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Athletics plays an integral part in the educational experience at Saint Mary's School. 

The mission of the Saint Mary’s School athletic department is to provide a dynamic environment that promotes competitiveness, teamwork, self-discipline and sportsmanship. We aim to develop individual and team potential by promoting physical fitness along with high levels of competence, character, and citizenship.

We offer a full interscholastic athletic program, consisting of 18 teams in the following 11 sports: cross country, field hockey, golf, tennis, volleyball, basketball, swimming, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and track & field. Saint Mary's School competes as a member of the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference (TISAC) and the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA, 4A Classification).

Saint Mary's School, in partnership with Raleigh Orthopedics, provides an athletic trainer for all on-campus practices and games.   

Saint Mary's Triangle Fitness 

Designed to exercise the body, mind, and spirit, Triangle Fitness is a co-curricular program providing students with a broad range of interscholastic activities from which to choose. Each student must complete 10 seasons of a Triangle Fitness activity. Activities are scheduled in conjunction with sports seasons and the performing arts calendar and students may choose to participate on an athletic team, in after-school dance classes, in the school's theatre and/or musical performances, or any combination of these, to meet their Triangle Fitness requirement. Click here to see a sample of fitness options offered.


 

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Athletics News

Varsity Swimming Win Dec 5 2019
  • Swimming

The Varsity Swim team was back in the water for their second meet of the season on Thursday Dec 5 against Voyager Academy and Durham Academy. The girls swam hard and left it all in the pool, fighting the whole way for the victory. The double win brings the Saint's record to 4-0.

Final scores of the meet were:
SMS 48 - VA 44
SMS 54 - DA 33

The meet came the week following Thanksgiving break, giving the swimmers only 2 practices to prepare. The team worked hard on getting ready for the meet in the short time frame, all of it paying off in the end with the girls securing many heat wins and new best times.

Top finishers of the meet:

Abby Arens '20 - 1st 200 IM, 1st 100 fly

Emily DeRonja '22 - 1st 50 free, 1st 100 breast

Bowen Gordon '20 - 1st 100 back, 2nd 100 free

Isabel Moran '21 - 1st 500 free, 3rd 100 back

Caroline Crouse '20 - 1st 200 free

The Saint's 'A' relays also won 1st place in the 200 Medley Relay (Bowen Gordon, Abby Arens, Caroline Crouse, Emily DeRonja), 3rd place in the 200 Free Relay (Hannah Perry '21, Abby Foreman '23, Abby Gillilan '21, Anne Blake '20), and 2nd place in the 400 Free Relay (Bowen Gordon, Emily DeRonja, Abby Foreman, Isabel Moran).

Hannah Perry '21 secured her spot at States with a qualifying time in the 200 free. This add brings the total number of States bound swimmers to 9.

  • Saints News
Congratulations to our fall athletes!

On Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, we celebrated our fall student-athletes and announced the fall sports awards during a special assembly in Pittman. Click here for a gallery of photos highlighting the Saints fall sports season. Congratulations to all our fall sports athletes. Go Saints! 

Saint Mary's Senior Named Grand Champion at Duke Jump for the Children Horse Show
  • Saints News

Congratulations to Carly Rein '20 who competed in the Duke Jump for the Children Horse Show in Raleigh.

Carly competed in this two-week long horse show with her horse McHenry in the Older Children’s Hunters division. She was named "Champion of Week 2," won the Classic, and was named Grand Champion of the Older Children’s division. 

Varsity Swim Team Nov 2019
  • Saints News

The Varsity Swim Team opened the 2019-2020 season at home on Thursday, Nov 14 against Cary Christian School and Grace Christian School. It was a perfect start to the season, the Saints defeating both opponents to begin a 2-0 record. Final scores of the meet were :

SMS 64 – CCS 21
SMS 63 – GCS 21

The Saints won first place in 10 out of 11 total events, including all 3 relays. Along with multiple top finishes, many girls achieved personal best times, beating times from last season. For many of our swimmers this was the first swim meet of their high school career, some the first swim meet ever. All the athletes stepped up and performed their best, with lots of time dropped, and 7 swimmers achieving qualifying times for States. Congratulations to Freshmen Chelsea Barnes ’23 and Rachel Lundy ’23 for making State cuts in their individual events! Also securing a spot at States are Abby Arens ’20, Bowen Gordon ’20, Hallie Tant ’21, Isabel Moran ’21, and Emily Deronja ’22

Top finishes of the meet were:

Abby Arens ’20 – 1st 200 IM, 1st 100 breast
Bowen Gordon ’20 – 1st 100 free, 1st 100 back
Hallie Tant ’21 – 1st 200 free, 1st 500 free
Rachel Lundy ’23 – 1st 50 freestyle, 2nd 100 fly
Isabel Moran ’21 – 2nd 100 back, 3rd 200 free
Emily Deronja ’22 – 3rd 50 free, 3rd 100 breast
Hannah Perry ’21 – 3rd 100 free

“This was a great meet to start our season. The girls have been pushing themselves harder than ever to improve skill and endurance. Their hard work is evident when you watch them compete. I am excited for this season and am looking forward to seeing how much the team will accomplish!” – Head Coach Margaret Geiger

JV  Basketball Nov 2019
  • Saints News

JV basketball won on the road at Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. Go, Saints! (Photo courtesy of Isabelle Lam '21)

The Varsity Basketball team started out the season picking up two wins this week. The Saints traveled to Rocky Mount Academy on Tuesday to open up the season. Junior Paige Fisher had 23 points and 12 rebounds. Sibley Hash ('23) had 9 points and Eleanor Williams ('20) had 8 points and 8 rebounds, all adding up to the Saints winning with a final score of 55-38.

The Saints hosted a talented Grace Christian team on Thursday, Nov. 7. Winning 49-40, Saints Sarah Benton '21 helped run the offense that provided a lot of shot opportunities. Paige Fisher '21 scored 19 points and Sibley Hash '23 chipped in with 16. Head Coach Rob Weltz stated, “The girls played very well together and provided a lot of open opportunities for each other. It was great seeing our parents, students, and faculty members come and show their support."

The Saints are back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 12hosting Durham Flight at 5:30 p.m.

  • Saints News

We will celebrate our fall athletes in a special assembly on Thursday, Nov. 21 in Pittman, 10:45-11:30 a.m.

All fall sports will be recognized and awards for Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player as well as coach awards will be given. Parents are welcome to attend. 

Cross Country at NCISSA Meet Oct 2019

Congratulations, to Saint Mary’s cross country team members on a solid outing at the NCISAA state meet on Oct. 25, 2019 in Charlotte, N.C. Seven Saints qualified for the state meet: Chelsea Barnes '23, Emma Claire Broome '23, Aselya Dotson '21, Bree Edwards '20, Gillian Englert '23, Hannah Perry '21, and Bronwyn Russell '23. Saint Mary’s finished 12th as a team, beating Ravenscroft, Rabun Gap, and Wake Christian. “All the girls ran incredibly hard, passing people throughout the race, especially at the finish line,” say coaches Ms. Wyscarver and Ms. Hummel. “We are proud of them!” Go, Saints!

Varsity Tennis and Varsity Field Hockey off to the first round

The Varsity Tennis and Varsity Field Hockey teams are playing in the first round of the NCISAA tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The teams have worked hard all season, leading to each qualifying to play for the State Title in their sport. If the teams win this first game, they will continue to round two of the Championship.

The Varsity Tennis team is traveling to #7 ranked Greensboro Day School on Tuesday, Oct. 15th for a 4pm match

The Varsity Field Hockey team is the #8 seed and will host Cape Fear Academy at HOME on Tuesday, Oct. 15th at 4:00pm.

Make sure to congratulate these athletes and wish them good luck in the tournament!!

JV Tennis finishes season undefeated!

The JV Tennis team finished their season on Oct. 10 with a 6-3 win over East Chapel Hill High School. This win finalized their season as an undefeated team!

The players dedicated countless hours and all of their effort to the season, working hard throughout each match and practice. Their final record for the season is 9-0.

Coach Lisa Gwyn said of the team's success, "What an amazing season 2019 JV Tennis had! These girls battled their way through tough opponents and some very HOT weather. This is an incredibly unselfish group that support their teammates all while having a fun time. They have been a joy to coach and I am looking forward to watching these girls 'DO BIG THINGS'!"

The varsity tennis team had a close call today at North Raleigh Christian Academy. The team played great tennis and squeaked out a 5 to 4 win.

The doubles teams of Caroline Lively/Sally Sandridge and Paige Fisher/Joyner Rascoe played great sets and both had exciting matches.

In singles, Carly Rein had a difficult task on court three and played really really well against a tough opponent. Caroline Lively, Francie Hogshead, and May Stowe all pulled out singles victories for the team to capture the 5 to 4 win.

The Saints host tough opponent Parrott Academy this Thursday October 3rd at home.

The Varsity Tennis team defeated conference opponent North Raleigh Christian Academy 6-3 in a very exciting match yesterday. The doubles teams of Caroline Lively ('21) and Sally Sandridge ('20), and Carly Rein ('20) and Francie Hogshead ('22) both won giving us a 2-1 lead going into singles. Winners at singles were Caroline Lively ('21), Francie Hogshead ('22), Caroline Koonce ('21), and May Stowe ('20). Caroline Dixon ('20) played exhibition singles, sweeping the court with a 6-6, 6-0 finish.

The Saints will be on the road next week, traveling to Cary Academy on Monday, and to Durham Academy on Tuesday.

  • Cross Country News
  • Field Hockey News
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball News

The Saints were on the road yesterday for a haul to Chatham Hall. JV Tennis, JV Volleyball, Varsity Field Hockey, Varsity Cross Country, and Varsity Volleyball piled onto charter buses for the trip, hoping to show their skills in Virginia.

It was a very successful trip, as ALL teams came home victorious! The Saints showed strength and great teamwork, putting up some of the best scores of the season all around.

JV Tennis - 9-0 (W)
JV Volleyball - 2-2 (W)
Varsity Field Hockey - 3-0 (W)
Varsity Cross Country - 20-42 (W)
Varsity Volleyball - 3-1 (W)

JV Tennis won 9-0 in a complete sweep

JV Volleyball followed suit and put up a 2-0 score, not letting their opponents win a set

Varsity Field Hockey also held the Turtles off with a 3-0 win. It was a long game, scoreless after regulation and 2x 10 minute overtime periods. The Saints won it in a shootout! The 5 players selected for the shootout were: Eleanor Williams ('20), scoring 1; Eliza Ellerbe ('21); Ann Mason Smith ('20), scoring 1; Lucy Smith ('20), scoring 1; and Kate Garrison ('20), who did not need to take her turn since the Saints had put up enough goals to win! Senior goalkeeper Lizzy Toms saved 3 for 3 shots on goal in the shootout, ensuring the team victory.
"The girls overcame adversity, played together as a team, and competed with excellence and good sportsmanship" said coach Merridith Cho of the winning game.

The Varsity Cross Country team had a huge win over Chatham Hall as well, winning with 20 points to Chatham Hall's 42 points. Saint Mary’s scored in 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 7th place.
Scorers of the meet were: Chelsea Barnes ('23) 1st place; Hannah Perry ('21) 2nd place, Gillian Englert ('23) 4th place; Bree Edwards 6th place ('20); Emma Claire Broome ('23) 7th place

Varsity Volleyball brought the day's games to a close, finishing up with a 3-1 win. Seniors Elizabeth Rucker and Lexi Kenyon helped the team score points with multiple aces on the Turtles. Carly Savarino ('22) and Sarah Elizabeth Bell ('23) had amazing blocks throughout the game, working hard to keep the ball on the other side of the net. Outside hitters Caroline Garrison ('22) and Kimberlen Bryson ('22) had multiple kills from the outside. The girls played with determination and skill, working together as a team to snag another win!

Varsity and JV Volleyball will have their next games on Friday September 20th at home v Cary Academy.

Varsity Field Hockey will be on the field on Friday 20th as well, taking on Cape Fear Academy at home.

Varsity Cross Country will be on the road this weekend for a meet at Alpine Park in Charlotte, NC on Saturday the 21st.

JV Tennis will hit the courts again next Tuesday 24th against Cary Academy at home.

  • Field Hockey News
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball News

The Saints had games against conference opponent Ravenscroft yesterday in multiple sports, played both at home, and away. The Saints were able to come away from the day with 3 outstanding wins!

Varsity Field Hockey - 2-1

Varsity Volleyball - 3-2

JV Tennis - 7-2

At home, Varsity Field Hockey took down the Ravens in overtime for a 2-1 win. Eliza Ellerbe scored the first goal of the game for the Saints, using her speed to leave her mark behind as she pushed to the goal. Ravenscroft came back in the second half with a goal to tie it up 1-1. The game went into overtime, played as a set of 2 10 minute periods of sudden death (first team to score wins). The ladies knew they needed to score as fast as they could, and goalie Lizzy Toms was determined to block anything that came her way. All went to plan as left forward Kate Garrison worked with teammates to get the ball to the net and beat the Ravenscroft goalie to score the game winning goal at the 7 minute mark of the first overtime.

Varsity Volleyball had an incredible game, playing away at Ravenscoft. The girls came together as a team and fought for every point during the game. Even though it was a long game playing all 5 sets, they showed energy and power throughout. There were many back rock attacks from Libero Bella Howard and DS Elizabeth Rucker. Middles Sarah Elizabeth Bell and Carly Savarino achieved many great blocks, helping lead to the team's success. Final score of the game was 3-2

Another win at home came from the tennis courts, with JV Tennis beating the Ravens in an exciting 7-2 win. Coach Gwyn said of the team's success, "JV Tennis is 4-0 so far and we have 6 players who are currently undefeated! The team has put forth great effort and I am so proud of our strong start to the season!"

  • Tennis
  • Volleyball News

Varsity Volleyball v CFA – 3-1

JV Volleyball v CFA – 2-0

JV Tennis v CFA – 6-3

Saints athletics took to the road on Thursday to visit Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, NC. Varsity Volleyball, JV Volleyball, and JV Tennis all had matches against the CFA Hurricanes. It was a great day for our Saints, as all 3 teams came home victorious!

Results:

Varsity Volleyball – 3-1

JV Volleyball – 2-0

JV Tennis – 6-3

Abby Arens named All-American swimmer for achievements at State meet
  • Saints News

Abby Arens (’20) was recognized in assembly this week for her accomplishments at the State swim meet last year. The Senior swimmer has been named as a NISCA All-America swimmer in not only 1, but 2 individual events; the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke.

The All-America swim list is made up of the 100 fastest swims in each event, achieved in high school swim meets across the nation. Not only did she make it on the list, but Abby’s times earned her the 7th spot on the 100 breaststroke list, and the 15th spot for the 200 IM. As well as earning double All-American titles, Abby also broke the State meet records and the Saint Mary’s team records with her fast times!

Congratulations, Abby!

Cross Country Win Sept 11 2019
  • Cross Country News

Saint Mary’s school placed 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th place, scoring ahead of the other 3 teams. 

Senior Izzy Kempson was the first runner in for Saint Mary's with a personal best time of 22:37. Following Izzy, were 3 9th grade students also with personal bests, Chelsea Barnes (23:29), Gillian Englert (23:53), and Emma Claire Broome (23:54), lastly 11th grader Hannah Perry with a time of 23:59. This is Hannah’s first year on the cross country team and she has already helped score in a meet.

Final scores for the meet were:

Saint Mary’s: 30 points

NRCA: 34 points

Trinity Academy of Raleigh: 69 points

Wake Christian: 99 points

Coach Wyscarver said of the meet, "I am so proud of how they ran in the humid conditions and I am excited to see how they will continue improve as a strong unit!"

  • Tennis

The Saints had a huge win yesterday against Wake Christian winning all courts in a 9-0 victory. In the 9 matches, the Saints gave up a total of seven games which is amazing for how long they were on the court. Coach Gina Minton said of the game, “This was a great win, and everybody played very well.”

Kudos to the court one doubles team of Margaret Painter and Joyner Rascoe for winning their match 8-0; court three doubles team of Liza Hartzog and May Stowe winning 8-0; and court two doubles of Carly Rein and Paige Fisher winning 8-2. After ringing the victory bell and realizing their 3-0 start the season, the Saints are pumped up and ready to take the energy into Wednesday in what will be a tough match against Cary Academy.

  • Tennis

The varsity tennis team had yet another epic battle against Cary Christian yesterday. The match ended in almost the exact same way as last week; the two teams tied going into doubles, and the outcome of the game coming down to the final court.

The final score was 5-4 after a very exciting win by the court one doubles team of Caroline Lively and Sally Sandridge. The court one doubles came back from being down 4-7 to grab the win with a 9-7 finish.

The court three doubles team of Sallie Bossong and Joyner Rascoe also had a big win that contributed to the team’s overall success. Singles winners for the day were Caroline Lively, May Stowe, and Francie Hogshead.

Coaches Gina Minton and Lou Garvey said of the team’s success, “We are so proud of these girls! Everybody is working really hard, and to start the season 2-0 is a huge boost for the team!”

The Varsity Tennis team will hit the courts again Monday 9/9 for a match against Wake Christian at home.

GO SAINTS!

Varsity Tennis Aug 29 Win
  • Tennis

Yesterday was a great match against Cary Christian Academy at home. The Saints started off the match winning the first singles with Caroline Lively putting up 6-0, 6-1.

On the second singles, Sally Sandridge won her match 6-1,6-2. Singles games 3,4, and 5 played exceptionally well but were not quite able to clench a win. On the sixth singles match, May Stowe pulled out a great win in two sets and played very consistently and with great purpose!

The team was tied 3-3 after the singles matches, headed into doubles all tied up. The first doubles match was played by Joyner Rascoe/Sally Bossong. The duo played with perseverance and calmness, pulling out a great win, 8-2, to put us in the running for the win. The second doubles match was played by Margaret Painter/Paige Fisher. The pair played great as a team and fought hard but came just shy of winning the match. That solidified a tie leading into the last doubles with Sally Sandridge/Caroline Lively dueling it out for the win. The pair played with tenacity and brilliance making for an exciting match, coming back from 4-7 to bring the last match of the night to a tie. With poise and might the girls won the tie breaker 7-5 to clinch the win for the Saints!!

“Coach Lou and I are so proud of these girls! With only one week of practice they have rallied and worked so hard to get to this point. We are looking forward to a great season with a fabulous group of girls!” – Coach Gina Minton

Contact Us

Robert Weltz
Director of Athletics
rweltz@sms.edu
919-424-4058

 

 

Margaret Geiger
Assistant to the Director of Athletics
mgeiger@sms.edu
919-424-4056

Kristin Bockelman, MS, LAT
Raleigh Orthopedics | Sports Medicine
Athletic Trainer
kbockelman@sms.edu 
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