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ESD Wins Fourth Straight SPC Soccer Title

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The ESD girls took a familiar pose with the trophy following the SPC championships over the weekend in Houston.

The ESD dynasty concluded another chapter on Saturday when the Eagles earned their fourth consecutive SPC girls soccer championship in dominating fashion.

ESD crushed its three opponents by a combined score of 11-0 over two days in Houston, capping another unbeaten run through conference play with another title.

The Eagles (11-1-2) topped The Woodlands John Cooper 4-0 in the first round, followed by Houston St. John’s 3-0 in the semifinals and Houston Kinkaid 4-0 in the championship game.

Ellis Miller, a Colgate signee and the school’s all-time leader in goals, scored twice in each game during the tournament. She also assisted on goals by Gillian Campbell and Emma Viquez in the title game.


Lady Eagles Aim to Defend SPC Soccer Crown

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ESD will attempt to win its fourth straight SPC girls soccer title this weekend in Houston. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

ESD will attempt to cap another dominant season with its fourth straight SPC girls soccer title this weekend in Houston. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The ESD girls soccer team will try for its fourth consecutive SPC championship this weekend in Houston, where the Eagles will be the top seed.

ESD was undefeated in conference play during the regular season and shut out all but one of its opponents. Among those trying to dethrone the Eagles are second-seeded Hockaday and third seed Greenhill, which fell to ESD 4-3 in the regular-season finale.

This weekend’s winter meet — which runs Thursday through Saturday — also will award SPC crowns in boys soccer, basketball, swimming, and wrestling. In swimming, the defending champions are St. Mark’s (boys) and Hockaday (girls).

In basketball, Greenhill will carry momentum into the tournament after finishing second in the North division standings for both boys and girls during the regular season.


Ex-Jesuit Standout Retires From Football

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Jake Oliver

Jake Oliver

Jake Oliver, who set receiving records during a standout high school career at Jesuit, apparently is done playing college football.

According to multiple reports, Oliver is set to graduate in May from the University of Texas and won’t stick around for his senior season in the fall.

He announced the decision after meeting with new Longhorns coach Tom Herman, and will focus on future job opportunities outside of football.

“After giving it a lot of thought with my family, I’ve decided to forego my remaining eligibility and begin my future career path,” Oliver said in a statement. “Even though I’m going to miss football, I’m really excited to take on a new challenge.”


Ursuline Standouts Heading to College

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Ursuline athletes honored for college signings and commitments on Wednesday included, from left,

Ursuline athletes honored for college signings and commitments on Wednesday included, from left, Lizzy Barna, Isabel Trevino, Elli Brunts, Madison Haley, Madeline Wood, and Meredith Wood.

By Kelly Morris / Special Contributor

A half-dozen Ursuline athletes — four soccer players and two rowers — were honored for college signings on Wednesday.

Madison Haley, the daughter of former Dallas Cowboys standout and Pro Football Hall of Famer Charles Haley, will play soccer at Stanford. She’s a forward on the Dallas Texans 99/Elite Clubs National League team.

Elli Brunts, Ursuline’s leading goal scorer during the last three seasons, is headed to Saint Louis University. Her sister, Abby, is a sophomore there, and her parents and grandfather are alums.


Parish QB Hodge Signs With NM State

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Parish Episcopal quarterback Jeremy Hodge accounted for more than 50 touchdowns during the 2016 season. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

Parish Episcopal quarterback Jeremy Hodge accounted for more than 50 touchdowns during the 2016 season. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

After directing the prolific Parish Episcopal offense for the past two seasons, Jeremy Hodge is moving on to the college level.

The dual-threat quarterback signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play at New Mexico State. The Aggies will play in the Sun Belt Conference next season before becoming a Football Bowl Subdivision independent in the 2018 season.

Hodge, who transferred from Plano West prior to his junior year, passed for almost 3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns this season for the Panthers, who finished 7-5 and lost in the second round of the TAPPS playoffs. He also led Parish in rushing with 1,218 yards and 25 scores.

One of Hodge’s top offensive linemen also signed an FBS scholarship on Wednesday, as 300-pound tackle Gray Davis inked a scholarship offer with Nevada, which is in the Mountain West Conference.

See a more complete list of area football signees after the jump:


Volunteer Work

Seth Washington. (Photo by Tanner Garza) 0
Seth Washington. (Photo by Tanner Garza)

It’s a scenario that might seem daunting to many high school football players — turning down multiple Ivy League programs and a handful of scholarship offers to become a preferred walk-on with an uphill battle just to see the field.

For ESD quarterback Seth Washington, however, the decision to pass up safer options to pursue a dream is simply the latest challenge in a football career filled with them.

He did a risk-reward analysis before verbally committing to the University of Tennessee, where he will compete for playing time in the prestigious Southeastern Conference. And he concluded that he simply couldn’t pass it up.

“The opportunity came along, and I felt like it will be the most challenging,” Washington said. “I wanted to take that on.”


Ex-St. Mark’s Star Now Shines for Packers

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Local fans can be forgiven for rooting against Ty Montgomery on Sunday. (Photo: Kyle Engman)

Local fans can be forgiven for rooting against Ty Montgomery on Sunday. (Photo: Kyle Engman)

Former St. Mark’s standout Ty Montgomery will return to his hometown to play the biggest game of his NFL career on Sunday — against the team he supported growing up.

Montgomery, 23, has emerged this season as a valuable receiver and running back for the Green Bay Packers, and is expected to play a key role in this weekend’s NFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington.

The former four-sport star in high school has shown similar versatility since making his debut with the Packers in 2015. His breakout game was on Oct. 16, during a 30-16 loss to the Cowboys in Green Bay, when he caught 10 passes for 98 yards.


Alum Looks to Continue Success of Rugby at Jesuit

Matthew Ortiz with the Jesuit Rugby team. (Photo by Jowdy Photograhy) 0
Matthew Ortiz with the Jesuit Rugby team. (Photo by Jowdy Photograhy)

Matt Ortiz got a late start in rugby, but he compensates for a lack of experience with plenty of passion.

As just the second head coach in the 18-year history of the rugby program at Jesuit, Ortiz will bring that enthusiasm for a sport he picked up less than a decade ago.

The 2008 Jesuit graduate takes over for Anthony Mattacchione, the longtime architect of the program who left after last season to become the head coach at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado.

Ortiz, 26, served as Mattacchione’s assistant coach for the previous three years, and said he plans to carry over much of what he learned during that time.


ESD Seniors Trying for SPC Perfection

ESD has won its last nine SPC tournament games by a combined score of 29-1. (Photo by Chris McGathey) 0
ESD has won its last nine SPC tournament games by a combined score of 29-1. (Photo by Chris McGathey)

In 2014, ESD won its first SPC girls soccer title in 14 years with a lineup that included five freshmen. Ninth-graders scored four of the five goals for the Eagles in the championship game.

Flash forward three years, and those freshmen are now seniors, and they’re still in the starting lineup for ESD, which has since added two more SPC crowns to its resume.

That quintet of newcomers now are seasoned veterans, determined to cap their high school careers with a run of postseason perfection unequaled in school history.

So head coach Mike Renshaw is quick to acknowledge that the team’s winning ways have less to do with tactics than with talent. After he saw his current seniors dominate their middle-school league a few years back, he was confident enough to tell them they would unseat Hockaday atop the SPC as freshmen.