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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.

2017 Fall Sports Award Winners

 

Middle School Cross Country

Girls: Warrior To Watch: Elizabeth Barnes

Hardworking Warrior: Emma Phillip

MVP: Laura Martin

Boys: Warrior To Watch: Cruz English

Most Inspirational: Will Patrick

MVP: William Watson

 

Middle School Cheerleading

Outstanding Cheerleader Award: Mimi Hage

Outstanding Rookie Cheerleader: Sara Grimes

Coaches Award: Mae Cline

 

Middle School Boys Soccer

Offensive Player: Alex Weaver

Coaches Award: Sam Crosby

Character: Clay Lewis

 

Middle School Girls Tennis

Warrior To Watch: Raynor Singleton

Sportsmanship: Anne Slater Barnes

MVP: Elizabeth Holderness

 

Middle School Volleyball

Servant Leader Award: Anisa Barutis

Most Outstanding Offensive Player: Kyra Parker

MVP: Samantha Leshnock

 

JV Football

Focus Award: Cole Deihl

Leadership Award: Paxton Williams

MVP: Ford Everett

 

Varsity Girls Golf

Lowest Scoring Average: Abigail McClatchey

Leadership Award: Carly Rittenmeyer

Attitude Award: Abigayle Stanley

 

Varsity Volleyball

All-Conference: Karis New, Olivia Leshnock, Anna Grace Call

Most Outstanding Player: Karis New

Leadership Award: Lindsey Klinck

Coaches Award: Olivia Leshnock

 

Varsity Cross-Country

All-Conference: Caroline Ross

Girls: Warrior On The Rise: Xiaohui Liu

Hardest Worker: Sarah Spencer Ball

MVP: Caroline Ross

Boys: Warrior On The Rise: Winston Tuttle

Hardest Worker: Alex Nechyba

MVP: Will Hanna

 

Varsity Boys Soccer

All-Conference: Owen Williams, William Sheehan, Miller Ashe

Outstanding Defensive Player: Owen Williams

Extra Effort Award: Max Michaud

Outstanding Offensive Player: Miller Ashe

 

Varsity Girls Tennis

All-Conference: Beatrice Holding, Louisa Holding, Brinkley Thompson, Grace Haile, Alice Holding and Gracie Crowder

Conference Player Of The Year: Beatrice Holding

All-State: Beatrice Holding, Alice Holding, Louisa Holding and Gracie Crowder

Coaches Award: Brinkley Thompson

Coaches Award: Madison Welsh

MVP: Beatrice Holding

 

Varsity Cheerleading

Leadership Award: Estelle Lilly

Coaches Award: Bailey Zeller

Spirit Award: Sunny Li

 

Varsity Football

All-Conference: Tai Goode, Josh Rhoads, Walker Taylor and Houston Walker

All-State: Tai Goode, Josh Rhoads and Houston Walker

Most Outstanding Defensive Player: Houston Walker

Most Outstanding Offensive Player: Josh Rhoads

Most Outstanding Player: Tai Goode

Four members of the St. David’s 2A state championship tennis team earned All-State recognition Monday. Senior Beatrice Holding, juniors Alice Holding and Gracie Crowder along with freshman Louisa Holding were part of the nine-player team. “It’s a great honor that we had four of the nine and it shows how much the other coaches respect our team,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “They competed at a very high level and won some tough matches.” The Warriors finished 22-1 and defeated Parrott Academy for their sixth straight state title Saturday in Winston-Salem. Alice Holding was undefeated in singles and doubles, Crowder did not lose a singles match, Beatrice Holding was the EPIC player of the year and, like Louisa, was undefeated against 2A competition. “We had an exceptionally strong team this year,” said coach Crowder.  “I’m very proud of all their accomplishments.”    

The varsity tennis Warriors won their sixth straight 2A state tennis championship with a 5-0 shutout of Parrott Academy Saturday at Salem Academy in Winston-Salem. St. David’s won 22 straight matches after a season-opening 5-4 loss to Cardinal Gibbons that included a 9-0 decision over Parrott during the regular seasons and victories over Durham Academy and Cary Academy, who played each other for the 3A title. “We had a great season,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “I’ve coached (seniors) Brinkley (Thompson) and Beatrice (Holding) for a long time. Brinkley has been part of all six championships and five for Beatrice. They were special to coach and I’m happy we won it with them. This is the strongest team top to bottom that I've had. All nine girls contributed to this championship.” The Warriors put together a dominate season, winning 18 of their 23 matches by shutout and dropping only one game in two others. Gracie Crowder (23-0) and Alice Holding (15-0) were undefeated in singles. “I’m glad we closed this one out,” said Thompson. “It’s exciting to be part of six championships.” Thompson and Alice Holding battled back from a 6-5 deficit to put the Warriors ahead 3-0 with an 8-6 doubles win. Beatrice Holding/Crowder and Grace Haile/Louisa Holding also won doubles. Alice Holding won her singles match, then Beatrice wrapped up the title by slamming home the final winning shot.

The varsity football Warriors ended the regular season with a 63-0 rout of Cary Christian Friday night at John A. Murray Field. SDS scored the first five times it touched the ball for a 34-0 first quarter lead that grew to 56-0 at halftime. Junior Tai Goode took the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown. After a Blake Stanley interception, Goode raced 35 yards for another score. The St. David’s defense forced a punt on the next possession and Goode scored from 41 yards out. After Stanley’s second interception, quarterback Hudson Taylor found Robert Batchelder for a 42 yard scoring pass. The Knights managed a first down on the next possession, but Batchelder came up with the Warriors third interception that set up Taylor’s 62 yard touchdown pass to his twin brother Walker. “We said we wanted to start fast and we did,” said coach Dan Casey, whose team is 6-4. “Our young guys played a lot and this should give us momentum going into post-season play.” Goode finished with 149 yards rushing on only four carries as St. David’s gained 382 yards on just 19 plays while limiting Cary Christian to 87 yards on 42 plays. “This was a good primer for us,” said Casey. “We hope the improvement continues next week.”

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. 

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. 

 

Homecoming was all Goode in the end. The Warriors wiped out a halftime deficit with 28 unanswered points for a 42-22 victory over Grace Christian Friday night at John A. Murray Field. Junior Taijae Goode exploded for 291 all-purpose yards, three touchdowns and a pair of interceptions, mostly in the second half to lead St. David’s (3-1) to the comeback victory. “Grace won the first half,” said coach Dan Casey. “We were scrambling to get our run game going and stop theirs. We wanted to use Tai on the edge and Houston (Walker) up the middle.” Down 22-14 at the half, the Warriors defense forced the Eagles (2-2) into a three and out. Goode returned the punt 72 yards to make it 22-20.  Goode ended Grace’s next drive with an interception and gave the Warriors the lead four plays later with a 75-yard sprint to the end zone.  “He’s a great athlete with a ton of heart,” said Casey. “He never quits and turned things around for us tonight.” Goode finished with 180 rushing yards on just seven carries as St. David’s outgained Grace 425-275. Josh Rhoads caught a pair of touchdown passes from Hudson Taylor. The Warrior defense forced six turnovers, including three interceptions from Walker Taylor.  Matthew Haist led the Warriors  with 13 tackles.   SDS junior James Motter took the above photo. 

  

The Warrior Club cordially invites you to play in their annual golf tournament Monday, Oct. 2nd at the Raleigh Country Club. Proceeds from the event go directly to supplement all athletic and physical education programs at St. David’s School. Last year golfers competed for a chance to attend the Masters, a new car, Rolex watches, cash prizes and more. You can win a prize for guessing how far your drive goes, helping your team in the putting contest and overall low team score.  “It’s a great way to be outside with friends and play a round of golf for a good cause,” said SDS Athletic Director Ricardo Viera. “Our school community and benefactors look forward to it every year for the fun and fellowship.” Registration starts at 11 a.m. and a buffet lunch will be served. Play begins at 12:30 with the Magic Ball Grand Putt followed by a shotgun start and ends with awards, appetizers and a silent auction. Contact Warrior Club Treasurer Shelly Duckworth at ShellyDuckworth1@gmail.com for more information. You can also click the link for further details. https://www.sdsw.org/uploaded/photos/Athletics/Golf_Brochure2017S.pdf    

The varsity girls tennis Warriors are second in the latest News & Observer area rankings. St. David’s has won the last five NCISSA 2A state titles and are 11-1 so far this fall.  Green Hope has held the top spot every week this fall after finishing second in last year’s 4A state tournament. “It’s outstanding for our program,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “Our win over Durham Academy in the Florence (SC) tournament has really helped us. Most teams have good depth or one or two really good players at the top. We are fortunate to have both. Beatrice and Alice Holding have been outstanding for us at the one and two singles spots and all nine players have contributed to several victories. The girls have worked hard and it’s paying off.” The Warriors have won 11 straight matches since the opening loss to Cardinal Gibbons, have dropped only three singles games since then and have won their last five matches 9-0.  Here’s the link to the complete rankings.

http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/high-school/article167064417.html

The Warriors scored early and often in the first half on the way to a 68-8 rout of Wayne Christian Friday night in Goldsboro. Kicker Jonathan Brewer recovered an Eagles fumble on the opening kickoff. Two plays later, Hudson Taylor hit Robert Batchelder on a 36 yard scoring strike. The Warriors forced the Eagles to punt and three Houston Walker carries later, it was 12-0 and the rout was officially on. St. David’s scored 30 points in the second quarter for a 48-8 halftime lead. Walker ran for 142 yards on 17 carries as the Warriors rushed for 264 yards on just 25 carries. St. David’s outgained the Eagles 475-421, recovered four fumbles and intercepted two passes for touchdowns. Blake Stanley picked off the first one for a 52 yard score, then Taijae Good capped his Warriors debut with an 80 pick six in the fourth quarter. Good scored earlier on a 53 yard run. Matthew Haist led the defense with eight tackles, while Walker had seven, including two for a loss. "Houston provided positive energy on both sides of the ball," said coach Dan Casey, whose Warriors are 3-0. He ran hard inside and led by example. I am really proud of the way our younger (freshmen and sophomores) responded tonight. They stepped in and made some big plays for us." St. David's travels to Kinston to face Parrott Academy Friday.