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Hockaday girls lacrosse, St. Mark's boy track fall short at SPC championships
HOUSTON — Hockaday came up short Saturday, but it’s banking on one more shot next weekend.
The Daises fell, 11-5, to Houston St. John’s in the SPC girls lacrosse championship game at St. John’s, but they’re still the defending Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League state champions.
They beat St. John’s, 19-18, in last year’s Division I final. The 2013 state tournament is next Saturday-Sunday at North Park in Southlake.
“We needed to convert in the first half more when we had possession,” Hockaday coach Elia Stanfield said. “We didn’t convert on those shots that we took, so that’s something we’ve got to work on this week.”
St. John’s (19-2), which claimed its third consecutive SPC title, took advantage of Hockaday’s early turnovers to build a 7-1 advantage in the first 13 minutes.
Down, 9-1, early in the second half, Hockaday (13-4) outscored St. John’s, 4-1, during a 10-minute spurt to close within 10-5, but Kendall Bernard put one in for St. John’s with 3:43 left to secure the outcome.
Title run ends for St. Mark’s: For the first time in 10 years, St. Mark’s didn’t claim the SPC boys track and field title, as Bellaire Episcopal won for coach Dick Phillips, who’s retiring after 26 years.
Episcopal finished with 141.5 points. Austin St. Stephen’s, which trailed St. Mark’s going into the final event, scored 105 points. St. Mark’s finished third with 104. The Lions had claimed the SPC title every year since 2004.
“All things must come to an end, and to me, it’s just going to make us work harder for next year, maybe renew our vigor and our focus,” St. Marks coach John Turek said.
St. Mark’s senior Kendrick Spraglin, a Texas Tech signee, won the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 21/4 inches, the triple jump (46-71/4) and the 300-meter hurdles (39.48 seconds). He placed second in the 110 hurdles (14.72).
On the girls side, Greenhill’s Liz Livingston won the pole vault (10-6), Hockaday’s Jackie Choucair won the 3,200 run (11:13.33), Oakridge’s Breonica Coleman won the 200 dash (25.19), and Hockaday took the 4x100 relay (49.75).
Hockaday finished third in the team standings. St. John’s won the championship.