The varsity rowing team traveled to Oklahoma City for the culminating event of the regular season. The Central Youth Championship regatta hosted 22 clubs from Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas and Missouri. During the regatta, Lion's crew entered 7 events, 5 of which qualified for the Youth National Champions in June at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, California. All finished with strong efforts, and the Varsity 4x of sophomore Billy Lockhart, senior Riley Sanders, senior Eduardo Ludwig-Bernardo, and sophomore Christian Duessel placed 2nd, securing a spot at the Youth National Championships. The Novice 4x of Taylor Hopkin, Buck Elliott, Will Chance, and Blake Hudspeth finished 4th in their final as did the Novice 2x of Taylor Hopkin and Blake Hudspeth. The JV 4x of Chad Kim, Jack Trahan, Miles Hartley, and Raymond Jurcak also came in 4th in their final. The Varsity 4x will begin intense training immediately to be ready for their next challenge on the national rowing stage.
The varsity lacrosse team competed in the THSLL Super Regionals this past weekend in Allen, TX. Facing fellow SPC foe St. John’s on Saturday, the Lions dominated the time of possession and won the game 7-5. John Burton won 11 out of 15 faceoffs as the Lions outshot the Mavericks 44-14. Senior Will Wood led the team in scoring with 2 goals and an assist, sophomore Colin Campbell added 2 goals, and senior Garrett Mize added 1 goal and 3 assists. On Sunday, the Lions were matched up with a tough Lake Travis squad. The Lions struck early and often on goals by seniors Sam Schroeder, Garrett Mize, and Will Wood (2). Late in the 2nd quarter, junior Blake Rogers nabbed a ground ball and went coast to coast for a top-shelf scorcher. Moments later, Connor Cheetham received a solid check from a Lake Travis defender, and in mid-air parallel to the ground, gave the Lions a 7-0 lead. Lake Travis wouldn’t give up, scoring 2 goals of their own in a span of 18 seconds. On the subsequent Burton face-off win, Mize took a quick pass from Wood and scored the Lions’ 8th goal at the buzzer. Mize opened the 3rd quarter with another early goal, his 3rd of the game. Junior Parker Clark, feeling left out of the scoring barrage, contributed 2 goals in the 2nd half, and the Lions won the game 12-2. With the victory, the Lions clinched a spot in the THSLL Final Four and a date with rival ESD on Saturday, May 12 at 2 pm at Dragon Stadium in Round Rock, TX.
The varsity water polo team played in the Texas State Championships at the UT-Austin Swimming Center. In their first game, the Lions controlled the game against Waco Midway from start to finish and won 29-1. In the quarterfinal game, the Lions faced Jersey Village HS for the 3rd year in a row. The team played well and went on to win 12-6. A top-ranked, senior-laden Flower Mound HS was the next opponent. The young Lions started well, leading 2-0 in the first 3 minutes. Both teams played at a high level and traded goals throughout the game. In the fourth quarter, Mark Weisberg converted a penalty shot following a steal by David Li, giving the Lions a 5-4 lead with 5 minutes to go in the game. Flower Mound capitalized on a couple of defensive errors, but freshman Ryan Park netted a goal on a player up situation to tie the score 6-6. In the closing minutes, Flower Mound scored two goals following crucial defensive errors, ultimately winning 8-6. Devastated by the close loss, the Lions showed character in the 3rd Place game against Friendswood HS. The team showed superior skills, better conditioning, and clear dominance over the Houston team. In the end, the Lions won 11-5 and earned yet again another banner. For 10 straight years, the St. Mark’s water polo team has placed in the top 3 at the State Championship; four times in 3rd place, one time in 2nd place, and five times as Champions. This is the longest podium streak for any program in the State history.
Following two days of rain, the varsity baseball team played its first round SPC Tournament game against St. Andrew’s on Saturday in front of an electric home crowd. The Lions put the game away early, scoring 10 runs in the first inning and ultimately winning 11-1. Key hits during the explosive rally were collected by Seniors Jimmy Rodriguez and Zach Landry and junior Colin Neuhoff led the offense with key hits, while junior Cole Arnett and senior Will Forbes kept St. Andrew’s in check on the mound. An hour later, St. Mark’s faced perennial contender, Kinkaid. Junior Daniel Mirochna provided the Lions an early 2-0 lead. Kinkaid, however, chipped away and took the lead, 4-2, following back-to-back home runs. The Lions offense never quit, but was unable to get the timely hit it needed with runners in scoring position late in the game. St. Mark’s was the only North Zone team to win a game in the single elimination tournament and finished 5-2 in conference play and 9-9 on the season.
Track & Field
The varsity track & field team stayed true to form and finished a respectable 3rd place in the SPC Track & Field Championships. Competing at home, the Lions garnered 16 PR’s (personal records) and two of the three relay teams ran season bests. Seniors Clay Morris (2nd in the High Jump, 15 total points), Seun Omonije (14 total points), and Daniel Garcia (14 total points) led the charge. Seun enjoyed a successful meet with PR’s in the Long Jump and Triple Jump. Daniel enjoyed success as well with PR’s in the Triple Jump, 400m, and 200m. Sophomore Pablo Arroyo led the distance runners with two PR’s in the 800m and 1600m. All in all, a good meet for the Lions that should set the team up nicely for next year.
After waiting most of the day Friday for the rain to cease, the varsity tennis team opened their first round by winning three matches against Kinkaid. The next morning, the Lions faced longtime rival Greenhill, putting up a great battle but falling a bit short, losing the match 2-3. That same afternoon, St Mark's competed for 3rd place against a tough Casady team. The match came down to the #3 singles line. St Mark's freshman Mark Motlow came through, winning a very long 6-2, 7-5 match to clinch the 3-2 win. Senior captains Harris Wilson (line #1 singles) and Davis Bailey (line #2 singles) both went 2-1 for the tournament. Overall, a great third-place finish in the SPC Tournament for the tennis team.