Welcome Falcon Families!
There are more reasons than ever to be excited about the 2016-17 season!
This year, Saint Stephen's will host district tournaments in boys and girls cross country, boys basketball, boys and girls soccer, girls golf regionals, and potentially the district tournaments for boys and girls golf when those sites are announced later this fall.
In the spring, we’ll host the Manatee County Track and Field Championships, Manatee County JV Track Championships, Manatee Middle School and Manatee Elementary Track Championships. So not only will Saint Stephen’s be the site for dozens of exciting Falcons regular-season games, but we’ll roll out the red carpet to welcome schools from throughout the area for top-level, post-season competition!
Another reason to be very excited for the 2016-17 season is that the majority of the student-athletes participating on our varsity teams will be juniors and seniors! These Falcons have been training within our programs, have committed themselves to our department-wide strength and conditioning, and are now bigger, faster and stronger. For example, this will be the first time since the inception of the program that girls lacrosse will have a senior on the team . . . and the Falcons won their first district tournament last year!
Also new in 2016-17, football, volleyball, and boys and girls basketball will participate in more localized geographic districts that include schools such as Out-of-Door Academy, Bradenton Christian, Sarasota Christian, and Imagine of North Port. This will give us the chance to build on already blossoming rivalries with those schools and bring many more games within easy travel distance for our fans.
And we’re making it easier for you to follow all of the Green & Gold sports happenings by enhancing our already great athletics pages at www.saintstephens.org. New individual team pages were launched this fall. We’ll continue to update them with great information about all of our sports throughout the year.
I’m also very excited to welcome a number of new head coaches to the Saint Stephen’s athletic family. Dave Ruemenapp (boys basketball), Jeff Logsdon (swimming), Mike Verrill (girls basketball), and Andrew Sopher (girls soccer) are all great leaders who are perfectly qualified to help our student-athletes reach their potential and represent the school in the first-class manner that we demand.
With the progress we’ve made through the hard work of so many, the athletic programs at Saint Stephen's are no longer a well-kept secret. The curiosity of years past is slowly being replaced with a bullseye. It’s no longer a surprise to anyone when the Falcons have success on the playing fields and courts. We are becoming the "big game" on everyone's schedule. Time and time again, we have proven ourselves to be state-level competitors; now is the time to show everyone who we truly are – We are Falcons!