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Team Roster


Athletics Roster

David Houseton - Head Coach | EMAIL

Coach Houseton hails from Youngstown, OH but calls the Charlotte area his home. He played two years of varsity baseball at Charlotte Christian before moving on to play at the collegiate level at Motlow State and the University of North Alabama. He earned a BLS from Wingate University and is currently part of the middle school faculty at Covenant Day School. Houseton has seventeen years of coaching experience at the high school level and in travel ball circles. He coached for eight years at Charlotte Christian and then joined the Covenant Day staff as the Varsity Head Baseball Coach in 2009. Houseton has been named Coach of the Year by Matthews Mint Hill Weekly and also coached the gold medal-winning State Games/Region 6 team in 2016. He is also heavily involved with USA Baseball as part of their National Athlete Development staff, serving as an assistant coach for the 13U ADP Stars team.

Earl Oliver - Asst. Coach | EMAIL

Coach Oliver is a native of Kingston, NY. He attended South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte where he played four years of baseball and earned both All-Conference and All-State honors. He was a member of the NCHSA State Championship team in 2013, and was named MVP during that time. Oliver played two years of club baseball while attending East Carolina University, and has seven years of coaching experience. In addition to his role with Covenant Day's varsity team, he also coaches the South Charlotte Braves travel baseball team. Coach Oliver has been part of the CDS coaching staff since 2017.


Hunter Grey '10 (Covenant College)

Taylor Fisher '12 (Gardner-Webb University)

Garrett Vaughn '13 (Lenoir Rhyne University)

Taylor Stewart '13 (Lenoir Rhyne University)

Spencer Hutchinson '14 (Cedarville University)

Matt Cotton '14 (Lynchburg College)

Peter Englert '14 (Lenoir-Rhyne University)

Chris Cotton '16 (Washington and Lee University)

Mitchell Cope '17 (Anderson University)

Heath McKay '17 (Anderson University

Ellison Byers '17 (Catawba College)

Eli Ellington '17 (UNC-Charlotte)

Caleb Embry '18 (Lenoir Rhyne University)

Elijah Hunt '18 (Guilford Technical Community College)

Jackson Bertelsen, ’19 (United States Military Academy at West Point)

Baseball - Varsity Boys

CISAA All-Conference

Philip Abner

Robert Stone

Zach Brighton (2nd-Team)

NCISAA All-State

Philip Abner


Congratulations to our Team Award Winners!

Christian Character - Jackson Bertelsen

Coaches' Award - Zach Brighton

MVP Award - Zach Brighton

Game Recap 5/9/2019 NCISAA 4A Quarterfinals vs Christ School

The Lions traveled to Arden, NC on Thursday afternoon to take on the Greenies of Christ School, the # 3 seed in the State Tournament. After knocking in one run in the first inning, the Lions struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time containing the Christ School offense. The Greenies posted two runs in the first, and six in the third to overwhelm our Lions in the field. Philip Abner took the loss from the mound, lasting three innings and allowing five hits and eight runs, while striking out five.

Game Recap 5/7/2019 NCISAA 4A Tournament first-round vs. Greensboro Day School

As the #6 seed, our Lions hosted the Bengals of Greensboro Day in the initial round of the NCISAA playoffs on Tuesday, May 7th. The Lions got off to a fast start on offense in the bottom of the first inning by posting three runs to take an early lead. Philip Abner and Ben Walton each collected one hit to lead the Lions, while Zach Brighton led the way with three of the team's eight stolen bases. Robert Stone was the winning pitcher, allowing just three hits and one run over six innings while striking out seven. Jackson Bertelsen threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen to record the last three outs to earn the save for the Lions. Our defense was sure-handed in the field, committing zero errors over the duration of the game. Next up for the Lions is an away game at Christ School on Thursday, 5/9.

Game Recap 5/2/2019 vs Charlotte Christian

It was a beautiful evening at Warner Park as the Lions celebrated their three senior players and their families. The program will surely miss Jackson Bertelsen, Zach Brighton and Jake Peterson next year!

The visiting Charlotte Christian Knights got on the board first, scoring 2 in the top of the 1st inning. Our Lions notched their first run in the second inning, and then pulled away for good with four runs in the third inning. Philip Abner doubled on a 1-2 count and scored one run, and then Robert Stone singled on a 1-1 count and knocked in two runs. Stone led the team in hits for the evening, going 3-for-3 from the plate. Abner pitched the Lions to victory, going six and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out 15. Bertelsen came to the mound late in the final inning, and recorded the last out to earn the save for the Lions. Our guys were error-free in the field, and held the Knights to just two runs over the course of the game, making for a satisfying win to wrap up the regular season of play. The team now waits for NCISAA state tournament seeding.

Game Recap 4/30/2019 vs Charlotte Christian

Our Varsity Lions fell to the Knights of Charlotte Christian on Tuesday, in the final play of the game. After getting behind early, the Lions battled their way back from a five-point deficit in the sixth inning. The offense notched five runs in the inning as Cooper Andrews, Philip Abner, Jackson Bertelsen and Robert Stone each had RBI's in the frame. Stone singled on a 0-1 count to score two runs and bring the Lions level with the Knights. Brenham Daniell led the team with two hits in three at-bats, but the Lions got edged out in the extra inning. With the game tied at five in the bottom of the eighth, the Knights singled on a 1-0 count to score a final run and end the evening with a Lions defeat. Robert Stone started the game on the mound for CDS, and lasted five innings before Rossi took over for two and one-third innings to finish the night. The Lions will play Charlotte Christian again on Thursday, 5/3, at 7:00 p.m. at Warner Park.

Game Recap 4/26/2019 vs Charlotte Country Day

In a complete turnaround from their Tuesday loss to the Buccaneers, the Lions took charge and easily did away with Country Day. Our offense got started in the first inning when Jon Rossi doubled on a 1-1 count, and scored two runs. The Lions added two more runs in the third and one in the fifth, but they really came up big in the sixth inning. Doubles by Ben Walton and Cooper Andrews, and a home run by Rossi gave the Lions a total of four more runs in the sixth, and increased the lead to 9-0. Brenham Daniell and Rossi both collected multiple hits on the day, while Philip Abner added a home run to the team's tally. Jackson Bertelsen pitched one and one-third innings in relief out of the bullpen, but Abner is credited with leading the Lions to victory from the mound. Abner lasted five and two-thirds innings, allowing just two hits while striking out 12. The Lions played an error-free game in the field to help themselves to a 9-2 win over the Buccaneers. Up next is a Tuesday evening game at Charlotte Christian on 4/30, at 7:00 p.m.

Game Recap 4/23/2019 vs Charlotte Country Day

The Lions were outdone by CCDS in their Tuesday evening game, as they just could not come up with enough offense to match up with Buccaneers. Cooper Andrews, Jackson Bertelsen, and Zach Brighton each managed one hit over the course of the game, but the Bucs were sure-handed in the field and did not commit a single error. Robert Stone took the loss from the mound, as he surrendered two runs on four hits over six innings while striking out eight. The team will look to rebound as they prepare to take on the Bucs again on Friday, 7:00 p.m. at Charlotte Country Day.

Game Recap 4/17/2019 vs East Mecklenburg HS

The Varsity Lions took on the East Meck Eagles for their final game of the Jack Sink Invitational on Weds. evening. Our guys got on the scoreboard first, when an error scored two runs for the Lions. Zach Brighton also hit a homer in the 2nd to put the team ahead 4-0. The Lions racked up ten hits on the day, including multiple hits by Jackson Bertelsen, Jon Rossi, and Cooper Andrews. Robert Stone was the winning pitcher, allowing one hit and five runs over five and a third innings, while also striking out eight. Bertelsen came in for relief from the bullpen to close out the win for the Lions. The Lions will play a conference game on Tuesday, 4/23, as they face the Buccaneers of Charlotte Country Day at 7:00pm.

Game Recap 4/16/2019 vs Olympic HS

Our Lions faced off with the Trojans of Olympic HS on Tuesday afternoon, and were unable to rack up enough runs to catch up after falling behind early. The Trojans scored in each of the first three innings before the Lions began to climb back in slowly by scoring one run in the bottom of the 3rd. Our guys held Olympic scoreless in the next three innings while adding two more runs to bring themselves within one run as they headed into the 7th inning. The Trojans knocked in three runs in the final inning, but our Lions only added two to their total for a final result of 5-7. Cooper Andrews, Jon Rossi, Zach Brighton and Robert Stone each collected one hit to lead the Lions offensively. The team will be in action again tomorrow at 6:30 as they take on E. Meck to wrap up their final game of the tournament.

Game Recap 4/15/2019 vs Butler HS

In their first game of the Jack Sink Invitational, the Lions took on the Bulldogs of Butler High School. Zach Brighton had another big game at the plate, as he drove in four runs on three hits to lead the Lions to a 14-4 Victory. Brighton knocked out a home run in the second inning, and singles in the third and sixth. The team had three other home runs on the day - two by Jon Rossi, and one by Jackson Bertelsen. Overall, the Lions racked up 17 hits, as Robert Stone, Will Barcley, Cooper Andrews, Rossi and Brighton each collected multiple hits. Barcley also stole two bases to bring the team's total to six for the day. Philip Abner earned the win for the Lions as he allowed five hits and four runs over five innings, while striking out five. Robert Stone threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen. Tomorrow, the team will take on Olympic High School at E. Meck, starting at 4:00 p.m.

Game Recap 4/11 vs Charlotte Latin

Despite seeing their six-run lead whittled down by the end, the Lions still held off Charlotte Latin for a 9-7 victory on Thursday. Zach Brighton went 3-for-3 at the plate, including two home runs, and drove in runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Philip Abner also put one out of the park for the Lions in the fifth. Jon Rossi led the team from the mound. He lasted six innings, allowing four hits and three runs while striking out six and walking one. Philip Abner and Josiah Hunt entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Next week, the Lions will compete in the Jack Sink Tournament.

Game Recap 4/10 vs Charlotte Latin

The Varsity Lions took a solid conference win over Charlotte Latin on Wednesday afternoon. Latin got on the scoreboard first, when they hit a solo homer in the second inning, but our Lions pulled away for good with six runs in the third inning. Cooper Andrews went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the offense for the Lions. Robert Stone earned the victory on the mound. He allowed five hits and one run over six innings while striking out eight. Jackson Bertelsen threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen to finish the game for the Lions. The team will play the Hawks again tomorrow, starting at 4:30, at the Charlotte Latin baseball field.

Game Recap 4/6 vs SouthLake Christian

Saturday's 2:30 game against SouthLake was a heartbreaker for the CDS Lions, as they lost the lead late and took a 6-3 defeat. The game was tied at one apiece with the Eagles batting in the top of the eighth, when they singled on a 1-1 count. Jon Rossi was the starting pitcher for the Lions and went seven innings, while allowing just one run on four hits, and striking out nine. Josiah Hunt took the loss for the Lions after taking over for Rossi and giving up three hits and five runs in the final inning. Philip Abner led Covenant Day's offense with three hits in four at-bats.

Game Recap 4/6 vs Christ the King

In the first game of a Saturday double-header, the Varsity Lions made quick work of knocking out their opponent. Matty Giovanelli had an excellent game from the pitcher's mound, as he threw a no-hitter to lead the Lions to a 12-0 win. He struck out nine batters over five innings to force an early exit by the Crusaders. Philip Abner got the offense underway in the first inning when he singled to drive in two runs. In the fourth inning, the Lions notched six more on the scoreboard,thanks to runs driven in by Cooper Andrews, as well as by Jon Rossi and Brenham Daniell who both cranked out home runs for the home team. Overall the team recorded eight hits in the game, with Zach Brighton, Daneill and Rossi each collecting multiple hits.

Game Recap 3/29/2019 vs Carmel Christian

The Covenant Lions coasted to an easy victory Friday evening against the Carmel Christian Cougars in front of a terrific home crowd at Warner Park. The first score of the game came from a solo homer by Zach Brighton to set the stage for a very fired-up Lions' offense. The team scattered 14 hits over the game, and they posted 8 runs in the fourth inning alone. The big inning resulted from singles by Brenham Daniell and Robert Stone, a home run by Philip Abner, a fielder's choice by Cooper Andrews, an error on a ball put in play by Carson Dunlap, and a double by Will Barcley. Abner was the winning pitcher for the Lions. He surrendered two runs on two hits over five innings while striking out nine. The team will be in action again on Tuesday when they travel to Providence Day School for a 4:30 game.

Game Recap 3/28/2019 vs Cannon School

For their second game of the week, the Lions traveled to Cannon for a 4:30 matchup. Junior pitcher, Robert Stone, threw a complete game shutout for the Lions to lead the team to a 6-0 win over the Cougars. Stone surrendered zero runs on two hits over seven innings while striking out six. The CDS offense got rolling in the first inning when Philip Abner hit a double, scoring two runs. Abner also cranked out a home run in the fifth inning as the team collected seven hits overall, with Jackson Bertelsen also racking up multiple hits. On the defensive end, the Lions were sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Next up for the Lions is a home game Friday night as they play host to Carmel Christian at 6:15 p.m.

Game Recap 3/26/2019 vs Cannon School

Our Varsity Lions started off their CISAA regular-season by hosting the Cannon Cougars for a Tuesday night game. Jon Rossi was on the mound as the winning pitcher, allowing just three hits and one run while striking out seven. Matty Giovanelli came in from the bullpen as relief for the final two-thirds of the seventh inning. The Lions offense was led by Jackson Bertelsen who went 2-for-2 from the plate, along with Jake Peterson who also helped keep the runs coming in the fifth inning. Zach Brighton stole two bases for the Lions to propel the team to a 6-1 victory. The team will travel to Cannon for a 4:30 game on Thursday, March 28th.

Game Recap 3/21/2019 vs Omaha Westside (6:15pm)

After a defeat earlier in the day, the Lions had to regroup and play a second tournament game due to a schedule altered by the weather. The opponent got off to a quick start with one run in the second inning and six runs in the third. The Lions finally got on the board in the fifth inning as they scored three runs thanks to Brenham Daniell and Jackson Bertelsen who both drove in runs. Jon Rossi lasted three innings on the mound, allowing nine runs while striking out three. Our Lions tallied nine hits off the bats of Will Barcley, Cooper Andrews and Bertelsen who recorded multiple hits. Tomorrow the team will meet Holland Hall at 10:30 for the third game of the tournament.

Game Recap 3/21/2019 vs West Boca Raton (3:00pm)

In their first game of the Hall of Fame Classic tournament, our Lions struggled to get their offense rolling which led to a 1-8 loss. Philip Abner was on the mound for CDS and surrendered three runs on two hits over 5 innings, but also struck out eight batters. Jackson Bertelsen, Ben Walton, and Brenham Daniell contributed one hit apiece to lead the Lions offensively. The team will take on Omaha Westside for their next tournament matchup.

Game Recap 3/15/2019 vs Cary Academy

Our Varsity Lions soundly defeated Cary Academy on Friday, with a final score of 2-0. Robert Stone threw seven innings for the Lions and delivered strong pitching, allowing just four hits while striking out 5. Cooper took the lead on offense by going 2-for-3 from the plate. Next up for the Lions is a spring break trip to Florida for the Hall of Fame Classic Tournament.

Game Recap 3/12/2019 vs Wesleyan Christian

The 2018 NCISAA State Champions, Wesleyan Christian, came to Warner Park on Tuesday for a 5:30 game. Our Lions struggled to contain the high-powered offense of the Trojans, and gave up nine runs over the course of the game. The CDS offense was led by Cooper Andrews, Brenham Daniell and Zach Brighton, who each collected one hit for the Lions. Philip Abner took the loss from the mound, pitching four and one-third innings, while allowing four runs on two hits and striking out seven. The team will be in action again on Friday night as the Lions host Cary Academy at 6:00 at Warner Park.

Game Recap 3/11/2019 vs Lake Norman Charter

To start off the week, the Varsity Lions hosted the Knights of Lake Norman Charter on Monday. Jon Rossi got the start on the mound for the Lions' first three innings and was backed up by Robert Stone and Josiah Hunt who each threw for two innings apiece. Senior, Jackson Bertelsen went 2 for 2 from the plate to lead CDS in hits, and Cooper Andrews recorded a hit as well. The Lions were unable to recover from the early deficit and took their first loss of the season. The team will take on Wesleyan Christian on Tuesday, starting at 5:30 at Warner Park.

Game Recap 3/4/2019 vs Hickory Grove

Our Varsity Lions hosted non-conference opponent Hickory Grove on Monday, March 4th. The team put on a tremendous defensive effort, and committed zero errors in the field. Philip Abner led the Lions from the mound for four innings and struck out seven batters. Jackson Bertelsen threw three innings of relief to record the final nine outs and earn the save.

The Lions started up their offense in the second inning as Zach Brighton singled on a 3-2 count to score one run. Additional scoring in the third and fourth innings added six more runs to the total led by Cole Walton and Conner Ashley who both drove in runs for the Lions. Will Barcley, Brenham Daniell, Carson Dunlap and Robert Stone also collected one hit apiece as the team easily closed out Hickory Grove.

Game Recap 2/26/2019 vs Greensboro Day

The Covenant Day Lions knocked in eight runs in the fifth inning on the way to a 12-1 victory over Greensboro Day on Tuesday, 2/26. Cooper Andrews, Jon Rossi, Philip Abner, Conner Ashley, and Zach Brighton all contributed in the big inning with RBI's. Abner started the game off with a double in the first inning to start the scoring, and the offense came up big to wrap up the win in just five innings.

Abner was credited with the victory from the mound, as he allowed only one hit and one run over three innings while striking out nine. Robert Stone came in from the bullpen and threw two innings in relief, and recorded the last six outs to earn the save for the Lions. Stone struck out five batters, and the the two pitchers combined struck out a total of 14 of 15 in 5 innings! It was a great home opener for the Lions, and they look forward to hosting Hickory Grove next week.