Varsity Boys Tennis
A few of our spring varsity teams had games in the NCISAA tournament this week. We are very proud of their efforts and work! Here are their updates:
GIRLS SOCCER v. HICKORY GROVE CHRISTIAN
The girls soccer team took the long haul to Charlotte to play Hickory Grove Christian school in the first round of the playoffs. It was a rough match-up for the Warriors but they hung tough with the opponent and played hard. Putting two shots in the back of the net wasn't enough to keep up with Hickory Grove and they took a 2-8 loss. Eliza Everett and Julia painter scored the teams goals. "The team gave great effort but it just wasn't quite enough", said coach Cornejo.
BOYS LACROSSE v. ASHEVILLE SCHOOL
The boys lacrosse team along with the varsity girls had a long 4 hour trip to Asheville to start the playoffs. "Hopes were high to bring home a victory as everyone felt we had a chance to win. As usual though, the teams that have given us the hardest time has been those with big, fast and athletic midfielders, and the Blues from Asheville were no exception" said coach Doug Hink. The face-off hero all season, Davis Wall would win the draw, but they were out manned on the wings causing the team to lose many possessions. Asheville played hardball controlling offense and were very efficient with their passes and shots taking a commanding 1st half lead of 10-5. "During half time, we felt pretty down, but as we analyzed things, and we found that we scored on 5 of 7 shots! Unfortunately, we only control 4 minutes of the 24 during the half. We discussed 2nd half strategies which included: intensity, aggressiveness, teamwork and have a no quit attitude", added Hink. While the team still came up short, they scored 4 more goals to their 3 to finish 13-9. Freshman goalie Jack Burke had a tough 1st half, but shut down many really good shooters in the 2nd. The Blues offense wore the Warriors down, but the long poles of (captains Clay Matthews and Henry Koon), Hart Miles, and freshman sensation Walker Tattersail played great and turn the tide in the 2nd half. Scoring for the Warrior's were; senior middies Nolan Homeister (2 goals), Redmond Smith (1 goal), Harper Pennington (1 goal). Defensive long pole Clay Matthew outdid himself again scoring his 2nd goal in as many games from inside the midfield line. Freshman attackmen Ben Brewer scored 2 goals followed by Cooper Berkoff's (1goal and 3 assists) and Owen Thompson's (1goal). Head coach Hink has some final thoughts to add. "To conclude the season, this 4-2 team will be remembered as the team that never quit, had a great deal of pride, and always conducted themselves as champions. What a privilege it has been to lead them this season. We'll done 2022 Warrior's varsity lacrosse team."
GIRLS LACROSSE v. ASHEVILLE SCHOOL
After a long trip out to Asheville with the boys lacrosse team the girls came up against a tough team in their opponent. It was a really hot afternoon on their big turf field and the girls appeared to start with some post-season jitters. They settled down quickly and made some great plays throughout the game that just proved to not be enough against the Blues. Anisa Barutis had a great day in cage making 7 saves. Greyson Woody caused 5 turnovers and put in an amazing effort across the field. "A great effort by all and a fun trip to round out our awesome season. We will miss our seniors dearly", said head coach Christie Dougherty
BASEBALL v. CONCORD FIRST ASSEMBLY ACADEMY
After traveling to Concord Academy at their field in second round of playoffs the boys baseball team lost to a skilled opponent 0-11. Layton Bilderback thru four innings and Preston Cheek finished it out the final two innings. Davis Crowder added an exciting hit. "The seniors Luke Fuller, Jesse Martin and Luke Nelson will be missed. It was a tough loss and we fought really hard. I look forward to those guys doing big things in the future," said coach Lebeda.
TENNIS v. COASTAL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (written by Craig Sanguilly '25)
The Warriors got outmatched in the second playoff game of the season against Coastal Christian. With Alex Barroso being absent, and the match being a long way away from home, it was an uphill battle. It started with doubles, 1 and 2 doubles lost, but 3 doubles with David Simpson and Owen Urban pulled through and won in exciting fashion. Considering it was very windy, the singles matches were even more of a challenge. Singles 1 through 5 lost, but Urban was able to pull out another win. I"t was a hard loss for the Warriors on a season ending game." Coach said, "I loved coaching these boys and seeing them improve every time we played. It was great fun, and they should feel proud of themselves."
The Warriors played their first playoff game of the post-season against Fayetteville Christian in the NCISAA tournament. The first round at home offered little challenge for the boys and they held on to a shut-out. They started with doubles, winning all of the matches and only giving up one individual game. The singles were similar, everybody won swiftly and the match ended with a 9-0 score in favor of the Warriors. The Warriors play again Thursday against Coastal Christian, the 2nd seed in the tournament.
The Warriors played against Trinity School of Durham, and had another loss for their last game of the season. The doubles lost quickly with all courts losing, but Lucas Pisciotto and Craig Sanguily playing hard and losing 6-8. Singles was also tough for the Warriors. All but one lost, but Sanguily pulled through and won 8-4. Coach said that he was proud of his team, “for having an amazing season, and although we didn’t win everything, we still had a good time.” The score of this game was 1-8.
Some of our spring Varsity teams traveled to Arendell Parrott and played the Patriots on Wednesday, March 30th. Here are their updates:
BOYS TENNIS v. ARENDELL PARROTT (Written by: Craig Sanguily)
The Warriors faced a challenge against Arendell Parrott Academy. It was a long drive and one of the opponents players is a talented, very, high-ranked player in the state. The matches were grinds but Lucas Pisciotto had the longest match almost spanning 2 hours. He ended up winning as did Tom Deloche and Walker Coley with impressive wins and hard-fought plays. Tom Deloche won in the 4th position in a gritty tiebreaker. Lucas Pisciotto and Craig Sanguily had a tough doubles match, along with David Simpson and Owen Urban, who both lost. Tom Deloche and Alex Barroso won their doubles. "Overall we played a great match against some really top players and held on where we could. The boys did really well", said head coach Josh Seglison. The final game score was 4-5. The Warriors next match is on Tuesday at home against Cary Christian, come support the Warriors!
GIRLS SOCCER v. ARENDELL PARROTT
The girls soccer game against the Patriots was their "best game so far and played really well", said head coach Jose Cornejo. The game finished with an 0-2 loss but watching the play was really encouraging to all and showed a lot of progress and connections. The improvements this team is making is evident in games like these. "The girls are working so hard", Cornejo said. They will return to the field next week on April 5th at home vs. Cary Christian.
BASEBALL v. ARENDELL PARROTT
The baseball team took on a tough Patriot group and were downed 1-12. Junior Preston Cheek started the game on the mound and "threw very well for his first outing of the season", said head coach Joe Lebeda. Davis Crowder came in later and pitched very well also for two innings. "The group played with great energy even when things weren't going as planned", added Lebeda. They play again on Tuesday, April 5th at home against Cary Christian. Please come support our Warriors if you can!
It was a packed Tuesday of spring season games on March 22nd. Here are the team updates.
Varsity Boys Lacrosse
It was a beautiful day for lacrosse, but the day belonged to Ravenscroft as they maintained offensive possession for 41 min out of 48 min of regulation play in their game against the Warriors. With the exception the 2nd quarter, the game was closer than the score shows. The team made good progress in all aspects of the game, but the small things have kept the team from making bigger strides towards success. The one goal of the game came from midfielder Harper Pennington who took the ball from down the middle, made a great dodge and got the ball in the net. Freshman goalie Jack Burke did a great job in the goal and despite being peppered from the opponent is showing great promise. The final score was defeat for the Warriors 1-14. "The most challenging part of our season is now behind us and we look for the team to make their mark on the conference", said Coach Doug Hink.
Varsity Boys Tennis (written by Craig Sanguily)
The Varsity boys tennis team played against Raleigh Charter School at Pullen Park and had another tough loss. With Craig Sanguily and Tom Deloche absent, the lineup had was changed significantly. Lucas Pisciotta played 2 doubles and 1 singles match, losing his singles and one doubles match. The final score was 2-7 with 1 win and great play in doubles from Lucas Pisciotta and Owen Urban. Alex Barroso won his singles with more great play and keeping pressure on his opponent. Coach was "proud of Lucas for testing his limits and playing 3 matches. It was a hard game to win with the absences." The Warriors will play again next Thursday, the 31st against Arendell Parrot Academy.
Varsity Girls Lacrosse
The girls lacrosse team hosted Ravenscroft on a beautiful day. The team came out very strong in the first half and stayed neck-and-neck in the score through the half ending the second half only down 1, 7-8. After a tough battle back and forth in the first half, Ravenscroft showed up tough in the second half. Despite a great effort across the board, the team couldn’t get the ball off the draw or find the back of the net in that second half. "I’m proud of the way the girls continued to compete despite it, and look forward to working on our opportunities for improvement." The final score was 21-11 with some really important and impressive play by Anne Slater Barnes, Carolyn Ames, Kailynn Woodall and Margaret Batchelder offensively and some great stops by Samantha Leshnock and Elizabeth Holderness on defense in addition to some awesome stops by Anisa Barutis in the cage.