Seniors for the Christ School football team will forever relish the feeling of walking off Fayssoux Field as state champions. The glow has not faded much since November 20.
National Signing Day is another welcome addition to the memory bank as five Greenies make their college choices official.
As of Wednesday, defensive back/wide receiver Cade Mintz ’21 (Charlotte), defensive lineman/tight end Charlie Browder ’21 (Central Florida), lineman Ian Adams ’21 (The Citadel), linebacker/wide receiver Lex Long ’21 (Virginia), and defensive back/wide receiver Painter Richards-Baker ’21 (Dartmouth) will represent the reigning NCISAA Division II state champions at the next level.
Mickey Meguiar ’21 hyped up the rest of the Christ School football team Friday, shouting excitedly at the top of his lungs as the Greenies huddled for their usual pregame routine.
Nothing changed after kickoff, Mickey and the defense were still taking charge.
Big hits, three forced turnovers, a safety, and countless punts out of visiting Trinity Christian Academy all added up to Christ School’s first shutout of the season – a 38-0 blowout win in the semifinals of the NCISAA Division II state playoffs.
Uncertainty over COVID-19 nixed their 2020 spring sports seasons. And five Christ School student-athletes probably never imagined that one day their college signing ceremony would include masks and limited capacity.
Sam Brie ’21 (St. Bonaventure University lacrosse), Sean Dow ’21 (Lehigh University lacrosse), Andrew Graham ’21, (University of North Carolina Greensboro golf), Andrew Grande ’21 (Rice University baseball), and Keese Zugehoer (Lindenwood University lacrosse) basked in the spotlight all the same Wednesday with their families watching on.
Cade Mintz ’21 had just snaked his way 72 yards down the field for one of Christ School’s nine touchdowns when he spiked the football in the end zone closest to Noland House and Young House.
The touchdown celebration was a metaphor for the 94th installment of “The Game.”
Christ School has now beaten Asheville School 40 times in the history of the oldest high school rivalry in the Carolinas, but never as emphatically as Saturday. The Greenies set school records for points and margin of victory over the Blues in a 63-7 home win that had a running clock for the entirety of the second half.
Senior Night is something no Greenie will ever take for granted again, at least in the short term.
High school athletic events all over the United States came to a standstill in March for the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognition for many seniors from the Class of 2020 had to be done virtually.
Christ School has successfully resumed sports since August, and Wednesday was a chance to celebrate the soccer careers of Mitch Donahoo ’21, Tyler Bell ’21, Charlie Bell ’21, Carson Campbell ’21, Ollie Searle ’21, Luke Rheney ’21, Grant Haldeman ’21, Sam Brie ’21, Billy Thackston ’21, and ASSIST student Daniel Potapov ’22.
Davidson College basketball has been known to make some noise in the NCAA Tournament.
Christ School alumnus Ben Craig ’18 has put himself into position to experience the sights and sounds of March Madness firsthand by making the Wildcats’ roster for the 2020-21 season. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard from Montreat, N.C., is listed as a junior.