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Dragons Set Records, Produce Champions during Conference Championships

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – The John Cooper School’s varsity boys tennis team earns the school’s first SPC championship, plus updates on track & field, golf, baseball, and softball.

John Cooper School Dragon Boys Varsity Tennis 2022 SPC Champion
PHOTO: Dragon boys tennis team earns school’s first SPC championship


  • BOYS at SPC Championships, 4/28-30
    • opening round vs. Fort Worth Country Day • 5-0 W
    • vs. Greenhill • 3-2 W
    • semifinal vs. Kinkaid • 4-1 W
    • championship game vs. St. John’s • 3-2 W

“The boys won the school’s first-ever SPC championship,” said Coach Jill DelRio. “I am so proud of their efforts as they upset highly-ranked Greenhill and Kinkaid to get to the championship game. Sophomore Mahi Khurana, junior Theo Nemeth, and juniors Parker Gregory had great singles matches to clinch it!”




  • GIRLS at SPC Championships, 4/28-30
    • vs. first round winner, St. Stephen’s • 5-0 W
    • semifinal vs. Greenhill • 3-2 L
    • consolation for third place vs. Awty International • 3-2 L SPC FOURTH PLACE

“The girls easily won their first match of SPC against Fort Worth Country Day as they were the second seed in the south,” said Coach Jill DelRio. “Their second match was against the number one seed in the north and they fell short, but Erika Olson had a spectacular nail-biting match against Greenhill’s senior number one singles player. Erika took her to three sets after losing the first set, but her determination won her the match!”


Championships Yield Dragon Individual Champions and All SPC honors

  • 4/29-30 SPC Championships at Awty International

Boys 3rd place • Girls 9th place

The Cooper Track & Field Teams completed their season this weekend at the SPC Championship meet held at Awty International School.

The teams competed well grabbing several All-SPC honors and Champions. The girls team finished in 9th place in a field of 15 teams, while the boys teams finished in 3rd place, just 21 points behind the second-place team.

“I am so proud of the boys team’s third-place finish-we had three SPC champions and some extra All-SPC athletes,” Cooper Head Coach Scott Holland said. “It was a great meet and a great season. I am so proud of these athletes!”




All-SPC Honors (Top-3 Finish in respective event)

  • Nico Signorelli – Boys Pole Vault –CHAMPION (14’6)
  • Julianne Hon – Girls Pole Vault –CHAMPION (PR-School Record 10’6”)
  • Boys 4X800m Relay – CHAMPIONS – Vishnu Swaminathan, Carson Hanson, Adam Elsolh, Drew Wilkerson
  • Connor Dove – Boys Shot Put – 2nd Place (PR)
  • Vishnu Swaminathan – 1600m –3rd place
  • Boys 4X400m Relay – 3rd place
  • Tanure Ewherido, Drew Wilkerson, Carson Hanson, Amir Rizvi

Also Scoring Points for Cooper (Top-8 Finish in respective event)

  • Drew Wilkerson – 800m – 7th place
  • Carson Hanson – 800m – 8th place
  • Vishnu Swaminathan – 1600m –3rd place
  • Grey Mendenhall – 1600m – 8th place
  • Grey Mendenhall – Boys 3200m – 5th place
  • Aditya Pakal – Boys 3200m – 8th place
  • Megan Day – Girls 3200m – 8th place (PR)
  • Amir Rizvi – Boys 110m hurdles – 7th place
  • Sienna Williams – Girls 100m hurdles –4th Place
  • Amir Rizvi – Boys 300m hurdles –5th place
  • Sienna Williams – Girls 300m hurdles – 5th place




  • Boys 4x100m Relay – 7th place – Ryan Cockrill, Connor Dove, Daniel Schlichter, Tanure Ewherido
  • Girls 4X400m Relay – 5th Place – Onese Ewherido, Milla Signorelli, Sienna Williams, Bailey Leavitt
  • Girls 4X800m Relay – 6th Place – Abby Mendenhall, Milla Signorelli, Amber Navarra, Chloe Smith
  • Connor Dove – Boys Discus –8th place
  • Daniel Schlichter – Boys Long Jump – 6th Place
  • Milla Signorelli – Girls Pole Vault –8th place (PR)

Setting Personal Bests (PR) in their final meet of the season:

  • Connor Dove – 100m Shot Put
  • Adam Elsolh – 400m
  • Amber Navarra – 1600m
  • Megan Day – 3200m
  • Michael Stupek – 110m H
  • Sienna Williams – 100m H
  • Alexis Seymour – 330m H / 100m H
  • Milla Signorelli – PV
  • Julian Hon – PV (School Record 10’6”)
  • Daniel Schlichter – 200m
  • Mobis Bassir – Triple Jump





SPC Champion Claggett Breaks Conference Two-Day Total Record

  • 4/25-26 at SPC Championships, Pecan Valley Golf Course, Fort Worth

Girls • 4th Place Overall

  • Tillie Claggett 68-65=133 SPC CHAMPION
  • Darcy Wright 77-74=151
  • Alicia Fein 92-97=189
  • Claire Glymph 111-110=221
  • Amy Tian 125-118=243

Boys • 12th Place

  • Carson Berger 81-82=163
  • Elias Boles 84-87=171
  • Jason Xiao 86-95=181
  • Grant Bergman 89-87=176

“I am extremely proud of all our golfers,” said Coach Rod Gold. “I am honored to have been able to witness Tillie Claggett break the SPC Record for the lowest two-day total in the Southwest Preparatory Conference. Tillie shot 68 on Day 1 and followed it up with an extremely impressive 65 on Day 2 for a two-day total of 133 (11 under par). Although this particular golf course is not ideally suited for Tillie’s power game, she utilized exceptional course management and excellent ball-striking on her way to becoming the 2022 SPC Individual Champion. Congratulations Tillie!”




“Darcy Wright fired an impressive 77-74 for a two-day total of 151, a truly impressive score for her first high school championships,” continued Gold. “I am looking forward to watching her as she continues to impress. Our girls’ team showed poise as they jumped up in the standings to finish in 4th Place.”

“The boys also performed well,” noted Gold. “They would be the first to tell you they left a couple of strokes out on the course, but we saw some really encouraging play which will pay dividends moving forward. We are very young on the boys side and they gained some valuable experience to build upon for the future. They also developed friendships while competing over the course of the 2 days. I am proud of all of our golfers and I look forward to what the future holds.”


  • 4/28-30 at SPC Championships
    • opening round vs. Fort Worth Country Day • 7-4 W
    • second round vs. Episcopal High School • 12-2 L
    • consolation vs. Houston Christian • 8-1 L SPC SIXTH PLACE

“The first round of the playoffs, the Dragons upset the #3 seed, Fort Worth Country Day, 7-4 behind a brilliant pitching performance by Vaughn McKeever,” said Coach Mike Williams. “Vaughn punched out nine FWCD hitters in a complete game victory.”

“We lost 12-2 to Episcopal High School in the second round and lost 8-1 to Houston Christian to take sixth place in the SPC playoffs. Dragons finished 10-21 on the season.”





  • 4/28-30 at SPC Championships
    • opening round vs. Greenhill • 16-1 W
    • second round vs. Episcopal High School • 10-0 L
    • consolation vs. Casady • 16-0 W SPC FIFTH PLACE
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