Varsity Boys Golf
St. David’s travelled to Bryan Park Golf Course in Greensboro North Carolina for the 3A State Championship. The Warriors looked to win their third straight championship, and 5th of the last 6. It was a windy and, at times rainy day, but St. David’s remainder focused on the task: defeating Cape Fear Academy and Cary Christian School. Head Coach Chris Wilson preached that getting off to a fast start and remaining focused and patient would be a determining factor in winning. The Warriors fired a team score of 299, defeating Cary Christian by 8 and Cape Fear by 11 to take home the trophy! St. David’s was led by senior Davis Adams, who shot a 1-under-par 71, finishing runner-up individually. Senior Michael LaSasso posted an even par 72, and senior Christian Conway fired a 1-over-par 73. Eighth grader Preston Hage shot an 11-over-par 83 to complete scoring for the Warriors. Senior Jax Nicholson and Junior Christian Seamster shot 85 and 86 respectively. Coach Wilson had this to say on the effort:
“This week our Varsity Warrior golfers put their hearts and efforts out in front of all NC 3A independent schools in working to defend their title as State Champs! And it was done in grand form! After shooting the lowest team score at Cutter Creek last week in the state qualifier, our Warriors held the top seed going into the State Championship at Bryan Park today in Greensboro. Led by Senior Captain Davis Adams, our Warriors worked hard for 18 holes to beat Cary Christian and Cape Fear Academy to hold their 3A State Champion Golfers status for the 3rd year in a row! Davis (71), Michael (72), Christian Conway (73) and Preston Hage (83) played great golf in what started out as a near perfect day, then it turned into a lightning-delayed windy, rainy and steamy day in the final 3 holes to shoot a 299 and win by 8 shots. I’m very proud of all of our Warrior golfers for their never-give-up attitude on the golf course all season long! It has truly been a great pleasure to coach all of the young gentlemen!”
St. David’s traveled to Cutter Creek Golf Club for the third time this season, this time for the NCISSA State Championship qualifier. The top 12 teams in the division were all vying for the coveted three spots at next week’s State Championship. St. David’s battled strong winds, firing a team score of 293, besting Cape Fear Academy by 16 and Cary Christian by 19. Senior star Michael LaSasso fired a strong 3-under-par 69, medaling individually. Eighth grader Preston Hage turned in his best round of the season, a 1-under-par 71 to finish in a tie for second, and senior Davis Adams shot an even-par 72 to tie for fourth. Junior Christian Seamster rounded out the top four with a 9-over-par 81. Seniors Jax Nicholson and Christian Conway added an 11-over-par 83 and a 14-over-par 86 respectively. Coach Wilson was pleased, and had this to say: “All year we have been preparing for this, and when it came down to it our guys performed well and we’re all excited for the opportunity to win a third straight State Championship”. The State Championship will be held next Monday the 16th at Bryan Park Golf Cub in Greensboro.
Fresh off of their EPIC Conference Championship win, St. David’s golf team traveled to Greensboro to compete against 12 other top NC high school golf teams. The Warriors were missing star seniors Michael LaSasso and Christian Conway, but were still able to fire a team score of 309 at the very difficult East Course at Grandover Resort. The Warriors took home a third place finish. St. David’s was led by senior Davis Adams, who finished his round in style with an eagle and two birdies in his final four holes; firing a 1-over-par 73. Adams co-medaled individually. Junior Christian Seamster was right on his heels, firing a 2-over-par 74, followed by eight grader Preston Hage with an 8-over-par 80, and Senior Jax Nicholson with a 10-over-par 82. St. David’s has some well-deserved time off, with their next scheduled match being the NCISSA State Championship qualifier on May 9th at Cutter Creek Golf Course.
St. David’s traveled to Cutter Creek Golf Club for the EPIC Conference Championship. Having been the best team throughout the regular season, the Warriors had high expectations, despite being without senior star Michael LaSasso. St. David’s battled the windy conditions, and managed a team score of 298. Rivals Cary Christian finished second with 309, followed by Parrot Academy with a 312, and Grace Christian with a 338. Junior Christian Seamster posted a 1-under-par 71 to lead the Warriors, one of the two under par rounds in the entire field. Senior Davis Adams posted a 1-over-par 73, followed by a pair of 5-over-par 77’s from senior Christian Conway and eighth grader Preston Hage. Eighth grader Spence Saik shot an 80 and freshman Grayson Hanna shot a 91 to complete scoring for the Warriors. Coach Wilson said this on the performance:
“The EPIC Conference Championship was held at Cutter Creek Golf Club. Our Warrior golfers were up against some eager and hungry competitors. The conditions were windy and cool, which meant to score well you had to constantly adjust for wind gusts up to 25mph. Having played the entire regular season as the top team, and going undefeated in the EPIC, our Warriors won the Conference Championship, shooting a 298 and beating Cary Christian by 11 shots, 14 shots over Parrot Academy, and by 40 shots over Grace Christian. They showed today that they are continuing to have fun and work hard each and every day to win and get ready for the State Championship in 2 weeks. Our All-Conference players are: Christian Seamster,Davis Adams, Christian Conway, and Preston Hage. Congratulations to all of our Warrior golfers on the big win!”
St. David’s returns back to action tomorrow (April 29th), when they travel to Grandover Resort for a rematch against Wesleyan Christian Academy. They will look to keep up the positive momentum, once again short handed, this time without seniors Michael LaSasso and Christian Conway.
For the first time in what felt like an eternity, St. David’s returned to action for an EPIC Conference match at Lonnie Poole Golf Course. All teams were only able to complete nine holes due to weather, but nonetheless the Warriors came out victorious. St. David’s fired an even-par 144 as a team, Cary Christian shot 153, Parrot Academy 165, and Grace Christian 182. The star senior duo of Michael LaSasso and Davis Adams lead the Warriors, with LaSasso medaling with a 4-under-par 32, and Adams posting a 1-under-par 35. 8th grade standout Preston Hage fired a 2-over-par 38, and junior Christian Seamster posted a 3-over-par 39 to complete scoring for St. David’s. Senior Christian Conway and 8th grader Spence Saik rounded out the Warriors lineup with a 4-over-par 40 and a 10-over-par 46 respectively. Coach Wilson had this to say on the effort:
“Our Varsity Warrior golfers hosted the EPIC at Lonnie Poole golf course today. This was our last regular season matchup before our Conference Championship coming up on Thursday this week. Our Warriors were limited by weather today as wind and rain and hail blew across the golf course, and lightning shutting down the match for about 30 minutes. Because of the delay, the match was completed after the front 9 only. Led by Seniors Davis Adams and Michael LaSasso shooting 35 and 32 respectively, our warriors beat Cary Christian once again by 9 shots and the other teams by as many as 41 shots. 8th grader Preston Hage contributed with a 38 and junior Christian Seamster came in with a 39, helping to secure the win for the Warriors!”
St. David’s returns to action this Thursday the 28th, traveling to Cutter Creek Golf Club for the EPIC Conference Championship.
Some varsity teams played on April 6th. These are their team game updates:
GOLF (Written by Davis Adams '22)
Warriors Capture Sixth Straight Victory
The St. David’s Golf Team traveled to Talamore Golf Club for a match against The O’Neal School and Westchester Academy. Despite missing senior leader Christian Conway, the Warriors stayed focused and collected another win. St. David’s shot a team score of 307, beating O’Neal by 3 strokes, and Westchester by 20 strokes. St. David’s was led by junior Christian Seamster, who fired a majestic 2-over-par 73 to medal in the match. Star senior duo Michael LaSasso and Davis Adams both turned in 5-over-par 76’s. Eighth grader Preston Hage and senior Grayson Chesson both carded 11-over-par 82’s to finish scoring for the Warriors. Eighth grader Spence Saik, despite not feeling his best, managed a 17-over-par 88. The Warriors have some time off over Easter Break, and they’ll look to keep the momentum going when they return to action.
After soundly defeating Cary Christian in their last game, the Warriors felt good about their chances against Cape Fear Academy as they hosted them at home. CFA, however, had different plans for the group and came ready to play. Winning most of the face offs, CFA seemingly scored at will and the varsity boys had no answer. "They are a traditional power house team that plays lacrosse year round and draws a lot of northern families that look to the warmer coastal climate and comfortable living of NC. Because of their commitment to the game, their style of play is fast paced, aggressive and highly skilled. Unfortunately for us, we were not able to control the ball as we did in our last game," detailed head coach Doug Hink. He added, "we continue to learn from these skilled teams and we are getting better, as we made aggressive adjustments in our game and played a much better 2nd half." Scoring for the Warriors were senior midfielder Harper Pennington and Nolan Ryan with 1 goal each. Freshman attackman Cooper Berkoff also scored a goal and had an assist. Goalie Jack Burke had a lot of activity in the goal, taking a lot of shots from the Hurricane offense. Despite the score, Jack did quite well, making 7 on goal saves. "St. David's has a good group of young men representing their school on the field and I'm proud of them," said Coach Hink.
The girls lacrosse team lost to a great opponent in Saint Mary's but played hard and maintained a great competitive approach to a tough scenario. Anne Slater had 6 draws and 4 goals, and she lead with a good attitude throughout the battle. Ella Bilderback had 8 draw controls and 3 goals. She played so hard and really stepped up as a leader on the field.
"I’m proud of the way my girls showed up and battled for every opportunity. Their goalie made a ton of saves so we’ll be working on finishing our shots, but we look forward to facing Saint Mary’s again soon", said coach Christie Dougherty.
The St. David’s Boys Golf Team traveled to New Hill to Cutter Creek Golf Course for an 18 hole match with some EPIC Conference teams. The Warriors continued their hot streak, firing a team score of 293, five-over-par, despite missing eighth grade star Preston Hage. The score was good enough to defeat rivals Cary Christian by 3 strokes, Parrott Academy by 24 strokes, and Grace Christian by 65 strokes. Senior standout Davis Adams continued his solid play, firing a 3-under-par 69 to lead the Warriors. Senior Star Michael LaSasso posted a solid 1-under-par 71, senior Christian Conway shot a steady even-par 72, and other eighth grade star Spence Saik rounded out the counting scores with a 9-over-par 81. Junior Christian Seamster shot a 10-over-par 82, and senior Jax Nicholson shot a 12- over-par 84. The highlight of the match came when senior Davis Adams made a hole-in-one on the par 4 12th hole for his second ever albatross. Coach Chris Wilson was pleased with the effort, saying, “in our latest EPIC matchup in Cutter Creek the conditions were nearly perfect for our Warrior golfers. The wind was steady and swirling and made today’s golf just a bit challenging for everyone. Senior Davis Adams posted a 3 under par 69 to lead the Warriors to victory! Davis had a very exciting albatross on the 12th hole into the wind from around 300 yds. Congratulations on your hole in one Davis! The competition is getting a little better and more consistent as we head into the last few weeks of the regular season, and I feel that if we continue to prepare well for our matches, combined with seeing a variety of courses these next couple of weeks will help us to get our games even sharper". Congratulations Warriors on your win!
TENNIS v. ST. TIMOTHY’S
The tennis team played a tough match against St Timothy’s, losing 8-1. The team fought hard against a worthy opponent and saw glimpses of great progress and competition. Forbes Stallings played his most impressive match of the season, winning #3 singles 8-4.
GOLF v. ST. TIMOTHY’S
The MS golf team won by 6 strokes over the second place team when they traveled to Raleigh Golf Association. Finishing with a team score of 152, Sheppard McKenzie and James Fisher each shot 36, and Henry Brewer shot 39.
SOCCER v. TRINITY ACADEMY
The girls soccer team lost to Trinity Academy with a score of 0-6. Jordan Holmes made some excellent saves and is really looking comfortable in goal. Frances Fischer playing in only her 2nd soccer game did great and is really finding her feet and understanding the game. “Really proud of the effort despite the score and the challenge of playing teams with certainly older and more experienced players”, coach Walston said.
SOCCER v. MAGELLAN
The girls soccer team is struggling with injuries but played Magellan who had sixteen experienced 8th graders and three 7th graders. While the team is young they fought very hard with their limited roster. Jordan Holmes did a great job in goal fighting to keep the barrage of shots out while the defense was similarly tested. Despite having a broken arm and wearing a soft cast, Finley Spivey did a great job in the midfield and Avery Black turned away offensive attacks consistently frustrating Magellan’s offense. “So proud of these girls for coming out and playing for themselves and for me”, said coach Walston. “They have a great deal of heart and I am privileged to be coaching this group of young ladies” he added.
GOLF v. ST. MICHAEL’S
The golf team had a great match vs. St. Michael’s. In anticipation of the rain Thursday they moved their game to Wednesday and the team performed well in the early match-up. Their victory with a final score of 144-157 was another great win for them to build off of. James Fisher shot one under par and Ford Fisher shot even par.
GIRLS LACROSSE v. ST. MICHAEL’S
Girls lacrossed played Friday at St. Michael’s and had a great game with high energy, good communication and great team effort. Kacky Chapman and Kate Madison won a number of draw controls. Kacky Chapman, Kackie Koon, and Kate Madison all put some goals on the board. The team’s defense played stellar. Kackie Koon, Martha Godwin, Anderson Monk, Marion Cella and Anna Hauser were huge assets to our game. The team ultimately lost 11-7 but “carry with them a lot of energy and confidence for our next game” said coach Rittenmeyer.
The St. David’s golf team was once again shorthanded, this time without eighth-grade standout Preston Hage, as they traveled to Old North State Club for a match against Ravenscroft. Weather provided a challenge, as it was rainy early in the round and the rain gave way to intense winds. The Warriors stayed composed and posted a team score of 303 to defeat the Ravens by 9 strokes. Senior Davis Adams medaled in the match, posting a sizzling 5-under-par 67. Senior Michael LaSasso continued his stellar play with an even par 72, senior Christian Conway fired an 8-over-par 80, and eighth-grader Spence Saik completed scoring with a 12-over-par 84. Seniors Jax Nicholson and Grayson Chesson shot 86 and 88 respectively. Coach Wilson had this to say on the performance: "Today at Old North State Club our Warrior golfers once again had to contend with a very wet course and with heavy winds gusting to 35mph. We played against our friends at Ravenscroft in an annual, highly contested match. With a team total of 303 for St. David’s, we beat them by 8 shots (311 Ravenscroft). To make our match with Ravenscroft an interesting one, we decided to play some singles matches as well as 2-man match play, Ryder Cup style, to go along with our usual medal scoring. Our best 6 players head-to-head with their best 6 players. Our guys stepped up all around! With 9 points total to be had, 5 points needed to win the match play, Seniors Davis Adams and Michael LaSasso paired up to deliver 3 points on their own. Senior Christian Conway and 8th grader Spencer Saik delivered 1.5 points in their matchup, and in the final pairing, Seniors Grayson Chesson and Jax Nicholson brought 1 point to the final tally, declaring St. David’s the winner 5 1/2 to 3 1/2, in the 2022 North Raleigh Shootout at Old North State! Nice playing gentlemen! And Congratulations on the Big Win for the 5th year in a row! Congratulations to Davis Adams as the Medalist of the day with a 5 under par 67! Great playing Davis! I am pumped, as this is a big win right on the heels of our next EPIC match at Cutter Creek Golf Club next week, the site where our Warriors shot an all-time school low- scoring record of 18 under par 270 last season! Warriors, Let’s go get ‘em next week” The Warriors are back in action on Monday April 4th, where they travel to Cutter Creek Golf Club for an EPIC Conference match.
The St. David’s Boys Golf Team travelled to Lochmere Country Club for a 9 hole EPIC Conference match. Despite missing senior leader Davis Adams, the Warriors played solid golf, collecting another victory. The Warriors shot 150, Cary Christian shot 161, Grace Christian shot 170, and Wake Christian shot 228. Senior Michael LaSasso medaled with a one-over-par 36. Eighth grader Spence Saik fired a 2-over-par 37, junior Christian Seamster shot a 3- over-par 38, and eighth grader Preston Hage posted a 4-over-par 39, finishing the Warriors lineup. Senior Jax Nicholson fired a 7-over-par 42, and senior Christian Conway shot an 8-over-par 43. Coach Wilson had said that "today at Lochmere on a very windy day, with gusts up to 35mph, our Warrior golfers displayed patience and skillfulness in our third EPIC golf match. Shooting a 10 over par 150 for 9 holes, we handily beat Cary Christian by 11 shots and other teams by as many as 78 shots. Congratulations to senior Michael LaSasso for once again being the medalist of the event." He added, "that golf course has its normal difficulties with creeks, ponds and out of bounds bordering every hole, and when you throw in the wind with such high gusts, it plays easily 2-4 shots tougher on each 9. Our guys played it pretty well considering all that. Congrats on another great WIN gentlemen!” The Warriors are back in action on Thursday the 31st, where they will play Ravenscroft at Old North State Club in New London, NC.
On a wet Thursday, March 24th, a few of our Varsity teams competed. Here are their updates.
TRACK & FIELD (Written by Mary Elizabeth Martin)
On Thursday, March 24th, St. David’s Track and Field traveled to Ravenscroft School to participate in a 5-team meet under very swampy conditions, with Cary Christian, Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill, Carolina Friends School, and Ravenscroft. The team performed well with Kailey Wadsworth tying her own school record with a 4’6 high jump. Strong placings for the women’s team included second place for Laura Martin in the 100-meter hurdles, a first place in the 4x1 relay for Maya Foster, Mary Elizabeth Martin, Isabel Driggers, and Kailey Wadsworth, a second place in the discus for Rebecca Driggers, and a second in high jump and long jump for Kailey Wadsworth. Martin also took second place in the girls shot-put with a personal record breaking throw. Strong events for the men’s team included a first place in the 300-meter hurdles for Ghiair Chisley with a personal record of 46.53, and second place in the shot-put for Fabián Fallas Retaña. Jackson Rouser took first place in the long-jump and broke a school record while scoring first in the discus with a throw of 103’7. The mens 4x400 relay also ran well with William Fox, Dhru Govindji, Kaishun Sato-Choi, and Ghiar Chisley placing third. Overall, the team did very well and had a strong meet. Good job Warriors!
GOLF: Warriors Prevail in Sloppy Conditions (Written by: Davis Adams)
It was an emotional day for the St. David’s Varsity Boys Golf Team. Not only was it an important EPIC Conference match, but it was also the first meeting of the season against their rivals, Cary Christian. Despite the soggy and wet conditions at MacGregor Downs Country Club, St. David’s remained focused and determined. St. David’s posted a team score of 291, 3-over-par, defeating Cary Christian by 15, Parrot Academy by 46, and Grace Christian by 83 strokes. Michael LaSasso once again medaled, this time with a blistering 4-under-par 68. Seniors Davis Adams and Christian Conway shot a pair of 2-over-par 74’s, and eighth grader Preston Hage added a 3-over-par 75 to complete scoring for the Warriors. Eighth grader Spence Saik shot 83, and senior Grayson Chesson fired an 87. Coach Wilson was pleased with the effort, and had this to say: “In our 2nd EPIC Conference match at MacGregor Downs in rainy, muddy conditions, our Warrior golfers displayed great composure and focus on the task at hand. We played great golf and scored 3 over par 291 as a team. Beating Cary Christian by 15 shots and other teams by as many as 83 shots, and making an early season statement that we’re here to play hard and win! I’m very proud of our Warrior golfers! Congrats on the WIN gentlemen!” The Warriors look to continue their hot streak on Monday the 28th, where they’ll travel to Lochmere Golf Club for another EPIC Conference match.
LACROSSE: Cary Academy defeats St. David's Boys Lacrosse in Overtime
In a really great showing by the Warriors, the team took on Cary Academy on a wet Thursday, March 24th. The Warriors made a strong comeback against a good Chargers team in the 4th quarter, only to come up short in overtime. In the first half, the opponent outplayed St. David’s and ended up with a 5-2 going into the third quarter. Making some adjustments in the offense and defensive coverage, the Warriors began to chip away at the lead, cutting CA's edge to 7-4 going into the 4th quarter. Not to be denied and sensing that victory was within their grasp, the defense made some key takeaways and got the ball to the offense, who, with great passes leading to scores, cut the lead to 8-7 with 1:30 seconds remaining. Redmond Smith, who filled in for face off middle Davis Wall, who was unable to play, won the face-off which in turn lead to tying score. Smith then won the face-off again, getting the ball to senior middle Nolan Homeister, who had a chance to score the go ahead goal with seconds remaining, but good defense by the Chargers thwarted the opportunity. Going into the sudden death overtime, Smith again gave us an opportunity to gain the offensive possession, unfortunately with a turnover to the Chargers, they took the ball the length of the field and scored the winning goal to end the game. St. David scores were made by senior middies Harper Pennington(3 goals and 2 assists) and Nolan Homeister (1 goal). Junior attackman Will Horn added 1 goal and freshman attackman Cooper Berkoff cashed in for 3 goals. “Tonight we saw a St. David’s team that wouldn't quit and overcame a deficit and almost pull out a victory against a strong Charger team. Look for more good things to happen to this St. David varsity boys lacrosse team”, said Coach Hink. The boys play again at home on Monday, March 28th at 4:15 against NRCA.
St. David’s varsity golf looked to bounce back from a disappointing effort the last time out, and they played Cary Academy at Prestonwood Country Club for a nine hole match. The Warriors had a complete team effort, and posted a new season low 141, 3-under-par, beating Cary Academy by 26 strokes. Senior star Michael LaSasso medaled with a 3-under-par 33. Senior leader Davis Adams posted a 2- under-par 34, with eighth grader Preston Hage right on his heels with a 1-under- par 35. Seniors Christian Conway and Grayson Chesson both added 3-over-par 39’s to complete the scoring. Junior Christian Seamster shot a 12-over-par 48, rounding out the Warriors lineup. Coach Wilson said, "today at Prestonwood our Warrior golfers had a great day on the course shooting a 3-under-par team score in 9 holes against Cary Academy. Our priority today was to work on staying focused from the first shot of the round to the last, and I’m proud to say that I saw a noticeable positive difference in our performance today. Great playing today gentlemen!” St. David’s is back in action on Thursday, March 24th at MacGregor Downs Country Club for an EPIC conference match, where they will look to keep the positive momentum going.
After many cancellations from overly wet conditions and a full day of rain, the boys Varsity tennis and golf teams were the only Varsity teams not to be effected by weather issues. Their games went on; here are the updates.
Varsity Boys Tennis (Written by Craig Sanguily)
In the Varsity Boys tennis match against Ravenscroft, the Warriors faced their hardest competition yet. A talented Ravens team was able to dominantly beat the Warriors, winning every match and closing out the defeat. Although they suffered this tough loss, they are still going to keep fighting and working to improve their game as their coach encouraged. Everyone played to the best of their ability but the Ravens were too much and topped the Warriors 9-0. In particular, junior Lucas Pisciotta played an exceptional match at #2 and never gave an inch to the opponent despite the tough loss. Similarly, freshman Walker Coley put up an amazing fight at #6 singles and forced his opponent to earn every point. Next week, they have a game against Raleigh Charter School at Pullen Park on Tuesday, March 22nd. After the losses faced this week, the Warriors will come back strong.
Varsity Boys Golf (Written by Davis Adams)
St. David’s traveled to Forsyth Country Club to square off against Forsyth Country Day School and Wesleyan Christian Academy in Winston Salem. The match ended with Wesleyan taking home the victory with a 301, and St. David’s and Forsyth Country Day tying with a very close 304. The Warriors were lead by senior Michael LaSasso with a 2-over-par 73. Senior Christian Conway posted a 3-over-par 74, eighth grader Preston Hage added a 5-over- par 76, and fellow eighth grader Spence Saik added a 9-over-par 80 to complete scoring for the Warriors. Senior Davis Adams shot a 12-over-par 83, junior Christian Seamster shot a 14-over-par 85, and senior Grayson Chesson fired a 22-over-par 93. St. David’s falls to 3-1-1, but they look to bounce back on Tuesday the 22nd, where they face Cary Academy at Prestonwood Golf Club with first groups teeing off at 3pm.
The Varsity boys tennis, lacrosse and golf teams competed on beautiful Tuesday, March 15th. Here are their team updates.
Golf Improves to 3-0 (written by Davis Adams)
The Varsity Boys Golf Team traveled to Lochmere Golf Club, where they played Ravenscroft and Grace Christian for 9 holes. The Warriors continued their solid play, firing a 5-over-par 145, defeating Ravenscroft by eleven strokes, and Grace Christian by thirty-seven. Senior star Michael LaSasso medaled with a one-under-par 34. Eighth grader Preston Hage added a one-over-par 36, with seniors Davis Adams and Christian Conway rounding out the top four with a 2-over-par 37 and a 3-over-par 38 respectively. Rookie Grayson Hanna shot a 10-over-par 45, and senior Jax Nicholson added a 13-over-par 47 to round out the Warriors starting six. Coach Chris Wilson had this to say: “We had a great 1st EPIC Conference match today on this day with great weather at Lochmere. Our team score of 145, 5-over-par, shows that our hard work early in the season is helping us to be ready for our toughest competitors in the coming weeks.” The Warriors look to keep the momentum going on Thursday the 17th, where they will face Forsyth Country Day at Forsyth Country Club in Winston-Salem.
Varsity Tennis Downed by Durham Academy (written by Craig Sanguily)
The Varsity Boys Tennis team faced quite the challenge in the home game against Durham Academy. It was a harder than the normal matchup as Durham Academy is a conference leader. The Warriors all played hard, but despite their hard effort were unfortunately unable to win. Charlie Moses was the match's only winner. He had an amazing comeback, losing the first set 1-6 and coming back strong. Charlie won the 2nd set 6-4 and sealed the game by winning a tiebreaker 10-7. Charlie did a great job, and the coach really wanted everyone to know how proud he was of Charlie Moses for that brave win. Overall, despite the tough 8-1 loss the Warriors were able to make small improvements and kept a great attitude about playing and learning from their mistakes. The Warriors play again on March 17th at Ravenscroft against the Ravens at 4:00pm.
Varsity Lacrosse Falls to Durham Academy
The boys varsity lacrosse team played an outstanding team at Durham Academy for 48 minutes, but could only manage 3 goals for the contest. Freshman goalie Jack Burke weathered a storm of shots, and while allowing the 19 goals, he prevented many others from finding the net. This game was another one sided contest with the opponent possessing the ball on offense the vast majority of time. Another bright spot, according to Coach Doug Hink, were the face offs from middle Davis Wall who won 80% for the Warriors. Warrior goals were scored by senior middle Harper Pennington who had 2 and freshman Cooper Berkoff who had 1 with an assist coming from Ben Brewer. While the score was a tough one for the Warriors, the team improved immensely from the past week's outing. The boys play again at home on Thursday, March 17th against Cary Academy.
The Varsity Boys Golf Team got their season underway in Greensboro vs. Greensboro Day at the Farm Course on Wednesday March 9th. The Warriors battled cold and wet conditions, firing an even par 140 to take home the 12 shot victory. St. David’s senior Michael LaSasso medaled with a 32, 3-under-par. Senior Christian Conway added a 33, 2-under-par. Senior Davis Adams and 8th grade phenom Preston Hage rounded out the scoring with a 37, 2-over-par and 38, 3-over-par respectively. Eighth grade rookie Spence Saik shot a 41, plus-6 and Senior Grayson Chesson shot a 47, 12-over. Senior Jax Nicholson played individually and fired an impressive 38, just 3-over-par. Longtime head coach Chris Wilson said, “it’s great to start the season off with an even par round and a win. Anytime we return to a course where we’ve won a State Championship has always been good energy for us”. The Warriors are back in action next Tuesday, March 15th at Lochmere Golf Club for an EPIC conference match against Grace Christian.
It was a proud moment in the St. David's library yesterday, November 17th, while friends, family, teachers, coaches and supporters of our golf signees gathered to share in the celebration and honoring of our athletes and their accomplishments. Those accomplishments and hard work have now officially allowed them the opportunity to continue their love the game of golf at the next level - in college!
Michael LaSasso and Davis Adams each signed their National Letter of Intent to play at the collegiate level at their committed universities, North Carolina State University and The College of William & Mary, respectively. After a small opening and prayer Athletic Director, Ricardo Viera, said a few encouraging words about the boys and their hard work to improve their game throughout their high school career. In their time here at St. David's they have helped bring about three State Championships and they still have a season left to claim all four!
Both boys had the support of their families and coaches in attendance and when they each got up to speak they mentioned how grateful they were for the encouragement, coaching and unconditional love and care they had gotten through the years, specifically from their parents, family and their golf coaches. It was a touching moment to see all their hard work culminate in a public display of celebration and to make official their intentions to continue their efforts at the impressive level of NCAA Division I golf. We look forward to following them in their last high school season and as they continue on to help their college golf team. On behalf of Davis and Michael, Go Tribe! and Go Pack! And thank you to the people who came to be with us in the library yesterday.
The Warriors traveled to Greensboro for the NCISAA State Golf Tournament on Tuesday. There were ten Warriors that qualified for the state golf tournament. Michael LaSasso, Davis Adams, Christian Conway, Matt Messenger, Heyward George and Preston Hage turned in a team score of 297 that was 9 strokes better than any other team to win the golf state championship. Preston Hage had one of the highlights of the state tournament when he teed up on #13 at the Greensboro Golf Club Farm Course and hit a hole-in-one. Michael LaSasso shot a 2 under par for the day and was the medalist of the state tournament. This makes the fourth state championship (2016, 2017, 2019, 2021) for the boys golf team. The NCISAA will be posting all state honors for golf and anticipate several of our Warriors to earn this honor.
Matt Messenger has committed to McDaniel College to play golf. Messenger has been a big part of the Warriors success in competing for state championships in golf and looks forward to playing at the collegiate level. Coach Chris Wilson spoke at the college signing and said, "Matt has been a great leader on our golf team and is someone that players on the team look up to. They are not just getting a great golfer at McDaniel College but they are getting a great leader". Messenger looks to lead the Warriors to a State Championship next week in Greensboro.
The EPIC played at MacGregor Downs in Cary, NC for the Conference Championship. The course played long today, and even longer because of the 15 mph sustained winds. Our Varsity golfers played well today, and Cary Christian played just a little better. Junior Christian Conway lead the team and continued his under-par scoring with a 1 under par 71 and finished 2nd overall in the championship. Davis Adams and Michael LaSasso came in tied for 4th with 2 over par 74. 7th grader Preston Hage had another good round of 6 over 78, placing 9th overall, to round out our top 4 Warriors.
Named to the EPIC All Conference Team were:
Christian Conway, Preston Hage, Davis Adams and Michael LaSasso
The Warriors traveled to Prestonwood CC on Tuesday to play host team Cary Academy in a 9 hole match. Golfers played the Meadows Course Front 9. Warrior Varsity Golfers are on a strong run heading into the Conference Championship later this week, winning today’s match by 16 shots. At Prestonwood, Junior Star Davis Adams was the medalist of the day with a 4 under par 32(-4). Additionally, other juniors Michael LaSasso and Christian Conway each scored a 2 under par 34(-2), and Senior leader Matt Messenger scored a 38(+2) to round out the Top 4 scores.