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!