The Savannah Country Day School's Athletics Mission Statement
The Savannah Country Day School’s Athletics Mission Statement is committed to excellence in athletics as an essential part of a larger commitment to excellence in education. The guiding principle behind Savannah Country Day School's athletic program is its educational value for our students. Athletics promote the highest traits of personal development needed to meet with confidence and integrity the challenges of college and of life. These traits include the drive to take one's talents to the highest level of performance, the discipline needed to reach high standards, the willingness to work with others as a team in pursuit of a common goal and the adherence to codes of fairness and respect. Athletics also play an important role in fostering the spirit of community at Savannah Country Day School.
Savannah Country Day School is committed to programs that are specific to each age and developmental stage. No matter their age, athletes are expected to adhere to a level of conduct that brings credit to themselves and the school and upholds the values of citizenship and service.
The Savannah Country Day School's Coaches Mission Statement
By fostering a team culture of excellence through hard work, dedication, mental discipline, self-sacrifice and personal improvement, Country Day coaches will help athletes to perform at levels and achieve successes they did not know were possible.
|Joe Lewis Qualifies for US Amateur|
A rising senior at the University of Mississippi and former Savannah Country Day star, Joe Lewis shot 66-68—134 to finish second at 8-under par to qualify for the 114th US Amateur which will be held at the Atlanta Athletic Club from August 11-17. Congratulations Joe!
|SCDS Athletic Awards|
Ken Simpson Sportsmanship Award to Olivia Buelvas and Oliver Cesar
The Sportsmanship award is given to both a male and a female. In an era where moral and ethical behavior seems less important than winning in High School, these two individuals display the greatest respect for their opponents, officials and teammates. They both have proven that they know how to win as well as how to lose with class.
Connie Houston Spirit Award to Amari Oliver and Sales Pinckney
The Connie Houston Spirit Award is given to two individuals that have contributed the most to the atmosphere of our school. These individuals have been a constant support for all our teams whether it be by participating on the playing fields or cheering in the stands. Their support has been greatly appreciated by both coaches and player
Bill and Charlene Saunders Most Versatile Athlete Award to Chandler Royal and Demetris Robertson
This award is given to both a male and female. It is given in respect to leadership, work ethic and athletic ability in a variety of sports for this past year.
|Sales Pinckney "Best of Preps" Dedication Award|
Sales Pinckney was a standout two-way lineman on the Savannah Country Day football last fall and went on to have a stellar baseball season this spring — experiencing the kind of senior year high school kids dream about. But it was not an easy road for a student-athlete whose grit and determination got him through setback after setback. He rehabbed his way back from a pair of knee surgeries and dealt with the mental pain of losing one of his best friends in a tragic car accident. Through it all he kept a level head and never lost sight of his goals. Sales recently signed to play football at Division III Rhodes College Has been selected as the winner of the Best of Preps Chatham Orthopaedic Associates Dedication Award for his attitude in the face of adversity.
|Bri Carney "Player of the Year"|
The Savannah Morning News selected SCDS junior Bri Carney as the All Greater Savannah "Player of the Year" for girls' soccer. Depending on where she’s needed, Carney will play either forward or an attacking midfielder. She scored 25 goals and dished out seven assists while leading the Hornets to the semifinals of the Class A State Tournament. Bri has already committed to play soccer at Wake Forest. She plans to major in biology and attend medical school.
|Michael Mamalakis "Best of Preps Unsung Hero"|
Michael Mamalakis has been a fixture on the football sidelines and courtside at Savannah Country Day basketball games for 20 years — inspiring Hornet athletes with his spirit and devotion. His association with the Hornet athletic started when he was a 10 years old, and Mamalakis, who has Down Syndrome, has been a mainstay ever since. This year Michael is being honored for his dedication to SCD with the Best of Preps Unsung Hero Award.
|All Greater Savannah Teams|
The Savannah Morning News sports writers have announced their selections to the All Greater Savannah Athletic Teams for Spring sports. Grayson Lowenthal was Player of the Year for boys' tennis. Greyson Finlay, Rishi Patel, and Nivan Lakshman received First Team honors. The doubles team of Gabe Adler and Sam Chappell were Honorable Mention All Greater Savannah. Michelle Liang was Honorable Mention for girls' tennis. Second Team All Greater Savannah for golf was Parker Stone. Patric Chu and Andrew Glover received Honorable Mention. In girls' soccer, Player of the Year honors for Bri Carney. Emma Holtzclaw was selected Second Team and Honorable Mention were Caroline Jackson, Chandler Royal, and Cassady Williamson. Boys' soccer had three players that were honored as All Greater Savannah First Team - Brandon Howie, Michael Keene, and Chase Waller. Second Team selection was Bayne Brannen and Honorable Mention to William Szczecinski. Sarah Glover and Amari Oliver were Honorable Mention in girls' track. Demetris Robertson was selected First Team All Greater Savannah in Track. For baseball, Sales Pinckney was Second Team and Jackson Schroeder was Honorable Mention. Congratulations!
|Grayson Lowenthal "Tennis Player of the Year"|
This is the third consecutive "Player of the Year" award for Grayson Lowenthal by the Savannah Morning News. At #1 Singles, he was 21-1 this year and led the Hornets to the Class A Private State Championship match. His career record is 82-5 at SCDS. Grayson will play tennis for Christopher Newport University in Virginia.
|Lamar Kirkley "Tennis Coach of The Year" |
Lamar Kirkley was selected by the Savannah Morning News as the "Tennis Coach of the Year" for the Greater Savannah Area. He also received hte GACA "Area Coach of the Year" Award.
|Colton Lichtenberg Hailed by AJC for Kicking Ability|
Tom Holcomb, sports writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution recognized Colton Lichtenberg as one of the 10 best kickers in high school football in Georgia in his article, "10 Best High School PK/P: Their Value is Sometimes Unseen by the Casual Eye."
|Congrats to Track Team!|
Results from the Area 1A meet are listed below. Congratulations to these students for qualifying for the State Sectionals:
Demetris Robertson - Long Jump 1st 23' 4 1/4 "
Demetris Robertson - 100m. 1st 11.41
Demetris Robertson - 200m 2nd 22.70
4 X 100 Relay 2nd - Oliver Cesar, Yakavian Lee, Brennton Ford, Demetris Robertson 45.43
Sarah Glover - qualified for State in the 1600m. 3rd 5:33.67 ( no sectional)
Sarah Glover - 800.m. 3rd 2:33.94
Amari Oliver - Shotput 3rd - 29" 5 1/4 "
Lucy Lewis - 400m. 4th 1:07.61
4 x 400 Relay - Taylor Parker, Sarah Glover, Brookey Sligh, Lucy Lewis 3rd 4:40.82
|Football All State|
Demetris Robertson was selected by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as 1st Team All State as a defensive back. He was Honorable Mention All State defensive back by the Georgia Sportswriters Association. Colton Litchenberg was selected by the Georgia Sportswriters Association as All State 2nd Team Offense as a kicker and the AJC listed him as Honorable Mention All State Kicker. Great honor Hornets!!
|Savannah Morning News All Area Teams|
Selection to the Savannah Morning News All Greater Savannah Athletic Teams is an honor. Savannah Draud was named 2nd Team Softball and Carolina Pinckney received Honorable Mention. Chandler Royal and Natalie Ourhaan were seleted 1st Team All Area Volleyball. Taylor Parker was 2nd Team and Anna Muller and Cassady Williamson were Honorable Mention. In Cross Country, Sarah Glover was 1st Team, Skylar Lanier -2nd Team and Jack Barnes - Honorable Mention. Defensive players in football selected for this prestigious honor were Demetris Robertson and Colton Litchenberg as 1st Team and Sales Pinckney - 2nd Team. Ben Johnson made the 2nd Team Offense and Honorable Mention for Football were Oliver Cesar, Brentton Ford, Hunter Hatley, Yakavian Lee, and William Woods. Congratulations athletes!
|Fall Athletes Honored|
The fall athletes were honored at their individual banquets. The Head of School Award winners for the Highest GPA during the season were:
Cheerleading: Erin Keene
Cross Country: Kate Moffett and Matt Bailey
Football: Sam Chappell and Alex Fleming
Softball: Maggie Shehane
Volleyball: Lucy Lewis
|Congratulations to the 5/6th and 7/8th Grade Football Teams!|
The SCDS 5th/6th football team won the SPAL Championship beating Calvary 42-8. They completed their season 10-0. The 7th/8th grade team had a fantastic season as well and ended the season as the 2013 SPAL Runner-Up. Congratulations to the coaches and the teams for their outstanding seasons. You made us proud!
|Softball Players Honored|
Head of School Award for Highest GPA during season: Maggie Shehane
Highest Batting Average: Carolina Pinckney - .396
Highest Fielding Percentage: Kianna Maynard - .969
Pitching Award: Savannah Draud - 120 strikeouts
All Region - 1st Team - Savannah Draud
2nd Team - Carolina Pinckney
Honorable Mention - Hannah Leadem and Kianna Maynard
Scholar Athletes with 90 or above average during season: Kate Groce, Augusta Eswine, Kianna Maynard, Jennifer Pirkle, and Maggie Shehane
Chandler Royal and Natalie Ourhaan made the 1st Team All Area 2A Volleyball Team. Taylor Parker and Cassady Williamson were selected to the Second team All Area. Congratulations!
|Colton Lichtenberg "Player of the Week"|
WJCL, ESPN Radio and Enmark honored Colton Lichtenberg as the high school football "Player of the WeeK" for his 51 yard field goal boosting the Hornets to a 17-14 victory over Portal. Colton also had field goals of 37 and 40 yards in the first half of the game. Congratulations Colton!!
|Winter Athletic Meeting November 13 in Jelks 6-7 PM|
Mark your calendar for the Middle School and Upper School winter athletic meeting on November 13th from 6-7 PM. If your child plans to participate in winter athletics, please plan to attend this important parent meeting. Athletic Director, Lamar Kirkley and Kef Wilson will provide an overview of Savannah Country Day athletics, including mission, philosophy, and goals, as well as common policies and expectations. This will be followed by break-out meetings with individual coaches. This important meeting will be brief (limited to one hour) and will be held in Jelks Auditorium.
|7th Grade SPAL Champions|
The 7th Grade volleyball team defeated Calvary to win the SPAL Championship. This is the 2nd consecutive win for this group of athletes. They took home the trophy as 6th Graders. The 6th Grade team finsihed their season as the SPAL Runner-ups losing in the Championship to Blessed Sacrament. The 8th Grade team lost in the Semi-finals. Congratulations to the Lady Hornets!
|All Football Teams Undefeated in 3 Weeks|
The Football program at SCDS is 9-0 for the past 3 weeks. The 5th/6th Grade Team defeated St James (34-16), and Hancock twice (28-6 and 32-12). The 7th/8th Team had good wins against St James (14-12), Pinewood (22-20), and Bethesda (46-8). The Varsity program earned the right to host the crossover game Friday the 8th vs Wheeler County at 7;30 PM with an exciting victory over Portal (17-14). Their other wins are Jenkins County (35-22) and Claxton (35-33). With a win this Friday night over SCPS at Westside Stadium, the Mighty Hornets will finish 2nd in Region 3AEast. Support the Hornets. The SCDS VS SCPS game starts at 7:30 PM and then follow them home on the 8th.
The SCDS Volleyball team defeated Walker in 3 straight games- 25-19, 25-15, 25-21 to continue to the third round of the State Championship. The remaining six teams in the playoffs were reseeded, with the top two receiving byes and the remaining four playing Saturday. SCDS is traveling to Eagle's Landing Christian in McDonough at 3:00 PM. Congratulations!!
|Buelvas Homecoming Queen|
Olivia Buelvas was selected the 2013 SCDS Homecoming Queen. The Senior representatives on the court were: Abbie Black escorted by Jacob Bishop, Amanda Borquaye escorted by Bayne Brannen, Lizzie Bowden escorted by Preston Andrews, Lena Hirsch escorted by Walker Watson, Erika Lewis escorted by William Szczecinski, and Darcy Spell escorted Chase Waller. Representing the Junior class on the court was Bri Carney escorted by Greyson Finlay. The Sophomore representative was Becky Buelvas escorted by Nathan Luskey and the Freshman was Brenna Nugara escorted by Matt Bailey. Congratulations!!
|Tom Barton's Tribute to #5|
Written by Tom Barton (Savannah Morning News)
This would have been Stu Sligh’s senior year in high school. For a well-liked teenage athlete — his football team’s quarterback, no less — it wouldn’t get much better than this.
He would have been the center of attention, the on-campus equivalent of a British royal. He would have found his teammates looking to him for leadership, watching how he handled victory and defeat.
October brings the final regular season home games when senior athletes sre honored by their peers and coaches for their commitment to athletics during their high school years. Softball honored senior Marissa Karp before the game with St Vincents. Volleyball honored their seniors, Alex Holtzclaw, Abigail McElhaney, Natalie Ourhaan, Joelle Strickland, and Cassady Williamson before the match with Bluffton. Cross Country seniors, Caroline Jackson, Skylar Lanier, Lindsay Pindar, and Peter Stein were recognized before the home meet on October 10th. Football and Cheerleading seniors will be honored during halftime of the October 25th game on Saunders Field against Portal. Thank you for four years of dedication to SCDS athletics.
|Chandler Royal SMN "Player of the Week"|
The Hornet volleyball team has come on strong lately and recently landed at No. 10 among Class A teams in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s rankings. Junior Chandler Royal has been a pivotal player in their success. The 5-foot-6 setter has helped set the tone for the Hornets (22-12) with her versatile play. Last week, she was on top of her game as the Hornets won three of four matches with wins over Richmond Hill, South Effingham and St. Vincent’s. She was selected as the Savannah Morning News "Girls Athlete of the Week" for her performance.
|Middle School Wins Stinger Invitational|
Both Middle School cross country teams finished 1st in the 3200m. run at the SCPS Stinger Invitational. The girls' team was led by Nina Kolman (14:48) in 2nd Place, Charlotte McCurdy (14:49 3rd), Sarah Bacevich (15:34 6th), Ella Stubbs (16:55 7th), and Bella Kelley (17:33 10th). The boys' team captured 1st and 2nd places with Cort Kelley (13:33 1st) and Ethan Strother (13:53 2nd). Finshing for the boys were Hyeon Choi (14:45 9th), Carter Mondy (15:32 21st), Christopher Cheng (15:53 26th), Josh Braun (15:53 27th), and Alvin Adjei (16:16 30th). Congratulations!!
|Volleyball 12 Straight Wins - Leading Area in Stats|
The SCDS Volleyball defeated Beaufort 2-0 and Calvary 2-1 to continue their consecutive wins- 12. The JV Volleyball is 13-1. Leading the Greater Savannah Area in volleyball stats are - Natalie Ourhaan in kills, Joelle Strickland in blocks, Chandler Royal in assists, and Alex Holzclaw in digs. Congratulations!!