2016 Fall Sports Recap

Wildcat Athletics are a big part of the St. Thomas Aquinas Upper School community. Our year-round program, for students in 5th through 8th grades, includes competing with the other catholic school athletes in the Dallas Diocese through the Dallas Parochial League (DPL). Ninety-five percent of our Upper School students, in 5th through 8th grades participate in at least one organized sport throughout the year.

This fall, the STA athletic program fielded 11 volleyball teams; a junior varsity (5th and 6th grade) and a varsity football team (7th and 8th grade); a cross country team (5th – 8th grade), tennis team for the Annual DPL Tennis Tournament (5th – 8th grade); and a 75 person cheerleading squad (6th – 8th grade)! We have just started our largest winter basketball season yet with over 200 student athletes playing on 27 teams.

Lastly, it’s not just the student athletes who win with our athletic program. The support of our volunteers, parents and the STA Booster Club make it possible to manage over 350 student athletes. The tens of thousands of hours coaching teams, manning the concession stands during home games, and hosting all-school barbecues and recognition events, just to name a few, often go without acknowledgement or appreciation. On behalf of the school, thank you for helping the school fulfill our vision to “seek the light and hope of Christ in everything we think, say, and do” both on and off the field.

Below are just a few highlights from the fall 2016 season.

6th Grade DPL Champions!


Congratulations to the 6th grade D1 girls’ volleyball team for winning the DPL Championship, Saturday, November 5th at John Paul II High School.  The girls defeated Prince of Peace in two games and brought home the "Golden Volleyball" trophy. Congratulations to Coaches Anna Cardenas and Nicole Ross for their leadership of these athletes: Abby, Claire, Clara, Grace, Mackenzie, Rowan, Anna, Sierra, and Reagan

Congratulations to our 8th grade girls that put up a good fight against Prince of Peace to become DPL Ruer Up. These girls had a great season and are looking to continue their success on the court in high school: Emily, Kylie, Charlotte, Heather, Emme, Mary Margaret, Shelby, Julia, Haley, and Brook

The 14th Annual All Star Volleyball Game was held on Monday, November 7th and St. Thomas Aquinas was well represented by Emily, Charlotte, Heather, and Haley.




Varsity DPL Catholic Bowl Champions!

The varsity football team defeated St. Rita 24-8 in the Catholic Bowl on Saturday, November 19th to become DPL Champions! Congratulations to our coaches Jody Verret, Will Verret, Colin Watson, Andres Cervantes, Taylor Tomlin, and Alan Pender for leading our boys to the Championship!

Five 8th grade student athletes were named to the 19th Annual Wesley Jackson All-Star Team that played on Sunday, November 20th following the Catholic Bowl. Congratulations Charlie, Major, Logan, Will, and Philip.

Congratulations also goes to our junior varsity football team which made the playoffs this year. JV played all season with heads held high and with courage and determination. Their positive attitude was inspired by head coaches Joe Monroe, Mike Davis, and Mark Sullivan. Good job guys!


8th Grader Madi (Varsity) and 6th Grader Nicole (Junior Varsity) walked off the courts at the DPL Tennis Tournament as Champions. Congratulations to all our participants!

Cross Country

Our STA cross country team had a strong showing at the DPL City Championship. Overall, the varsity girls took 2nd place and the junior varsity girls came in 3rd.  Congratulations to the following top 10 finishers: Caroline 1st place junior varsity girls’ category, James 5th place junior varsity boys’ category, and Tori 2nd place, Evie 5th place,  Jenna  6th place, and Gabby 7th place in varsity girls’ category. Many thanks to Head Coach Sam Polak and the numerous volunteer coaches and parents who helped make this a great season!

Wildcat Cheerleaders at Spreading Good Cheer!


Besides supporting the junior varsity and varsity football teams, the St. Thomas Aquinas varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders joined forces with cheerleaders from 12 other Catholic Schools in service to Catholic Charities of Dallas. The event, Spreading Good Cheer, a combined cheer exhibition and service opportunity, was founded 10 years ago here at St. Thomas Aquinas. Spreading Good Cheer raises money and collects jars of peanut butter for the Catholic Charities of Dallas Food Program and provides an opportunity for diocesan cheer and dance teams to showcase their talents in an end of season exhibition. This year, STA collected 458 jars of peanut butter and raised over $7,032.72. In total, Spreading Good Cheer collected 1,964 jars of peanut butter and raised $20,044.60 in donations. Thank you to coaches Diane Mayor, Rozie McMillan, Mindy Melasky, Rosa Flores, and Kelly Orlando, as well as to the many parent volunteers for making this year’s season a success.

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