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Crusader Cross Country Team 8th At State!
The Shannon Forest Boys’ Cross Country team competed at the SCISA 2A State Championship Meet this past Saturday and finished 8th overall out of a total of 15 teams!  The meet was held at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, South Carolina with the boys racing over a course of 5000 meters.  The team was led by Sophomore Mark Walsh, who capped off an impressive season by placing 6th in the State with a time of 17:43.  Walsh was named to the SCISA 2A All-State Team.  

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Other highlights:
-Sophomore Ned Horton finished in 28th place with a time of 19:36.
-Freshman Kaz Thrasher placed 38th overall, running a time of 19:58.
-8th Grade runner Kaleb Craig covered the course in a time of 20:18 for 46th place.
-8th Grade runner Drew Freeman finished in 65th place with a time of 21:40.
-6th Grade runner Miguel Escobar finished in 95th place, covering the course in 25:08.
Shannon Forest looks forward to future seasons with this young and talented Crusader Cross Country team.  All runners set a personal best time at the meet.  Congratulations, Crusaders!

Varsity Lady Crusaders Finish Season With A Big Win
The Shannon Forest Christian School Varsity Women’s Volleyball team ended their season hosting Christ Church on Tuesday, October 17.  The Crusaders final game of the season was also Senior Night for graduating players.  Christ Church, also playing in their last match, came out swinging and took control of the 1st set.  Shannon Forest fought back late in the set, but ultimately failed to pull out a win.  Christ Church carried the momentum of winning into the 2nd and dominated, for the most part, to take a 2-0 lead.  The senior laden Shannon team refused, however, to end their career without a fight.  The 3rd set was a battle wherein the Lady Crusaders prevailed and turned the momentum of the match in their favor.  The 4th set saw Shannon dominate to tie the match at two sets apiece.  The 5th set was a back and forth struggle, as neither team could pull away.  The Cavs had a 13-12 lead and the serve, but the Lady Crusaders won the side out to tie it up.  A two-point service run sealed the deal and completed the comeback for Shannon Forest!  The seniors led the charge and finished their career with a great come from behind win.  The Lady Crusaders hope to take their good play and confidence from this match to the SCISA State Tournament.  The team will play Carolina Christian of Myrtle Beach in the 1st round of play on Friday, October 20, in Myrtle Beach.  Go Crusaders! 

Crusader Men's Volleyball Finish Strong
The Varsity Men’s Volleyball team finished their season on Saturday, October 14, at the Upward Stars Center.  The team is only in its second year and consequently, struggled with inconsistency throughout their season.  Despite the inconsistency and inexperience, the Crusaders have regularly beaten more experienced teams.  This year's team improved so much they, at times, looked like a well- seasoned team.  The Crusaders went into the tournament playing well and continued to do so, finishing 3rd in the pool play and qualifying for the gold bracket.  The first match in the gold bracket turned out to be a rematch of last year’s championship between Carolina Christian and Shannon Forest.  Carolina Christian prevailed last year, but the Crusaders turned the tables this year, advancing to the championship game!  The Crusaders fell short of winning the championship against the Greenville Hurricanes, but finished 2nd overall in the six team tournament.  Senior, Sam Smith, was named to the all-tournament team by the opposing coaches.  Overall, the Crusader Men's Volleyball team had another successful year and we look forward to growing the Men's Volleyball program.

Crusaders End A Great Swim Season At State!
The Varsity Crusader Swim teams traveled to the SCISA state championship meets on Saturday in Augusta, Georgia. The Girls’ team placed 7th out of 18 teams and the Boys’ team placed 6th out of 15 teams. Seniors Caroline Baughman, Thomas Dotson, Ladson Ellis, Thomas Gasque and Kayla Gustek were recognized before the start of the meet.

Top ten finishes scored for the team were:
  • Caroline Baughman; 10th in 100 Back
  • Jacob Bettano; 6th in both the 500 Free and 100 Breast
  • Aubrey Bouvier; 9th in 100 Free
  • Thomas Dotson; 4th in 200 IM and 10th in 100 Free
  • Ladson Ellis; 8th in 100 Breast
  • Thomas Gasque; 4th in 100 Free and 5th in 50 Free
  • Kayla Gustek; 3rd in 100 Breast (setting a new team record) and 5th in 50 Free
  • Baughman, Gustek, Anna Kathryn Belew, Bouvier; 5th in Girls’ 200 Medley Relay and 4th in Girls' 200 Free Relay
  • Ellis, Bettano, Gasque, Dotson; 5th in Boys’ 200 Medley Relay
  • Dotson, Bettano, Ellis, Gasque; 4th in Boys’ 400 Free Relay

Coach Paul Dean summed up the season, "Last one, Fast One! It was great to see all of our seniors post best times of the season at the state meet and to have one to set a new team record.” CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT SEASON, CRUSADERS! 

Big Invitational Yields Personal Bests For Crusader Runners

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Shannon Forest’s Varsity Cross Country team placed 18th out of 50 teams in the Open Division at the Hares and Hounds Invitational held in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, September 23. The open division race had 592 runners in the race.  Four out of five Crusaders ran personal best times with Mark Walsh leading the way, finishing in 29th place with a time of 19:03.
Other finishers were:
Ned Horton - 19:56.20 - 75th place
Kaleb Craig - 20:28.34 - 115th place
Kaz Thrasher - 20:31.34 - 119th place
Drew Freeman - 24:48.37 - 452nd place

Middle School Crusader Leads The Pack

Shannon Forest’s Middle School Cross Country runners participated in a Carolina Middle School Conference meet hosted by St. Mary's on Tuesday, September 26.  Competing for the Crusaders were Kaleb Craig, Drew Freeman, Miguel Escobar, Claire Butcher, and Rachel Jue.  The highlight of the day was Craig winning the Boys’ race by over 20 seconds, finishing the two-mile course in a time of 12:05. GO CRUSADERS!

Cross Country Teams Race Against Hundreds!

Both the Middle School and Varsity Cross Country teams raced at the Spartanburg Christian Invitational on Tuesday, September 19, with 420 total athletes from over 15 different schools competing.  
There were 84 boys and girls competing in the Middle School Race:
-Drew Freeman finished 21st overall with a 2 mile time of 15:35
-Miguel Escobar finished 31st overall with a 2 mile time of 16:27
-Claire Butcher finished 43rd overall with a 2 mile time of 17:14
-Rachel Jue finished 76th overall with a 2 mile time of 21:52

 The Varsity race had 190 boys competing:
-Mark Walsh led the team finishing 23rd overall with a 5k personal record time of 19:26.
-Ned Horton was 2nd on the team, covering the 5k course in a time of 19:54 for 34th place.
-Kaz Thrasher began his Shannon Forest career with a 5k time of 21:37 to finish in 79th place.
-Kaleb Craig finished right behind Thrasher in 80th place with a time of 21:41.

Middle School Girls On Four Game Winning Streak At Home!

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The Middle School Girls’ Volleyball team is proving to feel right at home during the last four matches against major competitors.
On Tuesday, September 5, the Lady Crusaders beat the Spartanburg Day Griffins by a score of 2/0.  Cerys Dempsey led the team with a 5-point service run in the first set and a 7-point service run in the second set to help with the win.
The team faced Greenwood Christian on Thursday, September 7 and handily won 2/0, with scores of 25-9 in the first set and 25-11 in the second set. Hannah LeCroy contributed a 6-point service run, Alyssa Heaton had a 10-point service run and Isabella Shealy earned a 12-point service run to lead our Lady Crusaders to victory. 
On Friday, September 8, Shannon Forest beat Bridgeway Christian Academy by a score of 2/0.  The first set totals were 25-16 and the second set 25-18. Heaton earned 7 service points during the first set. Anna Kathryn Belew earned 13 service points for the Lady Crusaders during the second set.
Finally, on Tuesday, September 12, Shannon went up against Oakbrook Prep and won a hard fought battle 2/1.  The Lady Crusaders fell short in the first set 20-25, but came back to win the second set 25-23.  Shannon wrapped up the victory in the third set 15-9.  Heaton had a 9-0 service run to win the second set after being down 23-16.