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Winter SPC Championships finals set

Tomorrow is Championship Saturday! Here’s the run-down.

1:00pm Girls Soccer Championship – St. John’s vs Kinkaid at Kinkaid

1:30pm Girls Basketball Championship – Trinity Valley vs Kinkaid at Episcopal

3:00pm Boys Soccer Championship – Casady vs Episcopal at Kinkaid

3:30pm Boys Basketball Championship – Houston Christian vs Episcopal at Episcopal

The SPC Swimming and Diving Championships will be held at the Conroe ISD Natatorium and the SPC Wrestling Championships will be hosted by St. John’s.

February signing day: more SPC student-athletes commit to colleges

The spring NCAA signing day saw even more SPC student-athletes commit to the colleges and universities of their choice. For signings in the fall and winter periods, please see our previous article.

Casady School

  • John Renfrow • Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, TX • Football (NAIA)
  • Jillian Kim • DePauw University, Greencastle, IN • Field Hockey DIII)
  • Brady Rodts • Marietta College, Marietta, OH • Rowing (DIII)

Episcopal High School

  • TayJon Martin • Lafayette College, Easton, PA• Football (DI)
  • Jaylen Waddle • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL • Football (DI)

Fort Worth Country Day

  • Kathleen Clum • Brown University, Providence, RI • Softball (DI)

Greenhill

  • Brooke Allen • US Military Academy, West Point, NY •  Women’s Lacrosse (DI)
  • Gabrielle Coben • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA • Women’s Lacrosse (DI)
  • Mason Marano •  University of Delaware, Newark, DE • Men’s Lacrosse (DI)
  • Hailey Wetherill • Columbia University, New York, NY • Softball (DI)

Hockaday

  • Lizzie Benedict • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC • Lacrosse (DI)
  • Anna Glasgow • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH • Rowing(DI)
  • Emily Fuller • Bowdoin College, Brunswick, NH • Lacrosse (DIII)
  • Sophie Isom • Yale University, New Haven, CT  • Track & Field (DI)
  • Trinity Thomas • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA  • Soccer (DI)

Kinkaid

  • Adam Harter • Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA • Football (DIII)
  • Marquis Hubbard • Columbia University, New York City, NY • Football (DI)
  • Colin Lawler • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC • Wrestling(DI)
  • Izzy Nelson • Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA  • Soccer (DI)
  • Hayden Rome • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA  • Football (DIII)
  • Johnathan Thomas • University of Houston, Houston, TX • Baseball (DI)

TAVC recognizes SPC players, coaches

The Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches (TAVC) has announced its all-state SPC team and specialty awards. Congratulations to all of these players and to coach of the year honoree Amanda Watts of Episcopal.

2017 TAVC SPC All-State Specialty Awards

Player of the Year: Mylana Byrd, Episcopal
Setter of the Year: Kristen Leland, ESD
Defensive Player of the Year: Kyndall Ellis, Houston Christian
Newcomer of the Year: Sania Petties, Episcopal
Hitter of the Year: Leilah Smith, Hockaday
Coach of the Year: Amanda Watts, Episcopal

2017 TAVC SPC All-State Honorees

Trinity Watts, Episcopal
Brennan Howell, Episcopal
Samantha Leverenz, Houston Christian
Caitlyn Henderson, Episcopal Dallas
Erica Hulsey, Hockaday
Kennadie Jake-Turner, St. John’s
Alexandra Lewis, St. John’s
Onuchi Ndee, Kinkaid
Julia Lasater, Kinkaid
Kara O’Neal, John Cooper
Anna Claire Adam, John Cooper
Bella Alamanza, St. Stephen’s
Ariana Zarse, St. Stephen’s
Sola Omonije, Greenhill
Brianna Hudson, Trinity Valley
Abby Brown, Oakridge
Mia Kovachev, FWCD
Mia Arriaga, St. Andrew’s
Reagan Dahlgren, Casady

Moving to the next level: SPC student athletes sign National Letters of Intent

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Congratulations to the following SPC Student Athletes who have signed national letters of intent.

Casady School

  • Savannah Taylor • Assumption College, Worcester, MA • Rowing (DII)

Episcopal High School

  • Mylana Byrd • The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL • Volleyball (DI)
  • Antonio Cruz • Rice University, Houston, TX • Baseball (DI)
  • Peter Geib • The University of Texas, Austin, TX • Baseball (DI)
  • Sara Venker• Ball State University, Muncie, IN •Softball (DI)
  • Kansas Watts • Colorado State University – Pueblo, Pueblo, CO • Basketball (DII)

Episcopal School of Dallas

  • Lily Charnes • The University of Oregon, Eugene, OR • Lacrosse (DI)
  • Matt Jones •Villanova University, Villanova, PA• Tennis (DI)
  • Kristen Leland • The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA • Volleyball (DI)
  • Chase Toledo• The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT •Lacrosse(DI)

Fort Worth Country Day

  • Samantha Burke • Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX• Softball (DI)
  • Cedrina “CJ” Landrum • University of Georgia, Athens, GA • Softball (DI)

Greenhill

  • Xavier Bryant • Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX • Basketball (DI)
  • Kassidy Woods • Washington State University, Pullman, WA • Football (DI)

Hockaday

  • Lizzie Benedict • The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC • Lacrosse (DI)

Houston Christian High School

  • Miller Copp• Northwestern University, Chicago, IL • Basketball (DI)
  • Jalen Clark• Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX• Basketball (DI)

The John Cooper School

  • Bella Camarata • St. Edwards University, Austin, TX • Soccer (DII)
  • Andrea Gomez • University of California-Davis, Davis, CA • Golf (DI)
  • Ben Wong • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX •Golf (DI)

Kinkaid School

  • Cole Hammer • The University of Texas, Austin, TX • Golf (DI)
  • Caroline Hanan • Duke University, Durham, NC • Field Hockey (DI)
  • Jae LeDee • The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH • Basketball (DI)
  • Belle Martire • College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA •Lacrosse (DI)
  • Jasmine Smith• Rice University, Houston, TX • Basketball (DI)

Oakridge School

  • Christoph Henle • Baylor University, Waco, TX • Football (DI)
  • Trevor Hall • Amherst College, Amherst, MA • Track (DIII)

St. John’s School

  • Kennadie Jake-Turner• The University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT • Volleyball (DI)

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

  • Denis Devyln • The University of Washington, Seattle, WA • Rowing (DI)

Trinity Valley School

  • Brianna Hudson • San Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX • Volleyball (DII)
  • Madison Williams• University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK • Basketball (DI)

 

 

Football championship schedule, teams announced

The SPC will hold its football championships on November 11.

The 3A championship will feature the Trinity Valley Trojans, who finished the season on top of the 3A division, and the Greenhill Hornets who finished second. The game  will be played at Pennington Field (1501 Central Dr., Bedford TX 76022) at 5:00pm. TVS won the regular season contest 30-27.

The 4A championship pits the #1 Episcopal Knights against the #2 Kinkaid Falcons. This game will be played at TDECU Stadium (3874 Holman St., Houston TX 77044) at 7:30pm. The Knights defeated the Falcons 37-27 in the regular season.

Join us at either stadium, and follow @spcsports on Twitter for in-game updates.

St. Stephen’s boys, Kinkaid girls win SPC South Zone Cross Country Meet

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School played host for the 2017 SPC South Zone Cross Country Meet on October 28. The boys’ division was won by St. Stephen’s, led by first-place finisher Crayton Carrozza. Kinkaid won the girls’ team title on the strength a first place finish from Camila Vicens.

Boys Team Results:

  1. St. Stephen’s
  2. St. John’s
  3. St. Andrew’s
  4. Kinkaid
  5. John Cooper
  6. Episcopal
  7. Houston Christian

Girls’ team results:

  1. Kinkaid
  2. St. John’s
  3. John Cooper
  4. St. Stephen’s
  5. St. Andrew’s
  6. Episcopal
  7. Houston Christian

Full results can be found on Athletic.net

Daisies, Lions victorious at SPC North Zone Cross Country Meet

Greenhill hosted the 2017 SPC North Zone Cross Country Meet on October 27, 2017. In the boys’ division, St. Mark’s was the team winner with Greenhill’s Daniel Brickman posting the best individual time. On the girls’ side, Adoette Vaughan of Hockaday had the fastest time, leading her team to first place.

Boys Team Results:

  1. St. Mark’s
  2. Greenhill
  3. Casady
  4. Trinity Valley
  5. FWCD
  6. Cistercian
  7. Episcopal Dallas
  8. Oakridge

Girls’ team results:

  1. Hockaday
  2. Greenhill
  3. Casady

Full results can be found on Athletic.net

Press release: St. Andrew’s and St. Stephen’s to unite football forces in 2018

For Immediate Release: October 3, 2017

St. Andrew’s and St. Stephen’s To Unite Football Forces in 2018
The two-year agreement will ensure safe levels of play at the junior varsity and varsity levels within the Southwest Preparatory Conference

Austin, Texas—In an effort to grow their football programs and maintain the health and well-being of their players, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School will combine their respective football programs for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) has approved the combined team to compete in the 3A division for the 2018 season.

“The SPC looks forward to continuing our football relationship with our Austin-based schools through this combined team during the next two-year football cycle,” said Bob Windham, SPC Commissioner. “We felt this action is best for our conference, as well as for St. Andrew’s and St. Stephen’s.”

Although they are traditionally athletic rivals, both St. Andrew’s and St. Stephen’s share common missions and values as Episcopal schools, ensuring a successful athletic partnership.

“Both schools share a common appreciation for educating the whole student—mind, body and spirit,” said St. Stephen’s Head of School Chris Gunnin. “We both share a fierce attachment to our Episcopal identities and value our participation in the SPC with other schools across Texas and Oklahoma. As we searched for ways to offer a football program that reflects our shared values, aligning with St. Andrew’s just made sense.”

“We are committed to a safe, sustainable football program,” added St. Andrew’s Head of School Sean Murphy. “We want to provide a high quality, competitive experience for all our student-athletes. We believe this partnership will benefit both programs and holistically develop our players from their early high school years through to graduation. St. Stephen’s is a natural fit with St. Andrew’s, and we look forward to planning our next season together.”

The combined football program will compete for an SPC championship in the 3A division that includes Casady, Cistercian, Fort Worth Country Day, John Cooper, Oakridge and Trinity Valley, among others.

“In football, for us to compete against the other schools in the 3A division of SPC, we felt it was necessary to have the physical program numbers associated with other schools in our conference,” said St. Stephen’s Athletic Director Jon McCain. “This partnership enables students that attend both schools a chance to compete for a championship in an appropriate sized program for our level of participation. Not only do we feel that we are providing a safer environment for our players, but we look forward to sharing some unique high school athletic moments with our friendly rival across town.”

St. Andrew’s Head Football Coach Taylor Stewart has been named the head coach of the combined team. Stewart coached football at St. Stephens’s for seven years before his move to St. Andrew’s, where he has coached for the past eight years. “Given Coach Stewart’s experience at both schools and his excellent football mind, he was a natural fit to lead the combined programs,” said St. Andrew’s Athletics Director Jeff McCrary.

“We are appreciative of the SPC to grant us this opportunity, and we look forward to this alliance with St. Stephen’s,” McCrary added. “This partnership ensures the continuation of a safe and positive experience for all our football players. Our hope and goal are to enable our schools to field full junior varsity and varsity football teams. As we look to build and strengthen our football program at St. Andrew’s, a critical component is to develop our younger student-athletes in preparation for varsity football.”

This collaboration will not be a first for St. Andrew’s and St. Stephen’s, as both schools have leveraged their athletic rivalry in the past to support local and national charities. Their volleyball programs have hosted a “Play for the Cure” game to raise money and awareness for National Foundation for Cancer Research. Their “Episcobowl” football games have produced food donations for El Buen Samaritano, a local nonprofit serving the Central Austin community. The two schools look forward to enhancing their service-learning projects together with this new partnership in athletics.

About St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, founded in 1952, is a college preparatory school with over 900 students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade. St. Andrew’s mission is to provide an enriched academic program within a Christian environment emphasizing the fulfillment of each student’s potential. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School admits qualified students regardless of race, color, nationality, ethnicity, religion, physical disability, socioeconomic status, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. Find more info at www.sasaustin.org.

About St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, a coeducational boarding and day school of the Diocese of Texas, is a caring, diverse community, inclusive of all faiths and grounded in the Christian tradition, which nurtures moral growth, and values the potential and dignity of every human being. St. Stephen’s challenges motivated students to live intelligently, creatively and humanely as contributing members of society. The school develops the whole person by providing rigorous academic preparation, stimulating physical activities and rich opportunities in the fine arts.

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SPC announces 2018-2019 football alignment

The Operations Committee of the Southwest Preparatory Conference has announced the alignment for its two football divisions for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. This alignment includes a provision for the two Austin schools, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, to combine to form one football team. The alignment for the 2018 and 2019 seasons will be as follows:

4A SPC FOOTBALL
Episcopal
Episcopal Dallas
Greenhill
Houston Christian
Kinkaid
St. Mark’s
St. John’s

3A SPC FOOTBALL
Austin SPC Combined Team
Casady
Cistercian
Fort Worth Country Day
John Cooper
Oakridge
Trinity Valley

Kinkaid’s Cole Hammer ’18 competes in Junior President’s Cup

Kinkaid senior golfer Cole Hammer competed in the American Junior Golf Associations’s Junior President’s Cup on September 24-26, 2017. Hammer joined a team of twelve of the USA’s best junior golfers who defeated a team of twelve international junior golfers by a score of 14 to 10.

The tournament, held days before the President’s Cup, was composed of two four-ball matches and a singles match for each player. Hammer and his partner Noah Godwin halved the morning four-ball with South Africa’s Garrick Higgo and Rayhan Thomas of India. In the afternoon four-ball, Hammer and Godwin defeated Higgo and Thomas, 4 & 3. Hammer dropped his singles match to South Africa’s Christo Lamprecht, 3 & 1.

Congratulations to Cole for representing Kinkaid, the SPC, and the USA so well!

Photo: Twitter via @KinkaidAthletic