Golf at SMS
SIX IN A ROW!
Our Saint Matthews Golf Team are the Tidewater Catholic Golf League Champions Once again, (6 consecutive Championships) while also taking the individual championships for the boys and the girls. Congratulations!!!
Overall, however, the league was as strong as we’ve seen it in years top to bottom. Five teams finished with stroke totals under 200 for the Tournament with only 2 strokes separating 2nd and 3rd place.
Saint Gregory was second with 171 and Star of the Sea was 3rd with 173.
Track and Field
St. Matthew’s plays in the Tidewater Catholic Basketball League. We have boys and girls teams for third through eighth grade. To see a particular schedule, visit the TCBL website and select the appropriate division in the bottom left or click a link below.
|3rd and 4th grade||Girls||Boys|
|5th and 6th grade||Girls||Boys|
|7th and 8th grade||Girls||Boys|
2017-2018 was a transition year for the St. Matthew’s Cheerleading program. Ali Thomas became the new Cheerleading coach and coordinator. With this new leadership, 20 brand new uniforms and pom poms were purchased to help increase the spirit of SMS cheerleading. The season began with about 40 girls, ranging from first through seventh grade. In assistance with the other coaches, the teams learned all new cheers, halftime routines, and dance. During the basketball playoffs and finals, both cheerleading teams cheered at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School. They performed during halftime with great pride and support for their St. Matthew’s basketball teams.
This was a great season for St. Matthew’s! We had the largest turnout ever– 53 middle school young ladies comprised 4 teams:
SMS Blue and SMS White included a mix of 6 th and 7 th graders, while the SMS Navy and SMS Gold teams were made up entirely of 8th graders. The Blue team finished ninth in the conference, and the White team placed tenth. Both teams lost by just a few points in their tournament games. The Navy team finished sixth in the conference and lost a close match to a third place team in the tournament. The Gold team finished fourth in the conference and made it to the semi-finals in the tournament, losing to the first place team. Finally, we enjoyed a senior day with the two eighth grade teams facing each other. It was the best match each team played all season. We look forward to even greater participation and continued growth in our players in the coming years…Congratulations, ladies!
Middle School Boys Soccer
The SMS Middle School Boys Soccer Team participates in the Eastern Tidewater Independent School (ETIS) league. Playing schools such as Beach Breakers (home school team), The Williams School, Norfolk Collegiate, St. Patrick’s, and Norfolk Christian fall season of 2018. Our team this year was a young team made up of primarily 6th grade boys with returning 7th & 8th graders who have played on the team previously. A total of 16 boys participated and they either practiced or played a game Monday–Thursday every day from August until the end of October. On Fridays, they were given the opportunity to participate in a 30 minute long fundamental training session with the school’s recreational players. During that time, the student athletes conducted foundation building drills, developed team concepts, ran small sided play and individual skill training which they helped design and run each week for the younger players.
The team was coached by Amy Chesney (U.S. National E Soccer License) and assisted by John Tecson (U.S. National E Soccer License). The team’s record was 2 wins and 8 losses, losing in the first round of the tournament to Norfolk Christian in a close and exciting game. The team played 11v11 and for many of the players, this was their first experience on a regulation size field with a full team of 11 on the pitch. Being young, experiencing new field conditions and player positions made for some tough hurdles for the boys to overcome. However, they always gave 100% and played with lots of heart. The sportsmanship and leadership that rose from the games in which they found themselves down most of the time proved to teach lessons far more valuable than what a foot can do with a soccer ball. At the end of the season, two players were recognized and awarded by the league for their Outstanding Sportsmanship: Edu Holland – Farres (returning 7th grader) and Bryson Pascua (3 season 8th grader). Even though the entire team could have received the award, these two young athletes had an exceptional season.