Spring varsity athletes in baseball, track and field, tennis, and soccer 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. In addition to the annual awards, SAS grandparents Dan and Carolyn Hatfield were presented with a special plaque that will be placed in their usual spot in Wood-Alligood Gymnasium to thank them for their dedication as fans of SAS athletics.
Director of Athletics Coach Rob Zeitler kicked off the ceremony with a quote from varsity athlete and junior day student Sarah Beth Hobby, "No one chooses to attend SAS for one specific reason (not for academics, not for the arts, not for athletics). They choose SAS for the opportunity to find challenge, balance, and joy while pursuing all of these things." Sarah Beth, an honors student, rising Proctor, member of the state champion Ethics Bowl team, and three-season athlete embodies the multiple opportunities available at SAS.
The spring season included many outstanding performances. The varsity boys' soccer team finished 4th in the district. Junior Aidan Smith and senior Gabriel Stevens were named to the all-district team. The girls' varsity tennis team finished 7-4 and 4th in the district with juniors Tessa Shackelford and Anna Post earning All-District Team honors. The track and field athletes broke numerous records including junior Isabelle Gordy with a discus throw of 100'5", sophomore Anna Freyland in the 800 m with a time of 2:33.35, and the 4x400 relay team of Cecilia Schutz, Sarah Grace Burns, Anna Freyland, and Charlie Barron with a time of 4:19.68. The girls' track team was runner-up in the district. Isabelle Gordy placed 1st in discus in the region and will compete in the state meet. Davis Gill finished second in the district in the triple jump and will compete at the state meet. In Middle School highlights, the volleyball team finished the season 8-1, first in their conference, and were runners-up in the Mountain Valley Volleyball Tournament. Lucy Cassell, Madison King, and Ava Carlos were named to the all-district team.
SAS grandparents Dan and Carolyn Hatfield received special recognition for their years of support to the athletics program. They are shown here with SAS Director of Athletics Rob Zeitler.
MVP Award recipients (L-R): Davis Gill (Track), Jarrett Willis (Baseball), Ben Mathews (Baseball), Anna Freyland (Track), Anna Post (Tennis), Gabe Stevens (Soccer), Nathan King (Tennis)
Most Improved Player Award recipients: Oscar Jing (Baseball), Tyler Rodgers (Soccer), Cameron Robinson (Track), Cecilia Schutz (Track), Hannah Moss (Tennis)
Coaches' Award recipients: Jonathan Rwalinda (Baseball), Elijah Seavey (Track), Saje Mangru (Tennis), Gonzalo Parages Taberna (Soccer), Charlie Barron (Track), Van Carlton Shanahan (Tennis)