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The girls finished ninth and the boys were 10that the 3A state track meet held over the weekend at Gaston Christian School in Gastonia. Jonathan Brewer led the boys with a first place finish in the 110 hurdles, a runner-up spot in the 300 hurdles and was part of the eighth place 4 x 100 relay team along with Andrew Alcock, Houston Walker and Peter Fox. Walker finished third in the 110 hurdles and was eighth in the shot put. Alcock, Brewer, Fox and Samuel Bedor were seventh in the 4 x 200 relay. Coastal Christian of Wilmington won the boys event and Carolina Day School was second. Cary Christian won the girls state title and Forsyth Country Day was second. Karis New led the Warriors with a second place finish in the 100 hurdles and was part of the eighth place 4 x 100 relay team along with Grace Haile, Sarah Spencer Ball and Juju Medlin. Haile also finished third in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump. Medlin was sixth in the triple jump and Ball finished eighth.

2019 Spring Sports Awards of Distinction

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL TENNIS

Dynamic Duo: Jacob Suh & Jackson Moore

Warrior to Watch: Jude English

 

VARSITY TENNIS

 EPIC All-Conference-Alex Barroso

Honorable Mention-Joseph Pisciotta

 

Most Improved: Owen Barr

Warrior to Watch: Alex Barroso

Spirit of the Warrior: Banks Avram

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS LACROSSE

 Warrior to Watch: Ellie Stoltz

Defensive MVP: Lila Smith

Coaches Award: Medlin Weddington

 

VARSITY GIRLS LACROSSE

 Warrior to Watch: Anne Slater Barnes

Unsung Hero: Gracie Powell

GRIT: Kennedy Wordsworth

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS LACROSSE

 Most Outstanding Defenseman: Nate Hoffman

Most Outstanding Offensive Player: Cruz English

MVP: Ollie Koon

 

VARSITY BOYS LACROSSE

 EPIC All-Conference-Troy Exum, Owen Williams, Cooper Crosby, Josh Burgess

Honorable Mention-Bo Rieker

EPIC Player of the Year-Troy Exum

EPIC Coach of the Year-Doug Hink

 

NCISSA ALL-STATE-Troy Exum, Owen Williams and Cooper Crosby

 

Offensive Player of the Year-Owen Williams

Defensive Player of the Year-Bo Rieker

MVP-Troy Exum

MIDDLE SCHOOL GOLF

 Warrior Award-Jack Wilson

Warrior to Watch-Hutch Marshall

Green Jacket-Kinsley Smith

 

VARSITY BOYS GOLF

 EPIC All-Conference-Wells Armes, Wells Conway, Matt Messinger, Davis Adamsand Michael LaSasso

NCISSA ALL-STATE-Michael LaSasso and Davis Adams

 

Golfer of the Year-Davis Adams

Sportsmanship Award-Wells Armes

Leadership Award-Wells Conway

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL BASEBALL

 Rookie of the Year-Grey McMahon

Utility Award-Busbee Phillips

Warrior Award-Davis Crowder

 

VARSITY BASEBALL

EPIC All-Conference-Andy Plyler

Honorable Mention-Luke Fuller

 

Freshman Impact Player of the Year-Luke Fuller

MVP-Andy Plyler

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER

 Warrior to Watch-Eliza Everett

Defensive Player of the Year-Anne George

Coaches Award-Sarah Grimes Stegner

 

VARSITY GIRLS SOCCER

 EPIC All-Conference-Emily Alcock and Julia Hensley

Honorable Mention-Ella Alford

 

NCISSA ALL-STATE-Emily Alcock

 

MVP-Emily Alcock

Outstanding Offensive Player-Julia Hensley

Outstanding Defensive Player-Mary Kate Stahl 

 

VARSITY TRACK AND FIELD

 

Male Awards

Most Outstanding Athlete-Houston Walker

Coaches Award-Andrew Alcock

Rising Star Award-Winston Tuttle

 

Female Awards

Most Outstanding Athlete-Caroline Ross

The Hardest Working Athlete-Laura Martin

Coaches Award-Grace Haile

The varsity golf Warriors claimed their first 3A state title Tuesday at the Bryan Park Golf Club’s Champions course. St. David’s shot a four-man team total of 314 on Tuesday after a 303 total on Monday, giving them a 34 shot victory over Parrott Academy and Forsyth Country Day, who tied for second place . Freshmen Michael LaSasso and Davis Adams finished one and two in the individual standings. LaSasso, who shot an even par 72 Monday and a 75 Tuesday, is the first Warriors state medalist since Parker Gillam won in 2016. Adams finished one shot back after a 76 Tuesday. "We played for redemption after we finished second in our conference tournament last week," said coach Chris Wilson. "We played great golf and are very proud to bring the trophy back to St. David's for the third time in seven years." The Warriors captured back-to-back 2A state titles in 2016 and ’17 and finished second last spring.

The boys varsity lacrosse season is over after an 11-10 overtime loss to Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington Tuesday. St. David’s trailed 7-5 at halftime and 8-7 after three quarters before taking a 10-8 lead in the fourth quarter. However, the home team came back with two late goals to force overtime, then won in sudden death. “Our guys battled to the end,” said coach Doug Hink, whose team ended 12-3, with two of the losses to Cape Fear. “They are an outstanding team, but we were right there. It was a great game and I’m very proud of the way our seniors have built this program.” Truman Southern led the offense with five goals, while Owen Williams added two.

The middle school golf Warriors wrapped up the season with a third place finish in the conference tournament meet Friday at the Olde Liberty Golf Club in Youngsville. Kinsley Smith won medalist honors with a four over par 40, but Cary Christian (177) and Franklin Academy (185) finished first and second. St. Timothy’s (191). Jack Wilson (46), Christian Seamster (50) and Hutch Marshall (51) completed the Warriors 187 team score. “Kinsley did very well and I’ve seen improvement from everybody since the season started,” said coach Spencer Hensley. “I’m excited to see them next year after they play over the summer.”

St. David’s senior Houston Walker will play college football for the Rhodes College Lynx in Memphis, TN in the fall. Walker joins former Warriors teammates Hudson and Walker Taylor at the Division III school. “I knew it was the right place for me when my family and I visited,” said Walker. “I’m excited about playing with my friends again and I have an instant support system in place. St. David’s has prepared me well and I’m grateful for the opportunity.” Walker was a two-time All-State selection at St. David’s and helped the Warriors to a pair of appearances in the state title game. Walker will also be a member of the Lynx track and field team. 

The Warriors varsity girls soccer season is over after a 4-0 loss to unseeded Carolina Day School of Asheville Thursday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The sixth-seeded Warriors held the Wildcats scoreless for the first 22 minutes, before giving up three goals late in the first half. “We lost to a better team,” said coach Jose Cornejo, whose Warriors ended with a 5-10 record. “I will miss my seniors-Julia, Abigail, Katie and Mary Kate. They are all terrific people and I hope our younger players have learned from them what it takes to be successful on and off the field. Carolina Day (8-3-1) will play at third seeded High Point Christian in the quarterfinals Saturday.  

One St. David’s team remains in the 3A state playoffs, which began Tuesday. The boys tennis team qualified for the first time since 2015. The unseeded Warriors lost, 5-0, to seventh-seeded Coastal Christian Tuesday in Wilmington. "We had a great season," said first-year coach Tyler Hoagland. "Our hard work paid off with a return to the playoffs and hopefully there's more to come in the future. The sixth seeded girls soccer team lost, 4-0, to Carolina Day School (9-3-1) Thursday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. “We lost to a better team,” said coach Jose Cornejo, whose team finished 5-10. “I will miss coaching my seniors. I hope the younger players watched and learned from them what it takes to be successful on and off the field.” The third seeded boys lacrosse team blasted Forsyth Country Day, 15-5, Friday at John A. Murray Field. Owen Williams (6) and Owen Hoffman (4) combined for 10 of the Warriors goals. "We were more assertive on offense, which opened more scoring opportunities," said Coach Doug Hink. "We are excited to keep playing." Cape Fear Academy is the second seed and Southlake Christian of Charlotte is the top seed. Each round is played at the higher seeds home field. The Warriors boys golf team will compete in the state meet next week  in Greensboro and the track teams state meet is later this month.

The varsity boys tennis season ended with a 5-0 loss at Coastal Christian in Wilmington Tuesday. St. David’s (3-8) qualified for the state tournament for the first time since 2015. I am incredibly proud of what the team has accomplished this year, both together and as individuals, said first-year coach Tyler Hoagland.  “To even make the playoffs at all was a great accomplishment. I saw solid tennis on every court, including specific improvements by each individual that we’ve been working on all season. It was a tough end to the season, but a great accomplishment for such a young team to make the playoffs. There is enormous potential for the coming years.” 

The middle school tennis Warriors season is over after a 6-3 loss to Cary Academy Tuesday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. St. David’s (9-4) couldn’t overcome a 4-2 deficit after singles against the Chargers. “It was a tough way to end our season,” said coach Emily Nelson. “We knew they would be a strong opponent and they were. I’m proud of my team and they were a lot of fun to coach.” Jacob Suh (8-3) and Sambo Bratton (8-2) won singles, while J. Suh/Jackson Moore (8-6) won doubles.

The varsity golf team finished second in the EPIC tournament match held Monday at the Kinston Country Club. Parrott Academy won the event with a four-man total of 298 (14 over par). SDS was second at 303 followed by Grace Christian at 346. Cary Christian’s Luke Edwards earned conference Golfer of the Year honors with a one under par 70 to take medalist honors playing as an individual.  Davis Adams had the Warriors low score of one over par 72, followed by Wells Armes at 75, Michael LaSasso at 76 and Matt Messenger at 78. “It was a perfect day for golf and we competed well,” said coach Chris Wilson. “We’ll use the next few days to get ready for the state meet and hope to do our best.” The Bryan Park Championship Course in Greensboro is the site of the 3A meet May 13thand 14th.

Both Warriors track teams finished fourth in Thursday’s meet at Ravenscroft.  Coastal Christian of Wilmington won the boys side, while the hosts took the girls event. Caroline Ross led the Warriors with victories in the 800 and 1600 meters. Laura Martin was the runner-up in the longer race. Sarah Spencer Ball finished second in the triple jump, while Juju Medlin was third. Grace Haile was fourth in the 200 meters. On the boys side, Jonathan Brewer won the 110 hurdles and was second in the 300 hurdles. Houston Walker won the discus and was fourth in the shot put. Andrew Alcock was third in the 200 and Winston Tuttle was third in the 1600. The Warriors await the state meet May 17-18 at Gaston Christian School in Gastonia.

The top-seeded middle school boys tennis team advanced to the conference tournament semi-finals with an easy 9-0 victory over North Raleigh Christian Academy Monday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Jacob Suh (8-0), Noah Suh (8-0), Jack Anders (8-0), Charlie Moses (8-2), Jackson Moore (8-1) and Sambo Bratton (8-0) dominated singles. J. Suh/Moore (8-0), Fletcher Steele/Jackson Rouser (8-0) and Jude English/Walker Coley (8-1) ended the match in less than an hour with doubles victories. “All the boys played well and we are happy we get to play again tomorrow,” said coach Emily Nelson, whose team is 8-3 overall.  The Warriors will face fourth-seeded Cary Academy at home Tuesday.

The middle school baseball Warriors ended the season with a 15-0 loss at Cary Academy in the second round of the conference tournament Monday. St. David’s finished with a 5-6 record that included the first post-season victory since 2013. “I thought we had a tremendous season,” said coach Jason Redmond. “We stayed positive all season and tried our best every game. I enjoyed coaching them.”

The middle school baseball Warriors won their first post-season game since 2013 with a 14-4 rout of Grace Christian Friday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. St. David’s (5-5) advances to play at Cary Academy in the second round Tuesday. The Warriors took advantage of nine walks and five Eagles errors, while collecting four hits. Grey McMahon had two, while David Crowder and Josh Litra each had one. “I’m proud of our first tournament win in a long time,” said coach Jason Redmond. “This team takes advantage of what other teams give us and our pitching has been good all year.” Crowder pitched four innings for the win with eight strikeouts.

The varsity girls soccer team defeated Carmel Christian of Charlotte, 3-1, Thursday on senior night at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Emily Alcock, Julia Hensley and Eirena Klemes scored for SDS. Hensley had two assists and Abigail McClatchey had one. “We played our best game of year,” said coach Jose Cornejo, whose team is 5-9. “Our passing and movement off the ball was outstanding. We’ll wait for the state pairings to come out Sunday to see what happens next.” 

The varsity tennis Warriors finished the regular season with a 6-3 victory over Wake Christian Thursday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The match was tied, 3-3, after singles, but St. David’s swept the doubles matches to raise their record to 3-6. “I saw some of the best tennis we’ve played all year today,” said coach Tyler Hoagland. “The hard work everyone has put in showed today and we are hopeful of continuing our season in the state tournament.” Alex Barroso (6-0, 6-0), Joseph Pisciotta (6-2, 6-1) and Turner Vaughn (6-2, 6-0) won singles. Russel Harrington/Barroso (8-3), Pisciotta/Wade Ferrell (8-2) and Vaughn/Owen Barr (8-1) dominated doubles to clinch the match. The state tournament seeds will be announced Sunday.

The middle school boys lacrosse team defeated the NRCA Knights 7-2 at John A. Murray Field on Thursday. The game stayed close early in the first quarter, but the Warriors scored three quick goals in the second quarter to open up a 6-1 lead, and never looked back. “It was a great team effort.” said coach Ricardo Viera. “I thought our wing guys were really aggressive, and that led to us getting good shots.” Walker Ward led the Warriors with three goals. Beck Maddison, Cruz English, Shepard Ames and Charlie Bennett all scored 1 goal apiece. St. David’s ended the regular season 6-6 with the conference tournament next week. St. David’s junior Daniel Baucom wrote this post.

The varsity golf Warriors wrapped up the regular season with a third place finish behind Broughton and Ravenscroft in a match-up of area powerhouses Thursday at Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh. Warriors shot a four-man team score of 315 on the par 72 layout. The Ravens were second at 311, while Broughton won with a 302. Wells Armes, Parker Smith and Michael LaSasso led SDS with six over par 78s. Wells Conway shot 81 to complete the team score. Next up is Monday’s EPIC tournament at the Kinston Country Club hosted by Parrott Academy. 

The varsity lacrosse Warriors ended the regular season with a 12-2 victory at Cary Christian Wednesday. St. David’s led 7-0 at halftime and raised their record to 11-2. Owen Williams poured in six goals to lead the offense, while goalie Troy Exum led the defense with multiple saves and clears. “It was an all-around solid performance and a great way to end the regular season,” said coach Doug Hink. “Troy had good help on defense from Josh Burgess, Bo Rieker and Cooper Crosby. We are excited about the post-season.” Truman Southern and Miles Jones added two goals each, while Scott York and Macon Merriman each scored once. 

The middle school tennis Warriors completed an undefeated conference season with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Cary Academy Tuesday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The match was suspended by rain three weeks ago and the Warriors trailed 4-2 after singles. Tuesday, they pulled off a three-match sweep in doubles to storm back for the win. “We came through when we needed to,” said coach Emily Nelson, whose team is 7-0 in conference and 7-3 overall. “I’m proud that we finished unbeaten in the league and get to stay home for the tournament as the top seed.” Jacob Suh (8-3) and Jackson Moore (8-5) won singles. Jude English/Walker Coley (8-0), and Fletcher Steele/Jackson Rouser (8-2) tied the match with their doubles victories, then Suh andMoore wrapped it up with an 8-3 decision.

The middle school girls lacrosse Warriors ended the season with a 12-3 victory at Grace Christian Tuesday. Connor Lang led the scoring with three goals and a pair of assists. Margaret Scoggin and Ellie Stoltz scored twice, while Medlin Weddington, Grace Viera, Elizabeth Barnes, Elizabeth Williamson and Carolyn Ames scored once. “Our team really improved from the start of the season,” said coach Anne Barnes, whose Warriors finished 3-6. “Ball movement, flow of the game and field presence were central to our growth. We completed many long passes in the final game, which is something we’ve worked on all year. We were unselfish and grew in all areas.”

The middle school boys lacrosse team defeated the Wake Forest middle school Wildcats 14-3 at John A. Murray Field on Tuesday. The Warriors started the game strong by taking a 7-2 lead into halftime, before exploding for 4 quick goals in the third quarter to secure their lead. “Our goal was to be very aggressive early on”, said coach Ricardo Viera. “We put a lot of shots on goal, our offense was really flowing out there.” Beck Maddison had four goals for the Warriors, and Cruz English added three goals. Thor Kratz and Walker Ward both contributed two goals, while Will Horn scored once. The Warriors are 5-6 with one regular season game left. St. David’s junior Daniel Baucom wrote this post.

The Warriors middle school golfers finished third in Monday’s conference match at the Raleigh Golf Association course. Kinsley Smith won medalist honors with a one under par 35. Christian Seamster and Jack Wilson both shot 44 and Jay Rittenmeyer carded a 50 to complete the St. David’s team total. Cary Christian won the match with a 160 team total. Franklin Academy was second at 171, while the host St. Timothy’s was fourth at 174. “Kinsley played very well and everyone has improved since the season started,” said coach Spencer Hensley. “I’m excited to see what they do in the playoffs at Olde Liberty on May 9th.” 

The varsity boys tennis team netted their second victory, 7-2, over Grace Christian Monday at the Kildaire Farms Racquet & Swim Club in Cary. Joseph Pisciotta (6-1, 6-3), Owen Barr (6-1, 6-4), Turner Vaughn (6-3, 6-1) and Wade Ferrell (6-3, 6-1) gave the Warriors a 4-2 lead after singles. Barr/Russel Harrington (8-6), Pisciotta/Ferrell (8-4) and Vaughn/Banks Avram (8-0) swept doubles to clinch the match. “We went with a bit of an unusual lineup and it worked out,” said coach Tyler Hoagland, whose team is 2-6.  “It was a great start to the final week of our season.”