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Four St. David’s spring sports athletes have earned All-Metro honors from The News & Observer. The newspaper recognized the top competitors from the 125 high schools in its 20 county coverage area. Seniors Will Lewis, Andrew Wilmoth and Lillian York along with junior Wilson Barr were chosen from St. David’s. Wilmoth and Lewis led the golf team to a second place finish in the state tournament. Wilmoth tied for state medalist honors, while Lewis finished sixth. York helped the girls lacrosse Warriors to the best season in program history and scored 72 goals in the process. Barr repeated as the 2A state champion in the pole vault.  

The Warriors athletics schedule will have a different look when competition resumes in August. The NCISSA has expanded from three classifications to four, which means St. David’s will move from 2A to 3A. What it doesn’t mean is that the Warriors will face their larger neighbors like Ravenscroft, Cary Academy, North Raleigh Christian Academy and Wake Christian any more often than they do now. The NCISSA has added a fourth group (4A) for schools that enroll more than 300 students, so all the local teams mentioned above will move from 3A to 4A. “This will properly align us with schools of similar size,” said SDS Athletic Director Ricardo Viera. “It will give us a stronger overall schedule in all sports and improve our seeding for the various state tournaments.” The major change that Warrior fans will notice is the new conference alignment. The EPIC will be 3A conference made up of Cary Christian, Grace Christian, Arendell Parrot Academy and the Warriors. The rest of the former conference members have an enrollment of under 200 and will stay in 2A.

 

Seniors Hudson and Walker Taylor finished their high school athletic careers by representing St. David's School in the Bull City All-Star lacrosse game held at Duke University's Koskinen Stadium on Saturday afternoon.  The Taylors were selected from hundreds of nominations statewide to compete in this showcase game for senior players.  They played with and against some of the State's best high school lacrosse players. Both Hudson and Walker were assigned to the White Team, which won 16-15.  Walker tallied two ground balls and two takeaways.  Hudson also had two ground balls and an assist.  "It was a great experience and we enjoyed playing with guys of this caliber in a college stadium," said Hudson.   “I think we held our own pretty well out there; this was a great way to finish out our St. David's careers" agreed Walker. 

Former Warriors All-State golfer Parker Gillam missed the cut for the Rex Hospital Open at the TPC Wakefield Plantation course in Raleigh. The Wake Forest freshman, competing as an amateur, shot a two-day total of six over par 148 in the professional Web.com Tour event. However, the experience helped him understand what the pro tour is all about. "Playing on the PGA tour is my life goal, but I know I still have a lot of learning to do." Gillam told the News & Observer. "The course was set up harder than any college tournament course was, but it was a great experience. It showed me what I have to do in three years to try to make it." Gillam led St. David’s to back-to-back 2A state titles and was the state medalist as a junior.

Five Warriors have earned All-State honors this spring. Seniors Andrew Wilmoth and Will Lewis, juniors Troy Exum and Wilson Barr along with eighth grader Davis  Adams are among the best 2A spring athletes in the state. Barr repeated as the pole vault champion at the state track meet last weekend. Wilmoth tied for medalist honors in the state golf tournament and Exum’s stellar goaltending led the Warriors to the lacrosse semi-finals. Lewis was sixth and Adams finished ninth in the state golf tournament. 

14 Warriors are members of the All-EPIC team in five different spring sports.

Baseball: Ford Everett, David Shelton and Jake Shelton

Golf: Davis Adams, Will Lewis, James Wiley and Andrew Wilmoth

Soccer: Emily Alcock, Katie Conger and Julia Hensley

Tennis: Turner Vaughn

Track and Field: Wilson Barr, Jonathan Brewer and Houston Walker

Congratulations to our spring sports All-Conference Warriors.

St. David’s junior Wilson Barr won his second straight 2A state championship in the pole vault Friday at Campbell University in Buies Creek. Barr equaled last years’ jump of 12 feet to claim the title. Senior Madison Welsh finished eighth in the high jump and ninth in the long jump. Junior Karis New led the Warriors on Saturday with a fourth place finish in the 100 hurdles. Jonathan Brewer was fifth in the 300 hurdles, sixth in the 110 hurdles and part of the eighth place 4 x 200 relay along with Jack Dunn, Josh Rhoads and Christopher Rhoads. Houston Walker filled in for Brewer on the 4 x 100 relay and finished fifth. He was seventh in the 110 hurdles. Christopher Rhoads took sixth in the 200 meters. The St. David's boys were 10th and the girls finished 21st.

2018 Spring Sports Award Winners

 

 

Middle School Boys Tennis

 

Coaches Award: Jack Anders

 

Warrior Award: JT Coley

 

MVP: Jacob Suh

 

Varsity Tennis

 

All-Conference: Turner Vaughn

 

Coaches Award: Banks Avram

 

Most Improved Player: Joseph Pisciotta

 

MVP: Turner Vaughn

 

Middle School Girls Lacrosse

 

Warrior To Watch: Margaret Scoggin

 

Coaches Award: McKenna Lewis

 

MVP: Anne Slater Barnes

 

Varsity Girls Lacrosse

 

Coaches Award: Lizzie Montague

 

Most Improved: Gracie Powell

 

MVP: Lillian York

 

Middle School Boys Lacrosse

 

Most Outstanding Defenseman: Sam Williams

 

Most Outstanding Offensive Player: Owen Hoffman

 

Captains Award: Scott York

 

 

Varsity Boys Lacrosse

 

Leadership Award: Julian Cave

 

Most Improved: Josh Burgess

 

MVP: Troy Exum

 

Middle School Golf

 

Lowest Score Average: Jack Webster

 

Most Improved: Nathan Rigby

 

Coaches Award: Christian Conway

 

Varsity Boys Golf

 

All-Conference: Will Lewis, Andrew Wilmoth, James Wiley and Davis Adams

 

All-State: Will Lewis, Andrew Wilmoth and Davis Adams

 

Golfer of the Year: Andrew Wilmoth

 

Warrior Leadership Award: Will Lewis

 

Warrior Sportsmanship Award: Wells Conway

 

Middle School Baseball

 

Silver Slugger Award: Jake Barbour

 

Team Player Award: Jack Denny

 

Hustle Award: Isaac Bostic

 

Varsity Baseball

 

All-Conference: Ford Everett and David Shelton, Jake Shelton (Honorable Mention)

 

Freshman of the Year: Ford Everett

 

Most Improved: Edward Adams

 

MVP: David Shelton

 

Middle School Girls Soccer

 

Coaches Award: Holden McLennan

 

Defensive Award: Anne George

 

Offensive Player Award: Eirena Klemes

 

Varsity Girls Soccer

 

All-Conference: Emily Alcock and Katie Conger, Julia Hensley (Honorable Mention)

 

Defensive Player of the Year: Mary Kate Stahl

 

Mid-Field Player of the Year: Emily Alcock

 

Offensive Player of the Year: Julia Hensley

 

Varsity Track and Field

 

All-Conference: Wilson Barr, Jonathan Brewer and Houston Walker

 

Most Outstanding Female Athlete: Madison Welsh

 

The Hardest Working Female Athlete: Grace Haile

 

Rising Track Star: Laura Martin

 

Most Outstanding Male Athlete: Jonathan Brewer

 

The Hardest Working Male Athlete: Houston Walker

 

Rising Track Star: Christopher Rhoads

The Warriors boys tied for 10th place and the girls were 21st in the 2A state track meet Saturday on a rain soaked track at Campbell University in Buies Creek. Karis New led SDS on day two with a fourth place finish in the 100 hurdles. She was also part of the ninth place 4 x 200 relay team along with Grace Haile, Juju Medlin and Ella Moses. Sarah Spencer Ball was 10th in the triple jump. Jonathan Brewer led the boys with a fifth place finish in the 300 hurdles and was part of the eighth place 4 x 200 relay along with Jack Dunn and Josh and Christopher Rhoads. Houston Walker joined the Rhoads brothers and Dunn to finish fifth in the 4 x 100 and was seventh in the 110 hurdles. Christopher Rhoads capped the Warriors day with a sixth place finish in the 200 meters. 

The varsity boys lacrosse season ended with an 8-4 loss to top-seeded SouthLake Christian Academy Tuesday evening in Huntersville, NC. Junior attackman Owen Williams led the scoring with two goals, but was injured early and missed most of the contest. Senior Hudson Taylor had a goal and an assist and freshman Matt Messenger also scored. “I’m very proud of how much this team has grown and how hard they worked to make the playoffs,” said coach Doug Hink, whose team finished 9-5. “Troy (Exum) did a great job again in goal against a high-scoring team on their home turf. The defense played well also and we have a good group of freshmen coming. Good times are ahead for St. David’s lacrosse.”

The Warriors varsity boys golf team finished second to EPIC rival The O’Neal School in the 2A state tournament at the Whispering Pines Country Club near Southern Pines. St. David’s could not overcome a four shot deficit after Monday’s first round and ended with a four man two day total of 603, while O’Neal came in at 587. Senior Andrew Wilmots, who will play at North Carolina State next year,  tied for individual medalist honors with a four under par 140.  Senior Will Lewis finished sixth at 152, while 8th grader Davis Adams was ninth at 154.  

The 2A state golf championship is shaping up to be a two team race after the first day at the Whispering Pines Country Club near Southern Pines. The O’Neal School of Southern Pines leads the Warriors by four shots after the first 18 holes. O’Neal shot a four player team shot of 295, which is seven over par. SDS came in at +11 299. Parrott Academy is a distant third at 329. Warriors senior Andrew Wilmoth had the low round of the day, a three under par 69. Two O’Neal golfers are next at 70 and 71. Will Lewis (76), Davis Adams (77) and Wells Armes (77) rounded out the St. David’s scoring. Round two begins Tuesday morning.

The St. David’s boys finished second and the girls were fourth in the EPIC track meet at Cary Academy Saturday. Cary Christian won both meets. The O’Neal School and Grace Christian finished ahead of the Warriors in the girls meets. Individually, Houston Walker won the 110 hurdles, Wilson Barr finished first in the pole vault and Jonathan Brewer won the 300 hurdles. He was second in the 110 hurdles and was part of the second place 4 x 200 relay team with Jack Dunn, Josh Rhoads and Christopher Rhoads. Dunn placed second in the 100 meters and was part of the third place 4 x 100 relay with Josh Rhoads, Christopher Rhoads and Robert Batchelder. Christopher Rhoads was third in the 100 and fourth in the 200. Alex Nechyba finished fifth in the 800. Madison Welsh led the girls by finishing second in the high jump, third in the long jump and triple jump and fourth in the shot put. Sarah Spencer Ball was second in the triple jump and part of the second place 4 x 200 relay with Karis New, Ella Moses and Grace Haile. New also took third in the 110 hurdles and teamed with Ball, 7th grader Laura Martin and Juju Medlin for third in the 4 x 100 relay. Caroline Ross was fourth in the 800, while Martin finished sixth in the 400 and 1600 meters. Both teams finish the season at the state meet Friday and Saturday at Campbell University in Buies Creek.

The middle school lacrosse Warriors capped an undefeated season with the Capital Area Middle School Conference championship after a 12-5 victory over Cary Academy Thursday at John A. Murray Field. St. David’s led 3-1 after the first period and blew the game open with three goals from Owen Hoffman and one each from Howard Brooks and Cruz English to lead 8-1 at halftime. “We started to find our groove at the end of the first quarter,” said coach Steve Baker, whose Warriors are 13-0. “The guys played well the entire season and earned their title. Finishing undefeated is their bonus.” Hoffman led the scoring with six goals. Macon Merriman and Scott York scored twice, while Brooks and English had one each. 

The middle school tennis team captured the Capital Area Middle School Conference title and completed a perfect season with a 5-4 victory over North Raleigh Christian Academy Thursday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Jacob Suh (8-1), J.T. Coley (9-7), Jack Anders (8-3) and Charlie Moses (8-1) gave the Warriors a 4-2 advantage after singles. “J.T. had the key match,” said coach Josh Seligson, whose team finished 13-0. “He was down two games and at match point, but battled all the way back to win four straight games. That kept us from being tied after singles. Jack and Noah (Suh) sealed it by winning the first doubles match. It was a true team effort and I’m very proud of my guys.” 

The boys varsity lacrosse Warriors advanced in the state tournament with a 7-4 win over the Asheville School Saturday afternoon in Asheville. The fifth seeded Warriors will travel to Huntersville, NC Tuesday to face top-seeded SouthLake Christian Academy (!1-4), who blew out Davidson Day School, 19-3, in the first round. St. David’s struck quickly Saturday with three goals in the first minute and then added two more for a 5-0 lead after the first quarter. “We had a little extra to prove because we thought this game should have been at our place,” said coach Doug Hink. “Our strong start made the difference and we did a great job of holding them off. Troy Exum was excellent in goal again and our defense wore them down and let our offense go to work. It was a great team win and we are glad to extend the season.” Owen Williams led the scoring with three goals and an assist. Hudson Taylor had a goal and an assist. Freshman Truman Southern scored his first varsity goal and Julian Cave also found the net.  

Senior Andrew Wilmoth committed to play golf at North Carolina State University on Monday. He becomes the fourth member of the 2016 state championship team to play college golf, following Preston Ball (Loyola of Maryland), Gray Matthews (Sewanee: The University of the South) and Parker Gillam (Wake Forest).“I’ve always wanted to play for them,” said Wilmoth. “Lonnie Poole will be a great home course and I’m grateful it worked out.” Wilmoth and the rest of the Warriors will try for their third straight state title Monday and Tuesday at Whispering Pines. It’s a great achievement and I’m very proud of him,” said coach Chris Wilson. “He’s been on varsity since 8th grade and his hard work paid off.” 

The varsity boys lacrosse season continues as the fifth seed in the 2A state tournament. The Warriors, 8-5, ended the regular season with an 11-2 loss at Ravenscroft Tuesday.  They will travel to meet the Asheville School (7-4) Saturday at 2:30 in a rematch of last years first round game. "We lost to them on their field, so it's a chance to even things up," said coach Doug Hink. "We had hoped to host this time, but that's not the case. Good execution on both ends will decide our future." St. David’s played four teams who qualified for post-season play, including a win over 8th seeded Davidson Day School. Ravenscroft and Durham Academy will play in the large school tournament, while Forsyth Country Day is the third seed in the Warriors bracket.

Seniors Hudson and Walker Taylor have committed to Rhodes College in Memphis, TN to continue their football careers. The twins helped the Warriors to back-to-back state championship games and earned multiple awards during their time at St. David’s. “We’re really excited to get the chance to keep playing,” said Hudson. “We appreciate what Coach Casey (football) and Coach Hink (lacrosse) have done for us along with all the assistant coaches.” Rhodes is a member of the Division III Southern Athletic Association and is a major football rival of Sewanee: The University of the South. The two are part of the longest consecutively played college football series below the Mason-Dixon line, having squared off every fall since 1899. “It came down to those two schools for us,” said Walker. “We felt like Rhodes really wanted us and did a better job of recruiting us.”   

The middle school tennis Warriors will play for the conference championship Thursday after a 5-4 come from behind victory over Cary Christian Tuesday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. St. David’s is the top seed with a 12-0 record, but trailed 4-2 after singles. The Warriors fought back as Noah Suh/Jack Anders (8-0) and Jacob Suh/Jackson Moore (8-6) won their doubles matches, leaving the rest of the season up to the duo of JT Coley and Jackson Rouser. The two battled back from a two game deficit to win, 9-7, in a tiebreaker that put SDS into the title match. “They were amazing under pressure,” said coach Josh Seligson. “Jackson picked the perfect time to play his best match of the year and both of them were pulling off amazing shots. I’m most proud that we didn’t give up after trailing just about the entire match.”

The varsity girls lacrosse team ended the most successful season in program history with a 19-6 loss to St. Mary’s Tuesday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The Warriors finished the season 5-8, which included five straight wins and more victories than the first three seasons combined. “It was a great season,” said second-year coach Daphne Connor. “The girls came together as a team on and off the field and everyone’s skill level improved.” Lillian York led the Warriors scoring with four goals and Anna Grace Call added two.

The varsity girls soccer season is over after a 3-0 loss to Rocky Mount Academy in the first round of the state tournament Tuesday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The Warriors (8-11) had scoring chances in the first half, but couldn’t take advantage and trailed 1-0 at halftime. “We controlled the first half,” said coach Jose Cornejo. “We couldn’t score and they took advantage in the second half. It’s a tough way to end the season, but they are a good team. I appreciate my seniors’ effort.”

The varsity lacrosse Warriors came up short, 7-5, in a hard-fought defensive battle Friday at John A. Murray Field. The Knights scored three straight times in the first quarter to break an early 1-1 tie.  St. David’s cut the deficit to two on four occasions after goals from Owen Williams, but couldn’t come any closer. “We had too many misses against a solid opponent,” said coach Doug Hink. “Our defense and goalie played well, but we couldn’t find the net enough times. We are playing more focused and better together and hopefully that will help us in the post-season.” SDS is 8-4 with one regular season game left. 

The boys varsity golf team finished second in the EPIC tournament Thursday at Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh. The O’Neal School of Southern Pines fired a four-man team total of two over par 290 to earn the victory by five strokes. Will Lewis led the Warriors with a three-under par 69. Andrew Wilmoth (74), Davis Adams (74) and James Wiley (78) completed the St. David’s scoring. All four were named to the All-Conference team. Grace Christian (340) was a distant third.

The varsity baseball Warriors ended the season with a 12-6 loss to Trinity of Raleigh Friday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Edward Adams led the offense with three hits and three runs scored, but multiple errors and a lack of pitching depth were too much to overcome. “This was our fourth game this week and we just ran out of pitching,” said coach David Simmons, whose team finished 5-7. “The errors extended the innings, which led to runs. We hit the ball well and I’m proud of my three seniors (John Mac Feeney, Ethan McConnell and David Shelton). I’ve enjoyed coaching them and they gave everything they had to help our program get better.” McConnell had two hits and two RBI, while Shelton also had two hits, scored twice and drove in one run.