Golf at SMS
7 in a row!
Track and Field
This year, the SMS boys track team won the 2019 Catholic Middle School Championship and our girls team finished an impressive 3rd place! We are so proud of each and every athlete as this was a true team effort combined with a few amazing individual performances. Here were the SMS 1st place finishes:
4×800 Relay, 4×100 Relay, 4×400 Relay, Long Jump, Triple Jump
Boys 1st in 10/16 events:
4×800 Relay, 100m Hurdles, 100m, 1600m, 800m, 200m, 4×400 Relay, High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump
The 2019 youth Spring soccer program included 5 teams ranging in age from preschool to 5th grade. The program housed more than 50 of our students. This season offered boy, girl and coed teams, as it did in the fall.
Middle School Girls Soccer
For the first time in school history, SMS had a Middle School Girls soccer team. The team participated in the ETIS with other schools such as Norfolk Christian, Norfolk Collegiate, St. Patrick’s, Cape Henry Collegiate and The Williams School. Our girls captured the #2 seed in the postseason tournament where they fell in the Semi-Finals. The girls were coached by Jonathan Anderson. What a huge accomplishment and a big step moving forward with our soccer program!
This season there were three volleyball teams. Blue, White and Gold. The Blue and White teams consisted of a mix of sixth and seventh graders while the Gold team consisted of all eighth graders with one sixth grader on the team. The teams competed in the ETIS against Williams School, St. Patrick’s, St. Pius X, Norfolk Collegiate, Norfolk Christian, Beach Breakers, St. John’s, St. Gregory’s and Christ the King. In the ETIS, there are two divisions. Challenger division is for lower experienced players and Championship division is for more advanced players. The Blue and White teams played in the Challenger division while the Gold team competed in the Championship division. All the teams did extremely well this year. Every team made it to the playoffs where the Blue team fell in the quarterfinals to the Beach Breakers in three tough sets. The White team won their quarterfinal matchup against St. Pius X but fell just short in three grueling sets to Williams School in the semi-finals. The Gold team competed in the Championship division and fell to St. Gregory’s in three tough sets in the quarterfinal round. Overall, the teams did an outstanding job this year and the students learned a lot and had a lot of fun.
The 2018 fall youth soccer program was proven to be a success here at SMS. We had 10 teams participate in the Fall Beach FC soccer program. The ages ranges were from preschool to 5th grade. The teams consisted of boy, girl and coed teams, giving parents the option to place their child on a team that best fit the child. Our coaches included SMS parents who volunteered their time to make this league possible for our school.
Middle School Boys Soccer
This year, St. Matthew’s had a middle school boys’ soccer team coached by Mr. Robert Avis. The team consisted of any sixth, seventh or eighth grade boy that wanted to play soccer. There were 23 students on the team. The team played in the ETIS which consisted of St. Patrick’s, Norfolk Collegiate, Norfolk Christian, Beach Breakers and Williams School. The SMS team finished around .500 for the regular season and made the playoffs but fell in a hard fought game to Williams School in the opening round. The team made great success this season and improved a lot throughout the season. The biggest win of the season was against a Norfolk Collegiate team that fell in the Championship game. The team also had a great partnership with the Bishop Sullivan Varsity boys team to work on skills for improvement. It’s a blessing to have a varsity team that is willing to help our team. SMS also had three players make the ALL-ETIS team. We are really looking forward to next season already.
The boys cross country team competed very well this year and finished every race in first place. In the final race of the season, they fell two points short of winning the championship. In particular, Riley D. finished every race this past season in first place and set a personal record. The girls cross country team finished in the top three in every race this season and finished the season off with the first championship since 2011. The girls team is very young and has a good chance to repeat next year.
This year, there were 15 basketball teams for St. Matthew’s in all divisions. We had 3 teams in the youth girls division, 3 in the youth boys, 2 in the junior girls, 2 in the junior boys, 2 in the senior girls and 3 in the senior boys. Every team won a game this year which is awesome.
There were seven teams in the six divisions that made it to the semi-finals. Youth girls 1 and youth girls 2, youth boys 1, junior boys 1, senior girls 1 and senior girls 2 and senior boys 1 were the teams that made it to the semi-finals. This is the most that we have had in the semi-finals in years and is quite an accomplishment. 7 of the 24 teams across the six divisions in the semi-finals were from St. Matthew’s.
We want to give a congratulation to the Junior Boys 1 team coached by Mark Wood for going undefeated and winning the championship this year. That hasn’t happened in the Junior Boys division since 2013/2014.
All in all, it was a great year for the St. Matthew’s basketball program and we look forward to an even better year next year.
This year, the St. Matthew’s Cheerleading Squads consisted of 25 junior girls and 25 senior girls, ranging from 1st through 8th grade. These cheerleaders supported each basketball team with cheers and dance routines during half time. They also were given the opportunity to cheer at the championship game at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School. The girls performed in front of hundreds of people with cheers, stunts, tumbling, and dance.