Private High School Sports


Hightower watch
Episcopal alumnus Tim Hightower (’04) is having a stellar season at the University of Richmond as the Spiders featured running back.

Hightower, who was coached by Mark Gowin in high school, has run the ball for more than 1,200 yards this season and has rushed for 29 career TD’s. His 29th career score, which ties the all-time UR record, came on Oct. 27 when the Spiders defeated arch-rival James Madison, 17-16. The Spiders, the Dukes (JMU) and the Blue Hens (Delaware) – all are tied for first place in the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) South Division with 4-1 league records.

Saints topple Episcopal, 21-7
On Oct. 27, St. Stephens & St. Agnes turned back IAC rival and city rival, Episcopal High School, 21-7. The league (Interstate Athletic Conference) contest was played at St. Stephens. The red, white and green Saints, coached by Dave Holm (second-season),improved to 6-2 overall on the season (after finishing just 3-6 in ’06).

The Saints three touchdowns were logged by senior running back Isaiah Carpenter (a one-yard run); senior running back Marcus Everett (a four-yard pass from sophomore QB Ryan Seher) and senior wide receiver Jason Neithamer (a 12-yard pass from Seher).

The Maroon, coached by veteran Mark Gowin, tallied their score when senior wide receiver Graham Jones caught a 67-yard scoring strike from junior QB Alex Helm.

St. Stephens (2-1 IAC) has now defeated St. Christophers, Norfolk Academy, Woodberry Forest, Randolph Macon Academy, (IAC) Bullis and (IAC) Episcopal.

Episcopal (1-6 overall) (0-3 IAC) has defeated Collegiate on the season.

Just one season ago, the Maroon finished 8-1 overall in 2006, with one of the most decorated senior classes in school history.

The Saints are scheduled to visit St. Albans (D.C.) Nov. 3, in a key IAC contest. The Maroon is scheduled to host Bullis (Montgomery County), Nov. 2, in another IAC clash.

BI falls in OT
Also on Oct. 27, Bishop Ireton dropped a 21-20 [OT] contest to Friendship Collegiate (D.C.). The non-league contest was played at Ireton. The Cardinal and Gold, coached by Tony Verducci (first season), dropped to 7-2 overall on the season.

The game was tied 7-7 at halftime; and was tied 13-13 as the third quarter concluded.

In the fourth, neither team scored – therefore the contest headed to overtime tied at 13 apiece. In the extra stanza, Ireton, behind junior wide receiver Ryan Espinosa caught a 10-yard scoring pass from senior quarterback Ed Pastorino (following the PAT the Cardinals led 20-13).

Friendship Collegiate answered the call with a rushing TD of their own and then followed that with a successful two-point conversion to claim the narrow victory (21-20).

On the season, Ireton has defeated Benedictine, O’Connell, Paul VI, Episcopal, SSSA, St. Christophers and Riverdale Baptist.

Ireton is scheduled to host Sidwell Friends on Nov. 3 – on seniors day as 21 seniors will be honored.