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SPC athletes ready to take on college challenges [updated with recent signings]

The SPC is proud of the many athletes who move on to new academic and athletic challenges at the college and university level. Below is our annual list of those exceptional student-athletes, which will be updated through the year.

Episcopal High School

  • Patrick Bayouth • University of Texas, Austin, TX • Football (D1)
  • Jaylen Davis • University of Houston, Houston, TX • Football (D1)
  • Kathleen Johnson • Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA • Volleyball (D1)
  • Colton Rathen • University of Texas, Austin, TX • Baseball (D1)
  • Jamie Tatum • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH • Track and Fields (D1)
  • Sophie Thomas • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL • Field Hockey (D1)
  • Julius Young • Lafayette College, Easton, PA • Football (D1)
  • Jordan Wells • Texas A&M-Commerce, Commerce, TX • Football (D2)
  • Corey Williams • Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA • Football (D1)

Casady School

  • Jack Barrett • Southwestern University,  Georgetown, TX • Lacrosse (D3)
  • Ruby Berryman • Washington University, St. Louis, MO • Track (D3)
  • Christian Campbell • Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA • Track (D3)
  • Juliet Moncho • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH • Soccer (D1)
  • Hallie Reiger • Allegheny College, Meadville, PA • Field Hockey (D3)

Fort Worth Country Day

  • Jackson Norman • Trinity University, San Antonio, TX •  Baseball (D3)

Greenhill School

  • Bailey Bowman • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI • Field Hockey (D1)
  • Maya Desai • Fencing • University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA • Fencing (D1)
  • Ananias Hayes • Queens University, Charlotte, NC • Men’s Volleyball (D2)
  • Max Motlagh • Boston College, Boston, MA • Tennis (D1)
  • Jordan Simmons • US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO •  Basketball (D1)


  • Swiler Boyd • Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada • Soccer
  • Reid Cohen • Pitzer College, Claremont, CA • Lacrosse (D3)
  • Felicity Diamond • Columbia University, New York, NY • Crew (D1)
  • Ariyanna Easter • Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX • Lacrosse (D3)
  • JoJo Gum • Yale University, New Haven, CT • Lacrosse (D1)
  • Parker Hawk • Washington & Lee, Lexington, VA • Cross Country (D3)
  • Sophie Rubarts • Hendrix College, Conway, AR • Field Hockey (D3)
  • Adoette Vaughan • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR • Cross Country (D1)

Houston Christian

  • Katie Hartwell • Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX • Softball (D1)
  • Ian Wallace • Florida Southern University, Lakeland, FL • Lacrosse (D2)
  • Sahvir Wheeler • Texas A&M University, College Station, TX • Basketball (D1)

John Cooper School

  • Logan Leax • George Washington University, Washington DC •  Baseball (D1)
  • Evan Minarovic • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL •  Baseball (D1)
  • Reed Smith • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL •  Baseball (D1)
  • Peyton Tague •  Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA •  Volleyball (D3)


  • Carlos Abello • Princeton University • Baseball (Ivy)
  • Zach Daniel • University of Hawaii • Football (D1
  • Chloe Hunter • University of Pennsylvania • Lacrosse (Ivy)
  • James House • Dartmouth College • Baseball (Ivy)
  • Nick Limon • University of Chicago • Football (D3)
  • Jacob Magelssen • Furman University • Lacrosse (D1)
  • Olivia Marrus • University of Virginia • Field Hockey (D1)
  • Mikela McCauley • Dartmouth College • Lacrosse (Ivy)
  • Ameer Mustafa • Trinity University • Football (D3)
  • Onuchi Ndee • American University • Volleyball (D1)
  • Mason Nome • University of Texas Austin • Golf (D1)
  • Kate Petrovic • Loyola University New Orleans • Basketball (NAIA)
  • Lena Provenzano • American University • Soccer (D1)
  • Stone Simmons • Furman University • Baseball (D1)
  • Joshua Williams • Louisiana State University • Football (D1)
  • Wyatt Young • Oregon State University • Baseball (D1)

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

  • Nathan Lietzke • Stanford University, Stanford, CA •  Volleyball (D1)

St. John’s  School

  • Genson Hooper Price • Northwestern Univiersity, Evanston, IL •  Football (D1)
  • Amy Worscheh • Davidson College, Davidson, NC •  Field Hockey (D1)

Sam Bass (Casady ’20) named Gatorade Oklahoma boys cross country runner of the year

In its 34th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Sam Bass of Casady School as its 2018-19 Gatorade Oklahoma Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Bass is the first Gatorade Oklahoma Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from Casady School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Bass as Oklahoma’s best high school boys cross country runner. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year award to be announced in February, Bass joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Lukas Verzbicas (2010-11, 2009-10 Carl Sandburg, Orland Park High School, Ill.), Donn Cabral (2007-08, Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury, Conn.) and Chris Derrick (2007-08, Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, Ill.).
The 5-foot-9 120-pound junior finished second at the Southwest Prep Conference Championships this past season with a time of 15:46.53, leading the Cyclones to an eighth-place finish as a team. Bass took 33rd at the Foot Locker South Regional championships and he won the Oklahoma Cross Country & Track Coaches Association Meet of Champions by 12 seconds.

Bass has volunteered with SBP, a national disaster management group, assisting with flood relief in Houston in 2018. He has also donated his time to an area food bank and the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County. “Sam has gained more confidence in his abilities, taken more risks to get into good racing positions and has learned to push himself beyond the comfort zone to be a champion,” said Roxanne Sterling, head coach of the Casady School. “Sam is the complete package and we are fortunate to have him on our team.”
Bass has maintained a weighted 3.88 GPA in the classroom. He will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. From the 12 national winners, one male and one female athlete are each named Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year. In all, 607 athletes are honored each year.
Bass joins Gatorade Oklahoma Boys Cross Country Runners of the Year Luke Murphy (2017-18, Lincoln Christian High School), Matt Young (2016-17, Jenks High School), Isai Rodriguez (2015-16, Ringwood High School), and Ben Barrett (2014-15 & 2013-14, Norman North High School) as athletes who have won the cross country award since its inception in 2007.

As a part of Gatorade’s cause marketing platform “Play it Forward,” Bass has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of his choosing. He is also eligible to submit an essay to win one of twelve $10,000 spotlight grants for the organization of choice, which will be announced throughout the year.
Since the program’s inception in 1985, Gatorade Player of the Year award recipients have won hundreds of professional and college championships, and many have also turned into pillars in their communities, becoming coaches, business owners and educators.
To learn more about the Gatorade Player of the Year program, check out past winners or to nominate student-athletes, visit, on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at

Mavericks sweep SPC south zone swim & dive meet

The St. John’s Mavericks won both the girls and boys divisions of the SPC south zone swimming and diving meet, held at the Steven Lloyd Ness Natatorium on February 2. Full team results were as follows:

1st St. John’s – 178
2nd John Cooper – 111
3rd St. Andrew’s – 64
4th Kinkaid – 59
5th Episcopal – 54
6th St Stephen’s – 30

1st St. John’s – 182
2nd Kinkaid – 120
3rd St. Andrew’s – 92
4th John Cooper – 59
5th Episcopal – 54
6th St. Stephen’s- 21

St. John’s victorious in Texas State Prep Championships

St. John’s Wrestling followed up on their State Duals Championship with a team title at the Texas Prep State Championships.  This is the first time the Mavericks have won both titles in the same season.   Sebastian Jimenez ’21, Harrison Fernelius ’19, and Roman Lewis ’19 were crowned individual state champions.  The Mavericks finished first with 189.5 points.  St. Thomas Catholic finished second with 169.5 points.   The Mavericks are ranked number 1 in the Wrestling Texas Prep Team Rankings.

St. John’s wins Texas State Prep Dual Wrestling championship

The St. John’s Mavericks wrestling team won the 2019 Texas State Prep Dual Wrestling champions, a tournament they hosted on January 13, 2019. On their way to the championship, they defeated SPC rivals St. Mark’s and Episcopal Dallas and non-conference foes Bishop Lynch (tournament runners-up), St. Thomas, and McKinney Christian. This is St. John’s first Texas State Dual championship.

Read more at Vype and the St. John’s website.

SPC announces 2018 fall season all-conference teams

The Southwestern Preparatory Conference is pleased to announce the all-conference selections for the six fall sports: football, cross country (boys and girls), field hockey, and volleyball (boys and girls). Congratulations to these outstanding student-athletes.


Austin Saints – Thompson Renner, Sam Zapalac
Casady – Parker Quillen, Cruz Uhland, Quinten Baden
Cistercian – Jimmy Garda, Harry Crutcher, Matt Donohoe, Sam Clay
Episcopal –  Patrick Bayouth, Donovan Jackson, Jordan Wells, CJ Williams , James Ogunrin
Episcopal Dallas – Scott Bower, Preston Morway, Jack Loftus, Brodie Burke
FWCD – Stephen Murrin, Chris Edwards, Drew Chilcoat, Alex Orozco, Campbell Hyde, Sam Elkind
Greenhill – JT Herrscher, Brennan Andrews-Brown
Houston Christian – Ryan Hirschbuehler, Collin Smith-Hyberg, Max Williams
John Cooper – Evan Minarovic, Thomas Elkhoury, Matt Krehbiel, Logan Leax, Cameron Reed
Kinkaid – Josh Williams, Wyatt Young, Zach Daniel, Ameer Mustafa, Victor Garza, Jordan Ricks
Oakridge – Carson Welch, Sage Abram
St. John’s – Roman Lewis, Malcolm Sturgis, Matthew Kushwaha, Harrison Fernelius
St. Mark’s – John Harbison, Davis Malouf, Anthony Andrews
Trinity Valley – Michael Collins, Aidan Carlock, Isaiah Jackson, Grant Farmer

Boys Cross Country

Casady – Sam Bass
Greenhill – Press Wilson
Houston Christian – Grayson Jennings
John Cooper – Eli Araya, Mitchell Shannon, Will McDermott, Erik Burns
St. Andrew’s – Carson Curad
St. John’s – Sam Faraguna, Emmanuel Sgouros, Davis Thames
St. Mark’s – Seth Weprin, Pablo Aroyo, Andres Arroyo, Julian Ivarra
St. Stephen’s – Travis Dowd, Julian Baeza, Philip Chang, Jayan Nitzsche, David Allen

Boys Volleyball

Casady – Grant Johnson, Dillard Bowie
Episcopal – Jackson Kelso, Jacob Dixon
FWCD – Austin Holcomb
Greenhill – Ananais Hayes
Kinkaid – Kamsi Ndee
St. Andrew’s – Nathan Lietzke
St. John’s – Benny He
St. Mark’s – Albert Luo, Daniel Sanchez, Tristan Doan
St. Stephen’s – Callahan Hefner, Ian Chamoun
Trinity Valley – Jeffrey Sterling, Tyler Wright

Girls Cross Country

Casady – Claire Richardson
Episcopal – Kat Kwiatkowski, Ella Newman, Kate Freeman
Episcopal Dallas – Victoria Schmidt
Greenhill – Maddie Hatfield, Kaiti Ness, Kendall Hashimoto
Hockaday – Adoette Vaughan, Parker Hawk, Leena Mehendale
Houston Christian – Hannah Fritsche
John Cooper – Ava Minarovic, Rebecca Melin
Kinkaid – Kevriana Scott, Alexandra Blake, Laura Behr, Camila Vicens
St. Andrew’s – Emma Tuhabonye
St. Stephen’s – Katie Cline

Field Hockey

Casady – Isabel O’Connor, Lydia Foster
Episcopal – Sophie Thomas, Ellie Ragiel
Episcopal Dallas – Story Langston
FWCD – Margaret Biggs
Greenhill – Bailey Bowman
Hockaday – JoJo Gum, Meg Wilson
Houston Christian – Emily Wray
Kinkaid – Annabel Skubisz, Olivia Marrus, Laine Jacobe, Lauren Moak
Oakridge – Olivia McLean, Tucker Pond
St. Andrew’s – Morgan Nascone
St. John’s – Amelie Perrier, Frederique Fyhr, Izzy Chambers, Natalie Stone, Amy Worscheh
St. Stephen’s – Siofra Murdoch, Riley Nichols, Callie Cho
Trinity Valley – Kennedy Wainwright, Sam Wong, Harper Dunne

Girls Volleyball

Casady – Anna Payne
Episcopal – Brennan Howell, Trinity Watts
Episcopal Dallas – Caitlyn Henderson, Hadley Smith
FWCD – Mia Kovachev
Greenhill – Sola Omonije
Hockaday – Leilah Smith, Halle Blend
Houston Christian – Kayla Daly
John Cooper – Abby Frazier
Kinkaid – Onuchi Ndee, Marynell Ward
Oakridge – Casey Hendrixson-Seyler
St. Andrew’s – Kyla Thompson, Lauren Lietzke
St. John’s- Alexandra Lewis, Celia Adams, Nova Manning
St. Stephen’s – Jenna Rogge
Trinity Valley – Yassmine Bazir

Vype Houston: John Cooper School football trusts the process on way to breakout season

“Jumping from a 4-5 record to an 8-0 start the following season would’ve likely taken even the most optimistic of football teams by surprise,” writes Vype Houston‘s Ryan Posner. “That would seem especially true for a squad that had yet to post a winning record in its first eight years as a program. Don’t tell that to the folks at The John Cooper School. The undefeated start, already securing a spot in the Southwestern Preparatory Conference 3A Championship, has been a culmination of a nearly decade-long process.”

Read the full article at Vype.

Green Bay RB Ty Montgomery (St. Mark’s ’11) to host fundraiser for foster teens

Ty Montgomery, running back for the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, will host “Passion, Purpose and Football: An Evening with Ty Montgomery” at Lambeau Field on November 1. The event will help fund a sixteen-week life skills course for teens in foster care. Those who complete the course are awarded a car.

“I grew up with 17 foster brothers, so foster care has always been dear to me and my family, and I’m excited to finally roll out our plans on what we’re doing to help with foster-teen education in Green Bay,” Montgomery told the Green Bay Press Gazette. The full story is on the Press Gazette‘s website.

Montgomery was a stand-out athlete at St. Mark’s and was named three times to the SPC’s All-Conference football team. He also played basketball (All-Conference 2011) and ran track (All-Conference 2011) for the Lions. He played college football for Stanford University (2011-2014), where he majored in political science and was a Consensus All-American in and First-Team All-PAC 12 in 2013.

John Pitre (Trinity Valley ’20) selected to represent Texas in International Cross Country Competition

via press release from Down Under Sports

Down Under Sports is pleased to announce that John Pitre, a Junior at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, has been invited to represent the State of Texas on the 2018 Cross Country National Team. John departed for Brisbane, Australia on June 26, 2018 and will compete for individual honors and a team championship title in the Gold Coast 5.7K Challenge as well as the All-American 5K meet. Down Under Sports Recruitment Coordinator Daniel Carolan states, “We consider all types of criteria, but generally speaking, we recruit like a college would and invite athletes based on their stats, honors, and what year they are in school.”

John began running cross country in the 8th grade at Trinity Valley. He has competed as a varsity athlete, on both the Cross Country and Track and Field teams, his freshman and sophomore years. John qualified for competition at the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) both years in cross country and track. John also qualified for and competed in the Nike South Cross Country Invitational in 2016 and 2017. In the spring, John races with the Varsity Track and Field team in the 1600m. He also has competed in the 800m and 3200m events. John is currently coached by Cain Williams, James Scott, Carry Hansen, and Kyle Kennedy at Trinity Valley.

John is an Honor Roll and Headmaster’s List student at Trinity Valley and looking to study Engineering in college. He has expressed interest in attending Texas A&M University in College Station as well as Rice University. John is interested in continuing his running career in college.

Down Under Sports was founded in February 1989 based upon the dream of a New Zealander by the name of George O’Scanlon. George fell in love with athletics, especially American football (gridiron) as a young man growing up in his native country of New Zealand. His desire over the years has been to promote gridiron, not only to the people of New Zealand, but also to Australia where he lived for many years. That is why George started the Down Under Bowl which eventually led to the establishment of the Down Under Hoops Classic and the Down Under International Games. The Down Under Sports programs use the common language of sports to bridge the continents and provide a forum for athletes from around the globe to compete head-to-head in the sport
they love. During the past 29 years, Down Under Sports has had the opportunity to share the land down under with tens of thousands of individuals from across the United States. The Down Under Sports Program includes competition in cross-country, golf, track and field, basketball, football, and volleyball. Down Under Sports’ goal is to continue to provide athletes who excel in their sport the opportunity to experience the culture, beauty, and grandeur of the land down under all within the framework of spirited and intense competition.