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 Most Improved Player Awards went to Anna Freyland (Swimming), Nancy Ruzima (Girls Basketball), Charlie Barron (Wrestling), Jerry Gu (Swimming), and Finn Michler (Boys Basketball). Most Valuable Players were Jalen Tillman (Boys Basketball), Nneka Okolo (Girls' Basketball), Iliana Pate (Wrestling); Randy Paul (Boys Swimming), and Sophia Patterson (Girls Swimming). The Coaches' Awards went to Hannah Warmbrod (Girls Swimming), Myers Gorrell (Boys Swimming), Jiaying Yang (Girls Wrestling); Cameron Robinson (Boys Wrestling); Kate Butler (Girls Basketball), and Larson Heitzenrater (Boys Basketball).
Director of Athletics and Head Boys' Varsity Basketball Coach Rob Zeitler kicked off the ceremony with these words, "At SAS, winning is the goal, but we also have a purpose. Our purpose is to express ourselves through sports, to have fun, to work hard together for a common goal, and to develop grit and courage. What we gain from the athletic experience extends well beyond a game, season, or high school career. It informs everything we set out to accomplish throughout our lives."
The boys' and girls' varsity swim teams finished as Middle Tennessee High School Swimming Association's Division 1 Champions and Runner-Up, respectively. The boys' team set two new school records. The Boys' 200 Medley Relay of Aidan Smith, Randy Paul, Zolon Knoll, and Porter Neubauer set a new record at 1:43.73. Aidan, Porter, Randy, and Zolon also set a new Free Relay record with a time of 1:33. All four boys qualified for the regional and state tournament. They were joined at regionals by teammates Sarah Grace Burns, Anna Freyland, Sarah Beth Hobby, Sophia Patterson, and Kathleen Perkins. Kathleen set a new record in the Girls' 100 IM with a time of 1:21.67. The Boys' 200 Medley Relay finished in 22nd place and the 200 Free Relay finished in 23rd place at the State meet.
Boasting the only girls' wrestling program at a Tennessee private school, SAS had two girls' wrestlers, Iliana Pate and Charlie Barron place 5th at regionals in their given weight classes.
Several varsity athletes received recognition beyond the school. Junior Nneka Okolo was named to the All-District Girls' Varsity Basketball Team. Senior Jalen Tillman was named to the boys' team.
Middle School basketball season highlights included the boys' team finishing 11-3 and in second place in the Big 8 Tournament and Big 8 Conference. The girls' team finished the season 9-8. All-Conference picks and All-Star game participants included Madison King, Lucy Cassell, and Nailah Hamilton for the girls. Kyler Cantrell, Ethan Hargis, and Spears Askew were All Conference selections for the boys. Kyler, Ethan, and Ryan Ostrowski received All-Tournament honors. Spears Askew was selected for "All-Defense" honor. All four were chosen to participate in the All-Star Game.
The Middle School swim team set six new records. The girls' relay team of Maya Mauzy, Reese Michaels, Loulie Frazier, and Libby Neubauer set new records in the 200 Free Relay (2:05.12), 400 Free Relay (4:40.22), and 200 Medley Relay (2:20.25). Libby also added her name to the record book with 2:21.60 in the 200 Free and 1:14.94 in the 100 Back. Loulie set a Girls' 500 Free record at 6:47.53. All four girls qualified for the championships plus teammates: Sienna Barry, AJ Clements, Jackson Frazier, Huxley Hume-Allingham, Dylan Kiningham, Luca Malde, Chris Moore, Caleb Palmertree, Elisabeth Perkins, Madeline Sumpter and Toby Van de Ven. Three swimmers advanced to the finals with Jackson finishing 10th in the Boys' 500 free and 4th in the Boys' 100 Breast, AJ finishing 10th in the Boys' 100 Back, and Libby finishing 14th in the Girls' 200 Free. The boys' team finished 22nd overall and the and girls finished 28th.
In Middle School wrestling, Melanie Val and Julia Sumpter both qualified to compete in the Middle School TN AAU Girls Wresting State tournament. Julia finished in 4th place at 85 lbs and Melanie Val finished in 2nd place at 100 lbs.
The spring athletic season has begun at SAS with teams competing in varsity and middle school tennis, varsity track and field, varsity baseball, middle school volleyball, and varsity and middle school boys’ soccer. Other spring afternoon programs include farming, landscape painting, and mind*body*exercise.
Most Improved Player Award: Anna Freyland (Swimming), Nancy Ruzima (Girls Basketball), Charlie Barron (Wrestling)
Not pictured: Jerry Gu (Swimming), Finn Michler (Boys Basketball)
Most Valuable Players: Jalen Tillman (Boys Basketball), Nneka Okolo (Girls' Basketball), Iliana Pate (Wrestling); Randy Paul (Boys Swimming)
Not pictured: Sophia Patterson (Girls Swimming)
Coaches' Award Winners: Hannah Warmbrod (Girls Swimming), Myers Gorrell (Boys Swimming), Jiaying Yang (Girls Wrestling); Cameron Robinson (Boys Wrestling); Kate Butler (Girls Basketball) Not pictured: Larson Heitzenrater (Boys Basketball)