The baseball team had a major scare in their 14-10 victory on Monday as their undefeated record was in major jeopardy against Roanoke Valley Christian School.
They entered the sixth inning down 10-1, after eighth grade starter Andy Benson, making his first start for varsity, went three innings and gave up four runs, two earned and senior Edwin Saunders relieved him and went 2.1 innings. The Raiders were frustrated at the plate for the majority of the day, as they hit numerous popups and flyballs against Roanoke Valley Christian starter Casey Knopp and left 12 men on base for the day. The Roanoke Valley Christian offense was led by Josiah Summers, who had two hits including a two run double off of Saunders.
The comeback came all at once in the bottom of the sixth inning after Benson led off with a single, as the wheels fell off for the Roanoke Valley Christian pitching staff. They walked 18 batters on the day, which allowed the Raiders to score 14 runs including 13 in the sixth inning, despite struggling at the plate for most of the game. I received the pitching win with 2/3 of an inning and Justin Jensen finished off the game with a quick three up three down inning.
The Raiders will go on to play at Covenant School on Thursday in a conference matchup.
Girls soccer kicks into high gear
Last Year’s Record: 14-2-1
Head Coach: James Brown
Assistant Coach: Blair Trail
With a great 2014-2015 showing, the girl’s soccer team’s goals remain steady.
Lissa Smith (’16) who is coming off of a foot injury looks forward to see how this team will do opposed to last year’s team.
“It will be different because of the seniors of course,” she said, “but I feel like we can be a very good team towards the end of the season.”
Sarah Shaff (’15) is very excited about her senior season.
“I look forward to ending out my senior year on a very good note,” she said.
Player’s Quote: “I look forward to seeing how we work as a team considering we graduated four seniors.” - Katie Sayers (’15)
Coach’s Quote: “The core we have coming back is very exciting, with six seniors and four juniors.” - Head Coach James Brown
Baseball fields fresh talent
Last Year’s Record: 11-9
Head Coach: Eric Lawrence
Assistant Coaches: Dave Dickerson, Scott Smith, Lee Coleman
While the baseball team lost two of its top seniors from last year, Head Coach Eric Lawrence is excited about the depth of this year’s team.
“I am really looking forward to being a very well-balanced team,” he said. “We have the build of a well-balanced team because our pitching is more balanced; we will have to use more pitchers on the mound.”
Nathaniel Richardson (’16) has high hopes this season.
“This year there’s going to be a neat group of guys,” Richardson said, “very excited to see how far we can go.”
Player Quote: “Look forward to the new season with the new additions on the team, hopefully make a good run for the state championship.” - Justin Jensen (‘16)
Coach’s Quote: “Goals for this team are of course to build team chemistry and of course finish top five in our conference.”
- Head Coach Eric Lawrence
Girls tennis defends title
Last Year’s Record: N/A
Head Coaches: Mariana Hermosilla
Assistant Coach: Pedro Casco
Coming off of a successful BRC championship run, Helen Schmetdje (’17) is looking forward to a new season with new teammates.
“I just want to play my best and have fun with my new teammates,” she said.
Coach Mariana Hermosilla likes the mix of new players.
“This season we have a team that is very diverse in the sense that we have players that are experienced in tennis and that have been in the team for at least a season, players that began playing last year and are still relatively new to the sport,” she said, “Players that are new to the team but not to tennis, and players that are new to both the team and the sport.”
Player Quote: “Our goals this year are to definitely improve from the beginning of the season especially the new players and more experienced players.” - Helen Schmetdje (’17)
Coach’s Quote: “What Coach Casco and I are looking forward to seeing from our athletes is the will to improve and the ability to understand our short and long term goals and keep focused on taking one step at a time towards overall improvement.” - Head Coach Mariana Hermosilla
Boys tennis aims high
Last Year’s Record: 15-3
Head Coach: Robert Robillard
With three players ranked in the top 100 of the USTA mid-Atlantic region and more returning starters, the boy’s tennis team is the heir apparent to hold the championship throne.
Michael Fleming (’16) looks forward to bringing the state championship
“We’re about to win a state championship,” he said. “It’s really frustrating not winning these past years but this year we’ll get the job done.”
Player’s Quote: “Our goals is to win the state championship, we’ve come close the past two years and losing in the finals last year in such a close match really has motivated everyone to get it this year.” - Joseph Cartledge (’16).
Coach’s Quote: “Experience and talent are strengths. Being in the state runners-up the last two years provides a lot of inspiration to win it all.” - Head Coach Robert Robillard
Golf brings back core team
Last Year’s Record: N/A
Head Coach: Richard Cook
The team is ready to hit the links this season, as they are primed to compete this year within their conference.
“I look forward to see how we compare to other teams and how everyone improved over the summer,” Harrison Macher (‘15).
Student Quote: “I’m looking forward to playing with all my teammates and competing this year. Personally my goals are to help the win as many matches as possible and improve my game from last year.” -Ty Olinger (‘16)
Coach’s Quote: “ I look forward to sunny skies and June 1st.”
- Head Coach Richard Cook
Boys lacrosse rebuilds a team
Last Year’s Record: 10-3
Head Coach: Stephen Belderes
Assistant Coach: Chris Pollock
Coming off of a season in which they made it to the Division III state semifinals to suffer a tough loss, Max Revercomb (’15) has his sights on another playoff run.
“I’m definitely looking forward to this season,” he said, “because it will be my senior year and I think we will have a good team.”
Head Coach Stephen Belderes has his eye on the playoffs.
“We want to be home seed,” he said, “for both the conference and state tournaments.” Player’s Quote: “I definitely want to teach some of the younger players how to play the game and do what a captain should.” -Keith Willis (‘15)
Coach’s Quote: “There are a lot of question marks and that is what I am looking forward to. We have three goalies and we do not have a starter so they are going to have to fight that out. I am interested in who is going to be our starter, who is going to be our face-off guy, who is going to be the man who leads the team in points.”
– Head Coach Stephen Belderes
Girls lacrosse takes next step
Last Year’s Record: N/A
Head Coach: Rich McGimsey
Assistant Coach: N/A
With limited numbers of Upper School players, Girls Lacrosse will be a young team once again this year.
“I really look forward to seeing how the team improves overall and how we compete against our toughest opponents,” said Adrienne Spring (’16)
Head Coach Rich McGimsey is very excited for this lacrosse season to start.
“I can’t wait for the games. I love to see all of the hard work of our players during practice displayed in the competition of a game,” he said.
Caroline McGimsey, daughter of coach McGimsey, has her own set of expectations for this year’s new team.
“We want to win a few games this year and get better as the year goes on,” she said.
Player Quote: “I am looking forward to improving as a team player and as a team.” - Caroline McGimsey (’17)
Coach’s Quote: “My goals this season are for the girls to enjoy the game of lacrosse as much as I do and mostly find a sense of accomplishment win or lose.”
- Head Coach Rich McGimsey