '21, Josh Schwartz '21, and William Thames '23 also broke the Nick Finnegan Spring Invitational meet record (8:03.95) and school record (8:00.86) previously held by Sam Faraguna '19, Sam Ho '18, Douglas Parsley '20, and Woodfolk.
The SPC will play regularly scheduled North and South Zone games this spring. The standings in each zone will be used to name North Zone and South Zone Champions in all spring sports (with the exception of 4A Boy's Lacrosse, which will be playing an independent schedule for 2021). In addition, each zone will hold a track and field Meet and golf tournament to determine the Zone champion.
Golf: North Zone golf at Bear Creek in Euless - April 28th - hosted by Trinity Valley South Zone golf at Woodforest CC - April 20th Track and Field: North Zone track at Greenhill - April 30th and May 1 South Zone track at St. John's - April 30th and May 1
The St. John’s Girls Golf team has now won three-consecutive tournaments after finishing second to the Woodlands A team in their first event of the season at the Bluejack National Invitational. The latest team victory was at the Kingwood High School Varsity Girls Invitational this past weekend, against one of the stronger fields in the Houston area. The Mavericks were led by first place finisher Ashley Yen ’22 (73-72) and Brielle Burns ’24 (76-76) who claimed third overall. Performances by Kenna Lee ’24 (81-81) and Reyna Ngu ’22 (84-80) were also included in the final team score for the Mavericks who led by only 1 stroke after the first round. The Mavericks finished strong on day two and pulled away from the field with a score of 623, 13 strokes ahead of Woodlands College Park. St. John's also won Kinkaid's Lasher Invitational in February and our own SJS Spring Invitational before spring break. Next up is the Episcopal High School Invitational at Quail Valley on April 6.
An exciting day brought a new school record by Emmanuel Sgouros '22 in the 1600 meters of 4:19.88 (old record of Drew Woodfolk '18 of 4:22 in 2018) and some exciting and gutsy performances by girls and boys. Girls finished third overall and the boys finished first ahead of St. Thomas in a true team effort. Complete results are on athletic.net HERE, and at Athletic.Live HERE.
The 2021 St. John’s Girls’ Varsity Soccer team went 6-0 in conference counter games to capture the SPC South Zone title, something they have done for three years in a row, but this season the South Zone title would mean a lot more.
St. John's Swimming & Diving finished the season at the 2021 South Zone meet on Saturday, February 6 at the University of Houston Recreation and Wellness Center. The Boys team finished first with 162 points and the Girls team finished runners-up, just two points behind Kinkaid (145-143) . Watch it again on Vype.
St. John’s Swimming and Diving made a big splash this past weekend at the 2021 Houston Invitational Championship held at Westfield High School Natatorium. The Girls won two relays and one individual event to finish first with 105.5 points. Kinkaid was second with 85.5. The Boys won six events including a school-record performance in the 50 freestyle by John Perdue ’22, to capture the Boys title with 132 points. John Cooper and Awty tied for second with 48 points apiece.
The ninth-annualTD Club of HoustonHildebrand Foundation Private School Awards was held at the Omni Hotel in the Galleria on January 27, 2021, and broadcasted on Vype. St. John's was represented by finalists Emile Vlahos '21 (Defensive Player of the Year) and Mansfield Owsley '21 (Lineman of the Year).
St. John's Girls Varsity Soccer team has achieved a top 25 ranking from Top Drawer Soccer. The Mavericks are ranked 22nd and are 3-1 so far this season. Their lone loss to 16th ranked EHS, was followed up with an upset win over 21st ranked St. Agnes. St. John's also has wins over Concordia Lutheran and Houston Christian, their next scheduled opponent.
St. John’s School is excited to announce that Becky Elliott will serve as the new Head Varsity Field Hockey Coach, starting on August 1, 2021. Coach Elliott was a team captain and full scholarship Division1 athlete at Ball State University, where she earned multiple academic and athletic accolades. Becky is a veteran coach in the SPC, having led field hockey programs at Kinkaid and Duchesne in addition to assisting with the program at St. Stephen’s. She also served as assistant soccer coach at St. John’s and is currently the head field hockey and lacrosse coach at River Oaks Baptist School of the HJPC conference. The St. John’s community is looking forward to Becky's return to campus and serving in her new roles as head coach of the Maverick Field Hockey program and PE instructor. Welcome back, Becky!
Congratulations to Katina Christensen ’21 for being selected to play in the 2021 Adrenaline All-American lacrosse game. Christensen is one of thirty honorees, three of which are from the SPC conference. Adrenaline started this program in 2010 to recognize the top high school players in the western United States. The 2021 girls game is scheduled to be played prior to the boys game on July 25 at Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas.