Falcon student-athletes and coaches have enjoyed a busy week of home competition this week.
Boys match results: O’Neal 15, North Moore 50.
Girls Meet Results: O’Neal 15, North Moore 45.
O’Neal’s men’s and women’s teams both posted perfect scores against North Moore on Monday, placing the Falcons in the top 5 in every race. Grace Simpson and Corbin Weeks won their respective races. Elizabeth Shank, Griffin Smith, Charlie Kuzma, Oscar Little, Sam Schmitz, Evan Williams and June Thomas all improved on their previous times on the home course.
College Boys Football
Scores: Falcons B Team 3, Ascend Leadership Academy 1.
Falcons A Team 9, Sandhills Classical Christian 0.
The Falcons returned to the field this week with two home games. First, on Wednesday, Team B, along with some members of Team A, hosted the Ascend Leadership Academy. The Falcons displayed composure and unity throughout the game as all players contributed to the 3-1 victory. The Falcons saw goals from Joseph Lucas (2) and Tyler Kelso.
On Thursday afternoon, Team A hosted Sandhills Classical Christian for a SEMSAC game. The Falcons dominated from the opening whistle, controlling possession and pace of play throughout the game. The Falcons have seen goals from Evan Rollinson (assist to Will Pittman), Trevor Franklin, Will Pittman, Wells Kuester (assist to Jacob Slagle), Graham Webb, Tyler Kelso, Teddy Fischer (assist to Jacob Graham) and Jacob Graham.
The Falcons will end the week with a 7v7 inter-team tournament that will bring energy and excitement to the final training of the week. The Falcons hit the road Monday to face the Berean Baptist Academy.
The Varsity Boys football team faced Salem Baptist on Tuesday. It was a convincing victory for the Falcons, who beat the Vikings 10-1. It was a good warm-up match before they moved on to take on conference foe Trinity Academy Durham on Friday.
The Lady Falcons continue to play well. O’Neal hosted Carmel Christian Academy on Monday in an 18-hole game. Maya Beasley led the Falcons with a 35-39 (74), Alex Lapple posted a 40-39 (79). Mary Earhart had her best score of the season with a 40-42 (82), Molly Haarlow shot a 41-46 (87) and Audrey Kim completed the scoring with a 43-49 (92). Lauren Kuhn played forward and posted a 45. The Falcons are out until next Tuesday when they head to St. David’s School in a nine-hole game.
College Girls Volleyball B Team
The Middle School Volleyball B team played its first game of the season on Wednesday. The girls played with tremendous wit and effort but failed to win a match despite winning a set.
Livi Afable, Lizzie Bycura and Ella Bozovich each contributed several excellent serves on important match points. Callie Garrison, Paige Fusonie and Layla Joyce Duffy provided diving passes to keep scoring rallies. Ava Hodgkins, Chloe Newberry, Isabella Pluckett and Valentina Roberts played well in the back row, passing on the opposing serves. Malia Stone, Izzie Tanner and Audrey Wilson brought passes and sets along with infectious energy and enthusiasm. The team are looking forward to their next game and continue to develop their skills.
College A Girls Volleyball Team
The Middle School Girls A team did not have any games this week.
The College B team hosted a game on Wednesday, so our girls went to the Tate to support and cheer them on! It was great to see the young girls compete and the energy they had on the pitch, as well as seeing our girls applauding in the stands! After watching the game, our team joined Varsity for the rest of the practice. We combined all the girls and split them into teams of 4. It was beneficial for my 7th and 8th grade students to see how the older girls communicated and moved around the field. I believe practices like this help build our program and the relationships between the girls. With no games this week, we ended practice Thursday with a scrum, using that time to familiarize ourselves with the rotations and reflecting on the game afterwards to see what the girls think we can still work on.
O’Neal Falcons 3, Salem Baptist 0.
The Lady Falcons were finally back in the competition this week when they faced Salem Baptist on our field at Hannah Center Gym. O’Neal started slowly in the first set, but activated the energy in time to take control and win. The second and third sets were dominated by our varsity team, leaving Salem Baptist with just 8 chances to serve in the second set.
During the week, the team spent time supporting and celebrating their sister college team in their game and enjoyed a half-practice with our college Falcon team for a 6v scrum tournament. 6. The focus of the week in training was energy and communication and the girls really took on the challenges given to them to make these things happen immediately.
They will then travel to Salem Baptist Christian School for a rescheduled game on Monday at 5:15 p.m. They will end the week with a home game against Fayetteville Academy at Hannah Center at 5 p.m. Friday.
The Falcons had a tough game this week against Grace Christian Raleigh at home last Tuesday. With an overall score of 5-4, the Falcons have fought well in every game. Starting with the doubles, the Falcons ended up winning one of three games. Mollie Grafenberg and Lauren Goodridge won their second consecutive doubles match, with a score of 8-4.
In singles, the Falcons have won three of six games. Junior Claire Corcoran took one of the victories in the second single, winning the first set 6-0 and the second 6-4 against her opponent. The other singles wins came from Mollie Grafenberg and Lauren Goodridge.