ESD Wins Fourth Straight SPC Soccer Title

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.

Not only did the championship represent a last hurrah for ESD’s stellar senior class, but it also allowed the quintet — including Miller, Sarah McGinn, Katie Witte, Elizabeth Reid, and Julia Eller — to finish their four-year high school careers without a loss in conference play.

On the boys side, Greenhill reached the SPC title game on Saturday before falling 5-0 to Bellaire Episcopal. The Hornets blanked Austin St. Andrew’s, St. John’s, and Cistercian on their run to the final.

Greenhill claimed third place in both boys and girls basketball. The boys topped Kinkaid 63-60 in the third-place game, while the girls held off Fort Worth Trinity Valley 58-45.

St. Mark’s defended its conference crown in boys swimming. Benjamin Hurst (50 freestyle) and Jacob Hum (100 breaststroke) captured the only individual gold medals for the Lions, but St. Mark’s won all three relays, including two anchored by Hurst. Other podium finishers included Hum (200 individual medley) and Matthew Yang (50 freestyle, 100 backstroke).

Also in the pool, defending champion Hockaday narrowly lost to Kinkaid in the girls team standings. Bailey Hollingsworth took the only individual victory for Hockaday in diving. Those reaching the podium included Abby Tchoukaleff (200 freestyle) and Teal Cohen (100 freestyle).

In wrestling, Will Wood of St. Mark’s won an individual SPC title in the 113-pound weight class. Drew Whigham, Ivan Day, and Elias Ware also earned medals for the Lions.

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