The varsity soccer team kicked off its 2019-2020 season by hosting Prestonwood Christian Academy. The Lions of PCA scored at the quarter-hour mark, somewhat against the run of play. The Lions of St. Mark’s then took advantage of Prestonwood’s depleted bench to apply pressure as PCA began to tire. Henry McElhaney ’21 opened the scoring when he slotted the ball past the PCA goalkeeper from inside the penalty area. The goal was set up by a deftly weighted pass from Knobel Hunt ’21. Hunt would go on to record assists on two more goals, senior William Holtby’s finish in the sixty-ninth minute, as well providing the final pass to Christian Pereira ’21 whose shot found the back of the net in seventy-third minute. The fulltime result was St. Mark’s 3 - Prestonwood Christian 1. St. Mark’s now prepares for a week of challenging matches against Home School, Bishop Lynch, and Kinkaid.
The varsity wrestling team opened the season at the St. Mark’s Season Opening Duals, held at Frisco Independence High School. Teams included Frisco Independence, the Oakridge School, McKinney Christian Academy, All Saints Episcopal School, and St. Mark’s School of Texas. The Lions won all four duals and wrestled a total of 47 matches, winning 34 of them. Junior/Co-Captains Cooper Ribman and Jackson Fair led the way with two victories by pin. Five other wrestlers also won by way of pin: Reid Fundis, Jedidiah Kim, Enoch Ellis, Drew Woodward, and Sal Abbasi. Cooper’s twelve takedowns during his four matches eclipsed his teammates. Jedidiah was second with four takedowns for the day, followed by Jackson’s three. 1st Match: Frisco Independence HS 24 vs St. Mark’s 48, 2nd Match: Oakridge School 12 vs St. Mark’s 51, 3rd Match: McKinney Christian Academy 18 vs St. Mark’s 48, and 4th Match: All Saints Episcopal School 36 vs St. Mark’s 36 (SM wins by criteria). This week, the varsity team will compete in the Rockwall Heath Invitational on Friday, November 22.
The varsity basketball team opened their season this past weekend with a pair of daunting contests against perennial public school powers. On Friday night, the Lions visited Lincoln High School and used an excited crowd’s momentum to jump off to a fast start. Colin Smith rose above the rest for a thunderous slam in traffic, and Harrison Ingram caught a beautiful alley-oop lob from Corvin Oprea to put an exclamation point on a dominant first half that gave St. Mark’s a 29-point lead. In the second half, the teams five seniors ensured that the third quarter didn’t relinquish the advantage. Eddie Raj’s 4 points, combined with lockdown defense and tough ball security (against very active pressure defense!) from Camp Collins, Taylor Hopkin, and Aaron Thorne enabled the Marksmen to finish off the win. Senior Andrew Laczkowski led all scorers with 21 and added 13 rebounds and 5 assists. On Saturday, the Lions traveled to Fort Worth to participate in the “Cowtown Tip Off Classic” hosted at North Crowley High School. A slate of marquee matchups was highlighted by this barn-burner between St. Mark's and Allen High School. Utilizing a unique shot-clock format and featuring several highly-recruited players on both sides, the game had a collegiate feel from start to finish. Despite trailing by double digits, St. Mark’s demonstrated resilient maturity and benefited from the hot shooting of Corvin Oprea whose 3-pointer with a minute remaining tied the game at 50. Unfortunately, on the ensuing possession, Allen made a 3-pointer of their own. With 28 seconds on the clock, the Lions had a good look from three to tie the game, but the shot went awry, ultimately resulting in defeat. The Lions next game is at Little Elm on Friday night at 7:30 pm. The team then embarks upon a rigorous Thanksgiving week schedule with the Dallas Mavs Invitational Monday-Wednesday and the Thanksgiving Hoopfest on November 30 at 4:30 at the American Airlines Center. The 4-game event will feature 6 of the top boys programs across the nation with St. Mark’s squaring off against Prolific Prep out of California. Tickets can be purchased at: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/2019-thanksgiving-hoopfest-1-high-school-showcase-in-nation/event/0C00576C843022C8