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Thursday, August 17, 2017 Goldsboro News-Argus — 15 WAYNECOUNTRYDAY• GIRLS/BOYSCROSSCOUNTRY Wayne Country Day's girls' cross country team is the reigning N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A state champion. The Chargers hope to make it two straight this fall. News-Argus file photo GIRLS' TENNIS • There's a little uneasiness surrounding the Chargers this season. Can they win their fifth consecutive N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A dual- team tennis title? Junior Langley Barnes and senior Hannah Fesler are nursing injuries. Jennifer Potts,Eliza Eagles,Hanna McKeithan and Nancy Chen are expected to handle the top four spots. Vail's uncle Luke has stepped into an assistant role this sea- son. BOYS' SOCCER • State champs in 2015 and runners-up in 2016. The lone key loss was Noah "Bricks" Adkins,a quick-thinking and quick-reacting midfielder who directed the Chargers' offense with the precision of a Timex watch. WCDS has plenty of speed and strik- ers back — Marquise Newell,Ben Cohen, Hunter Bryson,Luis Lopez — just to name a few. Defensive transition will be a crucial component for the Chargers,who will face a challenging schedule this fall. VOLLEYBALL • Hailey Wilhade and assistant coach Mike Bolechowski have transformed a floundering program into one that's found a little swagger. Despite the offseason trans- fer of an all-conference setter,the Chargers return the core of their offense. Cate Eagles will have numerous offensive options — outside,middle and right side — at the net. The passing game and consistent transi- tion on offense and defense,will determine the team's success as the season pro- gresses. WCDS is coming off a 10-11 season that included its first playoff appearance since 2012. FALLSPORTSOUTLOOKS By RUDY COGGINS rcoggins@newsargus.com Wayne Country Day has taken the girls' cross country scene by storm over the past two seasons. They emerged as the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state 1-A champion in 2016 after a runner-up finish in 2015. Now,the boys want to add some wind gusts of their own. Can anyone weather the Chargers,who will be just as stout and fast as they were a year ago? Head coach Robert Glass said the program didn't experience anything abnormal in the offseason,but added that it's grown to 42 runners — girls and boys combined.The runners did their own summer workouts. "Our boys' team grew with some new juniors who are older ...a few more who wanted to compete,"Glass said."They see success and they want to be a part of it.I really feel the boys have just as good a chance (at a state title) as the girls. "Success breeds success." Two all-state performers — Gray Young and Ashton Gupton —return on the girls' side.Also back are Natalie and Elizabeth Bailey,Kate Nielsen and Katherine Eltz.New faces in the program appear in sev- enth,eighth and ninth grade,along with a couple of transfers. On the boys' side,junior Cole Atwood crossed the line fourth and earned a nod on the all-state team last season.The Chargers placed fifth overall in the team portion, which matched their effort from the 2015. Glass also anticipates quality campaigns from seniors Suraj Patel and Daniel Covert,juniors Charlie Dees and Cooper Edmondson,and sophomore Connor Bauer.Dees joined the squad in the offseason. Throughout 2015,Glass constant- ly updated his PR (personal record) list for both teams.Runners topped their previous best times in various meets,even the season-ending Coastal Plains Independent 1-A championships.WCDS claimed the boys' and girls' titles. "I think a lot of it is they feed off of each other,"Glass said."They feed off of the success,but if they see Gray Young working hard,then they want to work hard.Nobody slacks and they hold each other account- able and that's what I think really helps our success. "That's a huge part because every- body wants to succeed.Me,as a coach,I couldn't be any prouder." The Chargers' training regimen includes sprints,course work,dis- tance and a timed run.The runners, through Glass' watchful eyes, Success breeds success:Chargers' program grows in offseason ■More boys decide to come out this season and have state-title aspirations, says head coach Robert Glass. See GROWS,Page 18

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