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Season of Gratitude: 2022 Fall Sports Wrap-Up

Congratulations to our varsity girls' cross country team and the varsity girls' tennis team for bringing home the NCISAA championship and runner-up trophies, respectively.  All of our athletes, coaches, support staff and families should be commended for a successful season! Read below for a summary from coaches of each of our 24 fall teams and remember to get your individual, team, and action images from the season at StJohnPhotography.com.

Varsity Fall Cheer

Head Coach Nancy Atwell

The fall varsity squad was comprised of 13 veteran cheerleaders and three new faces. With this extensive experience and leadership, the team was able to move quickly into advanced group stunts, pyramids and tumbling sequences.  The cheerleaders were excited to fire up the Hawk fans under the “Friday Night Football Lights” and enthusiastically supported fellow athletes in a variety of fall sports.  The team enjoyed painting faces for Touchdown Tailgate, welcoming 30 Junior Hawk cheerleaders to the track for the Homecoming game, and “flying” all six seniors on Senior Night.  We were particularly proud of our performance at the first all-school pep rally in 3 years!  GO HAWKS!


Middle School Cross Country

Head Coach Thea Moore

Middle school cross country had a great 2022 season! As a team we were 32 strong, which is one of the largest groups Latin has ever had in MS! Although we train for races and we train to win, our primary goal as a team is to develop a love for the sport, to build relationships of mutual trust and respect among team members, and to develop a sense of belonging to a larger community of athletes. Throughout the season, our athletes' times steadily improved as they learned strategies to excel as a team and encouraged each other to meet the physical and mental challenges of the race. The coaching staff is proud of all of our athletes' accomplishments and their growth as a team. The boys' were led by seventh grader Jackson Kerr, who finished 20th in the highly competitive Hare and Hounds Invitational, and finished 9th in the GCMSAA Championship with a PR of 11:20.7. The girls' team was led by seventh grader Naomi Chandler at the Hare and Hounds race and by eighth grader Caroline Staffieri at the GCMSAA Championship, where she finished 21st with a PR of 13:44.2. Nearly everyone achieved a personal record at the GCMSAA Championship, a truly outstanding and exceptional accomplishment for our team. The most successful race of the season for our MS athletes was the Murdock Relays. A CLS MS girls and boys team finished 3rd overall in the relay and our success at this race is attributed to amazing team dynamics and the way our athletes encourage and support one another. Go Hawks!


Varsity Cross Country

Head Coach Mike Weiss

The Hawks concluded a hugely successful 2022 cross country season at the NCISAA Championships in Greensboro on October 28. Latin's girls won their second NCISAA state championship within the past three years, putting the finishing touches on a dominant season in which they won three large invitationals as well as the CISAA Conference Championship. The boys' team steadily improved throughout the season and finished sixth at the state championships, moving up from their pre-meet seeding and achieving six out of seven personal best times. With only one senior among the boys' top five runners, their upward projection is expected to continue. Both teams are filled with athletes who have a genuine passion for the sport of running. Team camaraderie is high, and the Latin cross country program is poised to thrive for many years to come. Click here to read more about the cross country teams' performances at the GCMSAA and CISAA Conference Championship, and click here to get details on the NCISAA State Championship. 


Dance Team

Head Coach Marcia Sheinis

The Dance Team kicked off the season with an intensive at Jami Masters School of Dance, led by Top Cat Zaria Fuller and former Top Cat Coach Nicole Smith.  It was an honor and pleasure to have alum (and Broadway star) Sterling Masters Deeney back at Latin to choreograph for our team during a two-week long bootcamp. Even though our fall team was smaller than usual, the girls worked hard and their efforts and determination showed during performances on the football field. I am proud of every single one of them! We are looking forward to the winter season with a few new additions to the team. 


7th Grade Field Hockey

Head Coach Suzanne Olson

Three cheers for an undefeated season! Decisive wins became the calling card for the 2022 7th grade Field Hockey Hawks. There were no ties. Only two goals were surrendered the entire season. They never trailed. This cast of talented athletes worked hard in practice steadily improving their stick skills, stamina and game sense. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for them next year! Go Hawks!


8th Grade Field Hockey

Head Coach Nikki Williams

Our 8th grade team had a great season with our only losses coming against one team. As the season progressed, our players came together to play as ONE team. Our skills improved as well as our ability to stay focused on the task at hand. We had a little adversity when we lost our only goalie in the middle of the season, but players stepped up and took turns taking on that role. That adversity helped us towards the end of the season when we were down in the semi-final to Holy Trinity and came back to win the game. We never gave up and earned a spot in the GCMSAA championship against a strong Country Day team that had beaten us badly in the beginning of the season. The Hawks showed just how much they'd improved throughout the season, sending the game into a dramatic 7 on 7 overtime. Unfortunately, the Bucs got the win that day, but our team had so much to be proud of. Our final record was 10-3 and we scored 58 goals. Go Hawks!


JV Field Hockey

Head Coach Gretchan Frederick

Fall 2022 saw another strong JV Field Hockey team work hard in practice and dominate their competition. Game highlights of the season included a thrilling 1-1 tie against Myers Park HS in which the Hawks were tied 0-0 at the half, got scored on in the third quarter, and then managed a tying goal in the last 90 seconds of regulation. Paige Fletcher scored the game winner! A second highlight was a 1-0 win over Country Day off a corner play with no time left on the clock in the fourth quarter. Charlotte Tune scored the game winner! Throughout the season the team worked to support each other as players and as people, utilizing the double shoulder squeeze that has become the physical representation of our team motto: "I've got your back and I know you've got mine." The mutual support provided to and by each and every player on the team helped produce stalwart defense and a potent offense; the Hawks outscored their opponents 83-8 en route to a 14-1-1 regular season record, a 4-0 Queens play day record in August, and a 4-1 Julie Firr Memorial Tournament record to conclude the season, finishing as runner-up to Myers Park in the championship game. 


Varsity Field Hockey

Head Coach Joey Prestidge

The Hawks Varsity Field Hockey team enjoyed a great season, and although a state semifinal overtime defeat is always heartbreaking, the girls can hold their heads high for everything they achieved together. Highlights include supporting and coaching the middle school teams, regular season wins over Covenant Day and both Cary schools, home and away conference victories against Country Day, beating Charlotte Catholic, and pushing North Carolina's top-seeded Myers Park into OT early in the season - then going to the wire against them again later in the season. The team focused on being Active, Brave and Confident - ABC - something that helped them start games aggressively, work hard off-ball for each other, and have the belief and support to know they can take risks shooting and eliminating. Our captains and seniors led the team with unity, and as sad as we are to see the conclusion of their hockey careers, we are proud and so excited to see what comes next for all of them.


Middle School Football

Head Coach Daniel Cooke

The Middle School football team finished with a 1-4 record after a big 22-14 win to open the season at Country Day. The team had major contributions from 8th graders Alex Dauska, Owen Bex, Nick Smith, Cooper Holland, Ben Morgan and Zach Krasnigor, both offensively and defensively. Bryce LaPoint and Cole Bradley really stepped up on the offensive and defensive lines as well.  Next year’s team will look upon several 7th grade leaders that got a lot of playing experience in 2022, like Trey Paige, Edward Fisher, Baker Humphrey, Kemp Chapman, Peyton Laughton, Holland Loeffler, McNair Beaver and Robert Comly. These Hawks learned a lot and will build on their skills and knowledge for next year. Go Hawks!


JV Football

Head Coach Anthony Boone

JV football split the season with four wins and four losses. The Hawks finished the season on a high note with a 28-21 victory away at Providence Day. This young team learned a lot and developed skills that they will continue to build on as some of them move up to varsity next year. 


Varsity Football

Head Coach Justin Hardin

The 2022 Varsity Football team played with a lot of passion and grit. The Hawks had signature wins over Christ School and Country Day. Our 11 seniors showed that you don't have to be the biggest players to compete at the highest level. The Hawks were the 5th seed in the 2022 NCISAA Division I playoffs and hosted the first home playoff game since 2017. Led by team captains Caeden O'Neal, Tyler Hendley, Aaron Logan, and Jacob Snyder, the Hawks surpassed expectations and we are very proud of what they accomplished. 


Varsity Girls' Golf

Head Coach Robin Griffith

The team goal for the season was to qualify for the NCISAA State Championship, and we almost made it!  Freshman Kelsey Sciacca qualified and junior Pari Haritham and freshman Drue Amin just barely missed the cut by one place in Shotstat. Three players are required to make a team, so Kelsey competed at states as an individual and represented the Hawks impressively, shooting 78 to finish in a three-way tie for tenth. Overall, it was a great season with a young team of eight girls, with two freshmen and a junior providing most of the scoring. This enthusiastic young team has a very bright future!


Middle School Boys' Soccer

Head Coach Paul Alt

The 2022 Middle School boys' soccer season was led by head coach Paul Alt, along with assistant coach Mark Brunton, succeeding several progressive years from head coach Powell Paguibitan.  This team continued the technical and tactical improvements from previous seasons, and combined these efforts with player-initiated team goals of resiliency and staying positive. The goals were met many times, as the season was streaked with ebbs and flows. We won the first four games, dropped the next three, and won the last four games, resulting in the #2 spot at the end of regular season.  This seeding set a semi-final between Latin and PD on Patten Stadium. PD scored against the run of play halfway through the first half, and Latin continued to bombard the Chargers until the lights came on, but ultimately fell 0-1.  The Hawks played their best soccer at the end of the season in front a great Latin crowd.  Other highlights included two victories over Country Day, and late winners at Christian and Covenant Day.  The team celebrates ten 8th graders and wishes them all the best in Upper School, and we are excited about 15 returning 7th graders for next season!  Go Hawks!


JV Boys' Soccer

Head Coach Shane Barthram

What a fantastic season we had this year with this group of young men. Going into this season was a challenge having such a young team consisting of 13 freshman, seven sophomores and only two juniors. Learning new formations and systems of plays, the boys worked hard in practice sessions and embraced all the changes. On the field, the boys displayed such a dynamic style of play with lots of creativity and determination, pushing the boys to a great season with only one loss. We are very proud of this team.  What a great group of young men and we enjoyed watching them develop both their skill and enthusiasm for the game.


Varsity Boys' Soccer

Head Coach Kyle Searles

The 2022 boys' varsity soccer season was one to be remembered as not only did the Hawks play one of the toughest schedules in the state, they walked away CISAA conference champions at the end of it all.  Starting the year with a record of 5-1-1 against some incredible teams, the Hawks quickly found themselves 5-5-1 after a string of close games with heartbreaking finishes.  The rest of the season, however, was a testament to the character, determination and mindset of the team.  The Hawks went on to finish the season 6-1, with some incredible road victories at Cannon, Covenant Day & Charlotte Country Day.  I am very proud of this team and all that we accomplished together. 


Middle School Girls' Tennis

Head Coach Colin Imwalle

Our team had an amazing season this fall! The players' hard work resulted in a regular season record of 9-1 and in the postseason we made it to the championship match. All eleven players contributed to our success throughout the season. Establishing the foundation of our team's culture was the main priority accomplished this season. Being mindful of our effort and attitude on and off the court was central to this culture. At the end of each practice and match we dedicated time to spotlight one another for specific examples of maximum effort and maintaining a positive attitude. Every player did a great job of creating an accepting and supportive environment which allowed for our team to grow very close. At times celebrating teammates’ accomplishments and also comforting teammates after defeats. Our team is excited for the opportunities that next season will bring!


JV Girls' Tennis

Head Coach Bill Drury

The 2022 Latin JV tennis season was a renewal year. With only four returning players, this year’s squad had much to learn. The season began with seven straight losses, yet their enthusiasm for tennis never waned. This was in large part due to the leadership of the team’s three juniors Neesa Phadke, Ansley Hoffman and Katherine Dubose, and sophomore Molly Schnyder (we shall not forget “Molly Time”). Their positive attitudes and inclusiveness buoyed the team through some difficult competitions and the team finished by winning five of the last six matches.

This winning streak was the result of significant improvement in the players.  Katherine Dubose, Molly Schnyder, Ananya Banerjee, Angelina Yang, Jackie Rao and Jolin Cheng all made notable strides in their tennis development. Evy Linker and Divija Rao’s efforts and determination led to remarkable improvement in their tennis skills.  Hannah Blackhall and Zoe Panzo played inspired doubles throughout the season while both won singles matches in the final tie. One of the intrinsic values of JV tennis is to foster skill development, and this year was a successful step in adding to the foundation of Latin's strong girls' tennis program.


Varsity Girls' Tennis

Head Coach Dale Hall

After a challenging start, this year's Varsity Girls' Tennis team really pulled together and hit their stride mid-season, when the singles lineup solidified, and doubles partnerships started to gel. Heading into the NCISAA playoffs, we knew we were better than our 6th seed indicated, but needed to go on the road to prove it. After a home win over Rabun Gap, the Hawks traveled to Raleigh and played their best tennis against third-seeded Saint Mary’s School, and second-seeded Durham Academy, to earn a fourth consecutive spot in the finals. The championship match was against #1 seed Charlotte Country Day and was hosted at UNC Charlotte's Halton-Wagner Tennis Center. The Hawks fought hard but trailed 2-1 going into singles, and could not make up enough ground to get the four wins needed to claim the state title. Calvin Davis, the Bucs' head coach, said that Latin pushed them the hardest this season. It was a fantastic match all around, with everyone giving it their all. (Click here to read more about the Hawks' runner-up finish in the NCISAA.) We would like to recognize the contributions of our five seniors: Mayes Fisher, Eleanor Poole, Samantha DeWeese, Camille Darwich, and Macy Thigpen. Since starting in our program in seventh grade, this group has been a huge part of a string of Latin tennis victories from 2017-2022 that includes two middle school conference championships, three consecutive NCISAA state championships, and this year's runner-up prize. They will be missed! 


Ultimate

Team Coordinator Buck Bryant

Ultimate started the season without coaches and a small, but motivated group of players running their own informal practice sessions. Thanks to behind the scenes work from previous CLS Ultimate coaches, three dedicated coaches agreed to lead the team. Bri Campbell anchored the coaching staff with CLS Class of 2017's Eliza Rich and Wayne Blackert sharing their many Ultimate experiences. The team effort, chemistry and skills showed great improvement during the season and it was fun to watch players from seventh grade to seniors show off their disc magic!  


7th Grade Volleyball

Coach Mary Cerbie

What an amazing season the youngest volleyball Hawks had! This team improved so much and really learned what it means to work together as a team. We battled injuries and learned to play new positions. We truly had each other’s backs and we persevered until the end. Our last game was our most exciting, coming out on top after coming from behind. Our never-give-up attitude helped us grow all season long. Way to go, Hawks!


8th Grade Volleyball

Head Coach Alyssa Doby

The 8th grade girls' volleyball team finished the season with a great battle in the playoffs and are excited for the future. This team started out with some work to do and minimal experience playing together. They improved so much as a team and in their individual skills, and it was incredible to watch. The support demonstrated by the group, along with the infectious positive support of our manager, Julian, is what really made the season so memorable. It is hard to select one match that stood out for this team because so many matches went to three sets where the team really pushed themselves and gave their best efforts. The theme for this year was “growth”,  and not only did their skills improve significantly, but they became a strong unit through their friendship as teammates. As coaches, it was such a joy to watch. Go Hawks!


JV Volleyball

Head Coach Lisa Laws

Thirteen ninth and tenth grade Hawks made up the JV volleyball team, which was led by second-year coach Lisa Laws and assisted by Marianna Spero. The Hawks celebrated key wins against Providence Day, Carmel Christian, and Charlotte Country Day, while learning from their losses and taking action to correct mistakes. It was a great year for this team, which is full of talent and positivity. 


Varsity Volleyball

Head Coach Caitlin Haworth

The Varsity Volleyball team finished their season with an 11-15 record improving incredibly from last season. This team was very young with only one senior and competed throughout every single match. Our senior, Lilly Clark, led the team in blocks with a total of 37 and a hitting percentage of .285. The team was also led by junior Ashley Malone, who was recognized as an All-State and All-Conference 1st Team player leading the way on offense with 341 kills, averaging 4.1 kills/set. We are very proud of this team for the hard work throughout the entire season with a tough conference schedule and how they always stepped up to the challenge. This season showed us all that Hawks volleyball has a bright future ahead!