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.