7/8 Grade Boys’ Team Takes on Sayers

Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Basketball

Varsity

The Varsity boys’ and girls’ teams will have their first live action of the season in the annual Wyvern Shootout on Saturday at St. Stephen Family Life Center, 1508 W. Kentucky Street.  This annual event will feature boys’ and girls’ teams from Walden, Fort Knox, Brown and Eminence.  The schedule for the day follows.

Boys’ Schedule

11:00 a.m. vs. Fort Knox

1:00 p.m. vs. Walden

Girls’ Schedule

11:00 a.m vs. Fort Knox

12:00 p.m. vs. Brown

1:00 p.m. vs. Eminence

7th/8th Grade

The St. Francis boys’ MS A team was back in action Tuesday night. The78Boys_1 8th graders on the team were out last week for their annual class trip to Big South Fork.  The Wyverns traveled to Sayers Classical Academy for their first regular season game since bringing home the title in the West End Tournament.  The rust definitely showed in the contest as the Wyverns had several first half miscues and turnovers.  St. Francis would regroup at intermission, scoring 29 second-half points to cruise to a 43-30 victory and improve to 3-0 on the season. Kyle McLaughlin led the Wyvern attack with 14 points and Will Cole chipped in 10 points.

The girls’ team and boys’ A and B teams played their home openers on 78Girls_1Thursday night and walked away with three commanding wins – the girls over AIE, the boys’ A team against Waldorf and the boys’ B team over AIE.

The Wyverns have two nights of triple-headers on the schedule for next week.  On Tuesday night they will travel to dePaul, with the girls’ team at 5:00 p.m. the boys’ B at 6:00 p.m. and the boys’ A at 7:00 p.m.  On Thursday, they play host to Highlands Latin, with the same format.

6th Grade

After more than a week off, the boys’ 6th grade team was back in action Saturday at Goshen.  The Wyverns played host to Collegiate and struggled early on.  After not scoring in the first quarter, St. Francis used a 30-3 run over the middle two quarters to get past the Titans, going on to win 37-11.  Robert Boyd and Stevaun Butler led the offensive attack with nine and six points, respectively.  Up next for the Wyverns is a matchup with CAI on Saturday at 10:05 a.m. at Goshen, followed by games Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at MidAmerica and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Family Life Center.

After suffering a tough 24-6 loss to the hands of CAL a season ago, the 6th grade girls played host to the Centurions on Saturday in Goshen.  Stellar games from Reese Ragland with 13 points and Ayda Marshall with nine points propelled the Wyverns to a 26-20 victory and pushed their overall record to 3-0.  At the midway point of the season, the team finds itself in a three-way tie for first place in their division. They will be back in action against KCD on Saturday at 11:10 a.m. at Goshen.

5th Grade

The 5th grade boys’ team was able to get their first win of the season 5BoysBB_1against Walden on Saturday afternoon in Goshen.  After an 0-3 start, the Wyverns finally got one in the win column as they defeated the Wolverines 27-19.  Tyler King led the team with 13 points and St. Francis held off Walden for the win.  The team plays Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at Goshen, Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at MidAmerica, and Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Family Life Center.

5GirlsBB_3The 5th grade girls played Whitefield Academy at home Saturday and kept their winning streak alive, posting an 18-6 win and moving their record to an impressive 3-0.  Elizabeth Boyd and Carly Schramko led the team on both ends of the floor.  They play Highlands Latin at Collegiate at 11:10 on Saturday.  

 

 

3rd/4th Grade

The 3/4 boys’ team continued their winning ways this weekend by 34BB_1dispatching the Portland Christian Eagles 31-8.  The win moves the Wyverns’ overall record to 3-0 on the season and keeps them firmly in first place in their league division. Quentin Johnson led all scorers with 10 points and Carroll Mackin chipped in eight.   They play Saturday at 1:20 against Collegiate in Goshen.

Bowling

The boys’ and girls’ bowling teams took on Brown on Thursday night, as the kickoff to their season.  After weeks of practice, the teams were itching for some competition and they didn’t disappoint in their season opener.

The boys’ team fought valiantly behind great games from juniors Nizar Kamar and Ryan Petiprin.  Nizar bowled a career-best 183 and Ryan a 147 to pace the Wyverns in the first game, though it wasn’t enough to win.  The boys will travel to Male on Monday and to Eastern on Thursday next week for their matches.  

The girls’ team came out strong, posting a victory over the Bears, led by senior Aliya March, whose 169/171 individual game scores paced the Wyverns.  Sophomore Dakota O’Bannon had the high game for the girls, posting a 176 in her first game.   The girls will host Christian Academy on Tuesday and travel to Male on Thursday next week.  Both matches will begin at 4:15 p.m.

Bowling Team Ready to Hit the Lanes

By Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Varsity Bowling

Wyvern bowling is off to a great start this season, with practices picking up and matches on the horizon.  The Wyverns’ season will begin next week when both the boys and girls play host to Brown at Ten Pin Lanes in St. Matthews.  The girls’ bowling team beat Brown on two occasions last season, while the boys look to avenge a loss last season.  

Basketball

– Girls’ Varsity

The 2015-16 version of Wyvern girls’ basketball continues to prepare to take the court this season.  They will get their first shot at live action on November 14th when the Athletic Department hosts its annual Wyvern Shootout Scrimmages at the St. Stephen Family Life Center.  Brown, Eminence and Fort Knox will be in attendance on the girls’ side.  The first game will tip-off at 11:00 a.m.

Heralded sophomore Alexis Nelson returns with expectations to challenge for top scorer in the state.  Last season she led the Wyverns, averaging an uncanny 29.2 points per game.  Her total would have cemented a scoring title for Nelson had she played in enough games to qualify.  Unfortunately a knee injury ended her season a couple weeks short of the end.

In preparation for this season, many girls spent the summer playing in school-sanctioned summer leagues.  The Wyverns played in a four-night event hosted by Fairdale while also hosting their own event at St. Stephen’s Family Life Center.  These summer events gave the girls some much needed practice and experience.  St. Francis coach Dean Zangari welcomed a number of Middle School athletes to play on the team, and several will get a chance to play on the high school level some this season.

– 7/8 Girls

The 7/8 girls’ team is still working hard in preparation for their opener against the Academy for Individual Excellence on Thursday night in Goshen.  Game time is set for 5:00 p.m. and will be followed by the boys’ A and B teams.

Up Next …

Thursday vs. AIE at Goshen at 5:00 p.m.

– 6 Girls

The 6th grade girls’ team soundly beat Highland Latin 38-4 on Halloween 6thGirlsBasketballafternoon.  They were lead in scoring by Reese Ragland with a game-high 14 points.  Anna Hardwick-Jones chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Katie Hammond had 10 steals.  Overall the team had nine assists on 18 made field goals.

Up Next …

Saturday v. CAL at Goshen at 10:40 a.m.

– 5 Girls

The 5th grade girls took on CAL at Whitefield Academy this past Saturday.  The Wyverns picked up their second win of the season while playing with only six girls.  Carly Schramko led the team in scoring with 10 points.  Aidan Keegan and Abigail Runyon spearheaded the defensive effort, leading to numerous fast breaks and offensive opportunities.

Up Next …

Saturday v. Whitefield Academy at Goshen at 9:35 a.m.

– Boys’ Varsity

The Wyverns were a hard-working team last year that only had one senior on the roster.  Although the season provided quite a bit of experienced competition, the Wyverns had a series of wins against comparatively “school size” matched opponents.  The signature win of the season came in the St. Patrick Tournament when the six available players were reduced to four just prior to end of regulation play due to fouls.  The four Wyverns erased a nine-point deficit in the 4th quarter and ended up beating Covington Latin School in double overtime.

The enthusiasm of the 2014-15 season extended into the summer as five freshmen attended the Georgetown College Summer Team Camp, along with four veterans. The Wyverns created a competitive 4-6 record against strong opposition, with only two games really being out of reach.

The squad opens play in the Wyvern Shootout against Fort Knox and Walden in a set of scrimmages on November 14th.

– 7/8 Boyswest end tourney champs

The 7/8 boys’ A team won the inaugural West End School Classic title over Halloween weekend. They opened the tournament by beating Little Flock on Thursday night 50-29.  Coach Shavar Cowherd noted that this was 50 points on the 50th day of school in the 50th year of St. Francis School! Kyle McLaughlin led the team in scoring with a game-high 14 points.  Their opening round win advanced the Wyverns to the finals to play West End School.  St. Francis beat the Soaring Golden Eagles 39-29 to clinch the title.  This was the first SFS win against West End on the A team level in several years.  Kyle McLaughlin and Will Cole were named to the All-Tournament Team.  The A and B teams also competed the following day in a three-game Jamboree at South Oldham, where the A team won two of its three games and the B team battled hard and gained good experience in its matchups.

The boys will open their regular season Tuesday night when they travel to Sayers Classical Academy.  Then on Thursday night, they will play their home opener against AIE.  The B team will tip at 6:00 p.m. followed by the A team at 7:00 p.m.

– 6 Boys

The 6th grade boys’ team moved their record to 2-0 on Friday night when 6thBoysBasketballthey played host to Wheeler Elementary at Goshen.  The Wyverns never trailed in this one, jumping out to a 24-9 first half lead, behind 11 points from Robert Boyd who hit three 3-pointers in the half.  Wheeler fought back into the game in the second half, but the Wyverns were just too much and went on to win 38-28.  Robert led all scorers, tallying 14 points, while Lars Barbercheck and Chase Jones chipped in seven apiece.

Up Next …

Saturday v. Collegiate at Goshen at 1:55 p.m.

– 5 Boys

The boys’ 5th grade team played host to Wheeler on Friday night at the 5thBoysBasketballGoshen Campus.  The Wyverns built a small lead in the first, but a rough middle half of the game caused them to fall behind by five after three quarters.  St. Francis continued to fight in the fourth, but fell 22-19.  Tyler King led all scorers with six points in the contest.  

On Saturday morning, the Wyverns ran into Highland Latin Blue at Goshen.  St. Francis came out and gave it what they could but fell 27-11 in the end.  After a tough battle the night before, the Wyverns couldn’t muster what was needed to fully compete in this one.  

Up Next …

Saturday v. Walden at Goshen at 3:00 p.m.   

– 3/4 Boys

The boys’ 3/4 team moved their record to 2-0 after defeating Highland Latin CH White on Saturday morning.  The Wyverns actually fell behind early in this one, trailing 9-4.  Then in the second half, they were able to turn the tables and take a 13-11 lead into halftime.  Quentin Johnson led the first half attack with eight points.  St. Francis ran away with the game in the second half when the defense stiffened and held HLS to six second-half points.  Savion Butler led the second half offensive charge, scoring all six of his points in the half.  The Wyverns went on to win 27-17.  

Up Next …

Saturday v. Portland Christian at Goshen at 4:05 p.m.

Fall Sports Banquet Celebrates Athletes

By Tony Butler, Athletic DirectorSportsBanquet_2

Fall Sports Banquet

On Tuesday, the High School fall sports season officially came to an end with the Fall Sports Banquet. It was a packed house, as each team celebrated their athletes in style. Several awards were given to athletes on each team:

Varsity Soccer

Most Outstanding:  Michael Malpartida
Top Defender:  Chris Malpartida, Will Yelton
Best Offensive Player: Wah Doe Moo
Most Improved:  Andrew Thurstone
Wyvern Award:  Jonny Simpson
Newcomer Award:  Tom Soenksen

JV Soccer

Wyvern Award: Brownie Southworth
Most Improved:  Henry Harkins

Field Hockey
Wyvern Award: Jillian Morrison
Most Outstanding: Sterre Spijker
Most Improved: Lucy Lv
Newcomer Award: Maggie McGraw and Megan Read

Golf

Most Outstanding: Clay Foye, Emerson Mudd
Wyvern Award:  Sam Edwards-Kuhn

Soccer

The Wyverns finished second in their district and advanced to the 7th Region Tournament last week.  On Tuesday night, they opened play at St. Xavier against the home team.  They gave the Tigers a real shock, going into halftime only down 2-1.  The Wyverns continued to attack into the second half, but the large field and the St. X depth took their toll.  The final score was 8-2 but it was one of those games that was closer than the score suggests.  It was thrilling to watch and a wonderful way to end the season.  The Wyverns finish with a 9-12 overall record.

Field Hockey

The Wyverns opened regional play last week against Butler, dominating offensively and winning 5-0.  This was perhaps the team’s best game of the season, as evidenced by their quick passes and strategic play.  They then advanced to the regional semifinal against Manual.  The Wyverns held the Crimson off for a short while, but then a few breakdowns led to a 5-0 Manual lead at halftime.  St. Francis held Manual scoreless in the second half to finish in style.  They finish the season with a 9-7 record.  

Golf

The golf squad completed their fantastic 4-1 season with an outing against the High School faculty, a 9-hole match at Shawnee Golf Course.  The Faculty team won the event handily. Coach Benjamin Studevent-Hickman passed out Kleenex to all players to assist with stemming the tide of their tears.  

Winter Sports Season Underway!

Bowling

The bowling teams started their seasons October 12th. The Wyvern bowlers will have a new home at Ten Pin Lanes in St. Matthews for 2015-16.  Vernon Lanes, the Wyverns home for the program, is expected to be sold and likely close later this year.

The practice schedule for the 2015-16 season will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday until matches begin.  The practice times are from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.  The match schedule will be completed in the upcoming weeks.

Team Pictures will be on November 9th. Be sure to wear your bowling uniform.

The boys’ and girls’ coaches are new this year!  We welcome Chris and Sarah Boggs.

Chris is a native of Corydon, Indiana, with a degree in business administration with a concentration in finance & management from Indiana University Southeast. He is currently a Technology Analyst at Humana. Chris is an avid skier, swimmer and loves the outdoors in general.  Chris can be reached by email.

Sarah is an identical twin with a love of tennis, dance, the beach and writing. Sarah is an SFS Goshen grad (’00) and graduated from Bellarmine University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Sarah is currently an Assistant Salon Director for Sun Tan City.  Sarah can be reached by email.

Basketball

The varsity girls’ basketball team returns three starters for the upcoming season. The team will continue to rely heavily on sophomore Alexis Nelson, who was a top 10 scorer in the state, averaging 29.2 points per game.   Head coach Dean Zangari expects the key to be the further development of the remaining players on the rosters.  Teams often focused the vast majority of their defensive effort toward stopping Alexis last season.  Further development of the rest of the team should relieve some of the pressure teams can apply.  

The varsity boys’ team returns three seniors plus leading scorer James Risley and two other juniors.  This year’s roster has been bolstered by the addition of five freshmen and three more juniors, adding great depth to head coach Richard Butcher’s squad.  New assistant coach (and SFS athletic coordinator) Tyler Whitchurch has been leading conditioning and the seniors made it a goal to be in better shape this season.  

St. Stephen’s Family Life Center is again the Wyverns’ home for practices and games.  Practices began on October 26th and the first scrimmage will be on November 14 in the Wyvern Shootout.

The season has begun on the Goshen Campus for teams in grades 3-8 this season.  Teams in grades K-2 will begin their seasons after the new year in the St. Matthews League.

Head coach Rosanne Conlan and the 7/8 girls have had a few weeks of practice as they gear up for the 2015-16 season. They will begin their season on November 12th against AIE.

Head coach Shavar Cowherd and the 7/8 Boys have also been working for the past few weeks. This past Friday night and early Saturday morning, the team held its annual Midnight Madness (lock in) to celebrate the start of the season.  3-point contests, dunk contests, half-court-shot competitions, 2-on-2 matches, games of Knockout, and a full-court scrimmage dominated the evening (and wee hours!).  They begin their season this weekend with the West End School Pre-Season Kickoff Classic and the South Oldham Jamboree this weekend. Their first regular season game will be at Sayers Classical Academy on November 10th.

Grades 3-6 started playing games this past weekend in the Whitefield League, with games played at various independent schools, including St. Francis, on Saturdays through December.

The 6th grade girls, coached by Shannon Ragland, beat KCD #1 17-10.  Reese Ragland had a near triple-double with nine points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals.  Ayda Marshall added eight points. Anna Hardwick-Jones had 10 rebounds and Katie Hammond had 10 steals.  They face Highlands Latin at Goshen on Saturday at 11:10 a.m.

The 6th grade boys’ team opened the 2015 season against KCD. The teams were evenly matched to open the game, the Wyverns maintained a slight edge at the half 14-11 and after three quarters were up 22-19.  St. Francis played a solid game to that point but the fourth quarter they showed how good they could be.  The Wyverns used a 21-0 fourth quarter to put the Bearcats away 43-19.  Six players scored in the game. Stevaun Butler and Robert Boyd led the way with 11 points apiece.  Lars Barbercheck pitched in nine as well.  The team will face Wheeler on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. with an off week in the Whitefield League this weekend.

The 5th grade girls had their season opener against OSL.  The girls played hard and won 26-0.  Elizabeth Boyd, Aidan Keegan, Abigail Runyon, and Carly Schramko tied for top scorers with six points each.  The team’s tremendous defensive effort was lead by Elizabeth’s numerous steals and intense defensive pressure.   These are some smart, strong Wyverns! The girls will play Christian Academy of Louisville on Saturday at Whitefield at 9:05 a.m.

The 5th grade boys were in action against Sayers. Facing a mere five-point deficit heading into the final quarter, the Wyverns didn’t have enough to pull it out, falling 21-12.  The boys will take on Wheeler on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. at home.  Then on Saturday they will play Highland Latin Blue at 10:05 a.m. at home.  

The boys’ 3/4 team opened its inaugural season in the Whitefield Elementary School League against Highland Latin SM-White.  St. Francis came out of the gates strong, mounting a 8-0 lead after the first quarter and cruising 31-9 for the victory.  Quentin Johnson and Carroll Mackin led the team in scoring with 10 and eight, respectively.  On Saturday the boys will play against Highland Latin CH-White at 9:00 a.m. at home.

Go Wyverns!

St. Francis Players Join in “Pink Out”

By Tony Butler, Athletic DirectorPinkOut_3

This year was the first time St. Francis participated in a  “Pink Out” sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The event was held on two different occasions this year – the Senior Nights for soccer and for field hockey/golf.  We raised $330 during the two events and all proceeds went to the American Cancer Society. They were great events and we look to grow them in the upcoming years.

JV/Varsity Soccer

The varsity soccer team season ended in royal fashion as they defeated Whitefield in their finale on Friday night.  Senior captain Michael Malpartida led the offensive attack with a goal and a pair of assists to fellow senior Jonny Simpson and sophomore Wah Doe Moo.  The Wyverns pulled out the 3-1 victory behind a raucous crowd of field hockey girls who came out to show support on what turned out to be a great night.  

On Saturday, the JV team wrapped up their season by participating in the Henry Clay JV Cup in Lexington. In the first round, the Wyverns faced Woodford County on the turf. The Wyverns came out a bit slow in the first half, but with some position adjustments and better insight into their attack, played a much better second half, though they fell 6-0. St. Francis then took on Bryan Station in the consolation match, dominating much of the possession throughout the game and generating multiple scoring chances before Grayson Smith took a break-away down the middle of the field and scored to bring the Wyverns within one in the second half. Despite many more scoring chances, St. Francis couldn’t pull even and fell 2-1.. It was a great JV season that saw many students playing organized soccer for the first time, and as always, we were able to focus on developing skills, game knowledge, and, most importantly, passion for the sport and joy in playing it.

On Tuesday night at Central Stadium, in front of a great St. Francis crowd, the Wyverns entered the district tournament as the #2 seed and squared off against host Central High School.  The rain Monday that delayed the game til Tuesday brought back a reminder of last year’s District Tournament semifinal, when the Yellowjackets defeated the Wyverns in Goshen. Determined to return to the district championship and a berth in the regional tournament, the Wyverns came out strong.   Inside the first 10 minutes of play, the Wyverns scored their first goal when Andrew Thurstone headed a corner kick from Wah Doe Moo.  Later in the half, Wah Doe slipped one by the Yellowjackets’ keeper to give the Wyverns a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.  The Wyvern defense was tremendous throughout as the team pitched a shutout behind the outstanding play of Sam Erbes.  Andrew found the back of the net once again, early in the second half, heading another corner from Wah Doe, for a final score of 3-0.  The Wyverns advanced to the championship game to play Manual at Central Stadium last night.  They fell 5-0 but did an outstanding job.  Andrew Thurstone, Wah Doe Moo and Michael Malpartida were named to the All- District Tournament Team.  

St. Francis advances to the Regional Tournament to play St. X (at St. X) on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

Varsity Field Hockey

The varsity field hockey team hosted North Oldham last Thursday night.  The game marked the second time this season the teams faced off.  And with a little help from the largest crowd so far this season, the Wyverns were able to shut out the Mustangs 2-0.  Goals were scored by Hanna Cobb and Page Dabney.

The team celebrated Senior Night for the seniors’ last home game Monday with a 3-0 shutout of Seneca. Senior Rose Gilbert scored her first career goal when she slammed home a cross from Maddy Case.  Hanna Cobb and 8th grader Grace Donovan rounded out the scoring in the game.  St. Francis Athletics would like to thank seniors Page Dabney, Bailey Chapman, Rose Gilbert, Lucy Lv, Mariah McCrocklin and exchange student Sterre Spijker for their commitment to athletics.

Last night, the team took on Butler in their regular-season finale.  The Wyverns were without either of their goalies and a primary scorer, due to illness,  Maggie McGraw donned the pads and allowed only one goal during regulation.  Hanna Cobb scored for the Wyverns off an assist from Shelly Lancaster.  With a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation, the team went into a 7v7 overtime period, where neither side scored.  The game came down to flicks, with Maggie stopping every single one of the Butler attempts and Steere Spijken and 8th grader Bradley Wilson putting theirs in the net to secure the 2-1 win for the Wyverns.

Next up for the Wyverns is the Regional Tournament, where they again take on Butler on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Manual.  

Senior Night for Field Hockey and Golf

By Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Senior Night for Field Hockey and Golf: Monday, October 12th
On Monday night, the field hockey team will play a home match against Seneca at the Goshen Campus.  It will be a special night for a group of seniors on both the field hockey and golf teams.  Senior Night festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is invited as we send them off in style.

Be sure to wear pink in support of our “Pink Out” event. We will be having a fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.  Our “Pink Out” Challenge is to see which Senior Night generates the largest amount of donations.  The soccer team had an outstanding showing and the field hockey/golf teams are up next.  

The Athletic Department appreciates the following group of seniors and we wish them well in their future endeavors.
Field Hockey: Bailey Chapman, Page Dabney, Rose Gilbert, Lucy Lv, Mariah McCrocklin and Sterre Spijker (exchange student)  
Golf: Sam Edwards-Kuhn and Emerson Mudd.

Varsity Field Hockey
The varsity field hockey team had a tough road game against district opponent Holy Cross last Thursday. The Wyverns, who beat the Cougars in their first matchup of the season, tried to complete the season sweep.  Holy Cross scored early on, and tough field conditions kept the Wyverns from capitalizing on a number of opportunities.  

The 1-0 score mirrored the first match but the Wyverns were on the other side this time.  

The Wyverns played a makeup game versus district opponent Presentation on Tuesday. Presentation scored a goal within the first minute, and two more later in the first half. Shelly Lancaster tipped a goal in on a powerful assist from Page Dabney. Though the girls played like a different team in the second half, they were not able to come back from the three goals and lost 3-1.  Their loss dropped them to the 4th seed in the district, likely matching them against Butler in the first round of the tournament that starts in two weeks.  

On Tuesday, St. Francis played host to cross-town rival Atherton. The Wyverns played shorthanded due to injury and sickness but fought hard in the 5-1 loss.  The lone goal was scored by Hanna Cobb.

Thursday night, the varsity team took on North Oldham in a match at the Goshen Campus.  The Wyverns defeated North on their home field in September 2-0, and looked to complete the season sweep on this night.  St. Francis defeated the Mustangs 2-0 once again.  Up next is Seneca on Monday night at 5:00 p.m.  Senior Night festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m.  

Varsity Soccer
The soccer team celebrated their Senior Night in conjunction with the inaugural “Pink Out” against North Bullitt. The crowd arrived early in support of the seniors as they kicked off to start the game. It was an intense battle on the pitch.  Michael Malpartida scored two goals to tie the game in the final minutes before North Bullitt scored the go-ahead goal in the closing minutes to go up 3-2.  The JV beat North Bullitt with a score of 2-0. The goals were scored by Sam Erbes and Gabe Mutchnick.

Last Saturday, the team traveled to Nelson County to take on the Cardinals. Harrison Crawford scored off of a throw in from Michael Malpartida in the fourth minute to take the lead. The Wyverns eventually fell to the Nelson County 2-1. The JV team held their ground against Nelson County and fell 1-0.

On Monday, St. Francis traveled to Fern Creek to challenge a tough Tigers team.  They played together as a team but were defeated by Fern Creek 9-0.  The JV team lost 2-1. The lone goal was scored by Will Yelton.

On Tuesday, St. Francis traveled to Walden on their Senior Night. The starters played sparingly throughout the game. The rest of the team had to carry the workload as they won 2-0. The goals were scored by Tom Soenkson and Jonny Simpson.

Middle School Soccer
The A team beat Rock Creek 4-0 as the 8th graders took the field for the final regular season home game. We had a great season and finished 6-3-1 overall.

The B team lost to Rock Creek 2-1. The Wyverns fought hard to overcome the deficit but ran out of time. Lars Barbercheck scored for the Wyverns late in the second half and motivated his team in the second half. Brian Haupt had a fantastic season as keeper, saving countless volleys from opponents.

LISC Soccer Tournament
The 2015 Louisville Independent Schools Conference Tournament is annually held at the Goshen Campus.  The tournament features two divisions of play for middle school soccer, Silver and Gold.  The 8-team Gold Bracket highlights 7/8 teams from KCD, Collegiate, Walden, Highland Latin and, of course, host St. Francis.  The 4-team Silver Division is comprised of 5/6 teams from Meredith Dunn, Walden, KCD and St. Francis.  

The A Team opened the tournament strong against Walden on Tuesday night, winning 5-0 against the Wolverines.  Pepper Hilton set the pace of the game early on and ended up with a hat trick of goals by game’s end.  Kyle McLaughlin and Will Cole also scored goals. Bruce Hamilton did a fantastic job in goal, shutting out the Walden team. Excellent coordination throughout the field aided the scoring players and goalie, making Tuesday night’s game a true team win. Other standout performances include Connor Gorman, Owen Carey, John Ospital, and Lorenzo Mahoney.

Their win matched them with familiar opponent Collegiate on Wednesday night.  They fought valiantly against a strong Collegiate team and made an excellent showing. The teamwork and heart on display were top notch, but in the end this night drew the A Team’s season to a close as the Wyverns fell 4-0.  Final team record is 7-4-1.  

The B team also opened the tournament against Walden.   The Wyverns jumped out early with a quick goal from Lars Barbercheck early in the first half.  The Wolverines came back to tie the game midway through the period and took a 2-1 lead into halftime.  St. Francis came out poised in the second half as they controlled the ball and tested Walden’s defense for much of the half.  Isaiah Green scored early in the half and then Isaiah Robles connected on a free kick. The team finished the game off with great defense behind keeper Brian Haupt and eventually won the game 3-2.  

The win on Wednesday meant the team advanced to the Silver Division Championship on Thursday evening against Meredith Dunn.  The Wyverns fell short against the Eagles in their regular season match.  Early on both teams played with grit and it took a while for the first score by Meredith Dunn.  Lars Barbercheck scored a breakaway goal and the Wyverns went into halftime down 2-1.  Meredith Dunn proved a formidable opponent and eventually won 4-2.  This year marked consecutive trips to the Silver Division Championship for St. Francis.  Congrats to all the players, coaches and parents for a season well played.  

LS Basketball
We are still in need of coaches for the 3/4th grade girls’ team. If you are interested in coaching, please contact Tony Butler or Tyler Whitchurch.

If you are interested in playing basketball at any level, please contact Tyler Whitchurch to be added to the roster.

Varsity Field Hockey, Soccer See Wins at Fall Sports Picnic

By Tony Butler, Athletic Director

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The varsity field hockey team faced Holy Cross at home during the Fall Sports Picnic. The support of the fans really helped get the team pumped up and ready to play. They scored in the first half and were able to hold their lead for the remainder of the game. They got the win, 1-0.  The lone goal was scored by senior forward Page Dabney in the first half.

The team had a slow start at South Oldham the following Monday, but managed to finish with another win! The goal was scored when Page Dabney dribbled down the field and made a quick pass to senior forward Mariah McCrocklin, who had perfect positioning and was able to slip the ball right in, scoring her first goal! The Wyverns won, 1-0.

MS A Field Hockey

Before Fall Break, the MS A field hockey team took on Anchorage in a regular season match.  The team played very well. Grace Donovan was on fire, tackling and cutting for the ball.  As the season has progressed, the team’s skill level has grown. Coach Misty Chanda was quoted as saying, “This was one of our better games working as a team.” Goalie Caroline Frederick had 12 saves despite the Wyverns’ 4-0 loss.  

At the Fall Sports Picnic, the A team came out strong and scored the game’s first goal against Crosby. Bentlea Schwartz put the Wyverns on the board as they took their first lead of the season. Unfortunately the Wyverns could not hold the lead and eventually fell 5-1.

The team traveled to Barrett on September 21st.  Bradley Wilson scored in the second quarter. The Wyverns dropped this one 5-1, but keeper Caroline had 16 saves in goal.

The A team continued its great play on September 22nd when they played Meyzeek in their regular season finale.  The Wyverns had a number of chances to get the ball in the cage but were not able to finish as they lost 2-0.  

After Fall Break, the A team immediately began its tournament, taking on 5th-seeded JCTMS.  In what would be one of their best performances of the season, the Wyverns fought tough behind goals from Bradley Wilson and Bentlea Schwartz.  A third goal was wiped off the board after Natalie Lancaster’s stick was ruled not to have touched the ball.  The Wyverns went on to lose the game 4-2.  The girls seemed to have high spirits following the game, and the Athletic Department commends them on a season well played.    

MS B Field Hockey

The MS B field hockey team wrapped up the remainder of their season by winning two out of three matches. They had wins over KCD and Anchorage but lost to Crosby 1-0 in the opening round of the tournament . In the win over KCD, the Wyverns outscored the Bearcats 3-0. Lucy Frederick had two goals and Katie Hammond had one. In the 4-0 win over Anchorage, the Wyverns got two goals from Kameron Julian, one by Lucy Frederick and one by Meredith Snyder.  It’s been a great season!  Each player showed improvement and finished with her best outings of the season.

Junior Field Hockey

The 3/4 team took on a tough CAL team on Saturday.  They played hard but came up short in a close one, losing 2-1.  Julia Koloff scored the lone goal for the Wyverns, who will wrap up their season this coming weekend in the Fall Sports Finale at our Goshen Campus.  Games start at 8:00 a.m. Saturday.  

Varsity Soccer

The Varsity soccer team faced Walden for the second time this season during the Fall Sports Picnic.  Unlike the first game, which was won despite some sloppy play, this game showed the discipline and versatility of the Wyvern squad that Coach Marshall and Coach Johnson were looking for.  The result was an 11-1 victory.  The lack of cards or conflict during the game speaks to the sportsmanship both teams demonstrated before, during and after the game.

Last Monday evening, the Wyvern soccer team played Atherton.  After winning three games in five days, the players were a bit tired mentally and physically; nevertheless, they played well through the first half, ending it trailing by one.  During the beginning of the second half, fatigue caught up with the Wyverns and a short lapse of concentration allowed the Rebels to score two quick goals.  They later added one more to make the score 4-0 with 22 minutes to go in the game.  At this point, the team could have thrown in the towel, but they didn’t.  They battled and eventually were able to get a goal to make the final score 4-1.

MS A Soccer

During the Fall Sports Picnic, the A team played Walden and won 4- 2. St. Francis had two goals from Ford Middendorf, and great defense from fullbacks Connor Gorman, Eli Jaffe, John Ospital, Drew Siciliano, Lake Mackin and Stuart Middleton. The game was won on both sides of the ball with Wyvern hustle and MSSoccerdetermination.

The team played Anchorage on September 21st and were victorious with late-game goals. They then played a tough game against Collegiate on Monday that gave the Wyverns only their third loss of the season. A late goal from Kyle McLaughlin tried to start a come-back but time ran out.

The team played host to Rock Creek on Wednesday night in their regular-season finale. The 8th graders all started their final regular game of the season and scored three goals in the first half. Bruce Hamilton and Luis Reyes shared a shutout in goal as the Wyverns defeated the Lions 4-0. The Wyverns finished the regular season 5-3-1. Congratulations to the 8th graders for a fantastic season: Bruce Hamilton, Kyle McLaughlin, John Ospital, Ford Middendorf, Connor Gorman, Lorenzo Mahoney, Eli Jaffe, Michael Scheen and Will Cole!  The LISC Tournament begins next week at the Goshen Campus.  

MS B Soccer

The B team played really hard during the Fall Sports Picnic against a difficult Brown team. The Wyverns played with a lot of emotion and heart but came up short. On September 21st, the team took on a challenging Anchorage team. Again, they played with a lot of heart and had a chance to come back with a late goal from Lars Barbercheck, but time ran out. On Monday, the Wyverns played a tough Collegiate team.  Another late goal from Lars Barbercheck and fantastic defense from Isaiah Green, Stevaun Butler and Aidan Keegan kept the game close early.

The B team played with heart, responded to well to directions, and faced an opposing team holding numerous intimidating advantages when they took on Rock Creek on Wednesday night. They rallied and played truly impressive Wyvern soccer. We are proud of how the team came together. The Wyverns are looking forward to closing out the season in the LISC tournament at the Goshen Campus next week.  

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The Junior Soccer team took on and beat Brown on Saturday at Walden.  This was the second time the Wyverns had a chance to take the field as one team and their play was outstanding.  As separate teams, both have been formidable, but together they were something to see.  They will play in the Fall Sports Finale this Saturday at Goshen. Team Butler plays at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.; Team Whitty will play at 11:00 a.m. and noon.


Wyvern Alumni – Collegiate Athletes (from left)

Alum Trio

Claire Johnson graduated from St. Francis in 2011 (and the Goshen Campus in 2007).  She currently in her fifth year (after redshirting her freshman year) at Michigan State. In 2014, Claire was named to Academic All-Big Ten Team. She appeared in 15 games last year, scoring in back-to-back games against Maine and St. Joseph’s. To start the 2015 season, MSU played Central Michigan. Claire had a pair of goals that led to the Spartan victory, 5-1. MSU is 3-7 on the season thus far.

Cole Jordan graduated from St. Francis in 2013 (and the Goshen Campus in 2009) and now plays field hockey at Centre College. In the 2014 collegiate season, she finished with three goals and two assists while playing in 18 games. She had the game-winning goal against Lynchburg in the NCAA D-III Tournament. In 2015 thus far, she has one goal and two assists while playing in seven games.  Centre College is 4-3 on the year.

Napo Matsoso graduated from St. Francis in 2013 and continued on to play collegiate soccer at the University of Kentucky.  As a midfielder for the Wildcats, he was named 2014 First Team All-Conference USA and NSCAA All-Region and finished with five goals and four assists. He had a hat trick in a win over South Carolina. For the 2015 season, he was named a preseason All-American.  To date, Napo has two game-winning goals, against Marshall and Valpo. His goal against Marshall came at the 11-minute mark and that was enough to hold off the Thundering Herd. Napo produced some late-game heroics as his goal against Valpo came in the closing minutes to win the game.

 

Varsity Field Hockey Bests North Oldham

By Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Field Hockey
The varsity field hockey team traveled to North Oldham to take on the Mustangs last Thursday night. The team found victory in the road contest 2-0. Both goals were scored by Page Dabney, with an assist from exchange student Sterre Spikjer on one goal.  Dabney’s second goal came as a result of good timing and placement as she put back an offensive rebound to lead the Wyverns to victory.

On Wednesday night, the Wyverns continued to barnstorm through Louisville as they traveled to nearby district rival Manual for a match.  The Wyverns played the Crimson close in the first half, yielding only one goal.  St. Francis played hard in the second half but came up short as they fell 5-0.  

Upcoming Schedule:
Friday Home v. Holy Cross 5:30 p.m. – FALL SPORTS PICNIC
Monday @ South Oldham 6:00 p.m.

The Middle School A team played host to Holy Trinity on last Friday afternoon at Goshen.  The final was a 3-0 loss but the team continues to work hard on improving their skills.  

Upcoming Schedule:
Friday Home v. Crosby 4:30 p.m. – FALL SPORTS PICNIC
Tuesday Home v. Meyzeek 5:00 p.m.

Last Friday, the MS B team hosted Holy Spirit.  The first half ended with an exciting stick save from goalie Kathryn Denham to keep the score at 0-0.  The Wyverns played every bit as tough in the second half, but fell short and lost 3-0.  On Thursday afternoon, they took on KCD and won 3-0, with Lucy Frederick (2) and Katie Hammond scoring.

Upcoming Schedule:
Monday @ Anchorage 4:30 p.m.

The junior field hockey 3/4 team put up a tough game against a stiff opponent in KCD.  Though they eventually fell, the team is improving. Mya Stevenson had a solid effort in goal for the Wyverns.

Upcoming Schedule:
Saturday Home v. Highland Latin 11:00 a.m.

The junior field hockey 1/2 girls put up a valiant effort in a game against KCD.  Piper Kuhn scored twice in the 4-2 loss.

Upcoming Schedule:
Saturday Home v. KCD 9:00 a.m.

Soccer
The varsity team found themselves in a battle last Thursday night against Frankfort at the Goshen Campus. They came out on top 4-2, with goals from Alex Resnik and Andrew Thurstone in the first half to send the Wyverns into halftime up 2-1.  In the second half, Wah Doe Moo scored from 30 yards out and Michael Malpartida put in a corner kick to finalize the victory.  Sam Erbes had an impressive game in goal, with Will Yelton and Harrison Crawford in the back protecting the lead and starting counter-attacks.  

On Wednesday, the Wyverns Varsity team hosted district rival Central in their opening district match of the season.  The last time these two teams met, it was a sloppy game played almost under water in last season’s district tournament.  The Yellowjackets prevailed in that one, ending the Wyverns two-year run to the Regional Tournament.  This time around, St. Francis was no different as the teams battled to a 3-3 tie after regulation. Wah Doe Moo (2) and Alex Resnik led the Wyverns’ offensive attack.  The game came down to penalty kicks and the Wyverns were up to the challenge.  Wah Doe Moo, Tom Soenksen, Johnny Simpson and Michael Malpartida all made their shots, and Sam Erbes saved two of the four shots he faced to preserve the win.  

Thursday night the Wyverns hosted Bethlehem in a regular season match. Going back to 2010, the Wyverns have been winless against the Eagles with a 0-4-1 record.  This season, the team notched its first win in the series in exciting fashion 3-1.  Tom Soenksen got it started with a well-placed goal off a Jonny Simpson assist.  Gabe Mutchnick and Andrew Thurstone also had goals in the victory.  The win pushed the Wyverns’ win streak to three and their overall record moves to 5-6.

Upcoming Schedule:
Friday Home v. Walden 6:00 p.m. – FALL SPORTS PICNIC
Monday V/JV Home v. Atherton 5:00/6:30 p.m.

Last Thursday, the MS A team visited Highland Latin. The final result was a tie with the score 3-3.  The goals were scored by Owen Carey, Kyle McLaughlin and WIll Cole. St. Francis was down 2-0 at halftime and came roaring back. The Wyverns held the lead until late in the game when a penalty-box foul gave Highland Latin a free kick, which tied the score at 3 each.

Last Friday, the A team defeated Waldorf 7-0.  Pepper Hilton, Connor Gorman and Luis Reyes scored their first goals of the season. Two quick goals within the first five minutes from Kyle McLaughlin, both assisted from Pepper Hilton, sealed the game for SFS.

Upcoming Schedule:
Friday Home v. Walden 4:30 p.m.- FALL SPORTS PICNIC
Monday Home v. Anchorage 4:30 p.m.

The MS B team hosted Brown this past Tuesday in a game rescheduled from earlier in the season.  They won decisively, with a final score of 6-0.  Goals were scored by Lars Barbercheck, Kennan King (2), Tyler King, Brian Haupt, and Isaiah Green.  

Upcoming Schedule:
Friday Home v. OSL 4:30 p.m. – FALL SPORTS PICNIC
Monday Home v. Anchorage 5:45 p.m.

The junior soccer team traveled to Collegiate on Saturday morning for a match against Brown School.  Team Butler and Team Whitty joined forces to take on the Bears, and they did not disappoint.  The team played well, passed the ball and assisted on a number of goals in the win.  Savion Butler led the offensive attack with a hat trick of goals.  

Upcoming Schedule:  
Friday Team Whitty v. Team Butler 3:45 p.m.- FALL SPORTS PICNIC
Saturday Team Whitty v. KCD 8:45 a.m.; Team Butler v. Collegiate 8:45 a.m.

 

Golf
St. Francis played Collegiate in a JV golf match on Friday last week at the Shawnee Golf Course.  Emerson Mudd, Clay Foye, Ryan Petiprin, and Jack Baize were on the course for the Wyverns.  Clay shot the best round (45).  St. Francis won the match despite rain from the second hole on.

The JV teams met again at Collegiate’s home course of Cherokee on Tuesday.   Emerson Mudd, Clay Foye, Ethan Mackin, Ryan Petiprin, Sam Edwards-Kuhn and Jack Baize formed the team for this match, with the four best scores determining the winner.  St. Francis won with a total of 216 vs. Collegiate’s 233.  Emerson had the low round, with a 50.

With a perfect record on the line, the team played its last match of the season Thursday night with a trip to face Beth Haven at Sun Valley Golf Course.  The Wyverns came out tough throughout the match.  Emerson Mudd and Clay Foye took on Beth Haven’s two players while the rest of the Wyverns played in a foursome.  Emerson and Clay went stroke for stroke with Beth Haven and were in it up until the end.  Unfortunately, their attempt to go unbeaten for the season fell short, as the Wyverns lost by four strokes, 104-108.  This is still the best season for the team by far.  St. Francis wishes seniors Emerson Mudd and Sam Edwards-Kuhn well as they have played their last match as Wyverns.  

Golf Senior Night is scheduled to coincide with Soccer Senior Night on October 1st.  The ceremony will begin following the soccer game.

Athletic Committee
The Athletic Department would like to invite any interested parents to join the Athletic Committee for the 2015-16 school year.  The Athletic Committee has a division on each campus that, as its main focus, helps organize major athletic events.  Those events include the Back-to-School Picnic, the Fall Sports Picnic, Senior Nights and banquets.  The committee also doubles as the Title IX committee on equity.  Meetings are typically monthly and can be accessed on either campus.  If you are interested or have any questions, please email Athletic Coordinator Tyler Whitchurch.

 

 

Busy Season Heats Up for SFS Teams

By Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Junior Soccer
The Junior Soccer program took the field this past weekend at the Goshen Campus. The teams turned in great performances.  They are off this weekend for the holiday, but will return to action the following weekend at Collegiate.

Middle School Soccer
Last Thursday, the MS soccer team travelled to Whitefield for a pair of games. The A team lost 2-1 with a goal from Will Cole on a sliding kick to beat the keeper. The B team lost 3-0 with outstanding performances from Brian Haupt, Rex Reitz and Lars Barbercheck.

On Friday, the B team hosted Anchorage and fell 6-1.  Isaiah Green scored the lone Wyvern goal in the contest. The A team pulled out a 5-3 victory with goals from Levi Tyler, Owen Carey, Will Cole (2) and Kyle McLaughlin. Will’s goal was a header off a corner kick cross by Owen Carey.

On Monday, OSL came to Goshen to take on the Wyverns. The B team opened the afternoon with a 7-1 victory. St. Francis got plenty of offense in this one and goals came from six different players: Lars Barbercheck (2), Isaiah Green, Stevaun Butler, Rex Reitz, Tyler King and West Middendorf. Brian Haupt played a fantastic game in goal. The A team pulled out a hard-fought 1-0 win in the match. Lake Mackin and Bruce Hamilton shared the shutout in goal. Will Cole scored on a deep corner shot assisted by John Ospital’s throw-in.

Upcoming Schedule
Friday 9/4 @ St. Francis A Team v. Waldorf 4:30 p.m.; B Team v. Brown 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday 9/8 A Team @ Rock Creek 5:30 p.m.
Thursday 9/10 A Team @ Highland Latin 4:45 p.m.

Varsity Soccer
Last week the St. Francis Varsity soccer team played in the 7th Region All “A” Tournament at KCD.  On Wednesday night it took the Wyverns penalty kicks to get past Whitfield, eventually winning 3-2 after two rounds of PKs.

The win catapulted the team into a semifinal matchup with Walden on Thursday night.  
The Wolverines were no match for the Wyverns and were easily dispatched by a score of 6-1.  Sophomore Wah Doe Moe led the Wyvern offensive attack with a hat trick of goals in the game.  

After two tournament rounds, the Wyverns’ depth took a hit as a number of players were forced to sit out the championship due to injury. Goalkeeper Sam Erbes was out, forcing St. Francis to make some drastic changes for the finals against KCD.  The Wyverns fell in the finals 5-0.

Three Wyverns were named to the All “A” 7th Region All Tournament Team following the tournament:  Wah Doe Moe for his hat trick against Walden; Sam Erbes for his game-winning save against Whitefield; and Chris Malpartida for his overall outstanding play throughout the tournament.

With little rest after a busy week, the soccer team was back at it Tuesday night against district foe Manual. After another unfortunate slow start, the team regrouped and played the last 60 minutes with the passion and intensity they showed earlier in the season, building great momentum going forward. Senior Jonathan Simpson stepped into goal for this game and played well, demonstrating some solid form he picked up from his training as a freshman and blocking 14 shots on goal. Unfortunately, the Wyverns were not able to mount a comeback and fell 8-0 in the match.

Upcoming Schedule
Thursday 9/10 @ Waggener, Varsity 5:30 p.m./ JV 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 9/12 @ Fort Thomas, Varsity 10:30 a.m./JV Noon

Junior Field Hockey
The 1st/2nd grade (12) junior hockey team took the field for their first competition of the year on Saturday morning at KCD.  This was their first game of the season and the experience of playing is helping them grow. Coach Sarah Dewberry is excited about the team and its potential.  

The 3rd/4th grade (34) junior hockey team also took the field on Saturday and played a solid game.  Coach Tamara Reif has high hopes for this talented group of girls.  

Upcoming Schedule
Saturday 9/5 @ Collegiate Team 12 @ 9:00 a.m.; Team 34 @ 11:00 a.m.

MS Field Hockey
On Monday, the A team played another tough contest at CAL.  Though the team fell 8-0, Coach Misty Chanda was pleased with the effort,  “All the girls set goals before the game and all were able to accomplish their individual goals. A very impressive effort on the part of all the girls.”

MS Field Hockey

MS Field Hockey

The B team traveled to Collegiate for a match and romped against the Amazons to the tune of 6-1.  Three Wyverns scored in this contest, led by Reese Ragland, who netted four goals.  Marley Diamond and Katie Hammond also scored goals in the contest.  

Tuesday night the B team traveled to Noe for a tough match and fell 5-0.  With only four 6th graders and the rest of the team 5th graders, it was an uphill battle against an all-6th grade team, but they fought hard during the entire game.

Upcoming Schedule
Friday 9/4 A @ Anchorage 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9/8 A Home v. Lourdes 4:45 p.m.
Wednesday 9/9 A @ HIghlands 4:45 p.m.

Varsity Field Hockey
The Varsity Field Hockey team faced off in the toughest game of the season so far versus Eastern High School on Tuesday night in Goshen. Though the girls played with non-stop hustle in the heavy heat, they were unable to penetrate Eastern’s defense and lost 4-0, their first loss of the season.

Upcoming Schedule
Thursday 9/10 @ North Oldham 5:30 p.m.

Come Out to Support the Wyverns this Season!

By Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Soccer

Junior Soccer
The Junior Soccer program was developed to give students in Lower School an opportunity to play school-based competition.  St. Francis, Walden, KCD, Collegiate and Brown have combined to form the league that is played on various schools’ campuses. The season kicked off immediately after the start of school year.  The SFS program, which now bolsters close to 30 students on the roster in grades 2nd through 4th, is rolling along well.  With two full rosters, coaches Tony Butler and Arra Whitty are excited after the first week of the season.  The teams practice as a full squad and then split evenly for games. Known as Team Butler and Team Whitty, the Wyverns look poised to become a solid soccer program over the careers of this group.  Both teams played well and had fun on opening weekend.  

Upcoming Schedule:
Saturday 8/29 @ St. Francis:  Team Butler v. KCD 8:00 a.m.; Team Whitty v. LCS 10:30 a.m.

MS Soccer
On Friday evening, the Middle School teams traveled to KCD for A and B team matches with the Bearcats.  The A team fell 5-1 but worked hard throughout the game. Owen Carey scored the lone goal on a free kick from 40 yards out.  The B team went down as well (4-0) in their first game as well.  The Middle School B Soccer team took the field on Monday afternoon, playing host to Meredith Dunn.  The Wyverns jumped out early on a goal by Stevaun Butler, but that lead didn’t hold as they fell 5-1.  

Upcoming Schedule:
Friday 8/28 Home v. Anchorage:  B Team 4:30 p.m., A Team 5:45 p.m.
Monday 8/31 Home v. OSL:  B Team 4:30 p.m., A Team 5:30 p.m.
Friday 9/4 Home: A Team v. Waldorf 4:30 p.m., B Team v. Brown 5:45 p.m.

HS Soccer
Monday was a beautiful night for soccer as both the Varsity and JV soccer teams took on DeSales on the newly-opened lower field at Goshen. Despite the Varsity team dominating possession and shot stats, they fell 3-1 in the first game.
Chris Malpartida had three shots that required amazing saves from the visiting goalkeeper – two of them headers off long throw-ins from his brother Michael. The Wyverns did notch their first score of the season with a goal from senior Rosemary DeMarco in the 40th minute of the first half. On their fourth consecutive corner kick, the ball dropped to sophomore Alex Resnik’s foot and as his shot ricocheted off a defender, DeMarco crashed the goal to net the rebound.

The JV team gained some valuable experience in the second game, with many players trying out new positions and developing a better understanding of the game. Freshman goalkeeper Angus Middleton made his debut and played very well in the 3-0 loss.

On Wednesday night the Wyverns travelled to KCD to open play in the 7th Region All “A” Tournament.  They opened with a familiar opponent in Whitefield and played an exciting game that ended in PKs.  The Wyverns won to advance to the semifinals against Walden on Thursday night!

Upcoming Schedule:
Saturday 8/29 7th Region All “A” Championship @ KCD 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9/1 @ Manual: Varsity 5:30 p.m., JV 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 9/3 @ Waggener: Varsity 5:30 p.m., JV 7:00 p.m.

Field Hockey

LS Field Hockey
Upcoming Schedule:
Saturday 8/29 1st/2nd grade plays KCD @ KCD at 9:00  p.m.
Saturday 8/29 3rd/4th grade plays Stopher @ KCD at 10:00 p.m.

MS Field Hockey
Wednesday marked the opening game for the MS field hockey team.  
The B team played host to Highlands in the first game of the night.  While the game was close, the team was unable to pull out the win, losing 1-0.  

In the second game of the night, the A team had a rough start against Noe Middle.  Though the Wyverns played tough, they lost 8-0.

Upcoming Schedule:
Monday 8/31 B Team @ Collegiate 4:30 p.m.; A Team @ CAL 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9/1 B Team @ Noe  5:45 p.m.
Thursday 9/3 A Team Home v. Holy Trinity 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9/4 A Team @ Anchorage 4:30 p.m.

HS Field Hockey
The Varsity field hockey team continued its promising start to the season in the home opener against Butler.  The Wyverns were able to pull out the 4-1 win behind an outstanding performance from junior Madeline Case, who scored two goals in the contest.  Sophomore Hanna Cobb and junior exchange student Sterre Spijker each also netted goals in the victory.  The team moved its record to 2-0 in this early point in the season.  

Upcoming Schedule:
Tuesday 9/1 Home v. Eastern 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9/3 @ Atherton 5:00 p.m.  

Golf

The Wyvern golf team is looking to get some new experiences this season.  The golfers will compete in the All “A” Regional Tournament this weekend at Quail Chase Golf Course.  Emerson Mudd, Clay Foye and Ethan Mackin will represent the Wyverns in the event.  This marks the first time in recent history that St. Francis will compete in this event.

Season Passes & Swag

The SFS Athletic Committee is offering season passes for home games, as well as various Wyvern Packages of chairs, umbrellas, bleacher seats and season passes. Items will be available to purchase at upcoming Back-To-School nights.

 

 

Sports Teams Return to the Field

By Tony Butler, Athletic DirectorPicnicSoccer

The start of school marked a return to the fields for our fall sports teams.  High School and Middle School teams all took to the field in mid-July for practices, and now that the first day of school is out of the way, teams have begun playing games. The Back-to-School Picnic featured Middle School clinics for field hockey and soccer, followed by intrasquad scrimmages for the Varsity teams.  

Field Hockey
The varsity field hockey team is seeing the return of 13 players, and with a young team that also includes eight new players, the 2015 team is a mix of youth and experience.  

The Red/White scrimmage was played as a 7v7 game during the Back-to-School Picnic on Saturday.  8th graders from our Goshen Campus joined the game to fill out rosters.  In a tight contest, the White Team was victorious 1-0.  Both sides played well and provided a preview of their excellent team defense.

On Tuesday, St. Francis traveled to Seneca for their first home game of the season.  The Wyverns dominated this game, playing like a team and remaining in the offensive circle the majority of the time. Seneca had one break-away midway through the first half, where the Wyverns had a defensive breakdown and allowed them a goal. Though the girls were giving Seneca’s defense a ton of action, they were not able to finish with a goal until the last 10 minutes of the game. Junior defender Sterre Spijker was pulled up to help out on an offensive corner, where she ripped a powerful shot and sent the ball straight into the goal. This took the Wyverns into overtime, 7 v. 7 for 10 minutes. Once again SFS spent most of this time on offense, and though tired, they were able to push through when 8th grader Bradley Wilson scored the winning goal with three overtime minutes to go. If this game is any indication of the St. Francis field hockey varsity team’s season, we are in store for an exciting few months!  Up next, the Wyverns will host their home opener Wednesday against Butler at the Goshen Campus.  Game time is set for 6:00 p.m.

The Middle School teams have their first matches next week.  Go Wyverns!

Soccer
The varsity soccer team welcomes back 15 returning players, including six seniors.  This coming season, Coach Marshall and his team are looking to improve on their 2014 campaign.  

On Saturday, Wyverns hosted a Red/White intrasquad scrimmage on the Goshen Campus. The starting offense (Red) faced the starting defense (White), with defense eventually prevailing 4-3, thanks to Matthew Siciliano’s winning goal. Several 8th grade players joined in the scrimmage, showing that they are ready to move to the next level.  Thanks to everyone who made the event possible.  

On Tuesday, the soccer team hosted a strong Holy Cross team, losing 5-0 on the Goshen Campus.  During the first half the Wyverns controlled the tempo and had many scoring opportunities, but a few defensive mistakes and inability to finish gave Holy Cross a 2-0 lead at half.  After they scored a quick early goal in the first minute of the second half, our players were on the defensive for the rest of the game. Sam Erbes did a great job stepping into goal for Harrison Crawford, who is out with a back injury.  

Up next for the team is a JV game Friday night at Whitefield.  Game time is set for 6:00 p.m. The Middle School teams open their seasons on Friday night at KCD, with the A team (7th/8th grades) underway at 4:30 p.m. and the B team (5th/6th grades) following at 5:45 p.m.