Lacrosse Repeats as Texas State Champs!

Tournament Most Valuable Player Luke Millican made 11 saves and senior Daniel Burnum scored the game-winning goal with 5:19 left in regulation to lift Jesuit Dallas to its second consecutive Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) Division I State Championship with a stunning, 9-8, comeback win over the Episcopal School of Dallas Eagles at Rhodes Stadium in Katy.

The Rangers surrendered the first five goals of Sunday’s championship tilt and trailed 6-1 at halftime. Facing certain defeat, Jesuit responded with an outstanding second half, outscoring ESD, 8-2, over the final two frames to clinch its second state crown in as many years.

Sophomore Peter Buell snapped the Jesuit Dallas scoreless stream with a tally midway through the second quarter, and was soon joined in the scoring column by junior Jack Tabor and senior Trey Weiderecht, who scored in the third. Junior Grayson Hassell scored a game-tying goal at the 9:39 mark of the fourth to complete the team’s comeback run and set the stage for Burnum’s heroics.

Burnum finished the tournament by earning Offensive Most Valuable Player honors. Junior Aidan Johnston secured four groundballs in the contest, earning Defensive Most Valuable Player plaudits.

Over the final five minutes, Episcopal would pressure the Jesuit defense, but Millican and the Ranger contingent stood firm. Jesuit survived a scare in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, when a clear attempt was intercepted by an Episcopal attacker, who missed an empty net and the chance at the equalizer. Jesuit clinched the championship when a stick check by junior Greyson Mokarow resulted in a groundball secured by the Rangers, who were able to run the clock out for the victory.

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Jesuit Dallas Soccer Wins UIL 6A State Championship

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A go-ahead goal by junior Christian Lerma in the 89th minute, first half tally by senior Tommy Flaim, and another incredible performance by senior goalkeeper and tournament Most Valuable Player Luke Ostrander propelled Jesuit Dallas to its second University Interscholastic League (UIL) 6A State Championship, 2-1, over top-ranked Arlington Sam Houston on Saturday night at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown, Texas.

Jesuit Dallas (22-3-1) captured its first title since 2010, and secured the program’s 19th state title between championships earned in the TCIL and UIL. The Rangers withstood an inspired attack from Sam Houston (22-3-2), who entered the state tournament ranked first in Texas and fifth in the nation according to TopDrawerSoccer.

The Texans attempted 21 shots, had five corner kicks and 17 free kicks from Jesuit fouls. However, Ostrander and the Rangers would not be denied, allowing their lone goal on a free kick which deflected off a member of the Jesuit wall and into the net in the 58th minute.

Flaim laced a shot from 33-yards out after an early first half foul, a low liner that skipped off the turf inside the box and snuck past the hand of Sam Houston’s goalkeeper for the game-opening tally. Sam Houston’s first two quality chances came moments later, the first a shot in the 15th minute from the near side penalty area to the far post, necessitating a diving stop by Ostrander. One minute later, Sam Houston’s Nate Kopetsky got past the Jesuit defense and sent a shot that got past Ostrander, but was saved off the far post to keep the game scoreless.

Sam Houston controlled the first half pace, taking six shots, including three on target and three corner kicks, but were unable to find the back of the net. Burciaga nearly put the Rangers up by two goals in the ninth minute, sending a close-range shot over the crossbar, but Jesuit was able to withstand a late bevy by the Texans.

In the second half, the play slowed after Sam Houston’s equalizer until Jesuit began to ramp up the pressure late in regulation. Lerma had an open look at the goal from 15 yards out, but pushed the ball just wide of the net.

Junior John Koshakji had perhaps Jesuit’s best look of the game with under five minutes remaining, deflecting a header that seemed destined for twine, but was deflected out by the far post. The two teams went into overtime tied, 1-1, and Jesuit responded with a strong first overtime period that ultimately resulted in the game-winning goal.

Senior Chase Burciaga took a corner kick from the far side in the 89th minute, a ball that found junior Israel Ollarzabal just inside the eight-yard box. Ollarzabal’s header glanced off the upper right corner of the goal, floated through the air, and landed at the feet of Lerma, who put away the point-blank shot for the lead. Sam Houston’s final quality attempt came with a close-range free kick midway through the second overtime that sailed over the crossbar.

Jesuit Dallas Announces 2017 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

A Super Bowl winning lineman, All-American attacker, three-sport high school star, and an NCAA Division I basketball standout turned international pro comprise the 2017 Hall of Fame Class as announced by the Jesuit Dallas Letterman’s Club. This year’s honorees will be officially inducted on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Blue & Gold Banquet on the campus of Jesuit Dallas.

Bernie Hogan ’76 excelled for the Rangers in football, baseball and basketball during the mid-70s. Recipient of the Leo Ostick Award as Jesuit’s top student-athlete in 1974-75, Hogan was a two-time TCIL All-State selection in football and a two-time all-state pick in baseball. In his first varsity season on the diamond, he was named TCIL Sophomore of the Year while helping the Jesuit Dallas program to its first state title. Lauded by local and regional media for his prowess on the gridiron, Hogan by-passed the likes of Notre Dame and Navy in accepting a full athletic scholarship to Rice University.

Reggie Stephens ’05 is another multi-sport athlete (he competed in four sports during his time donning the Blue & Gold) that made headlines with his sensational play between the hashes. After leading Jesuit to its first UIL district crown in 2004, Stephens flourished as a three-year starter at Iowa State University. A two-time Honorable Mention All-Big 12 offensive lineman, he was the 2009 recipient of the Arthur Floyd Scott Award as the Cyclones’ most outstanding athlete in the football strength and conditioning program. Stephens was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2009 NFL Draft, and during a four-year pro career, became the first Jesuit Dallas graduate to win a Super Bowl as a practice squad member of the Baltimore Ravens.

Todd Wallace ’88 was a dynamic playmaker on the pitch, helping Jesuit soccer to three state championships before serving as a dominant force at NAIA powerhouse, Oklahoma City University. The Rangers compiled a record of 63-7-2 during his tenure as a four-year starter, including the stunning 1988 campaign that finished 16-0-0, and left Jesuit Dallas ranked No. 1 in the State of Texas among all private and public schools. Participating in the 1988 Pan-Am Games, Wallace accepted a scholarship to OCU, where he still holds the all-time single-game scoring record. In 2002, he was inducted into the OCU Hall of Fame. From 1990-96, he played professionally in the USISL with the Oklahoma City Heat Soccer Club.

Kyle Wilson ’02 literally journeyed across the globe to showcase his basketball talents. After being part of the last state championship team prior to Jesuit’s exit from the TCIL, he pieced together an outstanding career that resulted in his selected as a finalist for McDonald’s All-American honors. The only high school athlete in America named to the USA Global Games team in both 2001 and 2002, Wilson was ranked as one of the 10 best players in Texas and one of the nation’s top recruits according to Rivals. Wilson won a Big 10 championship as a freshman at Illinois, but transferred to Wichita State where he earned a bevy of conference awards and served as team captain for a top 10 nationally-ranked unit in 2007. He continued his career after college, playing professionally in the Germany Bundesliga, Austria BBL, Hungary A League, and the Israeli National League. In 2010, he helped pace Zalakeramia ZTE to the Hungarian national championship.

The evening will also honor legendary Hall-of-Famer Rufe Brewton ’55 as the 2017 recipient of the Gold Ranger Award. Tickets are on sale now at www.jesuitcp.org/shof. For more information, contact Sean McMullen ’96 at smcmullen@jesuitcp.org or 972-387-8700 x342.

Jacob Palisch ’17 Announced as Finalist for Prestigious Davey O’Brien Scholarship

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, Jesuit Dallas senior Jacob Palisch was named one of five finalists for the 31st annual Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship, sponsored by Higginbotham and Southwest Bank. An award which recognizes the most outstanding high school senior student-athlete across the metroplex, Palisch and the remaining four nominees will attend the 10th annual Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Luncheon at The Fort Worth Club on Jan. 24, where the award will be presented.

The Stanford University baseball commit and three-sport athlete was a University Interscholastic League (UIL) District 9-6A First Team selection for the reigning UIL 6A state champion Rangers, picking up the decision in the team’s 6-2 win over San Antonio Johnson in the title game.

Named a MaxPreps.com Junior All-American last June, Palisch threw two no-hitters during the season, including a 15-strikeout masterpiece against Highland Park in the first game of the UIL 6A Region II Quarterfinal. He closed the year with an 11-1 record, 0.64 earned run average and 117 strikeouts, while guiding the team to a top 10 national ranking for the second consecutive season.

On the gridiron, Palisch served as the team’s starting quarterback and punter in 2015 and 2016, and was named the UIL District 9-6A Player of the Year after both seasons. He ended his high school football career with 3,746 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns, and 20 touchdowns on the ground while averaging 40.6 yards per punt.

Palisch helped lead Jesuit to back-to-back district titles for the first time in program history, as well as the highest state ranking in School history (No. 20). He scored the go-ahead touchdown in Jesuit’s 24-21 win over perennial state power Skyline on Oct. 2, 2015, snapping the Raiders’ 49-game district winning streak.

Earning UIL District 9-6A Second Team honors in basketball after the 2015-16 season, Palisch has appeared in 14 games for the Rangers this year, totaling 53 rebounds, 51 points and four blocks, while helping Jesuit build a 15-7 record heading into Friday’s bout against state-ranked No. 6 Skyline.

Off the playing surface, Palisch has excelled in the classroom, earning a 4.0 grade-point average. A National Merit Commended Scholar and AP Scholar with Honors, Palisch works with the Commit to Dallas early education literacy program as a teacher’s reading aide.

The other four finalists for the award are: Anna Connolly, a softball student-athlete from fellow UIL 9-6A member J.J. Pearce, Highland Park volleyball student-athlete Madeline Ngo, Vivian Weinman from Southwest Christian School, and soccer student-athlete Christopher Wines from Trinity Christian Academy.

Palisch will head to Fort Worth on Tuesday hoping to become the third student-athlete in Jesuit Dallas history to earn the Davey O’Brien award, following in the footsteps of Jesuit Hall of Famer Joel Sharp ’87 and Jeff Miller ’02.

Connor O’Neill Caps Record-Breaking Season at National Championships

Senior Connor O’Neill closed out one of the best cross country seasons in Jesuit Dallas lore after finishing 24th overall at the 2016 Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Portland, Oregon. O’Neill logged the fifth best time from the South Region (16:05), and bested Jordan Brannan from Colts Neck High School (N.J.) by 1.6 seconds in securing the best finish at the national championships in program history.

O’Neill compiled an impressive resume during his senior campaign, totaling seven consecutive top-five finishes prior to nationals, including four individual wins. His postseason run included a dominating one-minute victory at the UIL 9-6A District Championships, a runner-up finish at the UIL Regional Championships, a sixth-place finish in the fastest state championship race in UIL history, and a top-six finish at the Nike South Regional Cross Country Championships.

A two-time all-state selection, O’Neill’s time of 15:04 at the UIL 6A State Championships marked the fastest performance by a Jesuit runner in the history of the state meet.

Baseball Caps Historic Week with UIL 6A State Championship

Jesuit Dallas baseball capped a truly historic week for the program in fitting fashion by capturing the University Intercollegiate League (UIL) 6A State Championship in program history, 6-2, over San Antonio Johnson on Saturday, June 11 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. The victory comes less than one week after senior Kyle Muller was named Gatorade National Player of the Year and two days after Muller became the highest draft pick in School history.

Entering the state semifinals ranked No. 23 in the national polls, Jesuit advanced to its first UIL title appearance behind a dominating performance from Muller, who improved his season ledger as a pitcher to 9-0 after scattering three base hits and striking out nine in a complete-game effort against Langham Creek.

In the title tilt, junior and fellow lefty Jacob Palisch was nearly as dominant en route to earning tournament MVP honors. Muller and Palisch, along with Bryce Bonner, Jared Kengott, Mark Ready were all named to the UIL baseball all-tournament teams, as selected by the Texas High School Coaches Association.

On Monday, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, announced Muller as its 2015-16 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year. Muller was surprised with the news at Jesuit by Texas Ranger and former World Series MVP Cole Hamels.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Muller as the nation’s best high school baseball player. A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select Muller from nearly 470,000 high school baseball players nationwide.

Muller, who in addition to leading the state with 15 homeruns, threw two no-hitters during the season and set a new national record with 24 consecutive strikeouts over a two-game span. On Thursday, June 9, he was taken by the Atlanta Braves with the 44th overall selection of the Major League Baseball Draft. Muller’s selection made him the 10th player drafted in Jesuit Dallas baseball program history and the first since Josh Bell was picked in the second round of the 2011 Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Baseball’s state championship is the first since moving to the UIL in 2004 and the program’s sixth overall. Jesuit, which secured its first UIL state championship in soccer in 2010, has won 112 team state titles in its history, including the first state championship for lacrosse earlier this spring.

Second-Fastest in the U.S.; Crew Qualifies for Henley Royal Regatta

The Jesuit Dallas crew varsity 8 logged one of the most historically significant races in program history on Saturday, May 21, finishing second at the prestigious Stotesbury Cup on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to earn a trip to England for the world-renowned Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England.

The Rangers will next compete at the USRowing Youth National Championships in Princeton, New Jersey in early June, followed by the Henley Royal Regatta, which will run from June 29 to July 3. Jesuit will compete in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup.

Consisting of seniors Joseph Merkel, Campbell Lang, Jay Hofmeister, Liam McCormack, and Jack Fontaine, juniors Evan Doran and Christian LeDoux, and sophomores Sean Tehan and James French, the varsity 8 finished the senior 8 grand final with a time of 4:18.50 in Philadelphia, besting The Lawrenceville School from New Jersey by 0.2 seconds to earn its coveted spot to the most prestigious regatta on the planet.

The Rangers earned the grand final berth with a one-second victory in the semifinals, preceded by a second-place finish in the preliminaries. Gonzaga College High School (D.C.) won the varsity 8, and will serve as the other U.S. representative.

“Our boys executed their plan perfectly and left nothing on the table,” commented Jesuit Dallas head coach Jon Fife. “There is absolutely no shame in losing to a crew as exceptional as Gonzaga. Saturday’s race was a huge moment for our program as it was the first time we were on the medal podium for the Boy’s Senior 8. We can truly say we are the second fastest high school crew in the United States.”

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Jesuit Dallas Lacrosse Wins 2016 State Championship

Jesuit Dallas earned its first Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) State Championship title in program history, toppling state top-ranked Highland Park, 9-4, on Sunday, May 15 in the Division I title game at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas.

The Rangers (17-2) scored four unanswered goals in the second half, posting an incredible team effort en route to the championship. Junior Luke Millican earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors, making 14 saves on Sunday after a 12-save performance in the semifinal on Saturday.

Sophomore David Sprock was named the Offensive MVP, closing out the title game with a hat trick and a team-high four points. Senior Garrett Munck added a hat trick of his own, while junior Jack Freeman tallied his second consecutive game-winning goal. Sophomore Grayson Hassell started the Jesuit scoring, while senior Zachary Kissick tacked on a goal and assist.

Senior John Michael Priddy garnered Defensive MVP honors, securing a pair of ground balls in the final. Sophomore Jack Tabor led the squad with six ground balls, followed by junior Reece Ellison with four and senior Colton Hart with three. Jesuit finished the contest with a 25-19 advantage in ground balls, converting all 21 clear chances and splitting the faceoff battle, 8-8.

Millican began the championship game with a pair of early saves before Hassell opened the scoring with a 10-yard shot four minutes into the contest. With 20 seconds remaining in the first, Sprock scored his first goal of the game to spot the squad a two-goal lead. Munck found twine 63 seconds into the second quarter before Highland Park snapped the Jesuit scoring run, sending the Blue and Gold into halftime with a 3-1 lead.

The Scots scored 11 seconds into the second half to close the gap to one, but Jesuit responded with four unanswered goals while holding Highland Park scoreless for over 15 minutes. Munck’s goal with 5:52 remaining in the third started the rally, followed by a goal from Freeman with three seconds remaining in the quarter. Munck completed his hat trick with 9:27 left in the fourth before Sprock scored unassisted with 7:42 remaining on the clock.

Kissick scored with 3:06 left, ending a small burst of Highland Park momentum, before Sprock’s third goal of the evening with 2:48 remaining capped off a dominant afternoon for the Rangers.

Making their third trip to the title game in the last five years, the Jesuit Dallas lacrosse program secured its first championship while winning 17 games for the first time since the 2011 season.

Jesuit Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Class

The newest members of Jesuit’s most exclusive athletic club will be formally inducted on Saturday, May 7 at the 2016 Blue & Gold Banquet celebrating the Jesuit Dallas Sports Hall of Fame. This year’s class includes the School’s first alumnus to pitch in Major League Baseball, a star defender for UNC soccer, a three-sport standout and multi-sport state champion, and a dominating defensive player on Jesuit’s star-studded football teams of the mid-1970s. The foursome earned numerous distinctions at the state, regional, and national level, while helping to pace the Rangers to eight team state championships during their years donning the Blue and Gold.

A two-sport headliner, Rich Rager ’75 was named TCIL Defensive Player of the Year and cited as an Honorable Mention All-America after his senior football season. Leading Jesuit Dallas to the 1974 TCIL State Football Championship, he was also a three-year starter at third base where he was part of a celebrated group that handed the School its first TCIL State Baseball Championship in 1973.

A two-time team captain and three-year letterman, Rich Wachsman ’88 was the star defender on an outstanding Jesuit Dallas soccer unit that ripped through the competition for three years in the late 80s. Helping guide the Rangers to a TCIL State Championship as a sophomore, Jesuit turned in back-to-back undefeated regular seasons his last two years, while ranking No. 1 in the Dallas Morning News area rankings for the entirety of both seasons. Wachsman accepted a scholarship at the University of North Carolina, where he started for four years as a stopper, sweeper, and defensive midfielder en route to First Team All-ACC honors.

Kevin Hart ’01 ascended through the baseball ranks en route to becoming Jesuit’s first alumnus to reach the Major Leagues. After notable stints in high school and college, Hart enjoyed an eight-year career in the pros, including seasons with the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. Hart was twice named first team all-state and helped lead Jesuit to the 1999 TCIL State Championship. He later paced Navarro College to a second-place finish at the 2003 NJCAA Regional Championships, before transferring to the University of Maryland, where he served as the Terrapins’ top pitcher and was named First Team All-ACC. After fantastic stops through the minors, Hart made his major league debut with the Cubs on Sept. 4, 2007 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Matt Upton ’02 was one of the most versatile student-athletes in Jesuit Dallas lore. A distinguished three-sport athlete and nine-time letterwinner, he played a key role in leading the Rangers to the 2001 Texas Rugby State Championship and the 2002 Texas Prep State Wrestling Championship. Ending his wrestling career with an overall record of 117-11 (.914), he was a four-time state medalist, as well as the 2001 and 2002 Texas Prep state heavyweight champion. And while he was also an accomplished star in football, Upton’s future was in rugby, where after a decorated high school career, he excelled at both the collegiate and professional levels.

In addition to the Hall’s four new inductees, the evening also celebrates the on-going career of Bob Wunderlick ’84, who for four decades has impacted Jesuit Dallas as a teacher, coach, mentor, volunteer, and friend. Most fondly remembered for leading Ranger football to four consecutive TCIL State Championships in the program’s final years before its historic transition to the UIL, Wunderlick is set to receive the Gold Ranger Award, which is presented to a Jesuit letterman who has brought honor to Jesuit; made contributions that have had lasting, positive effects on his fellow citizens; made a significant contribution to the Jesuit community; and lived and performed as a Man for Others.

The Blue & Gold Sports Hall of Fame Banquet begins at 6 p.m. in the Terry Center on the Jesuit campus. CLICK HERE to purchase your ticket and help celebrate Jesuit’s rich athletic history.

52nd Annual Jesuit-Sheaner Relays to Showcase Best in Texas

Over 150 boys and girls teams from the most prominent high school track & field programs in the state of Texas are set to compete in the 52nd Annual Jesuit-Sheaner Relays on the campus of Jesuit Dallas. The two-day meet, which begins on Friday, March 18 with the running of the 3,200-meter run, brings together over 32 reigning UIL state champions, numerous All-Americans, and a number of nationally-ranked athletes for one of the most competitive mid-season meets in the country.

Saturday’s field events are scheduled to start at 8 a.m., with the running prelims beginning at 9:15 a.m. Saturday’s finals begin at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on MileSplit.

Nearly every event is a showcase, with the state and nation’s top-ranked athletes blanketing the field. On the boys’ side, the marquee race could end up being the 4x400m relay, which currently boasts three of the top seven teams in the country. U.S. #1 Bryce Hoppel of Midland will need to fend off a strong pack of contenders that includes U.S. #3 Cade Bethmann of Arlington Martin in the 800m, while the distance races represent the deepest events on the schedule. Frisco Independence’s Carter Blunt, who set a Sheaner-Relays record last year in the 3,200m with a time of 8:57.01, will be pressed to repeat as seven of the top 10 performers in the state are entered in the race, including the 2015 UIL 6A cross country state champion, Daniel Golden (The Woodlands); in the 1,600m, Blunt is among seven of the state’s top nine to bid for a coveted Sheaner-Relays title, including Texas #1 Reed Brown of Southlake Carroll.

The discus includes four of the top seven marks in the country, including national #1 William Petersson of Frisco Centennial, and the pole vault boasts the nation’s top two marks, as authored by Peyon Weissman (Grapevine) and Brandon Spokes (The Woodlands), respectively. Led by Texas #1 Devin Duvernay (Sache), the 100m is set to feature eight of the top 10-ranked sprinters in the state.

The boys’ field also includes the state’s top-ranked performers in the 400m (Keshun Reed, Arlington Martin); 110m hurdles (Bryce Douglas, Allen); triple jump (Jalen Seal, Fort Worth Boswell); high jump (Ianou Adeyeye, Mansfield Lake Ridge); and shot put (Adrian Piperi, The Woodlands). In the case of Seals and Piperi, their qualifying marks are tops in the U.S. among high school athletes.

The girls’ contingency boasts nearly as much firepower, including the nation’s top four teams in the 4x100m relay. The 100m hurdles will include 2015 6A state champ and U.S. #1, Alexis Duncan (DeSoto) as well as 5A state champ, Tonea Marshall (Arlington Seguin) and current U.S. #4 Ivy Walker (Mansfield Summit), while a star-studded 100m prelim will contain 11 of the state’s 20-fastest competitors, including U.S. #1 Kaylor Harris of Mesquite Horn. Jannia Price of Killeen Ellison, who has authored the country’s top-ranked performance in the discus, headlines a field that features eight of the top 13 marks in the state.

In addition to the outstanding cast of student-athletes, the meet will highlight honorary referee, Roy “Robot” Martin, who set the national high school record in the 200m (20.13) in 1985. Martin, who graduated from Roosevelt High School, led SMU to the 1986 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship, and earned a spot on the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic teams.

Visit the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays website for more information, including a complete meet schedule and up-to-date entry information.