Middle School "A" Girls Basketball
The Athletic Department would like to say Thank You to everyone that attended as well as participated in the Middle School, JV, & Varsity Sports Awards Ceremony on Thursday, February 23rd. It truly was a good time filled with laughter, memories, and fellowship. We would like to once again congratulate the following athletes on their accolades from the evening:
Middle School A Boys Basketball
Most Outstanding Offensive Player – Wesley Hilldale
Coaches Award – Grant Simpson
Warrior to Watch Award – Carson Riddick
Middle School B Boys Basketball
Coaches Award – Charlie Lewis
MVP Award – Brock Phillips
Warrior to Watch – Wiley Sloan
Middle School A Girls Basketball
Most Outstanding Player – Anna Hauser
MVP Award – Katie France
MVP Award – Jordan Holmes
Middle School B Girls Basketball
Coaches Award - Louisa Manning
Coaches Award - Maya Wadsworth
Coaches Award - Crawford Rollman
Middle School Cheerleading
Coaches Award – Isa Cordon
Outstanding 7th – Natalie Clegg
Outstanding 8th – Tatom Good
JV & VARSITY
JV Boys Basketball
Most Outstanding Player – Jake Stickney
Warrior to Watch – Will Sink
Coaches Award – Clark Tant
Varsity Boys Basketball
Warrior Award – Cooper Berkoff
Coaches Award – Preston Cheek
Warrior to Watch – George Coleman
Varsity Girls Basketball
MVP Award – Maya Foster
MVP Award – Eliza Everett
“D” AWARD – Driggers Sisters
Outstanding Warrior Award – Ginny Powell
Warrior to Watch – Grace Viera
Coaches Award – Katie Gudat
Warrior to Watch- Alex Luebke
Leadership Award- Isaac Bostic
We would also like to personally thank the Coaches, Parents, Volunteers, and The Warrior Club for pouring into our athletes! GO WARRIORS!!! 💙💛🤍
MIDDLE SCHOOL END OF SEASON ROUND-UP
Although the Middle School Season had its ups and downs on the basketball court it was truly an overall enjoyable experience for everyone involved. The “A” & “B” Teams worked extremely hard this season and every athlete showed signs of improvement whether it be with their skillset or over all leadership. Here is a little recap of our final games of the season:
MIDDLE SCHOOL "B" BOYS
The Warriors hosted North Raleigh Christian Academy for their final game of the season. The Warriors were excited to play and wanted to have a good showing for their last game of the season. The Warriors got down by a couple of baskets early but they did not give up. The Warriors battled their way back and tied the game up 8-8 before the end of the first quarter. The Warriors kept the battle close the entire contest. The Knights were able to make a few more free throws than the Warriors through out the contest and that ultimately helped them pull off the upset.
MIDDLE SCHOOL "B" GIRLS
The Warriors hosted North Raleigh Christian Academy for their last game of the season. The Warriors were sad that the season was coming to an end but happy to be playing together one last time. The Warriors were in the driver's seat from the opening tip. The Warriors got on the scoreboard first and never looked back. The Warriors dominated the rebounding stats which made it very hard for the Knights to try to make a comeback.
MIDDLE SCHOOL "A" BOYS
The Warriors had to travel to face a very tough Cary Christian team in their first round of the Conference Tournament. The Warriors had practiced hard all week and were ready to try and make a run in the tournament. The Warriors jumped out to an early lead on the Knights and were in control to start the game. The Warriors held a 14 - 6 lead going into the 2nd quarter. The Knights began to settle down and chip away at the Warriors lead. The Warriors stayed the course and battled until the end. The game came down to the wire. A huge 3 point shot by 8th grader Grant Simpson with 10 seconds left on the clock brought the Warriors within 1 point to make the score 38-39. The Warriors were forced to foul and the Knights sank both free throws to end the game.
MIDDLE SCHOOL "A" GIRLS
The Warriors battle all season and found themselves in the Conference Championship Game once again. The Warriors had to hit the road to take on undefeated Franklin Academy at their place. The Warriors battle hard and kept the game within striking distance in the first half. Coming out of the half, Franklin Academy had an explosive 3rd quarter which catapulted their lead to a margin that was difficult for our Warriors to overcome. The ladies would like to thank everyone for coming out to support them in the Championship game. They would especially like to thank all the parents that transported over 25 students to the game to help fill our visitor's section.
THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE MS ATHLETES AND COACHES FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION THIS SEASON! WE ARE EXTREMELY PROUD OF YOU ALL! WE HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE AT THE WINTER SPORTS AWARDS CEREMONY ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD AT 6:00PM!
MIDDLE SCHOOL ROUND-UP WEEK JAN. 23rd – 27th
Our MS "B" Team Warriors were in action on Thursday, January 26th.
Middle School "B" Girls
The Warriors played Magellan on Thursday, January 26th. The Lady Warriors played tough defense to make it difficult for Magellan to score. The Lady Warriors were also able to execute on offense which led them to good looks at the basket. “I think we played excellent defense and I am proud of the effort we got from each player.”-Coach Redmond Seventh Graders Maya Wadsworth and Frances Fischer led the Warriors in scoring with 6 points each.
Middle School "B" Boys
The Warriors faced off against Magellan on Thursday, January 26th. The Warriors played a complete came for start to finish. The Warriors did a very good job of communicating on the floor which turned into steals and made baskets. Seventh Graders Brock Phillips led the Warriors with a double-double. “I can see improvement from the start of the season to where we are now. This was a great game for us to show that.”-Coach Sewell
Our MS "A" Team Warriors hit the court on Tuesday, January 24th, Thursday, January 26th, and Friday, January 27th.
Middle School "A" Girls
The Warriors played Franklin Academy on Tuesday, January 24th. The Warriors played tough but did not have enough fire power to ward off Franklin Academy. Foul trouble for the Warriors would prove to be detrimental to their success. “The wheels came off the truck in the 4th quarter when 2 of our players fouled out.” -Coach Eastman. Coach was referring to seventh graders Katie France and Anna Hauser who both fouled out in the fourth. The leading scorer was Katie France who had 6 points. France also had 3 assists. Seventh grader Marion Cella and Eighth grader Emma Kate Woody combined their efforts on defense to hold Franklin Academy’s best player to 4 points.
The Warriors played Magellan on Thursday, January 26th. The Warriors put together a total team effort to pull out this victory against Magellan. Seventh Grader Chandler Rideout played strong with 4 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots! Seventh Grader Finley Spivey had a very good game. She played tenacious defense and added 3 assist on the offensive side. Seventh Grader Ruva Magaya did a fantastic job guarding Magellan's biggest player, taking her out of the game while adding to the Warriors score on offense. Eighth Grader Emma Kate Woody and Seventh Grader Liza Jane Green played tough defense and really changed the flow of the game with their aggressiveness.
The Warriors played St. Raphael at home on Friday, January 27th. Tonight’s game wrapped up the regular season for the Warriors. The entire team played tonight and was led by our 8th graders. In the end 7 players scored tonight. “We are proud of how our team and how they have played the last two days to go into the playoffs with a 2-game winning streak.”-Coach Eastman
Middle School "A" Boys
The Warriors played Franklin Academy on Tuesday, January 24th. The Warriors came out ready to play and grind to get a victory. The Warriors fed off each other’s energy and were playing inspired basketball. The Warriors continue to improve on defense as they have been rotating better as a team and talking much more. Seventh Grader Henry Morisey had 12 points for the Warriors. Eighth Grader Wes Hilldale led the Warriors in scoring with 22 points and Eighth Grader Carson Riddick added 10 points to the Warriors total.
The Warriors played Magellan Academy on Thursday, January 26th. The Warriors were looking to continue to build upon the things they did well in Tuesday’s game. The Warriors continued to play aggressively on defense which led to a lot of turnovers for the opponent. The Warriors stuck to the mantra that Coach Jay Coley always tells them, “Grit and Grind.” The Warriors were led in scoring by Eighth Grader Wesley Hilldale who had 26 points and added 22 rebounds to go along with his scoring. Eighth Grader Leighton Little chipped in with 6 points for the Warriors but did a good job of controlling the pace of the game and distributing passes at the point guard position.
The Warriors hosted the Ravens of Ravenscroft on Friday, January 27th. The match-up was exciting from the beginning of the game until the final buzzer. There were several lead changes during this contest. Eighth Grader Leighton Little was aggressive from the start, getting downhill and driving to the basket. Little proved to be a lot for the Ravens to handle and was able to draw multiple fouls on the Ravens. The ball pressure for the Warriors prove to cause trouble for the Ravens. Eighth Grader Wesley Hilldale led the Warriors in scoring with 13 points. Eighth Grader Leighton Little had 12 points on his own. “This was a good team win. Our intensity was high and we played GREAT defense!”
MIDDLE SCHOOL ROUND-UP WEEK JAN. 16th - 20th
Our MS "B" Team Warriors were in action on Tuesday, January 17th and Friday, January 20th.
Middle School "B" Girls
The Warriors got to play in front of the home crowd when they faced Trinity Academy this week. The Warriors were ready to play after only having one game last week. The Warriors trailed going into the half and continued to trail at the end of the third quarter. The Warriors tightened up on the defensive end and went on an 8-0 run in the fourth. Seventh grader Marlowe Spivey led the way for the Lady Warriors with 6 points.
The Warriors were at home again and took on Cary Academy. The Warriors jumped out to an impressive start sparked by their stellar defense. The Chargers did not have a format that could compete with our defense. "Our defense sparked our offense tonight. I am so proud of the way these ladies competed and performed this week." -Coach Redmond. Seventh grader Maya Wadsworth led the offensive charge for the Warriors with 6 points. Seventh grader Adelaide Wilson, 6th grader Joanna Martin, and 7th grader Frances Fischer each added 4 points for the Warriors.
Middle School "B" Boys
The Warriors hosted Trinity Academy on Tuesday, January 17th. "It was a great game for us. Everyone on our team got to play and contribute to the game."- Coach Sewell The Warriors seemed to be clicking on all cylinders. Seventh grader Ford Fisher came into the game off the bench and played so key minutes for the Warriors. "It was a great team effort and a great team win. I am proud of all of the guys," said Coach Sewell.
The Warriors hosted Cary Academy on Friday, January 20th. The Warriors started off slow but continued to grind it out the try and get things back on track. Seventh grader Anderson Rakestraw hit a big 3 to give the Warriors the momentum in the fourth quarter. Seventh graders Wiley Sloan and Jack Hogan made 3 big free throws with less than 30 seconds left to give the Warriors the lead and ultimately the win. "I am very proud of the boys effort!"-Coach Sewell
Our MS "A" Team Warriors hit the court on Tuesday, January 17th, Wednesday January 18th, and the boys played on Friday, January 20th.
Middle School "A" Girls
The Warriors traveled to Trinity Academy to take on the Tigers. The Warriors jumped out on the Tigers early as their defense kept Trinity off of the scoreboard for much of the first half. The Warriors went into the locker room with a 20-9 halftime lead. On offense the Warriors had good ball movement which lead to high percentage shots. Eighth grader Jordan Holmes led the Warriors in scoring and almost hoisted a double double but was 1 rebound shy of completing this task. Seventh grader Anna Hauser was the 2nd leading scorer on the night. The Warriors had great contribution from their bench players as well. Leading the charge off the bench was 7th grader Ruva Magaya who chipped in 5 points and 7 rebounds for the Warriors.
THE O'NEAL SCHOOL
The Warriors hosted the O'neal School on Wednesday, January 18th. The Warriors had just come off a hard fought victory the night before only to be facing another tough battle. The Warriors showed grit and determination the entire game. "Our ladies played tough defense led by Anna Hauser, Avery Black, Marion Cella and Emma Kate Woody. Our offense was led by Katie France, Jordan Holmes and Anna Hauser. We played well as a team on both ends of the court and as a coach I am so proud of how they played this game. This level of intensity and passion will lead us to the goals the ladies set when we started the season."- Coach Eastman
Middle School "A" Boys
The Warriors traveled over to Trinity Academy to take on the Tigers. The Warriors jumped out the an early lead and were working like a well oiled machine. The defense of the Warriors took over only holding the Tigers to under 20 points for the entire game. Eighth grader Wesley Hilldale led the scoring for the Warriors with 29 points. Seventh grader Henry Morisey added 7 points to the Warrior total and 8th grader George Henry Shoaff chipped in with 6 points. "It was a great bounce back game for us."-Coach Jay Coley
THE O'NEAL SCHOOL
The Warriors faced the O'Neal school on Wednesday, January 18th. The Warriors continued to feed off the momentum they had built in the previous night's game. The Warriors also looked in sync on the defensive end of the court with everyone rotating in unison to cover their areas. Eighth grader Wesley Hilldale led the Warriors scoring once again with 17 points. Eighth grader Patrick Clegg chipped in with 8 points of his own. “I feel like we are maturing at the right time.”-Coach Jay Coley
The Warriors picked up an extra game on Friday, January 20th. The Warriors traveled to take on Ravenscroft. The Warriors did not have the same spark and connectivity they displayed in the previous 2 games this week. The Warriors seemed a bit out of sync on defense which led to a lot of open and uncontested shots by Ravenscroft. The Warriors fought back and tried to find a rhythm on the offensive end of the court, but it was not enough for a win. Eighth grader Wesley Hilldale ended the night with 25 points for the Warriors.
MIDDLE SCHOOL ROUND-UP WEEK JAN. 9TH - 13TH
Our MS "B" Team Warriors were in action on Thursday, January 12 as they traveled to take on the Bulldogs of Wake Christian Academy.
Middle School "B" Girls
The Warriors gathered their things and headed over to Wake Christian Academy to take on the Bulldogs. The Warriors found themselves in a battle the entire game. The Bulldogs held the lead for the entire game but the Warriors continued to fight and tried to claw their way back into the contest. "The ladies played tough but we just were not able to keep up with Wake Christian's offense," said Coach Redmond. Sixth grader Joanna Martin led the way offensively for the Warriors with 3 points. The Warriors are in action again on Tuesday, January 17th as they host Trinity Academy.
Middle School "B" Boys
The Warriors headed over to Wake Christian Academy in a head to head matchup against the Bulldogs. The Warriors were ready to take the court and try to bring home a win. The contest was very competitive from the opening tip with a few lead changes. The Warriors had energy and battled the entire contest. Seventh grader Brock Phillips was very active on the glass and kept the Warriors in the contest with his rebounding. Seventh grader Wiley Sloan had the hot hand for the Warriors and was knocking down shots all night. "The guys played tough but there are still some things we need to improve on. We can use this game as a building block going forward," said Coach Sewell. The Warriors are in action again on Tuesday, January 17th as they host Trinity Academy.
Our MS "A" Team Warriors hit the court on Thursday, January 10th at Grace Christian and Friday, January 13th at Lady of Lourdes.
Middle School "A" Girls
The Warriors traveled to Grace Christian on the 10th to take on the Eagles. The Warriors left all they had on the court and was able to put together a remarkable 10-1 run to take a 3 point lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter to force an overtime. In the overtime the Eagles were able to get a huge basket which propelled them to the 2 point victory.. Seventh grader Anna Hauser was terrific for the Warriors as she hoisted a double double for the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Seventh grader Marion Cella was took on the task of guarding the best player for the Eagles and held her to 4 points in the second half while scoring 7 points of her own including the "and 1" to give the Warriors a 3 point lead late in the 4th quarter. Seventh graders Victoria Starling and Reagan Hales played lock down defense all night for the Warriors.
Middle School "A" Boys
The Warriors traveled to Grace Christian on the 10th to take on the Eagles. The Warriors faced a tough Grace Christian team. The Warriors were ready to battle and compete for a win. It was a hard fought game but the Warriors came up a little short. "We played tough but we have to start games better so we are not in a hole late in contests," said Coach Jay Coley. Eighth grader Wesley Hilldale finished the night with double double hauling in 26 points and 20 rebounds. Eighth grader Leighton Little chipped in with 9 points of his own.
LADY OF LOURDES
The Warriors took on Lady of Lourdes on Friday. The Warriors had already been in a tough battle early in the week and were in for another one. The Warriors had a tough first quarter as they struggled to score and found themselves down 20-2 early. "The first quarter was a tough one for us as we couldn't get a basket early. We won the next 3 quarters but had put ourselves in a hole we could not get out of," Coach Jay Coley. The Warriors could not pull off the win. Eighth grader Connor Jordan gave the Warriors a spark off the bench in the first half. Eighth grader Wesley Hilldale ended the game with 26 points after only having 2 points in the entire first half. The Warriors will be in action again on Tuesday, January 17th as they travel to take on Trinity Academy.
MIDDLE SCHOOL ROUND-UP WEEK JAN. 2ND-6TH
Our MS "B" Team Warriors were in action on Thursday, January 5th as they traveled to take on North Raleigh Christian Academy.
Middle School "B" Girls
The Warriors loaded up and took a trip to North Raleigh Christian Academy to take on the Knights. The match up was a close one for the entire contest. The Warriors were scrappy and played tough on the road. The Warriors were able to take a 3 point lead with them going into halftime. After leading by 3 the Warriors went cold in the third quarter a fell behind by 8 points. In true Warrior fashion, they did not quit and was able to cut the deficit to 2 points. Unfortunately, the Warriors could not get any closer and lost a hard fought game 15-17. "I am proud of the character and fight the ladies showed on the road. It isn't easy to come back from being down by 8 points but our ladies did it tonight and came so close to victory," Coach Redmond. The Warriors were lead in scoring by 6th grader Joanna Martin who had 5 points. The Warriors will be in action again on Thursday, January 12th with another road game at Wake Christian Academy.
Middle School "B" Boys
The Warriors traveled to North Raleigh Christian Academy on Thursday, January 5th to take on the Knights for their first game back following the Holiday break. The Warriors found themselves in a battle as they tried to overcome the long stretch of not being in the gym as a team. "7th grader Nelson Marshall showed great leadership with his hustle and toughness. He led us in scoring with 10 points and set the tone for the rest of the team. 7th grader Jack Hogan flipped the game in the 3rd quarter setting up teammates and getting many steals! I am really proud of the boys having great days in practice this week and transferring it to the game."- Coach Sewell The Warriors will be in action again on Thursday, January 12th as they travel to take on Wake Christian Academy.
Our MS "A" Team Warriors hit the court on Thursday, January 5th as they hosted the Knights of North Raleigh Christian Academy.
Middle School "A" Girls
The Warriors hosted the Knights of North Raleigh Christian Academy and it was not an easy task to handle as their first game back from the Christmas Break. The ladies had worked hard all week and it showed up in their play. 7th grader Anna Hauser led the Warriors by hoisting a double double. She had 12 steals to go along with her scoring. 8th grader Jordan Holmes was the second leading scorer with 8 points. "Tonight was a break our performance for 7th grader Victoria Starling who played at a high level this evening." - Coach Eastman The Warriors had 7 players in the scoring column for the game. The Warriors will be in action again on Tuesday, January 9th as they travel to take on Grace Christian to face off against the Eagles.
Middle School "A" Boys
The Warriors hosted a very tough North Raleigh Christian Academy. The Warriors started the game off strong and had a pretty balanced scoring attack matched with a strong defensive effort. The Warriors went into the locker room down by 2. To start the second half seemed as though the Warriors could not buy a basket and went on a slight scoring drought. The Warriors continued to battle and did not give up. "This was a wake up call for our team. We had a post game discussion that proved to be a moment of growth and realization," said Coach Jay Coley. 8th grader Wesley Hillldale led all scorers with 17 points. 7th grader Henry Morisey chipped in with 11 points of his own. The Warriors travel across town to face Grace Christian Academy on Tuesday, January 9th.
Our MS "B" Team Warriors were in action on Thursday, December 8th as they traveled to face Cary Christian.
Middle School "B" Girls
Our Warriors traveled to Cary Christian to take on the Knights. The Warriors played great defense and did not allow the Knights any opportunities to score for most of the contest. The Warriors were able to run their plays with success and did a very good job of rebounding the basketball. The Knights finally got on the board with 2 points but that was the only points they were given as the Warriors were headed to a 20-2 victory. "The ladies played tremendous defense the entire game. I was thrilled to see the things we worked on in practice this week displayed in the game." - Coach Redmond Maya Wadsworth and Crawford Rollman each had 4 points to lead the Warriors.
Middle School "B" Boys
Our Warriors traveled to Cary Christian to face the Knights. The Warriors started the game off doing well but could not find their footing in the 2nd half. Although Brock Phillips was a steady anchor on both sides of the ball the Warriors just did not have enough to overcome the fire power of the Knights. "This is a great chance for us to learn from our mistakes and become a better team. You either win, or you learn!" - Coach Sewell
Our MS "B" Warriors will be in action again on Tuesday, December 13th as they host St. Timothys!
Our Middle School "A" Teams had 3 games this week. They faced Wake Christian on Monday, Dec.5th, Thales Academy on Tuesday, Dec. 6th, and Cary Christian on Thursday, Dec. 8th.
Middle School "A" Girls
Wake Christian - Our Warriors traveled to Wake Christian to face the Bulldogs. Prior to our matchup the Bulldogs had a record of 3-1 and have scored up to 45 points in previous contest. The Warriors were well aware of this and wanted to make a statement on defense and they did! Avery Black set the tone on defense as she held the best player for the Bulldogs to no points for the night! The Warriors held Wake Christian scoreless through 3 quarters on their way to a a14-6 victory. EK Woody ended the night with an impressive 11 REBOUNDS!
Thales Academy - Our Warriors hosted an undefeated Thales team. The contest was close from beginning to end. The Warriors battled the entire game but could not come up with enough to take the victory. "Every loss offers us a chance to learn and grow from the experience." -Coach Eastman
Cary Academy - Our Warriors hosted Cary Academy. It has been a long week for the Warriors and the Chargers were their 3rd opponent for the week. The Warriors got off to a very good start offensively as well as defensively as they were up on the Knights 21-6 at halftime. The Warriors hit a wall coming out of the half and had some difficulty scoring. The Warriors continued to fight through the drought and were able to prevail with a score of 27-24.
Middle School "A" Boys
Wake Christian - The Warriors traveled to Wake Christian Academy to take on the Bulldogs. The Warriors were up against a tall task as the Bulldogs entered the game undefeated. The Warriors fought hard and battled the entire contest and went into halftime with a tied score. The Warriors had build a 10pt lead in the 3rd quarter. Wesley Hilldale played a strong game for the Warriors ending with 26 points and 5 rebounds but the Warriors missed crucial opportunities to score down the stretch that would cost them. "The team fought hard throughout the game. "We call the losses "growing pains" so we will learn from them." - Coach J. Coley
Thales Academy - The Warriors hosted a scrappy Thales Academy team. The Warriors had a moment of maturation and were set on bouncing back from their previous game. The Warriors were firing on all cylinders early in the contest. You could see the Warriors begin to gel as a team during the course of the game. The Warriors had a balanced attack on offense as evident by the scoring for the Warriors. Henry Morisey had 10 points, Wesley Hilldale had 8 points, Grant Simpson had 8 points, and Carson Riddick added 9 points for the Warriors.
Cary Academy - The Warriors hosted a tough Cary Academy team. The Warriors continued to show signs of growth and develop more team chemistry. The first half of the game the Warriors could not seem to find a rhythm offensively but defensively the guards for the Warriors applied pressure all night long. The second half proved to be better for the Warriors as they were able to find their footing offensively. It was a hard fought battle from the opening tip to the final buzzer with the Warriors pulling out the 43-41 victory.
Thank you to the St. David's Community and the Parents for your commitment to our Athletic Programs!
MS A Girls vs. Franklin
The MS A girls team traveled to Franklin Academy giving the talented opponent their first loss of the season. The team powered through with great defense allowing only 6 points in the second half against an undefeated conference team. Kate Benson and Kackie Koon each had 5 steals to help round out the defense and scored 13 points (Benson) and 2 points (Koon) to add to the offensive end. Miyah Wright had 11 rebounds with help from Kate Weston who had 5 and Anna Hauser who had 9 rebounds and 6 points. Their win ended with a score of 29-14.
MS A Boys vs. Franklin
On Tuesday, January 11th, the middle school A boys traveled to Franklin Academy and despite coming out rather flat on the front end of the game they stayed tough enough to keep things interesting. The team struggled to capitalize on scoring opportunities and didn’t put enough pressure on the team to clinch a win. The team kept scrapping but lost to a good opponent 38-34 keeping things tight down the stretch until Franklin ultimately pulled away. Coach Coley said “this is the kind of game where we did some good things but just not quite enough to win. We’ll move on to the next game as we should.”
MS B Girls vs. NRCA
The MS B girls had a great win at home against NRCA on Tuesday, January 11th. They put in amazing defensive effort. So much so that they held the great opponent scoreless in the first half 12-0. It was a team effort from then on and finishing with a decisive 14-6 win. Coach Jason Redmond commented on their effort. “I’m really proud of them for all the work they put in. It was a fun game to watch.”
MS B Boys vs. NRCA
St David Warriors hosted NRCA for a conference showdown. The MS B boys started slowly but kept the game in reach in the half. Down by 9 at the half, the Warriors switched up to a man to man pressure defense and crawled back into game. Warriors even took the lead in the 4th on a big 3 pointer my Thomas Becker to make it 38-36 with just under 5 mins to play. The opponent size in the paint became a factor down the stretch, scoring on 4 consecutive put backs. The Warriors committed 3 unforced turnovers in the final minutes and NRCA closed it out on free throws. The boys lost 40-48. Coach Keji Dickerson added that he was “proud of their effort and energy throughout the game”.
MS A Girls vs. Trinity
The MS A girls jumping into their competitive roles right off the bat against Trinity Academy. So many of the girls contributed from all ends that helped take the team to an impressive 34-13 win. Offense was led by captain Kate Benson with 11 points followed by Miyah Wright with 7 points and Julia Painter with 6 points. Kate Weston yet again brought the defense pressure to the other side and had 9 rebounds to go with her 4 points. Defense was what won with game because even beyond the great rebounds were forced turnovers. Benson had 8 steals and Paint added 6. A job well done by all!
MS A Boys vs. Trinity
The MS A boys traveled to Trinity Academy on Thursday, January 13th and took control of the game right away. The team played hard and together and came out focused after a loss earlier in the week. They ran a selfless offense with balanced scoring. Wesley Hilldale lead the team with 11 points George Coleman and Parker Henson chipped in 9 and Oren Cline had 8. “The team played together and were hungry for a win. I’m happy for them, “ Coach Coley said. The defeated Trinity 47-29.
MS A GIRLS vs. SOUTHWAKE SABRES
Middle School A Girls played the Southwake Sabres opening up the week of games on Monday, December 13th. The ladies continued playing hard and learning against top competition as the team they played today is 12-0. They are the same team who returned all the players from last year's single loss team so in this strong opponent the ultimate 35-26 loss was a win for the Warriors. Kate Benson contributed 12 points and 10 crucial rebounds and Anna Houser gave the team 10 points and 10 rebounds. Margaret Ellerbe also played well contributing points on offense and playing tough defense. Avery Black, Jordan Holmes, Lula Segraves and Julia Painter played big minutes helping us battle. “While young, we are really, really good, and I know as we continue learning we will be very special when it matters this season in conference play”, coach Eastmann said. “This was a great opponent to help continue to prepare us.”
MS A BOYS vs. SOUTHWAKE SABRES
The MS A boys played the very tough opponent in the Southwake Sabres on Monday, December 13th and fought out the battle on the court with a very talented team putting the pressure on them constantly. This game was won on the defensive side of the court. The return of Oren to the line-up gave the team a major boost and all the boys from the team pushed to get the 38-29 victory over the Sabres.
MS B GIRLS vs. NRCA
MS B Girls took on NRCA Monday, December 13th, and came away with an important win. Tied 3-3 at halftime the team had put in a lot of defensive work early on to keep the Knights from scoring and put a few points up on the board. In the third quarter, thanks to the continued efforts of the team’s stellar defense, they built an 8-point lead with Finley Spivey leading the way with 5 points. They closed the game out with a 13-9 victory over the opponent.
MS B BOYS vs. NRCA
St David’s Middle Boys B team traveled to NRCA on Monday, December 13th for a battle of top teams in the conference. Warriors started out slowly but managed to keep it close until the 4th quarter. NRCA went on a run late in the 4th to close out the game and hand the Warriors a tough loss with a final score of 47-33. Jonah Godwin lead all scorers for the Warriors with 10 points and Carson Riddick added 9 points.
MS B GIRLS vs. CARY ACADEMY
The B girls traveled to Cary Academy on Tuesday, December 14 where they were faced with a challenging opponent. The scoring happened early in the game and the Warrior fought hard with scrappy defense and a lot of effort on pursuits. The team put a lot of pressure in full court press situations to close out the half and by the end of the fourth quarter their efforts had held a tie to force overtime. In their 3 minute overtime the Chargers scored a bucket to put them up 18-16 and time ran out before the Warriors could pull ahead.
MS B BOYS vs. CARY ACADEMY
Following an exciting finish in the MS B girls game against Cary Academy, MS B boys took the court after them on Tuesday, December 14th. The opponent got an early jump on the scoreboard and put up a few buckets before the Warriors got on the scoreboard. Some scrappy defense and aggressive drives in the paint gave the Chargers a challenge. Ultimately it was not enough for the Warriors to survive what was a big offensive push from the opponent and they were defeated with a final score of 25-41.
MS A GIRLS vs. THALES
MS A girls finished up the week against Thales with a great win. The team put together efforts from all ends and so many girls contributed fully. Kackie Koon was a game changer leading the team in rebounding to go with her 8 points. She played exceptional. Margaret Ellerbe was quick with the release tonight putting up great shots to go with confident defense. Miyah Wright chipped in 7 points and 10 rebounds. Coach Eastmann described more of the game saying that “what we saw from the backcourt dynamic duo was just great as Kate Benson led our ladies in scoring with another double double (10 points, 10 rebounds) while her other half, Anna Hauser, played the entire game covering an amazing 8th grader who plays on a national elite AAU team and averages 20 points a game. Anna LOCKED HER DOWN on defense allowing NO POINTS in the 1st half for this young lady.” The team finished the victory with a 29-21 score.
MS A BOYS vs. THALES
MS A Boys wrapped up their week of games playing Thales where they fought hard to keep up all throughout the game. Our Warriors were outmatched and fought well against the bigger team. “Tonight's game was close through most of the game. We were 3 to 4 plays away from the score being in our favor. I was proud of the attitude to fight through this game,” said Coach Coley. Standout players were Wesley Hillsdale leading the team in scoring with 20 points and Oren Cline had who put up 8 points. The Warriors fell to Thales 48-60.
MS B GIRLS vs. WAKE CHRISTIAN
The Middle School B girls started off the week of sports competitions at Wake Christian on Tuesday, December 7th. Even though this game ended in a loss the team fought harder than they have yet so far this season. They played with incredible intensity and kept competing down to the last moment. They were unable to overcome the pressure put on them from the Bulldogs and with a 7-point deficit at half-time couldn’t quite chip away at the lead the opponent had. “I’m really proud of the team’s effort”, said coach Jason Redmond. The final score ended up a 16-23 loss.
MS B BOYS vs. WAKE CHRISTIAN
St. David’s Warriors Boys B team played Wake Christian on December 7th and took home an important win on the road putting in a lot of hard work on the court. Their pressure in defense helped them to keep control of the tone of the game and post a 36-16 win over the Bulldogs. From start to finish, they got balanced scoring from Patrick Clegg (9 points), Carson Riddick (8 points), Thomas Becker (9 points) and James Fisher (8 points). “Fisher, off the bench, has been particularly impressive off the bench these last 2 games for the Warriors”, coach Keji Dickerson said.
MS A GIRLS vs. GRACE CHRISTIAN
The team took on Grace Christian on Tuesday, December 7th at home. It was a really talented opponent who pushed our Warriors crew at each turn and they continued to respond under pressure – with the support of a great stand of fans – until they ultimately fell 26-31 to the Eagles. “We worked our tails off tonight, and it was a true heavyweight fight as I believe those are the two best teams in the conference who played. We are young and learning with every game. We will learn, keep getting better and have a ton of fun learning to play this game” said coach Eastmann. An amazing job was done by Kate Benson who led our offense with 17 points despite being double teamed the entire game and had 7 steals. Miyah Wright had her best game of the season playing big inside with a great amount of help from Kate Weston on the glass and Lula Segraves who was everywhere on defense. Julia Painter also contributed big with rebounding and steals.
MS A BOYS vs. GRACE CHRISTIAN
The A boys team played a worthy opponent on Tuesday, December 7th at home against Grace Christian. The group started off slowly and going in to the half down by 9 points after Oren Cline got hurt and George Coleman in foul trouble on the bench for most of the first half. They needed to amp things up. Playing spirited defense they were able to turn it around and pull off an exciting win holding off the Eagles at the last moment. Coleman who put up 12 points and Wesley Hilldale, who put up an impressive 27 points helped the team in the second half especially to pull them ahead for the win. “We believed we were always in the game and knew we had to work harder to get back in the game. We understood the assignment in the second half and executed,” said Coach Jonathan Coley. They won the game by a narrow 2 points 49-51.
MS B BOYS vs. ST. TIMOTHY’S
The MS B boys team took on St. Timothy’s on Thursday, December 9th and came away with a really important victory from a close rival. Only 1.6 miles separate these two rivals and their face-off was the first since 2019. At first, the Warriors struggled to find baskets but they persisting in taking shots at the right moments later in the game. Early on they stayed in the game with their signature pressure defense against St. Timothy’s. They relied on this defense to pull away in the second half, leading to a 39-26 win. The Warriors were lead by Carson Riddick who posted 11 points, Thomas Becker who added 7 points and Jonah Godwin who came off the bench adding 8 points.
MS B GIRLS vs. ST. TIMOTHY’s
The MS B girls played their rival on Thursday, December 9th at home. What a great game for these ladies it was! They started off strong playing aggressive defense and selfless offense, passing the ball really well to find the open player. With an early lead and great defense it was hard for the opponent to creep back into the game and the Warriors ended with a 23-7 victory. “The girls played outstanding defense”, said coach Redmond, “and were not afraid to take the ball to the basket. It was a great win.”
MS A BOYS vs. DURHAM ACADEMY
The A Boys traveled to Durham on Thursday, December 9th to take on Durham Academy. After an exciting and dramatic win earlier in the week the team struggled to build up enough energy to really compete against a strong opponent. Durham Academy started off strong posting points early and the Warriors never had enough execution to claw their way back in to contend. They lost 35-29 and will get back to the drawing board as soon as possible.
MS A GIRLS vs. NRCA
The MS A girls played North Raleigh Christian Academy on Friday, December 10th in front of a really great, Christmas themed supportive crowd! It was a wonderful night for the ladies as their intensity helped the Warriors to their victory over the Knights in decisive fashion, 32-15. After starting out the game down 6-0 they turned up their defense which led to an offensive 32-9 explosion. “So many ladies contributed tonight, but what I am most proud of is the play of the ladies who had their best games helping the team secure this win,” Coach Eastmann said. “Kackie Koon had best game of the season, led the team in rebounds to go with her 4 points, Miyah Wright had her best scoring game with 8 points, Lula Segraves continued to contribute with 7 steals to tie for the lead in the game. Avery Black had her first basket of the year on a nice rebound put back and Jordan Holmes made her best appearance of the season with big minutes when the team needed it. “Our dominate backcourt tandem of Kate Benson and Anna Hauser did what they always do which is set the table at both ends. It is always great to see all the girls play at some point in the game and contribute as they did tonight,” he added.
MS A BOYS vs. NRCA
Wrapping up their full week of games with NRCA the boys traveled to the Knights and seemed immediately rattled by the size and skill of their opponent. They weren’t able to put up many points against their big opponent and are looking to put this loss, which ended with a score of 16-53, behind them. “I’m glad this happened early in the season so we can retool for this week and the rest of the season”, coach Coley said. “We are looking ahead now.”
MS A GIRLS
The MS A Girls basketball team played an away game at Ridgecrest Baptist Church against the Carolina Mustangs on December 2nd. They came away with an emphatic 37-9 victory on the heels of great defense and a total team effort with all players on the court at some point during the game. Leading scorers Kate Benson with 10 points and Anna Hauser with 11 points lead the team offensively. Miyah Wright had 11 rebounds to go with her 3 steals and blocked a shot set the tone defensively.
MS B BOYS
The MS B Boys basketball team played Magellan on Friday, December 3rd at home and bounced back after a previous loss to get a convincing win over their opponent with a final score of 35-25. The Warriors lead by 22 with 4 minutes left in the game but Magellan went on an 8-0 run to close the gap and make things interesting and exciting. The Warriors responded by putting the pressure on them in defense which made the difference throughout the game. They go good offensive production from Patrick Clegg who scored 10 points and Thomas Becker who scored 8 points.
MS B GIRLS
The MS B Girls Basketball team played Magellan on Friday, December 3rd at home and put up a great fight that ended in a close loss. They were up 2 at halftime after some scrappy defense and brave shots going in from our girls. But in the third quarter, Magellan made a strong run to grab a 6-point lead. Despite a great effort to fight back the Lady Warriors couldn't quite close the gap before the time ran out and they lost by 3 with a final score of 13-16. "I'm really proud of the way the girls fought", said Coach Redmond, "they played great!"
MS A Girls vs. The O’Neal School (L)
MS A Girls basketball opened the winter sports season for the Warriors playing The O’Neal School on Tuesday, November 16th at home. A very good previous conference champion opponent with many returning starters, the game was a grinder. The game left coaches and fans encouraged by the girls’ effort and relentlessness despite the 10-36 loss. Offensively led by Anna Hauser with 14 rebounds and 4 points the team kept up their competitive spirits with the help of defense energy of Avery Black, Julia Painter and Lula Seagraves. “The way our ladies played tonight was not truly represented by the score and I am excited for them as we learn to play this game and play with chemistry,” Coach Eastmann added.
MS A Boys vs. The O’Neal School (W)
The MS A boys crew opened the winter sports season alongside the MS A girls team on November 16thagainst The O’Neal School with an exciting win. Their immediate defensive energy and execution certainly led to the W and the team put forth great effort to start the season. Sixth grader Henry Morisey led all scorers with 11 points and Wesley Hilldale and Leighton Little each had 8 points on the board. Coach Coley added that the team was “scrappy on defense which lead to quick buckets on offense.”
MS A Girls vs. New Life Camp (W)
MS A girls saw their second game of the week against New life Camp on Friday November 19th. They came away with an impressive win and a tone-setting game to close the first week of their season. Coach Eastmann recapped the game well by reporting back that the team was spot on and had great energy. He said, “leading us tonight with a calm but aggressive tone on both ends of the floor was our captain, Kate Benson, who scored 16 points to go along with her 8 steals. The steals were most impressive as our defense tonight looked more like it should with other players jumping in on the robbery like Lula Segrave who created havoc all over the floor on defense, Anna Hauser with her always quick hands and great play by Margaret Ellerbe. We also did a much better job on the "glass" getting rebounds with Miyah Wright and Kackie Koon dominating on both ends of the floor for rebounds. Proud of all of our ladies as they are growing before our eyes. Just an absolutely great night to turn the ship in a more positive direction that we can build on for the season.”
MS A Boys vs. New Life (W)
The MS A Boys saw more action in their second game of the season and week against New Life Camp on Friday, November 19th. The team played very well in the first half and gelled niced together on the team in both offense and defense. Wesley Hilldale came out hot scoring 11 points in the first quarter and setting the tone nicely ending the game as a leading scoring with 15 points. Leighton little chipped in 12 points while Nico Janas and Oren Cline each had 10 points. Coach Coley added that “even scoring was all around and the defense was stout and active causing many steals and turnovers. Great game all around.”
MS B Girls vs. Cary Christian (L)
MS B Girls basketball opened their season playing Cary Christian on Friday November 19th. The girls took an incredible step forward in their first competition after putting in just a week of practice. The work in the practice had the girls looking really great but fell to an experienced opponent 10-28. The energy for the team was palpable on the court and it was evident that they started the season strong with effort and enthusiasm. The girls were down by double digits at halftime but played very aggressive in the second half. “I’m proud of the girls for their efforts and saw so much growth from all those practices we had”, says Coach Redmond.
MS B Boys vs. Cary Christian (L)
The MS B Boys team played their first competition of the season on Friday, November 19th against Cary Christian. They started off slow but kept the game in reach in the first half. After making a strong 3rd quarter run, the Warriors went cold with shooting and the Knights pulled away making key free throws and lay ups with 4 mins remaining in the 4th quarter. “This is a fairly new team with 6th graders so my job is to teach them how to win. That’s my job as a coach. We will get better as the season progresses, and I’m excited to see how they grow as a team. I was proud of their work.” Coach Keji Dickerson said.