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Looking Ahead: A Winter Report On Spring Sports

As winter sports ends, the spring season is right around the corner. Here are the spring sports teams at Cardinal Gibbons and their standings going into the 2024 season.


  • Coach: Jim Liebler, assisted by Chris Poisella, Peter Sinopoli, Doug Smith
  • Seniors: James Allen, Samuel Daeke, Griffin Jackson, Liam Liebler, Benjamin O’Brien, Henry Russin
  • Top Games For 2024:
    • Cardinal Gibbons vs. Millbrook (March 5)
    • Cardinal Gibbons vs. Broughton (April 16)

The Cardinal Gibbons baseball program is led by Coach Jim Liebler, along with the help of Chris Poisella, Peter Sinopoli, and Doug Smith. Coming off of an 11-11 record in the 2023 spring season, this team will look to improve on their rankings. They finished third in the CAP-6 Conference last season, with seven wins and three losses. The team ended the season ranked 26th by MaxPreps in the North Carolina 4A East Division. Top games for this year include a home game faceoff against Millbrook on March 5 at 4:30 p.m. and against Broughton on April 16 at 6 p.m. The Crusaders narrowly beat Millbrook 3-2 last year, and Broughton is the defending CAP-6 champion team, so both are anticipated to be action-filled games.


Golf (M)

  • Coach: Robert Guzzo
  • Seniors: Cooper Lindsey, Maximilian Newton, Andrew Sevene
  • Top Matches:
    • CAP-6 Conference Match at Wildwood Green Golf Club (April 22)
    • Golf Regionals at Treyburn Country Club (May 6)

Although this group, led by Coach Robert Guzzo, may be on the smaller side, they have huge ambitions and goals for this season. Last year, the team narrowly missed qualifying for states, coming in sixth overall in the 4A East Regional. Senior Andrew Sevene qualified individually and tied for 62nd at the state championship meet. This year, they will aim to qualify for states and finish with a higher ranking at the regional meet. 

Lacrosse (M)

  • Coach: Gordon Galloway, assisted by Jim Ryan, Chip Mayer, Jack Albright
  • Seniors: Trevor Cooling, Preston Corin, Ross Dann, Christopher Denney, Brady Dolan, Spencer Graves, Nicholas Leonard, Ryan Malone, Holden Manuel, Oliver Rudd, Christopher Schwartz, Edward Sellars, Nicholas Van Arnam, Noah Wright
  • Top Games:
    • Cardinal Gibbons vs. Springfield, Pa. (March 27)
    • Cardinal Gibbons vs. Cannon (April 13)

Coming off a state championship, the men’s lacrosse team, coached by Coach Gordon Galloway and assisted by Jim Ryan, Chip Mayer, and Jack Albright, is working to stay on their same victorious path. They finished the year undefeated in the CAP-6 Conference with 10 wins and an overall record of 22-4. The team was ranked second in North Carolina and 34th nationally at the end of the year. After a loss to Springfield last year, by a score of 11-8, the Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders will be looking for revenge on March 27 at 4:30 p.m. In addition, another exciting matchup will be taking place against Cannon on April 13 at 10:30 a.m. This will be a rematch of the Crusader’s 9-8 overtime win last year.

Lacrosse (W)

  • Coach: Patricia Alexander, assisted by Sarah Comstock, Jordan Lappin
  • Seniors: Taylor Alexander, Isabelle Hammond, Charlotte Jackson, Lauryn Ngucu
  • Top Games:
    • Cardinal Gibbons vs. Springfield, Pa. (March 26)
    • Cardinal Gibbons at Charlotte Catholic (April 13)

Another 2023 state champion, the girl’s lacrosse team is headed by Coach Patricia Alexander, with help from Sarah Comstock and Jordan Lappin. These players also won the CAP-6 Conference with a 10-0 win-loss ratio and had an overall record of 21-2. The Crusaders were ranked first in North Carolina and 16th in the nation after their state championship win. After winning both the 2022 and 2023 state championships, they will be fighting this year for the three-peat. Their top games include a matchup against Springfield from Pennsylvania, who boasted a 14-1 record last year, and a rematch of the championship game at Charlotte Catholic. The former will take place at Gibbons on March 26 at 6:30 p.m., and the latter will be at Charlotte Catholic on April 13 at 3 p.m.

Soccer (W)

  • Coach: Brian Morgan, assisted by Tim Healy, Leigh McGill, Sal Bottone
  • Seniors: Ryleigh Dougherty, Nya Folk, Kathleen Jurgens, Ava Loverso, Lily Pryzwansky
  • Top Games:
    • Cardinal Gibbons vs. Heritage (March 11)
    • Cardinal Gibbons vs. Chapel Hill (March 13)

Although the women’s soccer team lost in the second round of the playoffs, their talent and skills were on display the entire season, as they were led by Coach Brian Morgan, with Tim Healy, Leigh McGill, and Sal Bottone. With a 16-3-3 overall record and 9-1 in conference play, the Crusaders were able to grasp first place in the CAP-6 Conference. They unfortunately lost to Apex High School on penalty kicks in the playoffs. Ending the season, the team was ranked 5th in the North Carolina 4A East Division, 12th in North Carolina, and 84th nationally. This season they hope to repeat their 2022 state championship win and strengthen the team after the loss of several seniors. Two important home games are approaching that are sure to provide a competitive environment for both teams. Gibbons will play Heritage on March 11 at 6:30 p.m. Then, on March 13, they will play Chapel Hill at 6:30 p.m after tying them 1-1 last year. 


  • Coach: Gia Peebles, assisted by Miles Clark, Kathleen Rimmer, Jenn Walker
  • Seniors: Brooke Padfield
  • Top Games:
    • Cardinal Gibbons vs. Sanderson (March 21)
    • Cardinal Gibbons vs. Leesville Road (April 12)

While they started off on a rocky road last season, the softball team, with Coach Gia Peebles, assisted by Miles Clark, Kathleen Rimmer, and Jenn Walker, was able to quickly pull it together and thread together a good number of wins towards the end of the season. They ended with an overall record of 8-7, but went 8-2 in conference play, leading them to rank second in the CAP-6 Conference and 34th in the 4A East Division according to MaxPreps. With only five of last year’s thirteen players being seniors, they will retain a majority of their team and are looking to start out where they left off last year. Two games stick out as highly competitive duels. The first is against Sanderson at 4 p.m. on March 21. This features a rematch against this conference-winning team, after going through both a win and loss against them last season. In addition, on April 12 at 4 p.m., the Crusaders will match up against Leesville Road. These two teams played against each other twice last year, resulting in an overtime win of 9-8 for the Crusaders and a 10-9 loss later in the season.

Tennis (M):

  • Coach: Andrew Tuttle, assisted by Kyler Zadell
  • Seniors: John Agnew, Jordan Brock, Logan Jimenez, Chapman Kinlaw
  • Top Matches:
    • Cardinal Gibbons vs. Leesville Road (March 21)
    • Cardinal Gibbons vs. East Chapel Hill (April 18)

The men’s tennis team, coached by Coach Andrew Tuttle and assisted by Kyler Zadell, is coming off an almost undefeated season, with a 21-4 record overall and 8-2 in conference play. Most of the games featured several-point wins, and while they did not qualify for states, the team still had a stellar season. This year, they will be looking to make the state meet. There are two games that will be impressive rematches from last year and will surely be thrillers. Our Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders will play Leesville Road at home on March 18 at 3:30 p.m., after losing to them twice last year 7-2 and 6-3 respectively, before beating them 5-4 in one of the last matches of the season. In addition, on April 18 at 4:30 p.m., the Crusaders will match up against East Chapel Hill, who they just managed to beat 5-4 last year. 

Track and Field:

  • Coaches: Tevin Quick, Ramon Gittens, Barbara Pierre, Nick Mangum
  • Seniors: Cole Carter, Grace Eberle, Ethan Emerton, Nya Folk, Derek Fusco, Peyton LaNasa, Amelia Linton, Catherine Lorelle, Jaden Miller, Daniel Pollaci, Chase Raifort, Joshua Serna, Bryce Zygmond
  • Top Meets:
    • CAP-6 Conference Championship at Cardinal Gibbons (April 27)
    • NCHSAA 4A East Regional at Willow Springs High School (May 11)

Coming off of a dominating season in the winter, this team, coached by Coach Tevin Quick, Coach Ramon Gittens, Coach Barbara Pierre, and Coach Nick Mangum, will continue to perfect their training throughout the spring. During indoor track and field season, several Gibbons runners, jumpers, throwers, and pole vaulters competed in different meets. At the indoor state meet, Cardinal Gibbons had several qualifiers, and even a state championship in the 4x800m relay. Coming into the outdoor season, this will be a team to watch as they progress toward the state championship on May 17 at NC A&T in Greensboro.

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Mikaela Povsic
Mikaela Povsic, Reporter
My name is Mikaela Povsic. I am currently a sophomore at Cardinal Gibbons. This is my first year writing The Gibbons Globe and I am excited to share the stories and inside tips.