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.