The varsity cross country team enjoyed a big victory this past weekend. Running in the St. John’s Maverick Ramble on the SPC course in Tomball, Texas, the Lions came away with individual and team victories in both the varsity and junior varsity races. Pablo Arroyo won the varsity race in a PR of 15:53 (#3 ALL-TIME). He was followed closely by his twin brother, Andres, in a PR of 15:55 (#4 ALL-TIME). Also enjoying PR’s were Tyler Nussbaumer (16:43), Julian Ivarra (16:45), Sahil Dodda (16:48), Trey Stager (17:24), and Fisayo Omonije (17:37). Bryce Nivet won the junior varsity race in a PR of 17:50. He was followed closely by Sky Park (17:51), Sid Sinha (18:02), Devan Patel (18:04), and Zach Lightfoot (18:19). All in all, a great day from everybody that competed. The Lions are off this week in preparation for the SPC North Zone on Friday, October 25, at Norbuck Park in Dallas.
The varsity volleyball team played two SPC counter games this past week. On Thursday, the Lions hosted Ft. Worth Country Day and pulled off a 3-0 (25-14, 26-24, 25-11) victory over the Falcons. On Friday, the Lions traveled to Trinity Valley to face the Trojans in their Homecoming game. In front of a large and noisy crowd, the Lions squeaked out a Game 1 win by a score of 25-23. TVS recovered and won game 2 (21-25). The Lions regained the lead, winning Game 3 25-19…only to see TVS even the match at 2 games apiece with a 23-25 win in game 4. In the fifth and deciding game, the Lions fell behind early, but came alive after the teams switched sides and won the game 17-15! The Lions now sit alone atop the SPC North Zone standings with a 4-1 conference record with 3 SPC counter games to play. The team plays a doubleheader against TBVA on Tuesday (at 5:30 and 6:30 pm at Courtside Sports Center) and then faces Greenhill on the road in their Homecoming game at 5:00 p.m., which will be another great environment to play in. With no school on Friday and no varsity football game, the Lions should have a great crowd to cheer them to victory!
The varsity football team hosted Episcopal High School (5-1, 3-0) from Houston on Friday night. The Knights got the ball first and sustained a long drive to open the game. The Lions defense held strong in the red zone, forcing EHS to settle for a FG. After the ensuing St. Mark’s drive stalled, EHS was able to punch the ball into the end zone, taking a 10-0 lead into the 2nd quarter. At the half, the Knights led 0-24. The Lions got the ball first to start the 2nd half and promptly got on the board with a 47-yard TD connection from Anthony Andrews to Paxton Scott. EHS answered with 2 more TDs, followed by another Andrews to Scott TD for the Lions. Paxton Scott’s 11 touchdown receptions through 6 games ranks him 5th among the DFW Private School receivers. The Lions (2-4, 0-4) are off this week as they prepare for their Homecoming game on October 25, at 7:00 p.m. against Greenhill.
Several Lion senior athletes have recently committed to continue their athletic careers at the next level. Andrew Laczkowski is committed to play basketball at the University of Pennsylvania, Billy Lockhart is joining the crew team at Dartmouth, and Paxton Scott will play football at Dartmouth. There will be more college commitments in the coming months.
ALUMNI ATHLETE NEWS
Ty Montgomery ’11 had 3 catches for 17 yards on 3 targets for the NY Jets as they upset the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.
John Harbison ’19, a defensive lineman for the Sewanee football team, recorded 4 solo tackles in the Tigers’ game against Centre College.
Daniel Cope ’17 was the 2nd finisher for the Washington & Lee cross country team, helping the Generals to a 15th place finish out of 40 teams at the Louisville Classic NCAA Pre-Nationals Meet.