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John Cooper’s Thomas Elkhoury named Montgomery Co. Courier player of the week

The Courier of Montgomery County has named Thomas Elkhoury (John Cooper ’20) as their player of the week. Wide receiver Elkhoury had nine receptions for 229 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Dragon’s 41-35 win over Cistercian.

This is the second week in a row the Courier’s player of the week award has gone to a member of John Cooper’s football team.

Read the full story here.

John Cooper QB Evan Minarovic named Montgomery Co. Courier’s athlete of the week

Evan Minarovic ’18 has been named “Athlete of the Week” by The Courier of Montgomery County. Minarovic led the John Cooper  to a 57-42 home victory over Fort Worth Country Day, giving the Dragons their first 4-0 start in school history. He completed 30 of 42 passes for 497 yards and six touchdowns, rushed for 52 yards,  and entered the end zone twice on the ground. This  was the most touchdowns scored by a single player in Montgomery County since 2016.

For the full article, please see the article at The Courier.

Weekend football wrap-up

Class 4A

Both Kinkaid and Houston Christian win their first conference games of the season, putting them in a tie for first place in 4A. The game between Episcopal and Episcopal Dallas had to be called off due to weather; no information about a make up date is available at this time.

St. Mark’s 14, Kinkaid 47
Houston Christian 21, Greenhill 7 (Thursday)

Next week’s conference games:

Greenhill at Episcopal
Episcopal Dallas at Kinkaid
St. John’s at St. Mark’s

Class 3A

First conferences wins for Cistercian, Trinity Valley, and John Cooper put them in a tie for first.

Casady 13, Trinity Valley 41 (called after 3rd quarter due to weather)
Cistercian 37, Austin Saints 6
FWCD 42, John Cooper 57

Next week’s conference games:

Oakridge at Casady
John Cooper at Cistercian
Austin Saints at Trinity Valley


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.


Signed: complete list of class of 2018 college signees

Congratulations to the following SPC Student Athletes who will take their athletic and scholastic talents to universities across the country in the fall!

Casady School

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

Cistercian Preparatory

  • Max Schieferdecker • Washington University, St. Louis, MO • Football (Div III)
  • Sidney Reggie • Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL • Football (Div III)
  • Michael Jaquez • University of Dallas, Irving, TX • Baseball (Div III)

Episcopal High School

  • Alexis Aboulafia • Tufts University, Medford, MA • Softball  (DIII)
  • Alan Ayanegui • Lawrence Technical University, Southfield, MI • Football  (NAIA)
  • Mylana Byrd • The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL • Volleyball (DI)
  • Antonio Cruz • Rice University, Houston, TX • Baseball (DI)
  • Justin Fox • Trinity University, San Antonio, TX • Baseball  (DIII)
  • Peter Geib • The University of Texas, Austin, TX • Baseball (DI)
  • Denman Kane • Birmingham Southern University, Birmingham, AL • Basketball (DIII)
  • TayJon Martin • Lafayette College, Easton, PA• Football (DI)
  • Andres Melendez • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD • Boys Track & Field (DIII)
  • Sara Venker• Ball State University, Muncie, IN •Softball (DI)
  • Pablo Vilas • Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX • Soccer (NAICU)
  • Jaylen Waddle • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL • Football (DI)
  • Kansas Watts • Colorado State University – Pueblo, Pueblo, CO • Basketball (DII)

Episcopal School of Dallas

  • Wesley Banks • Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA • Football (DIII)
  • Gillian Campbell • Sewanne: The University of the South, Sewanee, TN • Soccer (DIII)
  • Lily Charnes • The University of Oregon, Eugene, OR • Lacrosse (DI)
  • Nick Greenberg • Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA • Track & Field  (DIII
  • Izzy Harrington • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA • Rowing (DI)
  • Matt Jones •Villanova University, Villanova, PA• Tennis (DI)
  • Antonio Laperyrolerie • Clark University, Worchester, MA • Basketball (DIII)
  • Kristen Leland • The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA • Volleyball (DI)
  • Brandon Meaux • Georgtown University, Washington D.C. • Lacrosse (DI)
  • Braden Rhone • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD • Tennis  (DIII)
  • Sophie Saland • Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA • Tennis (DIII)
  • Michelle Shen • Hampton University, Hampton, VA • Volleyball (DI)
  • Patrick Skainiak • United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD • Lacrosse  (DI)
  • Robert Tolbert • Indiana University, Bloomington, IN  • Volleyball (DI)
  • Tyla Tolbert • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ  • Soccer  (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)
  • Kathleen Clum • Brown University, Providence, RI • Softball (DI)
  • Cedrina “CJ” Landrum • University of Georgia, Athens, GA • Softball (DI)


  • Brooke Allen • US Military Academy, West Point, NY •  Women’s Lacrosse (DI)
  • Xavier Bryant • Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX • Basketball (DI)
  • Gabrielle Coben • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA • Women’s Lacrosse (DI)
  • Mason Marano •  University of Delaware, Newark, DE • Men’s Lacrosse (DI)
  • Jessica Pugh • Hampton University, Hampton, VA • Volleyball (DI
  • Hailey Wetherill • Columbia University, New York, NY • Softball (DI)
  • Kassidy Woods • Washington State University, Pullman, WA • Football (DI)


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

Houston Christian High School

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

  • Chance Allshouse • Rice University, Houston, TX • Track & Field  (DI)
  • Katherine Berman • Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA • Field Hockey  (DIII)
  • Nia Caldwell • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA • Track & Field (DI)
  • Noah Chan • Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA • Wrestling (DIII)
  • Kennedy Gamble • Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA • Track & Field (DI)
  • Cole Hammer • The University of Texas, Austin, TX • Golf (DI)
  • Caroline Hanan • Duke University, Durham, NC • Field Hockey (DI)
  • Adam Harter • Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA • Football (DIII)
  • Malcolm Hedgepeth • Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL • Lacrosse (DIII)
  • Wesley House • Sewanee: The University of the South, Sewanee, TN • Baseball (DIII)
  • Marquis Hubbard • Columbia University, New York City, NY • Football (DI)
  • Colin Lawler • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC • Wrestling(DI)
  • Jae LeDee • The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH • Basketball (DI)
  • Belle Martire • College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA •Lacrosse (DI)
  • Andres Melendez • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD • Track & Field (DIII)
  • Jasmine Smith• Rice University, Houston, TX • Basketball (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)

Oakridge School

  • Zane Ahlfinger • Washington University, St. Louis, MO • Football  (DIII)
  • Channy Cornell • Smith College, Northampton, MA • Field Hockey (DIII)
  • Tyler Fuller • University of Mary Hardin Baylor, Belton, TX • Football  (DIII)
  • Christoph Henle • Baylor University, Waco, TX • Football (DI)
  • Trevor Hall • Amherst College, Amherst, MA • Track (DIII)
  • Chris LaRovere • Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA,  • Track & Field (DIII)
  • Anush Pabley • University of Dallas, Irving, TX • Baseball (DIII)
  • Jimmy Sanders • Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA • Basketball (DIII)
  • Corina Sullivan • University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA • Swimming (IAMSCU)

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

  • Jaxon Cady • Rhodes College, Memphis, TN • Baseball  (DIII)
  • Billy Clark • Rhodes College, Memphis, TN • Track & Field  (DIII)
  • Hanna Judycki • Sewanee: The University of the South, Sewanee, TN • Soccer & Softball (DIII)
  • Gabriel Kennedy • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX • Swiming (DI)

St. John’s School

  • Peter Chen • Washington University, St. Louis, MO • Football  (DIII)
  • Cliff Guidry • Langston University, Langston, OK • Basketball (NAIA)
  • Kennadie Jake-Turner• The University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT • Volleyball (DI)
  • Audrey Ledbetter • Tufts University, Medford, MA • Field Hockey  (DIII)
  • Will Marx • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH • Track & Field (DI)
  • Laurel McKelvey • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA • Softball (DI)
  • Paul Schwartz • Tufts University, Medford, MA • Swimming  (DIII)
  • Ian Thakur • Washington University, St. Louis, MO • Track & Field (DIII)
  • Michael Urdahl • The University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA • Volleyball (DI)
  • Julia Waller • University of Chicago, Chicago, IL • Softball  (DIII)
  • Isabel Windham • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY • Field Hockey (DI)
  • Drew Woodfolk • Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA • Cross Country/Track & Field  (DIII)

St. Mark’s

  • John Gunnin • Colgate University, Hampton, NY • Lacrosse (DI)
  • Zach Landry • Haverford College, Haverford, PA • Baseball (DIII)
  • Garrett Mize • Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA • Lacrosse (DIII)
  • Seun Omonije • Yale University, New Haven, CT  • Football (DI)
  • Reece Rabin • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ  • Baseball (DI)
  • Tucker Ribman • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA • Wrestling (DI)

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

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

Trinity Valley School

  • Anne Cleveland • Sewanee: The University of the South, Sewanee, TN • Field Hockey  (DIII)
  • Brianna Hudson • Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX • Volleyball (DII)
  • Sommer Selod • The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX • Soccer  (DIII)
  • Madison Williams• University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK • Basketball (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

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

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

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

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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