Falcons head into fall SPC strong


David Shutts

A capture from last year’s SPC championship football game against ESD.

Ethan Jett, Staff Writer

After a hard-fought season, the Falcons will compete in the Southwest Preparatory Conference Championship from Nov. 3 to Nov. 5. The competition will be in Houston for the first time in five years. 

Both the Kinkaid boys and girls volleyball teams will compete at the SPC championship at Episcopal High School in the first week of November. Under the leadership of captains senior Max De la Rosa, and juniors Mason Howes and Ryan Stubbs, the boys volleyball team is currently fourth in SPC South with a record of three wins and five losses. 

“The highlight of the season was beating St. John’s in a close game on their senior night,” said Cullen Grant, the right side hitter for Kinkaid’s boy’s volleyball team. 

The team has finished all games for the season and is preparing to win the next competition at SPC. 

The girl’s volleyball team is currently eighth in SPC South and has one win and five losses. 

Team captains junior Onyi Ndee and senior Edith Essandoh are optimistic about the end of their season. 

“This has been the most fun team I’ve been a part of. We have an inseparable bond,” said senior Sarah Xu. 

Both the boys and girls cross country teams have had great success this season.

Led by senior captains Ana Susman and Katherine Zhang, the girl’s team have competed in eight meets so far. Many members on the team have also seen great progress in their running ability. The highlight of the season has been running at the 2022 Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota. 

The boy’s cross country team had a strong season. The team has run in seven meets so far this season, and runners are optimistic about their chances for success at SPC. The best part of their season has been competing in the Hoka/McNeil Invitational 2022 in Round Rock. 

The field hockey team has had a very strong season. The team’s record is 10 wins and one loss. The highlight of their season was beating Wyoming Seminary 4-1 during the Max Field Hockey Invitational in Philadelphia.

“Crushing the rest of our competition has been super fun,” said senior captain Hope Haynes.  The team is led by senior captains Hope Haynes, Kyle Massey, Sarah Grace Raynes and Claire Nockolds, ranking No. 2 in the nation.

The football team had a strong season. They are 4-2 in SPC and will compete for the SPC championship on Saturday, Nov. 5 . Led by senior captains Micah Bell and Johnny Griggs, the Falcons have dealt with adversity all season. After losing their starting quarterback, David Capobianco, at the beginning of the season to injury, they have created advanced plays to make up for it. 

“We’ve worked hard all year and competing in the SPC championship for the second year in a row will be really exciting,” said senior Cooper Buck.

The cheerleaders had an outstanding season.

 Led by senior captains Maddie Holley, Audrey Lobb and Lucie Kunetka, they have captivated the student section all season. 

They competed over the summer and won first place at the Universal Cheerleaders Association. 

During their homecoming routine, varsity cheer completed the most fulls making Kinkaid history. A full cheerleading is a 360-degree backflip and twist. They displayed their new routine at halftime during the St. John’s vs. Kinkaid game in Rice Stadium.