February 14-16, all six Winter athletic teams traveled to Fort Worth to compete in the Winter SPC Championships.
Cyclone grapplers ended a great season with many highlights in the old round gym at Fort Worth Country Day on Saturday. The SPC Championships brought the best out of us. At 106 pounds, Freshman Jonah Craine wrestled his way into the SPC finals. Senior Brandon Burke has been on a winning streak for the last three weeks and narrowly missed the championship finals yet placed third at 120 pounds. For the second year in a row, Junior Parker Gwin was a finalist. Senior Kian Steppe finished his career as a State medalist, All-SPC and 2-time honorable mention 132 pounder placing fourth at SPC. At 138 pounds, Senior Brooks Talton tallied 13 team points and placed 3rd for the second year in a row. Junior 145-pound hammer Will Dumigan made his third trip to the finals in as many years. Will is now a one-time champion and 3-time SPC finalist and 3-time All-SPC, State Championship finalist and 2-time state placer. Sophomore Pearce Wade battled valiantly at 152 pounds and has improved greatly through the season. Pearce will be in the hunt for honors next year! Sophomore Brennan Wade scored 11 team points on his way to a fourth place finish. His two bonus point wins by pin were huge. At 182 pounds the first-time SPC competitor and first-year wrestler entered the finals by disqualification after an illegal slam by another wrestler in the semifinals. Senior Jack Barrett at 195 pounds scored 7 seven points and landed in third for the second time in his career.
Returning SPC Champion Senior Nick Armoudian did it again! This year he won the championship over the No. 3 seed and also beat the reigning, nationally ranked state champion from St. John’s. So far Nick is a national qualifier, 2-time state medalist, 2-time SPC champion and 3-time SPC finalist. Nick will travel to Lehigh University next week to compete against the best for All-American Honors. If done, Nick will be the first Casady All-American in the sport of wrestling since 2003.
Often in wrestling, the last match determines the team winner. That responsibility almost always falls upon the heavy weights. The weight class ranges from 223 pounds up to a max of 285 pounds. This year at SPC Casady's overall finish rested in the hands of Sophomore C.J. Little. Casady was in fourth place before the final match of the tournament and St. Mark’s had a four-point lead. hat last match was CJ vs. Sam Eluemunoh of St. Mark’s, and C.J. got it done! He needed a win plus bonus points and with 1:15 left in the second period C.J. finished him. Casady finished third by one point!
Boys' Soccer headed to SPC as the #2 seed, which meant the Cyclones would have a very important first-round bye. However, what laid ahead for the Cyclones were three games against the top teams from the south... #3 St. John's, #1 Houston Episcopal, and #2 Kinkaid.
The tournament opened with Casady v St. John's. The Cyclones proved the better team on this meeting with a comfortable 2-0 win. Goals came from Brock Barrett and Alex Angeles… two of our up and coming freshmen.
Next was the semifinal against the mighty EHS who is undefeated in four years, 3-time SPC champion, and the team that beat us in the championship the previous year. The Cyclones were ready. The conditions were a little chilly with a sustained 15mph wind, which we took the first half. In my opinion these were the best two teams in the tournament. For 36 minutes, the game was fairly even, with the Cyclones perhaps even having an edge, 60/40 in EHS's half and with the better scoring chances. Alex Angeles put one over the bar from six yards out and Junior Luke Foster missed a header from a set piece delivered by Junior Heath Stanfield by less than a foot. We were soooo close to scoring! With five minutes left in the first half, EHS counter attacked and got their first goal. Two minutes later, there was another counter and another goal, absolutely devastating for the Cyclones to compete and play so well but to be down 0-2 at the break. It would have been easy to quit, but the boys did just the opposite. They fought the wind and EHS, and held them scoreless for more than 30 minutes, until EHS’s best player set up their third goal from a very nice individual effort to end with 3-0 defeat for Casady to the eventual 4-time champs. The teams appeared pretty even except for a 5-minute spell where EHS's quality was too much. It was a tremendous effort by the Cyclones. We felt we gave it all.
Finally, the third place game was against a very tough Kinkaid. Both teams fought hard in another pretty even match, which deservingly ended 1-1. Junior Yair Rojo had the goal for the Cyclones. Freshman Goalkeeper Luis Lopez dazzled onlookers with several amazing saves to keep things tight. Both teams agreed to skip overtime and go straight to penalty kicks, where Kinkaid got the victory.
As the season wrapped up, the coaches are EXTREMELY proud of the work the players put in this season, and the quality they produced on the field. Although we came up a little short this year, we know what it takes and will be back next season! We were finalists last year and semifinalists this year...NOW IT'S TIME TO WIN IT!
The team was ready for the challenge against Houston Christian in the first round. The warm up was upbeat, and the girls seemed prepared for the match up. We started the game strong, and we played well for the most part, but Houston Christian scored 10 minutes into the game. After they scored we picked up our play and created several scoring opportunities. Sophomore Abbey Kays was able to dribble past her defender and scored from distance to make it 1-1 at half time. In the second half the Cyclones y dominated play but couldn’t score. The game ended tied 1-1, ultimately sending us to two overtimes with 10 mins halves before going into penalty kicks. We lost in PKs. It was not the result we wanted since we outplayed our competition, but it wasn’t our day.
Cyclones had a slow start to the game against Oakridge. I’m guessing the the team was mentally and physically exhausted from a very long game the night before. We still played well enough and controlled most of the game. Sophomore Sydney Geiger scored 15 minutes into the game. We played well into the second half but had a span of 3-5 mins where we dropped our level when we just weren’t sharp enough and let two goals go in with only about 10 mins left in the game. It was a devastating end to the season. We proved we were the better team in both competitions but just couldn’t either game with a win. I am still extremely pleased with the season as a whole.
The varsity boys’ basketball team finished 2-1 at the SPC tournament. After losing their opening game to Kinkaid in overtime the Cyclones responded with a pair of wins on Friday and Saturday to claim the consolation championship.
Thursday night's opening round game was dominated by Casady in the first half, as the Cyclones outscored Kinkaid 16-8 in the second quarter to take a 30-20 half time lead. The Falcons battled back, tying the game at 44-44 and forcing overtime. Casady had the ball and a chance to win it in overtime, but the shot fell short, and Kinkaid claimed a 54-53 win. Sophomore PJ Mitchell-Johnson led all scorers in the game with 27 points, while Sophomore DJ Freeman added 11 points, and Junior Dylan Vasan finished with five.
On Friday, the Cyclones led from start to finish over Austin St. Stephen's en route to a 60-43 victory. This win displayed the team's growth over the season, as they narrowly beat the Spartans 66-63 earlier in the year. DJ Freeman led all scorers with 19 points in the game, while Senior Dillard Bowie and PJ Mitchell-Johnson both finished with 10 points.
Saturday proved to be another dominant performance for Casady, as they topped the South’s #3 seed, Houston St. John's, 56-35 in the SPC Consolation Championship game. The Cyclones raced out to a 21-9 first quarter lead and never looked back. Casady's defense continued to smother the Mavericks throughout the game, as they never totaled more than nine points in a single quarter. DJ Freeman led the way again with 15 points, while Dillard Bowie and PJ Mitchell-Johnson had 10 points apiece.
For the season, the Cyclones finished with a 25-10 record and totaled six SPC wins after going 17-13 last year with just one SPC win.
We had a great SPC showing.
The opening game against St. Andrew’s went all the way down to the wire ultimately resulting in a 30-33 loss to St. Andrew’s. The girls gave it everything they had. Sophomore Jordyn Turner had 15 points, Sophomore Zhanice Crawford had 6 points, Senior Jade Gonzales had 4 points, Sophomores Sophia Armoudian and Sophia Mathis each had 2 points, while Sophomore Lauren Williams had 1 point.
The Cyclones came back and won the next two games, 39-35 against Oakridge and 49-27 against John Cooper, to win the consolation bracket. In the Oakridge game Jordyn Turner had 22 points, Lauren Williams had 9 points, Junior Kendall Terry had 4 points, and Jade Gonzales and Senior Hallie Reiger each had 2 points. In the game vs John Cooper, Lauren Williams had 16 points, Jordyn Turner had 15 points, Jade Gonzales had 10 points, Senior Ruby Berryman had 6 points, and Sophomore Sydney Sofola and Sophia Armoudian each had 2 points.
All of the games were very exciting, and I will say the girls left it all on the court. The teamwork was amazing. The seniors went out with a bang. Winning 2 of 3 first visit in 4 years speaks volumes of where the team is headed. We will be SPC bound for years to come.
Girls 200 Medley Relay - 11th place
Sarah Anderson - 15th 200 Individual Medley, 15th 100 Breaststroke
Sophia Hellman - 22nd 50 Freestyle, 17th 100 Breaststroke
Anna Ungvari - 30th 50 Freestyle, 30th 100 Freestyle
Abby Fakhoury - 39th 50 Freestyle
Sam Jung - 16th 200 Freestyle, 17th 100 Backstroke
Teddy Jacobsen - 30th 50 freestyle, 16th 100 Butterfly
Jack Naifeh - 36th 50 freestyle, 35th 100 freestyle
John Tolbert - 44th 50 Freestyle
Kyler Scoville - 46th 50 Freestyle
Eddy Lu - 14th 100 Butterfly, 13th 500 Freestyle