BASEBALL The varsity baseball team began a busy week on Tuesday with a night game at Parish Episcopal. Lions’ pitchers had difficulty containing Parish’s high-powered offense, which collected 11 hits and 10 runs in the game. Our hitters managed six hits and three runs, highlighted by senior Silas Hosler’s double to LF and sophomore Jackson Williams’ triple to CF. Remarkably yet unfortunately for St. Mark’s, the Panthers turned three double plays in the game, repeatedly stifling our rallies. On Thursday, St. Mark’s entered the Hillcrest Tournament with a match-up against the host team. Hillcrest hitters and baserunners capitalized on multiple fielding errors and passed balls/wild pitches by our defense. Junior Alex Barrett and Hosler had the only two hits in the 5-inning game, which ended early when the run-rule was reached at 1-11.
Friday’s contest pitted St. Mark’s against conference rival, Greenhill. The Lions were up for the challenge, backed by four stellar innings of work by Silas Hosler. However, the Hornets overtook the Lions 3-1 advantage in the top of the 5th inning after a lead-off HR and a series of IF fielding errors staked Greenhill with a 6-3 lead. Senior Stice Neuhoff started a late rally with a lead-off single as the bases were soon loaded after senior Keats Leffel and junior Aaron Augustine were hit by pitches. Freshman newcomer Jake DeBoever drove in a run with an IF single, and the Lions added one more run on a fielder’s choice before sophomore Lucas Petrikas’ line-out to RF and a diving stop by the Hornets third basemen ended a valiant St. Mark’s comeback, 5-6. Saturday morning featured a match against another SPC conference foe, Cistercian. Sophomore Deven Pietrzak kept the Hawks bats at bay for three innings before walks and a few timely Cistercian hits pushed the opposition’s lead to 8-1. However, St. Mark’s did not go quietly, showing some real fight as Silas Hosler (3-3 on the game), sophomore Jack Frary, Pietrzak, and Leffel helped close the gap. With the time limit reached, St. Mark’s fell, 6-8. Catch the Lions in action before Spring Break with two home games vs. TACA (Tuesday at 4:15 pm) and THESA (Thursday at 4:15 pm).
TENNIS Last week, the varsity tennis team traveled to Cistercian for their first match of the season. Because it was considered a scrimmage, the teams played an amended match up that isn’t SPC format, but allowed all players from each team to get on the court for either singles or doubles. At the end of it, SM came away with 9 wins and 2 losses, including awesome performances from freshmen doubles team Tejas Allada & Kian Foshee, as well as strong leadership from senior Shreyan Daulat with a big win at #2 singles. Freshmen Nathaniel Hochman won ‘fastest match’ however, with a win at #3 singles that only took him about 20 minutes. A great start to the season all around!
TRACK & FIELD This past weekend, the varsity track & field team competed in the Fort Worth Country Day Invitational, the site for the 2023 SPC Championships. Under very sunny skies, the Lions competed very well. While St. Mark’s won only one(1) event the entire day, they came away with a team victory out of 14 schools. The lone 1st place finisher was Trey Stager in the 3200m. He came back to finish 2nd in the 1600m with a PR. Temi Balogun also had an outstanding day. He led off the 4x100R that finished 2nd, finished 4th in the 100m and 200m, and ran a leg on the 4x400R that finished second. The top point earner of the day was Mateu Parker who finished 2nd in the long jump (PR), 2nd in the 300H (first time running them), anchoring 2nd place 4x100R, and leading off the 4x400R that finished 2nd. That eared 24 points for the team. All-in-all, the team amassed 33 PR’s (personal records) and numerous season bests. It was a good day to be a Lion! This week St. Mark’s hosts the first ever DOUBLE-DUAL MEET with Jesuit, Hockaday, and Ursuline. This meet is a dual meet between Jesuit and St. Mark’s, Hockaday and Ursuline, and then a combined Jesuit & Ursuline vs. St. Mark’s & Hockaday. This meet will also feature a mixed 4x400 Relay with 2 boys and 2 girls on each team. The meet is Thursday, March 9 and starts at 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s. Come catch the action in the only home meet of the season!
LACROSSE The varsity lacrosse team had a strong week with two important THSLL wins. On Tuesday Feb. 28, St. Mark’s were able to host Southlake Carroll, a match up that historically has produced some intense games that come down to the wire. This game lived up to that, with the Lions pulling away in the 4th quarter for a 9-7 win. Our Lions played with tenacity and grit throughout the evening. On Friday evening the squad traveled up to Allen HS to take on the Eagles. It was a slow start for the Lions, as the squad fell behind 1-4 after the 1st quarter. Eventually the Lions would fight back to take a 5-4 lead at halftime, and pull away in the 2nd half for a 12-7 win over a THSLL District foe. The turnaround is credited to some transition goals and a faster pace of play. Next up this week is a March 8 contest at 2x defending state champion, Dallas Jesuit before heading to Arizona for several games on spring break.
GOLF The varsity golf team was off last week. This week, they will play in the Jesuit Invitational at Brookhaven Country Club.
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