|McCallie's State champion soccer team|
A team state title, a national runner-up finish and several individual state titles highlighted McCallie’s spring sports season which wrapped up the last week of May.
The soccer program, which has gone 43-5-8 over the last three seasons under Head Coach Chris Cushenbery, captured the school’s first state soccer crown since 1999.
The Blue Tornado defeated Brentwood Academy 3-1 in overtime to advance to the state’s final four. At the TSSAA’s Spring Fling in the Murfreesboro area, McCallie’s state semifinal opponent was the 2016 state champions, Christian Brothers of Memphis. Senior Noah Cingilli snapped a scoreless tie with a rebound goal in the 48th minute which would stand for the 1-0 victory. The win set up a matchup with Montgomery Bell Academy which had eliminated McCallie from the state tournament each of the last four years.
The Big Red struck first for a 1-0 lead. Freshman Noah Tremain knotted the score two minutes later. The Blue Tornado took the lead for good in the second half on a Drew Viscomi rocket to the left corner of the net. Junior William Hart beat the keeper in the 55th minute for a 3-1 advantage. MBA made it interesting with a late goal, but it was too little too late as the team and its fans celebrated following the match.
The crew team brought home a Silver Medal for second place and a fifth-place finish from the Scholastic Nationals in New Jersey. The Varsity Four boat competed against 32 others and finished second by 2.7 seconds. For more details, see our post on their trip to nationals.
Both the baseball and lacrosse teams reached the championship games of their respective sports. The baseball squad survived a nail-biter of a series against Montgomery Bell Academy then had to beat rival Baylor two-out-of-three in the quarterfinals to reach the state’s final four for the fourth consecutive year.
Under first-year coach Tim Costo, the Blue Tornado edged Memphis Briarcrest 1-0 in extra innings to move to the winner’s bracket. Brentwood Academy handed McCallie an 8-2 loss, setting up a rematch with Briarcrest. A 5-1 win sent the Blue Tornado to the championship needing to beat Brentwood Academy twice for the state title. The Eagles outlasted McCallie 6-5 in the deciding game.
In Coach Troy Kemp’s 25th year as head lacrosse coach, the Blue Tornado played perhaps their best game of the season, dispatching MBA in the state semifinals 16-7.
The finals pitted McCallie against Memphis University School. Both teams endured a 75-minute weather delay, and the Owls owned an 8-6 lead late in the final period. McCallie senior Mick Upchurch tied the score with a 25-yard shot to send the game into overtime. After a scoreless opening extra period, MUS won the game early in the second overtime to take the trophy.
|Hakim McMorris, center, state Decathlon champion|
Junior Hakim McMorris proved that he was one of the top athletes in the state by winning the Division II decathlon at the state track meet. Hakim won nine of the 10 events and set the stage for his four other events later in the week.
Hakim also won the state title in the 300-meter hurdles, placed second in the triple jump, tied for third in the high jump and was sixth in the 110 hurdles. He contributed 36.5 points of McCallie’s team total of 56.5, good for fifth place. Sophomore Dre Taylor also added points to the total, placing fourth in the discus and eighth in the shot put. And junior Adams Robinson placed seventh in the decathlon.
|State doubles tennis champs Ryan Crump and Charlie Thiel|
The tennis team advanced to the state’s final four for the 21st consecutive year. Directed by first-year Head Coach Jeff Clark ’91, the Blue Tornado faced Baylor in the team semifinals before falling 4-0. The senior duo of Ryan Crump and Charlie Thel advanced through the state doubles bracket to reach the finals and defeated Baylor’s top team 7-6, 6-4 to win the state doubles title. Also earning spots in the individual state competition were senior Evan Ellinger in singles and the doubles tandem of George Brant and Zan Meyer.
Spring State Titles
Varsity Soccer Team
Hakim McMorris (Decathlon, 300-meter Hurdles)
Ryan Crump/Charlie Thel (Tennis Doubles)