Eight Swimmers Advance to Regionals

The Jesuit Rangers competed admirably at the highly competitive District 9-5A Championships. The Rangers scored 86.5 points to finish in 4th Place out of seven teams, only 1 point away from 2nd Place. The meet took place Friday, January 25, at Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium in Allen. The Rangers had 3 Silver Medal 2nd Place finishes and 4 Bronze Medal 3rd Place finishes and sending 8 swimmers to Regionals in 9 events.

Jesuit Debaters Earn Three Top-5 Finishes

The Jesuit Debate team earned three top 5 finishes at two one-day tournaments this past weekend sponsored by Plano McMillen and Plano East High Schools. The varsity team of juniors Jeff Melsheimer and Jackson Pyke earned top 5 finishes at both portions of the two day swing tournaments and as a result qualified for state tournament in March. The team of juniors James Abbott and James Ferrara earned third place honors at McMillen portion of the two day swing. Forty teams competed in each day of the swing tournament with only the top eight teams each day qualifying for the elimination rounds.

At the McMillen portion of the tournament on Friday, Abbott and Ferrara finished with a 3-0 preliminary round record with wins over teams from Lovejoy, Wylie, and St. Mark’s High Schools. They defeated Greenhill in the quarterfinals before losing to another St. Mark’s team in the semifinals for third place. Melsheimer and Pyke also finished with a 3-0 preliminary round record with wins over teams from Greenhill, Lovejoy, and Coppell High School before losing to St. Mark’s in the quarterfinals for fifth place.

At the Plano East portion of the tournament on Saturday, Melsheimer and Pyke finished with a 3-0 preliminary round record with wins over teams Grapevine, Lovejoy, and the Dallas Law Magnet High Schools before losing to St. Mark’s in the quarterfinals for fifth place. As a result of their two top 5 finishes they earned their 12 qualifying points for the state tournament in March. They are the first Jesuit team to qualify this year under the new tougher 12 point qualification system implemented for the 2013 tournament in an effort to reduce its size. Several other Jesuit teams are closing in on qualifications. Abbott and Ferrara have earned 8 points and senior Grant VanKirk and sophomore Adam Wiechman have 10 points.

Jesuit debaters competed in 34 debates over the two days. Because of the size of each tournament it took almost a perfect preliminary round record to qualify for the quarterfinals but several Jesuit varsity teams finished with 2-1 records at each tournament. Abbott and Ferrara were 2-1 at the Plano East portion with wins over teams from Greenhill and Chapel Hill High Schools. Seniors Justin Kang and Ryan Tan earned 2-1 records at both tournaments with wins over teams from Coppell, Wylie, Colleyville Heritage, and Law Magnet High Schools. VanKirk and Wiechman earned a 2-1 record at the Plano East portion with wins over teams from Lovejoy and St. Mark’s.

First Annual All Alumni Rugby Game

Twenty-six alumni attended the 1st Annual ALL Alumni Rugby Game, and members from as far back as the 2001 State Championships team were in attendance. The duration and numbers were modified in accordance with the number of actual players (11 per side). One rule of the game was if you score you have to make your own conversion attempt.

The Gold Team Captained by Jansen Smith ’01 started the half off with a quick try from kick off by Michael Warms ’07 soon followed by Brendan Metcalf ’12 (plus conversion) The Blue team which was captained by Chris Calero ’09 replied with a score from Daniel Metcalf ’10 at the 10 minute mark to make the score 12-5 in favor of Gold. The remainder of the half was a close game and at the end of the first half Parth Seth ’09 to bring the score to 12-10 for Gold.

After the half the fun started with a 9 on 9 match as players fitness and age started to be a factor which lead to an evenly matched pace for the younger Alums which saw Peter Iliya ’11 slotted another try for team Blue, putting them ahead 15-12. It was another evenly matched half and Daniel Metcalf scored another try and conversion to make the score 22-12 in favor of Blue.

Team Gold got back on track with scored from Brendan Metcalf and Julian Nunez ’08 (plus conversion) to make the score 24-22 Gold. Not to be left off the score sheet Chris Calero worked his scrum half magic and set up his try and conversion with less than 2 minutes to go in the game with the score Blue 29 to Gold 24. The following kick off saw a miss placed ball and penalty against Blue which saw Brendan Metcalf quick tap the ball and dish it off to Rene Coronado ’09 for the score at the end of regulation. With the missed conversion the final score was tied 29-29.

Fun was had by all and the Rugby Alumni look to play these sorts of matches at least once per semester. If you are interested in participating please join us on Facebook at Jesuit Rangers Rugby Alumni.

Jesuit Qualifies 4th Team to TFA State Tournament

The Jesuit debate team of senior James Mantil and junior Ryan Tan took 5th place honors at the Flower Mound High School Debate Tournament this past weekend. After completing the preliminary rounds with a 4-1 record, Mantil and Tan advanced to the quarterfinal round of the tournament before losing a hard fought debate.

In addition to their 5th place finish, Mantil and Tan became the 4th Jesuit team to qualify for the Texas Forensic Association State Debate Tournament. The State tournament will be hosted in Amarillo March 1-3.

Early Season Swimming Recap

The defending District 10 and Region 3 champion Swimming and Diving Team started their 2012-13 campaign in mid-August with two weeks of dry-land training. A transition to the pool occurred in early September and intersquad competition began three week later.

The team handily dispatched Bishop Lynch and John Paul II squads at a Saturday meet at the sunny Kaycee Pool on September 22. The varsity side double-dueled Plano Senior and Plano East in Panther territory on October 3, beating Plano Senior 99-76 and Plano East 104-62. The JV squad gained valuable racing experience at the Bronco Pentathlon in McKinney on October 20, while both varsity and JV swam a tight meet against Plano West on Monday, October 22.

The squad is currently training for the Dallas Cup JV meet and the North Zone TISCA meet in mid-November.

Debate Team wins Plano East High Debate Tournament

The debate team of senior James Mantil and junior Ryan Tan took first place this past weekend at the Plano East Debate Invitational. Mantil and Tan posted a perfect 5-0 preliminary record with wins over teams from Law Magnet, Coppell, Greenhill, and St Mark’s. Mantil and Tan then won three consecutive debates against three different St Mark’s teams in the elimination rounds to take first place.

In addition to winning the tournament, Mantil and Tan earned 8 out of the necessary 10 points to qualify to the Texas Forensics Association State Debate Tournament, to be held in March in Amarillo.