The John Cooper Dragon SPC Championship Results

By: Lynn Boeding, The John Cooper School Athletics
| Published 11/11/2018


THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- VARSITY FOOTBALL Dragons Dealt First Loss Of Season To Become 2018 SPC-3A Runner Up In First-Ever Championship Appearance

11/10 vs. Fort Worth Country Day • 55-41 LOSS


Season Record 9-1 overall and 6-1 in SPC 3A play

This was Cooper’s first time in history to advance to championship play.


Offensive statistics:


Evan Minarovic was 29 of 63 for 443 yards 5 TD passes


Evan Minarovic carried 19 times for 104 yards and 1 TD

Jake Peterson carried 4 times for 16 yards

Cameron Reed carried 6 times for 16 yards


Thomas Elkhoury had 11 catches for 140 yards and 2 TDs

Matt Krehbiel had 4 catches for 57 yards

Logan Leax had 8 catches for 132 yards and 2 TDs

Daniel Gerber had 4 catches for 92 yards and 1 TD

Defensive statistics:

Matt Krehbiel had 7 tackles

Jake Peterson had 11 tackles

Joe Wilkins had 11 tackles

Cameron Reed had 7 tackles


Thomas Elkhoury had an interception

Coach Josh Childers: The Cooper Dragon’s bid for our first-ever SPC-3A Football Championship unfortunately came up a little short last night. Despite the outcome, I could not be any prouder of our boys after last night’s game. They never gave up in the game or on each other and fought all the way to the final snap. Though obviously not the outcome we wanted, this in no way diminishes the amazing season put together by these players. I would like to thank each one of them for all of their hard work and dedication in putting together an historic season. To the seniors, we will miss you and we thank you for all that you have done for this program. Also, thank you to the Cooper community for all of your support this season, you helped to make it truly special. Go Dragons!

VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY Dragon Boys Place Third, GIrls Fourth In SPC

Boys’ Team • 3rd place

Eli Araya, 10th place 16:29.7

Mitchell Shannon, 11th place 16:33.3

Will McDermott, 13th place 16:45.1

Erik Burns, 15th place 16:47.9

Cadan Hanson, 24th place 17:03.5

Drew Wilkerson, 48th place 17:58.2

Brian Ross, 66th place 18:23.9

Clifford Moshay, 76th place 18:30.5

Henry Lyons, 97th place 19:07.0

Girls’ Team 4th place

Ava Minarovic, 15th place 20:03.5

Rebecca Melin, 18th place 20:10.9

Uche Oguchi, 24th place 20:22.9

Katie Drake, 26th place 20:24.9

Madison Breaux, 42nd place 21:22.2

Abby Mendenhall, 47th place 21:30.1

Amber Navarra, 54th place 21:47.4

Caroline Courtney 55th place 21:50.8

Avriana Lisembee, 59th place 22:04.2

Paige Cromley, 74th place 22:43.7

From Coach George Dohner: The Cooper Cross Country teams completed their seasons this weekend at the SPC Championship meet in Dallas. With ideal conditions and a fast course, the teams competed to the top of their abilities and surprised many with their gutsy performances. The boys’ team finished in third place and the girls finished in fourth.

The girls’ team started off the morning with race time temps in the 40s. Led by senior Ava Minarovic (15th) and freshman Rebecca Melin (18th), the team finished in an impressive fourth place, edging out powerhouse Hockaday by one point. Minarovic and Melin both achieved All-SPC honors, finishing in the top 20.

“This capped a wonderful cross country career for Ava. We are so proud of her and fine leader she has become! This was a perfect scenario for her final race,” Coach George Dohner said. “As for a Rebecca, this was a great beginning to what looks to be a bright future in our program. She works so hard in practice, but even more impressive is that she competes so well in meets. She runs with a determination, that can’t really be taught. What a great effort and we couldn’t be prouder of her.”

Also scoring points for Cooper were Uche Oguchi (24th), Katie Drake (26th), and Madison Breaux (42). “This group of young ladies has been a true joy to work with this season and for many, over the past four years,” Dohner said. “They have definitely left their mark on the program!”

The boys’ team competed ranked in the Top 4 amongst four really level teams. Cooper would finish in third place, just five points behind runner-up St. Marks. On this day, St. Stevens had all the right chips in place and dominated the day. Cooper placed all five of their scorers in the top 25, with four receiving All-SPC medals in the top 15. The team was led by Seniors Eli Araya (10th), Mitchell Shannon (11th), sophomore Will McDermott (13th) senior Eric Burns(15th) and junior Cadan Hanson (24th).

“This group of boys is one of the strongest teams we have ever had,” Dohner said. “We were five deep and had a real shot at getting a trophy We couldn’t have run any better today and are so proud of the boys’ strong performances. This was a special year and we want to thank each and every member of the team for a great season.”

The coaching staff would like to thank our seniors for their leadership this season. This has been a great group of kids and we wish them nothing but success in their future.


11-8 Opening Round vs. Greenhill 3-2 LOSS

11-9 Consolation Semifinals vs. Trinity Valley 3-0 WIN

11-10 Consolation Finals vs. Oakridge 3-1 WIN 9th Place SPC finish



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/ 6 vs St. John XXII • 2-1 WIN

Next up for Dragon Girls’ Soccer:

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.


11/6 at Concordia Lutheran • 2-1 LOSS

11/8 at St. Thomas High School • 1-1 TIE

Coach Bryan Sherman: The boys’ soccer team played two tough matches this week to open the season. After a 2-1 loss to Concordia Lutheran on Tuesday, the team showed a lot of resiliency to bounce back and play with much more effort and intensity to secure a 1-1 draw at St. Thomas. We are looking forward to our first home match next Thursday versus Emery.

Next up for Dragon Boys’ Soccer:

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


11/6 at Awty International • 53-12 WIN

Coach B.J. Feuerhelm: It was exciting to finally get to see this team in action. With so many new pieces, we were anxious to see how we could all mesh. The girls came out and played really hard and did some good things. Kya Gill did a nice job filling up the stat sheet as she kicked off her sophomore campaign. I am excited to get back to work and see what the girls can accomplish.

11/9 at Rosehill Christian Tournament

vs Cypress Christian • 46-27 WIN

vs. Brentwood Christian • 43-22 LOSS

Next up for Dragon Girls’ Basketball:

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

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


11/6 at Awty International • 60-57 LOSS

11/8-10 at St. Thomas Classic Tournament

vs. St. Thomas High School • 95-55 LOSS

vs. Logos Preparatory • 72-63 LOSS

vs. The Woodlands Christian Academy • 79-44 LOSS

Next up for Dragon Boys’ Basketball:

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

Nov. 15-17 at Cistercian Preparatory Tournament


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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