Wilson Player moved to Savannah from Oklahoma for his senior season when his father took a new job in the area. Playing at No. 1 singles for the top team in the area, Player went 17-4 on the year and helped lead the Hornets to a region title and to the second round of the Class A Private playoffs. Player has been accepted to the University of Georgia, where he plans to major in business. He is thinking about joining the club tennis team, and plans to keep on playing the sport he loves recreationally.
News & Scores
Junior Reed Lotter was selected by the Savannah Morning News as the All Coastal Empire Golf "Player of the Year." Reed finished a stellar season with his first professional debut and also helped the Hornets to a State Runner-up title in the GHSA Class A Private division. We are proud of you and the Hornets' golf team!
No other area returning quarterback has the resume of Country Day’s rising senior gunslinger Barry Kleinpeter. Kleinpeter has the numbers to warrant big expectations for both he and his Hornets (3-6 in 2020) entering the 2021 season. In his career (31 games; 20-11 record), Kleinpeter has 75 total touchdowns — 62 passing and 13 rushing. He has thrown for 5,366 yards and rushed for 870 more. In 2019, he led the Hornets to a Region 3-A Private championship, the program’s first Region Title since 1980. He has engineered seven fourth-quarter comebacks, causing some to affectionately dub the 2019 squad “the cardiac Hornets.” This will be an exciting upcoming season for Kleinpeter and the Hornets led by Head Coach John Mohring.
Despite fewer meets than usual due to Covid restrictions, the Varsity swim team had a memorable season that concluded with a combined first-place finish at the Hornet Invitational. At the GHSA State Class 1-3A
Championship Swim Meet, Yenna Park took fourth place in the 100m breaststroke and eighth in the 200m freestyle. Yenna was named to the Savannah Morning News All-Greater Savannah 1st Team.
Most Valuable Swimmers – Yenna Park, Logan Lin
Most Improved Swimmers – Blake Huennekens, Jackson Mondy
Coaches’ Award – Katie Horne, Landon Stone
Captains – Lucas Miller, Blake Huennekens
ACE (Attitude, Commitment, Effort) – Maria Miller, Justin Gaouette
Positivity Award – Anna Bunger, Pericles Lelos
Hornet Spirit Award – Lucas Miller
Sportsmanship Award – Alston McCaslin
Scholar Athletes – Carey Bass, Annie Berman, Anna Bunger, Justin Gaouette, Katie Horne, Pericles Lelos, Alston McCaslin, Mary Page McCaslin, Lucas Miller, Maria Miller, Anna Mondy, Jackson Mondy, Ellie Neil, Yenna Park, Leilee Pishva, Jordan Ruben, Landon Stone
Head of School Award – Jack Vaught
The Savannah Morning News honors athletes and coaches for their performances throughout the year by their inclusion on the All-Greater Savannah Teams. For the spring sports, Head Coach Lamar Kirkley was named the Coach of the Year for boys' tennis and Wilson Player was the boys' tennis Player of the Tear. First Team All-Greater Savannah in tennis were Wilson Player and Claudia Birthisel. Henry Berg, Jake Felser, Chase Huggins, and Skye Horn were selected to the Honorable Mention tennis teams. AJ Goldman received the Coach of the Year honor for golf. The Player of the Year for golf was Reed Lotter. Landon Durham and Andrew Messalle received 2nd Team recognition and Honorable Mention were Connor Cohen and Lane McCullough. For soccer Amina Okumu, David Gilpin, and Liam Horne were honored as 1st Team, Olivia Carney and Harry DeWalt 2nd Team and Haley Avino, A.C. Davis, Grace Wilson, Zach Bueno, Madden Gerlach, and Max Iezzi were Honorable Mentions. For Lacrosse, Arden Watson was selected as 1st Team All-Greater Savannah, and 2nd Team honors were awarded to John Austin, Ian Jones, and Lucas Miller. Trey Celaya, Kevin Georgescu, and John Neely were named Honorable Mention. Kenny Odom was honored as 1st Team in track and his 4x100m State Champion relay members of Johnathan Jackson, Paul Mosley and Alex Wynn were Honorable Mentions. Home run leader Cole Meyer was selected 1st Team in baseball. Second Team honors were Cade Garola and Barry Kleinpeter with Honorable Mention to Ryan Beamon, Luke Everett, Ty Schneider and Roman Smith. Congratulations!
Varsity golf had an outstanding season, finishing tied for 2nd with Brookstone School in the GHSA Class-A Private State Golf Championship. The team went 15-1 during the season, highlighted by second-place finishes in both the City Championship and the Area 2A Private Tournament. Reed Lotter had an exceptional season, including an appearance in his first PGA-sponsored event, Korn Ferry Tour’s Club Car Championship at The Landings Club. He was also named to the All-State GACA 1st Team.
Savannah Morning News honored the following golfers with an inclusion on the All-Greater Savannah Team: 1st team Reed Lotter, 2nd team Landon Durham and Andrew Messalle, and Honorable Mention Connor Cohen and Lane McCullough. In addition, AJ Goldman was named the Savannah Morning News Boys Golf Coach of the Year.
Former Georgia Southern football star John Mohring is returning to southeast Georgia as the new Head Coach at Savannah Country Day. Mohring was a four-year starter and a team captain at linebacker for the Eagles and was named the squad' s MVP in 2005 and 2006. Coach Mohring has spent the last four years at Bishop Verot High School in Ft. Myers, Florida where he served as the Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator and Director of Athletic Performance. He was named a 2020 Coach of the Year Finalist (3A) and led the program to Elite Eight playoff finishes in 2018 and 2019. In addition to his football responsibilities, Coach Mohring will assist with the strength and conditioning program and work within the P.E. department. He excelled as both a player and a coach and has worked with some remarkable coaches along the way. His experience, energy and vision will be a valued asset for our overall athletic program. We welcome Coach Mohring, his wife Misa and their 18 month old son, Bear Addison to SCDS.
Hornet baseball had a 20-win season and finished as the Region Runner-up in 3A Private. They advanced to the Elite Eight round of the GHSA State Class A Private Playoffs. Cole Meyer was selected as the GHSA
Region 3A Private Offensive Player of the Year by the region coaches. Cole Meyer, Cade Garola, Barry Kleinpeter, and Roman Smith were selected to the 1st Team All-Region, and 2nd Team honors were given to Ryan Beamon, Luke Everett, and Ty Schneider.
Savannah Morning News honored the following players with an inclusion on the All-Greater Savannah Team: 1st Team Cole Meyer, 2nd Team Barry Kleinpeter and Cade Garola, and Honorable Mentions Roman Smith, Luke Everett, Ty Schneider, and Ryan Beamon.
Senior Cole Meyer hit four homers during the playoff games to set a new school record for single-season home runs with 14.
Hitter of the Year – Cole Meyer
Co-Pitcher of the Year – Roman Smith & Cade Garola
Rookie of the Year – Dalton Brown
Teammate of the Year – Rooster Bing
School Record Hit by Pitch – Ty Schneider
Scholar Athletes – Ryan Beamon, Jon Day, Leiden van Abshoven
Great play by the SCDS varsity golf team as they tied for 2nd with Brookstone in the GHSA Class A Private State Golf Championship. The team scored a combined 600 for both days of play. Prince Avenue took the crown by 2 strokes with 598. Scoring for the Hornets on Monday were Andrew Messalle at 72, Reed Lotter 73, Landon Durham 75 and tied at 80 were Connor Cohen and Lane McCullough. The final round had Lotter shooting a 66, Connor Cohen 76 and 79s for Andrew Messalle and Landon Durham. Congratulations to the SCDS State Runner-up Team!
Harris Stone was selected as the 2021 DeWitt Award honoree as the 8th Grade female "Athlete of the Year" for private schools. Harris is a three-sport athlete competing in volleyball, basketball, and soccer while being a Middle School scholar all three years. Congratulations, Harris!