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The Warriors varsity golf team defeated Ravenscroft by one stroke Monday at North Ridge Country Club. St. David’s, the two time defending 2A state champion fired a team total of 289 (five over par) to edge the defending 3A state champs (290). Cary Christian was a distant third at 364. 8th grader Davis Adams took medalist honors with a three under par 69. Will Hanna shot a one under 71. Wells Conway (74) and Wells Armes (75) completed the Warriors total. “We’ve won and lost many matches by one shot over the years,” said coach Chris Wilson. “It proves that every player is important to the match even when they think their round is not going well. Davis was terrific today and his teammates also did well. This was a great team win.” 

The Warriors boys middle school lacrosse team stayed undefeated with a 15-7 victory over Daniels Middle School Monday at John A. Murray Field. Macon Merriman scored three of his team-high four goals early in the match to give St. David’s the lead for good. It grew to 11-5 at halftime and to 14-6 after three quarters. “We played well overall,” said coach Steve Baker, whose team is 2-0. Owen Hoffman controlled a majority of the face-offs, which led to fast break opportunities on which we scored. That was the key to the match in my mind. Sam Williams had another solid performance in goal as well.” Hoffman added three goals in a balanced Warriors attack. Cruz English and Scott York each scored twice, while Walker Ward, Howard Brooks, Sam Crosby and Hugh Collie found the net once.

The varsity girls soccer Warriors notched their first home victory, 2-1, over Rocky Mount Academy on a sun-splashed Thursday afternoon at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The match was scoreless at halftime, but senior Katie Conger scored early in the second half to give St. David’s the advantage. The Eagles came back to tie midway through the half and it stayed that way until Kyra Klemes scored on a rebound off Emily Alcock’s header with six minutes left. “We stayed patient and kept working to create scoring chances,” said coach Jose Cornejo, whose Warriors are 2-1. “We’re still figuring out how everyone fits together and we played much better as a team today.” 

The middle school girls soccer team picked up its first victory with a 5-0 rout of St. Timothy’s Tuesday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Anna Charles Bowman scored the first two of her game-high three goals in the first five minutes to give the Warriors the lead for good. “I liked the way we bounced back from Friday,” said coach Nate Antiel, whose team dropped their opener at Ravenscroft. “We moved the ball well the entire game and were in attack mode. We only had one sub, so everybody got plenty of playing time.” Eirena Klemes and Sibley Hash also scored for St. David’s.


The varsity girls lacrosse Warriors opened the season with a dramatic 12-11 overtime victory over Forsyth Country Day School Friday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. St. David’s took an early advantage and led 8-6 at halftime only to fall behind 11-10 with under three minutes left. Junior Lindsey Klinck tied the game with 1:07 left, then scored the winning goal in the first minute of overtime. “We kept working after we fell behind and ended up pulling it out,” said coach Daphne Connor. “Charlotte Hoff had some great saves in goal and our overall defense was good.” Lillian York led the Warriors with six goals, Klinck added four and Lindley Willams and Anna Grace Call scored one each. 

The middle school baseball Warriors opened the St. David’s spring sports season with a 19-1 rout of Friendship Christian Thursday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. SDS scored five runs in the first on a pair of hits from Jake Barbour and Luke Fuller, then took advantage of multiple errors, walks and hit batsmen for five more in the second and seven in the fourth. We did a good job of putting the ball in play,” said coach Jason Redmond. “You give yourself a chance when you do that and it was great way to start the season.” Barbour had two of the Warriors six hits, stole four bases, scored four runs and earned the victory on the mound.  

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 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. 

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 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 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 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 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 News & Observer’s All-Metro Tennis Team includes two St. David’s Warriors. Sisters Beatrice and Alice Holding join 17 of the other best players from the N&O’s 20 county coverage area on the squad. Beatrice was the Warriors number one singles player and was the EPIC player of the year. Alice went undefeated in number two singles and was named All-Conference. St. David’s went 22-1 and won their sixth straight 2A state title this fall. “It’s a great honor for them and for our program,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “They were obviously a big part of our success and it’s great to see them recognized for their achievement and hard work. 

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.