John Cooper Sports: Dragon Girls’ Basketball Team Sweeps Tournament

By: Lynn Boeding
| Published 11/17/2019

Rosehill Christian Lady Eagle Classic champions

THE WOODLANDS, TX -- John Cooper Sports: Results from the week of November 11.

Dragon Girls’ Basketball Team Sweeps Tournament


11/12 vs Legacy Prep • canceled

11/15 vs Lake Houston Conquerors • 63-39 WIN

Led by Jack Wilson and Michael Bannerman who scored 18 each. Gamble Reed also chipped in nine rebounds in his debut.

Coach Matthew Wilson: The guys continue to work hard in practice and get better. We were able to put some of that work on display during our game this week against Lake Houston. This upcoming week, we go to Cistercian's Thanksgiving Tournament. We expect strong competition and look forward to the challenge.

Next up for Dragon Boys’ Basketball:
Nov. 21-23 at Cistercian Preparatory Tournament
Nov. 29-30 at Texas Jamboree
Dec. 3 vs. Covenant Christian School, 7 p.m.


11/12 vs Legacy Prep • 53-48 WIN

11/15-16 at Rosehill Christian Tournament • 1st place

••Tournament Champions ••

vs. Frassati Catholic • 49-32 WIN

vs. St. Joseph Catholic • 58-24 WIN

vs. Rosehill Catholic • 58-47 WIN

FINAL vs The Woodlands Christian • 50-46 WIN

All tournament players: Aalyssa Rogers, Ajailah Ogiemwonyi, Jorynn Ross

Coach BJ Feuerhelm: I am so proud of the girls and what they were able to accomplish over the weekend. To play four games in two day is never easy but they stayed focused and really leaned on each to finish off with a title. This is a special group of young women and they deserve this championship. I am excited to see what lessons can still be learned and how we can use the success of this weekend to continue our development as a team moving forward.

Season Record: 6-0

Next up for Dragon Girls’ Basketball:
Nov. 19 vs Concordia Lutheran, 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 21 at Grand Oaks High School, 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 25-26 at Bay Area Christian Tournament


11/15 at North Texas TISCA, LISD Westside Aquatic Center

Coach Sara Bany: Cooper swimmers traveled to Dallas to compete in a couple of meets this weekend. The North Texas TISCA (Texas Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association) meet was a championship-format meet with the prelims on Friday and the Top 24 swimming again in the finals on Saturday. The Dragon swimmers competed against over 600 athletes from all over Texas. All of the Cooper athletes who participated in this meet qualified for finals either individually or on a relay.

Dragon SPC champion diver, Adelaide Herman, was the highest place finisher for Cooper, finishing 6th in 1-meter diving. Following Adelaide, Chris Seymour finished 8th in the 200 IM with a season-best time of 1:59.92 and 14th in the 100 free, also with a season-best time of 48.76. Freshman sprinter Victor Guerrero finished 12th in the 100 fly and 15th in the 50 freestyle, while sophomore Henry Shea finished his 100 fly 22nd overall. Rounding out the boys’ outstanding performance was the 200 freestyle relay team of Guerrero, Shea, Alex Dharbal and Seymour finishing 18th overall with a season-best time of 1:33.57.

On the girls’ side, swimming in finals individually for Cooper was sophomore, Caitlin Lanigan who finished 18th overall in the 500 freestyle and fellow sophomore Tillie Claggett finishing 19th in her specialty, the 100 breaststroke. The girls’ 200 Medley relay consisting of Lanigan, Claggett, Katia Guerrero and Jane Ritch finished 21st with a season best time of 1:58.44 and the 200 freestyle relay with the same four girls finished 17th, also with a season-best time of 1:46.51.

11/16 at Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Carrollton-Farmer’s Branch Natatorium

Coach Sara Bany: A group of Cooper swimmers competed in another very large meet on Saturday, swimming to some season-best times and earning high places along the way. The team started the morning off with the girls 200 Medley Relay team of Katie Kovin, Noelle Harris, Victoria Davila and Ellie Wang finishing 11th overall. Topping the results was freshman Alex Dharbal who finished 2nd in the 50 freestyle and 11th in the 100 freestyle. Following Alex, was junior Nicholas Harris, after only a week of practice since football season ended, finishing 8thin the 50 freestyle and 21st in the 100 freestyle already approaching his season-best times from last year! On the girls’ side, sophomore Victoria Davila finished 11th in the 500 freestyle, a new event for her, and 22nd in the 100 freestyle. Following Victoria was freshman Katie Kovin who finished 13th in the 200 freestyle and 25th in the 100 freestyle. Other 100 freestyle swimmers were Noelle Harris and Ellie Wang racing to 31st and 33rd place respectively. Our sprinters, Harris, Wang and Peyton Boone finished 26th, 31st and 41st in the 50 freestyle. Boone also swam hard in the 200 freestyle finishing 35th.

It was an exciting meet for the Cooper swimmers as they have been training hard in the pool and in the weight room. They are competing tired and sore and still find a way to improve their times each meet. The road to SPC is a process of continuously swimming under stress and teaching their tired muscles to fight through it. These swimmers are learning a lot about their focus, their training and their recovery so that they can see the results they want in the end. I’m so proud of them for all of the work they are putting into their season!

(please note that placements are unofficial at press time, based on coach notes.)

Next up for Dragon Swimming & Diving:
Nov. 22 at TISCA (must qualify), CISD Natatorium
Dec. 6 at STE Holiday Relay Meet, U of H Natatorium


11/12 vs St. Thomas High School • 3-1 LOSS
Goal by John Ordman

Coach Bryan Sherman: The team played a tough opponent tonight, but played well at times and showed some real promise. I am pleased with the effort, but we all know there is a lot more for us to work on in order to get the results we want.

Next up for Dragon Boys’ Soccer:
Nov. 19 at HCYA, Farm League Park, 7 p.m.

Dec. 3 at The Village School, 6:30 p.m.


11/14 vs Duchesne • 0-4 LOSS

Next up for Dragon Girls’ Soccer:
Nov. 19 vs. Incarnate Word, 5 p.m. canceled
Nov. 21 at St. Mary’s Hall Tournament
Dec. 6 at All Saint’s Episcopal Tournament


Tuesday, November 19

Girls’ Varsity Basketball vs. Concordia Lutheran, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 3

Girls’ Varsity Basketball vs. Bay Area Christian, 5:30 p.m.

Boys’ Varsity Basketball vs. Covenant Christian, 7 p.m.

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