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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 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 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.” 

The Warriors took an 11-0 halftime lead on the way to a 14-2 rout at Parrott Academy in Kinston Thursday. The young Patriot team was no match for the St. David’s offense as good passes lead to numerous scoring opportunities.  The defense, led by seniors Bo Rieker, Cooper Crosby and David Clark stymied the opponent's offense and only allowed four shots on goal the entire first half. Senior goalie Miller Ashe got the call in the second quarter and played the remainder of the game allowing only two goals very late in the game. Face off middie Miles Jones dominated the first half and turned the duties to freshman Davis Wall who did an outstanding job the remainder of the game. Offensive standouts were attackman Owen Williams  (senior), Truman Southern (sophomore) Owen Hoffman and Macon Merriman (freshmen). Freshman Scott York was the lone scorer from the midfield units. “All players got plenty of playing time and gave Coach Black and I a chance to see what our 2020 team will look like, said coach Doug Hink, whose team is 10-2.

The varsity golf Warriors finished fifth out of 20 public and private schools at the Pinehurst Invitational High School Tournament Thursday at Pinehurst #8-The Centennial Course. New Bern HS won the team title with a two under par 286, while St. David’s shot its second-lowest team total of the year at 303. “We did well against a strong field,” said coach Chris Wilson. “This course is one of the most difficult to navigate because of the precise tee shots needed to be close to the pin. The greens are some of the biggest we play and the hardest to read at times.” Freshman Michael LaSasso shot an even par 72 to lead SDS. Davis Adams (74), Parker Smith (77) and Wells Armes (80) completed the Warriors team score.

The varsity boys lacrosse Warriors defeated the Cape Fear Hurricanes 12-9 at John A. Murray Field Wednesday in their last regular season  home game Wednesday. The Warriors came out hot in the first half with an early 4-1 lead, but trailed, 7-5 in the third quarter before rallying in the final quarter behind four goals from Owen Hoffman. “We beat one of the best teams in our classification today” said coach Doug Hink, whose team is 9-2 and avenged an earlier loss to the Hurricanes. “I’m so proud of our seniors, this is a really special group”. Owen Williams finished the game with four goals and two assists, Owen Hoffman added four goals and an assist, seniors Miles Jones and William Sheehan both added a goal, and sophomores Truman Southern and Scott York also scored. St. David’s junior Daniel Baucom wrote this post.

The middle school girls lacrosse Warriors rallied from a five goal halftime deficit, but lost to Durham Academy, 9-6, Wednesday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. “We played much better in the second half,” said coach Anne Barnes, whose team is 2-6. “We moved the ball better on offense and tightened up defensively.” Conner Lang and Ellie Stoltz led the scoring with two goals each, while Carolyn Ames and Medlin Weddington scored once.

The middle school boys tennis Warriors pulled out a 5-4 victory over Cary Christian at Godbold Park in Cary Tuesday. St. David’s remains undefeated in conference play at 6-0 and are 6-2 overall. The teams split the six singles matches, but the Warriors took two out of three in doubles to win the match. “Jacob Suh, Jackson Moore, Jack Anders and Noah Suh were outstanding for us in doubles,” said coach Emily Nelson. “Cary Christian competed hard, but we managed to win. I’m really proud of our team.” Jacob Suh (8-2), Noah Suh (8-3) and Jack Anders (8-3) won singles, while J.Suh/Moore (8-2) and N. Suh/Anders (8-6) took doubles.  

The Warriors girls finished second and the boys were fourth in Tuesday’s meet at North Raleigh Christian Academy. The hosts won both meets. Caroline Ross led the girls with victories in the 800 and 1600 meters with Laura Martin second in both races. Karis New won the 100 hurdles and was part of the second place 4 x100 relay team along with Grace Haile, Sarah Spencer Ball and Juju Medlin. Ball won the long jump with Haile second, Medlin fourth and Ella Moses fifth. Haile was first in the triple jump with Ball second and Medlin third. Haile also finished fourth in the 200. Houston Walker led the boys with a second place finish in the 110 hurdles, a third in the shot put and a fifth place in the discus. Jonathan Brewer was second in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 110 hurdles. Winston Tuttle finished second in the 1600 meters and fourth in the 800, while Andrew Alcock was third in the 400 meters and fifth in the 200. Colby Sanders was third in the high jump and Samuel Bedor was fifth in the 400. 

The varsity baseball Warriors earned their first victory this spring, 6-5 in 10 innings, over South Wake Academy of Holly Springs Friday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Paxton Williams singled up the middle to score Jake Shelton to cap the game-winning rally. St. David’s (1-4) led 4-0 after two innings, but the Lions battled back to tie the score in the sixth, then took a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the 10thbefore Luke Fuller started the Warriors rally with a lead-off single. Shelton and Ford Everett walked to load the bases, then Andy Plyler singled off the pitcher’s glove to score Fuller and tie the score. Williams then drove the first pitch up the middle for the game-winner. “I am proud of the way we didn’t give up after having the early lead,” said coach David Simmons. “Jake and Ed Carey were great on the mound and got us out of some tight spots. Paxton came through when we needed him. Shelton struck out 10 Lions over 6.1 innings, while Carey got the win with six strikeouts over 3.2 innings. Fuller and Williams had two hits each to lead the Warriors offense. 

The middle school golf team easily defeated Thales Academy and Neuse Christian Tuesday at Hedingham Golf Club in Raleigh. The Warriors shot a four-person team total of 165 for a 24 stroke win over Thales. Kinsley Smith led SDS and finished second overall with a 37. Anders Ferrell (38), Jack Wilson (44) and Christian Seamster (46) completed the Warriors scoring.  “We improved greatly from our first match,” said coach Spencer Hensley.  “We’re looking forward to keeping this up as status quo as we prepare for our next match Thursday.” The Warrior play St. Timothy’s at Wildwood Green in Raleigh.

The middle school boys lacrosse team bounced back from a 12-6 loss in their opening game to Our Lady of Lourdes Monday by routing Cary Academy 15-1 Tuesday at John A. Murray Field. The Warrior’s offense dominated in the first half to take a 13-1 halftime lead, which included three goals from Walker Ward. “I thought the boys moved the ball really well, they really played aggressive and attacked.” said coach Ricardo Viera. “We also played great defense when we needed to, Ollie (Koon) really shut down their best player throughout the game and made it hard for him to score.” Ward led the way for the Warriors with three goals and three assists. Cruz English also tallied three goals, while Grady Sewell scored twice and had three assists. 7thgraders Beck Maddison and Chapman Cella both added 2 goals as well. The Warriors are now 1-1, and their next game is March 19that Ravenscroft School. St. David's junior Daniel Baucom wrote this post.

The middle school boys tennis team opened the season with an 8-1 victory over St. Timothy’s Tuesday at the Millbrook Exchange Courts. The Warriors swept singles behind Noah Suh (8-2), Jack Anders (8-0), Charlie Moses (8-2) Sambo Bratton (8-1), Jackson Moore (8-6) and Jackson Rouser (8-0). Suh/Anders (8-5) and Walker Coley/Jude English won doubles. “This was a great start to our season,” said coach Emily Nelson. “We served well, had some great rallies and hit a lot of winners.

The varsity golf Warriors won their opening match by 14 strokes over Parrott Academy Monday on a wet, muddy Lochmere Golf Club course in Cary. Grace Christian and Wake Christian also competed. Freshman Davis Adams fired a three under par 33 to take medalist honors for the nine-hole match. Michael LaSasso (37), Wells Conway (40) and Wells (42) completed the Warriors team total of 152. “Conditions were rough, but it’s always good to get a win,” said coach Chris Wilson. “Davis managed the course well, and it was a good start for our guys.”    

The varsity boys lacrosse team opened the season with a 10-6 victory over Nansemond Academy of Suffolk Va., Thursday at John A. Murray Field. The Warriors exploded for five third period goals, including three from senior Owen Williams, to break open a 3-2 match at halftime and take an 8-3 lead into the final quarter.  “Our goal today was to play calmly, aggressively and with intellect and we put it all together in the third quarter,” said coach Doug Hink. “Troy (Exum) got in their heads by snuffing some point blank shots. He made the goal look small today. We played well against a good opponent. ” Exum had 18 saves in goal to lead the Warriors. Williams scored a team-high four goals with two assists. Freshmen Owen Hoffman and Scott York had two goals and an assist. Truman Southern added a goal and two assists, while Conner Dunn had one goal. 

The Warriors opened EPIC Conference Tournament play Thursday at regular season champion Grace Christian. St. David’s would be without the services of Tai Goode who was at a choral event in New York.   Bo Rieker was also out with a severely sprained ankle. The Warriors got off to a slow start and found themselves in a 24-11 deficit after the opening period.  Keonte Bradley got busy in the second period slashing through the Grace Christian defense but SDS could only cut a point off the lead to give the Eagles a 42-30 lead at the half.  The Warriors came out in the third determined to battle back. Again spurred by Keonte Bradley’s great all around play to out score Grace Christian 18-12 to cut the lead to 6 (54-48)  heading into the final quarter.  The final quarter was a game of runs as St. David’s got as close as four points before an Eagle run would keep the game just out of reach.  The Warriors would fall 71-65.   Keonte Bradley led the Warriors with 34 points, 12 rebounds, and  2 blocks while taking the challenge of guarding 6’10 conference player of the year Jaylen Gibson. Nick Green also dropped in 11 points and 6 rebounds.   This was the first time in 6 years that the Warriors lost in the first round of the conference tournament and the 1st time in 5 years that they will not be in the championship game.    SDS will open the playoffs on Tuesday.  “ I was proud of our team’s effort tonight" said coach Will Coley.  "We battled like champions.   We have battled all year.   I am proud to coach such a great bunch of guys.   Keonte did all he could to try to help us advance tonight.   We have shown so much growth.   Now it is time to prepare for Tuesday.”  

The JV and varsity Warriors lost at Grace Christian Tuesday. The JV fell, 68-60. Heyward George led three players in double figures with 15 points. Judson Thompson scored 11 and Scott York posted 10. The varsity led 13-8 after the first quarter, but trailed 29-22 at halftime on the way to a 52-44 loss. “Their center (Jaylon Gibson) is 6’9 and they went to him in the second quarter,” said coach Will Coley, whose team is 1-4 in league play and 11-12 overall. “That was the difference in the game.” Tai Goode led the scoring with 12 points. Keonte Bradley added nine and had six assists. Nick Green also scored nine and Bo Rieker had eight. Both teams play at Cary Christian Friday and close the regular season at home Saturday against Carmel Christian of Charlotte.

The middle school basketball B teams split a doubleheader at St. Timothy’s Wednesday. The girls won the Capital Area Middle School Conference championship for the second straight year with an 18-6 victory. The Warriors (11-1, 10-0) used stellar defensive pressure to take an 18-2 lead starting the fourth quarter. “Our starters have allowed three points in six quarters yesterday and today,” said coach Jason Redmond. “That’s amazingly strong defense and that’s what has made us conference champs again. I’m very proud of our team.”  Madison George and Kenley Wood led the scoring with five points each, while Emma Aldridge and Grace Viera each had four. The boys lost, 37-21.  Ollie Koon scored a team-high seven points, while Van Segrave added five. Both teams wrap up the season Tuesday at home against NRCA.

The middle school girls B team didn’t allow Magellan to score a basket until midway through the fourth quarter on the way to a 26-5 home victory Tuesday. The Warriors (10-1, 9-0) jumped out to a 16-0 halftime lead behind a relentless pressure defense that converted multiple turnovers into points. “Our defense was unbelievable for three quarters,” said coach Jason Redmond. “I don’t think they had more than two shots until the final couple of minutes. We improved our passing on offense, which lead to a lot of open shots.” Emma Aldridge and Madison George led the scoring with eight points each. Greyson Vaughn and Kenley Wood had four, while Ellie Stoltz had two. 

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.

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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 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.

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.”