Winter varsity athletes in basketball, swimming, and wrestling at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School were recently honored at a morning all-school assembly. In front of the entire student body, athletes were presented with the Most Improved Player (MIP), the Most Valuable Player (MVP), and the Coaches’ Awards. The teams vote for the MIP and MVP awards.
The SAS varsity swim team had a historic season, setting 12 school records and sending five swimmers, AJ Clements ’23 (Sewanee, TN), Will Hanger ’22 (Estill Springs, TN), Zolon Knoll ’21 (Sewanee, TN), Porter Neubauer ’21 (Belvidere, TN), and Aidan Smith ’20 (Sewanee, TN), to the Tennessee State High School Swimming and Diving Championships. The SAS team finished 16th overall out of 46 mens’ teams at the meet. Hanger, Neubauer, Smith and Knoll took 6th place in the 200 yd Free Relay and set a new school record. Hanger finished 8th overall in the 100 yd Breaststroke setting a new school record and qualifying for the National Swim Coaches’ Association Junior Nationals Meet in March. Hanger also finished 17th in the 50 yd Freestyle. The following students received team recognition: Most Valuable Swimmers: Aidan Smith ’20 and LIbby Neubauer ’23 (Belvidere, TN); Most Improved Swimmers: Ivan Stoyanchev ’21 (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) and Lexi Taylor ’23 (Gallatin, TN); and Coaches' Award: Porter Neubauer ’21 and Hannah Warmbrod ’21 (Belvidere, TN). The varsity and middle school teams are coached by Marion Knoll (Head), John Wheeler, and Nan Long.
The SAS middle school swim team finished an exceptional season with a total of 25 broken records and a 4-0 regular season record. Losing only 5 of 18 swimmers to the varsity swim team next year, the 2020-2021 season is expected to be outstanding. MTHSSA State Championship Qualifiers included Sienna Barry, Elliott Benson, Enzo Fath, Jackson Frazier, Loulie Frazier, Jack Hale, Sara Knight, Kiran Malde, Maya Mauzy, Reese Michaels, Caroline Neubauer, Elisabeth Perkins, Sarah Russell Roberson, Madison Rogers, Maddie Van de Ven, Toby Van de Ven, and Vie Virkhaus. The boys’ team finished in 10th place at the state championships and the girls finished in 21st place. The following swimmers placed at the state championship: Jackson Frazier: 100 Breaststroke (1st), 100 Freestyle (3rd); Enzo Fath: 500 Freestyle (5th), 200 Freestyle (8th); Loulie Frazier: 100 Backstroke (14th); and Jackson Frazier, Enzo Fath, Kiran Malde, and Toby Van de Ven: 6th place in 400 Free Relay (6th), 200 Medley Relay (10th).
The varsity girls’ wrestling team had an outstanding season with two wrestlers, Iliana Pate ’22 (Sewanee, TN) and Verena Pate ’23 (Sewanee, TN), headed to the state championships on February 20-22. The girls’ team finished in 12th place at the 2020 TSSAA Girls West Wrestling Regional. Hadlee Hale ’24 (Manchester, TN) and Melanie Val ’24 (Tracy City, TN) competed and advanced in the regional tournament, the first SAS 8th graders to compete in a regional tournament. Iliana finished 3rd in the regional tournament. Verena advanced through each round with wins by pin, finishing in overtime for 1st place. Verena’s championship match was named Most Outstanding Match of the tournament. She enters the state tournament as the top seed.
On the boys’ side, Alvaro Parages-Taberna ’23 (Madrid, Spain) captured 1st place at the JV State Tournament winning each of his matches by pin. Xavier Thompson ’21 (Kingston, Jamaica) took 3rd place in the JV tournament.
The following wrestlers received team recognition: Most Improved Wrestlers: Riley Burnette ’22 (Monteagle, TN) and Alvaro Parages-Taberna ’23; Most Valuable Wrestler: Verena Pate ’23, and Cameron Robinson ’22 (Winchester, TN); and Coaches’ Award Winners: Charlie Barron ’22 (Chattanooga, TN) and Xavier Thompson ’21 (Kingston, Jamaica). With 14 wrestlers on the middle school squad, coaches Dan Monahan (Head), Ray Val, and Michael Schaerer ’16 are looking forward to a bright future for SAS wrestling.
Varsity basketball player Nathan King ’21 (Sewanee, TN) was named to the All-District Team. The following varsity basketball players received team recognition: Most Valuable Players: Breezy Rollins ’22 (Tracy City, TN) and Nathan King; Most Improved Players: Charlie Strippel ’22 (Hilden, Germany) and Rylan Thomas ’22 (Lexington, KY); and Coaches’ Award Winners: Jenna Black ’21 (Sewanee, TN), Ryan Ostrowski ’23 (Monteagle, TN), and Payton Zeitler ’21 (Sewanee, TN). The boys’ team is coached by Rob Zeitler (Head) and Neal Johnson. The girls’ team is coached by Osei Hill ’07 and Jana Barnett ’96.
The middle school boys’ basketball team finished their season 13-3 and as runner-up in the Big 8 Conference. Four SAS players, Robbie Johnston ’25, Cecil Rodgers ’24, and Raulston Barnett ’24, were named to the All-Tournament team. Ethan Allen ’24 was named Most Valuable Player.
The spring athletic season has begun at SAS with teams competing in varsity and middle school tennis, varsity track and field, middle school volleyball, and varsity and middle school boys’ soccer. Other spring afternoon programs include farming, portrait painting, and mind*body*exercise.
Most Improved Players
(L-R) Alvaro Parages-Taberna (Boys' Wrestling), Ivan Stoyanchev (Boys' Swimming), Rylan Thomas (Boys' Basketball), Lexi Taylor (Girls' Swimming), Charlie Strippel (Girls' Basketball), Riley Burnette (Girls' Wrestling)
Back (L-R) Ryan Ostrowski (Boys' Basketball), Xavier Thompson (Boys' Wrestling), Porter Neubauer (Boys' Swimming)
Front/Seated (L-R) Payton Zeitler (Boys' Basketball), Charlie Barron (Girls' Wrestling), Jenna Black (Girls' Basketball), Hannah Warmbrod (Girls' Swimming)
Most Valuable Player
Back (L-R): Cameron Robinson (Boys' Wrestling), Aidan Smith (Boys' Swimming)
Front/Seated (L-R): Libby Neubauer (Girls' Swimming), Verena Pate (Girls' Wrestling), Breezy Rollins (Girls' Basketball)
Not Pictured: Nathan King (Boys' Basketball)