News Archive

2018

  • November

    Get Noticed! Show Your SMCA Spirit with a Sign or Decal

    Personalized spirit yard signs and decals for Basketball, Soccer, Swimming and more are available now! Order by November 16 for winter sports. Yard signs are $25 and car decals are $12.

    It's not too late to order Family Shout Out Signs and Corporate Sponsor Signs to be hung at the football field, gym, theatre, and baseball field. Click here to shout out to your basketball player or musician! Order by November 16.
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  • St. Michael's Letterman Jackets

    AAA Jackets will be on campus Tuesday, November 27, from 12:10 - 1:00 in Cafe Laredo for Letterman jackets. Any student-athlete who plays a varsity sport interested in ordering a letterman jacket or a patch for a letterman jacket, please stop by the AAA Jackets table.
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  • Volleyball Advances to the TAPPS 5A Final Four - Go, Crusaders!

    Volleyball advances to the TAPPS 5A Final Four after defeating Frisco Legacy Christian Academy in three straight sets at Hamilton High School. This is the second time in three years that the Crusaders have reached the Final Four. In 2016, the Crusaders won the TAPPS 5A State Championship.

    On Friday, November 9, the Crusaders will play Carrollton Prince of Peace at 3:00 p.m. at West High School, 1008 Jerry Mashek Dr. West, TX 76691. Single day tickets are $12 for Adults, $7 for Students. The winner of SMCA vs Prince of Peace will play the winner of Victoria St. Joseph vs San Antonio Christian on  Saturday, November 10, at noon in the TAPPS 5A State Championship. 
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  • Interested in Joining the Swim Team?

    St. Michael’s invites you to join our state-qualifying swim team, and with your help, we can qualify again! The team practices four days a week: three days at Nitro Swimming Bee Caves with one dry land practice at St. Michael's on Wednesdays. For questions, please contact Coach Unruh at ellamarieunruh@gmail.com.
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  • Join us TOMORROW for Senior Night

    Please join us this Friday November 2 for Senior Night during the Regents vs St. Michael's football game on Austin McMeans Field at Crusader Stadium. St. Michael's will recognize the accomplishments of the seniors for the football, cross country, cheer, dance and drumline teams. The senior presentations schedule will be as follows: 
    • 6:45 p.m.: Parents of Football and Cross Country Seniors please meet down by the track. 
    • 7 p.m.: Football and cross country senior presentations begin before the football game. Presentation will begin at 7:00
    • 8:20 p.m.: Parents of cheer, dance and drumline seniors, please meet at the track. 
    • 8:30-8:55 p.m.: Cheer, dance and drumline senior presentations begin during halftime of the football game. 
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  • Volleyball Regional Playoff Game: THIS SATURDAY

    Come cheer on our Lady Crusader volleyball team at the the TAPPS 5A Regionals Playoff Game versus Frisco Legacy Christian at Hamilton High School on Saturday, November 3 at 2 p.m. Hamilton High School Gymnasium is located 400 College Street, Hamilton, TX, 76531. Gate admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students. 
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  • October

    Athletic Individual and Team Photos Available!

    St. Michael's Athletics is fortunate to have had such a phenomenal photography company on campus to take photos of each athletic team. Photos are available for purchase from their website: https://texasrealsportsphotography.com/f422961186.
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  • Cross Country Teams Sweep District Meet (By Kevin Steen, Assistant Athletic Director)

    St. Michael’s Cross Country teams swept the 5A District 4 Championships at Dell Diamond in Round Rock on Friday, October 22. The men’s team led with the one-two punch of Jackson Long and Joe Lawler, who crossed the finish line well ahead of the competition in 15:45 and 16:48 for the 5k course, respectively. They were followed by fellow Crusaders Nathaniel Mahoney (5th), Lachlan Thomas (9th), Nicholas Terracina (10th), Jackson Laughery (11th), and Alex Garcia (17th). The men’s team easily outdistanced second place Brentwood Christian 27 to 78.
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  • September

    Cross Country Competes in Westlake Invitational

    The Crusader Cross Country teams competed in the Austin Westlake Invitational on Friday, August 31. Men's varsity took 11th in the 161 runner 20-team field comprised mostly of UIL 6A competition. Jackson Long led the way with a 5th place medalist finish running the 5K course in a blistering 15:29.  
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  • Crusaders Dominate Lanier

    On August 31, 2018, the Crusader Football had its first inaugural game on the Austin McMeans Field at Crusader Stadium against Lanier High School. In the first quarter, the Crusaders got on the scoreboard with a 10-yard run by Senior quarterback Sam Saxton and then converted the two point conversion with a pass to Junior Tight End Jack Hagy. After recovering an onside kick, the Crusaders marched into the end zone again with a 10-yard run by Senior running back Sebastian Cascarano and converted the two point conversion again. After a force fumble and fumble recovery by the Crusader defense, Saxton connected with Hagy via the air for a touchdown to make the score 23-0 to end the first quarter.
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  • August

    Cross Country Teams Compete in the Lockhart Invitational

    The St. Michael’s Cross Country teams continued their successful season at the Lockhart Invitational on Saturday, August 25. The boys varsity team of Nathaniel Mahoney, Alex Garcia, Lachlan Thomas, Jackson Laughery, Nicholas Terracina and Joe Eichorst competed in the 1a-4a Division. Jackson Long ran in the elite 6a race and took 6th place with a strong performance. 

    The women continue their team dominance by easily winning the 1a-4a race, without the help of senior runner Kinga Parrish, who was taking the SAT. Mary Hodapp and Camille Terracina led the way with 2nd and 3rd place finishes, respectively. Lyla Senn, Sydney Osgood, Finola Thomas and Gabrielle Bliss all earned top 10 medalist honors, with Ellie Greff taking 14th and Veronica Hodapp taking 28th place. The Crusaders will be back in action August 31 in the Westlake Invitational. 
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  • Cross Country Action

    The Crusader Cross Country team began its season on August 18 in successful fashion. The three-time defending State Champion Lady Crusaders began their season where they left off in 2017. The Varsity 1 team of Camille Terracina, Mary Hodapp and Kinga Parrish dominated second place Goliad High School en route to the meet championship. The Lady Crusaders Varsity 2 team of Ellie Greff, Sydney Osgood and Cadence Layne finished 5th in the field of over 20 teams with a gutsy performance. The Junior Varsity team of Finola Thomas, Gabby Bliss and Veronica Hodapp put in a great performance, taking 4th overall.

    On the men's side, the Varsity 1 team of Jackson Long, Nathaniel Mahoney and Joe Lawler took second in a hotly contested race with state ranked UIL 5A Lockhart.
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  • Athletics News Week of August 13

    Volleyball Game on  KMAC Sports
    The Volleyball team will host St. Dominic Savio on Tuesday, August 21, for the first home game of the 2018 season at 6:00 p.m. in the Carter Athletic Center. If you can't make it to the game. KMAC Sports/VYPE Media will be broadcasting the game on their website. www.kmacsports.com.
     
    Football Scrimmage Cancelled
    The football scrimmage this Saturday, August 18, has been cancelled. The Crusaders will have a scrimmage against Austin Saints on Friday, August 24, at 6:00 p.m. at Crusader Stadium. 
     
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  • June

    Spring Football & Summer Update (By Coach Ben Ortiz)

    Spring football came to an end last Thursday. Collectively, we made a lot of progress. Your student-athletes have worked hard all spring at improving our team and progressing our program. I know we have many expectations for our student-athletes, but there are many rewards and benefits to expectation and accountability.

    Football is truly a commitment. Many colleges have visited this spring getting a chance to see our beautiful facilities and your wonderful young men. Everyone from Penn State to Dordt college have been our way (for more of a list, check our Facebook page). Even our alumni have stopped by to share words with their younger brothers in the program about what it means to be part of a team with a common goal. Our Head of School (Dr. Nichols) and Athletic Director (Mrs. Cunningham) have also been at practice to show their support of these student/ athletes and how much they mean to our school community. We have an amazing staff of coaches that have risen to the occasion all spring and are dedicated to the overall betterment of your sons and this program. I am grateful and honored to have such an amazing staff and school community to serve. Now let me give you some information about this summer.

    Football Games Are Won In The Off-Season!
     
    Strength and conditioning this summer will be held off site in view of all the construction happening on campus this summer. We are fortunate to have access to the amazing Hill Country Indoor Facility.

    Camp Dates are:
    • Week 1 -  June 4 -June 7
    • Week 2 - June 11 - June 14
    • Week 3 - June 18 - June 22
    • Week 4 - June 25 - June 29
    • Week 5 - July 9 - July 13
    • Week 6 - July 16 - July 19
    The camp will be a six-week program and will be Monday-Thursday. The camp is for incoming freshmen to seniors.There will be two sessions offered. 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Recommended for Football Players) and 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (recommended for all other sports - men's and women's). The cost of the camp is $400 dollars. 
     
    Links:
    I will be available at Hill Country Indoor on the first day of Camp (June 4) to answer questions. You can also email me anytime at bortiz@smca.com. You can also email questions directy to Rock Jaimes at rock@hillcountryindoor.com. 

    TAPPS 7 on 7 Tournament and Lineman Challenge (June 22 & 23)

    Location: All Saints Episcopal School, 9700 Saints Circle, Fort Worth 76108

    We will travel up sometime on the 21st of June and travel back after competition on the 23rd of June (more details to follow). I am attempting to have this as a sponsored event (cost of event, hotel rooms and travel). If you would like to contribute, please let me know. Any amount will be accepted but not expected.

    Please send me an email confirming whether or not your student/athlete will attend as room arrangements will be necessary. We would like  everyone to attend (freshman included) if possible but certainly understand summer schedules. Send me an email ASAP. I am also happy to answer any questions. bortiz@smca.com.
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  • May

    Champ Chat with Coach C: Featuring Kinga Parrish '19

    1) When did you begin your competitive running career and why?
    • After I had raced nationally for triathlons, I realized that running is something that came very naturally to me. I started competitive running in 7th grade at Regents. From there I competed during the summer and have continued to compete year-round since.  
    2) Was there any single moment or track meet where "the light bulb" went on and you realized "I can be pretty good at this?"
    • My parents always told me that I started walking very early when I was younger and that I seemed very athletic;  however, everything goes back to triathlons for me. I had many coaches, and after I won the first triathlon I had ever competed in, they all told me that I was a talented athlete and especially good at the running part in triathlons. Ever since then, I knew I was going to be a competitive runner, but I realized that I had the opportunity of competing on the collegiate level when I won my first state championship meet.  
    3) What other sports did you play when you were in elementary and middle school? When did you choose to concentrate on running?
    • The first sport I ever started playing was soccer when I was 3. I played soccer until I was 12. I was also a competitive triathlete and pole vaulter in middle school! I made the decision to concentrate on running alone in eighth grade because I knew that I had a shot in going far in this sport and I enjoyed it the most out of every sport I had played! 
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  • Champ Chat with Coach C: Brennan Foreman and Hannah Harrod

    1) When did you begin your competitive tennis career and why?

    Brennan: I began playing tennis at age 10, but I did not begin to play competitively until I was 12 years old, when I started at ATA. I decided to play competitive because I wanted to be like the older kids in the academy.
    Hannah: I started playing tennis at the age ten. When I was 11 years old I played my first competitive tournament and have been competing since then.  

    2) Was there any single moment or tournament where "the light bulb" went on and you realized "I can be pretty good at this?"

    Brennan: I remember one match, it was the finals of a champ major zone when I turned 15, if I won the match, I would reach super champ level, the highest level. It was in May and I remember the weather being super hot; I was drenched in sweat and the court was so hot. It was the last match on at the facility and I was just ready to be off the court. After three hours of fighting and running, I won the match. At this moment, I knew it was something I wanted to pursue.
    Hannah: There was never a light bulb moment for me. My junior tennis career has been like a color coaster ride with lots of ups and downs, but in the end it has been a blast.

    3) What other sports did you play when you were in elementary and middle school? When did you choose to concentrate on tennis?

    Brennan: In elementary and middle school, I was a soccer player. Soccer was my sport, and I thought I would be playing it the rest of my education through high school. When I was 14, as I was playing both tennis and soccer at the same time, I decided to move to only tennis because trying to play two competitive sports was too much.

    Hannah: I played soccer as a little girl, but then I really got into softball. My first softball tryouts I made the select 12 and under team. I played for 3-4 seasons, but I decided to only play tennis.  Then in 5th grade i tried playing volleyball, but i was put on the B team even though I was one of the stronger players. I’m pretty sure we lost every game and i couldn't handle my team always losing.
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  • Cross Country Meeting and Spring Athletics Banquet

    Cross Country Meeting on May 22
    For all returning cross country team members and anyone interested in running cross country, there will be a parents and athletes meeting on Tuesday, May 22, at 5:30 p.m .in the upstairs classroom in the Carter Athletic Center. Participatory expectations, summer training schedules and team goals with be discussed.  

    Spring Athletics Banquet on Wednesday, May 23
    The St. Michael's Catholic Academy Athletic Department is proud to host the the Spring Athletics Banquet that will take place in the Gloria Delgado Theatre on Wednesday, May 23. The banquet will begin at 6:00 p.n. and conclude at 8:00 p.m. The following sports will be recognized: Baseball, Men's Lacrosse, Women's Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf, and Track and Field.
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  • Summer & Fall Volleyball Signup/Practice

    SMCA Volleyball Camp June 25-28
    This camp is VERY ENCOURAGED for ALL incoming 9th-12th graders planning on trying out for the team in the fall. In the past I did not encourage our Varsity level players to attend, but it is much needed this summer due to our limited time in the gym. We will focus on Team Training and individual skills.  
     
    6th-9th grade 9:00AM-12:00PM Cost: $180
    9th-12th grade 12:30AM-3:00PM Cost: $150
    **Incoming 9th graders are encouraged to sign-up for both sessions for a reduced rate of $250
    This camp is open to all schools, but I will hold spots for SMCA players until June 5.
     
    Please send checks to:
    Sarah Silvernail
    Email me directly with any questions.






    It is hard to believe that three months from now we will be starting our 2018 High School Volleyball season. The work you put in over the summer is critical not only to our success as a program but in preparing you for year-long success in other sports you choose to compete in.

    This will be my 7th season as the Head Coach for of SMCA Volleyball Program. I am very lucky to have 6 Seniors that will be leading our way to another successful year. I have listed some important information regarding this summer and the fall schedule.
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  • Champ Chat with Coach C: Featuring Ted Beiter

    When did you begin your competitive swimming career and why?
    I began my swimming career when I was 8 on a summer swim team. My parents thought it would be a good way to spend the summer and try out a new sport.

    Was there any single moment or race where "the light bulb" went on and you realized "I can be pretty good at this?"
    Honestly there wasn’t. I always remember being one of the best swimmers in my age group.

    What other sports did you play when you were in elementary and middle school? When did you choose to concentrate on swimming?
    At St. Gabriel's I played basketball, soccer and ran track up until 6th grade. By 7th grade I was only focusing on swimming.

    I'm sure you've endured your fair share of "I don't even drive that far every day" wise cracks. During a peak volume training phase, how many yards a day or week would you actually swim?
    A typical practice for me was 3000-5000 meters. Last year, we swam 20x200s freestyle every Wednesday morning for about three months.
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  • Track & Field State Championship (By Coach Cunningham)

    The Crusader Track teams concluded a successful season at the TAPPs State Championships held 5/4-5/518.  Both teams finished 7th overall out of 33 boys’ schools and 34 girls’ schools in the final 5A rankings.

    On the girls’ side, Kinga Parrish decisively defended her 800m state championship in winning the 2018 edition by over 20 meters in a time of 2:19.3. Mary Hodapp also took home the bronze medal in the 3200m run in a gritty season best performance of 12:00.6. Freshman Kiele Shultz had a sparkling performance as she set a personal best of 9'0" in the pole vault just missing out on state medalist honors in 4th place.  
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  • April

    Celebrating Women's Lacrosse - 5th Consecutive District Win! (By Coach Caitlin Fegley)

    After District play, St. Michael's came away with a record-breaking total of 11 awards! We had another All-American named AND an Academic All-American chosen (only three athletes are chosen for each award from the entire district!).

    The following Varsity players who were just named All-District, All-State, Academic All-American and All-American award recipients.

    ALL-AMERICAN
    (Best three players from the Central District. They exhibit superior skills and techniques, posses exceptional game sense and knowledge, and embody good sportsmanship. Although not required, strong consideration is given for players who have received All-State, All-County, or All-District team in current or previous seasons. Furthermore, players should be on varsity, play the majority of the teams' games, be a significant contributor, be of outstanding character and be in good academic standing in their school.)
    • #4 Gabi Pulsifer
    ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN
    (A US Lacrosse All-Academic honoree is a player who exhibits exemplary lacrosse skills, good sportsmanship on the field, and represents high standards of academic achievement in the classroom (must hold a 3.7 GPA or higher). Only three players are chosen from the Central District.)
    • #2 Lyla Senn
    ALL-STATE
    (Each District Varsity Division selects 12 players who represent the “best of the best" in the district, by position. The 12 players shall be comprised of three attack players, five midfield players, three defense players, and one goalie.)
    • #12 Adri Sotelo (Attack)
    • #4 Gabi Pulsifer (Midfield)
    • #21 Lizzie Rogers (Defense)
    ALL-DISTRICT
    • #2 Lyla Senn
    • #15 Hannah Morgan
    • #23 Molly Pitts
    • #3 Pendo Mugofwa
    • #1 Sydney Schiro
    • #11 Anna Batchik
    CONGRATS, ladies, and Go, Crusaders!
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  • St. Michael’s Tennis Doubles Team Wins Fourth Consecutive State Championship

    The St. Michael's Catholic Academy women's doubles tennis team of Hannah Harrod and Brennan Foreman won the TAPPS 5A State Championship on Tuesday, April 17, at Waco Regional Tennis Center.

    The duo has won four consecutive state doubles championships in the 4A and 5A division, while also leading their team to three team state championship titles. They are the first athletes in St. Michael's 34-year history to accomplish four consecutive state titles. They were also named among “The Fab 50: our choices for the top high school athletes of 2016-17” by the Austin American-Statesman.

    Harrod and Foreman defeated a team from Tyler All Saints, 6-3, 6-1 in Tuesday's finals. Along with teammates Rachel Thweatt and Sofia Rangel Medina, the team finished with a strong third place in this year’s tournament.
    Harrod and Foreman have both signed to play at the collegiate level. Harrod has signed with George Mason University and Foreman will play at Cal Lutheran.
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  • Spring Football Important Dates

    Practice Dates
    • Monday, May 7 – Thursday, May 10
    • Monday, May 14 - Thursday, May 17
    • Monday, May 21 – Thursday, May 24
    There will be no Spring Game. We will simply use this practice time to improve on fundamentals. Parents are welcome to attend any and all practice times.

    Practice Times

    4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Players will be off the field by 6:30 p.m. each day 

    Questions? Please email Kevin Steen: ksteen@smca.com
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  • Track and Field Season Update (By Coach Angelique Cunningham)

    The 2018 track and field season is well under way for the St. Michael's Crusaders.  The women's team is led in the long sprints by Juniors Sidney Kaliher and Kinga Parrish. Kaliher has the #13 200m dash time in the state at 27.84 and Parrish has the #8 400m time in the state at 61.8 seconds.  Parrish, Mary Hodapp, JT Thompson and Danielle Escutia currently have the #3 time in the State in the 4 x 400m relay as well.  The Lady Crusaders flexed their muscle in the distance races as defending State champion Parrish tops the state rankings in the 800m dash at 2:21 with Mary Hodapp following in 4th. Hodapp and Parrish are currently ranked #1 and #2 in TAPPS 5A in the 1600m run as well. 
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  • March

    Varsity Tennis Team Hosts First Home Match of Season

    With the rainy weather giving way, the Crusader Tennis Team played its first home match against Veritas Academy on Friday, March 9. Isa Martinez started the Crusaders off with a win in a tight singles match. Grace May and Olivia Lovelady both played challenging singles matches, just being edged out by their opponents. The women's doubles teams were able to sweep Veritas!  Riley Todd and Allison Vilas, Rachel Thweatt and Sofia Rangel-Medina, and Olivia Lovelady and Isa Martinez all took home definitive wins for the Crusaders. 
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  • Winter Athletics Banquet This Sunday

    The St. Michael’s Athletic Department is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of SMCA Winter Sports teams as we host the Winter Athletics Banquet this Sunday, March 25, in the Gloria Delgado Theatre from 4 :00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. We will celebrate individual and team accomplishments of Swim, Men's Basketball, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer and Women's Basketball. Athletes are to be in Mass dress (no jeans). Attendance by athletes is expected. Any family, friends, and fans are welcome to attend the ceremony. Hope to see everyone there! 
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  • Women's Lacrosse Defeats Georgetown

    On Tuesday, March 20, women's lacrosse defeated Georgetown. The Lady Crusaders had a 10-4 led at half and outscored Georgetown 10-0 in the second half to take home the 20-4 victory. The three top scorers were Adri Sotelo with 7 goals, Lyla Senn with 6 goals and Molly Pitts with 3 goals. The Lady Crusaders had assists from Molly Pitts, Adri Sotelo, Hannah Morgan, Lyla Senn, Laura Stoicoviciu, Camille Franklin, and Elena Meigs. The defense, along with Goalkeeper Camille Mclemore, only allowed 4 goals.
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  • Girls Lacrosse off to a Strong Season

    The St. Michael's Catholic Academy Girls Lacrosse team defeated Vandergrift 15-7 on Wednesday, March 7th in their last game before spring break. The Seven Consecutive District Champ Lady Crusaders head into spring break with a 7-1 record with victories over Knitros, Westwood, Austin, McNeil, Lake Travis, Stony Point and Vandegrift. The Lady Crusaders are led by seniors Adri Sotelo, Molly Pitts, Hannah Morgan, Pendo Mugofwa, Gabi Pulsifer, Anna Batchik,Grace Lawler and Lizzie Rogers. Juniors Bella Marco, Sydney Schiro, Lyla Senn and Laura Stoicoviciu. Sophomores  Camille Franklin, Theresa Martinez, Elena Meigs, Camille McLemore, Isabella Oballo, Caroline Sicuro and Alexcia Zeller.  The Lady Crusaders are geared up to make another run in the TGHSLL Division I. 

    The Lady Crusaders are back in action on Tuesday, March 20th against Georgetown at Georgetown High School at 7:30.  

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  • February

    Golf Finishes First at Lago Vista Invitational

    On Monday, February 19, St. Michael's Golf teams competed in the Lago Vista Golf Invitational. The Men's team took 1st place overall; Dan Cervoski took 1st place individually, while Brace Ryan finish second individually. On the women's team, Isabella Garcia took 1st overall, and Taylor Hurd took 3rd. It was a great day for the Crusaders on the green. 

    The Men's team will be back in action on Monday, February 26, as they compete in the Blanco Boys Golf Tournament. 
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  • Men's Lacrosse Victorious Over Gateway and Rouse

    On Saturday, February 17. Men's Lacrosse traveled to Georgetown to play Gateway College Prep. The Crusaders end the day victorious over Gateway Prep 13-12.  The Crusaders were led by Hunter Rogers and Dylan Brucker, each scoring 5 goals. Connor Mahon, Jack Sherwood and Race Pulsifer also scored a goal each. 

    On Wednesday, February 21, The Crusaders took on Rouse High School and won 13-7 over the Raiders. Hunter Rogers, Lane Kilbride, Dylan Brucker, and Jack Sherwood all scored 3 goals each. 

    The Crusaders are now 5-1 on the season and will be back in action on Wednesday, March 7, against McNeil High School at McNeil at 7:00 p.m. 
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  • Tennis Season Opens on a Strong Note

    The St. Michael's Tennis Team traveled to Wimberley High School for their first match of the season. The men's doubles team of Thomas Suffoletta and Ryan Polk pulled out a win against a strong seasoned team. Brothers Jack and Nick Nichols had a strong showing in their first match together. Singles players Anthony Ortegon, Jack DeRoeck and Chris Marco all had definitive wins. Doak Henderson, Chase Boykin and Cameron French had competitive singles matches, but were just edged out by the Texans. 
     
    The women's doubles team of Rachel Thweatt and Sofia Rangel-Medina dominated with two big match wins. Grace May, in her first tournament as a Crusader, played a tough singles match against a worthy opponent. Olivia Lovelady, Isa Martinez, Allison Vilas and Riley Todd were strong competitors in their singles matches. Martinez and Lovelady played an exciting doubles match to end the evening.

    Our mixed doubles exhibition match with Brennan Foreman and Jack Nichols paired two Super Champs together for a dominating performance. 

    It was a great afternoon of tennis at Wimberley High School. Go Crusaders!
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  • Winter Sports Roundup (By Angelique Cunningham, Athletic Director)

    Dear SMCA Athletics Family!
     
    What a winter sports season! As we close out our winter sports season and march toward the spring, I believe I share our entire community's excitement with the successes of our fantastic young men and women on the both the courts and fields.

    Heading into the playoff "season" it is fair to say that SMCA flexed its competitive muscle by taking District team championships in women's and men's basketball and in women's soccer. Those three teams went a collective 15-3 in roaring through district play. Our fabulous women's soccer team concluded its fantastic season this week with a hard fought playoff game versus a powerful Fort Worth All Saints. Congratulations, ladies, on representing SMCA in such wonderful fashion!
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  • Baseball Team Volunteers Go to Bat for Special Olympics

    On Saturday, February 4, the Baseball team volunteered at Westgate Lanes for the Special Olympics Bowling Competition. The baseball players served as lane assistants - assisting the athletes competing on a lane, being part manager (making sure the participants bowl in the correct order and making sure they stay on schedule by keeping the momentum going) and part cheerleader.

    Luke Andrews said, “While volunteering at Special Olympics, I had many positive experiences helping others, and have made many friendships with the athletes. My guys were super smart and skilled!” There were lots of smiles, cheering and high fives shared with the participants. Great job giving back to the community!
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  • Women's Basketball Captures District Title

    On Friday, February 2, the Women's Basketball team defeated St. Dominic Savio 56-32. The Lady Crusaders jumped out to a 33-15 lead against the the Lady Eagles and then coasted to the 24 point victory. Anna Batchik led the team with 24 points while Gabi Pulsifer had 11 points.
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  • Women's Soccer Clinches District Championship

    On Friday, February 2, it was Senior Night for the Lady Crusaders Soccer Team against district opponent St. Dominic Savio. Before the game, St. Michael's Community honored our five seniors, Danielle Escutia, Caroline Keyes, Hannah Morgan, Elizabeth Rogers and Kristen Walton.
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  • Basketball Teams Notch Two More District Wins

    On January 26, the St. Michael's Women's and Men's Basketball team traveled down the road to play district rival Regents.

    In the first varsity game of the night, the Lady Crusaders jumped out to a 31-17 start in the first half and then continued to coast a 73-29 win against the Lady Knights. Senior Captain Anna Batchik led the Lady Crusaders with 21 points while fellow Senior Captain Gabi Pulsifer contributed with 16 points. 

    In the second varsity game of the night, the Crusaders and the Knights were in a tight contest game all game, with the Crusaders trailing 24-23 against the Knights at half. After the first quarter, key three points and free throws in the fourth quarter sealed the 49-46 victory for the Crusaders. Senior Matt Everett led the Crusaders with 14 points while junior guard Augie Watkins contributed with 12 points. 

    On January 30, The St. Michael's Women's and Men's Basketball team hosted Hyde Park on Future Crusader Night. The Lady Crusaders jumped out to a 30-12 lead against the Lady Panthers at half. Lady Panthers made a comeback in the second half, but the Lady Crusaders held on to a 49-41 victory. Batchik led the team with 28 points and Alexis Threadgill had 9 points. The Lady Crusaders are currently in first place in district.
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  • Swim Team Competes in Division II Central Texas Regional

    On January 24, the St. Michael's Men's and Women's Swim Teams competed in the TAPPS Division II Central Texas Regional Swim Meet at Josh Davis Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas. 

    For the Crusaders, Junior Joshua Bannon finished first in the 200 IM with a time of 1.59,88 and finished second in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1.01,42 behind fellow teammate Senior Ted Beiter who finished first with a time of 1.00,34. Ted finished third in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 49.95. Joshua and Ted advance to the State meet in their respective individual meets and look to set TAPPS records there.

    Junior Jacob Pratt finished sixth in the 200 Freestyle at 2.18.17 qualifying for State. The Crusaders also qualified for State in two relays. The 200 medley relay finished fourth with a time of 1:58,18 (Michael Cotton, Ted Beiter, Joshua Bannon, Jacob Pratt) and the Men's 400 Freestyle relay finished second with a time of 3:51, 64 (Jacob Pratt, Austin Obermeyer, Joshua Bannon, Ted Beiter).

    For the Lady Crusaders, Madison McKenzie finished seventh and qualified for State in the 100 Breastroke with a time of 1.31,61. 

    Congratulations to all the swimmers who qualified to go to the TAPPS Division II State Championship in Mansfield, Texas on February 8. 

    Go, Crusaders!
     
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  • Women's Soccer Sweeps Regents

    On Friday, January 26, Women’s Varsity Soccer beat Regents 3-0. In the third minute of the first half Kristen Walton scored. Then, soon after, Caroline Brutocao scored in the fifth minute off of a corner from Jessica Mikell. The score was 2-0 at halftime. In the Second half Caroline Brutocao passed to Jessica Mikell in the 39th minute, who found the back of the net, leaving the final score of the game 3-0.

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  • January

    Basketball Victorious in District Opener against St. Dominic Savio

    On January 23, the St. Michael's Women's and Men's Basketball team opened district play against St. Dominic Savio at the Carter Athletic Center. 

    In the first varsity game of the night, the Lady Crusaders jumped out to a 29-7 start in the first quarter and then continue to coast a 73-19 win against the Lady Eagles. Senior Captain Anna Batchik led the Lady Crusaders with 25 points while freshmen post Alexis Threadgill contributed with 22 points. The Lady Crusaders are now 19-6 on the season and 1-0 in district play.
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  • Soccer Victorious Against Hyde Park

    On January 19, the Men's and Women's Soccer teams played their second district game of the season against Hyde Park at Crusader Stadium. 

    In the first game of the evening, the Men's Soccer team defeated Hyde Park in shoot-outs to earn their first district victory of the season. The game was tied 3-3 at the end of regulation with two goals by Zach Sommers and one by Jack Cisneros. In the shoot-out, the Crusaders and Panthers went 8 shooters each with St. Michael's edging Hyde Park 7-6 in the count. The Crusaders are 4-6-1 on the season and 1-1 in district play.

    In the second half of the evening, the Women's Soccer team defeated Hyde Park 3-1.
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  • Women's Soccer Competes Well in Blue Bell Tournament

    On January 4 - 6, the St. Michael's Women's Soccer team competed in the Blue Bell Invitational in Brenham. The first game played was against Denton Ryan, which was their hardest match of the tournament. The Lady Crusaders lost 2-1 in a very intense game. Jessica Mikell scored in the 29th minute of the second half tying up the game, with the assist of Caroline Brutocao.

    The Lady Crusaders won the second game 6-1 against CC Carroll. Roberta Gonzalez scored in the 1st minute, followed by Danielle Escutia scoring in the 5th minute. Jessica Mikell scored in the 8th minute. Then, Caroline Brutocao scored at the 20 minute mark, off an assist from Jessica Mikell. Sophia Linn scored the fifth goal of the first half in the 38th minute. The second half Hannah Morgan had the last goal at the 8th minute.
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