Spring SPC Ends With Victory


Tara Kersh

The FWCD softball team posing with the SPC 3A Championship Trophy after beating John Cooper. Photo by Tara Kersh

Caroline Carmichael, Sports Editor

The spring sports season wrapped up on April 29 as the teams ended their seasons in the 2023 SPC tournament. All six sports competed in the tournament and performed well. This year’s SPC was held in Fort Worth at Country Day, Trinity Valley, and Oakridge on April 27-29. 

Baseball – Baseball finished the year with a 21-10-1 record going 4-3 overall in regular season conference play. They went into the tournament with the three seed in 3A. Baseball started off the tournament on April 27,  playing ESD at Oakridge. They came from behind to walk it off in the 7th inning to win 5-4. This win would advance the team into the semi finals on April 28 against Oakridge. They played a tough game, but they ultimately fell short in the bottom of the seventh after an attempt at a comeback. This loss put the team in the third place game against St. Andrews, where they were able to win and capture their third place title. 

“This past season was such a great experience, as have been the past four years,” Jack Mezey ’23 said. “Although ultimately we came up short of a championship, I couldn’t have wished for a better senior season with a better group of guys.” 

Softball – This season softball finished 17-5-2 with a 6-0 record in regular season conference play. This record gave softball the number one seed in the 3A tournament and a first round bye. The team automatically started in the semifinals where they faced Trinity Valley. In a strong outing, the Falcons won 11-1 in a five-inning run rule win. With this victory, they would face off against John Cooper. Country Day and John Cooper had played earlier in the year with John Cooper taking home the win, but this time would be different. The softball team displayed solid pitching and strong defense to take home the 6-0 win. The Falcons captured their second overall SPC championship win and first one in ten years, as they showcased an impressive season. 

“Winning SPC was something that has always seemed like an unreachable goal, but the drive and motivation of this team really made winning more fun and reachable,” Katie Bruce ’24 said. 

Boys Tennis – Boys Tennis had a strong season posting a 4-3 record in conference play. This record earned them the number one seed in 3A going into the SPC tournament. They first faced off against Houston Christian, and they swept in 5-0 to advance to the semifinals. They, however, fell just short in the semis, as the Falcons lost 3-2. Losing this game placed them in a battle for third place with none other than Trinity Valley. In a tough battle with the Trojans, the good guys came out on top, as the Falcons won 3-2. This win gave them third place title overall in 3A. 

“It was our best season ever, and I think we had a really good comradery. And I think the community on the team made the season more enjoyable,” Benjamin Hoppe ’24 said. 

Girls Tennis – Girls tennis competed in a tough season this year going 1-5 in conference play. They earned the number six seed overall going into the 3A tournament. During SPC, they lost in a tough first match 3-2 to Houston Christian. They then played Oakridge where they won 3-2. This win advanced them into the fifth place match where they won 4-1 to capture the fifth place title. 

“I love the tennis season because I get to be outdoors and with my friends playing a sport I love,” Abbie Klein ’23 said. “SPC is a really fun time and we get to play really good competition. Caroline [Klein] and I went undefeated for our second season in a row which was a great way to end our senior season.” 

Lacrosse – Lacrosse won four games during the season and one in conference play. This earned them the overall five seed in their tournament. In their first game, they beat Trinity Valley 9-8 to advance to the semifinals. They faced tough competition in their semifinal games, and faced a tough loss. They ultimately placed fourth overall in the tournament. 

“The highlight of the year was definitely beating TVS after they beat us. It was the best feeling ever,” Bo Juliao ’24 said.

Boys Track and Field – Boys Track and Field took home the 3A championship title after a 45-year drought. They won the meet by 10.5 points. In the boys pole vault, Zachary Willars ‘24 won 2nd place and Nate Blan ‘26 finished in 3rd place. Jeremy Henderson ‘23 took home the 1st place title in long jump. In the triple jump, Blake Brown ‘24 finished in 3rd place overall. Alex Kelly ‘23 also placed 3rd in the high jump. In the 100m dash, Bryce Evans ‘24 placed 2nd and Kelly placed 3rd. Henderson placed 1st in the 400-m dash and 2nd in the 200-m dash. In the 300-m hurdles, Rob Batton ‘23 placed 1st and Brown finished in 2nd. 

“Winning SPC was a very rewarding experience because it took us four years to get to this point. This class of 2023 has contributed a lot to our track program so to go out senior year as champions was really special,” Henderson said. 

Girls Track and Field – Girls Track and Field also took home the 3A championship title sealing it with a 42-point win. Sutton Howard ‘23 placed 1st in discus and in shot put. Shamya Freeney ‘24 also placed 2nd overall in shot put. In high jump. Finleigh Ashburn ‘25 finished in 2nd and Sydney Airheart ‘23 finished in 3rd. Sophie Toomey ‘24 placed first in pole vault. In the 3200-meter run, Murphy Hoefer ‘25 finished in 3rd place. The girls 4 x 100 team of Mimi Cauble ‘23, Rachel Nelsen ‘23, Hailey Seiden ‘26, and Kylie Carter ‘24 had a strong outing, as they finished in 2nd. Nelson finished first in both the 100-m dash and the 200-m dash. In hurdle events, Cauble finished 2nd in the 100-m and Airheart finished 3rd in the 300-m. 

“It was a really fun and exciting season. Our team is really close and we are always there cheering each other on in every event,” Carter said. “It was a very exciting experience when the boys and girls both won SPC because we had all worked so hard all season and it paid off. The girls team had never won SPC and the boys hadn’t won in 45 years.” 

Girls GolfGirls Golf placed sixth as a team in the SPC tournament. Within individual competition, freshman Amelia Dickerson ‘26 placed third overall, earning her all-SPC honors. 

“I’m really grateful for the opportunity to play golf this year and get to know my teammates. It’s been a really fun experience, and I’m thankful for the time we spent together,” Dickerson said.

Boys Golf –  The Boys Golf team placed fourth overall in the SPC tournament with two top-five individual placings. Senior Connor Henry ‘23 finished in third place and sophomore Mason Harper ‘25 finished in fifth place overall. 

“Because of COVID, I have only played in two full fledged, complete SPC championships, the last two of which have been hosted here in Fort Worth which they usually host at the same course every year in Houston,”  Henry said. “With that being said, I have had great experience playing the SPCs over multiple tournament days here in town. It allows all of my family and close friends to be able to come out and support when they otherwise could not, sort of like a ‘home game’ vibe in a sense.”