Local N.C. Independent Schools Association members like Cary Christian and Grace Christian Raleigh will have a new conference member this year, when Trinity Academy of Raleigh replaces Grace Christian Sanford.
For 3A school Cary Academy, last year’s fall was memorable. The Chargers were runner-up in three sports, seeded second in boys soccer and made the playoffs in field hockey.
Boys cross country
Cary Academy sophomore Coleman Mitchell has a shot at a state title now that the four 3A runners who finished ahead of him at last year’s NCISAA meet – including older brother Josh – have graduated.
Coleman will be joined by classmate Chase Coley (20th) and seniors Shreyas Ashok (23rd) and Nathaniel Jones (28th). The Chargers finished second in the state meet, well behind Charlotte’s Providence Day, 44-79.
Gone is two-time 2A champ Alex Dolwick of Grace Christian Raleigh, but the Eagles – third in the state – will still have a strong team.
Senior Matt Horan was fifth in last year’s championship, while sophomore Will Sossaman was 12th.
Cary Christian’s top returner is senior John Watson (16th).
Girls cross country
Cary Academy junior Sarah Bodmer returns as the NCISAA 3A champ. She’ll be joined by classmate Emily Lane (fifth) and freshman Grace Goetz (ninth) as the Chargers aim for the team title this year.
Cary Academy was runner-up to Charlotte’s Providence Day 70-78.
Wake Christian’s Caroline Diorio (40th in 3A) is the top returning Bulldogs runner.
In 2A, Cary Christian junior Allison Stogner was 19th in the state last year, while Grace Christian sophomore Kate Meeson was 36th.
Cary Academy (9-10) graduated all-state performer Morgan Goetz, who now plays at North Carolina.
Cary Academy (11-2-4) loses all-state twins Collin and Cohen Dworsky from last year’s team that won the TISAC and entered the postseason seeded No. 2 in the state.
Grace Christian Raleigh (9-7-2) graduated its all-state performer, forward David McCullen.
Cary Academy (26-2) was the 3A runner-up by a narrow 5-4 margin. Junior Ellie Johnson and sophomores Camryn Rossa and Taylor Timinskas are back.
Cary Christian (7-7) was a 2A playoff participant.
Wake Christian (30-7) had its best season ever, reaching the state semifinals in 3A. It’ll be impossible to replace all-state selection and Wake Forest recruit Hailey Brooke McFadden (667 kills, 463 digs), but sophomore Lauren Tomasulo (420 digs), junior Marley Wilson (213 kills), senior Grace Bunn (100 kills) and junior Marley Wilson (70 blocks) will try.
Cary Christian (13-7) made the 2A postseason.