The Savio Baseball team honored their seniors Tuesday night before the district game against Regents. Seniors Kayne Gonzalez, Eddie Greiner, Patrick Lahey, Tanner Martinez, Simon Scales, and Marty Sedlacek were introduced along with their parents during the on-field ceremony. Each senior was recognized for his accomplishments on and off the field and presented with gifts to commemorate their time and dedication to the team. As a special tribute, the national anthem was performed by junior, John DiGravio on his cello.
After the ceremony, Tanner Martinez started on the mound for the Eagles and pitched four innings striking out two Knights. Mark Lacayo led off the fourth inning by smacking a double to right center and Daniel Zamora and Tanner Martinez each added singles, resulting in a Savio run. Tanner Martinez had another single in the seventh inning. Brandon White pitched a scoreless seventh striking out one batter. While the Eagles fought hard, the game resulted in a 7-1 loss against the Knights.
The Eagles travel to Waco to face Reicher on Thursday evening before completing the regular season with a home game against Reicher Saturday at noon.
10 Savio Latin students this year were honored for their outstanding performance on the National Latin Exam. Over 150,000 Latin students across the country participate in the National Latin Exam each year. This year, nearly half of Savio Latin students achieved recognition for their scores.
Silver Medal, Maxima Cum Laude - Noah Esping
PreAP Latin II
Silver Medal, Maxima Cum Laude - Benjamin Frey
Silver Medal, Maxima Cum Laude - Rhys Larkin
Magna Cum Laude - Phoebe Anderson
Cum Laude - Catherine Bruns
Cum Laude - Ryan Rodriguez
(left to right): Ben Frey, Catherine Bruns, Phoebe Anderson, Ryan Rodriguez (Not pictured: Rhys Larkin)
PreAP Latin III
Gold Medal, Summa Cum Laude - Mark Simmons
Gold Medal, Summa Cum Laude - Andrew Kalamarides
Silver Medal, Maxima Cum Laude - Kyle Wyborski
Magna Cum Laude - Nicholas Isakson
(left to right): Andrew Kalamarides, Nicholas Isakson, Kyle Wyborski, Mark Simmons
Congratulations to our Savio Lady Eagles Golf Team!
The Savio Lady Eagles golf team competed in the 2016 Regional Golf Tournament at The Bridges at Firewheel in Garland, TX. The tournament was sponsored by TAPPS and hosted by Prince of Peace Christian School and run by Tournament Director Earl Garland.
The Team was led by Sophomore Katie Jones who shot a tournament best 80. Katie was our only golfer who had experience on a course like this and she used all her knowledge to navigate her way around Firewheel. Helping Katie achieve the goal to make the State tournament were Sr. Captain and 4 year Letterman Savanah Acosta, Sr. and 4 year Letterman Shelbie Sagnes, Jr. and 3 year Letterman Connor Neill and Sophomore and 2 year Letterman Shelby Ferraris.
The days prior to the tournament saw heavy rains and there was the fear the tournament would be postponed. The course had closed during the heavy rains prior to the tournament which didn’t allow for our ladies to get in their practice rounds. After all of this and with many prayers, the weather broke and the tournament went off without a hitch.
The biggest challenge for our ladies was the elevated greens. This made yardage play longer than what they were used to. However, despite the past days weather, the soggy conditions and elevated greens, our Lady Eagles golf team hung in there for themselves and each other to pull together a 3rd Place Team score and another trip to the State Golf Tournament in 3 years.
Next up for our Lady Eagles is the State Golf Tournament on May 2nd and 3rd at the Wildflower Golf Club in Temple, TX. Wildflower is more like the type of course our ladies are used to and we are looking forward to a strong outing.
Matthew Bianchi flying high over the bar
Along with our usual band of merry track parents, our athletes were pleased to see school counselors Dr. and Mrs. Kohutek in the crowd, as well as college coaches scouting our runners as recruits!
Here are the results of that meet:
Octavyia Williams- 1st 100m, 1st 200m
Our happy group!
Boys & Girls 4x200m Relay Teams prepare for the start
Please pray for warmer, dryer weather! Our athletes will be very grateful!
Track Notes from Mid-Season
The Track Team has had a busy season, and with back-to-back holidays, followed by Texas Relays excitement, some of our meets went unreported. Here are some notes from Mid-season......
44 Farms Relays, Cameron, TX
Julian Sparks- 3rd 800m, 8th 400m
Kyle Champion- 3rd Steeplechase
3rd Boys 4x400- Josh Noth, Julian Sparks, Stephen Hampton, Elias Sanchez
Octavyia Williams- 6th 100m
Angele Kelly- 7th 100m
Kacie Mayberry- 4th 400m, 1st 800m
Melanie Shempert- 6th 100m Hurdles
Christionna Hawkins- 3rd Shot Put
The Eagles Tennis team played with determination and heart to achieve historic results at this year's state tournament!
The TAPPS 4A State Championships were held at the Waco Regional Tennis Center on Monday, April 11, and Tuesday, April 12. Beginning Monday morning, the tournament experienced a rain delay however, and matches that were supposed to start at 8 a.m. did not go on court until midday. What followed was a rollercoaster of weather conditions that forced the players to adjust and adapt in order to win. Some matches were played while it was hot and humid, while on the second day of the tournament, it was cold and cloudy again. All in all, the great USTA and TAPPS officials planned well and made the tournament run smoothly.
The Eagles qualified three boys for state this year: Peter Spangler, Nicholas Butler, and Roberto Valko.
Peter Spangler (sr.) and Nicholas Butler (jr.) faced a tough team in their first round match from Victoria St. Joseph High School. The boys fought hard and played as a team, but the two fell 6-1, 6-0 to the eventual semi-finalists. Both boys had to play through minor injuries incurred the week prior to the tournament but still gave their absolute best on court.
Roberto "Bo" Valko (sr.) came out firing fast serves and aggressive approaches in his first round match where he defeated Michael Morales of Corpus Christi Incarnate Word Academy 7-6, 6-3. Because of the rain delay, Valko's second match began as the sun set and ended after dark under the tennis center lights. He played against Luke Twaddell from Tyler All Saints Episcopal School.
Both boys battled hard in the first set, with Valko dropping serve late in the set to lose 3-6. In the second set however, he came roaring back to tie the match with his own 6-3 set. The delay caused a shortened format of playing a 10-point tie-breaker in place of the third set. Valko was down early in the breaker 2-5. He fought his way back to 6-all next with an outstanding display of mental fortitude. Again losing the lead, Valko then dropped down 7-8 nearing the end of the tie-breaker. But by keeping his wits about him and remaining calm, Valko edged out the match with a huge winner down the line to seal the victory!
Valko then faced the tournament's eventual first place winner in the semi-finals named Aaron Mackie from Flower Mound Coram Deo Academy. Mackie proved to be a dominant player winning 6-0, 6-0 and then going on to win the finals 6-0, 6-2.
Valko received third place in the tournament after the semi-final match.
"I am so proud of the way the boys fought in the matches and represented their school," Coach Pekar said. "We have qualified players for state in the past, but this was another historic year for sure."
Spangler is the first player at Savio to attend the state tournament two years in a row, and Valko is the first player to ever medal at the state competition.
Congratulations to all our Eagles players!
Our St. Dominic Savio Eagles and Lady Eagles Golf Teams competed in the District Golf Tournament hosted by Austin Regents at the Grey Rock Golf Club. It was a picture perfect day. The weather could not have been better and the course was in great shape, inviting all the golfers to accept the challenge it would provide them this day.
Our Eagles with a Team Total (357) were led by Sophomore Zachary Stewart (90), Senior Captain Clayton Knavel (90), Freshman Z-Je Marcella (88), Freshman Brandon Brown (89) and Sophomore Ryan Rodriguez (103). The Eagles went into the tournament with the ‘Fire Power’ to advance to the next post season tournament, however like each new day, the golf gods had another plan. Our Eagles missed out on advancing by 1 stroke and today may not understand this plan, but one day they will look back and realize how important practice and preparation is to their life endeavors. Our Eagle Medalist - Freshman Christopher Gonzalez (104), Sophomore Matthew Lemp (104) and Senior Jacob Kilburn (116) saw personal bests on the course today.
Our Lady Eagles with a Team Total (389) were led by Sophomore Katie Jones (87), Senior Captain Savanah Acosta (94), Senior Shelbie Sagnes (96), Junior Connor Neill (112), Sophomore Shelby Ferraris (116). The Lady Eagles battled a stomach virus and nerves and kept on ‘Just Playing’ to find themselves advancing to the Regional Tournament in Garland, TX. Our Lady Eagle Medalist - Katie Brooks (124) made positive strides in her tournament play.
The St. Dominic Savio Lady Eagles Golf Team would like your prayers and support as they prepare for Regional play on April 19th when they will travel to Garland.
Coach Luis Becerra and Coach Chris Jameson
Congratulations to our Savio Junior student Thomas Snyder for being selected to attend the On-site Summer Experience of the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas!
In order to be selected for this highly competitive summer program, Thomas competed with other Texas students and successfully completed preliminary interactive online activities during the Fall/Winter quarters.
Thomas is interested in studying aerospace engineering and this program brings him one step closer to making his goal a reality!
Fifteen Savio students competed in the TAPPS 4A Academic Championship in Waco on April 4th and 5th. Events included Ready Writing, Science, Prose Interpretation, Spelling & Vocab, Current Events & Issues, Number Sense, Calculator, Advanced Math, TAPPS Math, Solo Acting, Literary Criticism, Social Studies, Spanish, Duet Acting, and Poetry Interpretation.
A total of 30 schools competed in the 4A classification and when the points were all totaled the Savio team took 3rd place overall! Freshman Jonathan Shoemaker became the second Savio student to win two individual state academic titles in the same year by winning first place in Number Sense and in TAPPS Math. Additionally, he is the second Savio student named Shoemaker to win the state championship in Number Sense as a freshman. Congratulations Jonathan!
Individual results are shown below:
1st - Jonathan Shoemaker
4th - Emily Shoemaker
1st - Jonathan Shoemaker
2nd - Jonathan Shoemaker
3rd - Emily Shoemaker
3rd - Emily Shoemaker
4th - Matthew Bianchi
3rd - Savio
Spelling & Vocab
7th - Eleazar Camez
7th - Amanda Fuentes
8th - Matthew Bianchi
In the Awards pavilion!!!!
Girls Division I 4x400m: 3rd Place
Octavyia Williams, Angele Kelly, Kacie Mayberry, Arriana Islas
Boys 4x400m arriving at the stadium....
Victor Martinez, Stephen Hampton, Julian Sparks, Elias Sanchez, Josh Noth
Our ladies, before prelims
We are so proud of both our outstanding varsity 4x400m relay teams for representing St. Dominic Savio among several thousand elite high school track athletes at the Texas Relays. The competition was tough but exciting, with excellent teams from California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, and most of the states in between, all racing to achieve distinction. Our kids were very excited to represent the big TX and hometown Austin among the crowd of visiting competitors.
Savio Track history was made, as the girls team not only won their preliminary heat with style on Friday, making them the first-ever Savio runners to make it to the Finals at the Texas Relays....they went on to place 3rd overall in Division 1 out of 65 teams. We could not be more excited for these ladies!
This is in irreplaceable memory for them all!