Fall SPC Recap

December 1, 2021

For the first time since February 2020, SPC occurred in tournament format. From Nov. 4-6, teams traveled to Dallas to compete in the season-ending championships.

Field Hockey

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Junior Maddie Kim works the ball up the field, preparing to pass it to a teammate.

Field hockey took second place behind Kinkaid. Seniors Sloan Davidson, Megan Wetzel and Megan Chang and sophomore Kristina Johnson were named All-Conference honorees.

Davidson attributes the team’s success to communicating well with coaches, staying positive with teammates, keeping energy high at practice and being role models for underclassmen to emulate.

Davidson found the semifinal game against Greenhill, a 7-0 Maverick victory, the most exhilarating. 

“All our team bonding and chemistry and work we’ve put in together throughout the year shone in the Greenhill game with passing and supporting each other,” she said. “That was really exciting to see, especially as a captain in my last season.”

Football

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Freshman Cole Allen sprints past Kinkaid defenders while cradling the ball.

Football finished the season in third place with an overall record of 7-2. Though the Mavericks lost in the semifinals against Kinkaid 34-24, they beat Episcopal, a feat unaccomplished since 2011.

“We win games by being a closed group and just top-to-bottom being the better team on the field,” said captain John Perdue, who recommends that the team continue this year’s training habits. “That doesn’t come from who we have or don’t have. It comes from getting 50 people to a morning workout over the summer.”

Captain Stefan Gustafson shared some parting words of advice: “Never let it get too big, know that you’re a good team and always believe in yourself.”

Girls’ Cross Country

Senior captain Cici Calhoun heads a pack of Mavericks at Norbuck Park. (Michelle Cai)

Girls’ cross country placed third at SPC, led by captain Sarah Clark’s 18th-place individual finish.

“SPC is a great culmination of the season and is really special because it’s [the] last opportunity to prove ourselves and to hit personal and team goals,” captain Rebecca Bollich said.

Bollich attributes much of the team’s success to pack running and sticking with the team.

“Getting third place was surprising, not to mention the fact that we also had the smallest margin of time between our first through fifth runners, which is just so impressive,” she said.

Girls’ Volleyball

Girls’ volleyball also finished in third. Junior captain Margot Manning felt that the most stressful moment during the SPC tournament occurred during the team’s semifinal match against Oakridge. Although the Mavericks led after the first two sets, they ultimately lost the match 2-3.

“It just kind of slipp[ed] out from under us,” Manning said. 

During the third set of the Oakridge match, Manning injured her wrist, so she was unable to play in the third-place match against Greenhill. 

“The energy was just so high, and everyone was having so much fun,” Manning said, “but the feeling of not playing with the seniors ever again also mixes with the happiness of winning our last game.”

Manning says that missing last year’s season impacted the team’s motivation, and subsequently, their performance, this season.

Boys’ Cross Country

Senior Emmanuel Sgouros sprints past a St. Mark’s runner. (Michelle Cai)

Boys’ cross country placed fourth overall at SPC. Individually, captain Emmanuel Sgouros finished first out of 151 runners with a five-kilometer time of 15:06, capturing the title over another Division I commit by 22 seconds and setting conference and course records.

“We started building the culture and identifying the team’s goal early on in the season, making sure that we remembered that throughout the rest of training,” Sgouros said. “It’s easy to be distracted by school and activities, but if you want to win, you have to put in a lot of work in the front end.”

Boys’ Volleyball

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Sophomore Jackson Byers spikes the ball over the net.

Boys’ volleyball finished the tournament in seventh place, with a win over St. Andrew’s and two losses to Trinity Valley and Episcopal.

“[Other teams] thought that we would be a team with a losing record, an easy win for every other team in our conference,” captain Brad Raizner said. “But that’s not how things went.” 

The team went 5-0 in their first five games, finishing the regular season with a record of 6-3.

“Proving everyone wrong was a big thing for us, and we ended up doing that pretty successfully,” Raizner said.

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