Hockaday Nets Runner-Up Spot in SPC

After winning its first two games at the SPC winter championships over the weekend, Hockaday fell to St. John’s in a hard-fought title game. (Photos: Chris McGathey)

Hockaday suffered a heartbreaking loss to Houston St. John’s on Saturday in Fort Worth, denying the Daisies their first SPC soccer title since 2013.

The 1-0 defeat came on the heels of a 4-0 shutout of Greenhill in the semifinals for Hockaday (15-3-2), which won the North Zone title during the regular season.

Also during Saturday’s SPC winter championships, Greenhill fell to defending champion Houston Kinkaid 56-38 in the girls basketball title game. Kionce Woods paced the Hornets (22-9) with 14 points.

In boys basketball, St. Mark’s bounced back after a close loss to Bellaire Episcopal in Friday’s semifinals to hold off Arlington Oakridge in the third-place game, 63-58 in overtime. Meanwhile, ESD took home third place in girls soccer with a 2-0 shutout of Bellaire Episcopal.

St. Mark’s saw two wrestlers win individual SPC titles, as Colin Neuhoff topped the 170-pound weight class and Elijah Ellis won at 182 pounds. The Lions were fourth in the team standings.

In swimming, Hockaday freshman Brooke Adams claimed a gold medal in the girls 100 freestyle, and Greenhill sophomore M.J. Ward easily won the boys 100 backstroke.

As they did a year ago, Houston-area schools swept the team titles in every sport at the winter meet. Houston Christian won in boys basketball, Bellaire Episcopal in boys soccer, St. John’s in wrestling and girls swimming, and The Woodlands John Cooper in boys swimming.

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