CROSS COUNTRY The varsity cross country team competed in their first 5k of the season in the Lovejoy XC Fall Festival held at Myers Park in McKinney. The varsity team of Trey Stager, Asa McCaleb, Parker Steinbrueck, Raja Mehendale, Clark Cooper, Noah Roby and Sky Park went up against some of the best competition in the state and placed 10th out of 33 teams in the elite division. Trey Stager led the way, placing 29th overall in a new PR of 16:18. Parker Steinbrueck and Noah Roby ran new personal bests of 17:03 and 17:52, respectively. In the JV race, the team placed 8th out of 46 teams. Tiger Yang finished 5th overall in a new personal best of 18:09. Wilson Bowers came in shortly after in 12th place. Ailesh Sadruddin, Nathan Aldis, Henry Hoak, Luke Lemons, Akul Mittal, Andy Wang and Andrew Ye all ran new personal records to help the teams strong finish! This Saturday, the team travels to Denton for the Garmin MileSplit Texas XC Invitational.
FOOTBALL Last Friday, the varsity football team hosted Legacy Christian Academy for the first time. The 2-1 Eagles presented a formidable opponent, but the Lions gave a strong effort throughout and finished with a 27-14 victory. The offense, defense and special teams combined to play complimentary football throughout the game. Hudson Bloom, John Charest and Silas Hosler came up with defensive takeaways, while defensive newcomers Noah Williams and Blake Malouf helped aid a solid defensive performance. Offensively, Asher Wilburn and Keats Leffel combined for 172 yards rushing, while Wilburn connected with Lucas Blumenthal for two passing touchdowns of 13 and 68 yards apiece. The 2-2 Lions will host another 2-2 team in TAPPS opponent Coram Deo this Friday night at 7 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL The varsity volleyball team hosted 2 games last week. On Tuesday, the Lions hosted a club team from Denton called the Red River Rattlers. With contributions from every single player on the roster, St. Mark’s earned a 3-0 victory. On Thursday, the Lions looked to avenge their 2-3 loss in the first match of the season against Trinity Valley. Playing efficiently and relatively error free, the Lions jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The Trojans would not go down without a fight and they won game 3, but the Lions would regroup and finish strong to win game 4 and the match 3-1. This week, the Lions travel to Ft. Worth Country Day on Tuesday and then host Greenhill on Wednesday.
WATER POLO This weekend, the varsity water polo team took on local rival Jesuit. The Lions went up 4-3 in the 1st quarter with scores coming from senior Aadi Khasgiwala, juniors Ethan Gao and Adrian Lutgen with 1 goal each, and sophomore Ben Chen who has now scored at least 1 goal a game on the season. In the 2nd quarter, St. Mark’s would pull away, outscoring Jesuit 6 to 1 to take a 10-4 lead into halftime. Senior Michael Gao would add his 1st goal of the day, Khasgiwala would add his 2nd and sophomores Chen and Jaden Ouyang would score 2 goals apiece. In the 3rd quarter, it was more of the same with Khasgiwala adding his 3rd and final goal of the day, junior E. Gao adding his 2nd and final goal of the day and junior Howard Zhang adding 2 goals to give the Lions a 14-5 lead going into the final quarter of the day. Senior M. Gao netted his 2nd goal of the day and freshman Kevin Hong would get his 1st goal of the season on a cross pass from sophomore Reagan Brower. Final score: St. Mark’s 16 – Jesuit 7. Up next, the Lions have their second bout with Highland Park on Sept. 30.
ALUMNI ATHLETE UPDATE Sam Acho ’07 was inducted into the University of Texas Athletic Hall of Honor this past weekend. During Sam’s career at UT, he was a First-Team All-American (2010), was awarded the Campbell Trophy (known as the academic Heisman Award) and the Weurffel Trophy for all-around excellence in athletic, academic and community achievement (2010), was First-Team All-Big XII (2010) and a Three-Time First-Team Academic All-Big XII and was named Big XII Male Sportsperson of the Year.
John Harbison ’19 and Niles Harvey ’22 are both contributing to the Sewanee football team this fall. John is playing on the defensive line and has recorded 5 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles and 1 sack through 3 games. Niles has recorded 3 solo tackles on special teams and has appeared in all 3 games so far this season.
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