The middle school girls basketball A team remained undefeated in conference games after a 38-11 home victory over Cary Academy Thursday. The Warriors (12-1, 8-0) led 18-2 at halftime. “We played stifling defense from the opening tap,” said coach Robert Eastmann. “We forced them into numerous turnovers and scored off most of them. All 11 players contributed, so it was a good team win for us.” Sibley Hash led a balanced scoring attack with eight points., while Laura Martin and Anne George each had seven. Margaret Scoggin led the Warriors with eight rebounds and had four assists. Martin also had four assists and George grabbed seven rebounds.
The middle school girls basketball B team picked up a road win, 36-4, at Cary Academy Thursday. The Chargers won the opening tip-off and scored what turned out to be their only basket. The other two points came on free throws in the fourth quarter. “Our defense was outstanding again today,” said coach Jason Redmond, whose team is 9-1. “We moved the ball very well on offense also and made our shots after the pass. We played very well in all phases.” Emma Aldridge led St. David’s with 12 points. Kenley Wood scored 10 and Madison George added six.
The Warriors Upper School teams took two out of three non-conference games at Fayetteville Academy Wednesday night. The JV boys started the tripleheader with a resounding 55-18 victory that snapped a five game losing streak. “It was a great night,” said coach Charles Graves, whose team is 4-10. “We developed in several areas tonight and the guys had fun playing.” Grayson Chesson, Myles Rieker and Judson Thompson shared scoring honors with nine points. Cal Madden had eight and Heyward George added six. The varsity girls won their fifth straight, 61-9, over the Eagles. The Warriors (7-8, 2-0) blasted out of the gate with 22 points in the first quarter and added 22 more in the second. Kyra Parker led the scoring with 25 points, while Grace Haile added 13 and JuJu Medlin chipped in eight. “We are playing really well as a team right now,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “It’s coming together at the right time for us.” The varsity boys ended the night with a 71-39 loss. The Eagles scored the games first 19 points and never looked back. “They had something like 10 dunks and a ton of offensive rebounds,” said coach Will Coley, whose team is 10-8. “Their size was too much for us. It was a good measuring stick for us and we can’t let it get us down.” Keonte Bradley led SDS with nine points and six rebounds. All three teams host Cary Christian Friday night.
Former Warriors multi-sport standout Tiffany Bartholomew (Class of 2016) found success in the pool earlier in January. Here’s the ling for more details. Sean Meyers of Pfeiffer Athletics took the photo that accompanies this post.
The middle school boys basketball A team pulled off a rare feat in Tuesday’s 43-36 victory at Cary Christian. The Warriors outscored the Knights 18-6 in the fourth quarter to hand Cary Christian its first loss at home in three years. “I’m proud of the way our guys hung in there and battled back,” said coach Jonathan Coley. Davis Crowder hit a big three-pointer that started a 7-0 run to five us the lead. We played well in all phases.” Sheppard Ames and Jacob Suh led SDS with 12 points each, while Philip Medlin added 11. The Warriors (7-6, 4-3) host Cary Academy Thursday.
The middle school girls A team won their 11thstraight game, 31-9, at Cary Christian Tuesday. The Warriors maintained first place in the Capital Area Middle School Conference at 7-0 with two league games remaining. St. David’s led 16-2 at halftime. Sibley Hash led the way with 10 points and eight rebounds, while Margaret Scoggin scored eight and also grabbed eight rebounds. “They didn’t have an answer for Sibley and Margaret,” said coach Robert Eastmann, whose team is 11-1. “They owned the glass and scored at will.” Laura Martin and Greysen Woody each contributed four steals. The Warriors host Cary Academy Thursday.
The middle school B teams swept a home doubleheader against Cary Christian Tuesday. The girls jumped out to an 18-7 halftime lead, held the Knights scoreless in the third quarter and cruised to a 38-15 victory. Madison George (14) and Kenley Wood (12) led the scoring as seven Warriors contributed points. “We played a well-rounded offensive game and reached our season high for points,” said coach Jason Redmond, whose Warriors are 8-1. “We played good defense as usual and our younger players got a lot of playing time.” The boys led wire-to-wire for a 37-27 win. Vann Seagrave hit a pair of three pointers on the way to a game-high 10 points. Jay Rittenmeyer added nine as eight different players scored. “We shared the wealth tonight,” said coach David Simmons. “We moved the ball well and did a good job running time off the clock late in the game to protect the lead.” The boys are 5-4. Both teams play at Cary Academy Thursday.
The varsity boys mounted a furious comeback that fell just short Friday night in a 60-57 home loss to Grace Christian. The Warriors (10-7, 1-1) trailed by nine with 1:50 left, but used a full court press to come all the way back to trail by one with 33 seconds left. The Eagles hit both free throws for a three-point lead and the Warriors final three pointer to force overtime rimmed out. “I was proud of the way we kept fighting,” said coach Will Coley, whose starting point guard Tai Goode missed the game with a broken toe. “We played well short-handed and it was a great game to watch.” Keonte Bradley posted a game-high 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Nick Green scored 15 and Miek Goode added 10 with six steals.
The varsity girls blasted Grace Christian 62-22 Friday night at home. The Warriors won their fourth straight game behind a game-high 22 points from Kyra Parker, who led three SDS players in double figures. “Kyra stepped up tonight to fill in for Julia Hensley, who is sick,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “She made some great plays and I’m excited to see our team play consistent basketball on both ends. Our defense was outstanding and we executed on offense.” Karis New added 14 points, while JuJu Medlin chipped in 10. St. David’s is 6-8 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
Both Warriors swim teams finished third in Thursday’s meet at NRCA. Cary Christian won the boys meet with the hosts second, while the order was reversed for the girls. Sarah Spencer Ball won the 50 yard freestyle, took second in the 100 free and was part of the second place 200 free relay team along with Annie Mears, Bella Smith and Caroline Ross. Mears won the 100 butterfly and was second in the 200 individual medley. Ross was second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 200 freestyle. On the boys side, Tyler Bennett won the 200 freestyle, was part of the first place 200 free relay team along with Houston Walker, Will and Ben Patrick and finished second in the 100 freestyle. Will Patrick was second in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 free. Ben Patrick was third in the 200 freestyle.
Both middle school basketball A teams won close games at St. Timothy’s Thursday. The girls won their 10thstraight game, 26-24. Sibley Hash led the scoring with 11 points. Greysen Woody had six with seven rebounds and four steals. Anne George led the rebounding with 10, while Laura Martin had a team-best six steals. “Greysen and Laura put tremendous pressure on the ball in the second half,” said coach Robert Eastmann. “They created turnovers which led to many of our points.” The boys led by 10 points at halftime, then held off a Titans rally to win, 50-46. Will Nicholson poured in a game-high 21 points, while Jacob Suh scored 13 and Phillip Medlin added 12. “We jumped out big early, then played strong defense to stop their comeback,” said coach Jonathan Coley. “We played with character and poise at the end.”
The Warriors middle school B teams split a home doubleheader against St. Timothy’s at home Thursday. The girls (7-1, 6-0) remained undefeated in conference action with a 21-8 victory. The Warriors led 6-4 at halftime, then erupted for 15 points in the second half. “We had a phenomenal second half on both ends after a slow start on offense,” said coach Jason Redmond. “Our defense was consistent throughout the game and that’s what made the difference.” Madison George scored a game-high eight points, while Emma Aldridge added five. Grace Viera and Kenley Wood had four each. The boys trailed 28-19 after three quarters, then battled back to tie at 28-28 before falling 44-38. The Warriors hit 14 of 16 free throws in the final quarter and finished 21-17 for the game. “We practice shooting free throws at the end of every practice and it kept us in the game today,” said coach David Simmons. “Our press caused turnovers in the second half and we attacked the basket. I’m proud of our comeback.” Jay Rittenmeyer led the scoring with 15 points, including nine free throws. Grey McMahon added nine, seven from the line.
The varsity boys took a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter Tuesday night at home against Parrott, but had to withstand a furious Patriot comeback for a 67-63 victory. The Warriors (10-6, 1-0) led 61-60 with 34 seconds left, but hit six free throws and forced a turnover to ice the win. Keonte Bradley led the Warriors with 31 points and 14 rebounds. “He was special tonight,” said coach Will Coley. “He came up with big plays when we needed one and hit some key free throws at the end. Credit Parrott for a great comeback. It was our first game in 11 days and it showed.”
Warriors senior Alice Holding is one of five finalists for the High School OT.com girls tennis player of the year. Holding led St. David’s to its sixth straight state title in the fall and was undefeated in singles her junior and senior year. Online voting to choose the winner begins in late April. Here’s the link for more information.
The varsity girls won their first game of the new year, 45-28, over Parrott Academy Tuesday night at home. The Warriors (5-8, 1-0) used a 19-2 second quarter to pull away in the EPIC opener for both teams. “We played really well defensively in the second quarter and it led to some steals and easy baskets,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “It’s always good to win the first game back from break and the conference opener.” Kyra Parker led a balanced SDS scoring attack with 11 points. Karis New had 10 and Grace Haile added nine.
The middle school girls A team won for the ninth straight time, 34-14, over Neuse Christian Tuesday at home. The Warriors (9-1) jumped out to a 19-0 lead and never looked back. “We came out ready to go,” said coach Robert Eastmann. “Greysen Woody, Connor Lang and Rebeka Leshnock gave us an early spark. Woody led the scoring with eight points, while Anne George had seven and Laura Martin added six. Leshnock pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds and Geroge had nine. Lang contributed seven steals, while Woody had five.
The boys finished second and the girls were third in Friday nights swim meet at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary. Cary Christian won both, while the Grace girls were second and the boys third. Caroline Ross won the 100 backstroke and the 200 freestyle for the Warriors. Sarah Spencer Ball won the 100 freestyle and was second in the 50 free. Annie Mears was second in the 200 individual medley and teamed with Ball, Ross and Bella Smith to take second in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. Tyler Bennett led the boys with a second place finish in the 200 and 500 freestyle and was part of the second place 200 free relay along with Blake Stanley, Sam Bedor and Will Patrick. Stanley and Bedor were second and third in the 100 breaststroke, while Patrick was third in the 50 free.
The varsity boys basketball team completed the 2018 part of their schedule with a 70-48 rout of Community Christian of Wilson to claim fifth place in the Greenfield Christmas Tournament Saturday in Wilson. The Warriors (9-6) battled back from Thursday’s loss to Fayetteville Academy with a 68-50 victory over Neuse Christian Friday. Keonte Bradley led the way Saturday with 19 points and 15 rebounds after going for 16 and 10 on Friday. Meik Goode totaled 30 points in the two wins, while Tai Goode passed out 17 assists. Bo Rieker had over 20 points and 19 rebounds Friday and Saturday. “I’m proud of the way we reacted to Thursday’s (30 point) loss because it motivated them to improve” said coach Will Coley. “That’s what good teams do. We’ll enjoy the holidays and be ready to go against Parrott on the 8th.”
The varsity girls won their second straight game, 57-17, over the Carolina Mustangs homeschooled team Friday night at home. The Warriors led 11-2 after the first quarter and 26-8 at halftime before posting 24 points in the third quarter to put the game away. “We’ve played well in back-to-back games and that’s good to see,” said coach Alan Hinnant, whose team is 4-8. “We played very good defense, which led to some easy buckets and that’s always good to see.” Kyra Parker led nine Warriors in the scoring column with 11 points and Grace Haile added 10.
The boys won and the girls finished third at Thursday’s swim meet at North Raleigh Christian Academy. The boys beat the host school, while the girls were behind St. Mary’s and the Knights. Tyler Bennett won the 200 and 500 freestyle ad was part of the first place 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams. Sam Bedor won the 100 freestyle, while Gunnar Kratz took first in the 100 backstroke. Will Patrick won the 50 freestyle and was part of the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams. For the girls, Sarah Spencer Ball was second in the 50 and 100 freestyle and was part of the third place 200 freestyle relay team along with Gracie Crowder, Caroline Ross and Annie Mears. Ross also took third in the 100 backstroke.
With the season half over, both middle school girls basketball teams have put together a solid first half. After a season-opening loss to Ravenscroft, the A team has reeled off eight straight victories to go 8-1 overall and a Capital Area Middle School Conference best 5-0. “We have put ourselves in good position for the conference tournament in February, “ said coach Robert Eastmann. “We have a great attitude as a team and hopefully that will continue.” Both teams play stifling defense. The A team has allowed an average of 15 points a game, while the B team has given up 10 per contest, including 31 to Southern Wake Academy in their only loss. “They were more like an A team,” said coach Jason Redmond, whose team is 6-1. “We’ve allowed our conference opponents six points a game, which is tremendous. Our offense has improved a lot and we are looking forward to a strong finish.”
The middle school basketball teams swept a doubleheader at Trinity Academy of Raleigh Monday. The girls won their eighth straight game, 32-8, while the boys evened their record at 5-5 with a 43-32 victory. The girls used tenacious defense to build a 26-2 lead after three quarters to remain undefeated (5-0) in conference play. “Our defense was intense and we executed on offense,” said coach Robert Eastmann. “They understand what they need to do to play for a conference title and are working hard to prepare. It was also great to see Elizabeth Williamson score her first points this season.” Sibley Hash led the scoring with 14 points. Greysen Woody contributed six points and a team-best six steals. Margaret Scoggin led the rebounders with eight. The boys trailed 14-13 at halftime, but scored 29 points in the second half to pull away. “We overcame our slow start with intense defense and attacked in transition to get our offense going,” said coach Jonathan Coley. “I’m proud of our effort and hope it will carry over after break.” Will Nicholson scored 15 points to lead SDS, while Jacob Suh added 14.
The middle school boys basketball B team ended the 2018 portion of the schedule with a 47-11 trouncing of Trinity of Raleigh Monday at home. The Warriors (4-3) led 18-5 at halftime, then exploded for 17 points in the third quarter while holding the Tigers scoreless. “We played great defense no matter who was in the game,” said coach David Simmons. “All 12 players saw the floor a lot and we made some very good passes. It’s a nice way to start a break.” William Watson led 10 Warriors in the scoring column with 10 points, while John Thagard scored eight. Ollie Koon, Hutch Marshall and Tucker Wells each scored six.
Will Coley knew at an early age that he wanted to coach. Through his college years at Louisburg and UNC-Asheville and during an 11-year professional career that took him to seven countries, Coley always knew he was destined to teach others the fundamentals of the game he loves. “It was my goal for as long as I can remember,” said Coley, who is in the middle of his seventh season as the Warriors boys varsity coach. “ I went back to my old rec center in Wilson (N.C.) every summer while I was in college to help kids learn the game. Basketball is a gift that has given me so much and I’ve always enjoyed passing it on to the next generation.” His next opportunity to do so will be December 18-20 during Holiday Hoopla. The yearly Christmas break camp will give youngsters in grades 1-4 a chance to learn basketball from an experienced teacher. “I love working with the young kids because their energy is contagious,” said Coley. “It’s the love of the game in its purist form because they are here to have a great time playing a fun game.” Register at sdsw.org/camps. Email for more information at email@example.com.
The varsity boys won for the sixth time in seven games, 52-46, over Fayetteville Christian Friday night at home. The Warriors (7-5) broke open a five-point game at halftime with a 17 point third quarter, then held off FC (6-7) down the stretch. “We are getting better at closing games,” said coach Will Coley. “We came out ready to extend our lead in the second half against a solid opponent. This win against a fellow 3A division school will help us later in the season.” Bo Rieker led three Warriors in double figures with 12 points. Meik Goode scored 11 and Tai Goode had 10 with five assists. Keonte Bradley finished with nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds.