Athletic Highlights

February 2020 Athletic Highlights

The boys and girls varsity swim/dive teams finished second at the VISAA DII Invitational on Saturday, February 1. Spartan seniors Allison Langenburg '20 and Noah Nichols ’20 both set new meet records, Allison in the girls 200-yard freestyle (1:52.90) and Noah in the boys 100-yard breaststroke (56.34). A week later, Noah and Allison again clinched victories at the TCIS championship meet. Noah won both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle, and Allison took home the top spot in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. Erin Langenburg ’22 finished second in two races: the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle. Overall, the boys finished #3 and the girls finished #4.

Steward's varsity swim/dive teams also had an excellent showing at the VISAA state championship swim meet in Christiansburg on February 14-15. Together, our girls swim/dive team (Allison Langenburg '20, Erin Langenburg '22, Allie Witdoeckt '24, Ashley Compton '24, and Scottie Gilg '20) took home the VISAA DII state title. Noah Nichols '20 was the top boys swimmer in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke, not just within VISAA DII but across all state divisions.

A year after finishing the season #1 in the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools (TCIS), the varsity girls basketball team took home the top spot in the VISAA DII state championship. The Spartans battled their path to victory over Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 54-45 to finish the season with a 23-8 record. Mimi Traynham '21 ended the night with 20 points, while Sherese Pittman '21 collected 23 points and 16 rebounds.

December 2019 / January 2020 Athletic Highlights

With an uncanny display of skill (not to mention timing), three of Steward’s varsity basketball players—all of whom are juniors—joined the 1,000 career point club within weeks of one another. Sherese Pittman ’21, Efton Reid ’21, and Mimi Traynham ’21 reached the coveted milestone with a season and a half of play left to add to those numbers. The trio of Spartans received nods in the press from Richmond Times-Dispatch and NBC-12.

Zach Rosenthal ’21 was named Most Valuable Player of the Times-Dispatch Invitational Tournament held from December 20-23, 2019. Rosenthal scored a jaw-dropping 12 points in 87 seconds during the championship match against Trinity, pulling Steward out of a 9-point hole in the third quarter and leading the Spartans to a 65-63 victory. You can read about Zach’s memorable performance in a fantastic write-up of the championship game by the Richmond-Times Dispatch.

Three Spartans were named to the All-Metro team in their respective sports. They are Grace Fass ’21 (2nd team, field hockey), Casie Steinfatt ’21 (2nd team, field hockey), and Hannah Lipinski ’21 (2nd team, volleyball). Way to represent our school, ladies!

Steward’s varsity dive teams competed with Spartan fierceness on January 8, with strong performances from both the boys and girls teams. Four of the top five varsity boys divers at the TES January Invitational were from The Steward School, listed here in order of their finish at the meet: Matthew McCullough ’21, Elliot French ’20, James Cox ’20, and Jack Pusser ’20. On the varsity girls team, Nancy Walker ’22 finished second, and Anne Aderhold ’23 finished fifth.

The JV dive teams also had an excellent night on January 8. For the Steward JV girls, two divers finished in the top 10: Molly Timmerman ’26 (#6) and Laney Vanderbeck ’26 (#8). The Spartan JV boys took five of the top six finishes, listed here in order of their finish: Hays Aderhold ’25 (#1), Howard Aderhold ’25 (#2), Christian Vanderbeck ’26 (#3), Nathan Bridges ’26 (#5), and Nathan Gu ’25 (#6).

November 2019 Athletic Highlights

Once again, Summer Owens ’18 continues to make a name for herself on the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s cross country team. Despite this being her second year at UNCW, Summer has been their top women’s finisher five times already this season. In her latest race at the Colonial Athletic Association Cross Country Championships on November 2, she completed the 6K race with a time of 22:26, good enough to place her 45th out of 75 runners.

Talk about being in the zone...freshman Sam Roberson went on a historic run this season, scoring in 18 consecutive games and setting a boys soccer record. His feat earned him a nod from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which you can read here.


October 2019 Athletic Highlights

Steward’s name has been popping up all over the TCIS polls this month! Our varsity boys soccer team, after winning the Steward Invitational a few weeks back, is currently ranked #1 among VISAA Division II teams with a record of 10-1-1. Varsity girls tennis is also ranked first in VISAA’s Division II with an overall record of 7-1. Field hockey (7-4) and volleyball (8-3) both sit at #5 in their divisions as well. Let’s keep it up!

Every week, our cross country team sees more and more runners break their personal bests. Coach Laura Akesson is thrilled with the energy and impact newcomers have brought to the team, and we all have high hopes for the TCIS race at the end of the month.

We sure got a kick out of hearing that Erin Shaia '25 was featured on the Richmond Strikers website this month! They published an in-depth article detailing how Erin developed a passion for soccer and has taken her skills to the next level playing center mid and left offensive wing on the U13 Elite team where she is "an impact player." Read the full profile here!

Tall man Efton Reid ’21 continues to tower above the pack. On October 10, he headed off to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to try out for the U18 Men’s National Team. Read more about it by clicking here. We expect onlookers to be as impressed with his game as we are!

Four more Spartans committed to play sports in college. It looks like we’re on a record pace for verbal commitments this year! Maria Fabiato ’20 and Anna Kilduff ’20 will both join the Randolph-Macon College athletic program—Maria on the women’s soccer team, and Anna on the women’s lacrosse team. Allison Langenburg ’20 has decided to take her swimming flow to the Air Force Academy, while Erik Engelke ’20 has committed to the Naval Academy for gymnastics. We congratulate these players on making the big decision, and we expect more to come as the year goes on!

Volleyball standout Hannah Lipinski ’21 was named MaxPreps/AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Virginia High School Player of the Week for the week of October 28. MaxPreps and the AVCA honor standout high school student-athletes for their outstanding play every week. For the week of October 28, Hannah played 15 sets and made 174 assists, 34 digs, and 19 aces.

August-September 2019 Athletic Highlights

Senior Noah Nichols, who has already verbally committed to swim for the University of Virginia next year, continues to set the water on fire with his outstanding performance in the pool. Over the summer, Noah qualified for his second Olympic time trial, this time in both the 100- and 200-yard breastroke. The 2020 USA Swimming Olympic Team Trials will be held June 21-28 in Omaha, Nebraska, but we bet he will accomplish many great things between now and then.

Juniors Hannah Lipinski and Kennedy Crook are catching a lot of attention for their success on the volleyball court. Both Spartans were recently listed on the American Volleyball Coaches Association 2019 Phenom Watch List. This distinction places them in a small field of uncommitted juniors across the nation who are invited to attend the Phenom College Preparatory Program (PCPP) this winter in Pittsburg, where there will be more than 150 college coaches in attendance. Fun fact: Over the past seven years, 80% of athletes who participate in the PCPP go on to play volleyball in college!

Over the summer, seniors Harrison Clifton and Owen DeShazo both committed to play college baseball. Harrison, a left-handed pitcher, committed to University of Richmond, while Owen agreed to play shortstop at Boston College. Those teams will be lucky to have them!

“Personally, I think the Spartans should fare well in the TCIS this year.” That’s what Keion Robinson predicted for Steward’s varsity basketball team this season in an excellent team rundown on Phenom Hoop Report. Read the article in full here.

Recent alumna Summer Owens ’18 led the way at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s cross country team opener against Elon. Summer finished the women’s 4K race with a 15:15 time, which was good enough for 26 out of a group of 89 runners. We're glad to see she continues to rise to the top!

April Athletic Highlights

As our senior class finalizes their post-graduation plans, there is a lot of exciting athletic news to report. Senior Jack Caldwell will head to TOVO Academy in Barcelona, Spain. TOVO is a highly competitive academic and athletic training facility for soccer players. Brothers John and Peter Orgain will play for the Hampden-Sydney lacrosse team. Shawn Brown and Jonathan Stringfellow are both headed to Lynchburg College—Jonathan to play soccer and Shawn baseball. Baseball player Sam Barden rounds out the collegiate athletes with plans to play baseball at Rhodes College.

Sophomore swimmer Noah Nichols was named to the 2018 All-Metro Boys First Team for the 100 and 200 breast. He was highlighted in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Alumnus Marvin Cannon '17 was recently called up to play basketball for Washington State University. Read more!

Our boys varsity tennis team is currently ranked #1 in the state for Division II! The conference tournament will take place the week of May 7 at Old Dominion University. Go Spartans!

March Athletic Highlights

Congratulations to senior Jonathan Stringfellow, who has committed to playing varsity soccer at Lynchburg College in the fall! Jonathan played for Steward’s varsity soccer team and was named an VISAA All State athlete at the end of the fall 2017 season. We will keep you updated with the names of more students who have committed to playing college athletics!

Our varsity girls basketball team had an excellent season this year—they made it all the way to the state semifinals! In the TCIS conference, they finished as co-champions, tied 7-1 with Norfolk Academy. This was the school’s first conference championship in years and the first TCIS championship ever. Freshmen players Mimi Traynham and Sherese Pittman were named to the All-Tournament Team and were also honored with First Team All-Conference recognition. In addition, Sherese was named the TCIS Player of the Year! Congratulations to the whole team on this outstanding accomplishment.

February Athletic Highlights

Two Steward alumni were recently recognized for their contributions to their university's athletic departments. Marvin Cannon '17 was named the week nine KJCCC Kansas MTXE Men's Division I Basketball Player of the Week! Marvin plays basketball for Barton Community College—click here to read more. In addition, Anna Fuhr '14, a tennis player at Emory University, was one of eight senior-athletes at Emory recognized as members of the Class of 2018 100 Senior Honorary. Click here to read more. Congrats to both of these Spartans!

Check out this great feature on our varsity boys basketball coach Curt Kassab in Short Pump Neighbors magazine, which is mailed to 4,000 families in the Short Pump area! Also, thank you to Ashley Cogbill, owner of Le Vigne Photography, for the great photos of Coach Kassab and our team.

January Athletic Highlights

On January 8, the Richmond Times-Dispatch sports section published an article mentioning varsity girls basketball freshmen players Mimi Traynham and Sherese Pittman. Currently, Sherese is leading our area in average number of points scored per game! Mimi isn't far behind. Click here to read the article and find out more. Way to go, Spartans!

This month, sophomore Noah Nichols swam in the TYR Pro Swim Series in Austin, Texas. The meet featured several Olympians and some of the best swimmers from all over the world. Noah finished 13th in the 100 breast stroke and 18th in the 200 breast stroke. Way to go, Noah!

December Athletic Highlights

Congratulations to the following student-athletes who received honors as a result of their performance in the fall athletic tournaments:

Boys Soccer:

  • First Team All-TCIS: Jack Caldwell and Ned Cole
  • Second Team All-TCIS: Jonathan Stringfellow
  • First Team All-State: Jack Caldwell and Jonathan Stringfellow
  • Second Team All-State: Ned Cole

Field Hockey:

  • First Team All-TCIS: Lizzie Parris
  • Second Team All-TCIS: Abbie Campbell
  • Second Team All-State: Lizzie Parris


  • Second Team All-TCIS: Hannah Lipinski and Crary Moore
  • TCIS Sportsmanship Award for whole team


  • First Team All-TCIS Singles: Julia Monroe
  • Second Team All-TCIS Singles: Anna Pastore
  • First Team All-TCIS Doubles: Julia Monroe and Sonali Sanjay
  • First Team VISAA All-State: Julia Monroe and Anna Pastore

November Athletic Highlights

We have exciting fall athletic tournament updates! Varsity boys soccer finished fifth in division II. They play no. 12 Wakefield School on Friday, November 3 at home at 3:30 p.m. There will be a $5 admissions fee (Steward students and faculty/staff may come for free). If they win, the quarterfinals will be Monday, November 6 at Covenant at 3 p.m.

Varsity cross country will compete in the state meet on Friday, November 10 at Woodberry Forrest.

Varsity girls tennis finished fourth in the two-day TCIS tournament, which included division I and II players from 10 different schools. The team is ranked fifth in the state, and will compete in the state championships on Tuesday, November 7 at Highland.

Come out and support these amazing Spartans!

October Athletic Highlights

Sophomore Noah Nichols, who swims for Poseidon Swimming, will head to USA Swimming's National Select Camp from October 26-29 in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center. The camp only takes the top three swimmers nationwide from each age group and event, so he'll be in elite company. Learn more by clicking here to watch a video by NBC12.

September Athletic Highlights

  • This summer, varsity volleyball coach Greg Young (pictured) coached the ODR Future Select team and competed at the High Performance Championship for USA Volleyball. These are all of the top 12-13 year olds from the Old Dominion.
  • Freshman Ben Poling set a school record for cross country by running a 5K race in 17:20. In addition, varsity girls and boys cross country won their races, including a win over Trinity, who were the state champs in their division two years ago.
  • Alumnus Marvin Cannon '17 is playing basketball at Barton College in Kansas.
  • This summer, varsity golf coach Catesby Jones played golf in St. Andrews, Scotland, doing eight rounds in seven days.

May Athletic Highlights

  • Freshman Noah Nichols (pictured) was recognized by Virginia Swimming as the 13/14 swimmer of the year in the entire state. Congrats, Noah!
  • Freshman Erik Engelke has been awarded the USA Men's Gymnastics All-American Academic Award. He has been training and competing as a level 10 gymnast this year (only 15-18 year old students compete at this level). He competed last month at regionals and qualified for nationals. Out of six states, the top 23 gymnasts in each age group qualify to go to nationals. He competes at preliminaries on Thursday, May 11, and if he places in the top 23 all-around or top 12 in any individual event, he will then compete at finals on Saturday, May 13. Good luck, Erik!

April Athletic Highlights

After winning their match against Benedictine, our varsity boys tennis team (pictured) is unbeaten with a 5-0 record. Come out and support them at their next match. In addition, our varsity girls soccer teams won both of their games at St. Margaret's Tournament this month. Keep up the good work, ladies!

March Athletic Highlights

Freshman Allison Langenburg swims for NOVA year round and was thrilled to achieve her first time standards for the 2017 NCSA (National Club Swimming Association) Junior National Swimming Championship in Orlando, Fla. this week. She swam the 200 and 500 Freestyle and 200 backstroke along with two time trials in 400 IM and 100 free. This is the next meet level up after Virginia State, Eastern Zone swimming championships on Long Island, and NASA Elite 14 and Under Showcase Classic in Clearwater, Fla, all of which she has participated in.

February 2017 Athletic Highlights

  • Middle School math teacher Diane Maiese was named VISAA Co-Coach of the Year for her amazing work as a diving coach. She has previously been named a four-time NCAA All American and NCAA Diving Champion. Way to go, Ms. Maiese!
  • Coached by Upper School teacher Eric Hopp, freshmen Noah Nichols and Allison Langenburg competed at the state swimming championship this past weekend, and both had an excellent meet. Noah finished third in the 200-meter individual medley and second in 100-meter breaststroke. Allison finished eighth in 200-meter freestyle and fourth in 500-meter freestyle. 42 schools brought male swimmers to the meet and Steward finished sixteenth, while 36 schools brought female swimmers and Steward finished seventeenth. Out of just Division II schools, Steward finished fourth in girls and fifth in boys. Congrats to these talented Spartans!
  • Coached by Jamiel Allen ’02, senior Marvin Cannon (pictured) was recognized before the varsity boys basketball game on Saturday, February 18 for scoring 1,000 points in his basketball career to date. He is only the third Steward varsity boys basketball player ever to reach this milestone. Before coming to Steward, Marvin played basketball at Highland Springs High School. Congrats, Marvin!
  • Our award-winning baseball field has received another prestigious honor by being selected as a winner of Pioneer Athletics’ 2016 Fields of Excellence Award. As a benefit of the award, Steward will receive a certificate of recognition and a Fields of Excellence banner that can be displayed on our field. Click here to read about the hard work that goes into maintaining our athletic fields.




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