Boys Varsity Basketball team captain Chase Overton ’17 celebrated his senior night at Muscaro Gymnasium this past Saturday in the best way possible: with his family by his side and with a team win that advanced the Raiders to the quarter finals. Since that game, the Raiders have made spectacular progress, beating Holy Cross 83-49 in last night's game. The team is ranked #2 in the latest VISAA state poll. Be sure to support the Raiders tomorrow night in Muscaro Gym at 6:00pm, as they take on rivals Roanoke Catholic for a shot at the finals.
Two of North Cross School's talented players from this year's 2016 Virginia Independent Conference Championship Boys Soccer team officially committed to play soccer next year with their respective colleges: Luke Carter - center midfield (Class of '17) committed to Roanoke College and Jack Holley - center back/outside back (Class of '17) committed to Virginia Military Institute.
Pictured above: Luke Carter, left at table, and Jack Holley, right at table, with their families, Coach Brown and the students' coach from Roanoke Star Soccer Club Andrew Murphy.
Boys Swimming finished their season with the runner-up title for the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Championship in the Division II finals, and were 11th overall, regardless of division. The team competed this past Saturday at Blacksburg at Virginia Tech's Christiansburg Aquatic Center. Andrew Lorens ’19 was second in the 100-meter butterfly, and fifth in the Individual Medley. Daniel Byrnes ’21 placed 15th in the 200 freestyle and 8th in the 500 freestyle. Zack H'Doubler ’17 was 13th in the 100 meter breaststroke. The team placed 10th in the 200 medley relay and 13th in the 400 meter freestyle.
With the theme of the Academy Awards that never were, students took to Muscaro Gym Tuesday afternoon for the Winter Pep Rally, hosted by the School's SCA groups. First off: Pirates of the Caribbean and a match between Lower and Upper Schools in a game of Treasure Hunt. The scrappy Lower Schoolers were too quick for the Upper School pirates and were able to steal enough treasure to earn their own eye patches. Next, Middle Schoolers took us to a galaxy far, far away (well, center court), with their re-enactment of the many battles and characters in the Star Wars series. The Light Side won, and Yoda was victorious. Then, the Average Joe's easily defeated the Purple Cobras in a energetic game of Dodgeball. Poor Caroline McGimsey ’17 was the last Cobra standing... but not for long. Finally, after the Lower School was dismissed, the Middle and Upper schoolers cheered on the Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball teams as they took on a motley crew of faculty members, including Dean of Students Stephen Belderes, Field Hockey Coach Lilly Judge, Physical Education Instructor and Coach Mary Semler, and Middle School Basketball Coach Jason Jones, Soccer Coach James Brown, and even alum Kennedy Nwabia ’15, just to name a few. Faculty squeaked out a win in the last minutes of the game, giving them a third win in a row.
Enkhee Dendev ‘17 scored the winning goal against Westover Christian Academy this past Monday night, her mother and sister Marla joining the excitement as they helped Enkhee celebrate her Senior Night for the Girls Varsity Basketball team. During the game, Julia Brown ’19, had 16 points, 6 rebounds and Madison Charles ’18 had 8 points, 3 blocks. The final score was 36-33.
Friday night was a big win for both the Boys and Girls swim teams. Both teams came away as conference champions. The teams led the competition from start to finish, beginning with the Boys' 200 medley relay which produced its best time of the season by more than five seconds. Andrew Lorens '19 won four titles in all, two individually in the 100 free and 100 back, and two as part of the 200 medley and 400 free relays. Zack H'Doubler '17 had the best meet of his career, improving by over ten seconds in the 100 fly and winning a thrilling race in the 100 breast by dropping more than three seconds from what was already a state-qualifying time. Patrick Daly '20 and Liam Hu '20 also recorded best times in each event they swam, and Daniel Byrnes '21 took home four gold medals. On the girls side it was a dominating performance as they outpaced second-place Chatham Hall by a 43-point margin. Swimming fast throughout the meet, the girls won two of the three relays, finishing second by a tenth of a second in the 200 free relay. Natalie Lorens '21 placed first in all four of her events and was bolstered by the strong performances of every one of her teammates. Individual event winners also included Margo Winn '18, Emma Cartledge '18, and Aurora Phlegar '20.
On Wednesday, two of North Cross School's standout players from this year's 2016 VISAA Div II State Finalist football team formally committed to play football next year with their respective colleges: Davis Call ’17, to College of William & Mary and Miles Lowman ’17, to Hampden-Sydney College, surrounded by their parents, friends and coaches.
Please help us celebrate both Davis and Miles, their accomplishments as tremendous high school student-athletes as they prepare to play football at the next level.
Though there was some swimming to get done, the seniors eventually had their moment in the spotlight during a winning meet against Roanoke Catholic, Southwest VA Home School, plus, for the Boys (and their only loss that night) Hargrave Military Academy. See photos and the scores below.
Girls Varsity Tennis: BRC and State Champions!
First Team: Emma Cartledge, Charlotte Cartledge, Helen Schmedtje
Second Team: Caroline Lystash
BRC Singles Champion: Emma Cartledge
BRC All Tournament Team: Emma Cartledge, Charlotte Cartledge, Helen Schmedtje
BRC Player of the Year: Emma Cartledge
BRC Coach of the Year: Amy Bagliani
VISSA Div II All-State:
First Team: Emma Cartledge
VISSA Div II Coach of the Year: Amy Bagliani
Varsity Field Hockey: (7-5-0) BRC 2nd place
First Team: Julia Brown, Shaida Campbell, Audrey Lemon & Morgan Sturm
Hon. Mention: Margaret Lawrence
BRC All-Tournament Team: Morgan Sturm, Shaida Campbell, & Julia Brown
BRC Coach of the Year: Lilly Judge
First Team: Morgan Sturm
Surrounded by family, friends, coaches, and teachers, Morgan Sturm ’17 formally announced her college intentions and signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division I field hockey for Miami University (OH) today. This fall, she will join her older sister Avery Sturm (Class of '15), already a Sophomore on the Red Hawks women's field hockey team.
Morgan Sturm has been playing field hockey at North Cross since sixth grade and has been a valuable member of the Raiders' varsity team since eighth grade. She began playing travel field hockey as a ninth grader for Field Hockey Life under two-time Olympian Coach Keli Smith Puzo and has been playing for them ever since. When not playing field hockey with either her North Cross team or travel team, Morgan spends lots of time playing and training with her father and sister at school or at Lab Sports.
Please help us celebrate Morgan's accomplishments as a tremendous high school student athlete and this fabulous honor as she prepares to play field hockey at the next level for Miami University!
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