Fitness & Sports
SPC Winter Championship Competitions Add Dragon Swim & Dive Champs
THE WOODLANDS, TX – The John Cooper School’s Dragon swim and dive team athletes earn top placements at the SPC Winter Championship Competition.
VARSITY SWIM & DIVE
Highlights from Coach Sara Bany:
- Morgan Robson • Champion • Girls 1 Meter Diving
- Diego Burgos • Champion • Boys 1 Meter Diving
- Monica Ianeva • Champion • 100 breaststroke, 2nd place in the 100 butterfly (all SPC in both)
- Malia Davis: 4th in the 500 Free and 6th in the 200 Free
- Girls 200 Medley Relay (Kyleigh Jeter, Monica Ianeva, Malia Davis, Maddie Wang): 3rd place earning All SPC honors
- Boys 200 Medley Relay (Danny Leoro, Dylan Tao, Zach Sheirr, Lucas Frome): 5th place
- Girls 200 Free Relay (Katie Kovin, Maddie Wang, Jessica Zhang, Sara Espitia): 7th place
- Boys 200 Free Relay (Alexander Harris, Lucas Frome, Danny Leoro, Dylan Tao): 8th place
- Girls 400 Free Relay (Malia Davis, Katie Kovin, Kyleigh Jeter, Monica Ianeva): 6th place
- Boys 400 Free Relay (Zach Sheirr, Dylan Tao, Danny Leoro, Alexander Harris): 6th place
Team placement and full results next week.
“I’m so proud of how the team came out and competed this weekend,” said Coach Bany. “They swam season best times, personal best times, supported each other’s victories, and were always up cheering. What a way to cap off our season! Go Dragons!”
VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL
3-A SPC Boys Basketball Championships:
- 2/9 opening vs St. Andrews • 61-40 W
- 2/10 semifinal vs Casady • 83-72 L
- 2/11 for third place vs Cistercian • 43-42 L
Dragon Boys Basketball • SPC 3-A Fourth Place
“What a journey this season has been,” said Coach Matthew Wilson. “The team grew through adversity, rallied into a cohesive group, and displayed extraordinary character. We are so proud of these boys. Though we may not have gotten to hoist the trophy this year, we were worthy of being champions. I am so grateful for the effort put in to make this season such a memorable one. Thank you to our players, parents, coaching staff, administration, and the best student section in SPC. Go Dragons!”
VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL
3-A SPC Girls Basketball Championships:
- 2/9 opening vs Fort Worth Country Day • 30-29 W
- 2/10 semifinal vs St Andrews • 35-15 L
- 2/11 for third place vs Casady • 45-21 W
Dragon Girls Basketball • SPC 3-A Third Place
“What a tremendous way to end the season!” said Coach BJ Feuerhelm. “The girls really focused on going to Dallas and making their mark. In the opening round, they knocked off the fourth seed, Fort Worth country day. In the semifinal round, the Dragons fought, but came up short against eventual champions, St. Andrews. But the most thrilling win came on Saturday. where the girls played quite possibly their best all-around game of the season in an upset win over the three-seed Casady cyclones. With this win, the girls secured their first-ever third-place finished in an SPC tournament. I could not be prouder of this group’s effort and selflessness throughout the season!”
VARSITY BOYS SOCCER
4-A SPC Boys Soccer Championships:
- 2/9 opening vs Kinkaid • 3-1 L Goal by Tanure Ewherido
- 2/10 consolation semi vs Awty • 4-2 L Goals by Danny Williams and Michael Tang
- 2/11 for seventh place vs St. Andrews • 4-2 L Goals by Tanure Ewherido and Tanner Mandalinci
Dragon Boys Soccer • SPC 4-A Eighth Place
VARSITY GIRLS SOCCER
3-A SPC Girls Soccer Championships:
- 2/9 opening vs Houston Christian • 1-0 W
- 2/10 semifinal vs Fort Worth Country Day • 3-2 L
- 2/11 for third place vs Casady • 2-0 L
Dragon Girls Soccer • SPC 3-A Fourth Place
“The girls played an amazing tournament, and we are very proud of them,” said Coach Friederike Engel. “We ended our season with a win against Houston Christian on Thursday and two close games against top-seeded teams on Friday and Saturday. In the end, we got fourth place in the championship. Sharlenn Meixeiro saved the day on multiple occasions as our goalkeeper. Haley Lien and Mobis Bassir both had strong performances as center backs. Our midfielders and forwards impressed us with combination play and tackling. Kaitlin Hinch, Maddie Burchfiel, and Pia Quintana convinced centrally, and Camila Ruano and Chloe Hernandez played great as outside mids. Overall, the team functioned well as a unit and the girls left everything on the field. The weekend was a fantastic end to a season we will never forget.”
VARSITY TRACK & FIELD
2/9 at Lake Houston Pole Vault
- Nico Signorelli 1st place • 14’7” new school record
- Milla Signorelli 4th place
Next up for Dragon Track & Field:
- 2/18 at The Woodlands High School Invitational, 9 a.m.
- 2/18 at The Woodlands Christian Invitational, 9:30 a.m.
- 2/25 at Dick Phillips Relays, Episcopal HS, 9 a.m.
- 3/3-4 at St. John’s Maverick Relays
- 2/9 at Second Baptist • 2-0 W
“We had a 2-0 win over the #2 private school team in Texas,” said Coach Mike Williams. “Vaughn McKeever for the win with Luke Turner with his first save.”
- 2/11 at Rosehill Christian • 10-1 W
“We broke a school record with 13 stolen bases,” commented Coach Mike Williams.
Next up for Dragon Baseball:
- 2/14 at Lutheran South, 7 p.m.
- 2/16 vs Woodlands Christian, 4 p.m.
- 2/17 vs. Northland Christian, 7 p.m.
- 2/18 vs Houston Christian, 7 p.m.
- 2/21 at Tomball Kings, at Premier Baseball of Texas, 3:30 p.m.
- 2/25 vs. Woodlands Christian, 10 a.m.
- 2/25 vs. Saint Mary’s Hall, 12:30 p.m.
Next up for Dragon Softball:
- 2/14 vs First Baptist Christian Academy, 4:30 p.m.
- 2/16 vs. Incarnate Word, 4:30 p.m.
- 2/24 at Fort Bend Christian Academy Invitational, vs St. Pius X, 10 a.m. vs Fort Bend Christian Academy, 2 p.m.
- 2/25 at Fort Bend Christian Academy Invitational, vs Incarnate Word, 9 a.m. vs Heights High School, 11 a.m.
- February 27 at St. John XXIII, 4 p.m.
Next up for Dragon Tennis:
- 2/17 at Episcopal Tournament, Metropolitan Racquet Club, 12 p.m.
- 2/24 at Chancellors Tournament, Chancellors Racquet Club, 8 a.m.
- 2/28 vs. St. Johns*, 4 p.m.
- 3/3 at TTC Private School Championships, 8 a.m.
Next up for Dragon Golf:
- 2/28 at Kinkaid Invitational, Blackhorse Country Club
- 3/7 at Episcopal Invitational, Quail Valley Golf Course
The John Cooper School is a PK-12 independent, college preparatory day school that has been serving The Woodlands and greater Houston area since 1988.
For more information, visit www.johncooper.org.