Tennis

The Saint Stanislaus Rock-A-Chaws / Our Lady Academy Crescents are the back-to-back winners of the class 3A Tennis State Championship! The Rock-A-Chaws and Lady Crescents won their semifinal match against East Webster High School and then defeated Belmont High School to defend their state championship title. Congratulations to Coach Speight and the entire team on a terrific season.

In 1914, dirt tennis courts were completed on the Saint Stanislaus campus. In 1932 Brother Cornelius Keohane coached SSC’s first tennis team to play other schools and enter the Gulf Coast regional contest. Brother Julian Gibbens coached the tennis team to an undefeated season and its first regional championship in 1941.

Between 1968 and 1979, the Rocks compiled a regular season record of 105-3. In 1979, brothers Tommy ’79 and Pat Wild ’80 won the state title in boys’ doubles, becoming the first state champions for Saint Stanislaus. Coach Myron Labat took over the tennis team in 1986 and led his teams to six division titles and to state team titles in 1989 and 1999. Saint Stanislaus state champions included Philip Pratt ’91; Myron Labat Jr ’91, ’92, ’93; Craig Christopher ’92; Rodrigo Hernandez ’93; Scott Wallace ’97, ’98; Philip Marino ’97, ’98; Garrett Mann ’98; and Michael Carter ’01.

As of 1998, the MHSAA allowed Saint Stanislaus and Our Lady Academy teams to compete together, giving both squads a chance at a state championship.

Tennis is a popular sport at Saint Stanislaus, with our teams taking part in interscholastic competitions in the spring. Our team includes players from Our Lady Academy. The combined tennis team competes against many of the strongest public and private high schools in the region, playing both singles and doubles.