School and sports news for Oct. 15

WCDS sports update

WCDS Head of School Jessica Lindstrom and Athletic Director Mike Costello congratulate Athlete of the Month winner Carolina Leonard (center).
WCDS Head of School Jessica Lindstrom and Athletic Director Mike Costello congratulate Athlete of the Month winner Carolina Leonard (center). Courtesy photo

Wakefield Country Day School named its Athletes of the Month for September last week: Carolina Leonard of Flint Hill, a member of WCDS varsity volleyball team, and middle school boys soccer player Griffin Landis of Front Royal.

Outside hitter Leonard, according to athletic director Mike Costello, has developed into a steady player and big contributor to her team’s success. She helped to lead the team to five victories in the month that were all 3-0 sweeps. You cannot miss her voice on the court whenever she calls for the volleyball, and she strives to be a good teammate with her unselfish play.

“Carolina brings to the court the same level of commitment that she shows in her studies,” said coach Suzanne Zylonis. “As one of our strongest outside hitters and most consistent servers, Carolina also is a leader on our team as it relates to teamwork, communication and a positive attitude.”

Landis, a strong soccer player for his size, led his team in scoring during the month with 11 goals. He had four multi-goal games, including four goals against Mountain View Christian Academy Sept. 21. He even scored multiple-goals in a junior varsity win over Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy Sept. 17. He has also assisted on a number or his teammates’ goals. His performance, Costello said, proves he is an all-around player who works smart to promote his team.

Said his coach, Lavonne Adkins: “Griffin is mature in his play and makes things happen on the field. He has a firm handle on ball distribution, and as a midfielder, he uses space well. He’s supportive of the defensive end in addition to completing on the offensive plays. “

In varsity boys’ soccer, the Owls hosted Chelsea Academy in a conference game on Oct. 6. The boys started the scoring when Gage Landis scored off a direct kick 13 minutes into the game. Connor Glennon lifted a nice pass toward the goal that Landis headed in for a score just three minutes later.

Landis completed his hat trick with a goal with 13 minutes left in the first half to give the boys a 3-0 lead at half. The Knights scored the only goal of the second half 11 minutes into the half and the boys remained in first place in the DAC Division II race with the 3-1 win. Their record is 5-1-1 overall and 2-0 in the DAC.

In varsity cross country, the Owls traveled to Tandem Friends School for a DAC meet Oct. 6. The boys’ race involved 103 runners. Lucas DuMez again paced the boys with a top-10 finish, taking seventh  in 19:51. Kevin He took 45th place in 23:18. Nick Leskovec took 51st place in 23:43. Tyler Johnson placed 61st in 24:17. Campbell Baker crossed in 25:16 for 66th place. Bernie Cieplak ran a 25:55 for 73rd place and Gray Galeone got 91st place in 28:25. Carrie Hui was our lone female runner finishing 76th in 34:23.

WCDS 9th annual 5K

Medalists at WCDS' ninth annual 5K Run last Saturday pose for a winners' circle shot.
Medalists at WCDS’ ninth annual 5K Run last Saturday pose for a winners’ circle shot. Courtesy photo

Thirty runners registered for the WCDS ninth annual 5K Run last Saturday (Oct. 10). The school’s own cross country runner Lucas DuMez was the first to cross the line, winning the gold medal in his age group and the trophy for the top male finisher in a time of 18:38. Gretchen Siegel was the top female finisher and gold medalist in her age group with a seventh place finish in 23:19. In the under-12 category for males, the gold went to Noel Heffron and silver to CJ Foreman. The girls’ under-12 gold went to Beverly Eborn, the silver to Emma O’Neill.

The male 13-18 category was won by Dumez and the silver went to Augustine Siegel. The female winner in 13-18 was Gretchen Siegel and the silver went to Agnes Wingate. Alumnus Michael O’Heir won the gold for the males age 19-39 and former student and now WCDS teacher Chris Cooper won the silver. The age 19-39 female gold medal went to WCDS’ own staff member and parent Bethany O Neill.

WCDS parent John O’Neill snatched the gold medal for males age 40-49, with parent Anthony Church earning the silver. WCDS teacher and parent Lora Eborn won the goal for females 40-49. WCDS parent Alex DuMez took the gold for the males over 50 and Phil Rosenbaum won the silver. WCDS teacher and parent Lori Perry won the gold for females over 50. It was a fun race on a beautiful fall morning to kick off the school’s fall festival activities for Saturday.

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