Football On Friday night, the varsity football team traveled to Frisco and fell short in a 14-28 loss to Legacy Christian. While the Lions recorded 528 yards of total offense (powered by Jimmy Francis and Lucas Blumenthal's 12 connections for 193 yds), they could not capitalize consistently in the red zone to take the lead. Defensively, the Lions held the Eagles to 7 second-half points, aided greatly by Henry Estes (2.5 sacks), William Everitt (11 tackles), and Nolan Marcus (10 tackles, forced fumble). However, inconsistent play on both sides of the ball held the Lions back, and Legacy Christian carried the night. Next week, the 3-1 Lions travel to Oklahoma City for the program's 61st matchup with the 3-1 Casady Cyclones. While the two schools have been playing since 1950, Friday will likely be the last time they square off as Casady begins play in the OSSAA in the fall of 2023. St. Mark’s leads the all-time series 33-26-1.
Cross Country The varsity cross country team traveled out to Fort Worth on Saturday. The Paschal Invitational was held at the AP Ranch, which is the course for the SPC Championship in November. The varsity team won the meet by competing as a group, with all five scoring runners finishing 39 seconds apart. The top 5 runners were Raja Mehendale (6th), Noah Roby (7th), Asa McCaleb (11th), Parker Steinbrueck (19th), and Clark Cooper (27th). The team scored a total of 70 points, edging out St. John’s by 2 points (72). Freshmen Harman Pope (43rd) and Jackson Bailey (51st) were able to displace EHS’s 5th runner for them to finish 3rd with 100 points. The JV team finished 4th out of 15 teams, with Henry Hoak, Nicholas Huang, Chris Huang, and Akul Mittal all running personal best times. The Lions have a much-needed weekend off and then travel to Arkansas for the Chile Pepper Festival on Sept. 29.
Water Polo Varsity water polo traveled to Strake Jesuit in Houston this past weekend to take on 2023 UIL Champion Brazoswood and host Strake Jesuit. Up first was Brazoswood and the Lions would get out fast and never look back. Senior co-captain Ethan Gao would get the Lions on the board first with a goal out of set. Junior Jaden Ouyang would follow suit on the very next possession. After Brazoswood scored their first goal, sophomore Matthew Liu would take the Lions up 3-1 with a beautiful outside shot, and Ouyang would add his second of the game less than a minute later to push the score up to 4-1. Brazoswood wouldn’t be held down as they would find the back of the net with two minutes left in the quarter, but Ouyang would add his third goal of the game with 15 seconds remaining in the quarter to give the Lions a 5-2 lead at the end of the 1st. The second quarter saw a lot of back and forth early, then at the halfway point, junior Leo Scheiner would find the back of the net for the first of his four goals. Then Brazoswood’s #4 would get hot and rattled off three straight goals, including a last-second goal to end the half with the Lions leading 6-5. This would be the closest Brazoswood would get to a lead. The second half would again start out like the first, with Gao scoring his second goal of the game. Less than a minute later, Scheiner would add his second goal, making the score 8-5 Lions. Brazoswood would strike again, but Liu would answer the very next possession and a minute later, Liu would add his third and final goal of the game to put the Lions up 10-6. Again #4 would leave his mark, scoring back-to-back goals to end the 3rd to bring Brazoswood within striking distance. In the 4th quarter, junior Ben Chen deposited a laser in the cage, the next possession Scheiner would hit his third goal, and the possession after that Chen would again find the back of the net. A weird goal would sneak through for Brazoswood and then great ball control and ball movement would see the Lions find Scheiner wide-open for his fourth and final goal of the game with 57 seconds left in the game. Final score; 14-9 in favor of St. Mark’s. The second game of the day vs. host Strake Jesuit was unfortunately called as lightning came through (Strake has an outdoor pool) and a 2 p.m. game would also be canceled. This weekend, the team travels to Southern California to compete in the Villa Park Classic against some of the top water polo teams on the West Coast.
Volleyball The varsity volleyball team played two matches last week, traveling to Greenhill on Tuesday and hosting Trinity Valley on Thursday. The Hornets fought hard and kept each game close, but the Lions were able to close out each of the first 3 games to win the best-of-5 match 3-0. The Trinity Valley Trojans came to the Morris G. Spencer Gym looking to avenge a marathon 3-2 loss to the Lions on their turf just two weeks ago. The Lions started hot and took a 2-0 lead behind powerful hitting from Jacob Lobdell and Owen Ackerman. Not willing to go quietly, the Trojans responded with a dominant 3rd game to stay in the match. Having lost the pace of play, the Lions regrouped and took game four comfortably (25-13) to win the match 3-1. The Lions host the Dasche Spartan Club on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and then travel along with the varsity football team to OKC to take on Casady.
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