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The top-seeded varsity girls tennis Warriors began their quest for a sixth straight state championship with a 5-0 victory over number eight Carolina Friends Thursday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. St. David’s (20-1) drew a first round bye and advanced to the semi-finals Tuesday at home against the Carolina Day School-Asheville Christian winner. Beatrice Holding/Gracie Crowder (8-4), Alice Holding/Brinkley Thompson (8-1) and Grace Haile/Louisa Holding (8-0) swept doubles. Haile (6-0, 6-1) and Louisa Holding (6-1, 6-1) completed the match with singles victories. “Louisa played two strong matches today,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “She’s played consistently well all year, but I think she’s still getting better and today was a good example. It was good to get started and we are looking forward to a very competitive match Tuesday.”  

The St. David’s girls finished fifth and the boys sixth in the EPIC cross country meet Thursday at Trinity Academy of Raleigh. Caroline Ross finished fifth in the girls race to earn All-Conference Honors. Cary Christian won the girls 5k race, followed by Grace Christian, The O’Neal School and Carolina Friends. The Warriors and Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill completed the field. Cary Christian also won the boys 5k ahead of Trinity DCH, Grace Christian, O’Neal, Carolina Friends, the Warriors and Trinity of Raleigh. St. David’s has seven boys and six girls running in the state meet at Wake Med Soccer Park next week.

The JV football Warriors season is over after a 24-6 defeat at Faith Christian of Rocky Mount Thursday night.  St. David’s ended the season 4-2. “This was a successful season by any metric,” said coach Hunter Wentworth. “We had a potent three-headed running attack led by Cole Diehl, Paxton Williams and Peter Fox. Ford Everett was our best pass-catcher and was a monster on defense. We went undefeated at home including a decisive win over Parrott. I had fun coaching them.” Fox scored the only SDS touchdown on a short run.

The volleyball Warriors won their opening match in the state tournament and will play at Grace Christian Thursday. St. David’s wore pink uniform tops to support breast cancer awareness and defeated The Epiphany School of New Bern, 25-13, 25-13 and 25-6 Tuesday at home to raise their record to 13-11. “We were locked in for the entire match,” said coach Romel Lightbourn, whose team is in the tournament for the first time in three years. “It was our pre-season goal to go back to the state tournament and we are proud that we won our opening game with a solid all-around effort.” The Warriors will meet EPIC rival Grace Christian (18-7) for the third time this fall. They lost 3-2 at home and 3-0 away. “We feel like we gave both of them away,” said Lightbourn. “We are excited to play Grace and think we can compete well.” The Eagles are the tournament’s sixth seed while St. David’s is unseeded.

The varsity soccer Warriors ended their season with a 6-3 loss at First Assembly Academy in Concord Tuesday. The game was tied 2-2 at the half, before First Assembly took control in the second half. “They were a very strong opponent,” said coach Jose Cornejo, whose team finished 8-8-1. “Getting to the state tournament was a good accomplishment. It was hard to replace ten starters who played together four years. This group has great potential, but they are young. Their goal is to get stronger and continue to work on understanding the game.” Miller Ashe, Owen Barr and Max Michaud scored for the Warriors. Lucas Trujillo added a pair of assists.

12 Warriors in three sports have been selected to fall All-Conference teams by the EPIC coaches. Senior tennis player Beatrice Holding is the Player of the Year for the second time and all five of her teammates who are regular starters are All-Conference selections. Alice and Louisa Holding, Gracie Crowder, Grace Haile and Brinkley Thompson helped St. David’s go undefeated in league play. “All of them won all of their conference matches,” said Jenn Crowder, who was named Coach of the Year. “They all deserved it and I’m pleased all of them were recognized. Beatrice has been our top player all year and our success starts with her.” The volleyball and soccer teams each had three players chosen. Karis New, Olivia Leshnock and Anna Grace Call helped SDS to a 7-3 EPIC record and a spot in the state tournament for the first time in three years. The Warriors host the Epiphany School of New Bern Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Miller Ashe, Owen Williams and William Sheehan were the soccer selections. St. David’s finished third in the league and will open the playoffs at First Assembly of Concord Tuesday. 

Three St. David’s fall varsity teams will participate in NCISSA 2A state tournament play beginning Tuesday. The 12-11 volleyball Warriors will host The Epiphany School of New Bern (13-11) in a play-in game Tuesday. The winner moves on to play at sixth seeded Grace Christian (18-7) Thursday. Parrott Academy (23-0) is the top seed. Unseeded Carolina Friends (12-8) and number four Cary Christian (19-2) also made it from the EPIC. The tennis Warriors (19-1) are the top seed and drew a first round bye in their quest for a sixth straight state title. They will host the Carolina Friends-Trinity of Durham/Chapel Hill winner Saturday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. St. David’s beat both EPIC rivals 9-0 during the regular season. "I feel really good about the tournament," said coach Jenn Crowder. "This group is the strongest and most experienced team I've ever coached. We're excited to get started." Parrott Academy (12-1 with the only loss to SDS) is the second seed. The St. David’s boys soccer team (8-7-1) hits the road for a play-in game against First Assembly of Concord 14-4-1) Tuesday. The winner plays at eighth seeded Cape Fear Academy Thursday. Fayetteville Academy is the top seed, while EPIC members Cary Christian (7th) and The O’Neal School (5) are also competing. 

The varsity football Warriors fell behind early and couldn’t recover in a 43-20 loss at Rocky Mount Academy Friday night. St. David’s trailed 22-6 at halftime, then allowed another touchdown before a brief rally. “They had some dynamic plays on offense,” said coach Dan Casey, whose Warriors are 5-2. “We got down early, then struggled to get back into it. RMA played well.” Junior Tai Goode exploded for 263 yards on just 17 carries, but RMA rolled up 488 total yards, including 390 on the ground. “Tai carried us on offense, but it wasn’t enough,” said Casey. “It was a good learning opportunity for our guys to compete for four quarters. Hopefully, we can recover and get back next week at Southampton. 

The St. David’s junior varsity football team took their first loss this season, 16-6, at Cary Christian Thursday night. Paxton Williams connected with Peter Fox for the Warriors only score. “We had a couple of possessions that looked like we were going to score, but we turned it over,” said coach Hunter Wentworth, whose team is 4-1. “Those mistakes hurt us down the stretch, but we’re looking to rebound against Faith next week.”

The middle school tennis Warriors lost to St. Timothy’s, 5-1, Thursday in the Capital Area Middle School Conference championship match. The Warriors defeated the Titans for the title the past two years, but St. Timothy’s rolled through the conference with an undefeated record this fall. “They are really good,” said coach Anne Barnes. “We battled the best we could to hang in there to force doubles, but they were too strong. They were the only team to beat us all season, so I think we did very well overall.” Sibley Hash earned the lone St. David’s win, 8-1. The Warriors finished the season 12-3.

The middle school tennis Warriors advanced to the Capital Area Middle School Conference championship round with a 5-1 victory over North Raleigh Christian Academy Tuesday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Since the Warriors had already clinched the overall match with five singles wins, NRCA opted not to play the three doubles matches. Elizabeth Holderness and Anne George won 8-0, Molly Tuttle prevailed 8-1, Sallie Bossong won 8-4 and Francie Hogshead battled back to an 8-5 victory. “We were ready to play and everyone did well,” said coach Anne Barnes, whose second-seeded Warriors play top-seeded St. Timothy’s for the title Thursday at Millbrook Exchange Park. The teams will meet for the league championship for the third straight year. St. David’s won both times, but the Titans are undefeated and the only team to beat the 12-2 Warriors this season. “Confidence will be key,” said Barnes. “Both matches (6-3 both times) have been close and could have gone our way. I like our chances.”

The varsity tennis Warriors capped the regular season with their 15th shutout this fall, 9-0 at Grace Christian Monday. St. David’s is 19-1 heading into the state tournament. Louisa Holding and Grace Haile won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0. Gracie Crowder, Brinkley Thompson, Catherine Yancey and Madison Welsh dropped one game in two sets. Haile/Yancey and L.Holding/Welsh won 8-0, while Crowder/Rose Mary Anders won 8-3. “We’ve had a great season so far,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “We are looking forward to the state tournament.” 

The varsity boys soccer Warriors ended the regular season with a 1-0 victory at Grace Christian Monday. After a scoreless first half, Miller Ashe scored on a pass from William Sheehan. St. David’s is 9-7-1 overall and 7-4-1 in the EPIC. “We found our combinations and balance in the second half and were lucky to capitalize,” said coach Jose Cornejo. “We will keep practicing while we wait for the seeding committee meeting (Sunday) to see if we make the state tournament.”

The second-seeded middle school tennis Warriors swept Magellan 9-0 in the Capital Area Middle School Conference tournament Monday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. St. David’s  (11-2) will host NRCA in the semi-finals Tuesday. Margaret Scoggin, Anne George and Anne Slater Barnes won their singles matches 8-0. Anna Clayton Tanner and Raynor Singleton won 8-1, while Sibley Hash battled to an 8-6 victory. “We changed our lineup to give some of our least experienced players a chance to play in the top spots today and it worked out,” said coach Anne Barnes, whose Warriors are 11-2. “Our doubles teams were strong as well.” Elizabeth Holderness/Salle Bossong (8-2), Francie Hogshead/Molly Tuttle (8-2) and Barnes/Socggin (8-0) swept doubles. 

The middle school volleyball team ended the season with a 2-0 loss at St. Timothy’s Monday in the Capital Area Middle School Conference tournament. The sixth seeded Warriors fell 25-8 and 25-21 to the third seeded Titans to finish the season 6-4. “St. Timothy’s is a tough team and served very well,” said coach Miriam Leshnock. “We battled back in the second set (when it was 22-10) and made it close. I’m proud that we competed until the end. We had fun and the girls improved a lot over the course of the season.”

After spotting Faith Christian an early 8-0 lead, the varsity football Warriors exploded for 34 unanswered points on the way to a 49-26 victory on Senior Night at John A. Murray Field. Senior quarterback Hudson Taylor threw all three of his touchdown passes during the first half rally, Christopher Rhoads forced a fumble at the Faith 15 yard line and ran it in for a score then running back Tai Goode broke loose for a 59 yard run to give St. David’s an insurmountable 34-14 halftime lead. A pair of scoring runs from Houston Walker made it 49-14 after three quarters. “We told the players all week that confidence is contagious,” said coach Dan Casey, whose Warriors are 5-1.  “Hudson commanded the game, ran the offense and played with confidence. The rest of the guys followed his lead. Our offensive and defensive lines took charge and played well also.” Goode led St. David’s with 162 yards on 11 carries, Taylor was 6-10 for 141 and three touchdowns and Josh Rhoads caught three passes for 66 yards and a touchdown. Both of Robert Batchelder’s catches were for scores. Walker also had eight tackles, including 3.5 for a loss. St. David’s (5-1) travels to Rocky Mount Academy Friday. 

The JV football Warriors stayed undefeated with a 56-32 victory over Parrott Academy Thursday night at John A. Murray Field. Cole Deihl and Ford Everett led St. David’s with multiple rushing touchdowns and Peter Fox returned a kick for a touchdown late in the first half. “Ford excelled in every phase of the game,” said coach Hunter Wentworth, whose Warriors are 4-0. “He came up with big plays as a blocker, tackler, receiver and runner. Our offensive line played the best they’ve played all year.” St. David’s is 4-0 and plays at Cary Christian Thursday.

The middle school boys soccer season is over after a 4-3 loss to Trinity of Raleigh in the conference tournament Thursday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The Warriors led 2-0 at the half on goals from Jackson Moore and Alex Weaver. Trinity took the lead with four goals in the second half, but the Warriors countered with Weaver’s goal from Clay Lewis. “We had two shots right on target in the last minute, but they didn’t go in,” said coach Nate Antiel. “We hustled to the final whistle and improved a ton from the start of the season.” St. David’s finished 5-6-1.

The varsity girls golf team ended the season with a 142-127 loss to Cary Academy Thursday at Prestonwood Country Club. Abigail McClatchey led the Warriors with a 45 to finish third overall. Jane Sandridge was fourth with a 46. Carly Rittenmeyer’s 51 completed the team total. “We’ve improved from in every area from tee to green,” said coach Mark Bentley. “We’ve emphasized chipping and putting all spring and it paid off today. I’m proud of our girls for working hard to improve.  

The varsity tennis Warriors closed the home season with a 9-0 sweep of Trinity Academy of Raleigh Tuesday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. It was also the final regular season home match for seniors Brinkley Thompson, Beatrice Holding and Madison Welsh. “Each one adds something different to our team,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “Brinkley has been on the team since 8th grade and has been part of all five championship teams. She’s our captain this year and her leadership has been invaluable. Beatrice has played since 7th grade, except for last year. She’s always played at the top of our lineup and been a very strong, dependable player for us. Madison has played two years and has been very dependable. She’s won every match she’s played this year and brings the perfect balance of energy and maturity. I will miss all of them.” St. David’s is 18-1 and has won 12 of its last 14 matches 9-0 with the other two being 8-1. Winners against Trinity include B. Holding, Louisa Holding. Grace Haile and Welsh (8-0). Thompson won 8-1, while Gracie Crowder prevailed 8-2.  B. Holding/Thompson (8-1), Crowder/Rose Mary Anders (8-2) and Haile/Catherine Yancey (8-0) swept doubles. The regular season concludes Tuesday at Grace Christian. 

Make it 17 straight victories for the varsity tennis Warriors after a 9-0 rout of The O’Neal School of Southern Pines Monday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Brinkley  Thompson and Catherine Yancey won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0, Grace Haile won 6-1, 6-0 and Gracie Crowder prevailed 6-0, 6-1. Louisa Holding (6-0, 6-3) and Alice Holding (6-0, 6-0) completed the singles sweep. Doubles featured more of the same as Yancey/Madison Welsh (8-0), Haile/Rose Mary Anders (8-0) and A. Holding/Thompson (8-3) cruised to victory. St. David’s is 17-1 with two matches left before the state tournament begins. 

The middle school tennis Warriors used five singles victories to earn a 5-4 decision at Cary Academy Monday. Elizabeth Holderness (8-6), Anna Clayton Tanner (8-4), Sallie Bossong (8-5), Anne George (8-2) and Raynor Singleton (8-2) helped SDS raise its record to 8-2 overall and 7-2 in league play. Elizabeth and Sallie had their hands full against strong opponents,” said coach Anne Barnes. “They each played a solid match and got the win.” The regular season ends Tuesday at Magellan followed by the conference tournament.

The varsity girls tennis team cruised to its 16th straight victory, 9-0, over Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill Thursday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Alice Holding, Louisa Holding and Rose Mary Anders won 6-0, 6-0. Grace Haile (6-1, 6-0), Gracie Crowder (6-1, 6-2) and Madison Welsh (6-3, 6-4) completed the singles sweep. Haile/L. Holding (8-0), A. Holding/Brinkley Thompson (8-0) and Anders/Catherine Yancey (8-1) dominated doubles. St. David’s has three matches left before the state tournament.

The volleyball Warriors ended their home season with a 3-0 victory over Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill Thursday on Senior Day. St. David’s won 25-8, 25-22 and 25-16 to raise their record to 6-4 in EPIC play and 10-11 overall with three matches left before the state tournament. Seniors Lexi Medlin (15 digs) and Grace Thompson (three blocks, eight kills) made their final home appearance.  “They were a big part of our improvement as a team this season and I’m sad to see them go,” said coach Romel Lightbourn. “We started with our best energy and fire this season. I hope it continues next week.”

The girls golf team lost, 160-152 to The O’Neal School from Southern Pines Thursday at River Ridge Golf Course. Abigail McClatchey led the Warriors with a 52. Carly Rittenmeyer shot 53 and Madeleine Morris completed the St. David’s score with a 55. SDS plays Cary Academy Thursday at Prestonwood Country Club to end the regular season.