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Friday night's game against GRACE Christian went back and forth all game long and featured a little bit of everything. In the end, the Saints ground game bested the Eagles 41-34 to take JPII to 2-1 on the season. The Saints offense was led by juniors Brody Mitchell and Rion Roseborough who both had 2 rushing touchdowns. Freshman RB Justin Biggs added a 42yd TD run and sophomore Keiveon Moore scored from just outside the goal line to seal the win with less than a minute remaining. On defense, freshman Quinn McCaffrey intercepted the Eagles and had a fumble recovery. JPII is home again next Friday at 7:00 p.m., hosting Cary Christian (3-1) who defeated Rocky Mount Academy 30-24 on Friday....

9/17/2021

The Saints cross country teams opened their season Friday in the Beach Blast at Olsen Park in Wilmington, which also will be the site of the NCISAA 2A state meet in late October. A pair of 16th-place individual finishes highlighted the day for JPII in a very competitive race. The top four boys ran a tight pack for most of the race before Alex Peterson pulled away to take 16th in 23:33, less than 45 seconds off a top-10 showing. Tyler Moore took 25th in 24:18, followed by Johnallen King (43rd, 26:24), Finn Grimes (45th, 26:49), and Davis Walsh (63rd, 31:56). For the girls, Emma Anderson had an outstanding freshman debut, taking 16th in 30:48. Kathryn Kaoud was 41st in 43:02. More than 20 schools were in attendance....

9/10/2021

“It is just my love for the game of football,” says Koesters, “I don’t care if it’s D3, D2, D1 wherever it is I just want to keep playing the game.”...

8/10/2021

Back in the spring, we announced the addition of Kylie Gilroy to the JPII math department; Gilroy has also agreed to lead the Saints softball team. Gilroy started playing softball when she was six years old and played travel ball all along the east coast for 11 years. She was a four-year varsity starter at West Liberty-Salem High School in Ohio and received the scholar-athlete award all four years. Her senior year she was team captain, named first-team all-conference, and made the district all-star team. Coaching is something Gilroy knew as a player that she would like to do. While she chose not to play in college, her NCAA recruiting profile from high school included the following: "After my playing days I am looking to become a softball coach at some level so I can stay in the game." She helped coach community recreational teams back in Ohio but was never able to commit as a full-time coach because her year-round playing schedule did not allow it. As the new coach for Saints softball, she hopes to provide an environment where players can build fundamental skills, such as teamwork and communication skills, that will help them grow and succeed both on and off the field....

7/5/2021

The JPII athletic department is excited to welcome Greg Sisk to start the Saints wrestling program. Sisk has been coaching youth and high school athletics for more than twenty years. He has served as assistant and head coach for J.H. Rose High School and Greenville Wrestling Club (GWC), which he helped establish with former Rampant wrestling coaches Scott Honecker and Steve Catts in 2005. Sisk has served as head and assistant coach for Team NC National Duals Teams on several occasions. He has twice been awarded USA Wrestling Coach of the Year for North Carolina as well as named USA Wrestling Person of the Year and NCHSAA Conference Coach of the Year for eastern North Carolina. Since 2010 he has served on the board for North Carolina USA Wrestling and currently serves as vice chair and SafeSport Coordinator for the state of North Carolina. Sisk has trained and developed wrestlers to achieve regional and state championships, national dual team positions, college wrestling opportunities, and coaching development. His coaching mission is to develop the highest levels of work ethic, skills, and character through the training and competition offered in the sport of wrestling. "My highest achievement as a coach is knowing that the introduction and relationship with the sport of wrestling and Jesus Christ has had a part in an athlete’s growth and accomplishments in life." His keys for success in coaching, training, and competing are to work hard, learn from your mistakes, forgive yourself and others, win and lose with dignity, and have fun doing it. ...

7/4/2021

JPII is excited to welcome Marquis Mason-Pollard as the new head coach of the Lady Saints basketball team. Pollard started his coaching career at the collegiate level as an assistant coach at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine where he coached for two seasons. During his time at Thomas, he helped guide the Terriers to two winning seasons and a trip to the conference semifinals for the first time in school history. In his second year, he was promoted to top assistant and was named the head coach of the men’s JV program at Thomas. In September of 2016, Pollard moved to Greenville after accepting a head coaching position at Washington Academy, a post-grad program aimed at developing players and helping to get them to the next level. Coach Pollard then helped establish the Team Premier AAU program at the Premier Sports Academy. In October of 2018, Coach Pollard returned back to college basketball as an assistant for one season at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon where he was in charge of recruiting, scouting of opponents, and skill development. Pollard now assists with the 14U boys for Team Premier AAU and works full-time as a corrections officer. Pollard played high school basketball in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Neumann-Goretti Catholic High School and Paul Robeson High School before playing collegiately at Thomas College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management. He has coached at various basketball camps, was a head basketball director of a sports summer camp, and brings a ton of enthusiasm and passion to the game of basketball. “I am very excited about the opportunity to take the girls program at JPII to the next level. I pride myself in building a culture of fun, but also competitiveness, accountability, and hard work which will bring success to the Lady Saints program. My wife, Aracelis, and my daughter, Kinsley, and I are ready to embark on this journey and become a part of the JPII community.”...

6/22/2021

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