Dragon Football Completes Undefeated Season, All Fall Teams Head To Dallas For SPC Championships

By: The John Cooper School
| Published 11/04/2018


THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- VARSITY FOOTBALL Dragons Complete Undefeated Season, Head For Championships 11/2 vs. Austin Saints* • 27-9 WIN. Current Season Record 9-0 overall and 6-0 in SPC 3A play. First place in SPC standings. Next game for the Dragons: The Cooper Dragons will take on Ft. Worth Country Day in the SPC Championships on Saturday, November 10 at 5 pm. This is Cooper’s first time to advance to championship play.


Offensive statistics:


Evan Minarovic was 15 of 28 for 245 yards 3 TD passes and 2 INTs


Jake Peterson carried 4 times for 21 yards

Cameron Reed carried 5 times for 24 yards

Jude Bugenhagen carried 2 times for 13 yards


Thomas Elkhoury had 4 catches for 40 yards

Matt Krehbiel had 4 catches for 95 yards and 1 TD

Logan Leax had 4 catches for 77 yards and 2 TDs

Daniel Gerber had 2 catches for 33 yards

Defensive statistics:


Matt Krehbiel had 10 tackles

Jake Peterson had 11 tackles

Joe Wilkins had 8 tackles

Blake Pitts had 5 tackles


Parker Edwards had a fumble recovery

Logan Leax had an interception

Thomas Elkhoury had an interception returned for a TD

Coach Josh Childers: Another great win for The Cooper Dragons. We were very happy to get the victory on Senior Night and complete the regular season undefeated. We were a little rusty after the bye week and definitely have some things to clean up before next week’s championship game against Ft. Worth Country Day. We were able to make enough big plays on both sides of the ball to get the victory. The boys are very excited about the opportunity to win the first ever championship for The John Cooper football program and will be ready to go next Saturday.

Next up for Dragon Football: Nov. 10 at SPC Championships, 5 p.m.

VARSITY VOLLEYBALL Dragons head to SPC Championships

10/30 vs St. John’s* 3-2 LOSS

25-17 (w)

26-24 (w)

25-22 (l)

25-15 (l)

15-8 (l)

Coach Ray Hedden: We lost in five sets to an undefeated St. John’s team on Tuesday. The Dragons played great defense for the first three sets but ran out of gas the last two. We are now turning our focus to SPC where we go in as the sixth seed and play Greenhill in Round 1.

Season record: 20–5 SPC record: 2-4

Next up for Dragon Volleyball:
SPC Championships at Episcopal of Dallas
Nov. 8–Opening Round vs. Greenhill (third seed, North Zone), 5 p.m.


Next up for Dragon Cross Country:
Nov. 10 at SPC Championships at Norbuck Park, Dallas, 9 a.m.

VARSITY SWIMMING & DIVING Dragons Open Swimming & Diving Season

11/1 & 3 at The Woodlands Invitational

The girls placed 7th out of 13 teams. The boys placed 5th out of 10 teams.

Girls’ Team:

Lauren Cordes (JR)

Katia Guerrero (SO)

Syuen See (SR)

Dorothea Johnson (SO)

Tillie Claggett (FR)

Caitlin Lanigan (FR)

Ellie Wang (FR)

Diver: Adelaide Herman (SO)

Boys’ Team:

William Staebel (SR)

Vidyal Pradeepkumar (SR)

Campbell Wolford (SR)

Henry Shea (FR)

From Coach Sara Bany: The Woodlands Invitational began on Thursday with the diving portion of the competition. Sophomore Adelaide Herman competed for Cooper and tied for fourth out of 18 girl divers. Saturday morning the rest of the team competed in the swimming events. Although Cooper brought only a portion of the team due to the SAT and a number of fall athletes still finishing up their season, the boys finished fifth out of 10 much larger teams and the girls finished seventh out of 13 teams.

The girls’ team brought several new freshmen who scored points for the team. Tillie Claggett placed 14th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:25.23 and sixth in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:11.02. Caitlin Lanigan placed eighth in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 25.81 and 12th in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 57.24. Both Ellie Wang and Noelle Harris swam the 50 Free and were members of the 400 Free Relay. Returning swimmers, Lauren Cordes (16th 200 Free, 13th 100 Free), Syuen See (16th 100 Back), Katia Guerrero (16th 100 Butterfly) and Dorothea Johnson also contributed both individually and in the relays.

On the boys’ side, every swim from the four boys placed in the Top Eight and scored points. The fast swims started off with freshman Henry Shea who placed seventh in the 200 IM with a personal best time of 2:07.02 and sixth in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 55.66, just 1/10th of a second behind teammate Vidyal Pradeepkumar (55.56) who placed sixth. Campbell Wolford has returned for his senior year ready to sprint. He placed fifth in the 50 free with a time of 22.50 and eighth in the 100 Back with a time of 57.95. Fellow senior and Cooper’s record-holding 100 Backstroker, Pradeepkumar placed fifth in the 100 Back with a time of 57.42. The final senior, William Staebel, got off to a fast start placing third in the 100 Free with a time of 48.91 and fourth in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:02.48. Shea, Wolford, Pradeepkumar and Staebel also swam the 200 free relay and 400 free relay, placing fourth in both.

Dragon Head Coach Sara Bany, is excited for the season and encouraged by the times that the team swam so early in the season. Be on the lookout for this fast Cooper team in the upcoming TISCA meet on November 16.

Next up for Dragon Swimming & Diving:

Nov. 15-16 at TISCA Meet, Conroe ISD Natatorium
Nov. 30 at Holiday Relay Meet at U of Houston Natatorium


11/ 1 at Awty International (scrimmage)

Girls’ soccer is off to a tough but fun start to the season. We started off with a few morning practices and a scrimmage against Awty where all the players who aren’t currently in a fall sport were able to get on the field and play. The scrimmage was a great way to see new players as well as see what we do well and the things we need to work on. I look forward to getting everyone going for the rest of season.

Next up for Dragon Girls’ Soccer:

Nov. 6 vs. St. John XXII, 6 p.m.

Nov. 12 vs. The Village School, 6 p.m.
Nov. 13 at Northland Christian School, 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 15 vs. Emery Weiner, 5 p.m.


Next up for Dragon Boys’ Soccer:

Nov. 6 at Concordia Lutheran, 7 p.m.

Nov. 8 at St. Thomas High School, 7 p.m.

Nov. 15 vs. Emery Weiner, 7 p.m.


Next up for Dragon Girls’ Basketball:

Nov. 6 at Awty International, 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 9 at Rosehill Christian Tournament 2:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 13 vs. Incarnate Word, 5 p.m.

Nov. 15 at Lutheran South, 6 p.m.


Next up for Dragon Boys’ Basketball:

Nov. 6 at Awty International, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 12 at Lutheran South, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 15-17 at Cistercian Preparatory Tournament


Tuesday, November 6

6 p.m. Varsity Girls’ Soccer vs. St. John XXIII

Monday, November 12

6 p.m. Varsity Girls’ Soccer vs. The Village School

Tuesday, November 13

5 p.m. Varsity Girls’ Basketball vs. Incarnate Word

Thursday, November 15

5 p.m. Varsity Girls’ Soccer vs Emery Weiner

7 p.m. Varsity Boys’ Soccer vs Emery Weiner

*conference matchup

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