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John Cooper Sports: Dragon Football Wins Big at Home, Cross Country and Volleyball Teams Make Their Marks on the Road

THE WOODLANDS, TX – Dragon Football wins big at home, cross country and volleyball teams make their marks on the road. Results for the week of September 5, 2022


9/9 against Saint-Marc • 50-14 W

“Everyone is ready to win, few are ready to do so.” The Dragons took a step closer to being themselves this week as they took on the St. Mark’s Lions, 50-14. The Dragons took the game’s first play 50 yards against the Lions 15, scored three plays later and didn’t look back. QB Vaughn McKeever was on his way all night, accounting for nearly 400 total offensive yards on a night the Dragons totaled more than 600 offensive yards. McKeever went 22 for 31 with over 300 passing yards and a touchdown; his feet came to play and he rushed nearly 100 yards with four rushing touchdowns. WR Kielar Sullivan was dynamic as usual with 11 touches for over 150 yards and two touchdowns. RB Dean Calhoun carried the charge in the backfield with 20 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown. The Dragon defense retained their no-break folding style as they closed out the Lion’s fast attack, allowing just one score each half out of nine total possessions for the Lions. OLB Hayden Hammit was the star of defense as he was all over the pitch, making life-saving tackles and wreaking havoc in the Lion run game. It was LB Alex Rovirosa who once again led the way with 11 tackles on the night and the Dragon’s ‘turnover chain’ even made an appearance when C Sam McDonough netted an interception to help end a other possession of the Lion. The Dragons now head to conference play in hopes of defending their SPC 3A crown; their title defense begins with a road game in Dallas this Friday as they take on the Greenhill School Hornets. –Coach Daniel Lewis

Team MVP: Vaughn McKeever

Offensive Player of the Game: Kielar Sullivan

Defensive Player of the Game: Hayden Hammit

Special Teams MVP:Sam McDonough

Scout Team Player of the Week: Jett Flinn

Next appointment for Dragon Football

September 16 at Greenhill School*, 7 p.m.

September 23 c. Oakridge School*, 7 p.m. return home

September 30 at the Prépa Cistercienne*, 7 p.m.


9/10 to Run the Dog Pound Invitation

Girls 4th place • Boys 3rd place

Coach George Dohner: Cooper’s cross-country teams participated in the annual “Run the Dog Pound” Invitational at Magnolia. Cooper was the only private school team to compete in public school 5A and 6A talent competition. The boys would finish in third place while this girls team finished fourth. “It was a great competition for us!” Coach Dohner said. “Our boys’ and girls’ teams had kids who really progressed and ran well.” Gray Mendenhall and Megan Day both continue to lead the team in competitions. In their first 5k of the season, Mendenhall finished third in the boys, while Day finished sixth in the girls. “It was great to see Chloe Smith and Ava Perugini running with confidence today, and both had their best race of the season,” said Dohner.

Cooper Cross is taking a break from competition for the next two weeks to focus on training for the Chili Pepper Classic at the University of Arkansas on October 1.

Sub-Varsity Shout Out: Congratulations to the JV Boys who finished in second place, led by second student Nathan Montes. And congratulations to Jacob Baily for winning the Freshman Boys Race.

Boys University – 3rd place

Gray Mendenhall – 3rd – 16:40

Aditya Pakal – 11th – 17:12

Ryan Taylor – 17th – 5:40 p.m.

Nathan Seamans – 19th – 17:51

Walter day – 24 – 18:00

Girls Varsity – 4th place

Megan day – 6th – 20:33

Milla Signorelli – 12th – 21:15

Chloe Smith – 20th – 22:20

Ava Perugini – 21st – 22:21

Tahira King – 22nd – 22:41

Next step for Dragon Cross Country

Oct. 1 at Chili Pepper Festival, 7 a.m. at the University of Arkansas

Oct. 1 at Woodlands Christian XC Series #3, 8 a.m.

Oct. 8 at 41st St. John Maverick Ramble, Spring Creek Park, 8 a.m.


9/6 to The village school • 3-0W

Coach Courtney Eckenrode: The Dragons traveled to The Village School to secure a dominating sweep of The Village School in their gym on Tuesday night. Freshman Summer Galinsky had six kills with .278. Julianne Hon had seven kills with an average of .148. The Dragons had 14 aces of service on the night and played a regular match in three sets to clinch victory!

9/8 and 9/10. At the FAST tournament

Coach Courtney Eckenrode: The Dragons went to the FAST complex to participate in a very competitive private school tournament on Friday and Saturday. We went 3-2 on the weekend finishing T-5th place in a gym full of talented teams! The highlight of the weekend was starting the tournament with a three-set victory over Frassati Catholic who the Dragons fell to earlier in the season. The team is showing phenomenal growth and this victory proves it! The Dragons picked up victories over Frassati Catholic, Legacy School of Sports Science and Cypress Christian.

Next step for Dragon Volleyball

September 13 c. Cypress Christian, 6 p.m. SPIRIT NIGHT

September 15 at Kinkaid, 5:15 p.m.

September 20 at Duchesne, 6 p.m.