In a whirlwind wrap-up to an unforgettable year, student athletes took home multiple state championships this spring for Second Baptist School.
"Second Baptist School had a stellar spring season of athletics in 2021,” said Athletic Director Mike Walker. “Our baseball and softball teams were among the very best teams in the state. Baseball finished a very tough district season undefeated as district champions in a year with strong competition. Softball finished second in the district, but then went on to navigate the playoffs and finish off the season at TAPPS DII State Champions!”
Our track, golf and tennis teams also had great spring seasons sending multiple athletes to district, regional and state competitions. Walker continues, “Most of all, I was thrilled to see lots of parents and fans show up to spring events to cheer on our Eagles. We finished strong and we are looking forward to an even better 2021-2022."
Without a doubt, one of the all time highs of the 2020-2021 school year in SBS athletics was the softball team winning the TAPPS state title
! “The state softball championship meant so much to this team. I’m excited for the athletes - this is their championship; they earned it every step of the way, and it truly could not have happened to a better group of student athletes. Watching their celebration was incredibly fulfilling,” said coach Brandy Mardis.
This baseball season was marked by the opening of the new turf field and determination to prove their worthiness by a talented group of players. “Watching this team evolve as the season went along was fulfilling as a coach,” said coach Rayner Noble. “Going undefeated in district play was definitely a highlight.”
Senior and Prairie-View A&M commit, Alex Diaz shared, “Having the opportunity to represent Second Baptist School on the baseball field this year was truly an honor and a blessing. The greatest highlight of the baseball season this year for me was Spring Swing. It was so cool to see how the SBS community came out to support our baseball team, and we secured a big win at home that night.”
Track & Field
Director of Athletics Mike Walker summarized the track team accomplishments saying, “This is a special group of students. It takes a lot of commitment and self-discipline to achieve at this level in track. Congrats to our athletes for ending this year on such a high note at the state track meet
Haley Killough ‘23, who earned third in the 200 meter and long jump, second in the 400 meter and first in the high jump, said, “The state track meet was the highlight of my school year. I got to know my team better, and there was great competition. I am so excited to continue to improve and compete again next year.”
Men - Fourth in District
Women - Fourth in District
Bryce Ganious ‘21 - State Champion in Discus, District and Regional Champion in Discus
Haley Killough ‘23 - State Champion in High Jump, second in 200 meter in state, third in long jump and 200 meter in state, District and Regional Champion in high jump
Cole Satterwhite ‘22 - second in 100 meter in regionals
The always glowing Golden Girls not only scored high in their winter competitions but also wowed the SBS community with their annual Spring Show
. According to Kate Davidson ‘22, “During competition season this year, I learned just how strong and hard-working my team is. Our dances this year were very difficult and took a lot of practice to master and we gave it just that.
Senior Lauryn Edwards shared about her experience as a Golden Girl, saying, “To me, what makes Golden Girls special is the bond we have as a team, we truly are sisters. Being on the team these past four years, I have made some of my closest friends in the world.”
Coach David Hall said, “The high point of the tennis season was the women’s team winning the district title and having three players qualify for state, including freshman Stella Baird. Dariush Boujabadi ‘22 was undefeated in the regular season, and Caroline Chapman ‘22 won all but one match during district. It was a great season for both the men and women in tennis.”
Women - District Champions
5 wins, 1 loss
Caroline Chapman ‘22 - quarterfinalist in state
Stella Baird ‘24 - fourth place in district, state qualifier
Luella Bakker-Barrink ‘22 and Caroline Martinez ‘23 - fifth place in district
Daruish Boujabadi ‘22 - state qualifier
“The highlight that stood out this year was definitely the TAPPS tournament playoff when Patrick Elder ‘22 advanced into the Regional tournament. He was tied for tenth place after 18 holes, and only 10 players advance to regionals. Patrick went into a sudden-death playoff against a player from Woodlands Christian Academy and hit two great shots on the first playoff hole to clinch his spot. It was very nerve racking for him, but he handled it like a pro!” said coach Jenny Murdock.
Patrick Elder ‘22 - Tenth in District
Vivian Darnall ‘24 - Sixth in District
Patrick Elder & Jett Motley ‘22 - won George Ranch High School Team Championship
Brandon Young ‘22 & Christian Schmidt 22’ - third place at George Ranch High School Team Championship