Former Eagles find athletic success at next level


St. Thomas High School is not only highly competitive in the classroom but on the athletic fields as well.

There are Eagles at a multitude of universities and some even professional teams. The list goes on forever due to a constant stream of talented athletes. The baseball program always has a talent pool to choose from.

Austin Fairchild is a name that comes to mind often due to his tenure as the ace of the pitching staff. Fairchild chose to forgo the opportunity to pitch at Texas Christian University, instead signed to play for the Kansas City Royals Minor League farm system. Fairchild has had a rocky first three seasons in the minors with a 13.91 ERA.

Patrick Leonard, another draft pick of the Kansas City Royals, has had tremendous success at the next level. Leonard has accumulated quite a few awards in the minor leagues over his first three seasons. He has been the player of the week on three separate occasions, was the mid-season all-star in 2014, received recognition as the most valuable player in the Kansas City Royal roster in 2012, and was the post-season all-star in 2012. Although he was included in a trade to the Tampa Bay Rays’ farm system, he has yet to stop crushing balls and flashing the leather.

Conor Biggio was the first of the Biggio brothers to attend Notre Dame to play baseball. Going into his senior season, Conor is a two year varsity player, who has seen most of his playing time in the corner outfield coming off the bench. Biggio has had success when he plays due to his speed and swing. He reaches base one out of every three times he comes to the plate, has a 92% success rate for stolen bases and has only been accountable for two errors while at Notre Dame. The older brother should receive quality innings in his final year at Notre Dame.

Cavan Biggio has continued the Eagle excellence at Notre Dame. He was voted the eighth best freshman prospect in the country by Baseball America. Biggio had a great high school career, including being a member of the 18u USA world champion team. His solid .246 freshman average and .976 fielding percentage will be the reason he will start at second base for the second consecutive year for the Fighting Irish.

Hunter Kopycinski is now a two year letterman for the Rice Owls. He was given the starting role at the end of his freshman season after the starting catcher was injured. Kopycinski was stellar in the postseason and had an inside the park grand slam in his first ever start. His sophomore season was similar to his freshman season. He had a very strong back half of the season with two starts in postseason games. He will hopefully be the Owls starting backstop during his junior season at Rice University.

Christian Sanders is one of the best hoopers ever to walk the halls of 4500 Memorial Drive. He was having a quality freshman year at Stanford University playing in 26 games until he hurt his hip which ended his freshman campaign early. His sophomore season was over before it started due to reoccurring hip issues. Hopefully Sanders can overcome his injuries, and he can ball out again.

Jeremy King is now a red shirt sophomore at Loyola University Chicago. During his red shirt freshman year, King only played in 17 games, but he recorded an impressive .857 shooting percentage. King will try to recreate his high school success on the court during his second athletic year. Parker White was red-shirted like Jeremy King, but has yet to record a stat in his freshman year of football. White will look to continue to improve as a Redhawk and rack up the stats as he becomes a better player.

Keegan Mills, son of history dean and rugby coach Brett Mills, is now a sophomore at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He will be a returning varsity flyhalf for the Lions. He has built on his successful high school years as an USA All-American. He will hopefully be a key contributor for Lindenwood University, the 2012 National Champions. Having athletes like these is the reason why St. Thomas is an athletic juggernaut.

The Eagles have the second best boys sports program in the Greater Houston area according to the 2013-2014 Chronicle Cup. The school was awarded the TAPPS inaugural Ed Burleson All-Sports Award, and it was the fifth consecutive year STH stood alone from the private school athletic pack in Texas.