News Archive

2019

  • May

    2018-2019 Sports Wrap-Up (By Angelique Cunningham, Athletics Director)

    St. Michael’s Catholic Academy had a very successful year across all sports. Click here to see an Athletics Year in Review video.
    • One State Championship
    • Three State Runner-Up finishes
    • Five Regional Championships
    • Seven District Championships
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  • Student Activity Interest Survey

    As we look to next year in terms of forward planning, we always send out a survey around this time to gauge student interest in extracurricular activities. St. Michael's offers 13 sports, as well as extracurricular options to participate in Dance, Theater, Film, Music, and possibly, Computer Science.

    We have developed a Student Activity Interest form so that students can let us know the activities they may want to join next school year. This is a mandatory form for all students that helps us to staff and develop our programs. The form should be submitted even if the student does not want to join any activities. Either a parent or student may submit the form. (Please check with your student to determine whether he or she has already submitted the survey.)

    One form per student, please.

    Please complete the form by May 31, 2019 so that coaches and instructors may contact students to discuss their interests. The form may be accessed from this link and is also available on the Resource Board after login.

    For questions concerning sports, contact Angelique Cunningham. For fine arts, contact Steve Moreland, and for questions concerning theater, Ivan Klousia.

    Please understand that indicating an interest in a sport or activity does not guarantee a place on a team or arts roster.

    Thank you for completing this important survey.
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  • Another Impressive Season for Women's and Men's Lacrosse!

    St. Michael’s Women’s Lacrosse rounds out an impressive season as District Champions for eighth consecutive year!
    Season Stats:
    • 14-4 Winning Record
    • TGHSLL Division 1 State Tournament with wins over Westlake, Vandegrift and Lake Travis High Schools
    • All-District Players: Abby M., Izzy O., Sydney S., Alexica Z.
    • All-State Players: Theresa M., Lyla S.
    • Academic All-American: Lyla S.
    Men’s Lacrosse made it all the way to Super Regionals! 

    Congratulations on an incredible season! St. Michael’s is proud to be represented by such a talented group of athletes!
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  • Baseball Finishes in Final Four!

    SMCA Baseball falls to Fort Worth Christian School to close out a successful season. With a 17-10 record, and finishing in the final four at the TAPPS Division 2 State Tournament, our players have nothing but an exciting and remarkable season to look back on. Congrats!

    Baseball rounds out the 2018-2019 athletics season. Thank you so much to all the families, friends, coaches, donors and so many more who continue to support St. Michael's athletes! We couldn’t do it without you!
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  • Crusader Track and Field

    Crusader Track and Field
    The Crusader track teams performed brilliantly at the 2019 TAPPS State Championships on May 3 and 4th in Waco. The TAPPS 5A District 4 and North Regional Lady Crusader Champions competed at the state meet and earned state runner-up honors which is the highest team finish since joining TAPPS. Mary Hodapp and Camille Terracina got things started on Friday night in the 3200 m run. Hodapp surged with over a half mile to go and was never challenged en route to the second 3200m title in program history. Terracina ran a gritty race placing 7th. The next day in the field events, hardworking sophomore Kiele Shultz tied her personal best of 9’6” in taking bronze in the pole vault. On the track, Kinga Parrish kicked off day 2 of the meet leading wire to wire in the 800m run winning an unprecedented third consecutive state championship in that event. Freshman Sydney Osgood took home the bronze medal in the 800m race. Next on the track was the Lady Crusaders 4x200m relay squad of Molly Van Ackeren, Caroline Treadwell, Sidney Kaliher and Jennifer Thomson. The team ran a fabulous race bringing home state bronze of their own. A few minutes later the crowd stood and roared its approval as Kinga Parrish won the 400 m dash State title. Parrish set a new SMCA school record of 58.76 seconds as she erased a 15 meter deficit in the home stretch to notch her second title of the day. Moments later, in perhaps the meet’s biggest upset, Senior Jennifer Thomson won the 300m hurdles in an SMCA record 46.04 seconds as the number five seed. Minutes later Hodapp and Terracina toed the line for the 1600m run. This time with 500m to run, Hodapp burst to the lead with no response from an outmatched field and cruised to her second state title of the meet. Terracina closed with a season best and took 5th. Finally the ladies 4 x 400m relay of Hodapp, Van Ackeren, Thomson and Parrish won the team’s 6th State championship with a season best 4:09.1 to close out the meet. When the dust settled the Lady Crusaders won a meet and program best 6 state championships and broke 2 school records. The team’s 100 points is also a program State Meet record. Eight of the Lady Crusaders’ nine athletes at State took home 1st, 2nd or Honorable Mention All-State honors with seniors Parrish, Thomson and Hodapp garnering a combined 8 State Championships alone.
    The TAPPS 5A District 4 and North Regional Champs had a great showing at the State Meet as well. First race of the meet was the 3200m and Junior Jackson Long kicked things off by taking the silver medal in a lifetime best 9:33.7. In the field events, Thomas McCarthy took 7th in the high jump, Nathan Vondrak had the 5th place throw in the shot put and Stone Sears leaped to 6th place in the triple jump. On the track, sophomore Joe Eichorst followed suit in the 800m dash with an 8th place finish. The Crusaders 4x200m Relay of Vaughn Malone, Sebastian Cascarano, Stone Sears and Reece Anderson executed a great race taking home State Bronze for the second consecutive year. Cascarano followed his relay bronze with a 200m dash career best 22.8 seconds taking 5th place. Next on the track was the 1600m run where Jackson Long raced to his second silver medal of the day. The Crusaders then flexed their muscle in the meet’s final event. The 4x400m relay team of Cascarano, Anderson, Sears and talented freshman Jack Esparza obliterated the field en route to a State Championship in an impressive 3:25.60! The five second margin of victory is the largest margin of victory in school history at a State Meet. The team took 4th overall noting 4 first team All-State honors, 2 second team All-State honors and 4 Honorable Mention All-State honors.
    After a stellar season like this the future is bright for Crusader Track and Field!
    Coach Angelique Cunningham
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  • Crusaders win TAPPS 5A North Regional Track

    St. Michael’s Catholic Academy men’s and women’s track teams both won their respective TAPPS 5A North regional championship in historic fashion on April 25 at Clark Stadium in Fort Worth. The men's team was led by a dominating performance in the final event, the 4 x 400 meter relay. The team of Sebastian Cascarano, Reece Anderson, Stone Sears and Jack Esparza dominated in a quality field by posting the state’s fastest qualifying mark headed in to the State Meet set for 5/4/19.

    In total the SMCA men are sending nine athletes across 10 events to the state finals. Jackson Long qualified second in the 3200M and 1600M runs. Joe Eichorst nabbed the 7th seed in the 800m dash. The men’s 4x200m relay of Vaughn Malone, Cascarano, Sears and Anderson took 2nd and are headed to state as the 3rd seed. Cascarano also qualified as the state’s 6th seed in the 200M dash. The Crusaders turned in good performances in the field events as well. Nathan Vondrak took second place in the shot put; Thomas McCarthy qualified for the state meet, taking 4th in both the high jump and pole vault; and Stone Sears nabbed a spot at state by taking second in the triple jump.

    The St. Michael’s women turned in a virtuoso performance in winning five regional championships on the track and qualifying nine athletes in eight events. Two-time defending state champion Kinga Parrish turned in the most dominating performances of the meet in winning the 800M dash by a 10 full seconds. Minutes later Parrish crushed the field in the 400M dash running the fastest time in the state and setting a new SMCA record at 58.90 seconds. Mary Hodapp, not to be outdone, also took home two individual titles in the 3200M and 1600M runs, posting the top marks in each headed to Saturday’s state meet. Parrish and Hodapp then teamed with Jennifer Thomson and Molly Van Ackeren in winning the 4x400M relay earning the state’s 1st seed headed to State. The ladies 4x200M relay team of Van Ackeren, Caroline Treadwell, Sidney Kaliher and Thomson took second in a season best performance and earned the state’s 3rd seed in the process. Freshman Camille Terracina punched her ticket to State taking second in the 3200M and fourth in the 1600M. Fellow freshman Sydney Osgood earned her spot in the state final with a bronze medal in the 800M. Thomson also took third in the 300M hurdles and Kiele Shultz took second in the pole vault securing the 3rd state seed.

    The Crusaders will be competing in the TAPPS 5A Track and Field State Championship on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, at Panther Stadium in Waco, Texas. Congratulations to all the state qualifiers and good luck at state!
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  • April

    Dance & Cheer Interest Meeting April 23, 6:00 P.M.

    Incoming freshmen who are interested in being a part of the Crusaderettes or SMCA Cheer Team are welcome to come by the Dance Room (#703) in the Fine Arts building with their parents to learn a little bit more about the teams. Coach Parra will provide information about team values.
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  • Lacrosse Teams Advance to District Play

    Men's and Women's Lacrosse teams both qualified for playoffs. The Lady Crusaders defeated Lake Travis 15-4 to secure the #3 spot in the central district of Division I Texas High School Girls Lacrosse League. The Lady Crusaders will play #2 Vandegrift on Thursday, April 25, at Round Rock Sports Complex. Time yet to be announced. The Lady Crusaders are 11-2 overall and 5-2 in district. 

    The Crusaders had their last game of the regular season on Wednesday, April 17, against McCallum. The Crusaders have already secured a playoff spot and will play Gateway College Prep at Gateway on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. The Crusaders defeated Gateway earlier 13-9 in a non-district game. The Crusaders are 6-6 overall and 3-2 in district. 

    Way to go Crusader Lax and good luck in your playoff games! 
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  • Lifetime Crusader Mitch Morse Credits Early St. Michael's Experience

    Lifetime Crusader Mitch Morse credits his early St. Michael’s experience for his athletic successes. Thanks for the shoutout, Mitch!

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  • St. Louis Offers Student Discount for Golf Tourney

    St. Louis Catholic School is reaching out about their annual Cougar Classic Golf Tournament, which will be held on Friday, May 10, at Teravista Golf Club.  They are offering a special student discount price of $75 for any student under 18 at our Catholic high schools and student alumni.  Students can also register at www.slcsaustin.org/cougar-classic. There does need to be an adult present to drive the cart (if adult is not golfing, they would be free).  

     "It's always fun to see our high schools represented and the kids have a lot of fun. Here is a flyer with details."
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  • Tennis Team Goes All the Way to State

    Our tennis team advanced three - one men's singles and one men's doubles team, to the TAPPS 5A State Tennis Tournament in Waco on April 8 and April 9. Freshmen Nick Alvarez won his match in the first round 6-2, 6-1. He lost his second round match to the eventual state runner-up. Senior Doubles Partners Chase Boykin and Jackson DeRoeck lost their match in the first round. 

    Great season overall for our players and new coach, Carlin Murray.
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  • March

    Summer Camps at St. Michael's Registration Open!

    Sign up here for any camp listed below. For Film Camp, please use this link to sign up. 

    ATHLETICS

    Basketball  |  Football  |  Strength& Conditioning |  Volleyball 

    Boys Basketball Camp
    Contact: Coach Land
    Email – cland@smca.com
    Cost $100 per week
    June 10-13

    Grades 2nd-6th
    9:00am - 12:00pm

    Grades 6th-9th
    12:30pm – 3:30pm
     
    Strength & Conditioning Camp
    Contact: Coach Dicus
    Email – jdicus@smca.com
    Grades 9th-12th
    7:00am - 9:00am
    Cost $300

    June 10- 13
    June 17-20
    June 24-27
    July 8 – 11
    July 15-18
    July 22-25
     
    SMCA Volleyball Camp
    Contact – Coach Silvernail
    Cost $125 per session

    June 24-27

    Grades 7th-9th 
    9:30am - 12:00pm

    Grades 9th-12th
    12:30am-3:00pm
     
    Boys and Girls Soccer Camp
    Contact: Coach Miller
    Email – pmiller@liverpoolfcamerica.com

    Grades 3rd-5th
    Cost $145
    July 8-11
    9:30am - 12:30pm
     
    Grades 6th-9th
    Cost $145
    July 15-18
    9:30am - 12:30pm
     
    SMCA Football Camp
    Contact: Coach Dicus
    Email – jdicus@smca.com
    Cost $250

    Grades 5th-9th
    July 22-25
    9:00am - 1:00pm

    Girls Lacrosse 5th-9th
    Cost: $150
    June 10-13

    8:30 am - 11:30 am
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  • Spring Sports Yard Signs!

    Spring athletes: Show your Crusader team spirit with a yard sign!  Order for baseball, tennis, golf, track, and more! 

    Please place orders for sports signs by April 12, 2019. 
     
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  • Lollapalaxa: Five Lacrosse Games - One Field - March 9

    You're invited to our first ever Lollapalaxa Saturday, March 9, 2019 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Please click here to RSVP.  Come and cheer on our Crusaders, eat great Sader Dad food, and enjoy the company of our faculty, students, parents, and alumni! at whichever game(s) work best with your schedules.
    • 5 lacrosse games in one day on one field, featuring the U. Texas and Texas State women, St. Michael's Women's and Men's teams, and the St. Gabriel's Boys' and Girls' teams
    • Food provided by the Sader Dads
    • Live music provided by Sader Dads band
    • Lacrosse vendor tents with giveaways.
    • Games
    • Day-of-event commemorative T-shirts
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  • February

    Peruvian Students End Three-Week St. Michael's Visit (By Aitor Arrondo, Spanish Instructor)

    Mariali, Daniela, Luisa, Angie, and Antonella are five young students from Lima, Peru, who just spent three weeks with us at St. Michael’s for their summer break. They wanted to come Austin to experience American high school life and improve their English skills by attending regular classes.

    For the last few days of their time here, they presented lectures about their own country and culture. They prepared the lesson very well with a PowerPoint presentation, food and souvenirs for students. The students ended the lectures by salsa dancing with their classmates.

    They liked Austin and are quite impressed with St. Michael’s. They said the campus is beautiful, the classes are interesting, and the students and teachers are friendly. It has been an unforgettable experience for them and for us, too.
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  • Women's Soccer Has Great Season

    On Tuesday, February 19, the Lady Crusaders lost 5-1 to Grapevine Faith in the TAPPS Division II State Semi-Finals game at Waco ISD Stadium. This was the best season in the St, Michael's Women's soccer history. The Lady Crusaders finished the season 14-4-1 and TAPPS 5A District 4 Champions. Congratulations, all for a great season. We are so proud of you.
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  • Announcing New Twitter Account for Athletics!

    Ramping it Up! Our Athletics Department now has its own Twitter account. Follow @SMCA_Athletics for the latest news and information. Check out their Instagram feed and stories, too. All Athletics - All the Time.


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  • Josh Bannon Places First-Breaks Record at State Swim Meet

    At the TAPPS DIV II state championship meet, senior Josh Bannon won first place, and is the new state record holder, in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 59.51. Bannon also placed second in the 200m individual medley race at 1:55.43 - also breaking a St. Michael’s school record. In the individual medley (IM) event, the swimmer covers the four swimming styles in the following order: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. The meet took place on Thursday, February 7, at the Mansfield ISD Natatorium in Mansfield, Texas, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area.
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  • Men's Basketball Wins District! Back-to-Back-to-Back!

    On Wednesday, February 13, the Men's Basketball team played Regents at Dripping Springs High School for the District championship. The Crusaders defeated the Knights by a score of 47-44 to win the District title for the third year in a row. 

    The Crusaders finished the regular season with a 6-1 record in District and 23-10 overall. The Crusaders will host Carrollton Prince of Peace at the Carter Athletic Center on Tuesday, February 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the TAPPS 5A Boys Basketball Area Round. KMAC/VYPE will be broadcasting the game if you can't make it. It is a TAPPS Playoff Game, so there is no free admission for Crusader Nation. Admission prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Let's fill the stands, y'all!
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  • Women's Soccer Advances to Elite Eight

    On Monday, February 11, the Lady Crusaders hosted McKinney Christian in the TAPPS Women's Soccer Division II Area Playoff Game on Austin McMeans Field at Crusader Stadium. The Crusaders got on the scoreboard first with a goal by Jessica Mikell. Cadence Layne scored two goals in the first half to give the Crusaders a 3-0 lead at half. The Lady Crusaders scored one more goal and defeated the Mustangs 4-0 to advance to the Elite Eight.

    The Lady Crusaders will play Tyler Grace Community School at Robinson High School on Saturday, February 16, at 3:15 p.m.
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  • Basketball Wins Big on Senior Night

    On Tuesday, February 5, St. Michael's recognized the women’s and men’s basketball seniors before their basketball games against Hyde Park at Carter Athletic Center.

    Amber McGee the only senior of the women’s team was honored before their game. The Lady Crusaders defeated Hyde Park 42-32 to keep their playoff hopes alive and move into a second place tie.

    The men’s basketball team honored their nine seniors, Blaise Dehner, Niko Guiterrez, Jason Jehl, Paul Meyer, Will Prevost, MJ Samaniego, Nicholas Villarreal,Nathan Vondrak and Augie Watkins.

    The Crusaders defeated Hyde Park 56-47 to remain tied for first place in district and clinch a playoff berth.

    The Lady Crusaders and Crusaders will have their last game of the regular season this Friday at Brentwood Christian. The women tip off at 6:30 and men tip off at 8:00 p.m. Thank you seniors for all your hard work and dedication. 
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  • SMCA Swim Headed to State

    The Swim Team will compete in the TAPPS Division II Swim State Championship on Thursday, February 7, at Mansfield Independent School District Natatorium in Mansfield, Texas. St. Michael's Swim team will be represented by Josh Bannon competing in the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke, Madison Barrick in the 100 Butterfly and 500 Freestyle, Mary Claire Fuselier in the 100 Butterfly, Evelyn Fuselier in 100 Breaststroke, and Lucy Fuselier in the 100 Breaststroke. The Swim team will also have a women’s relay team in the 200 IM Relay and 200 Free Relay of Barrick and the Fuselier triplets, with Melina Ustinov as an alternate. Congratulations to all the swimmers who qualified for State and Good Luck at the Meet!
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  • Women's Soccer Wins District Championship

    Back-to-Back District Wins! On Monday, February 4, the Lady Crusaders defeated Brentwood Christian 5-1 at Senior Night on Austin McMeans Field at Crusader Stadium to win the TAPPS Division II District 4 Championship. The Lady Crusaders finished district play with six wins and zero losses, outscoring district opponents 27-5. This is the second year in a row the Lady Crusaders have won district. 

    The Crusaders will host McKinney Christian in the TAPPS Division II Area Playoff Game on Monday, February 11, at 4:30 p.m. on Austin McMeans Field at Crusader Stadium. Please come out and support the Lady Crusaders. 
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  • January

    Fall Sports Post-Season Accolades

    The Athletic Department congratulates the following individuals on fall sports teams for receiving post-season accolades.
     
    Women's Cross Country team won the TAPPS 5A State Championship for the fourth straight year. First school in TAPPS history to win four consecutive team state championships. Kinga Parrish, Mary Hodapp, Camille Terracina, and Sydney Osgood finished in the top 10 to earn All-State Honors. Kinga Parrish and Mary Hodapp earned Academic All-State Honors.

    Men's Cross Country team finished second in state. Jackson Long and Joseph Lawler finished in the top 10 to earn All-State Honors. Joseph Lawler earned Academic All-State Honors.

    TAPPS 5A District 4 Championship and State Runner-Up Volleyball team: Kelsey Kilgo and Moorea earned First Team All-State Honors and First Team All-District Honors. Kathryn Morton and Nora Carlson earned Second Team All-State Honors and earned First Team All- District Honors as well.  Gracie Cuba and Lauren Milliner earned First Team All-State Honors and First Team All-District Honors. Reilly Sokolosky, Liz Bruegging, Ella Hudson and Alexis Threadgill earned Second Team All-District Honors. Claire Beiter and Olivia Muth earned Honorable Mention All-District Honors. Gracie Cuba, Kathryn Morton, Kelsey Kilgo and Moorea Wood earned Academic All-State Honors.

    Football: Stone Sears earned First Team All- District Linebacker Honors. Sion Carr earned First Team All-District Offensive Lineman Honors. Paul Meyer earned Second Team All-District Linebacker Honors and Honorable Mention All- District Running Back Honors. Garrett Urry earned Second Team All-District Secondary Honors and Second Team All-District Athlete Honors and Honorable Mention All-District Punter Honors. Lex Boucvalt earned Second Team All-District Wide Receiver Honors. Jaxon Jehl earned Second Team All- District Offensive Lineman Honors and Honorable Mention All-District Defensive Lineman Honors. Sebastian Cascarano and Keaton Granger earned Second Team All-District Running Back Honors. Trey Carr earned Honorable Mention All-District Defensive Lineman Honors. Joseph Meyer earned Honorable Mention All-District Linebacker Honors. Vaughn Malone earned Honorable Mention All-District Secondary Honors. Jack Hagy earned Honorable Mention All-District Tight End Honors. Lex Boucvalt and Sebastian Cascarano earned Academic All-State Honors.
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