This past weekend, the varsity baseball team played at the Hillcrest Tournament, which was held at Kimball HS. On Thursday, St. Mark’s took on Rice. Jumping on the Rice lefthander early, the Lions offense put three runs on the board, largely thanks to the top of our batting order (junior Alex Zuch, senior Mason Rareshide, junior Daniel Sanchez, and junior Abe Echt). Junior southpaw hurler Daniel Sanchez gave up one run over five quality innings, giving way to junior Klyde Warren and senior Mason Rareshide. With the score at 4-2 in the Lions’ favor in the bottom of the 7th, the St. Mark’s defense faltered, committing three costly errors and giving up three runs in a tough 4-5 loss. Friday’s game featured the Lions against traditional SPC foe, Cistercian. Similar to the previous game, St. Mark’s opened the scoring with a three-run first inning, highlighted by freshman Silas Hosler’s RBI double. Junior Jake Daniels was dynamite on the mound, throwing an impressive 15 consecutive strikes to start the game. After pitching five strong innings, Daniels ceded work to sophomore Camden Reeves, who was equally successful in shutting down the Cistercian offense. The game ended in a 3-1 win for St. Mark’s. Saturday morning, the Lions faced El Paso Bowie. The pitching staff, which was led by junior Klyde Warren and sophomore Cole Norman, pitched valiantly and surrendered only two runs in seven innings of work. However, the offense was a no-show, getting one-hit by El Paso’s crafty righthander. Junior Jake Daniels’s late inning, sharp single to right field was the lone bright spot as the Lions dropped the contest, 0-2. THis week, St. Mark’s will travel to Trinity Christian (Tuesday) and then host THESA (Thursday) in the first game of the season before heading into Spring Break.
The varsity water polo team participated in the Aggieland Invite at the Texas A&M University. The stage was great for all participants, offering an opportunity to find out how the top-ranked North Region team (St. Mark’s) would do against some of the top-ranked Houston teams, including the number one team from Houston, Foster HS. The Lions opened the tournament against Memorial HS, the fifth-ranked team in the state, and won convincingly 25-0. Next up was perennial rival, Jersey Village. The Lions played well, winning 23-4. On Saturday, St. Mark’s faced Strake Jesuit in the semi-final and defeated them 16-0. In the tournament championship game, the Lions matched up with Foster HS, a re-match of the 2019 State Championship. After a balanced half, the game was close with SM leading by a couple of goals. In the second half, the Lion players were relentless, not giving any hope to the Foster players. St. Mark’s finished strong and won 13-7. With these results, St. Mark’s will maintain its position as the top seed in Texas.
This past weekend, ten varsity golfers traveled to Bastrop, Texas, for a 2-day tournament at Wolfdancer Golf Club at the Lost Pines Resort. The event was the first SPC precursor of sorts in that representatives from many of our peer schools from Houston drove north to compete. Senior Romil Mathur and freshman Tommy Zheng each posted a 78 to lead the Lions in the first round, and freshman Logan Johnson battled through day two rainy conditions to put up a 79. Those three players, along with freshman James Thomson and Camp Collins all had 2-day totals of 170 or better to help St. Mark’s two 5-man squads score 663 and 683. The 663 was good enough for 3rd place honors in the tournament. The Lions play Greenhill on Tuesday in match play before the spring break off-week.
Track & Field
The varsity track & field team participated in the 25th Arlington Bowie Volunteer Relays this past weekend. Running against some of the stronger UIL Teams in the state (Desoto, Arlington Bowie, and Arlington Houston), St Mark’s had a successful outing. Kit Colson (sprints), Pablo Arroyo (distance), and Michael Vanesko (jumps) led the team to a 4th place finish in the team standings. Kit finished 3rd in the 100m with a seasonal best time of 10.80 and then returned to win the 200m in 21.76. Pablo Captured 1st in the 800m and 1600m with times of 2:03.08 and 4:31.95. Andres Arroyo finished right behind his brother in both races. Fisayo Omonije finished 2nd in the 800m with a big PR of 2:04.79 and Julian Ivarra won the JV 1600 race. Enoch Ellis made his return in the 300 hurdles, finishing 2nd in 41.46. Michael had an outstanding day in the Pole Vault, breaking his PR twice with jumps of 12’ and 12’ 6” to finish in 2nd place.
The varsity lacrosse team started with a matchup against Plano West in their team’s first THSLL North District game. The Lions fell behind 4-1, but the Lions tied it at five by the end of the 3rd quarter. In an intense 4th quarter, senior defenseman Paxton Scott scored the 1st goal of his career to seal the game, and the Lions pulled away to win 8-6. Senior Charlie Rose led all scorers with three goals and two assists. Then on Friday, the Lions traveled to Houston to face St. John’s in the team’s first SPC counter game. St. John’s, a state quarterfinalist last year, played the Lions close throughout. The Lions led 2-1 after 1, 4-2 at the half, 5-4 after 3, and eventually held on to win 7-6. Senior Ryan McCord played a great game all-around on both ends of the field, registering three goals and multiple ground balls. Other scorers were sophomore Ian Mize (2), senior Titus McGowan (1), and freshman Henry Boykin(1). Sophomore Alex Geng won close to 90% of the faceoffs giving the Lions extra possessions. Still in Houston on Saturday, the Lions played EHS in another SPC counter game. The Lions were up 5-1 early, EHS came back to make it close, but fortunately the Lions maintained a goal advantage and won 9-8. Paxton Scott came up with six ground balls on defense. The spring break trip was canceled due to health precautions, so the next game for the Lions will on Tuesday, March 24 at McKinney.
ALUMNI ATHLETE NEWS
Zach Landry ’18, a member of the Haverford College men’s baseball team, had himself a great doubleheader this past weekend. In two games against Hiram College, Zach hit three homeruns and two doubles, drove in 10 RBIs, and scored six runs. On the season, Zach is hitting 0.469 with eight extra base hits with an OPS of 1.406. For those of you not familiar with OPS (On Base plus Slugging), here is a good reference: In 2001, when Barry Bonds set the MLB single-season HR record and was walked 177 times, his OPS was 1.379.