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Dragon Golfer Takes First at Invitational With Extraordinary Showing

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – The John Cooper School’s Dragon golfer Tillie Claggett earned an impressive first place win at the prestigious St. John’s Invitational. The following includes updates on Dragon Spring season sports.

Tillie CLAGGETT The John Cooper School Golf 2022 St. John’s Invitational
PHOTO: Tillie Claggett, a senior at The John Cooper School, took first place at the St. John’s Invitational


  • 2/21-22 at St. John’s Invitational
    • Tillie Claggett • 1st place

“Tillie Claggett won the prestigious St. John’s Invitational,” said Coach Rod Gold. “Day 1 she shot a 69 at BlackJack National and Day 2 she shot a 66 at Westwood Golf Club for a two-day total of 135, winning by 17 strokes.”

“It was the most dominating performance I have witnessed in any sport at any level. She was competing against the top competition in Texas, including public and private schools. She was in total control of her game over the two days, which was played in extremely tough conditions, including gusting winds at 40 miles an hour. Absolutely phenomenal. Congratulations, Tillie!”

  • 2/22-23 at Kinkaid Invitational
    • Boys Team • 7th place
    • Carson Berger shot 83 • 9th place medalist
  • Girls Team • 7th place
    • Darcy Wright • 3rd place medalist




Next up for Dragon Golf:

  • 3/6-7 at St. John’s Invitational, Wolfdancer Golf Club
  • 3/29 hosting John Cooper Invitational


  • 2/26 at The Woodlands High School Invitational • canceled
  • 2/25-26 at Dick Phillips Relays at Episcopal High School
    • Girls 7th place • Boys 3rd place

“After a last-minute cancellation at The Woodlands High School, we were able to get all those athletes into the Dick Phillips Relays hosted by Episcopal High School,” said Coach Scott Holland. “Conditions were not the best. However, we did get some solid performances.”

The Girls Team finished 7th

  • Sienna Williams • 2nd 100m Hurdles & 300m Hurdles
  • Milla Signorelli • 2nd Pole Vault
  • Alexis Seymour • 3rd 300m Hurdles & 5th 100m Hurdles
  • Mobis Bassir • 4th Triple Jump
  • Elisa Ferber • 5th 300m Hurdles & 6th 100m Hurdles
  • Abby Mendenhall • 5th 800m
  • Onese Ewherido • 7th 200m
  • Bailey Leavitt • 7th 400m
  • Alyssa Kuang • 7th High Jump
  • Annabelle Boyd • 7th Shot Put & 8th Discus




The Boys Team finished 3rd

  • Connor Dove • 1st Shot Put
  • Tanure Ewherido • 1st 400m
  • Amir Rizvi • 2nd 110m Hurdles
  • 4X100m Relay 3rd – Ryan Cockrill, Connor Dove, Daniel Schlichter & Jean-Paul Labbe
  • Vishnu Swaminathan • 3rd 3200m
  • Jean-Paul Labbe • 3rd 100m
  • Adam Elsolh • 4th 400m
  • Aditya Pakal • 4th 3200m
  • Andrew Wilkerson • 4th 800m
  • Michael Stupek • 4th 300m Hurdles & 6th 110m Hurdles
  • Matthew Rock • 4th Triple Jump & 7th Long Jump
  • Grey Mendenhall • 5th 3200m
  • Alex Everson • 6th 800m

“Next week we will field a full team at St. John’s Maverick Relays,” continued Coach Holland. “A smaller group will compete at the Crusader Relays at Concordia Lutheran. Hoping for better weather so we can get a good look at our progress so far this season.”

Next up for Dragon Track & Field:

  • 3/3 at Crusader Relays, Concordia Lutheran March 4-5 at St. John’s Maverick Relays
  • 3/10 at Dog Pound Invitational, Magnolia High School
  • 3/10 at Raevyn Rogers Invitational, Kinkaid





  • 2/24-26 at Rosehill Tournament
    • vs. St. John’s 23 • 9-1 L
    • vs. Cypress • 6-5 L

Next up for Dragon Baseball:

  • 3/3-5 at St Pius/St. Thomas Tournament
  • 3/8 vs Concordia Lutheran, 7 p.m.
  • 3/10 vs Houston Power, 6 p.m.


  • 2/24-26 at Fort Bend Christian Academy Tournament

vs. Tidehaven High School 6-2 L

“Dragons ripped one home run on the day courtesy of Ella Howard in the fifth inning,” said Coach Nicole Hedden. “Cooper totaled six hits in the game. Bella Tamayo and Leah Ruckman led with two hits each.”

vs. Van Vleck HS 16-1 L

“The Dragons struggled to hold off Van Vleck’s offense, giving up 16 runs,” said Coach Hedden. “Bella Tamayo doubled on a 2-1 count, scoring one run in the first inning. Leah Ruckman, Ella Howard, and Tamayo led the Dragons with one hit each.”




vs. Incarnate Word 10-9 W

“Dragons collected nine hits with Leah Ruckman and Sydney Kelly leading with two hits each,” commented Coach Hedden. “The Dragons scored six runs in the second inning. Sydney Kelly, Grace Minarovic, Bella Tamayo, and Leah Ruckman, led the offense with RBIs in the inning.”

“The Saturday tournament games were canceled due to weather. It was a very cold two days! The Dragons did some great things! I am looking forward to this week‘s games!”

Next up for Dragon Softball:

  • 3/3 at Incarnate Word, Memorial Park Softball Field
  • 3/4 vs. Second Baptist, 5 p.m.
  • 3/8 at Concordia Lutheran, 4:30 p.m.
  • 3/9 vs. St. Francis Episcopal School, 5 p.m.
  • 3/10 vs. Northland Christian School, 4:30 p.m.





Next up for Dragon Tennis:

  • 3/28 at St. Agnes (girls team)
  • 3/4-5 at TTC Private School Championships
  • 3/8 vs. Kinkaid*, 4 p.m.
  • 3/10 at Awty International, 4 p.m.
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