Spartan athletes nail All America nods

By Randy Lefko Sports Editor
Posted 7/14/21

ORANGE PARK - Two St. Johns Country Day School athletes etched their names into history; one joining a cadre of former players, as girls soccer ace Paige Crews and baseball dynamo Connor Moore both …

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Spartan athletes nail All America nods

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ORANGE PARK - Two St. Johns Country Day School athletes etched their names into history; one joining a cadre of former players, as girls soccer ace Paige Crews and baseball dynamo Connor Moore both received All-American status honors over the weekend for their seasons from national organizations.

“I’m honored to be honored I guess, but the team deserves the credit here,” said Crews, a midfielder with scoring and assist skills that fueled yet another state soccer title for the Lady Spartans; the school’s 10th in a row and sixth for Crews, who also helped St. Johns finish as the top girls soccer team in America for a third time, according to the United Soccer Coaches Association. “Coach Mike Pickett stresses that the team is the nucleus of the success and it’s true. Everyone on the team doing their job is what makes it work. I’m just the player that kind of quarterbacks the attack from midfield.”

Crews finishes her career with 39 goals and 42 assists, including a rocket fast opener at this year’s state championship game that saw the Spartans can two nets in the span of the first four minutes to cruise to victory.

Ironically, Crews, who is slated to play at Texas Christian University, joins sister Payton Crews, now a junior at TCU.

“I am so proud of Paige and all of the hard work she has put in over the years,” said Payton Crews. “Being a high school All-American is absolutley incredible and I sam so happy Paige will carry that title with her.”

For Pickett, who has had a few All-Americans in his tenure; Carson Pickett (FSU national champ), Kaili Torres (Virginia), Sarah Voigt (twice), goalie at Notre Dame and Chelsea Burns (Duke), Crews was a bit off the radar as a player, but integral for his team success.

“Paige has never been a big stats kind of player,” said Pickett. “She’s a grinder that just plays solid work and does the dirty work. To get an All-American selection without being a state player of the year with big stats is pretty unique.”

For Spartan baseball, senior Connor Moore, an FSU commit, came alive in the playoff run for the Class 2A runnerup Spartans with homers and outstanding field play to get an All-American selection from MaxPreps, a national website that covers most high school sports around the country.

Moore finished with a .383 batting average with 35 runs scored, 40 runs batted in and 11 homers.

Moore joins a handful of Florida baseball players on the first team; Bolles pitcher Jackosn Baumeister (9-2, .63 ERA, 145Ks); Isaac Sewell, First Academy pitcher (14-0 3A champions, finished with 14-0 record with 1.13 ERA); Jordan McCants, Pensacola Catholic infielder (.450BA, 24RBIs) and Sal Stewart, Westminster Christian (Miami) utility player (state home run leader 17HR, 3A champions).

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