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Eagles for Life Club Members See Life in the Womb

March 31, 2015
By Admin

The Eagles for Life group was thrilled to have a visit from Dr. Kalamarides of the Vitae Clinic today during lunch.  Dr. K explained the development of the new baby through the use of ultrasound pictures. Then, as a special treat, the students were treated to a live sonogram demonstration performed on a pregnant volunteer!

Savio Music Department Excels in TAPPS Music Competitions

March 30, 2015
By Admin
The Savio Music department participated in the TAPPS 4A music competitions last week. It was an intense and exciting week of music making for the entire music department!  The students performed very well and presented themselves in a Christlike fashion throughout the week.  
Listed below is a synopsis of the final results for each sphere of music: string, instrumental, and vocal.
1st Division Rating Solo's- 6
2nd Division Rating Solo's- 6
Pop's Choir- 2nd Division Rating
Chamber Choir- 2nd Division Rating
Men's Choir- 1st Division Rating 
Women's Choir- 1st Division Rating
Congratulations to all of our vocal students who competed they did an 
excellent job! Bravo!!
1st Division Rating Solo's- 8
2nd Division Rating Solo's- 2
Cello Trio- 1st Division Rating
Violin Trio- 1st Division Rating
String Quartet- 2nd Division Rating
String Orchestra Performance- 2nd Division Rating 
                         Sight Reading- 1st Division Rating
Symphony Orchestra Performance- 2nd Division Rating 
                                Sight Reading- 2nd Division Rating
1st Division Rating Solo's- 8
2nd Division Rating Solo's- 11
Clarinet Quartet- 1st Division Rating
Saxophone Trio- 1st Division Rating
Woodwind Trio- 1st Division Rating
Trumpet Trio- 2nd Division Rating
Brass Quintet- 2nd Division Rating 
Percussion Ensemble- 2nd Division Rating
Jazz Band- 2nd Division Rating
Jazz Combo- 1st Division Rating
Wind Ensemble- Performance
1st Division Rating
Sight Reading- 1st Division Rating
           *Earned Sweepstakes Bonus for straight 1's in both Performance and Sight reading
Overall TAPPS Instrumental State Standing Class 4A:
The Savio 2015 Instrumental Music Department took 2nd place as 
State Runner-Up at this years TAPPS 4A Music Competitions!!
Congratulations to all of our string and instrumental students who competed, they did an excellent job! Bravo!!
We hope to see everyone for our final spring concert on May 15th, 2015 starting at 7:00pm in the SVdP Parish Activity Center.  Thank you for your support of our Savio Music Department!!

Savio Baseball Battles Hard Friday Night

March 28, 2015
By Admin

Eagles fans turned out strong to support the team in the Friday night contest at St. Michael's. On the mound, Schyler Hallberg pitched a solid six innings giving up four hits and striking out eight batters. Dominic Kress and Tony Aulfieri produced the two hits for the Eagles who left 5 runners on base in the 2-0 loss.  

Savio will play their third of six consecutive road games when the team travels to Waco to face Reicher on Monday evening.

Fr. Rocky Broadcasts "Go Ask Your Father" LIVE From Savio

March 27, 2015
By Admin

Fr. Rocky from Relevant Radio was at Savio to broadcast the "Go Ask Your Father" show LIVE on Tuesday, March 26. Our students asked great questions! If you missed it, you can listen to the podcast HERE.

Savio Track and Field Athletes Compete Today at the World Famous Texas Relays!!

March 27, 2015
By Admin
Twelve Savio Track and Field athletes will leave this Friday morning to be among the 5000 elite athletes from around the world selected to compete in the 88th running of the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays! They will share the stadium today with many Olympians, top-tier collegiate and professional athletes, and the high school track elite. It is a wonderful achievement for these individuals and a great day for Savio Track!
Please congratulate and cheer these athletes as they leave to compete in this prestigious international event and represent Savio High School with grace and pride:
Girls 4x200m Relay: Alana McKendall, Ana Richie, Angele Kelly, Stephanie Moses, Jennifer Ezuruike (alternate)
Girls 4x400m Relay: Jennifer Ezuruike, Ana Richie, Kacie Mayberry, Angele Kelly, Alana McKendall (alternate)
Boys 4x400m Relay: Julian Sparks, Stephen Hampton, Sam Alvarado, Victor Martinez, Elias Sanchez (alternate)
Sean Casey: Javelin
Fans interested in attending the meet can visit HERE for tickets and information.
Our athletes will compete at the following times:
2:00pm- Girls 4x200m
4:15pm- Boys and Girls 4x400m
7:30pm- Boys Javelin

Savio Track Impresses at BVU Invitational in Dallas

March 26, 2015
By Admin
St. Dominic Savio's esteemed Track Team gave a strong showing at the Bradley V. Urschel Invitational in Dallas this weekend. The following athletes earned points for the Eagles:
Julian Sparks: 4th Place- 400m; 4th Place- 800m
Matthew Bianchi: 4th Place- 300m Hurdles
Boys 4x400m Relay
Julian Sparks, Stephen Hampton, Sam Alvarado, Matthew Bianchi- 2nd Place
Logan Blow: 1st Place High Jump
Alana McKendall: 2nd Place- 200m
Kacie Mayberry: 2nd Place- 400m; 1st Place- 800m
Angele Kelly: 4th Place Triple Jump
Girls 4x100m Relay
Christionna Hawkins, Alana McKendall, Angele Kelly, Stephanie Moses- 5th Place
Girls 4x200m Relay
Alana McKendall, Stephanie Moses, Angele Kelly, Ana Richie- 1st Place
Girls 4x400m Relay
Jennifer Ezuruike, Kacie Mayberry, Alana McKendall, Angele Kelly- 2nd Place
Girls Team finished 4th
Boys Team finished 10th
of 24 Teams competing
Many more of our athletes gave very strong performances at this large meet but fell just short of the official top awards. Several personal records were bested, including some that are approaching new school records (and some that have already set new school records) stay tuned for updates to the record board!
Family support was high despite the long drive to Dallas, and parents in the stands report a predictable buzz when our athletes take the track ("Who are these kids? What is Savio? Where are they from?") Our athletes were repeatedly congratulated by other competitors with questions like "wow, what was your split?" and comments like, "I just love to watch you run." 
Folks from all over Texas are certainly learning that the name St. Dominic Savio is synonymous with graceful competition and athletic excellence.

Savio Students Attend Faith in Action Advocacy Day

March 25, 2015
By Admin

Mrs. Heyl and Mr. Jameson accompanied a group of Seniors to Faith in Action Advocacy Day at the State Capitol building on Tuesday, March 24.  The event was a unique and wonderful first-hand experience of the intersection of faith and political participation. 

Following an invocation by Cardinal DiNardo on the South Steps, Texas Bishops from El Paso to Beaumont to Brownsville addressed several hundred supporters on the Texas Catholic Conference's positions on upcoming legislative measures.  Bishops took turns advocating Texan Catholic perspectives on end-of-life care, immigration, and education, among other topics.  Students later attended a mock hearing on the subject of the death penalty in the Congressional auditorium, where they posed for an unannounced photo opportunity with the First Lady of Texas, Cecilia Abbott. 

Of the Advocacy Day experience, senior Thomas Hurlimann said, "I really enjoyed it.  I didn't know the Catholic Church's perspective on a lot of these issues.  For instance, I didn't realize it had a position on pay-day loans.  It taught me a lot."  

Savio students will again be able to participate as concerned citizens and Catholics when Advocacy Day next occurs in 2017.  

Savio Chaplain Corps Hosts "In Jesus' Name We Play!"

March 25, 2015
By Admin

On Saturday, March 28, the Savio Chaplain Corps is hosting "In Jesus' Name We Play!". It is going to be a great day filled with fun and games. All children of elementary and middle-school ages are invited to experience fun drills and games with our Savio sports teams. We will also have a special visit from our robotics robots!!! There will be food for all and parents are invited too. It is completely free and from 11 am to 2pm. 

Click HERE for more information.

Fr. Rocky is Coming to Savio Thursday, Mar 26!

March 25, 2015
By Admin


Fr. Rocky, host of Relevant Radio's "Go Ask Your Father", will be coming to Savio Thursday, Mar 26, to broadcast his national program LIVE from our campus!  Savio students will have the opportunity to pose questions about the Catholic Faith and much more during the hour long show beginning at 12:00 noon.  Tune in to listen or stop by the gym, all are welcome!  






Savio Baseball Loses District Opener on the Road

March 25, 2015
By Admin

Savio Baseball lost the district opener 3-0 at Hyde Park Tuesday evening.  Dominic Kress pitched a good game holding the Panthers to 1 unearned run through 5 innings and striking out 5.  Daniel Zamora (2B), Marty Sedlacek (1B), and Tony Aufieri (1B) accounted for the three Savio hits. 

Savio's next game is at Regents on Friday (3/24) at 6:30.

Savio Named Academic State Champion for TAPPS 4A

March 25, 2015
By Admin

The Savio Academic team edged out 30 other teams for the title of State Academic Champion this week.

Additionally, Savio won fourth place in overall sweepstakes.  Savio's yearbook nabbed second place in state. Grace Isakson is the first Savio student to successfully defend a state championship in the science event.  

Individual results are:

Science: 1st Grace Isakson, 3rd George Hinkel
Top Physics: Grace Isakson
TAPPS Math: 3rd Emily Shoemaker, 4th Matthew Bianchi
Number Sense: 3rd Grace Isakson, 5th Emily Shoemaker
Calculator: 3rd Emily Shoemaker
Spanish: 3rd Lorena Gonzalez-Fuster
Advanced Math: 4th Grace Isakson
Spelling: 6th Eleazar Camez
Ready Writing: 7th Emily Shoemaker

Savio Track Qualifies Three Relay Teams into the Prestigious Texas Relays!!!

March 24, 2015
By Admin

(The Texas Relays draw 50,000 spectators each year.)

In the words of Head Coach Leonard Brantley, "It is a great day for Savio Track....a very GREAT DAY!" 

.....The announcement came just short of midnight this past Thursday night....while most of St. Dominic Savio's students were on Spring Break, the Track Team had been hard at work, attempting to do the unimaginable...qualify multiple relay teams into the world-famous, highly esteemed, Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays!! Our athletes put forth their best efforts against a field of Division II teams at the Cedar Ridge Qualifier on Saturday afternoon. Official times were snapped by the approved, Fully Automated Timing (FAT), photo-finish equipment...And, then the teams waited.

Late Thursday Night, lights remained ablaze in the homes of joyful Savio Track Families, as the word spread: the Girls 4x200m, the Girls 4x400m, and the Boys 4x400m had all qualified!!!! Congratulatory phone calls and emails from other teams arrived almost immediately. A lot of unrestrained whooping and joyous shouting was exchanged. It was a GREAT DAY indeed....

Twelve Savio Track athletes will be among the 5000 elite athletes from around the world selected to compete in the 88th running of the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays to be held March 27, 2015! They will share the stadium with Olympians, top-tier collegiate and professional athletes, and the high school elite. It will be... a GREAT DAY!

Please come out and cheer these teams to the fastest races of their lives. 
Girls 4x200m: Alana McKendall, Ana Richie, Angele Kelly, Stephanie Moses, Jennifer Ezuruike (alternate)
Girls 4x400m: Jennifer Ezuruike, Ana Richie , Kacie Mayberry, Angele Kelly, Alana McKendall (alternate)
Boys 4x400m: Julian Sparks, Stephen Hampton, Sam Alvarado, Victor Martinez, Elias Sanchez (alternate)

Texas Relays, High School Prelims
Friday, March 27, 2015
1:30pm- Division I 4x200m 
4:15pm- Division I 4x400m

Ticket Information can be found HERE

For Savio Track Fans unable to attend the event, your earnest prayers are appreciated. Please pray for the safety and fortitude of our runners, and, for our athletes and their families, pray this experience may fill their hearts with joy, strength, and gratitude. We are so very blessed!


Savio Golf Team Competes at Grey Rock Golf Club

March 23, 2015
By Admin

The weather was finally super for the Eagles and Lady Eagles golfers as the group of 8 Men and 5 Ladies were hosted at Grey Rock Golf Club by Regents High School.  The sun was shining and the slight breeze made for a great day on the links.  

The Eagles played well and are finding their swings.  

The Lady Eagles also played well and took 2nd place honors as a team and earned 3 individual medals.

Overall, both Eagles and Lady Eagles had a great time and are looking forward to their remaining tournament season.

Savio Baseball Sweeps Spring Break Double Header

March 20, 2015
By Admin

The Savio Baseball team won two games against the Austin Royals on Thursday.

Simon Scales pitched Savio to a 19-1 victory in the first game.  Schyler Hallberg and Daniel Zamora both had 3 hits and 4 RBIs each. Dominic Kress and Mark Lacayo both went 2 for 3.

In the second game, Savio batters had 17 hits in the 21-0 win.  Tanner Martinez led the team going 4 for 4 with 2 doubles and 4 RBIs.  Alex Warren and Schyler Hallberg both went 3 for 3 and Jacob Killburn went 3 for 4.  On the mound, Hallberg picked up the win and had 7 strikeouts.

Savio baseball is now 7-7 and starts district play on Tuesday 3/24 at Hyde Park.

Savio Baseball Goes 1-1 This Week in Non-district Play

March 15, 2015
By Admin

The Savio Baseball team went 1-1 this week as they took on Copperas Cove High School on Wednesday and Goldthwaite on Saturday.

The Eagles lost a close game Wednesday night against Copperas Cove.  It was a close game throughout, but a 7th inning run gave the Bulldawgs a 5-4 win.  In his first outing of the year, Schyler Hallberg pitched well but the Eagles could not overcome from leaving 11 runners on base and committing 5 errors. 

The Eagles traveled to compete against Goldthwaite, scoring 2 runs in the top of the 7th inning for a 3-2 come from behind win on Saturday afternoon.  Tony Aufieri went 2 for 3 and Schyler Hallberg notched the win.  Dominic Kress pitched the bottom of the 7th to get the save. 

The Eagles play a double header Thursday (3/19) at St. Dominic Savio at noon and 3pm. Come out and show your support!



Eagle Boys Basketball Recap of Record Breaking Season

March 11, 2015
By Admin

Season Recap from Coach Jernberg:
Congratulations to the Eagle Boys basketball program as they completed a resounding, record-breaking year while moving to a higher-level than ever reached before!

Here is a brief summary of the team and individual accomplishments for the 2014-15 year:


  • Undefeated district record and championship
  • Regional championship
  • Trip to the state basketball tournament
  • State 4th place AAAA ranking by the end of the year
  • Record season with all three teams winning their district championships
  • A school record 25 wins


All District:

           1st Team: Logan Blow and Kevin Owens
           2nd Team: Schyler Hallberg and Miguel Rodriguez
           Honorable Mention: Jacob Kilburn

State AAAA All-Tournament Team:

  • Logan Blow and Kevin Owens 

TAPPS All-State Team:

  • Logan Blow and Kevin Owens 

We have been blessed with a lot of good fortuned, combined with the hard work of our players over the past 12 months. A job well-done!

Eagles Tennis Team Triumphs in Pre-District Tournament!

March 11, 2015
By Admin

The Savio boys and girls tennis teams earned astounding results at this year's pre-district tournament. Held March 6-7 at Hyde Park's tennis courts, the Eagles were one of four teams to compete, including St. Michael's, Hyde Park and Regents. Savio placed nine players on the victory podium by the tournament's conclusion.


Anthony Vento, sophomore, won 2nd place in boy's singles while fellow Eagle Jacob Mink, senior, took 3rd place. Alison Meskill, junior, won 2nd place in girl's singles. 


In the boys doubles division, Zac Ortiz, senior, and Peter Spangler, junior, also won 2nd place, and teammates Calvin Nazareth, senior, and Nicky Butler, sophomore, took home 3rd place. Kendra Sherman and Michelle Dinh won consolation in girl's doubles.

All the rewards of pre-district are products of the players hard work and improvement during this season's practices. Even on the cold, wet days, the Eagles tennis team has risen above conditions to prepare for competition. The players demonstrated strong mental toughness and physical dexterity to bring home many medals from the pre-district tournament.

The season is far from over, next up the team sets its sights on the district tournament at the end of the month.

Savio Track Enjoys Success at St. Andrews School Relays

March 09, 2015
By Admin

Varsity Girls 
100m: Alana McKendall 5th Place
400m: Jennifer Ezuruike 3rd Place; Ana Richie 8th Place
800m: Kacie Mayberry 2nd Place
300m Hurdles: Melanie Shempert 4th Place
4x100m Relay: Christionna Hawkins, Alana McKendall, Angele Kelly, Stephanie Moses; 3rd Place
4x200m Relay: Angele Kelly, Alana McKendall, Melanie Shempert, Stephanie Moses; 1st Place
4x400m Relay: Kacie Mayberry, Jennifer Ezuruike, Angele Kelly, Ana Richie; 1st Place
4x800m Relay: Kacie Mayberry, Jennifer Ezuruike, Angele Kelly, Ana Richie; 1st Place
**Varsity Girls Overall 3rd Place Winners!!

Varsity Boys
200m: Stephan Hampton 8th Place (tied)
400m: Victor Martinez 8th Place
800m: Julian Sparks 8th Place
4x400m Relay: Victor Martinez, Julian Sparks, Sam Alvarado, Elias Sanchez; 3rd Place
4x800m Relay: Julian Sparks, Cristian Cowley, Sam Alvarado, Victor Martinez; 2nd Place
Shot Put: Sean Casey 5th Place
Discus: Sean Casey 1st Place
**Varsity Boys Overall Finish 7th.....not bad for a partial team!!

JV Girls
400m: Andrea Alvarado 5th Place
800m: Andrea Alvarado 3rd Place
1600m: Andrea Alvarado 6th Place

JV Boys
400m: Elias Sanchez 6th Place
Long Jump: Elias Sanchez 8th Place

Stephen Hampton wins the "Fighting Purple Heart Award" for an outstanding effort/lean at the finish of the Varsity Boys 200m (8-9th Place tied time!!) that left remnants of Stephen across several feet of lanes 3 and 4.

The Track Team wishes to send thanks to an excellent group of supportive parents for long hours of photography, incessant cheering, food, beverages, blankets, and more! You are the best!

We joyfully anticipate the arrival of our remaining team members, absent due to their valiant run at a Basketball State Championship. Congratulations on an amazing season! We are so happy to have you join forces with us this week! Go Eagles! 

Savio Jazz Combo Performs for Cathedral School of St. Mary

March 06, 2015
By Admin

The Savio Jazz Combo performed blues and jazz music for the students and faculty at the Cathedral School of St. Mary today.  Their students really enjoyed the music and everyone had a lot of fun, perhaps inspiring some to be future musical Savio Eagles.  

Class Schedule through Next Week

March 05, 2015
By Admin

The following is the class schedule through next week:

Friday, March 6th, is an E Day, with dismissal at 3:10
Monday, March 9th, is an A Day.
Tuesday, March 10th, is a modified A Day with 60 minute classes, then Pi Day activities in the afternoon. Dismissal at 3:10.
Weds, March 11th is a Mass E Day
Thurs, March 12th is an A Day
Fri, March 13th is an E Day and the last day of the quarter.

Classes Cancelled for Thursday, Mar 5, 2015

March 04, 2015
By Admin

Due to inclement weather, all Savio classes and events are cancelled for Thursday, March 5th.

The Culture Project Presented by THRiVE! at Savio this Saturday

March 03, 2015
By Admin

Savio Earns Jostens National Yearbook Design Recognition

March 02, 2015
By Admin

Congratulations to the Savio Yearbook staff! Pages from the 2014-2015 Yearbook have been selected to be included in Jostens Look Book that is sent out to over 15,000 schools to be used as ideas for their yearbooks. 

The Jostens Look Book is a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling copy and action-packed photography. Along with design excellence, the annually published Look Book honors the important role well-crafted yearbooks play in helping schools chronicle the experiences, stories and achievements most relevant to students and that academic year.

Savio Boys Basketball Advances to State Tournament

March 02, 2015
By Admin

The Eagles have gone where no other Savio boys basketball team has gone! Savio won the South Regional tournament with victories over Laredo St. Augustine and powerful Houston 2nd Baptist in a come-from-behind overtime victory Saturday night. 

By way of their success, the Eagles will travel to the TAPPS AAAA State basketball tournament in Mansfield, Texas.  They will open play against the defending state champion Westbury Christian at 9pm on Friday. 

Please make an effort to come and help the Eagles fly higher than they have ever before!  On to state!


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