March 3, 2019
Mar 4-7 - PG National Championship
Mar 8 - Winter Sports Banquet (Parents Welcome)
Mar 9 - Admissions Open House
Mar 16 - Band @ St Patrick's Day Parade - Charlotte
April 6-7 - Junior Retreat
April 12-13 - Homecoming
Major Scott Roach is the Chair of our Social Studies Department and in his eighteen years at Hargrave has taught classes ranging from 7th Grade Math to AP Government.
He started at Hargrave as an assistant baseball coach, while teaching in the public school system. Soon he was on the Hargrave faculty and coaching basketball, football, and baseball. The structured environment and one-on-one relationships with students drew him to Hargrave and has kept Coach Roach here. "Students cannot fall through the cracks; they either get a pat on the back or we hold them accountable."
The middle school basketball team has just finished their season and Coach Roach really enjoys working with this age group. "They are a different animal. They think they can play like NBA players but do not yet have the experience and physical abilities they need." He enjoys helping them to develop their abilities and push past their limits. "The payoff is much sweeter. You get a sense of their growth and knowledge over a season. Some start the season not being able to make a layup and finish being able to do it with either hand."
"We do not win every game and losing is not fun, but you can learn a lot from it. It is through failure that you learn to appreciate victories in life."
Major Roach grew up near Chatham and used to tease his best friend who was a cadet at Hargrave about his short hair. His grandmother used to threaten to enroll him at Hargrave. Much like many young men at that age he had "blurred vision" and "did not appreciate what a school like Hargrave can do for a young man".
One of his favorite memories over the years is of a student who now plays college basketball who hardly talked in class but wrote him a note saying, "Thank you, sir, for everything that you have done." Another former student recently came back and spoke to the Corps. "He was a real soup sandwich when he showed up at Hargrave and now he is an Assistant DA".
"This is the best job I have ever had. I do not want to be anywhere else."
Eight of our cadets have returned from the 43rd annual Military School Band and Choir festival hosted at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. It was an intense three-day festival where our cadets worked with 140 other cadets from ten military schools from around the nation. They received musical instruction from several of the nation's premier military musicians: the former conductor of the United States Air Force Band, Larry Lang, Col, USAF (Ret); current conductor of the USAF Academy Band, Lt Col Daniel Price, and the current Drum Major of the US Navy Band Senior Chief Musician Michael Bayes. The event culminated in a two-hour concert featuring the concert band, the concert choir, and a Drum Major competition.
- MSgt Tyler Selden, Band Director
The 2018-2019 season ended in heartbreaking fashion on Wednesday night as the Hargrave Tigers fell to Virginia Episcopal School, 40-39, in the VISAA Division 2 State Tournament Elite Eight. The Tigers capped off the season with a 13-12 record.
In the rubber match between Hargrave and Virginia Episcopal, both teams came into the game prepared, especially since they had faced off just 12 days prior. The Tigers, coming off a victory on Tuesday night, had no shortage of energy to start the game. After Virginia Episcopal scored the game's first basket, IJ Ezuma '21 (Raleigh, NC) knocked down a nothing-but-net three pointer to give the Tigers their initial lead. That momentum helped Hargrave to close out the first quarter with an 11-4 lead with a combination of stifling defense and timely shooting. Virginia Episcopal opened up the second quarter with a pair of free throws but Matt Brown, Jr. '19 (Kenosha, WI) nailed a three pointer to push the Hargrave lead to 14-6. The Tigers saw their lead grow to 20-9 after a Wade Thomas '19 (Danville, VA) corner three-pointer, the Tigers third of the first half, but Ezuma picked up his second foul and Virginia Episcopal was able to chip away at the Hargrave lead. Hargrave held a 21-17 advantage going into the locker room.
The third quarter was back and forth with both teams making runs. Virginia Episcopal cut their deficit to as little as two points but an Ezuma 17-footer on Hargrave's final third quarter possession gave the Tigers a 30-26 lead heading into the final quarter of play. Brown, Jr. opened the scoring with a big time three-pointer, his third of the game, to give the Tigers a 33-26 lead. But on the ensuing possession, Virginia Episcopal knocked down a deep three pointer, which kept it a two possession game. However, the Tigers rattled off the next four points with a Justin Campbell '20 offensive rebound putback and an Ezuma lay-up. The 37-29 advantage was the Tigers' biggest lead of the second half. After another Virginia Episcopal three-pointer, Nathan Kania '20 (Danville, VA) passed out of double team and connected with Ezuma for another lay-up, giving Hargrave a 39-32 lead with 1:30 remaining in regulation. Over the last 1:30 of the game, Hargrave missed three front end of one-and-ones from the free throw line and Virginia Episcopal had an answer for all of them. With 29.9 seconds remaining, Hargrave, still clinging to a 39-38 lead, needed to muster up the strength for one more stop but Virginia Episcopal grabbed an offensive rebound and put the game-winning bucket in with 1.8 seconds remaining on the clock. Thomas's half-court heave was off the mark and the game, and Hargrave's season, ended in heartbreak, 40-39.
Notable Performances Included:
Matt Brown, Jr. '19--19 points, 2 steals
IJ Ezuma '21--11 points, 4 rebounds
After the game, Coach Veshi said, "The big theme before the game and throughout every timeout tonight was a simple question, 'How do you want to spend tomorrow?' and for all but seven seconds of the game, we were on track to enjoy tomorrow but it was a tough way to have our season end. I'm so proud of us for gutting it out against a tough, talented, resilient Virginia Episcopal squad. I've got nothing but respect for those guys but this one really hurts. Our guys played their hearts out, they embraced being an underdog, and we almost made enough plays to win it. But to see the successes that our program has had over the past few years constantly makes me proud. We've made three straight Elite Eight appearances and we've had a chance to win them all. It was one heck of a ride this season and despite tonight's heartbreaking loss, I reminded our guys to leave the locker room with their heads held high. They represented themselves, this team, their families, and the Academy extremely well this season and I'm proud of every single one of them."
- Coach Ben Veshi, Head Varsity Basketball Coach & College Counselor