Anthem Prep Teams are Winners
Anthem Prep soccer, softball and baseball teams are proving they are winners in and out of the classroom.
Anthem Prep’s girls’ middle school soccer team players are champions for the second time in three years after defeating Scottsdale Prep, 3-2.
The Eagles jumped to the lead on a brilliant strike outside the box by Brenna Pillsbury and then pushed the score to 2-0 on Sydney Garretson’s 12th goal of the season. Scottsdale climbed back in the game, tying it at 2-2 with just three minutes to go. The match came down to penalty shots with Pillsbury, Tamsin Czochara and Natalie Kim all scoring.
Anthem Prep’s keeper Jasmyn McEwen turned away two Scottsdale shots. Makayla Roe, who led the 10-2 Eagles in scoring with 14 goals this season, stepped up and converted the game-winning penalty kick to win the game. Eighth graders Alexis Montague, Kaylene Connolly, Kylie Seaton, Savanah Wyllie and Alyssa Norton provided leadership all season long.
The win capped an exciting day for Anthem Prep with the softball team reaching the finals. The Eagles rallied from seven runs down in the final game but fell just short, losing 8-7 to Veritas Prep. Coach Jenn Murdaugh did a masterful job taking a team who won just one game last season to the championship game. Anabel Sauter, Abigail Hadlock, Rachel Hartenbower, and Madeline Davis were exceptional this season, and pitcher Mackenna Forte was outstanding every outing.
The school’s middle school baseball team won the Division II Championship, beating Mesa Prep 8-5, its second title in three years. Starting pitcher Stephen Patterson continued his great playoff run with a strong five innings, and closer Anthony Marrama shut the door to secure the win. Trenton Phebus and Kyle Connolly were defensive standouts.
Anthem Prep is in its third year and is fielding very competitive athletic teams, in addition to its exceptional academic program.