Spring SPC Results plus All-SPC Honorees

Dragon Athletes Compete At SPC Championships

VARSITY BOYS’ & GIRLS’ TENNIS Girls 3rd, Boys 5th

Girls • 3rd place finish
Opening Round: vs. Episcopal of Dallas • 5-0 WIN
Championship Quarterfinals: vs. Greenhill • 3-2 WIN
Championship Semifinals: vs. Kinkaid • 3-0 LOSS
Final Game: vs. St. John’s • 3-2 WIN
Third Place in SPC

Coach Jill DelRio: Each player on the team had a pivotal role in the win to clinch third place in SPC. This makes it extra special for the team because when one teammate lost, another player stepped up and got the win for the team. If was definitely a team effort. So very proud of the way the girls played, many of the players played like they have never played before.
Boys • 5th place finish
Opening Round: vs. Casady • 4-1 WIN
Championship Quarterfinals: vs. St. Mark’s • 3-1 LOSS
Final Game: vs. Trinity Valley • 4-1 WIN
Fifth Place in SPC

Coach Jill DelRio: The boys had an outstanding SPC tournament weekend, clinching fifth place. The boys had tough matches with only one loss in the three matches they played. Wyatt Wright played the match of his life, stunning the coaches and his teammates with the exceptional gamesmanship he exhibited to win the match over a solid SMS line one singles player. The boys played lights out all weekend! I am very excited to see what they can accomplish next year as we have only one player graduating.


One SPC Champion, 12 ALL SPC performers, seven School Records

Boys' Team • 7th place
Individual Results
Tega Ewherido SPC Champion 300m Hurdles
Gregory Groppell ALL SPC 2nd Discus New School Record & 4th Shot Put
Jack O'Riordan ALL SPC 2nd High Jump
4x400m Relay ALL SPC 3rd Place: Thomas Elkhoury, Tega Ewherido, Evan Burchfiel & Erik Burns
4X800m Relay 4th: Eli Araya, Erik Burns, Cadan Hanson & Mitchell Shannon
Eli Araya 5th 800m
4x100m Relay 6th New School Record: Thomas Elkhoury, Tega Ewherido, Evan Burchfiel & Jackson Kovin
Thomas Elkhoury 7th 100m
Will McDermott 7th 3200m

Girls’ Team • 5th place

Individual results
Uche Oguchi ALL SPC 2nd Place 400m New School Record & ALL SPC 3rd Place 800m
Amara Oguchi ALL SPC 2nd Place Shot Put New School Record & 5th Discus
Madison Breaux ALL SPC 3rd Place 100m Hurdles New School Record & ALL SPC 3rd Place ALL SPC 300m Hurdles New School Record
4X800m Relay ALL SPC 3rd Place: Ava Minarovic, Bailey Leavitt, Katie Drake & Uche Oguchi
4x400m Relay 4th: Madison Breaux, Bailey Leavitt, Ava Minarovic & Uche Oguchi
Otega Amudo 4th Place Discus New School Record & 7th Shot Put

Coach Scott Holland:
What a great end to an amazing season–one SPC Champion, 12 ALL SPC performers, seven School Records and 15 Personal Best set at this meet.
As teams, we scored our highest point totals since joining SPC.
I am so proud of each of our 36 athletes who earned a spot at SPC.
I am so proud of our seniors who led the way this year and set the bar high for next season and beyond.

VARSITY BOYS’ BASEBALL finishes fourth in SPC
Opening Round: vs. Episcopal of Dallas • 6-3 WIN
Championship Quarterfinals: vs. Trinity Valley • 13-0 WIN
Championship Semifinals: vs. Kinkaid • 6-5 LOSS
Final Game: vs. St. John’s • 4-2 LOSS
Fourth Place in SPC

Coach Mike Williams: We went 2-2 in SPC playoffs to finish in fourth place, and 6-4 overall in SPC play this year. We went into the playoffs with a great senior class lead by Logan Leax and Evan Minarovic. We started off 2-0 in the playoffs and played a hard-fought game against Kinkaid, losing 6-5. I’ve never been around a group as close as this one is. Every day the boys are ready to go and never ever give up on each other. It was a great pleasure this year coaching these boys.

Opening Round: vs. Casady • 18-3 LOSS
Consolation Semifinals: vs. Episcopal of Dallas • 25-6 WIN
Consolation Finals: vs. Hockaday • 17-0 LOSS

Coach Nicole Hedden: This was a tough year for our Dragon softball team. A couple of our athletes had to step up to play different positions this year such as Ally Flinn who had to take the mound. As one of the most athletic players on the team, she stepped up to take this role. It was not an easy task but she knew her team needed her. She also had the second highest batting average on the team at .577. Alex Sims is the starting second baseman moved to catcher, due to injuries on the team. Not only did she step up behind the plate, but she had the highest batting average on the team at 583. Outfielder Peyton Lien moved to second base as a freshman. She did an outstanding job as well. Liz Liner and Fleur Harper were two new additions to the team who earned starting positions in the outfield. We have a lot of work ahead of us for the 2020 season, but I believe in this group of young ladies and the incoming freshmen. We can’t wait to get started.

Boys • 3rd place •• Girls • 6th place
Team: 3rd Place
Christopher McDonald 78-72-150 Individual Champion
Grant Carter , 79-79=158, 6th Place Medalist
Sean Kelly, 84-79=163, 11th Place Medalist
Davis Noyes, 93-99=192
Michael McGurk, 96-97=193
Team: 6th Place
Tillie Claggett, 75-72=147, 3rd Place Medalist
Claire Glymph, 115-116=231
Tori Osmond, 117-119=236
Vanessa Vaz, 116-120=236

News release from 5/4/19:

Cooper’s McDonald Is 2019 Conference Golf Champion
Christopher McDonald, a senior at The John Cooper School, won the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) individual golf title on April 29-30, firing a two-day total score of 150 (78-72) at Woodforest Golf Club. McDonald narrowly edged out his nearest competitors by one stroke.

McDonald and sophomore Grant Carter (sixth place, 79-79-158) earned All-Conference honors helping the Dragons improve from sixth place on Day 1 to a third-place finish in the team standings. Senior Sean Kelly (84-79-163) also played inspired golf. Senior Davis Noyes (93-99-192) and Michael McGurk (96-97-193) rounded out the boys’ team.

“Freshman Tillie Claggett (75-72-147) put on an impressive display of golf to earn third place medalist honors in her SPC debut,” said Rod Gold, head golf coach for The John Cooper School. Freshman Claire Glymph (115-116-231), sophomore Tori Osmond (117-119-236) and freshman Vanessa Vaz (116-120-236) rounded out the girls’ team. Sophomore Mady Tozer was unable to finish due to illness.

“Obviously watching Christopher win the individual championship was a great honor. I am proud of all of our players,” Gold said. “We are definitely going to miss our seniors and we are excited regarding the potential of our returning golfers. We are very young, we have a lot of underclassmen who are going to be really fun to watch in the coming years.”

Twenty-Three Dragon Athletes Are All-Conference Honorees

The following spring athletes from The John Cooper School earned Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) all-conference honors for the 2019 Spring Season:

Boys’ Track & Track: Evan Burchfiel, Eric Burns, Thomas Elkhoury, Tega Ewherido, Gregory Groppell, Jack O’Riordan

Girls’ Track & Field: Madison Breaux, Katie Drake, Bailey Leavitt, Ava Minarovic, Amara Oguchi, Uche Oguchi

Baseball: Evan Godwin, Logan Leax, Evan Minarovic

Softball: Alex Sims

Boys’ Golf: Grant Carter, Christopher McDonald

Girls’ Golf: Tillie Claggett

Boys’ Tennis: Savan Khurana, Wyatt Wright

Girls’ Tennis: Marielle Sauber, Olivia Sauber