CSD sports roll into spring looking Spartan strong


Ben Gallagher

You know it is spring sports season when backpacks overflow with bats, cleats, lacrosse sticks and helmets.

Conner Shelton and Ben Gallagher

Now in the third spring season after Covid, the CSD Spartans compete in the Catawba Shores Conference (Class 1A and 2A) of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA). 1A teams are Langtree Charter, Bradford Prep, Mt. Island Charter and Christ the King. 2A teams are the Community School of Davidson, Pine Lake Prep and Lincoln Charter.

The CSD Varsity baseball team has 26 players on the roster. Last year the team was the regional final runner-up, a real achievement when considering the short amount of time since the program has been established. The team is led by Ryan Clarke (‘23), Bennett McCreary (‘23), and PO (Pitcher Only) Ben Whitley (‘24). With several strong underclassmen, the team’s future looks bright.

The Spartan women’s soccer team holds 15 girls on the roster and while larger schools such as Sun Valley and Lake Norman Charter present a challenge, CSD always gives them a run for their money. Eleanor Nyugen (‘24) and Alexis Rowles (‘23) lead the team at midfield and keeper respectively. With Tyler Baughn’s (‘24) return from concussion protocol soon and conference games kicking off, the girls look strong.

The men’s lacrosse team boasts an impressive 31 rostered players coached by John Bellissimo and captained by Aidan Lee (‘24), Justin Siebert (‘23), Ryan Sink (‘23), Riley Hall (‘23) and David Parker (‘23). With 15 games on the schedule, the boys expect a strong season.

In their second season as an official CSD sports team, the women’s lacrosse team is a close-knit team of 20 players. The team is coached by Kyra Gangemi. Grace Maddox (‘25) is the team’s leading scorer with an average of four goals a game. The girls, who play several large schools such as Hough and Lake Norman, which are local lacrosse power houses,  have high hopes for the season.

The CSD men’s golf team has eight players and is captained by Rafe Davison (‘23). In the past, the golf team has won the state championship in 2018 and 2021 and were the regional champions from 2016-2021. With several underclassmen, too, the team has a bright few years ahead of it.

The CSD women’s golf team is made up of four players. Seniors Chloe Mann (‘23) and Zoe Washburn (‘23) lead the team this year as they look to regain the form that won them the conference title in 2016.  The Spartans look to have yet another successful season this year.

The CSD track and field team is bursting with young talent with 44 total athletes on the roster. The team’s size allows them to compete in a variety of contests and they expect to compete at a state level this spring.

The CSD boy’s tennis team consists of ten players and is led by Luke Breen (‘23). The team’s starting rotation has been successful in the past with an even 4-4 conference record last spring. Young talent such as Julian Monzavifar (‘25) hopes to bolster the team for the coming year.

The women’s tennis team has had some recent struggles and hasn’t won as much as they’d hoped in the past but this year could be different. The Spartans are led by seniors Laurel Coughlin (‘23) and Allie Kees (‘23). The Spartans look to have a successful season and may even bring home a conference championship. 

If you love sports and support CSD, come pack the stands to support your Spartans!

Spartan baseball is set to swing and hit a few home runs as the 2023 season begins. (Conner Shelton)


Spring sports gear outside Griffin Gym means only one thing, it’s time for Spartan athletes to head outside once again. (Ben Gallagher)