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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 varsity golf Warriors claimed the Tarheel Invitational championship with a one- stroke victory over The Cannon School of Charlotte Friday at the Tanglewood Golf Club in Clemmons, NC. St. David’s shot a four-person team total of 305. Parker Smith led the Warriors with a two-over par 74 to finish second overall among individuals. Davis Adams (75) Wells Conway (78) and Michael LaSasso (78) rounded out the team score. “It rained for 15 of the 18 holes and our guys did a great job battling through it,” said coach Chris Wilson. “It’s the second time in three years that we’ve won this tournament and I’m proud of our team.”

The boys varsity lacrosse Warriors stayed undefeated with an 11-3 victory over Davidson Day School Thursday at John A. Murray Field. St. David’s (3-0) broke open a 5-1 game at the half with four goals in the third quarter to take a 9-2 advantage into the final period. Owen Hoffman had two in the third quarter and finished with a team leading four. Owen Williams added three. Miles Jones, Julian Cave and Macon Merriman had one each. “They played a slow style, but our defense handled it well,” said coach Doug Hink. “Troy Exum played extremely well in goal again and our offense did better in the second half.

The middle school boys tennis Warriors claimed a 7-2 victory in the home opener over Franklin Academy Thursday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Jacob Suh (8-1), Noah Suh (8-3), Jack Anders (8-3), Charlie Moses (8-2), and Sambo Bratton (8-6) helped St. David’s to a 5-1 lead after singles. J. Suh/Jackson Moore (8-5) and Jackson Rouser/Fletcher Steele (8-2) won doubles to clinch the match. “All the boys played well today,” said coach Emily Nelson. “Our depth showed again today and will help us a lot this season.”

The middle school girls lacrosse team won the home opener, 12-3, over Grace Christian Thursday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The Eagles were playing their first ever middle school girls lacrosse match. “We’ve been where they are,” said Warriors coach Anne Barnes. “It takes time and dedication to build a program and they are on their way. We jumped out early, then played people at different positions that will help us later on. Our girls played well and we are always glad to win.” Connor Lang led the scoring with three goals and an assist. Medlin Weddington, Ellie Stolz and Dillon Stallings scored twice. Elizabeth Barnes, Grace Viera and Kailyn Woodall each scored a goal. Weddington also chipped in a pair of assists.

The varsity girls soccer team won their second straight game, 6-0, at Fayetteville Christian Thursday. Julia Hensley led the scoring with four goals, while Emily Alcock and Anna Charles Bowman also found the net. “We connected on a lot of passes, which led to the goals and played well as a team,” said coach Jose Cornejo, whose team is 2-1. “We made a lot of improvement on defense as well. We’ll get better as long as we work at it.” 

The middle school baseball Warriors used a three run first inning to win on opening day, 11-3, at Friendship Christian Tuesday.  St. David’s started the game with three straight hits and all three scored. The Warriors broke the game open with eight runs in the third inning. Busbee Phillips, Davis Crowder and Josh Litra had two hits each. “It was a great way to start the season,” said coach Jason Redmond. “Our hitting, pitching and defense were all solid and that’s how you win games.” Phillips pitched three innings for the win, while Crowder finished the game on the mound.

The varsity girls soccer team overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Friendship Christian, 4-3, on penalty kicks Tuesday afternoon at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The Warriors (1-1) trailed 3-2 at halftime, before Emily Alcock’s second goal of the match tied the score with six minutes left. Neither team found the net, so each team alternated five penalty kicks to decide things. Alcock, Julia Hensley and Ella Alford found the net, then Anna Charles Bowman put the Warriors ahead. Goalkeeper Rose Mary Anders denied the final Friendship shot to seal the victory. “I’m proud of the way we came back and didn’t get discouraged,” said coach Jose Cornejo. “We’re learning a lot about ourselves and how the pieces fit together. This will help us get there.”

The varsity boys lacrosse team earned a road victory, 7-6, at North Raleigh Christian Academy Tuesday night. The Knights led, 3-2, at halftime, but the Warriors rallied behind four goals from Truman Southern to raise their record to 2-0. “They played a time killing offense that caused us some problems, but Bo Rieker and Cooper Crosby were outstanding on defense,” said coach Doug Hink. “Troy Exum thwarted many shots in goal and goalie saves lead to scoring opportunities.” Owen Williams and Miles Jones also scored for St. David’s.

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. 

Warriors senior Karis New is a member of the NCISSA 3A All-State basketball team. New helped St. David’s to a 15-9 record that included an undefeated run through the EPIC and a sweep of the conference tournament. The Warriors made it to the third round of the state tournament after winning 13 straight games. “Karis was a big part of our success this year and for all four of her years in the program,” said coach Alan Hinnant.  “She kept us loose off the court while giving everything she had on it. I’ve enjoyed coaching her and I will miss her.” New was also the EPIC Player of the Year and a member of the All-Conference team.

Nine Warrior players and one coach earned All-EPIC honors for winter sports. Alan Hinnant was named girls basketball coach of the year for leading St. David’s to an undefeated conference regular season title, plus the conference tournament title. Senior Karis New was named the EPIC Player of the Year and joined senior Julia Hensley, junior Grace Haile and freshman Kyra Parker on the All-Conference team. Junior Juju Medlin made Honorable Mention. “Karis was a four year starter and contributed a ton on both sides of the ball,” said Hinnant. “She kept us loose, was fun to coach and has helped us win.” On the boys side, seniors Keonte Bradley and Tai Goode made the first team, while sophomore Nick Green was honorable mention. Senior Sarah Spencer Ball and sophomore Caroline Ross represented the swim team. Ball won the 50 and 100 freestyle races at the conference meet, while Ross prevailed in 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.

The varsity girls season ended with a 49-37 loss at First Assembly Academy in Concord Saturday afternoon in the third round of the 3A state tournament. Seventh seeded St. David’s had won 13 straight games and led the second seed, 8-6, after the first quarter. However, the Eagles came back for an 18-13 halftime lead, survived a Warriors comeback, then held on down the stretch.  “We made them work for it,” said coach Alan Hinnant, whose team finished 15-9. “Julia (Hensley) hit a big three-point and Kyra (Parker) made a couple of layups and we were only down one in the fourth quarter. We a had a couple chances to take the lead, but some calls didn’t go our way. First Assembly was more athletic than we were, but I’m very proud of the way we competed and refused to fold. It’s too bad that we didn’t win, but we have so much to be proud of.” Karis New ended her Warriors career with a team-best 10 points. Hensley, also a senior,  and Juju Medlin scored eight and Parker added six. 

The girls finished tied for ninth and the boys were 12thin Monday’s state swim meet in Greensboro. The Ashville School won both races, while conference rivals Cary Christian took fifth in both and Grace Christian was sixth in the boys race and eighth in the boys. Seniors Sarah Spencer Ball and Annie Mears capped their careers with high finishes. Ball took second with a personal best time in the 50-freestyle and was fifth in the 100 free. Mears finished fourth in the 200 individual medley and sixth in the 100 butterfly. Sophomore Caroline Ross finished seventh in the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. The 200 free relay team of Ross, Mears, Ball and Bella Smith finished eighth. Junior Tyler Bennett led the boys with a sixth place finish in the 500 freestyle. He also finished eighth in the 200 freestyle and was part of the ninth-place 200 free relay with Sam Bedor, Blake Stanley and Will Patrick. Stanley was eighth in the 100 breaststroke.  

March Madness came a month early for the varsity girls, as senior Julia Hensley capped her home career with a three-pointer as the final horn sounded to give the Warriors an electrifying 50-49 victory over Carmel Christian (Charlotte) in the 3A state tournament’s third round. The Warriors won their 13thstraight game to raise their record to 15-8. St. David’s trailed 49-47 when Emily Alcock rebounded a missed free throw to start the game-winning fast break. “We did a great job executing in that situation with the season on the line” said coach Alan Hinnant, whose team trailed by two after three quarters. “We had first game tournament jitters, but battled all night. I’m proud of Julia for coming through in a clutch situation.” Grace Haile led the scoring with 16 points, while Kyra Parker had 13. Hensley finished with nine. The seventh-seeded Warriors travel to Concord for a Saturday afternoon matchup with number two First Assembly Academy.

The Warriors season ended with an 85-64 loss at #5 seeded Fayetteville Christian Tuesday in the first round of the NCISSA playoffs.  St. David’s had beaten the Warriors earlier in the season by six points.  The first quarter was fast and furious as and ended with St. David’s facing a four-point deficit at 21-17.   Keonte Bradley came out determined with nine points in the quarter.   The second quarter was also closely contested.  Bradley continued his scoring assault with 7 more points but SDS trailed 40- 33 at the half. Fayetteville out- scored St. David’s 24-14 to take a commanding 65-47 lead into the fourth quarter.  SDS only lost the last quarter by one point 18-17 but could not recover from the 3rdquarter onslaught.  Fayetteville Christian’s ability to dominate their offensive backboard proved to be the difference in the game.   Keonte Bradley did all he could to salvage the season with team highs of 28 points, six rebounds, and two blocks.  Nick Green added 16 points, and Tai Goode returned to the lineup to add 10 points, five rebounds, and six steals.   This was the last game for seniors Bradley, Goode, and Bo Rieker, who was still recovering from a severely sprained ankle and did not play.  

“ We gave it all we could tonight.   We just could not make the plays we needed them the most, said coach Will Coley, whose team finished 11-16.  “Their ability to attack the offensive board overwhelmed us.   We had no answer for that.  I am sad for my seniors who represented our program so well.  I am proud of the way they led us this season.  We dealt with a lot of adversity but never made excuses.  This has been a fun bunch of guys to coach.   I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a great journey.”   

The varsity girls are the EPIC tournament champions after a 46-43 victory over Cary Christian Friday night in a game played at Grace Christian. The Warriors won their 12thstraight game to raise their record to 14-8 heading into the state tournament. St. David’s jumped out to a 14-2 lead after the first quarter, but the Knights came back to within seven (22-15) at halftime. “We had foul trouble in the second quarter and had to overcome it the rest of the way,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “We had to sub defense for offense to protect some people, but we managed to battle through it and hang on.  Grace Haile, Kyra Parker and Julia Hensley hit some big shots for us down the stretch. I’m very proud of my team and we are looking forward to the state tournament.” Haile led the scoring with 13 points, while Parker added 10. Karis New chipped in eight and Juju Medlin had five. Parker earned tournament MVP honors, while New and Hensley joined her on the All-Tournament team. 

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 varsity girls advanced to the EPIC championship game with a 49-21 home victory over Grace Christian Thursday. The Warriors have won 11 straight games and will play Cary Christian Friday night for the title. Grace Christian is the host site. Kyra Parker scored the Warriors first six points on her way to a game-high 14 as SDS led 40-9 at halftime. “We got stops on defense that led to transition baskets and that was the key to our fast start,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “We moved the ball well on offense and made the extra pass that led to some easy baskets. It was also great that Madison Nobrega made her first basket this season. That was a team goal for tonight and I’m proud of her for accomplishing it.” Emily Alcock added nine for St. David’s.

The middle school girls A team ended the season with a 27-20 loss to Magellan in the Capital Area Middle School Conference tournament semi-finals Wednesday at home. The top seeded Warriors (14-3) led 11-6 at halftime after holding the Mariners scoreless in the second quarter.  However, Magellan exploded for 21 points in the second half and took the lead on a three-pointer with 1:22 to play. Anne George led St. David’s with eight points. 

The middle school boys A team ended the season with a 58-43 home loss to Trinity Academy of Raleigh in Monday’s conference tournament. The fourth seeded Warriors fell behind 19-0 to start the game to the number five Tigers, but rallied with 16 points in the fourth quarter to close the gap somewhat. “I think this group overachieved this season,” said coach Jonathan Coley, whose team finished 8-9. They showed good personal growth and never stopped playing and it paid off in some games for us. I’m proud of their effort all season.” Philip Medlin led three players in double figures with 14 points. Ryan Messmore scored 12 and Jacob Suh added 10.