Margo Winn, Queen
Adam Batzel, King
It was a gorgeous day to celebrate Homecoming, watch some football, and crown some students! The game began with our Chorale sang the National Anthem while the colors were brought out by the North Cross Cub Scout Troop. It was a rough first half for the Raiders, but things cheered up when at halftime members of the upper school and their parents and guardians came out to be recognized as this year's Homecoming Court and to name the Homecoming King and Queen. This year's recipients were as follows:
The Raiders ultimately lost their game to Roanoke Catholic 30-22, but got points on the board during the second half to close the gap left at half time.
Under beautiful skies, members of the Willis family, faculty, staff, students and alumni, gathered before the start of the Homecoming Football game against Roanoke Catholic to take a moment and dedicate the newly renovated field to Cydney and David Willis. David D.H. Willis ’77 passed away after a battle with cancer. David was a member of the Board of Trustees for 16 years, Past President of the Alumni Association, and the recipient of the 2002 Alumni Service Award. He was also parent to five boys who were all graduates of North Cross. Dr. Proctor's remarks from the ceremony can be accessed by clicking the "Read More" link below.
Elizabeth Giles and Katherine Lake had the spotlight before Varsity Volleyball's game against Craig County (which they won 3-0)! They were joined by their families and Dr. Proctor who detailed their successes and memories.
By the time we were finished celebrating our Varsity Field Hockey seniors Madisen Charles and Margo Winn, the clouds had parted and the sun was shining. We're pretty sure we can take credit for that.
The rainy weather was not friendly to our spring athletic teams this year, so it was with great relief that the senior game was bathed in sunshine and blue skies. Coach Eric Lawrence honored his three seniors: Lucas Allara ’17, Josh Greenway ’17 and Charlie Lemon ’17 for their commitment to the team, the sport and in helping to shape the next generation of baseball players at North Cross. Joined by their families, coaches and Dr. Proctor, the players accepted flowers and a memorial baseball as a token of their time as a Raider. We look forward to hearing of their accomplishments—on or off the field—as they head to college this fall.
This morning at the Upper School assembly, Eric Lawrence, Director of Athletics and Wellness, presented a championship banner and rings to the Girls Varsity Tennis Team whose VISAA State Championship was won this fall. Coach Amy Bagliani said a few words to her team and the assembly, reiterating that it was the hard work and dedication of these girls who made this all possible. We congratulate the team again on its win and for adding a little more decoration to the CAC walls.
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Thursday afternoon in the Muscaro Game Gym of Carter Athletic Center, Director of Athletics and Wellness Eric Lawrence (pictured far right) announced that the position of Head Coach for Boys Varsity Basketball will be transferred to Shannon Taylor (left), moving him from his role as Head Coach for the Girls Varsity Basketball team. Mr. Lawrence sites the school's ongoing desire to have varsity head coaching positions held by full-time NCS employees. Although a very difficult decision, the timing was right to make the switch to Coach Taylor. Coach Taylor also serves as Defensive Coordinator for North Cross' varsity football program, and as Physical Education Instructor for its Middle School.
Coach Taylor takes the place of Ed Green (center) who held the position for four seasons and led the Raiders to win more games in a stretch of four years than at any other time in the history of the basketball program. Mr. Lawrence had this to say about Coach Green's tenure: "We have been very blessed and fortunate to have Ed Green in this position. Coach Green is a gracious and true professional in every sense of the word—a class act. The team's success is a source of pride and an indication of the quality of coaching North Cross has enjoyed under his direction."
Last night, amidst light showers, the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team had their Senior Day honoring outgoing seniors Caroline McGimsey, Braelyn Bai, Rebecca Benson, and Sulan Yan. After some words from Coach Lilly Judge an Dr. Proctor, the girls went into the game inspired to win one for the seniors in their quarter-final game against New River Valley. According to Coach Lilly Judge: "Our girls played their hearts out… We came out strong in the first 15 minutes scoring 4 goals in a row. After a time out by NRV, they started to catch up, but we didn't stop. Every single player did their best to do their part. There wasn't one person who didn't give it their all. It was the best we've played all season. We played hard. We played for our seniors and our team." The team won their game to advance to the semi-finals 10-9. A fitting farewell indeed.
Last night, Blair Trail, assistant director of Athletics and Wellness, attended a ceremony to honor the inaugural class induction into the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame. Of the seven who were honored, Donna Satterwhite, former North Cross coach and athletic director, was among them. All who were in attendance at the ceremony, recalled Ms. Trail, were amazed by her accomplishments and complimented her after the ceremony. "She coached 82 seasons in a row. That means she coached all three seasons each year," reiterated Ms. Trail.
Donna achieved several athletic milestones during her time at North Cross. As a coach, she led her teams to eight softball conference championships, eight volleyball conference championships, many undefeated seasons, and won the first ever independent school state volleyball title in 1994. Along the way, she was named Coach of the Year both by the Blue Ridge Conference and the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association, as well as Timesland Coach of the Year in 1992. We are so pleased by her recognition and are honored to be the school with which she gave so much of her time and energy.
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