In the fall at Southern Lutheran Academy it’s when football, volleyball, and cross-country get into the ground run. VYPE looks back on the fall season to see who were the “headliners” for the pioneers.


The Pioneers posted an overall record of 3-5 and went 2-3 in the District for a playoff spot in 2020. In the playoffs, Lutheran South Academy fell in the first round to St. Joseph Academy. , thus ending their year.

In 2020, the Pioneers recorded victories over Saint John XXIII (34-14), Saint Joseph (49-12) and Catholic Frassati (63-12).

At the end of the season, Joel Hutchins took home All-State First Team honors as wide receiver, while Cade Goldstraw and Luke Harrison were honorable choices in All-State defense. Harrison was the quarterback for the Pioneers’ offense, for which he was a first-team pick in all districts, and had 1,612 yards and 21 touchdowns, while rushing for 821 yards and 10 scores. additional. Hutchins was his first target with 47 receptions for 989 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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Defensively, Michael Purdom – a first-team pick in all districts – led the group with 42 tackles, followed by Luke LeBlanc and 31 from Goldstraw. Tyler Helpenstill had 30, Bert Jennings had 29, Josh Gomez had 24 and Tyler Ehlinger had 22. a year. LeBlanc, Cade and his brother Reid Goldstraw also each suffered an interception.


It was a successful season for the LSA ladies on the volleyball court, reaching the regional round in 2020 under Geoff Stresman.

After finishing second in District 7-5A, the Pioneers advanced to the playoffs and defeated Austin Regents (3-1) in the first round, then Brentwood Christian (3-0) in the first round to reach the third round. There, LSA failed to beat St. Joseph High School-Victoria in a five-set showdown, losing 3-2.

Two Pioneers took home all-state honors led by Alexa Fernandez, who was named to the first team, and Lily Psencik was named all-state second team as a junior.

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Fernandez led the team in kills with 266, Kiersten Lin was the team manager in digs with 330 and Psencik led the team in assists with 436 for the season.


It is well known that siblings have always been and always will be competitive, regardless of the competition.

The Gaitan brothers – Marcus and Matthew – both Lutheran South Academy freshmen brought that competitive spirit to the TAPPS State Cross Country Meet in November.

Marcus finished 11th overall with a time of 16: 55.8, while his twin brother Matthew took 14th place with a time of 17: 16.3. The duo were the top two in Lutheran South Academy, which finished fifth overall as a team with a score of 201 points.

Senior William Spencer placed 33rd in total (18: 09.4) sophomore Nathan Mendoza took 68e (19: 30.7), the sophomore Jett Strack entered in 83rd (20: 23.5), junior Luke Anderson met at 98e (20: 45.3) and Lucas Wells took 113e (21: 30.1) to complete the group.

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The freshman trend continued with the LSA Women’s Cross Country Team as Lydia Ward had the top result on the TAPPS State Cross Country Meet.

Ward clocked a time of 13: 31.3 to finish 26th overall. Her freshman mate, Mia Vasquez, clocked 14: 44.5 and finished 69th.

Junior Catherine Hergenrader finished 85th (15: 03.7), rookie Bianca Barba crossed 89th (15: 09.8) and junior Audrey Pfeiffer finished 120th (16: 06.3).

Overall, the Lutheran South Academy finished 12th as a team, but what is invaluable is the experience this young Pioneer team gained in 2020. This should pay off for years to come. come.

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