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2018 Winter Sports Award Winners


Middle School Cheerleading

Coaches Award: Francie Hogshead

Outstanding Rookie Cheerleader: Sallie Bossong


Middle School Girls Basketball B Team

Intimidator Award: Raynor Singleton

Busy Bee Award: Rebekah Leshnock

“DO” It Award (Defense/Offense): Greysen Woody


Middle School Boys Basketball B Team

Player To Watch: Phillip Medlin

Most Outstanding Offensive Player: Clay Lewis

Most Improved: Will Nicholson


Middle School Girls Basketball A Team

Warrior To Watch: Haley Stoltz

Defensive MVP: Eirena Klemes

Team MVP: Samantha Leshnock


Middle School Boys Basketball A Team

Co-MVP: Reid Seck

Co-MVP: Sam Crosby

Coaches Award: Howard Brooks


JV Boys Basketball

Offensive Player of the Year: Hoyt Lewis

Defensive MVP: Trey Weddington

Most Improved: Andrew Alcock


Varsity Cheerleading

Most Dependable Cheerleader: Zoe Spencer

Warrior To Watch: Bailey Zeller

Biggest Heart For Cheer: Gracie Powell


Varsity Swimming

Coaches Award (Girls): Caroline Ross

Coaches Award (Boys):  Samuel Bedor

Most Valuable Swimmer (Girls): Sarah Spencer Ball

Most Valuable Swimmer (Boys): Max Michaud

Chlorine Addict (Girls): Carly Rittenmeyer

Chlorine Addict (Boys): Ethan McConnell


Varsity Girls Basketball

All-Conference Honorable Mention: Julia Hensley

All-Conference: Lexi Medlin & Karis New

Conference All-Tournament Team: Lexi Medlin

Coaches Award: Claire Monaco

X-Factor Award: Julia Hensley

MVP: Lexi Medlin


Varsity Boys Basketball

All-Conference Honorable Mention: Taijae Goode

All-Conference: Darion Green, Keonte Bradley, Kris Monroe

Conference Player of the Year: Kris Monroe

Conference Coach of the Year: Will Coley

Conference All-Tournament Team: Darion Green & Kris Monroe

Tournament MVP: Kris Monroe

NCISSA 2A All-State: Kris Monroe

Coaches Award: Jack Dunn

Most Inspirational: Darion Green

MVP: Kris Monroe

The Warriors girls swim team finished eighth and the boys came in 22nd in the 1A/2A state swim meet Monday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Christ the King Catholic HS of Huntersville dominated both events, winning the boys meet by 91.5 points over second place Cary Christian and by 56 points in the girls competition over second place O’Neal School of Southern Pines.  Trinity Academy of Durham-Chapel Hill was fourth in both meets, while Grace Christian finished seventh in the boys meet. Individually, Annie Mears led the girls with a fifth place finish in the 100 butterfly and sixth place in the 200 individual medley. Sarah Spencer Ball was sixth in the 100 freestyle and seventh in the 50 free. Caroline Ross was seventh in the 100 backstroke and ninth in the 200 freestyle. Mears, Ball and Ross teamed with Lillian York for a sixth place finish in the 200 freestyle relay and with Hanna Rotman for 10th in the 200 medley relay. Max Michaud led the Warriors boys with a 10th place finish in the 50 freestyle and 11th in the 100 free. Tyler Bennett was 11th in the 500 freestyle and the relay team of Will and Brian Patrick, David Bailey and Sam Bedor was 12th in the 400 freestyle relay.

The boys varsity basketball season ended Saturday in Charlotte with a 71-57 loss to Carmel Christian in the 2A state tournament quarterfinals. Seventh-seeded St. David’s wiped out a 32-25 halftime deficit with a 13-4 run to start the second half for a 38-36 lead in the third quarter. However, the second-seeded Cougars came back to lead 43-39, then exploded for 28 points in the fourth quarter to advance to the semi-finals. “I am proud of my teams response to a lot of adversity today,” said coach Will Coley, whose Warriors finished 23-6. “They wouldn’t quit and represented St. David’s in the right way.  I will miss my seniors (Kris Monroe, Darion Green, Jack Dunn, Josh Rhoads, Michael Hurst and Pete Garrabrant). They have done great things for this program.” Monroe led the scoring with 21 points, while Rhoads had 11 and Keonte Bradley added 10. Green led the rebounding with seven and dished five assists.

The varsity girls basketball season is over after a 42-30 home loss to Parrott Academy in the first round of the state tournament Tuesday evening. The Warriors (10-10) couldn’t overcome a 7-0 deficit to start the game and trailed 24-15 at halftime. “We couldn’t get our shots to drop,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “We were open, but the ball wouldn’t go in. I’m very proud of my teams’ effort tonight and through the entire season. They gave everything they had every time out and that’s all a coach can ask for.” Karis New led the Warriors with 12 points, while JuJu Medlin added nine.

The boys varsity Warriors advanced to the 2A state playoff quarterfinals with a 61-52 home victory over Northside Christian Academy of Charlotte Thursday night. The seventh-seeded Warriors (23-5) will travel to Charlotte to face second-seeded Carmel Christian (21-4) at 4 p.m. Saturday. St. David’s led 25-22 at halftime, but the Knights rallied to tie the game, 34-34, midway through the third quarter. SDS senior Kris Monroe hit a three-pointer on the next possession, then classmate Josh Rhoades and junior Tai Goode scored back-to-back baskets for a 47-40 advantage that held up. “We executed when we needed to,” said coach Will Coley. “We managed the game better in the second half and picked up our defensive intensity enough to survive and advance.” Monroe closed his home career with a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds. Keonte Bradley scored 11 and Rhoads added 10 points and eight rebounds.  

The boys varsity Warriors claimed their third straight EPIC tournament championship with a resounding 84-48 victory over Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill at home Friday night. The top-seeded Warriors extended a four-point first quarter lead to 12 at the half, then broke the game open with an 18 point third quarter to lead 57-36 with eight minutes left. “We just kept pushing,” said coach Will Coley, whose Warriors ended the regular season 22-5. “We played well in all phases and shared the wealth in the scoring column. It was a true team effort and comes at a great time.” Keonte Bradley and Darion Greene led four St. David’s players in double figures with 15 points. Tai Goode had 13 plus six assists and four steals. Kris Monroe, the tournament MVP, added 11. Green joined him on the all-tournament team. St. David’s also hosted the girls title game. The top-seeded O’Neal School Falcons of Southern Pines took care of second-seeded Cary Christian, who defeated the Warriors Thursday, 50-38. SDS senior Lexi Medlin was named to the all-tournament team. All teams will know their seed for the state tournament after Sunday’s meeting. 

The Warriors varsity girls and boys basketball teams host state tournament games this week. The girls (10-9) take on Parrott Academy of Kinston (14-7) at 5 p.m. Tuesday. St. David’s won the regular season matchup with the Patriots, 40-30, on November 17th at home. “We are just happy to be in the tournament and to be playing at home,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “I’m sure both teams have improved since November and we know it will be a competitive game.” The winner plays at fifth seeded Cape Fear Academy Thursday. Carolina Day School is the top seed. The boys drew the seventh seed and get a bye into Thursday’s contest against the Northside Christian/Harrell’s Christian winner. The Warriors defeated Northside, 69-58 at the Queen City Invitational in Charlotte December 20th. Kris Monroe exploded for 40 points in that game. SDS was supposed to play at Harrell’s last month, but the game was snowed out. “We haven’t had three straight days of practice in a long time, so it’s good to get a bye,” said coach Will Coley, whose Warriors are 22-5. It will be a great game, no matter who we play Thursday.” The winner plays at second-seeded Carmel Christian on Saturday. Gaston Day School drew the top boys seed. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students, which applies to everyone since the games are part of the state tournament. 

The Warriors varsity girls await the state tournament seeding meeting this weekend to see if their season continues after a 63-47 loss at Cary Christian Thursday night in the EPIC tournament semi-finals. “I give Cary Christian a lot of credit,” said coach Alan Hinnant, whose team is 10-9. “They shot and rebounded well and we struggled to defend them. I think we have a good shot to keep playing. I am very proud of the way my team showed up ready to compete every game. We have improved tremendously over the last four weeks and I think we’ve earned a shot to extend our season.” Lexi Medlin led St. David’s with 16 points, while Olivia Leshnock scored 13. The second seeded Knights take on top seeded O’Neal at 5 p.m. Friday in the tournament championship game played at St. David’s. The Warriors take on Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill for the boys title at 6:30.

Both Warriors swim teams finished fourth at the EPIC meet Monday night at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary. Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill won both meets. The boys prevailed 299-289 over Cary Christian, with Grace Christian (257) third and SDS (216) fourth. The O’Neal School, Carolina Friends and Trinity Academy of Raleigh rounded out the field. The Trinity of DCH girls (257) won over The O’Neal School (244), Cary Christian (189) and St. David’s (171) with Grace and Trinity of Raleigh completing the field. Individually, the boys 200 freestyle relay team of Will and Ben Patrick, Tyler Bennett and Max Michaud finished second. Bennett took third in the 200 and 500 freestyle, while Michaud was third in the 50 and 100 freestyle. On the girls side, Sarah Spencer Ball teamed with Hanna Rotman, Caroline Ross and Annie Mears to finish second in the 200 medley relay and with Lillian York, Ross and Mears to take second in the 200 freestyle relay. Ball was runner-up in the 50 and 100 freestyle as well. Mears finished runner-up in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly. Caroline Ross was runner-up in the 100 backstroke.

The middle school girls and boys A teams ended their season with road losses in the first round of the conference tournament Monday. The sixth seeded boys fell, 60-31, at number three Magellan. Reid Seck and John Hauser each had 10 points. “We cut an 18 point halftime deficit to 12, but couldn’t get any closer,” said coach Jonathan Coley, whose team ended 6-7.  “It was a good group and I enjoyed coaching them.” The fifth seeded girls trailed 17-4 at halftime at NRCA and 23-9 after three quarters. A frenetic fourth quarter comeback fell just short in a 23-21 defeat. Anne George hit back-to-back three pointers to key a 12-0 run that brought the vistors within two points, but the Knights held on to win. “I had a great time coaching these girls,” said first year coach Robert Eastmann. “They bought into what we coached them to do and tried their best.” George led the Warriors, who finished 4-8, with six points. Samantha Leshnock and Haley Stoltz added four each.

The Warriors varsity girls advanced to the EPIC tournament semi-finals with a 34-24 home victory over Trinity Academy of Raleigh Tuesday. The third-seeded Warriors, now 10-8, jumped out to a 10-0 lead after the first quarter, stretched it to 16-4 at halftime and didn’t give up a basket until midway through the third period. “Obviously, our defense played great,” said coach Alan Hinnant, whose team travels to second-seeded Cary Christian Thursday. “We were patient on offense and got good shots. We are excited about going back to Cary Thursday.” St. David’s lost a 38-37 heartbreaker to the Knights Jan. 31st. Senior Lexi Medlin led SDS with 20 points.

The Warriors varsity boys will play for their third straight EPIC tournament championship after an 80-55 home victory over Trinity Academy of Raleigh Thursday evening. The Tigers overcame a 25-15 deficit after the first quarter to trim the Warriors advantage to just two early in the second period. However, back-to-back three pointers from seniors Kris Monroe and Darion Green gave SDS a seven- point lead that continued to grow the rest of the way. “We expected their intensity because nobody wants their season to end,” said coach Will Coley, whose Warriors are 21-5. “I’m glad Kris is on our side.” Monroe posted a double-double with a game-high 31 points and 10 rebounds. Green scored 13, Tai Goode had 11 with six assists and Keonte Bradley added 10 points. The title game is at home Friday at 6:30 against the Trinity of Durham –Chapel Hill/Cary Christian winner. 

The Warriors swept three games from Grace Christian on Senior Night Friday. The varsity boys exploded out of the gate and went on to a resounding 77-33 victory to cap the evening. Senior Kris Monroe scored 25 points in the first half as the Warriors led 50-19 at halftime. “He can be unstoppable when he decides to be,” said coach Will Coley. “I’m proud of my seniors and I think things are moving in the right direction as we begin post-season play.” Monroe finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Classmates Darion Green (11 points, eight assists), Josh Rhoads (10 points, eight rebounds) and Pete Garrabrant (10 points) also scored double figures.St. David’s finished the season 12-0 in league play and 20-5 overall. They will have a first round bye in the EPIC tournament as the regular season champions and number one seed. The varsity girls never trailed and won 43-33 to snap a two-game losing streak. The win clinched third place in the EPIC and the accompanying seed in next week’s conference tournament. “We needed a win and it felt great to get it on Senior Night,” said coach Alan Hinnant, whose team is 9-8 overall and 7-5 in the league. Lexi (Medlin) and Claire (Monaco) have given a lot to our program and both played well again tonight.” Lexi Medlin led the scoring with 13 points, while sister JuJu had 10 and Karis New added eight. The JV boys ended their season with a 60-43 victory to start the tripleheader. SDS led 32-13 at halftime and survived a mild Eagles comeback in the third quarter. “I think we saved our best game for last,” said coach Steve Baker. “We moved the ball on offense, rebounded and played solid defense. It was a great way to end the season.” The Warriors ended the year 8-9 after a 2-6 start. Trey Weddington scored a game-high 20 points, including 8-10 from the free throw line and Colby Sanders added 10.

The Warriors middle school A boys wrapped up the regular season with a 49-48 loss to New Life Camp in a back and forth affair at home Thursday. St. David’s trailed by 11 to start the fourth quarter, but used a furious full court press to take a 48-47 lead with 35 seconds left. The Storm broke the pressure for a layup with 15 seconds left and the Warriors couldn’t answer. “We created and took advantage of our extra opportunities with the press,” said coach Jonathan Coley. “We also started trusting each other and realized that the one on one game wasn’t working. We had a great comeback and it’s too bad that it fell just short.” Sam Crosby led SDS with 14 points and Howard Brooks added 10. The Warriors (6-6) are the sixth seed and travel to third seeded Magellan Monday in the first round of the conference tournament.  


The varsity boys capped a Tuesday night home tripleheader with a 70-20 rout of The O’Neal School of Southern Pines. St. David’s blasted out of the gate for a 41-13 halftime lead, then allowed the Falcons just two points in the third quarter to stay undefeated (11-0) in conference play and go to 19-5 overall. “We talked about being very active and giving great effort at the start,” said coach Will Coley. “The guys responded very well. We used this game to build good habits that we will need down the stretch.” Kris Monroe led the way with a game-high 16 points, 14 in the first half. He added nine rebounds, five assists and four steals. Darion Green added 13 points and Keonte Bradley chipped in 11. The varsity girls lost 45-35 to fall to 6-4 in league play and 8-8 overall. Karis New had 16 points and Lexi Medlin had 15. The JV boys began the evening with a wire-to-wire 35-28 victory.  Hoyt Lewis poured in 14 points and David Yopp added eight. “Hoyt had his usual strong game and David is a sleeping giant,” said coach Steve Baker, whose team is 7-9. “He had several offensive rebounds that led to second chance points.” All three teams host Grace Christian Friday night on Senior Night.

The Warriors boys and girls swim teams finished second in Tuesday’s meet at Ravenscroft. St. David’s finished behind the host school and ahead of the Montessori School of Raleigh. Sarah Spencer Ball won the girls 50 freestyle, finished second in the 100 freestyle and teamed with Caroline Ross, Lillian York and Annie Mears to finish second in the 200 freestyle relay. She was also part of the third place 200 medley relay along with Ross, Mears and Hanna Rotman. Mears also won the 100 butterfly and was third in the 200 individual medley. Ross also took second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 200 freestyle. Lauryn Bailey finished third in the 100 breaststroke and teamed with Rotman, York and Kennedy Rouser to finish 2nd in the 400 free relay.  On the boys side, Tyler Bennett was second in the 500 freestyle, third in the 200 freestyle and combined with Max Michaud, Sam Bedor and Isaac Bostic to finish second in the 200 medley relay and with Michaud, David Bailey and Will Patrick to take second in the 200 freestyle relay. Bedor was second in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 100 freestyle and was part of the second place 400 free relay team along with Ben Patrick, Bostic and Will Patrick. Jackson Rouser took second in the 100 backstroke and was third in the 200 individual medley. Bostic finished third in the 100 butterfly and Michaud was third in the 50 freestyle. The Warriors compete in the EPIC tournament Monday in Cary.

The varsity boys picked up the only St. David’s victory in three games at Cary Christian Tuesday. St. David’s did not allow the Knights to score in the second quarter and gave up only four in the fourth quarter on the way to a 45-23 victory. Kris Monroe led the scoring with 13 points. Darion Green added 12 along with a team-leading six rebounds and five assists. St. David’s is 18-5 overall and 10-0 in the EPIC. The girls lost a heartbreaker, 38-37, as Cary Christian made two free throws for their only lead with .4 seconds left on the clock. “We wanted to slow the game down by limiting their possessions and we did that to perfection,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “My girls played their hearts out and it was unfortunate the game ended the way it did.” Karis New scored a team-high 14 points and Lexi Medlin added 12. The Warriors are 6-3 in the league and 8-7 overall. The JV team lost, 5-23 to fall to 6-9 on the season. Colby Sanders scored seven points and Hoyt Lewis had six. All teams host O’Neal Wednesday. 

The Warriors middle school boys B team ended the season with a resounding 43-17 victory over Trinity Academy of Raleigh at home Tuesday. Will Nicholson led SDS with nine points, Phillip Medlin had all eight of his in the first quarter and Cruz English finished with seven as St. David’s led wire-to-wire. “We had a fun season,” said coach Charles Graves, whose team finished 9-5. “We played well as a team and the players improved over the course of the season. They were fun to coach.”


The Warriors varsity teams earned victories at Trinity Academy of Raleigh Friday night. The girls tamed the Tigers, 42-33, to raise their record to 8-6 overall and 6-3 in the EPIC. “We’re really excited to have two wins this week, because next week is the biggest one of our season” said coach Alan Hinnant, whose team plays at Cary Christian Tuesday, then hosts The O’Neal School Wednesday and Grace Christian Friday. Juju Medlin finished with 15 points, while Lexi Medlin added 10. The boys had to work overtime, but earned a 61-59 victory.  Kris Monroe hit the game winner with one second left on a corner jumper. “I think we were a little leg weary with this being our third game in four days,” said coach Will Coley. “Keonte Bradley left his shoes at school, but Jake Salerno lent his to Keonte for the fourth quarter. We were down three at that point and Keonte helped us the rest of the way.” Monroe led team with 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Tai Goode contributed 11 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Bradley had 10 points in the fourth quarter. The Warriors are 17-5 and 10-0 in conference play. The boys play the same three opponents after the girls games next week. SDS junior James Motter took the photo that accompanies this post. 

The Warriors middle school B teams swept Cary Academy Friday at home. The girls ended their season with a 14-0 shutout to finish 9-2. Greysen Woody and Kylie Neshat scored four points each, while Medlin Weddington, Emma Aldridge and Raynor Singleton each scored two. “Our defense has been spectacular all season and it obviously was again today,” said coach Jason Redmond. “To give up less than nine points a game and not allow a point in a game is tremendous. I’m very proud of our team.” The boys completed the evening with a wire-to-wire 40-24 victory over the Chargers. They built a ten point halftime margin into the 16 point win. “We just played our game,” said coach Charles Graves, whose team is 8-4 with one game left. “We moved the ball well and got everyone involved.” Clay Lewis led St. David’s with 11 points, while Cruz English and Will Nicholson each had seven. The Warriors finish the season Tuesday at home against Trinity Academy of Raleigh.  

The Warriors middle school teams won three out of four games Thursday. The A girls routed NRCA, 28-12, then the boys slayed the Knights 45-34 to complete a home doubleheader sweep. The B teams played at New Life Camp in North Raleigh. The boys won 37-14, while the girls lost 11-9.  Samantha Leshnock led the A girls with 14 points, while Anne George hit both of her three-point attempts for six points. “It was a good bounce back for us,” said coach Robert Eastmann, whose Warriors had lost their last two games.  “Everyone played and a few scored for the first time this season.” Reid Seck and Hank Madden led the A boys with nine points each and Judson Thompson added eight. Sam Crosby (7) and Howard Brooks (7) rounded out the balanced scoring. On the road, the B boys jumped out to an early lead and maintained control throughout the game. William Manning led the scoring with 13 points and Phillip Medlin added nine. All four teams are back in action Friday against Cary Academy. The B teams host the Chargers, while the A teams play in Cary.

The Warriors swim teams finished third in Thursday’s meet at NRCA. The boys were third behind Durham Academy and the host school and ahead of Wake Christian. NRCA won the girls meet, followed by DA, the Warriors and Wake Christian. Sarah Spencer Ball won the 50 and 100 freestyle races and was part of the second place 200 freestyle relay along with Annie Mears, Caroline Ross and Lillian York. Mears won the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly. Ross was second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 200 freestyle. Carly Rittenmeyer, Hanna Rotman, Kennedy Rouser and Lauryn Bailey were third in the 400 freestyle relay. On the boys sides, Sam Bedor finished second in the 100 freestyle and in the 100 breaststroke. He teamed with Will Patrick, Tyler Bennett and Max Michaud to take second in the 200 freestyle relay. Bennett finished second in the 200 freestyle, while Michaud was third in the 50 freestyle. Jackson Rouser was third in the 200 individual medley, then teamed with Brian and Will Patrick and Isaac Bostic to finish third in the 400 freestyle relay.

The varsity boys jumped out to a 35-22 halftime lead against the Word of God Holy Rams at home Thursday night, but couldn’t survive a second half rally and fell 66-59. Word of God (17-6) outscored St. David’s (16-5) 19-0 to begin the third quarter for a 41-35 lead. Warriors senior Kris Monroe dunked and hit a three pointer to tie the game at 54 with four minutes left, but the home team wouldn’t score again until the final seconds. “It was definitely a tale of two halves,” said coach Will Coley. “We let them back in the game, then battled back, but couldn’t execute down the stretch.” Monroe led SDS with 21 points, while Darion Green had 11. Tai Goode scored eight and passed out eight assists. The JV Warriors fell, 66-23. Colby Sanders scored 14 points. All three Upper School teams are back in action Friday at Trinity of Raleigh.

The Warriors Upper School teams won two of three games at Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill Tuesday night. The girls prevailed, 37-27, to raise their record to 5-3 in EPIC play and 7-6 overall. The Warriors had only six players available and two played the second half in foul trouble. “We battled through so much to win this game,” said coach Alan Hinnant. “Claire Monaco and Lexi Medlin did a great job handling the ball against their press and Emily Alcock stepped up to grab nine rebounds. Everyone we had did something to help us win.” Lexi (15) and JuJu Medlin (13) scored in double figures to lead SDS. The boys stayed undefeated in the conference with their sixth straight win, 62-49. Keonte Bradley led the way with 16 points, seven rebounds, six steals and a blocked shot. Kris Monroe posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, Tai Goode had 12 and Darion Green added 11.  “We started strong and led the entire game,” said coach Will Coley, whose team is 16-4 and 9-0 in league. “It’s always good to play well and get a road win,” The JV lost 45-36. The boys teams host Word of God Thursday, while all three teams are back in action Friday at Trinity of Raleigh.