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.



Crusader Relay Teams Make A Splash At Home Meet!

The Crusader Swim team competed against Greer and Travelers Rest High Schools in a home meet on Saturday, September 16, at Thornblade. While both teams placed 3rd, the Boys’ 400 Free Relay team of Jacob Bettano, Eli Bouvier, Ladson Ellis and Thomas Dotson took 1st place.  Bettano also won the individual 400 Free race.  The Girls’ 200 Free Relay team of Micah West, Kayla Gustek, Jana Kronzucker and Hannah Wild took 2nd place, as did the Girls’ 400 Free Relay team of Aubrey Bouvier, Gustek, Megan McGovern, and Kronzucker.  Bettano, Bouvier, Ellis, and Dotson also earned a 2nd place finish in the Boys’ 400 Free Relay.  Gustek took 2nd in the 200 Free and 400 Free. Dotson came in 2nd in the 100 Fly and 400 Free.  The Crusaders posted three additional state cuts and will compete at home on Saturday, September 23, against Southside Christian.


Middle School Girls On Four Game Winning Streak At Home!

MS Volleyball01The 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.  GO CRUSADERS!


Crusaders Touch First In Three Big Swims
Our Crusader Swim team competed on Saturday, August 26, at the Newberry Academy Invite.  Shannon Forest had thirteen swimmers race along with fourteen other teams.  The Crusaders touched first with three big swims in a stellar performance. Kayla Gustek and Jacob Bettano both won the 200 IM and Gustek also touched first in the 100 Breast.  Bettano placed 4th in the 100 Breast and Ladson Ellis, who is finally back in the water after surgery, swam in 4th in the 50 Free.  The team posted eight more state cuts. The entire team is improving weekly and having a blast in the pool.  The Crusaders look forward to their next meet on Saturday, September 9, in Greenwood.


Lady Crusaders Continue Winning Ways
The Shannon Forest Varsity Volleyball team traveled to Laurens Academy on Tuesday, August 22, for their second match of the season.  The Lady Crusaders were hoping to avoid a letdown after a big win against Brashier Middle College.  Shannon controlled the first set for a 25-18 win. Laurens Academy responded in the second set by jumping out to an early 11-3 lead.  The Lady Crusaders did not look sharp early on in the second set, but came to life for a 22-5 run and won the second set 25-16.  The third set was a back and forth struggle until the very end, but Shannon outlasted Laurens Academy for a 25-22 win.  The team was led by Lauren Bowers and Britney Lee's defensive efforts; Heddy McGrey led the team in service points; Bowers led the team in kills and Julia Harris led the team in blocks and was second in kills.   The Lady Crusaders improved to 2-0 and hope to continue their winning ways Thursday at Hampton Park Christian School.


Lady Crusaders Blackout A TOTAL Eclipse!
The Shannon Forest Varsity Crusaders began their season Friday night at against Brashier Middle College in an ECLIPSE Blackout Night. Brashier started the match strong and took the 1st set 25-17. The Crusaders bounced back in the 2nd with a 25-18 win to even the match. Momentum swung towards Brashier early in the 3rd to take an 8-0 lead. The Crusaders managed to hold off Brashier's rally to finish the set 25-22 and win the match 3-1. The Crusaders were led by Lauren Bowers with a team high 37 digs and she also added 12 kills; Britney Lee contributed 21 digs; Julia Harris had a team high 15 kills and Heddy McGrey led the Crusader serving attack with seven aces. GO CRUSADERS!

Shannon Swimmers Post 18 State Cuts At Season Opener
The Shannon Forest Swim team posted 18 state cuts at their season opening meet Saturday at Converse College. Nine teams participated in the SDS Invitational. The Crusader Boys’ team finished 6th and the Girls’ team placed 7th. Jacob Bettano won the 100 Breast and became a member of the 100 Free "Sub Club" by posting a time under a minute. Kayla Gustek touched 2nd in the 100 Back and placed 3rd in the 50 Free. Thomas Gasque swam in 3rd in the 100 Free. Scoring Relays were the Girls’ 200 Medley with Caroline Baughman, Gustek, Anna Kathryn Belew and Aubrey Bouvier and the Boys’ 200 Free Relay with Bettano, Nathan Hultquist, Chris Geelhoed, and Gasque. Our newest swimmers performed like seasoned swimmers and almost all of our returning swimmers posted personal best times. It was an awesome season opener. The Crusaders swim again on Saturday, August 26 in Newberry. GO CRUSADERS!