Spring sports: Early season roundup


Nina Gervase

The Men’s Tennis gives Green Hope another point in the Fight for 55.

Men’s Tennis

Green Hope’s Men’s Tennis team has made quite the powerful swings for this upcoming season, with the team already winning their first three matches. On February 26, they played their first match against Apex Friendship, where they moved up 1-0 in the conference. Two days later, they played against Leesville where they continued their winning streak with a 5-4 victory. Then came March 1, where the team faced off against their biggest rival Panther Creek. They got a huge win, 6-3, and are now advancing 2-0 in the conference. The team captains for this year are Brij Bhat (´25) and Josh Bang (´23) and the head coach is Robert Jones. This year’s team is the largest tennis team in Green Hope history with a whopping 17 total players. The team is hungry for more victories as they take on Middle Creek on March 6. 


Green Hope Varsity Baseball is underway by playing scrimmages against Cape Fear High School, Purnell Swett High School, and South Johnston High School, winning against South Johnston and losing the other two. Starting third baseman Isaac Nitzkowski (‘24) stated: “The team has a lot to learn, but everyone feels connected playing with each other.” The team went 3-11 in conference play last year, so they look to improve when playing against local teams. They started the regular season by coming back to beat Athens Drive 7-6 dramatically, behind strong offensive output late in the game. They travel to Knightdale on 3/2 and finish the stretch by hosting Leesville Road on 3/3. The team hopes to continue the season strong.

Women’s Lacrosse

Starting off strong, Green Hope’s Varsity Women’s Lacrosse team has already won a match against Heritage with a final score of 18-11. The past two seasons have proven success for these Falcons with a record of 10-7 in 2021-22, and 12-1 in 2020-21. This season the team is led by captains, Jillian Orlando (‘23), Kelsie Stafford (‘23) and Delaney Cowen (‘24). Orlando says, “I really think we grew a lot as a team last year so I’m hoping that we get a more improved record this year.” Orlando attributes the success of the team to “working together well during practice which helps us have fun and stay committed to the team.” The Falcons have a busy schedule with multiple games a week, their next is this Thursday, March 3rd against Apex Friendship. 

Men’s Lacrosse

Already underway, Green Hope’s Varsity Men’s Lacrosse team played their first match against Leesville Road, ending with a score of 7-9 with Leesville taking the win. The past two seasons have not been the most successful for these Falcons with a record of 4-8 in 2021-22, and 5-11 in 2020-21. While the team has not named captains yet, the seniors are ready to have a more successful season. They play again Friday (3/3) against Apex Friendship and Monday (3/6) against Panther Creek. 

Men’s Golf  

Green Hope Men’s Varsity Golf team opened with their first match of the season on Monday, February 27, at MacGregor Downs Country Club. The five time state champions placed first among eight teams present, including Panther Creek, Green Level, and Apex Friendship, with a total score of 148. Senior Quinlan Polin (‘23) earned the top score of 35, with Ian Williams (‘23) following at 37. Coach Denton has high hopes for the season, as the team has performed consistently well in the past. On Friday, March 3, the team will play at the Scott Memorial Invitational in Clayton, North Carolina, 

Outdoor Track & Field

As spring begins, the Outdoor Track season officially starts up- coming off of a dominating winter season. Athletes are preparing for another season with practices every day after school and weight training for upcoming meets. The team looks to improve their sprint times and continue their strong long-distance performance from Cross Country season in the fall. Hurdler Marisa Eubanks (´24) states, “I’m excited for this season, especially after a successful outdoor track season continuing with consistent warmups, practices, and competitions.” The first track meet is on Wednesday, March 8th at Green Hope.


The softball season is coming in swinging with the team winning 16-6 against Millbrook High School last Monday the 27th, and 20-1 against Athens Drive. Now with a winning streak of 2-0, Green Hope is ranked 1st in Southwest Wake 4A division. This year, the team captains are Kendall Fowler (‘23) and Mary Buckner (‘24). The team aspires to have more younger players this year, so the team can secure more victories in the years to come and secure a place for Green Hope on the podium. They also hope to win more games this season. The Falcons are excited for this season, and they are ready to win more games. The next game is scheduled for Monday, March 6th here at Green Hope at 4:30.

Women’s Soccer

Green Hope’s Women’s Soccer team is full of high spirits for their upcoming season. Following a 6-12-1 record, they hope to use the new additions to the team to improve their communication skills and performance. On February 22, the team played together for the first time against Broughton high school which ended in a 0-2 loss, but that hasn’t deterred them. Junior M.G. Emanuelson explained that they are getting used to playing with new teammates and communicating. But, with captains Jane Broga, Mckenna Blount, and Lily Rhodes spearheading the team, Emanuelson is sure that the team’s chemistry will only improve and better their performance. The team’s staff this year includes Jason Wolfe as head coach, Danielle Jensen as an assistant coach, and a new addition, Bob Granko will be the team’s strength and conditioning coach. The goal for the team is to stay ahead of Green Hope’s rival Panther Creek and rank higher in the conference than they did in the 2022 season.