It was a big fall season for Tandem sports, culminating in both our varsity boys soccer team and our volleyball team hosting and playing in the DAC tournament campionship games. With seven fall teams, more than half of our Upper Schoolers were playing a fall sport, as well as over fifty of our Middle Schoolers. Here's how our teams fared this season:
MS boys soccer had a 4-7 season that included some big wins over Waldorf and Peabody; they finished with a 4-2 win over Peabody in a very rainy game.
MS volleyball had 29 players this year and a brand new coach in Sampson Dale (who attended Tandem himself as a Middle Schooler). Sam divided the girls into two complete teams that took turns playing the scheduled games. It was a great building year, and there were big wins over STAB and Charlottesville Catholic.
MS cross country ran in three meets this season, hosting one themselves. They were an enthusiastic and devoted group and showed continued improvement over the season with great coaching by Cindy Cartwright and student leadership by 8th grader Charlie Kalnite.
JV volleyball played a split season, winning half of their games and really focusing on skill building. Comprised of 7th-10th graders, they had exciting wins over local rivals Miller and STAB.
The varsity boys soccer team finished up as regular season DAC champions with an overall record of 10-3-4. Despite a hard-fought finals match played on the Monticello HS turf field, the boys played to a tie, then lost 2-3 in a sudden death overtime. All-Conference honors were plentiful: senior Josh Warren was named Co-Player of the Year; 1st Team honors went to senior Matthew McCullough, junior Ford Scott, sophomores Patrick Jabalee-Farrell and Dylan Peifer, and freshmen Parker Lerman and Jaden Reynolds. Coach Nate Adkins was named Co-Coach of the Year.
The varsity volleyball team finished as DAC regular season champions and earned 13th place in the state with an 18-5 overall record. They beat Quantico 3-0 in the semifinals of the conference tournament but lost to Chelsea Academy in a challenging finals match. It was a great season and there were many all-conference honors shared: 1st Team honors went to junior Julia Dailey and freshmen Talia Smith and Anna Warren. 2nd Team honors went to senior Elyse Jabalee-Farrell and Honorable Mention went to junior Stella Lane. Coach Brandon Edwards was named Co-Coach of the Year.
Varsity cross country had a great season, breaking personal records at almost every meet. At the DAC conference championship meet, the boys team ended up second in the conference (with Mason and Nathan coming in first and second in the race), with our girls team coming in fourth. We had lots of All-Conference honors: junior Mason Love was named DAC Runner of the Year; All-Conference honors went to seniors Meridith Frazee (all conference for her fifth straight season) and Nathan Stevenson, juniors Sophie Farr, Mason Love, and Mario Pepper, and 8th grader Charlie Kalnite. In the state meet on November 7 at Pole Green Park, Mason finished third (with a time that would have earned him first in Division 1) and Nathan finished ninth in the race. Our boys team finished 9th in the state and the girls finished 19th out of 35 teams. Mason and Nathan were named All-State runners! What a season for these talented runners.
What a great start to a year of Tandem sports! Go Badgers!