The Warriors varsity boys battled back from a second half deficit to defeat Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill 87-77 in the St. David’s gym Friday night. The Lions jumped out to an eight point lead after the first quarter, but SDS trailed by only two at halftime. Junior guard Ty Goode made a layup, stole the ball and made another one to give St. David’s its first lead midway through the third quarter. Kris Monroe added to the run with multiple three pointers on the way to a game high 25 points. The Lions fouled on almost every Warriors possession in the fourth quarter, but the home team maintained the lead by making 20 free throws in the fourth quarter. “We gutted it out,” said coach Will Coley, whose team is 3-0 in the league and 7-1 overall. “Ty always plays hard and was our spark tonight. I’m grateful for a game like this because it tests who we are.” Keonte Bradley was the second Warrior in double figures with 16 points. Jack Dunn hit all 14 of his free throws and had a game high six steals.
The Warriors girls stayed undefeated in EPIC action with a 56-44 victory over Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill at home Friday night. St. David’s (5-3, 3-0) roared out to a 31-15 halftime lead, then stretched it to 45-19 after three quarters to put the game away. “We were ready to play after our exams were over,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “We played great defense early, which led to some easy baskets. We have some tough games coming up after break, so it’s good to get this one.” Lexi Medlin led the Warriors with 22 points. Claire Monaco scored 10 and Olivia Leshnock added eight.
The JV Warriors had a close battle against Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill, but came up short 44-38 Friday night at home. The game was tied 20-20 at the half and stayed close until the final four. The Lions made a late surge to take the lead and held on for the win. “We did a lot of good things, but I think we lost our poise at the end,” said coach Steve Baker, whose team is 2-4. “We are becoming a better team and it’s good that we play again tomorrow. “ St. David’s finishes the 2017 part of the schedule against New Life Camp at 12:30 at home. Trey Weddington led the Warriors with 11 points. Hoyt Lewis had eight and Colby Sanders added seven.
The varsity boys shrugged off a slow start for a 76-46 home conference rout of Trinity of Raleigh Tuesday. The Warriors led 12-11 after the first quarter, stretched it to 28-21 at halftime, then went up by 20 after three quarters. “I chalk up our start to exams coming up,” said coach Will Coley, whose team is 6-1 and 2-0 in EPIC play. “We turned it around by getting back to basics. We played good defense, got our transition going and filled the gaps to get open shots.” Senior Darion Green led four Warriors in double figures with 19 points, Kris Monroe had 17, 10 rebounds and six steals. Keonte Bradley chipped in 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Michael Hurst added 10 points. The Warriors host Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill Friday.
The varsity girls led wire-to-wire for a 44-26 home conference victory over Trinity Academy of Raleigh Tuesday night. St. David’s is 2-0 in EPIC action and 4-3 overall. “This was a big win for us tonight,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “We were missing two players, but Julia Hensley stepped up at and did everything a point guard is supposed to do. She ran the offensive, distributed the ball and was aggressive. Our defense was consistently good as well.” Karis New and Claire Monaco led the balanced scoring with 12 points each. Lexi Medlin had 10 and Hensley added eight.
The JV Warriors won their second straight contest, 52-43, over Trinity Academy of Raleigh Tuesday night at home. St. David’s trailed 29-22 at halftime, but rallied behind Hoyt Lewis’ outside shooting and Colby Sanders’ inside play. “They were a very effective combination,” said coach Steve Baker, whose Warriors are 2-3. “Our defense was a lot better in the second half and we got the ball to the right person on offense. Lewis led the scoring with 19 points, including four three-pointers. Sanders had 13.
The middle school girls B team polished off a perfect first half of their season with a 27-3 victory at Cary Academy Tuesday. The Warriors enter the exam and holiday break with a 5-0 record after another strong start and stifling defensive performance. St. David’s led 10-0 after the first quarter and 20-2 at halftime. All 12 Warriors saw extensive playing time and eight of them scored. Greysen Woody and Emma Aldridge led SDS with eight points each. “This was a great way to start our break,” said coach Jason Redmond. “Everyone gave a tremendous effort on both ends of the floor. This is a fun group to coach because they work hard and support each other no matter who is playing and who is on the bench. I’m looking forward to the second half of our season.” St. David’s is back in action January 8th at home against NRCA.
The middle school boys B team lost, 36-33, at Cary Academy Tuesday. The Warriors led 31-19 after three quarters, but couldn’t hold off the Chargers to snap their three game winning streak. “I don’t think we were focused enough to close it out,” said coach Charles Graves, whose team is 4-2 going into the exam and holiday break. “We were coasting on our past success and it cost us. We’ll learn from it and come back strong after break. Will Nicholson led St. David’s with 10 points. The Warriors host NRCA on January 8th
The boys were third and the girls fourth in Tuesday’s varsity swim meet at North Raleigh Christian Academy. On the girls side, the host school won, followed by Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill, Grace Christian and the Warriors. Sarah Spencer Ball won the 50 and 100 freestyle to lead the Warriors. Annie Mears was second in the 100 butterfly and joined Ball, Caroline Ross and Lillian York on the third place 200 freestyle relay team. Ross placed third in the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. Trinity and NRCA finished ahead of the SDS boys. Senior Max Michaud finished second in the 50 and 100 freestyle and was part of the second place 200 freestyle relay team along with Will and Ben Patrick and David Bailey. Elsewhere, Samuel Bedor was third in the 100 freestyle and Tyler Bennett finished third in the 500 freestyle.
The varsity boys opened the conference season with a resounding 79-27 victory at Carolina Friends in Durham Friday night. The Warriors went on an 18-0 run early in the first quarter to effectively put the game away. It was 47-16 at halftime and SDS built the lead in the second half. “It was a good team win,” said coach Will Coley, whose team is 5-1. Everyone got extended minutes and it was a good way to improve.” Kris Monroe and Keonte Bradley led the scoring with 22 points each. Monroe added a team-high nine rebounds. Jack Dunn swiped six steals and passed out six assists. St. David’s continues conference play at home Tuesday against Trinity of Raleigh.
The Warriors opened EPIC play with a 40-27 victory at Carolina Friends Friday night. Both teams started slowly and St. David’s led 12-11 at halftime. In the second half, SDS used their press to create turnovers, which led to easy baskets. “Our press worked well,” said coach Alan Hinnant, whose team is 3-3. “The pace was too slow in the first half, so we used our trap to speed up the game. Everyone contributed and it was nice to see Ashley Baucom score her first basket.” Lexi Medlin and Karis New led the scoring with 11 points each. The Warriors are back home Tuesday against Trinity Academy of Raleigh.
The boys A team blasted Grace Christian Thursday at home, 45-28, behind 11 points from Sam Crosby, eight from McCabe Hagerty and six each from Judson Thompson, Grayson Chesson and Reid Seck. The Warriors led wire-to-wire for their second straight win. “Defensive intensity won the game for us,” said coach Jonathan Coley, whose team is 2-1. “Howard Brooks had five steals and that started our offense after a slow beginning.”
The Warriors girls B team earned a hard fought 16-13 overtime victory Thursday in front of a loud crowd of Wake Christian students and fans. SDS remains undefeated at 4-0. St. David’s led 8-3 at halftime, but the game was tied, 8-8, after three quarters. Madison George hit a pair of buckets in the fourth quarter for a 12-8 lead, but the Bulldogs came back in the final seconds to force overtime. Greysen Woody hit a jump shot for the lead early in the extra session and Rebekah Leshnock clinched the victory with another basket for a team-high six points. “I am very impressed and proud of the way we handled the noise and Wake Christian’s defense,” said coach Jason Redmond. “We stayed positive after losing the lead and found a way to win in overtime. We kept our poise in a very difficult environment." Kylie Neshat, Raynor Singleton and Medlin Weddington rounded out the scoring with two points each.
The boys B team left Wake Christian with a 32-26 victory Thursday to raise their record to 4-1. The Warriors gave up just seven points in the second half to earn the win. “We had a very slow start, but had the fire to succeed,” said coach Charles Graves. “We wanted to work hard enough to come back. They have it off the court as well and that’s why we’re off to a good start. I’m very proud of my team.” Phillip Medlin led St. David’s with 15 points, while Clay Lewis added nine.
The girls A team went back and forth with Grace Christian in their home opener Thursday before falling 25-23 in overtime. A full house watched as both teams held the lead multiple times throughout the contest and SDS had a last chance basket fall short as time expired. “I was very impressed with the way we battled hard the entire way,” said coach Robert Eastmann. “Haley Stoltz put constant pressure on their point guard and came up with seven steals. They had to double team Samantha (Leshnock) the whole game and she still did well.” Leshnock led SDS with 10 points, while Stolz had four and Anne George added three.
Both Warrior swim teams finished second in Thursday’s meet at Rocky Mount Academy. The host school won the boys side, while The Epiphany School of New Bern won the girls meet. The Warriors finished in the top three in most events. Caroline Ross won the 100 backstroke and anchored the first place 200 free relay team along with Sarah Spencer Ball, Lillian York and Lindley Williams. She finished second in the 200 freestyle and teamed with Ball, York and Kennedy Rouser to finish second in the 200 medley relay. Ball finished second in the 50 and 100 freestyle races, while Rouser was third in the 100 butterfly and took third in the 400 freestyle relay along with Williams, York and Lauryn Bailey. “Everyone on both teams gave tremendous effort,” said coach Stephen Shingler. “We had great enthusiasm, energy along with quality sportsmanship.” Senior Max Michaud led the boys with a first place finish in the 50 freestyle. He was also part of a Warrior sweep of the 100 free with another victory. Samuel Bedor took second and Paco Fuentes was third. Michaud teamed with Brian and Will Patrick along with Jackson Rouser for a runner-up finish in the 200 freestyle relay and also took third in the 200 medley relay along with Tyler Bennett, Issac Bostic and Bedor. Elsewhere, Bedor was second in the 100 breaststroke and was part of the second place 400 freestyle relay team along with Bostic, Rouser and Will Patrick. Bennett was third in the 200 freestyle and Bostic finished third in the 200 freestyle and the 200 individual medley.
St. David’s senior basketball player Kris Monroe signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Providence (RI) College Wednesday in the Lower School Gallery in front of an overflow crowd of family, friends, teachers and teammates (past and present). Monroe has led the Warriors to 43 victories in his two seasons and a trip to the 2A Final Four his sophomore year. “I’m proud of what he’s helped our program accomplish, but I’m even prouder of his character and the way he carries himself off the court,” said coach Will Coley. “I have no doubt that he will achieve great things at Providence.” The Friars are coming off a 20-13 season in the Big East Conference and have made four straight trips to the NCAA tournament under coach Ed Cooley. “I really liked him and the other coaches during my visit,” said Monroe. “I like everything about Providence and am excited to keep playing. I’m grateful for my classmates and the support at St. David’s and I’m very happy that my mom doesn’t have to pay for college.” Monroe has scored 1,017 points and grabbed 481 rebounds in his Warriors career. His senior season tips off Friday at home against Cape Fear Academy at 7:30.
The varsity boys led wire to wire for a 64-51 victory over NRCA Tuesday night at home. St. David’s held a 45-20 halftime advantage and was up 58-32 after three quarters. “We started fast with the first group and didn’t let up,” said coach Will Coley. “Our defensive rotations were much better and we improved on our press. It was good to work on executing in different situations.” Senior Darion Green led three Warriors in double figures with 18 points. Kris Monroe added 15 and had seven steals. Junior Keonte Bradley had 12 points and a team-high six rebounds. The Warriors are 4-1 and open EPIC play Friday in Durham against Carolina Friends.
The shorthanded varsity girls led NRCA 34-23 after three quarters Tuesday at home, but the Knights rallied for a 44-41 victory. St. David’s started the game with seven players, but played the final seven minutes without junior Karis New, who picked up her fifth foul early in the fourth quarter. “I’m very proud of how our girls fought their very hardest,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “We made huge strides tonight even though we lost. This game will help us the rest of the way.” Senior Lexi Medlin led SDS with 17 points. Julia Hensley added nine. The Warriors (2-3) play their first road game at Carolina Friends in Durham Friday.
The middle school boys B team won their second straight game by a 32-30 score, this time over Cary Christian, Tuesday at home. The Warriors (3-1) led the entire game, but the Knights fought back late the fourth quarter to pull within one. Philip Medlin and Cruz English led St. David’s with 10 points each. “We stayed together and didn’t panic,” said coach Charles Graves. “We stopped them on defense and created turnovers when we needed to and ran our offense.” The Warriors play at Wake Christian Thursday.
The middle school girls B team remained undefeated with a 28-15 home victory over Cary Christian Tuesday. The Warriors (3-0) jumped out to a 16-4 halftime lead, then held off the Knights rally in the third quarter that made it an eight point game. “Our aggressiveness on defense was outstanding,” said coach Jason Redmond. “Raynor Singleton had a ton of rebounds and our guards put good pressure on the ball. I was proud of the way we hung in there during their rally and kept control of the game.” Six different players scored for St. David’s. Rebekah Leshnock led the way with 10 points, while Kylie Neshat added six. SDS plays on the road for the first time this season Thursday at Wake Christian.
The Warriors varsity boys suffered their first loss, 69-65, to Ravenscroft Friday night in front of a standing room only crowd in the St. David’s gym. St. David’s (3-1) led 35-32 at halftime, but trailed in the third quarter before regaining a five-point advantage early in the fourth. The Ravens (3-0) took the lead for good at 63-61 with three minutes left. “We had our chances down the stretch and during the entire game,” said coach Will Coley. “We had a couple of mental letdowns that led to points that really hurt us. This will help us the rest of the season as we play in more big games.” Kris Monroe led SDS with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Darion Green and Keonte Bradley had 18 each. The Ravens won the girls game 52-22 and the JV contest 49-34. Cal Madden led the JV Warriors with 10 points.
Both middle school B teams defeated Wake Christian Friday afternoon at home. The girls started the doubleheader with a 14-7 victory over the Bulldogs. St. David’s did not allow a point in the first quarter for the second straight game and led 8-3 at halftime. “Our defense was outstanding for the entire game,” said coach Jason Redmond, whose team is 2-0. “We had a lot of open shots on offense that we didn’t make, but we will next time.” Greysen Woodie, Medlin Weddington and Rebekah Leshnock had four points each to lead SDS. The boys had to work overtime for a 32-30 victory. Clay Lewis hit the game winning shot with under ten seconds left. “We never gave up,” said coach Charles Graves. “It’s a great lesson for our guys to keep working no matter what the score is.” The lead changed hands multiple times, with neither team having more than a four point lead. Lewis led the St. David’s (2-1) scoring with 12 points.
The varsity boys played their most complete game of the young season in a 70-45 victory over Westchester Country Day of Greensboro Saturday afternoon in the St. David’s gym. Seniors Kris Monroe and Darion Green combined with junior Keonte Bradley to make 22 of 30 shots to lead the offense. “We improved in all areas,” said coach Will Coley, whose team is 3-0. “We executed our offense better, which created favorable matchups that we were able score out of. We played consistent defense and never let it become a close game. It was beautiful to watch and shows our potential.” Monroe led the scoring with 26 points and also snared 13 rebounds. Green scored 20 and Bradley added 15. St. David’s hosts Ravenscroft Tuesday.
The Warriors varsity girls routed Westchester Country Day of Greensboro, 50-28 Saturday morning in the St. David’s gym. The 11 a.m. tipoff came after Friday night’s victory over Parrott Academy. SDS jumped out to a 14-3 lead after the first quarter and stretched it to 30-15 at the half. “I liked the way we responded to our first early game,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “We were ready to go and started strong. It was a good weekend.” Senior Lexi Medlin led the scoring with 14 points. Junior Karis New had 13 and 8th grader Kyra Parker finished with 11. The Warriors are 2-1 and host Ravenscroft Tuesday.