Athletics is considered an important part of The O’Neal School curriculum. For the most part, students may begin participating on sports teams in the seventh grade. At the high school level, close to 90% of O’Neal's upper school students compete on a varsity or junior varsity team at least one season during the year.
The athletics program consists of fall, winter and spring sports. Sports include: Soccer, Track and Field, Cross Country, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, Golf and Swimming. A cheerleading program takes place during basketball season.
Strength and conditioning sessions in O’Neal’s sports performance center with a certified instructor are a part of every team’s weekly practice schedule. Student-athletes also have an athletic trainer available on campus to meet their needs.
O’Neal teams play in the Triangle Triad (TRI-TAC) Conference of the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association and compete in the 2A division. The School has won the Wachovia Cup (now Wells Fargo Cup) for overall athletic excellence seven times in the past twenty years.
Involvement in the athletics program calls for a commitment. Practices and games are often held on school holidays and breaks as well as weekends from time to time. Players are expected to attend.
The Falcons finished out the regular season on a high note with an 11-1 overall (8-0 conference) record winning the Eastern Plains Independent Conference (EPIC) Championships, securing a first- round bye in the NCISAA tournament and home field advantage.
O’Neal senior Ellie Henry has committed to the College of William and Mary to swim for the Tribe’s Women’s Swim team. Henry is convinced that William and Mary is the perfect fit, “I have been to many college campuses, but there was something that just stood out about William and Mary. I felt very at home there. It’s a wonderful school with a long and respected history; it’s just the perfect fit for me, both as a student, and as an athlete.”
One of The O’Neal School’s star student-athlete golfers, Fulton Smith, has made a verbal commitment to study and play golf for Wake Forest University. Smith has secured a spot on the Demon Deacons golf team for the fall 2019.
Upper School English Teacher and Coach Jackie Cavallini
Before every first whistle, the New Zealand All Blacks take formation to perform the haka, a routine that is composed with guttural chanting, rhythmic body smacking, and a couple stuck-out tongues. What do the O’Neal Falcons have in common with these burley rugby players? They play for the shirt.
The O’Neal School is excited to have Jeff Haarlow ‘92 as varsity boys basketball coach and physical education instructor this school year. Jeff served as assistant coach for varsity boys basketball for the past two years.
The Middle School Baseball team has had an outstanding season, leaving them to play in the championship game against Village Christian Academy at Village Christian on Monday, May 15th at 4pm. Go Falcons!
After a bit of a slow start, the Falcon's pull away at the start of the second half to bring home to win in the EPIC Tournament Quarterfinals. The final score saw the Falcon's victorious over Trinity of Raleigh by the score of 40-20.
O'Neal's Middle School Cheer and Pep teams had an excellent showing in competition in Fayetteville on Saturday, Jan. 21st. The pep team's exhibition was rated "Excellent" and the Falcon Cheer Team came in first place!
O'Neal girls and boys swim teams showed very strong on Saturday, January 21st at The Moore County Invitational, Pilot Cup. Falcon girls team came in first place and the boys team came in second place vs. Moore County area high schools in a closely contested Cup. O'Neal was second in combined results. O'Neal's seniors Bridge Hu, Hans Johnson and Kyle McClelland were recognized.
O’Neal freshman and star golfer, Nicole Adam, has made a verbal commitment to study and play golf for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Following in the footsteps of her Coach Donna Andrews, Nicole has secured a spot on the UNC team for the fall 2020.
There are some students who set the bar. They work harder, show more passion and lead by example—in the classroom, on the field and within the community. Today, Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes O’Neal Seniors Lindsay Vest and Jesse Ingham and theirdedication to never cutting corners by naming them School Winners.
The O'Neal School Varsity Cross Country Team completed a great home meet on Thursday. The boys’ team won by 2 points over St. David’s. The girls finished 2nd on a 6th runner tiebreak. Organized by the Booster Club, coach Laura Bullock recognized the team seniors.
Ashley Head - Ladies Varsity Tennis Assistant Coach
Top 3 seeded O'Neal singles players: Sophia, Sarah, and Natalie sweep their opponents winning quickly in two sets. Top 2 seeded O'Neal doubles teams comprised of Sophia/ Sarah and Natalie/ Cayleigh Ana also play well to clinch the 5-4 victory over Gaston Day.
Chris Poulin, a nationally certified sports specialist, will be offering two different sessions of a strength and conditioning class for O'Neal Middle and Upper School students on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the summer.
Eighth grade student Nicole Adam will be competing in the national championship for Drive, Chip and Putt in the 12/13 age category at the Masters on Sunday. Tune into the Golf Channel at 8:30am Sunday morning to watch.
The Booster Club hosted the Winter Sports Senior Recognition Ceremony after the varsity girls' basketball game on Thursday. Seniors in varsity boys/girls basketball, varsity cheerleading and swimming were recognized.