Late last month, Wakefield Country Day School held a successful Spring Auction – for which members of the auction committee transformed the auditorium into a vision of New Orleans with an enormous fountain in the middle of the room, lush ferns, sparkling candles, six foot trees with tiny lights and iron work streetlights, all sending their glow on the street scene from the Garden District on the stage.
A jazz band played as guests entered “The Big Easy.” Attendees then moved to the gymnasium to a spacious array of silent auction items. There they sipped on Hurricanes and snacked on meatballs and crab cakes. At the conclusion of the silent auction, the King of the Wakefield Krewe (senior Austen Cloud) invited all to don beads and join a parade to the auditorium. The saxophonist from the jazz band played “The Saints Go Marching In” up the stairs and into the auditorium where the rest of the band joined in. Dinner included a full array of Cajun dishes. Costumed students rotated among the guests, selling raffle tickets. The entertaining live auction, led by Rachel Bechtold, moved through items ranging from student art to vacations and culminating in a trip to New Orleans and a driving tour by alumnus and former teacher Charles Cowherd.
Wakefield parent Susan Jordan led the volunteer auction committee. Other committee members were Heidi Budwash, Alice Cotter, Terri Farley, Roxanne Klopp, Trish Mullins, Bethany O’Neill, Sarah Scaring, Marcia Schloe, Beth Stone and Donna Winfield.
All but three of the auction’s nearly 200 items were sold. Head of School Kathleen Grove thanked all who contributed time, donations and purchases for the auction, adding: “Because of this event, we can continue to support an economically diverse student body with families who seek the same assets for their children: strong academics, character-building and a nurturing environment.”
In varsity girls’ soccer, the Lady Owls traveled to Foxcroft School for their final regular season conference game on May 3. Alex Cancio-Bello scored in the first half, and Alyssa Hamilton scored in the second half. Foxcroft also scored two goals for a 2-2 tie. The Lady Owls hosted the Warriors from Quantico in the conference tournament quarter-finals on May 8. The hosts got on the scoreboard midway through the first half when Hamilton lifted a shot over the Warriors’ keeper from the right side of the box. Makenzie Magaro then netted a close shot in the first two minutes of the second half that was assisted by Hamilton. Keeper Mary Leskovec and her teammates shut out the Warriors for the game to advance to the semifinals of the tournament with a 2-0 win. The team’s conference regular season record is 2-2-1 and it is 5-6-1 overall.
In varsity tennis, the Owls traveled to Front Royal to face Chelsea Academy on May 3. The team won four of the five singles matches and swept the doubles matches for a 6-1 win. Greg Czekaj pulled out a close match at number one singles by 6-4. Alex Foster won 6-1 at number three singles. Brian Shafran played number four singles and won 6-1. Maeve Dale completed the singles wins at number five, 6-2. Foster and Ashlyn Ramey won the number one doubles 6-2. Aaron Corbett and Yuri Hasegawa played number two doubles and also won 6-2.
The Owls were back in action at Massanutten Military Academy on May 7. The team swept the Colonels, 8-0. Czekaj got the team rolling with an 8-6 win at number one singles. Foster got a win at number two singles by the same score. Shafran won 8-1 at number three singles. Sean Brown won the number four singles in an 8-0 sweep. Hasegawa followed with an 8-6 win at number five singles. Dale earned an 8-0 shutout in the final singles match. The teams did not play the number one doubles match. Dhruv Thummar and Corbett won the number two doubles 8-5. Emily Hennessey and Ramey won the number three doubles 8-0. The team’s record is 4-3 on the season.
In varsity boys’ lacrosse, the Owls traveled to Manassas to play Seton School on May 4th in their final regular season conference game. The visitors got two goals from Daniel Chadduck and single goals from Sam Nolan, Shane Glennon, Daiju Terada and Woody Hazel. Seton School scored 12 goals in the game to take the win 12-6.
As the number three seed in the DAC tournament, the Owls hosted Tandem Friends School in a quarterfinal match on May 7. The hosts took control of the game early and held the lead through the game. Chadduck sparked a five-goal first quarter with an unassisted goal with 7:58 remaining. Chadduck’s final goal of the quarter came with 19.2 seconds left in the quarter. Chadduck sandwiched two other goals in between, one of which was assisted by Alo Rodriguez. Nolan also scored an unassisted goal in the quarter. The Badgers scored a goal with 9:35 left in the half, but Hazel scored 30 seconds later and went on to score two more goals before halftime. Nolan assisted on two of Hazel’s goals, and Chadduck assisted the other. The score was 8-1 at the half.
Nolan scored a goal with 7:27 remaining in the third quarter followed by a Konstantin Langenberg goal 20 seconds later that was assisted by Nolan. Langenberg scored again with 4:18 left in the quarter, again assisted by Nolan. Hazel scored the team’s 12th goal seven seconds later when Nolan won the faceoff, took it to the goal and fed Hazel with a pass. Nolan scored the final goal unassisted with 2:20 left in the third quarter. The Badgers tacked on a goal in the first two minutes of the final quarter, and the Owls enjoyed a 13-2 team victory. Michael O’Heir had five saves in the goal.
The Owls traveled to Seton School for the conference tournament semifinal on May 8. The visitors scored the first two goals, but Seton’s offense came to life quickly. Despite O’Heir’s 16 saves, Seton triumphed by a score of 13-5, ending Wakefield’s season. Nolan scored two goals in the game; Chadduck had a goal and two assists, Hazel scored a goal and had an assist. Shane Glennon scored the other goal.
Hazel was the leading scorer on the season with 32 goals. Chadduck led the team in assists with 19 while contributing 27 goals. Nolan made a contribution of 18 goals and a like number of assists. O’Heir collected 115 saves on the season. The team’s final record was 7-6.
– Mike Costello
Reed Dove, the son of Robert and Cecelia Dove of Flint Hill, is a member of the 2011-12 Lynchburg College men’s outdoor track and field team coached by Doug Thomasey. Dove is a sophomore at Lynchburg, majoring in business administration.
Achilles is Flagler graduate
Colin Achilles of Flint Hill graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Flagler College. Achilles was one of some 380 Flagler seniors at the spring commencement ceremony held April 21 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, Fla.
Sixth-grader Ryan Latham, the son of Stephen and Dawn Latham of Amissville, was named to Randolf-Macon Academy’s all-A honor roll for the third quarter of the 2011-12 school year.