2016 - 2017 Athletic Highlights

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CDS athletics experienced its most successful year to date in 2016-2017. Both our teams and our individuals had exceptional years. CDS had one team District Runner up, six team District Championships, two team Regional Finalists, one team Regional Champion, and one State Runner up. We also had three individual District Champions, 30 individual Regional qualifiers, five individual State qualifiers, and one individual State Runner up.

Team Accomplishments

District Runner Up

  • Boys Soccer

District Champions

  • Volleyball
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Basketball
  • Softball
  • Boys Tennis
  • Girls Tennis

Regional Finalist

  • Volleyball
  • Softball

State Runner Up

  • Girls Basketball

FHSAA Academic Team Champions

  • Volleyball – 1st in Class 3A (3.832)
  • Overall Standing 3A – 2nd place

Distinguished Individual Efforts for the Team

Cross Country:

  • Entire boys’ team advanced to Regionals: Russell Duncan (’17), Jacob Flansburg (’18), Reed Ham (’17), Thomas Horsington (’18)(alt), Ben Jones (’19), Ryan Lam (’18), Jack Pironti (’18), Robert Poehlitz (’19), and Avery Pullara (’19)(alt). Rachel Stevenson (’18) advanced for the girls’ team.


  • Congratulations Ryan Verscharen (’18) and Stephen Walters (’18) for making the Hillsborough County Senior All-Star Football Team. They competed in the All-Star game Saturday, December 3 at Raymond James Stadium. Let's Go Patriots!


  • After Districts the team broke a combined total of six team records. Congratulations to Madison Drablos (’19), Emily Paglicci (’18), Emma Herron (’19), Arabella Huges (’18), and Gabe Slater (’22) who were involved in these record breaking performances. Swimmers advancing to Regionals were Madison Drablos (’19) (individual and relays), Emily Paglicci (’18) (individual and relays), Emma Herron (’19) (individual and relays), Arabella Hughes (’18) (relays), Taylor Scott (’21) (relays) and Libby McCaffrey (’21) (relays).


  • October 28, 2016 – Congratulations to Gabi Quarles (’18) on being Bay News 9 Athlete of the Week!


  • 1/7/2017 – Congratulations to our varsity girls' basketball player, CC Mays (’20) on being nominated female Hot Shot athlete of the week by the Tampa Bay Times HomeTeam staff for her great stats during the CDS Holiday Tournament! Go Patriots! 
  • 2/18/17 – Varsity girls' basketball freshman, Jackie Laihinen (’20) nominated female Hot Shot athlete of the week by the Tampa Bay Times HomeTeam. Jackie has been nominated by the Hometeam staffers after her amazing performance in the Regional Final game, which put our Patriots in to their first ever state final four! Congratulations Jackie! Go Patriots! 
  • Karim Nohra named Coach of the Year by the Tampa Bay Times (Girls Basketball).


  • 1/21/2017 – Varsity girls' soccer player, Katie Flinter (’21) was nominated female Hot Shot athlete of the week for her game-winning goal in the District Finals against Seffner Christian. Congratulations Katie, and Go Patriots!
  • 1/28/2017 – CDS' varsity soccer player, Katrina Lenis (’18) for female Hot Shot athlete of the week. Kat is being nominated after her impressive hat trick against St. Pete Catholic in the Regional Quarter Final game. Congratulations Kat and Go Patriots!  
  • Tampa Bay Times All-Tampa Bay Boys’ Soccer Team 
    Honorable mention: Jack Pironti (’18), James Tison (’17)
  • Tampa Bay Times all-Tampa Bay Girls’ Soccer Team 
    Honorable mention: Rachel Stevenson (’18), Katrina Lenis (’18)


  • Our entire team advanced to Regionals after placing 10th out of 32 at Districts: Gunnar Brynjolfsson (District Champion), Jonathan Conrad (’22) (District, Regional, and State Runner Up), Grayson Fisher (’18) (District Champion, and State Qualifier), Kourosh Rashidian Dezfouli (’20).

Track and Field:

  • Tampa Bay Times All-Tampa Bay Track and Field Team
    Honorable Mention: Hailey Crow ('19)

Regional Qualifiers

  • 100M – Emma Architetto ('20) 3rd place (13.00)
  • 400M – Lauren Tate ('20) 2nd place (1:03.84 PR)
  • 100H – Honami Adachi ('18) 2nd place (18.23 PR)
  • 800M – Rachel Stevenson ('18) 1st place (2:34.79)
  • Pole Vault – Hailey Crow ('19) 2nd place (2.59M PR & SR)
  • 4x100M – Tionna Waters ('20), Emma Architetto ('20), Rachel Stevenson ('18), Sophie Haag ('23) (51.70 PR)
  • 4x400M – Russell Duncan ('17), Ryan Lam ('18), Jack Pironti ('18), Nick Hallenbeck ('20) with Lukas Leon ('19) & Brock Benson ('19) Alternates 3rd place (PR & SR)
  • 4x800M – Ryan Lam ('18), Evan Blazowski ('21), Avery Pullara ('19), Bobby Poehlitz ('19) (9:52.65 PR)

State Meet

  • Pole Vault – Hailey Crow ('19) 6th place (2.794M PR & SR)


  • Tyler Frazee (’18) (District Champion in singles and doubles) and Dan Smith (’20) (District Champion in doubles)


  • Tampa Bay Times All-Tampa Bay Softball Team
    Honorable Mention: Emma Frost ('17)
  • Tampa Bay Times All-Hillsborough County Softball Team
    2nd Team: Emma Frost ('17)
    Honorable Mention: Kylie Coffin ('20) and Sydney Pelaez ('18)


  • Won their pool in the Saladino Tournament, which included wins over Brandon and Plant. They finished 4th overall out of 32 teams. They also won the Sportsmanship award for their play on the field and character during the tournament. All Tournament team: Frank Furey (’18) and Rodrigo Montenegro (’18).

CDS Venue Milestones

Turf Field Debut – September 9, 2016

  • Carrollwood Day School’s Patriot football team played their first home game on campus in the new Wagner Athletic Complex! 

Hayes Family Gymnasium Initiation to CDS Sports – August 30, 2016

  • Carrollwood Day School celebrated its first JV and varsity volleyball home openers against Canterbury School. Go Patriots! 
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