The SBS community cheered on the men's and women's soccer teams at this year's Jingle Bell Classic.
I jogged up to the goal, keeping my eyes locked down. With my foot, I rolled the soccer ball to its designated spot on the white circle and slowly retreated—three steps backward, one to the left.
Me. The goal. A goalie standing in between, arms outstretched and knees bouncing in anticipation. At the sound of the referee’s whistle, I took a deep breath. With my heart pounding and my attention locked onto the back of the net, I ran up and kicked.
Every year, our school selects a home match to celebrate both our women’s and men’s soccer teams, branding it the Jingle Bell Classic.
As a member of the women’s team for the past four years, I’ve always looked forward to the event as a time to participate in a sport I love while being cheered on by my peers and parents. However, as this year’s JBC date approached, I harbored a shred of nervousness amidst the usual overwhelming anticipation.
As a senior, it dawned on me that this would be my final time playing at the JBC. Adding to my nerves was the fact that our opponent for the evening was The Emery/Weiner School, a team with an excellent soccer program and a long-time school rival.
As I changed into my uniform, I tried to imagine what the night would hold. Energy buzzed around the locker room as the team prepared for the match. We were extremely excited—yet inevitably nervous.
However, as I walked onto the field and looked into the stands, I knew I had nothing to fear. Parents from both teams were sprinkled across the stands decorating the bleachers with Christmas lights and ribbons. As we warmed up, the speakers overhead played light-hearted holiday music, putting us all in an upbeat mood. And as the game began, I looked up to see my classmates standing, cheering our team on.
The energy was high as we played, whether passing, sprinting or heading the ball. The combination of hard work, along with our fans’ encouragement propelled us forward, and the resulting game was extremely challenging yet thrilling. By the time the final whistle blew, the scoreboard read 1-1, thanks to a fantastic goal by Mary Claire Torn ‘24. Penalty kicks would be the way to break the tie.
As the team gathered in a circle for a talk before the kicks commenced, we were all intimidated, yet we all agreed that we were at home—this was our school and we were ready to make our fans proud. We stood in a line as we waited, jittery yet determined.
Jogging up to take my kick, I could feel the blood pumping in my head and the slight trembling of my hands. However, as I set up my ball right in front of the goal, I heard a collection of voices calling out from the stands. My parents, my teachers, my friends—they all yelled out to me, cheering my name as I stood, ready to take my shot.
The moment the ball hit the back of the net, I heard screams erupt from the bleachers and I couldn’t help but break into a grin. Cheering my other teammates on, I was jumping and clapping along with everyone else in unison.
We won the game, fair and square, and when the final penalty kick flew into the goal, the team ran into a huddle, hugging and yelling in our victory. My friends and family awaited us on the sidelines, ready to congratulate us.
The night was everything I could have asked for and more. Sitting up on the stands with my friends, I had the opportunity to sip on some hot chocolate and cheer the men’s team on, keeping a lookout for my younger brother on the field. Our school has always felt like a tight community, but this specific experience left me truly appreciating its benefits.
And although both soccer matches required excruciating effort from both the women's and men’s teams, I can confidently state that our spirited fans who came out to watch made all the difference. It was an amazing experience as my final JBC and certainly a moment I will never forget.
A recap of our 2022 fall sports season!
Second Baptist School athletics experienced another incredible fall season, with victories on and off the field and court. When students not only celebrate team victories but also set personal records, break school records and earn spots on collegiate teams, it’s clear excellence is at the forefront of all things athletics.
Director of Athletics Mike Walker reflected on the fall season. “I have the unique privilege of getting a front-row seat to the accomplishments of our teams and athletes,” he described. “I've been on the sidelines for every varsity football game and watched our team rise to the occasion and win the District Championship with a perfect 5-0 record. I was present when our varsity cross-country team placed among the top runners in the state at both the district and state level. I watched our talented cheerleaders and dancers perform at both pep rallies and at halftime. I saw our varsity volleyball team overcome adversity and win a district tie-breaker game and earn a berth in the state playoffs.”
He continued, “God has blessed Second Baptist School with incredible coaches, athletes, trainers and support staff. Success on the field is certainly rewarding, and how incredible was it to congratulate our six senior athletes who signed this November to compete in college athletics?” Truly, it has been an inspiring season for the families, athletes and spirited community at SBS.
“Our coaching staff is so proud of our players and the season they had,” said Interim Head Football Coach Tony Levine. “Winning our district championship and reaching the state semi-final game showed the heart and character of our team. It was truly an honor and privilege to coach these young men, and the bonds and memories they created will last a lifetime."
- Varsity: Final Record: 8-5, District Record: 5-0, District Champions
- JV: 6-0-2
- Eighth Grade: 5-2, HJPC Champions
- Seventh Grade: 6-0
The volleyball team chose part of the SBS mission as their theme for this season: pursuit of excellence. Head Coach Chandace Tryon commented, “I feel that the girls in our program pursued excellence every single day. It’s always fun to watch a team win games throughout the season, but I was most pleased with each athlete’s desire to seek excellence in non-physical ways such as being a good teammate, holding each other accountable and respecting their opponents. I felt that focusing on those areas of the game helped us to succeed and make a strong playoff run.”
- Varsity: 17-15
- JV: 9-10
- Freshmen: 11-2
- Eighth Grade: 14-3, HJPC Runner-Up
- Seventh Grade: 10-3
SBS cross-country runners committed to training, setting goals and breaking personal records all season long. Moreover, the fall 2022 cross-country team includes two school record holders: Lauren Baker's 12:02.3 record in the 3200m and CJ Hobbs' 16:26.4 record in the 5K. The cross-country team also celebrated a college commitment from talented senior runner CJ Hobbs, who plans to run for Dallas Baptist University next fall.
Head Coach Dr. Chris Hobbs shared, “Our SBS community should be proud of how committed this cross-country team is to training and representing our school. These athletes are as tough as they come and relentlessly consistent.”
- Lauren Baker '24 earned 3 medals: 10th @ Covenant Christian Invitational, 6th at Soaring Eagle Invitational, 7th @ TAPPS 5A District Championships
- Sara Griffin '26 earned 4 medals: 15th at Woodlands Christian Invitationals, 13th at Covenant Christian Invitational, 10th at Soaring Eagle Invitational, 10th at TAPPS 5A District Championships
- CJ Hobbs '23 earned 5 medals: 3rd @ Woodlands Christian Invitational, 1st place at Brenham Hillacious Invitational, 1st place @ Soaring Eagle Invitational, 13th at St. John's Maverick Ramble, 2nd place at TAPPS 5A District Championships
Our cheer teams have wowed us at pep rallies and halftime performances throughout the fall! Head Coach Andrea Spence gave her take on the season saying, “This is a special year because we have nine seniors who have been dedicated members of the SBS cheer team, most since eighth grade. This year's team goals were to focus on learning new performance skills, sideline spirit, and bonding as a team, ultimately working together to glorify God using their talent to impact Eagle pride!”
National Cheer Association Summer Camp Awards:
- 2nd Medium Varsity Band Chant
- 3rd Medium Varsity Cheer
- 3rd Medium Varsity Chant
- All Americans: Ella Ryan ‘23, Quin Harder ‘26
Golden Girls are wrapping up their fall performance season and moving on to their winter competition season with their first competition taking place on January 14. We’ll be cheering you on, Golden Girls!
GO EAGLES! Follow @sbs_athletics on Instagram and Twitter for continued updates on sports at SBS.
Grandparents visited campus and were honored at the inaugural Middle School Grandparents Day at Second Baptist School.
“Some of the world’s best educators are grandparents.” - Dr. Charlie W. Shedd, author and minister
The inaugural Middle School Grandparents Day began with breakfast in the cafeteria, where over 400 grandparents met their grandchildren to eat and visit before heading to the Worship Center for the school’s annual Thanksgiving Praise Service. Afterward, middle schoolers led their grandparents to the Sanctuary for a special program that included presentations from classmates and administrators.
“This time period in a young person’s life involves moments of academic, social and spiritual growth,” said Head of Middle School Ellen Barrett. “The young people in our school are not empty vessels, but rather a product of moments of influence over the years, from family, friends and experiences, such as their education at Second Baptist School.”
SBS experiences were shared by fifth to eighth grade students, who highlighted some of their most memorable moments at school. Learning opportunities that have shaped these students included moments in academics like history, science and Bible classes as well as athletics, theatre and band experiences.
“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” - Proverbs 17:16.
This proverb may explain why grandparents are often the most important people children have in their lives. Head of School Dr. Don Davis thanked parents and grandparents for their commitment to Christian education, “A grateful heart is key, and that is why we are committed to building leaders with biblical knowledge, encouraging them to step out and lead courageously.”
At the end of the program, each student was given a special gift to share with their grandparents. As the doors opened, grandparents and grandchildren walked out of the Sanctuary together, some hand-in-hand, but all grateful for this special time together as they hugged before saying goodbye. A sweet spirit and tender fondness lingered on campus as friends and family parted ways and the Word made clear, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” - 3 John 1:4
The SBS community worshiped together at the annual Thanksgiving Praise Service.
By Communications Fellow Isabella Ventura ‘23
“We are each given 86,400 seconds in a day. That is 86,400 moments.”
Thursday morning, November 17, Head of School Dr. Don Davis spoke to SBS students, parents, and over 400 visiting grandparents at the annual Thanksgiving Praise Service. The gathering kicked off with impassioned worship as a team of students, faculty members and church staff offered their voices to melodies of praise. Afterwards, the audience remained charged with this contagious energy and sat eager to hear Dr. Davis’ words.
After delivering the enlightening statistic above, Dr. Davis emphasized this year’s theme of #SBSmoments. This communal goal presented to the school involves being present every second and seizing every opportunity—embracing each moment. Then, Dr. Davis took his message a step further, challenging listeners with the questions, “What are we to fill our time with?” and “What should we do with the moments of our lives?”
The inquiry he presented was complex, yet he offered a memorable response. Referencing I Thessalonians 5:16-18, he asserted that God mentions three things that should fill every moment of our lives: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Dr. Davis emphasized his understanding of the difficulty of decision-making; he acknowledged seniors making a college decision, or parents seeking a career change. He stressed that, as recorded in Scripture, “God tells us His will for our lives and what He expects of us each moment of our lives.”
God has told us to fill our moments with:
- Joy–we should rejoice always.
- Prayer–we should pray continually
- Gratitude—we should give thanks in all circumstances.
This Thanksgiving season, it is crucial to remember these words when visiting family and friends, enjoying the cooling weather and (for many students) catching up on sleep. As Dr. Davis highlighted, in every moment of our lives, we should remember to “choose joy always, pray continually and give thanks in everything.”
The SBS community turned out to celebrate six student athletes signing national letters of intent to play college athletics.
It was a great day for Second Baptist School Athletics and a memorable one for six senior athletes and their families. Set up in the E Gym, the stands filled with family members, friends, teammates, teachers and coaches who poured into the lives of these students and have shown their continuous support.
Director of Athletics Mike Walker welcomed the audience and athletes to Signing Day. “We are so proud of you,” he said to the athletes, “We know that you will take your leadership, your experience and your work ethic to your respective universities and be a light for Christ. God has given you a gift, not only the light of talent, but of opportunity. Our prayer is to see you shine brightly for God.” With sincerity, he thanked the many individuals in the audience who sacrificed and partnered with these students to get them where they are today. Finally, Coach Walker emphasized, “Well done all of you; thank you for all your hard work. You are always welcome back at SBS. Always an Eagle.”
VYPE Media covered SBS Signing Day.
By Matt Malatesta for VYPE Houston
It was a celebration of hard work and sacrifice Wednesday [November 9, 2022] as six Second Baptist School athletes signed their National Letters of Intent.
Three members of the 2022 TAPPS Division II State Championship baseball team made commitments. Luke Pettitte ‘23 signed with Dallas Baptist University; Ty Baker ‘23 will head to Texas A&M and Grayson Willey ‘23 pledged to the University of St. Thomas.
“This has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid, and my father had the same dream when he was my age,” Pettitte said. “My brother played at Dallas Baptist University when they went to a Super Regional and I spent a lot of time there. I just fell in love with the school. It’s a great program, and it feels like family.”
Baker is a national recruit and will head to College Station. “I hope I can make the Aggie fans proud like I think I have done at Second Baptist,” Baker said. “The Aggies are in my home state and in the best conference (SEC) in the nation. We are going back to Omaha.”
Emily Rogers ‘23, a gifted student athlete who is an all-state softball player and happens to own the school record in the 100m track event for SBS, will take her bat and glove to Colorado School of Mines to play softball.
CJ Hobbs ‘23, who owns three SBS distance running records, will run long distance for Dallas Baptist's cross country and track and field programs. “To realize my dream of running at the collegiate level is amazing,” Hobbs said. “It’s a great way to wrap up my high school career. The DBU program had a strong sense of camaraderie, and I feel like the coaches are going to help me continue to progress in my career.”
Zeke Bullington ‘23, a veteran guard on the #1 ranked (5A, TAPPS) varsity basketball team at SBS, will play basketball for St. Edward’s University.
Congratulations athletes, and GO EAGLES!
Ty Baker ‘23 - Texas A&M University (Baseball)
Zeke Bullington ‘23 - St. Edward's University (Basketball)
CJ Hobbs ‘23 - Dallas Baptist University (Cross Country)
Luke Pettitte ‘23 - Dallas Baptist University (Baseball)
Emily Rogers ‘23 - Colorado School of Mines (Softball)
Grayson Willey ‘23 - University of St. Thomas (Baseball)