The varsity wrestling team competed in the Frisco Liberty Throwdown this past Saturday with seven Freshmen (Zayn Bhimani-113, Alex Nadalini-120, Jedidiah Kim- 126, Sal Abbasi-132, Enoch Ellis- 152, Elijah Ellis- 170, and Samuel Eluemunoh-220/285), eight sophomores (Varun Trivedi- 106, Reid Fundis-120, Cooper Ribman-145, Drew Woodward-170, Jackson Fair-160, Aaryan Puri-170, Sam Morgan- 170, and Mike Mendoza- 220), three juniors (Lucho Hadzhigenov- 152, Charlie Rubarth-182, and Alex Loftus-195), and four seniors (Keaton Brewster-160, Chad Kim-170, Colin Neuhoff-170, and Gabe Bankston-220). The Lions won 27 out of 63 matches against five Texas State Public Schools, including the 2018 Texas Public School State Wrestling Third Place Finishers, Frisco Liberty High School. Of note, out of our 27 victories, two came by way of technical fall and eight by pin. Senior co-captain Colin Neuhoff had three victories by pin and one by technical fall decision, and fellow senior co-captain Gabe Bankston had two victories by way of pin. Sophomore co-captain Cooper Ribman had one pin and one victory by way of technical fall, and Jackson Fair won two of his matches by way of pin. The wrestling team will compete in the PJ Aubrey and RL Turner Tournament this Friday and Saturday.
The varsity soccer team got their first taste of SPC competition last week when they faced two of the better teams in the conference on consecutive nights, Kinkaid and Casady. Both matches were “friendly” and do not count against the Lions’ conference record. The team was unnerved by the up-tempo, high pressure play of the Falcons that saw Kinkaid victorious, 0-4. Friday night saw significant improvement from the Lions; nevertheless, a late winner in the 72nd minute from Casady ensured a second consecutive shut-out loss. The matches proved to be beneficial learning experiences that the Lions can build upon as they travel to Trinity Valley for another SPC friendly on Tuesday night.
The varsity basketball team played in a pair of non-conference games last week. Friday evening, the Lions hosted Highland Park in front of a packed house. The atmosphere was electric, and the pace was frenetic. According to long-time coach Tom Adams, St. Mark's hadn't defeated the Scots in over half a decade. Highland Park came out firing and forged an immediate 10-4 lead, thanks in part to three of HP’s fourteen 3-pointers. However, sophomore Harrison Ingram scored 12 of his game-high 27 points in the first quarter, and the Lions relied on some sharp shooting of their own (senior Austin Nadalini and freshmen Colin Smith and Noah Shelby all made at least 2 from downtown) to pull away from their neighboring rival by a wide margin late in the third quarter. Junior Andrew Laczkowski tallied 15 points to help close out the win and then repeated that performance the following day with a team-high 15 points at Parish Episcopal. Fellow juniors Aaron Thorne and Taylor Hopkin (7 & 6 points, respectively) also played well against Parish, as St. Mark's cruised to its second double-digit win in as many days. This week, the 7-3 Lions travel to Plano East on Tuesday and then host Bryan Adams Friday. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.
The varsity swimming team hosted the St. Mark’s Invitational last Thursday. Swimmers from Hockaday, Cistercian, First Baptist, Ft. Worth Country Day, All Saints, and Trinity Christian participated in the meet which was not scored. The Lions take the pool again on Tuesday evening at 5:45 pm against Cistercian in the first scored meet of the season.
ALUMNI ATHLETE NEWS
Jack Gordon ’15, a senior guard and captain on the Cornell University Basketball team, is averaging 5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game through 8 games for the Big Red. Cornell is 4-4 so far in their non-conference schedule. In their most recent game against the Syracuse Orange in the Carrier Dome, Jack and his teammates kept it very close, only losing by 8 points to the perennial NCAA power.
Houston Engleman ’18, a freshman midfielder for the Claremont McKenna Men’s Soccer team, finished the season appearing in 16 games, starting in 5. He scored 2 goals and had 2 assists on the season, including the game-winner against Whittier College.