Homecoming Game Day Preview

Andrew Mann and Mateo Lanzillotta

Concluding the homecoming week festivities, all of the Greenhill sports teams have a game or meet on Friday, Oct. 21.

Homecoming meets and games start early, with the Girls and Boys Cross Country teams running at Norbuck Park at 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., respectively. They continue throughout the entire day, playing rivals such as the St. Marks School of Dallas or other opponents like Holland Hall.

Girls Field Hockey – Coming off a penalty shootout win over rival Hockaday, spirits are high going against Holland Hill. The Hornets currently have a record of 1-2 in the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) conference games, with losses coming to The Trinity Valley School and Fort Worth Country Day earlier in the season. The team is led by senior captain Maya Harrington, who has committed to play field hockey at Amherst College next year.

Boys Varsity Volleyball – The Boys Volleyball team is the first team to square off against St. Marks on Friday, as the Hornets take to Phillips Gym at 6:30 p.m. With a 2-3 record, the team is coming off of a win against Fort Worth Country Day, winning the match in three sets. The volleyball team, led by Head Varsity Volleyball Coach Nate Griggs ’09, is comprised of mostly upperclassmen, some notable including seniors Maurice Thompson and Barrett Self.

Girls Varsity Volleyball – The Girls Volleyball team faces off against Home School Athletic Association on Friday night, hoping to bounce back from the loss at Hockaday. In their last match, the Hornets lost in four sets. The team is led by seniors Lexie and Katie Stone, who have committed to play volleyball and lacrosse at Washington and Lee University. The majority of the team is comprised of upperclassmen, with eight being on the varsity roster. Additionally, the Hornets play at home on Saturday, Oct. 22, against The Casady School.

Boys Varsity Football – Though the football team has started the season 0-7, all eyes will be watching as they take on the St. Marks Lions in the homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 21. The team is led by senior linebacker and quarterback Josh Titens. Titens filled the quarterback position after sophomore quarterback Anthony Banks sustained an injury to his collarbone in the loss against The Trinity Valley School. Other players on the team to watch are senior receiver Winston Black III, senior cornerback and receiver Jaden Watt, and senior cornerback and receiver Aaron Johnson.

Boys Varsity Cross-Country  – Going into the SPC North Zone race, the Boys Cross-Country team is vying for a top finish. The group is led by junior Andrew Mann, who posted a 17-minute 5k and is ranked 22 in SPC. The other top runner, sophomore Chris Williams, is out with a leg injury. The team also has two more runners who have broken 18 minutes in a 5k, sophomore Gabe Shiloh and junior Alex Wetzler. In total, the team boasts 13 runners in under 20 minutes.

Girls Varsity Cross-Country – The team has a strong senior influence, with senior captains Celina Prieur, Kaylee Wilson, Charlotte Purcell, Emily Kim and Khushi Chhaya. The tandem of Prieur and Wilson has led the team, as they posted the two fastest times. Prieur ran 20:44 for a 5k, which places her 22 in SPC, while Wilson is ranked 28, running 21:07. Freshman Isabel Bhatia has also run impressive times, making her ranked third on the team.