A team state championship in Boys’ Tennis, runner-up state finishes in Girls’ Lacrosse and Girls’ Track & Field, and several individual state Track & Field titles highlighted a busy postseason stretch for Country Day’s spring sports.
The Boys’ Tennis team’s North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I championship capped off a 17-0 season. The Bucs’ playoff run with victories over Charlotte Christian, Cannon, Durham Academy, and, finally, Greensboro Day. Saturday’s match saw the Bengals—whose only regular season loss this year was at the hands of Country Day—jump out to a 2-1 lead after doubles competition. Country Day rallied in singles with victories at Line 3 (Nathan Jackson ’22), then Line 2 (Noah McDonald ’24), and then Line 5 (Aaryan Chopra ’24). With the teams tied 4-4, senior, Sammy Baumstein, closed out the match in dramatic fashion with a third-set tiebreak win at Line 6.
The championship was the program’s third in the past four years—a streak of titles interrupted only by the pandemic-forced cancellation of the NCISAA championships last spring. It is the program’s 20th state title overall.
Nathan Jackson ‘22 and Noah McDonald ’24 were named to the NCISAA All-State team. Jackson, McDonald, and Kaelen van Cleef ’21 earned first-team All-Conference honors. Sam Farnham ’22 was recognized as second team All-Conference.
Girls’ Lacrosse, a frequent championship contender since the NCISAA first started sponsoring the sport in the 2009 season, returned to the state finals for the first time since winning the 2018 title and squared off against reigning state champion, Charlotte Latin. The Hawks had defeated the Bucs twice in the regular season by a combined 21 goals, but Saturday’s game followed a different storyline. Country Day opened the scoring in the first half before the Hawks responded an took a 7-4 lead into halftime. The Bucs once again came out of the gate strong in the second half, tying the score at 11 midway through the frame before the Hawks pulled away late for an eventual 18-12 victory. Country Day finished the season with a 14-7 overall record.
All-State honorees were: Parker Cranz ’22, Evelyn Palmer ’22, Addie Riley ’21, and Sydney Schulze ’22. Joining that quartet as first-team All-Conference selections were: Lizzie Foster ’21, Jordy Miller ’21, and Sadie Ward ’23. Second-team All-Conference recognitions went to: Ellie Dixon ’21, Greta Hines ’23, Liza Hunter ’22, Sofia Ladley ’21, Kathryne Little ’22, and Macon Mobley ’23.
The Track & Field teams ventured to Cary Academy for a condensed one-day version of the NCISAA Division I championship meet and emerged with a second-place team finish for the girls and a third-place team finish for the boys—matching the strong team results the Bucs achieved at the last state championship meet in 2019. The day was highlighted by several strong individual event performances, including state championships for Carter Gallo ’22 (Boys’ Pole Vault), Spencer Mermans ’23 (Boys’ Discus), Kaia Putman ’21 (Girls’ 100m), Harper Shaw ’22 (Girls’ 800m), Katie Sluder ’22 (Girls’ High Jump), the Girls’ 4X100m Relay (Putnam, Linde Fonville ’22, Lela McMichael ’23, Azariah Miller ’22), and the Girls’ 4X800m Relay (Emma Lewis ’24, Ava Goggin ’24, Anna Maynard ’22, Addison Pignetti ’21). Gallo, Mermans, Putnam, Shaw, and the Girls’ 4X800 Relay also earned All-Conference honors for their victories in the same events at the CISAA Championships the previous week.
All of Country Day’s five other spring sports qualified for postseason competition and achieved the following results:
Baseball reached the quarterfinal round of the NCISAA 4A playoffs with a first-round win over Cannon and a second-round win over Metrolina Christian before bowing out to Rabun Gap. The Bucs finished the year with a 14-11 record. Seniors, Scott Hosmer and Huck Wathan, earned All-State and first-team All-Conference honors, while Jack Bowling '21, Conner Miller '21, and Langston Rupert '23 were named second-team All-Conference. Wathan also earned a spot on the NCISAA 4A All-State team.
Boys’ Golf competed in the NCISAA 4A championships on Greensboro Country Club’s Farm Course and returned from the single-round event with a fifth-place team showing. William Grasty ’22 was the team’s top performer on the day, shooting a 74 to tie for 15th place individually. Timmy Gannon ’21 earned All-State and first-team All-Conference honors based on his season-long scoring index; Grasty, Landon Hawley ’23, and Max Jacobson ’22 were all named second-team All-Conference.
Boys’ Lacrosse earned a first-round playoff win over Charlotte Latin before falling to eventual state champion, Providence Day, 9-6, in a hard-fought quarterfinal game. The Bucs finished the season with a 12-9 record. Seniors, Taylor Lafar and Russell Tabor, earned All-State recognition; Lafar, Tabor, and Grant Larson ’22 were named first-team All-Conference; Gray Bowles ’21 was named second-team All-Conference.
Girls’ Soccer opened postseason play with a win over Cannon and nearly upset eventual state runner-up, Charlotte Latin, in the quarterfinal round before eventually winding up on the short end of a 1-0 scoreline. Country Day finished the season with nine wins against seven losses. Maddie Eastman ’21 was named All-State and first-team All-Conference. Lacey Cory ’21 was named second-team All-Conference.
After a first-round bye placed them in the quarterfinals, Softball fell to a tough Metrolina Christian squad and finished the year with a 10-6 record. Juniors, Jamie Hearn and Mikenna Williams, both received first-team All-Conference nods; Lindsay Batten ’21, Ciara Farrar ’23, and Grace Gardner ’22 were named to the All-CISAA 2nd Team.
Country Day finished the year as the runner-up in the 4A division of the NCISAA’s Wells Fargo Cup competition, which awards points for postseason finishes across all sports. The Bucs’ second place finish in the competition matched their finish from 2018-19, the last time the scoring covered a full three seasons.