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Sports Round-up: Fall ’22 Season

December 15, 2022

With the conclusion of the Fall 2022 season, Cary Academy Athletics can proudly report that its seven Varsity teams produced Conference Champions, All-State Athletes, and lasting memories.

Starting on the pitch, Varsity Boys Soccer put together an impressive season, concluding with their deepest playoff run in recent school history. The team fell to heavily favored #3 seed Wesleyan Christian in the quarter finals- but not before a thrilling win over higher seeded Charlotte Latin in double overtime on a “Golden Goal,” (the first goal scored in sudden-death extra time) by Eric Ye (’24), assisted by Ibrahim Elbeck (’23). The Chargers proudly had three 2nd Team All-Conference players, (Chris Kelly (’24), Eric Ye (’24), Ryan Newnam (’23), two 1st Team All-Conference players (Ibrahim Elbeck (’23), Kainoa Kaliebe (’23)), and one All-State player, Elbeck (’23), who broke the school record for goals in a season with 22.

Shifting gears, Varsity Girls Golf finished off their season with a strong performance in the NCISAA State Meet, coming in 4th place- the best team finish to date for the program. In the NCISAA Individual Rankings, Aviva Wang (’26) placed 15th overall, Angelika Wang (’24) came in two spots after her at 17th, and EJ Jo (’23) placed 21st out of 90. Along with her ranking, Aviva Wang (’26) made the All-Conference team.

Travelling back to the Stadium Field, Varsity Field Hockey ended their season with some hardware, earning the honors of being Conference Champions- a feat that they have now accomplished in back-to-back seasons. The team proudly had two All-State representatives, Alessia Cicuto (’24) and Tanya Sachdev (’24). When asked what stood out about this season, Caroline Parker (’23) highlighted how unified, driven, and supportive the team was. “It made each win so much more exciting seeing all the hard work of every single person to get that win, and the fact that we could celebrate together afterwards and enjoy it after all that effort. Everyone worked for each other, as a team, and was unstoppable when we were all connected to one another.”

Back in the gym, Varsity Volleyball started their season off with a bang by winning the bronze division in the Charlotte Tournament in August and ended their season with a bye in the first round of the State Tournament before hosting the second round. The team sent two representatives to the All-Conference team, Sydney Ross (’23) and Addie Canady (’25). Looking back on the season, Mia Nesbeth (’23) remembers fondly the tearful hugs after the last match, citing the lasting friendships that went well beyond the painted lines of the court as her favorite souvenir from her time with the Varsity Volleyball program.

Moving over to the Tennis Courts, members of the Varsity Girls Tennis team highlighted two particularly memorable matches. The first was a dominant Senior Night performance, with the team’s seven seniors enjoying both a tribute to their times with the program and a resounding 9-0 victory. The second was when the team played spoiler on rival school Saint Mary’s Senior Night. All-State team member Nousha Tehrani (’23) warmly recalls how the team came together, came prepared, and came armed with a vengeance after losing to Saint Mary’s at Cary Academy earlier in the season.

And finally concluding on the running paths winding around campus, Varsity Cross Country completed yet another remarkable season with the Girls team finishing second in their conference and the Boys team finishing first. The Boys team went on to finish as State Runners-Up at the NCISAA meet. Kavi Gibson (’26) landed on the front page of NC Runners, with the 3rd fastest time in NC ever for a freshman, (just two seconds behind CA alum, Thomas Graham). Each team had four All-Conference runners, and combined, the two teams had four All-State Runners:  Elise Boyse (’23), Kavi Gibson (’26), Arran Swift (’23) and Thomas George (’24). Gibson also took home the honors for Conference Runner of the Year. When asked about his time in the Varsity XC program, Will Capps (’23) thoughtfully shared his favorite memories of sprinting through early-morning practices, laughing during Coach Hall’s sermons, and especially, finding an amazing community that supports him both on and off the cross-country course.

Congratulations to our fall teams, athletes, and everyone who contributed to their successes!

Written by Amy Snively, Senior Class President

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Senior Nights: Girls’ Varsity Track and Field

May 28, 2020

With the Spring 2020 athletics season disrupted by COVID-19, we are celebrating the athletes of Cary Academy’s Class of 2020 via ‘virtual Senior Nights’ each week. On Senior Night, each player is introduced by their coaches and then given the opportunity to make remarks.

From the coaches

Coach Krista 

To my crazy, lovable, never-a-dull-moment CATF seniors:

It has been an absolute JOY. 

Thank you for the laughs, for inspiring me, and for always making my heart so full. Long live CON!, RAD!, backwards lap, the BELL, K2, shenanigans, girls team tie dye, and the Coach Hall nod. 

Know that the traditions you have set and memories you have made will stay with you long after your time at CA, and will impact you in more ways than you can even imagine. 

I hope you never stop cheering for others, running your own race, working together, having fun and believing in your individuality and uniqueness, and the power that it has to impact a life and change the world. I know each one of you have, for me. 

Believing in you, always!

Coach Bristol

Everyone, we had a short time together this spring. So much potential. So much promise. You all came on board with energy, commitment and an earnest desire to learn and improve. This year started off with a bang and then was interrupted by a virus. This may always be known as “the year that could have been”. But we all face adversities and it’s how we respond to them that we learn about ourselves, learn from these experiences and move forward. The best of luck to all the senior throwers in all of their endeavors. The best in your lives are yet to come.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

— Dr. Seuss

Emma Brown

Emma Brown

Emma Brown

From Coach Hall

Emma Brown, a 2-year track & field athlete, competing in the sprints and jumps, has been an enthusiastic, positive presence on our team. Emma uplifts everything she does with her positive energy, and we were so glad to have her back on the team in 2020! Emma’s parents are Jill and Michael Brown, and she will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall. 

In her own words

I’m sad that I only had one year and a couple of weeks to participate in track and field! I ran the 100m, 200m, and did the long jump during my sophomore year but took a break my junior year. I was very excited to return this season, my senior season, but unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards.

I want to thank Coach Hall for absolutely everything – from supporting me through my sophomore season to being the best APush teacher 🙂 I’d also like to thank my best friends for finally joining track all at the same time!! We seemed to always be off a season, but Shanelle, Cindy, Mesha, Erin, and Christianna – I wish we could’ve had that final season together. I’d also like to thank my parents, especially my mom, because she came to nearly every meet, even the early ones in the freezing cold!

Victoria Du

Victoria Du

From Coach Hall

Victoria Du, a 4-year Track & Field athlete, competing in the distance events, Victoria has been a team leader for the distance runners and has been a huge part of our girls team culture throughout her years on cross country and tack. Victoria has been a dedicated year-round runner who has worked hard an improved immensely in her four years. Victoria is a key member and personality in our strong senior girls distance group and she will be missed next year! 

Alexandra Ellison

Alexandra Ellison

Alexandra Ellison

From Coach Hall

Alexandra Ellison, a 4-year track & field athlete, competing in the sprints and the middle distance events, Alexandra has been a charismatic team leader and captain. Alexandra has been a top athlete in our girls sprint group, specializing in the 400m, where she has scored at the TISAC and State level. Alexandra has also been a leader with our distance program, running the 800m and cross country, and has been a founding leader of our Indoor Track program. She worked hand in hand with Coach Hall on projects and initiatives throughout her career, becoming an instrumental part of team culture and traditions through her enthusiasm, creativity, and leadership. Alexandra could always be counted on to lead the sprint group, as well as help out the coaching staff in innumerable ways. In her senior year, she assisted our new sprint coach, Coach Staples, get acclimated, and was the star veteran that every coach needs. Alexandra showed her teammates what needed to be done both through her words and through her work ethic on the track. She came prepared to work every day. She’ll be a leader in whatever sphere she finds herself in future. Alexandra’s parents are Anne and Matt Ellison, and she will be attending Georgia Tech in the fall. 

In her own words

CATF has given me something to work towards, something to be proud of, priceless memories with the best people, and the ability to find joy in pushing through pain. Thank you to Coach Hall for having more faith in me than I had in myself, and for the “sermons,” mentorship, and laughs that I’ll truly miss. Thank you to Coach Rod for talking too much in between broken 400s; never stop wearing that Polo Ralph Lauren drip and making 400m runners do the 800. Even though we kind of just met, thank you to Coach Staples for your advice and drills that were already helping me get faster.

I’ll never know if I would’ve gotten my goal times this season, but my proudest CATF achievement is that I have been in every single girls 4×400 relay since I joined the team freshman year (yay conference champs!). Girls- in loving memory of my nonexistent senior season, make sure you ALWAYS step up and chase every opponent down in the 4×4. I leave making caxctf/conrad memes and edits to Xavier and keeping the boys in line to Phoebe. I hope you all cherish every moment of your time on this team! Finally, despite dozens of sketchy recruitment messages from tiny collegiate programs and community colleges, I’ll be going to school in Atlanta at Georgia Tech. Go chargers and go Jackets!

Hannah George

Hannah George

Hannah George

From Coach Hall

Hannah George, a 4-year track & field athlete, competing in the distance events, and a team captain, Hannah has been a top athlete and key leader for the track and cross country programs for the past four years. Scoring at the TISAC and State level in cross country and track, Hannah was the 2019 State Runner-up in the 1600m. Hannah is known for her toughness, determination, and competitive fire, and has shown great focus and resilience over her career. She has been a great leader for our younger distance runners and athletes. A person of impeccable character, Hannah has been a great role model and a key member of our team. Hannah’s team leadership includes contributing to four consecutive TISAC Track & Field Championships, two TISAC Cross Country Championships, one Cross Country State Championship, and three Cross Country State Runner-up finishes. Hannah’s parents are Jenn and Troy George, and she will be attending Wake Forest in the fall. 

In her own words

First, I want to thank my parents for coming to every possible meet throughout my high school running career, for listening to my complaints about what hurts that day and for pushing me to be the best athlete and person I can be. I would also like to thank Coach Krista for being a constant encouragement and Coach Hall for being the best running partner and coach I could ask for. 

Although my senior season was cut short, I am  gateful for the growth, friendships, and joy this team has brought me. I have so many favorite memories– it is impossible to pick just one… though,I have to say scarfing down pumpkin bread with my gals after a race or the girls team sleepovers/zoom calls are pretty high up on the list. 

I am attending Wake Forest in the fall to pursue a major in Biology and German.  I’ll be pretty close, so I’m excited about coming back to cheer on the team next year! Good luck, guys!

Shanelle Jayawickreme

Shanelle Jayawickreme

From Coach Hall

Shanelle Jayawickreme, a first-year track & field athlete, competing in the sprints and hurdles, turned in her dancing shoes for track spikes and hurdles. She attacked the hurdles head on with little fear and gave everything she had. We enjoyed Shanelle’s positive presence on the team which added a lot even in the short time she was with the program. 

Ava Lathan

Ava Lathan

Ava Lathan

From Coach Hall

Ava Lathan, a 4-year track & field athlete, competing in the distance events, has been a multi-time All-Conference and All-State runner in cross country and has contributed a great deal to the girls track team. Ava was the 2017 State Runner-up in cross country and has been a top distance runner with the track team. She has been a key part of our girls team culture and our successful girls distance program over the past four years. Ava’s team leadership includes contributing to four consecutive TISAC Track & Field Championships, two TISAC Cross Country Championships, one Cross Country State Championship, and three Cross Country State Runner-up finishes.

In her own words

I want to start by thanking Coach Hall for everything he has put into cross country and track throughout the years. I also want to thank Coach Fenton for a great three years of track and for making running so much fun! Most of all, I owe a big thank you to my teammates for a great four years on Cross Country and Track. Thank you to the senior squad—Hannah, Keely, Victoria, Lia, and Alexandra—for great friendships and unforgettable memories. However, the track team would not have been complete without our amazing juniors (Thuc and Phoebe), the one and only Hannah Claire, and the best group of freshmen ever (Elise, Jenna, Bela, Ella, and Priyanka). 

I leave the team leadership in the hands of Thuc and Phoebe. To the younger members of the team, I wish you the very best in the next couple of years, and I can’t wait to see what you all accomplish!

Lia Lathan

Lia Lathan

From Coach Hall

Lia Lathan, a 4-year track & field athlete, competing in the distance events, and a team captain, has been a multi-time All-State athlete in cross country and has been a top runner in our girls track distance program. Lia has been a team leader and captain and has played an instrumental role in bringing our girls team together and developing our girls distance group’s strong team culture. Lia and Ava frequently hosted girls distance team get-togethers that became a staple of the close bond within the girls distance group. Lia’s team leadership includes contributing to four consecutive TISAC Track & Field Championships, two TISAC Cross Country Championships, one Cross Country State Championship, and three Cross Country State Runner-up finishes.

In her own words

I want to thank Coach Hall for the tremendous hard work and dedication that he put in both indoor and outdoor track practices prior to the quarantine. While I am sad that the season was cut short, I was able to capture many final CA track memories these last few weeks. 

I cannot thank Coach Hall enough for making my CA running experience (both XC and track) the most fun and meaningful time of my life. I also want to thank Coach Fenton for being an exceptional distance coach. 

Whether in track or cross country, the strong girls’ team culture has been one of the most important aspects of the team. To Thuc and Phoebe, l leave the team spirit: keep having fun, keep being goofy, and don’t slack on the traditions (team dinners, etc.)! To all my freshies (who are nearly sophomores now), keep working hard-you are a fantastic group, and I can’t wait to see the amazing things you accomplish in the coming years! 

I am looking forward to getting involved with the running club/intramural team at Chapel Hill as a freshman this fall!

Cindy Li

Cindy Li

From Coach Hall

Cindy Li, a first-year track & field athlete, competing in the throws, Cindy was the captain of our women’s throwers. Even though Cindy never threw shot or discus before this year, she came on like a storm. She demonstrated great enthusiasm, a positive, can-do attitude, leadership, and was a good role model and example to others. She was fun and always acted like she was having fun. She wanted so much to throw correctly and far. It was a pleasure getting to know her and working with her. She will do well in all her future endeavors. 

Mesha Mumford

Mesha Mumford

Mesha Mumford

From Coach Hall

Mesha Mumford, a 2-year track & field athlete, competing in the sprints and throws, has been a top thrower for our program. We were excited to have Mesha back on our team in 2020, as she is one of the top throwers in the TISAC conference. Mesha has great physical strength and her shot put throws were the farthest on the women’s team. She was always serious about improving herself, committed to excellence, and she enjoyed the challenge. Mesha was a pleasure to work with. When she puts her mind to something, she can achieve anything.

Keely Murphy

Keely Murphy

Keely Murphy

From Coach Hall

Keely Murphy, a 4-year track & field athlete, competing in the distance events, and a team captain, has been a multi-time All-TISAC and a 2018 All-State athlete in cross country, and has contributed as one of our star distance runners on the track team over the past four years. Keely’s dedication, determination, toughness, and commitment to the team and her teammates has helped maintain the strong and successful team culture on the girls track & field team and girls cross country team for the past four years. Keely’s team leadership includes contributing to four consecutive TISAC Track & Field Championships, two TISAC Cross Country Championships, one Cross Country State Championship, and three Cross Country State Runner-up finishes. 

In her own words

No words can express my disappointment for not being able to have a track season in my senior year. I hoped that I would get to help lead shenanigans during the 4×400 at track meets, spend more time with the team, and run my last races at the state meet even if it would’ve been in 90 degree heat. I never would have predicted the season to end just after it barely began due to a global pandemic. However, I am glad to have made so many memories during the past seasons.

I want to thank Coach Hall and Coach Fenton for coaching me over the years, helping me achieve new PRs, and teaching me the strength of mental toughness. I also want to thank Coach Krista for being there for the girls distance team even when she wasn’t specifically coaching the distance runners. 

To Thuc I leave all the sunscreen in the world, carpooling, and always wondering if the person running in the distance is a teammate or a stranger. To Phoebe, I leave keeping Kyle and the rest of the boys in line. To the freshies (Jenna, Elise, Priyanka, Bela, Ella), I leave making running fun. And to Kyle, I leave the Murphy legacy. 

I will be attending UNC Chapel Hill in the fall and I plan to major in Biology.   

Cate Pitterle

Cate Pitterle

From Coach Hall

Cate Pitterle, a first-year track & field athlete, competing in the throws and sprints, was totally new to track this year. A successful golfer, Cate’s golf experience helped as she felt the benefits to throwing early on with many “transferable skills.”  Most athletes struggle with these throwing concepts and techniques. But for Cate, this was almost second nature and she learned quickly. She combined good technique with speed and strength. Her early attempts at the discus were quite impressive. Cate has a positive, can-do attitude and personality and will do well in anything she focuses on.

Erin Singleton

Erin Singleton

From Coach Hall

Erin Singleton, a first-year track & field athlete, competing in the sprints, joined us from a successful career as a golfer. It takes a sense of adventure to move from golf to the track, which are so different in so many ways. However, Erin’s dedication, determination, and attention to detail were just as at home on the track team, and Erin added just the kind of personality the track team likes to have among our ranks! 

Christiana Swift

Christiana Swift

Christiana Swift

From Coach Hall

Christiana Swift, a 2-year track & field athlete, competing in the jumps, Christiana was a great pupil of her event and improved in the long jump throughout her rookie junior season. More than this, Christiana was a great team member and teammate. She enjoyed her afternoons with the team and was an enthusiastic, positive part of our team and jumps group culture. 

In her own words

Based on how much I enjoyed my first track and field season as a junior last year, I know one of my biggest regrets is not taking the opportunity to participate on the team as a freshman. I loved the positive energy, the unconditional support and passionate enthusiasm everyone exhibited for not only their specific events but for the success and happiness of the entire team. While different events draw each individual’s focus, I appreciated that we could always come back together for Coach Hall’s daily messages of empowerment and a productive warm-up at the beginning of each practice. 

As a long jumper, I want to thank Coach Tyrone Jones for encouraging me to “jump” out of my comfort zone and introducing me to new skills to improve my technique. I would also like to thank Coach Hall for motivating me to try Track and Field and offering valuable support and inspiration. Finally, I a big thank you to my parents for braving all the unexpected weather circumstances while attending my meets! 

Maddy Walker

Maddy Walker

Maddy Walker

From Coach Hall

Maddy Walker, a 3-year track & field athlete, competing in the sprints, is one of the top sprinters in our program’s history; a multi-time All-TISAC athlete, Maddy was named TISAC Player of the Year for Track & Field in 2019. Maddy has also been one of our top scorers at the TISAC and State level, and has been central to our Girls team’s success over the past three years, which has been part of five consecutive Girls Team TISAC Championships from 2015-2019. 

In her own words

I want to say thank you to all the coaches who have continuously pushed me to be a better athlete. Coach Rod, thank you for killing me in every single workout until I literally puked, and always supporting me during every race. Coach Hall, thank you for always being there to carry me off the track when I finished my short races; I couldn’t have done it without y’all.  A Huge shoutout to Koen for being my running buddy and making practices fun. Thank you to the entire athletic department for making my experience at Cary Academy one to remember and making sure everything worked smoothly through every game, meet, and race. 

I want to leave the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays to any 4 girls who want to become best friends and share some of the best memories. I will be attending NC State University in the fall majoring in Law and Justice on the Pre-Law track! Thank you again to everyone for making such a terrific experience possible!

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Senior Night: Varsity Boys’ Track and Field

May 21, 2020

With the Spring 2020 athletics season disrupted by COVID-19, we are celebrating the athletes of Cary Academy’s Class of 2020 via ‘virtual Senior Nights’ each week. On Senior Night, each player is introduced by their coaches and then given the opportunity to make remarks.

From the coaches

Coach Krista

To my crazy, lovable, never-a-dull-moment CATF seniors:

It has been an absolute JOY. 

Thank you for the laughs, for inspiring me, and for always making my heart so full. Long live CON!, RAD!, backwards lap, the BELL, K2, shenanigans, girls team tie dye, and the Coach Hall nod. 

Know that the traditions you have set and memories you have made will stay with you long after your time at CA, and will impact you in more ways than you can even imagine. 

I hope you never stop cheering for others, running your own race, working together, having fun and believing in your individuality and uniqueness, and the power that it has to impact a life and change the world. I know each one of you have, for me. 

Believing in you, always!

Coach Bristol

Everyone, we had a short time together this spring. So much potential. So much promise. You all came on board with energy, commitment and an earnest desire to learn and improve. This year started off with a bang and then was interrupted by a virus. This may always be known as “the year that could have been”. But we all face adversities and it’s how we respond to them that we learn about ourselves, learn from these experiences and move forward. The best of luck to all the senior throwers in all of their endeavors. The best in your lives are yet to come.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Shon Bagade

Shon Bagade

Shon Bagade

From Coach Hall

Shon Bagade, a 4-year track & field athlete, competing in the throws, Shon was very adaptable and adopted new ways of practicing this season. He saw opportunity for his personal progress and improvement and was all-in. He was a fun and positive member of the throwers team. He was attentive and receptive of new ways of doing things for himself and his teammates. His efforts would have eventually paid off very well with PR performances in the shot put and discus this season. Shon’s parents are Sayam and Sanjana Bagade. Shon plans to attend UNC-Charlotte. 

In his own words

“Although Coach C isn’t with the Track & Field program anymore, I want to thank him first.  Coach C has not only made me the thrower I am today, but he has helped me tackle my issues inside and outside of the circle. I want to thank my teammates, especially Constantin Zodl and Will Snider, for helping me improve my technique and skills when the throwing team went through times without much coaching. I want to thank Coach Bristol for going the extra mile when coaching us and coming in on weekends and during breaks, regardless if any team members showed; he even did this before accepting the role as the throwing coach last year – not because he was obligated but simply out of kindness. Lastly, I want to thank last year’s manager, Jared Seidel, for all the times he marked me present when I was late to practice, I wouldn’t have made it to states without you bro. 

The sport itself has meant much more to me than just athletics. From the post-states Bojangles to the 4×400 shenanigans, CATF has taught me the significance of working as a family. My favorite memory was probably the state meet and every year seeing how far we had come as a team from the start of the year.

I would like to leave the gold disc behind to Zach, you deserve it.

Next year I will be attending UNC Charlotte to pursue a degree in Computer Science.”

Ted Davis

Ted Davis

Ted Davis

From Coach Hall

Ted Davis, a 3-year track & field athlete, competing in the distance events, Ted was an astute learner and an enthusiastic team member. Ted enjoyed his afternoons with the team and appreciated the multi-faceted experience of track & field: the physical fitness, the intellectual nuances and lessons, the presence with nature, and the team camaraderie. Ted’s strong work ethic and self-discipline helped him improve strongly during his career, particularly in his best events of the 800m and 1600m. Ted’s parents are Marcia and Mark Davis. Ted plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania. 

In his own words

Was it John L. Parker or Coach Hall himself who reminisced, “Back to September, the month of promises”? Now, that first September feels so long ago. 

My running career was never linear, but time is never linear, and neither is the track, and people change. I owe a great debt of gratitude to Coach Hall—whose charm and guidance nurtured each footfall—and Coach Fenton—whose measured precision structured so many practices. Thank you as well to all the other coaches, parents, and officials who made these years smooth and memorable. 

I never liked the warmup, and while many would attribute that distaste to laziness, I will give myself the benefit of the doubt and maintain that it was my great love for Coach Hall’s daily shared wisdom coupled with my gnawing urge to just go run that made the intermediary period seem so desultory. 

Many memories line the worn path to SAS campus and beyond, as baked in as the muddy mulch. Finishing the moderate on that forsaken stretch, exposed to the fury of an unmerciful sun, I remember thinking many times that this sport is best savored in retrospect. You run for the feeling that settles in after you’ve finished running. Some days, it was only the dewy visage of Coach Fenton, descending cloudlike in a vision of eternal judgment, that compelled me to finish. I maintain he always could’ve played a stoic Matthew McConaughey better than, well, Matthew McConaughey, and it was an honor to share the set with him.

May future teams wear out this new track and wear out the next!

Dane Fekete

Dane Fekete

Dane Fekete

From Coach Hall

Dane Fekete, a 4-year track & field athlete, competing in the sprints and throws, and a team captain, has been one of the few 2-year captains in our team’s history, a reflection of Dane’s energetic, positive leadership, and his ability to lift those around him. He is serious and fun, with lots of personality. He has been one of our top sprinters and a key relay team member for the past four years. Always expressing a joy for life, and willing to try new things, in the throws, Dane wanted to learn this new event and improve his shot put technique. He was extremely focused and intentional with his technique commitment. He has great physical strength and fitness and it showed in his throwing distances in practice. With a little more time, who knows what he could have accomplished in these new events. 

In his own words

Thank you to all the track coaches I have had over the last 4 years, both past and present. Although senior season PRs and school records on the Mondo never happened, I am still pleased with what I was able to do in my abbreviated time this year. Although I don’t know what there is to leave, I guess I’ll have to give my unquestionable power and authority over the sprinting team to Russel Burns, may he be a wise and courageous leader of the best part of the track team. And to the rest of the team, I leave all those records we were going to break this year for next year’s squad.

Teo Feliu

Teo Feliu

Teo Feliu

From Coach Hall

Teo Feliu, a 4-year track & field athlete, competing in the distance events, was a huge part of our team, garnering the nickname “El Toro” for his powerfully positive personality. Teo always brought a fun-loving attitude to the team that lifted spirits and helped keep things positive and in perspective even on the hardest days. Teo’s parents are Pepe Feliu and Ines Merce. 

In his own words

I would like to thank my parents, especially my dad, for making me do XC and track the first year and showing support during meets.  I am confident I wouldn’t have made it through four years of CATF without Coach Hall, as he made me feel like I had a place on the team even if I wasn’t in the “starting lineup”. I want to thank him for his dedication towards the team and every teammate; he is what I will miss most from CA running. 

Some of my closest friends come from the cross country and track teams, and the coaches and teammates made running something to look forward to.  Prior to joining the team, I never thought that was possible. Now, I have actually been running on my own time during the quarantine which is something I never thought I would do. 

I leave the B team to anyone that finds themselves capable of carrying such an important role, and leave BurgerFi and long runs to Chloe, Hannah, and Jacqueline, as no one takes this team more seriously than them. 

I will be attending Duke next year and will likely major in Math or Computer Science. Thank you for four wild years of running, and even though I’m sad this season was cut short, I know I’ll keep running in the future.

David Go

David Go

David Go

From Coach Hall

David Go, a 4-year track & field athlete, competing in the distance events, and a team captain, David was an instrumental leader for the track program. A passionate track aficionado, David brought organizational skills, devotion to the program, and a visionary leadership outlook that can’t be overestimated. A founding member of the Indoor Track program and the organizer of countless team adventures, get-togethers, and field trips (such as to meet Edward Cheserek), David was a central pillar of CA distance running for the past four years. Throughout his career, David demonstrated both determination and perseverance, working hard to improve to the All-Conference level in cross country his senior year, and culminating in a 4th place finish at the NC independent schools state Indoor meet in the 3200m. David was also of indispensable assistance to the coaching staff, taking the lead, with zest, on innumerable projects and initiatives. When cleaning up after a late meet, David would be one of the last to leave, always offering assistance and service, a true mark of great character. David’s parents are Sarah Moessinger and Andre Go. David plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill and major in geography. 

In his own words

It was not supposed to end this way. I always assumed I would get injured and ruin my own season, but I never could have predicted that a public health crisis would ruin it for everyone. Running has been the highlight of my time at Cary Academy. I don’t know who I would be if I hadn’t found it. Thanks to Coach Hall and Coach Fenton for training me for the past four years. Thanks to Coach Krista and Coach Zac for being at practices and keeping them fun. And thank you to Coach C and Coach Liming for not giving up on me when I ran 19 minutes for 1.5 miles in the time trial.

Running has taught me so much over the years. Long runs in 100 degree heat and interval sessions at 6:00 AM before school have taught me toughness and discipline. Pushing the pace in races when I’m not sure if I can finish has taught me to be confident. Coming back from injury after 13 months off taught me how to be resilient. And this disappointing end to my last high school season is a lesson that things don’t always happen the way you want them to. I wonder what I’ll learn next.

Kyle, Kenny, Matt, Marvin – I hope you four can be better leaders than I was. Durham Academy is weak next year. You got it.

Cole, Sebastian – You two are going to be upperclassmen next year. Set a good example for the younger runners.

Phoebe, Ryan – Keep the Church of Steve alive. The future of the team depends on the strength of the runners’ faith.

The rest of the distance team – I cannot wait to schmack all y’all at the alumni meet.

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Jono Jenkens

Jono Jenkens

Jono Jenkens

From Coach Hall

Jono Jenkens, a 4-year track & field athlete, competing in the pole vault, found his athletic place in track & field with the pole vault. After trying many different event groups, Jono found arguably the most difficult to be his best fit. Through hard work and attention to detail, Jono developed the skills needed to do this challenging event, and improved a tremendous amount from freshman to senior year. Jono’s willingness to try anything and not get discouraged were always appreciated by the coaching staff. 

In his own words

I would like to thank Coach Setzer for coming in and coaching pole vault for the past few years.  I would also like to thank Coach Hall for understanding my dual requirements of track and robotics, and Coach Jose for running Pole Vault Carolina.

Matthew Modi

Matthew Modi

Matthew Modi

From Coach Hall

Matthew Modi, a 2-year track & field athlete, competing in the sprints and hurdles, Matthew would always come down from robotics with a positive, cheerful attitude, and a willingness to work hard. He chose an event, the hurdles, that most athletes are afraid to try, and placed 10th at the 2019 TISAC meet in the 110m High Hurdles. 

In his own words

First, I want to thank Coach Rod and Coach Krista for pushing me to improve and supporting me through these seasons. I would also like to thank my parents for their love and encouragement, regardless of how fast or slow I ran. 

My favorite memory is my 11 second PR in the 300m hurdles at DA. I wish the hurdle squad good luck next year.

I will be attending Columbia University this fall to major in mechanical and computer engineering. 

Obinna Modilim

Obinna Modilim

Obinna Modilim

From Coach Hall

Obinna Modilim, a 2-year track & field athlete, competing in the jumps, Obinna brought a focus and seriousness of purpose that was appreciated by the coaching staff. Every day at practice, Obinna brought an attention to detail and a sincere desire to improve. He was a model pupil to our jumps coach and we always loved watching Obinna crack a smile when he was proud or amused. Obinna, was a great student, robot engineer, jumper, and a wonderful team member on the track team. 

In his own words

I want to thank my  family whose support made all of this possible. Also, I would like to thank my friends who made my experience with Track and Field so enjoyable. To me, Track and Field is a chance to constantly learn and grow alongside my peers. One of my favorite memories is my first meet. It was then that I fully understood the magic of being part of the Track and Field team.

I will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology while majoring in Physics.

Saajan Patel

Saajan Patel

Saajan Patel

From Coach Hall

Saajan Patel, a 2-year track & field athlete, competing in the distance events, Saajan brought a bright and positive personality every day, eager to engage the challenges. A hard worker who kept a joyful attitude and was always excited to be with the team, learn new things, and improve, Saajan was a quintessential CA distance runner. 

In his own words

I would like to thank Coach Hall for exposing me to an activity I wish I started earlier, inspiring me to sleep more, and showing me the beauty of Bojangles. I would like to thank Coach Mentock for always signing me out even when I never sign out. Coach Fenton for pushing me when I never wanted to.

I leave my red hat to no one because it cannot be found. To Marvin I leave many many quad F ball Injuries; to Ryan I leave car rides back to the other side of Cary, to Xavier I leave my kaki pants; to Mathew and Kyle I leave Xavier to keep in check; to Kenny I leave Sebastian and any seb 2.0’s to beat in strides. To Priyanka I leave the Cary Park Lake, if your even allowed to go there:) 

I will be going to Duke where I will major in beating Aidan at Ping Pong.

Rohan Sachdev

Rohan Sachdev

Rohan Sachdev

From Coach Hall

Rohan Sachdev, a 2-year track & field athlete, competing in the sprints, Rohan bookended his CA career by being on the track team as a freshman and a senior. Throughout, he was one of the top ice hockey players in the state, which delayed his return to track this spring. Had we had a full spring season, Rohan’s speed and energetic enthusiasm were sure to make him a huge contributor to our team this year. It was great to have Rohan back at last! 

In his own words

Though I was only a member of the Cary Academy Varsity track team my freshmen year, and two weeks of my senior year, it was an amazing experience. I started off my – albeit short – track career in the Middle School with Coach McCoppin, and continued into high school with Coach Hall. From doing 200m sprints in the rain to the hill climbs, I never questioned the training methods of Coach Williams because I knew he had our best interest in mind. 

Unable to participate in track my sophomore and junior years due to ice hockey Championships, I look back and note that Track meets were my favorite part of the season; the constant adrenaline, excitement, and anxiety, followed by huge amounts of lactic acid build up in my legs made the experience even more memorable.  I will truly cherish all my memories of the sport for years to come. 

I want to thank Coach Hall for his dedication and pure passion for the sport that would always inspire us to endure the training. I want to thank Coach Williams for always pushing me to my limit during our training and helping me achieve my true potential. I would also like to thank the rest of the coaching stuff for making track a wonderful experience. Not only did track help me become a better hockey player, but it also made me a more well-rounded person.

Grant Scotto

Grant Scotto

Grant Scotto

From Coach Hall

Grant Scotto, a 4-year track & field athlete, competing in the distance events and throws, has been a team leader for cross country and track & field for the past four years. A multi-talented athlete, Grant showed talent as a distance runner and as a thrower. Pole vault was also in his wheelhouse and could have been an emerging event for Grant. This combination of endurance, explosiveness, and strength made Grant a rare and impressive athlete. In addition to a life-long commitment to physical fitness, Grant is also an astute observer of nuance and technique. Grant was eager to learn shot put and discus this year, and was intently focused on the details of employing good technique. He was committed to excellence in all of his pursuits, demonstrating another of Grant’s best traits. He was a strong leader for our team, and was captain of our cross country team the fall. 

In his own words

I would like to thank my parents for providing every match and meet with nothing other than the most delicious vegan treats I could ask for and to my coaches for dedicating hundreds upon thousands of hours of dedication into making me the best person and athlete I can be. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of athletics at Cary Academy, but playing trumpet for this years Cross-Country senior night was icing on the cake. I will be attending UNC Chapel Hill this fall and hope to major in physics, chemistry or something alike. My word of advice to any all athletes is to find a competitor, find someone your skill level and train with them, work together to make each other improve and zone out the super stars and success will come. 

Allen Shen

Allen Shen

From Coach Hall

Allen Shen, a first-year track & field athlete, competing in the sprints and distance events, Allen came out his senior year to experience track & field with his fellow seniors. He had a great attitude and was willing to try anything, be it sprinting or distance. During his short time on the team, Allen relished the camaraderie, exercise, and beautiful bucolic landscapes while we trained in the gorgeous North Carolina spring. 

Aidan Sher

Aidan Sher

From Coach Hall

Aidan Sher, a 3-year track & field athlete, competing in the distance events, Aiden worked with a positive attitude and joy for the process as he improved in all of his events throughout his career, including his best event, the 3200m. A supportive teammate, Aiden lifted the team with his warm personality and quick wit. 

In his own words

First, I want to thank my coaches for everything they have done the past three years. Coach Hall, thank you for your commitment to the team and especially your unforgettable pre-practice speeches which gave us all the necessary motivation for practice that day. I have never forgotten how the antelope chases the lion or something along those lines. Coach Fenton, although he is no longer coaching us, thank you for reminding me of my commitment to the team and holding me accountable. Thank you to my teammates as well – the runs we’ve gone on together in the woods or exploring SAS campus are some of my favorite memories from high school. Whether it was down in Mars or risking trench foot in the rain, it was always a fun time. Even the hill workouts will be missed; I will always nostalgically remember those reps, especially the newly created “long version”. 

To Kenny, I give you back all those laps you passed me on in the 2-mile, to Ryan the Solar Farm and SAS peanut butter containers, and the rest to the B-team boys. Lastly, I’d like to thank my family. Even though you didn’t attend any of my meets, you were always there in my heart. Next year, I will be attending Duke University where I plan to destroy Saajan in ping-pong.

Loren Troan

Loren Troan

Loren Troan

From Coach Hall

Loren Troan, a 4-year track & field athlete, competing in the pole vault and sprints, and a team captain, Loren was the State Runner-Up in the Indoor Pole Vault in 2020 and improved over his career to become one of the top pole vaulters in the NCISAA. Loren is a model athlete and person. He does what you ask and gives the extra effort every time. Few athletes have improved as much from freshman to senior year as Loren! Although he had to balance multiple event groups, he always gave his best in each group and provided key enthusiasm and leadership. Loren would always lend a helping hand and would always step up in any way the team needed him. Loren loved helping out in the 4x400m Relay at the end of the meet. Loren was a joy to coach and we’ll miss his leadership with the vaulters, sprinters, and hurdlers. An exceptional scholar and athlete, Loren plans to pole vault on the varsity track team at the University of Chicago next year. 

In his own words

Thank you to the coaches, each and every one. You believed in me, supported me, and cheered at my success. The energy brought to each practice showed me how Track is about more than the competition; it’s the practices, painful and sweaty, that build friendships and success.

A lasting memory is the final 100m of each 4×400 segment. The entire team cheering opens up a new reservoir of stamina that might not even exist. 

To the underclassmen and juniors; you got this. Use this unique opportunity to get stronger and don’t give up on your sports. I look forwards to returning and seeing how much you improved next year!

Koen Winemiller

Koen Winemiller

Koen Winemiller

From Coach Hall

Koen Winemiller, a 4-year track & field athlete, competing in the sprints and jumps, Koen’s talents in track exceeded even those he substantially possessed in the realms of punctuality and pick-up basketball. Koen’s speed on the track was impressive and his toughness was demonstrated in his success at the 400m. Also discovering a late-blossoming talent in the long jump, Koen was a top point-scorer for our team and one of the top athletes in the TISAC conference. 

In his own words

First, I want to thank Coach Hall and Coach Rod for showing me my talents over the course of four years and helping me improve as a track athlete. I also want to thank all the other coaches that have dedicated their time to watch me grow as a runner. I would not be the track athlete I am today if it were not for my teammates, my friends and my family consistently cheering me on at the meets. Thank you to anyone else who believed in me and cheered me on these past four years!

I have been running Track & Field since middle school and it has always held a special place in my heart. The adrenaline that runs through my body before a race is what keeps me going and fuels me to train harder and become a better athlete. 

One lasting memory is injuring my knee during my sophomore Track & Field season; the injury led to season ending surgery. I was devastated. However, the following year, with the help of Coach Rod who showed me which events I could excel in, I became the 400m runner up in conferences and went on to states to compete in the 400m and long jump. I never thought I could make it to that level, but my teammates and coaches helped me reach that goal. 

I want to leave behind the sprinting program and messing with Coach Rod to Russell and Sarah. 

I am attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall and hope to join their intramural Track & Field team.

Eric Xing

Eric Xing

From Coach Hall

Eric Xing, a first-year track & field athlete, competing in the sprints, added a lot to our program in the short time he was with us. Eric showed up consistently ready to work. He was a team player ready to step in for relay work any time we needed him.  

Constantin Zodl

Constantin Zodl

From Coach Hall

Constantin Zodl, a 3-year track & field athlete, competing in the throws, Constantin was captain of the men’s throwers. Constantin demonstrated leadership, was a good role model and example to others, and was fun and very pleasant to everyone. Despite his previous accomplishments in discus when he was TISAC Champion and set the School Record last year, he still wanted to learn more, improve and push himself further. He was very helpful, patient, gentle and empathetic with his teammates. This is a tremendous strength. It was a pleasure working with him. I wish we had more time together and a chance for him to PR in the shotput as well as set new school records in the Discus. Good luck in all he does going forward. 

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Senior Nights: Varsity Boys’ Tennis

May 14, 2020

With the Spring 2020 athletics season disrupted by COVID-19, we are celebrating the athletes of Cary Academy’s Class of 2020 via ‘virtual Senior Nights’ each week. On Senior Night, each player is introduced by their coaches and then given the opportunity to make remarks.

From the coaches

Over the course of the past three years both Victor and Om made a huge impact on the CA Tennis program. Also known as the Bash Bros, Victor and Om always came to practices and matches with tons of energy, school spirit and a commitment to get better at tennis and help others do the same. No matter how the matches transpired both boys maintained a positive and optimistic outlook and always made us smile and feel fortunate as coaches. The coaching staff is going to miss both of them but know they have very bright futures ahead so we look forward to keeping in touch and seeing them at future CA tennis matches and alumni events. 

Regarding the new seniors on the team, Nate, Sachin and Saavan, we watched them develop over the years on JV and are sad we didn’t have a chance to get to know them better this season. Taylor was able to get to know Nate Dog through an internship at Hyperspace the prior summer and knows he is going to do big things in the near future. Each of the three brought a lot of energy and positive vibes to our practices and matches and we wish them the best of luck in the future. Go Chargers!

In their own words

Sachin Amaresh

Sachin Amaresh

Sachin Amaresh

First, I’d like to thank all of the coaches, both JV and Varsity, for helping me and allowing me to grow on the court. I’d also like to thank my teammates from this short-lived season and all past seasons.  The energy and enthusiasm they brought to every practice and match made the CA tennis program fun. 

As an athlete, tennis has been a good stress relief and a great a way to connect with other students and make friends. My favorite memory comes from the JV team competing to get “milkshake points” for the coveted Cookies and Cream Chick-fil-a Milkshake. I leave not being able to close out a match to no one, which means CA tennis will only take dubs. 

I am attending NC State for engineering this fall and I hope to be able to play tennis on an intramural team or just be able to hit with other tennis players. Thank you to everybody again who made the last 3.25 seasons of tennis so much fun! 

Sachin Amaresh

Om Naphade

Om Naphade

Om Naphade

Wow! These last four years have been a blast, from Freshman to Captain, tennis has changed my whole high school life. I want to thank my parents for providing tremendous encouragement when I decided to pick up tennis in 8th grade. Their willingness to drive me to tournaments and practice was one of the main reasons I was able to improve quickly and make the varsity team freshman year. Thanks also to Taylor and Zach for being great coaches, preparing us for the tough rivalries, especially in our semi-final states run last year.  Thank you to all the captains from past years for setting a strict training regimen, one that I hope continues. For me, tennis has always been an outlet of energy and the team has always been a family. Even though my final season was cut incredibly short, I am still incredibly thankful for the life skills this sport has taught me. I will continue to play tennis in the future, ideally as a member of the club tennis team at Brown University (where I intend to concentrate in neuroscience). 

I have many memories from my four years on the CA varsity team.  I remember my first ever loss and the fallout on the bus ride home. I remember spending trimester break doing hill sprints during a thunderstorm. I remember our loss against Providence my first time watching the State Tournament. I remember all of these because they truly helped me become a better player. Of course, I also remember Max’s Jimmy Johns fantasies, the first time we beat DA in 3 years, Luke Johnson singing a harry potter song, Chris Toy splitting his racket on a light pole, and a bunch of other amazing and wacky things.

I leave workouts and captainship to Vibhav, singing on the bus to Max, telling freshman to stop complaining to Henry, making bad jokes to Travis (though he doesn’t need it), and finally being the coolest on the team to Evan. OmDaddy Out.

Om Naphade

Victor Taylor

Victor Taylor

Victor Taylor

First and foremost I want to thank my parents for their unwavering support over the past four years.  You took me to matches, lessons, practices, and give me the facilities to be the best tennis player I could be. I would not be who I am today as a player and person without you two. Also, I’d like to thank Taylor and both Zachs for being great mentors and coaches these past four years, you have helped me become a better person and player. And last but certainly not least, thank you to my teammates both past and present for helping me improve and making me laugh and enjoy my time with this team no matter what circumstance; I always knew I would have fun every day as a part of the squad.

From being a tiny freshmanafraid  of the 400s after practice, unforgettable bus rides to Greensboro and Charlotte, clinching conferences last year at home in a three setter against that school in Durham and leaving all my effort and energy on the court at Country Day in states, this team and the memories I’ve made will hold a permanent, special place in my heart. High school would not have been the same without this team.

I want to leave the speaker duties to both Henry and Max; y’all can fight over whether you listen to “garbage rap” or Bad Bunny. Vibhav can have the weight room since he always was the most loyal training partner, and Evan, Sahil and the Uel can have the rest; enjoy being the Youngest Monies. 

I will be attending Davidson in the fall and majoring in Economics, but I’ll be back during the spring to see this team win, or even meet y’all in Charlotte.

Go CA Tennis and thank for the memories that will last a lifetime!

Victor Taylor

Saavan Yerramsetty

Saavan Yerramsetty

Saavan Yerramsetty

Tennis has meant a lot to me. It has helped me become a better team player and has also made me a competitive person. I don’t have memories of the varsity team because I was only on it for a few weeks. The memories I have from JV were the long bus rides and my fellow teammates. I want to thank all the coaches at CA that have helped me improve. Thanks for all the good times. 

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Senior Nights: Varsity Girls’ Soccer

May 14, 2020

With the Spring 2020 athletics season disrupted by COVID-19, we are celebrating the athletes of Cary Academy’s Class of 2020 via ‘virtual Senior Nights’ each week. On Senior Night, each player is introduced by their coaches and then given the opportunity to make remarks.

From the coaches

Although our season was cut short, we quickly became a family and had a very promising season ahead of us. To our seniors, each one of you will be missed tremendously and although we did not get a full season, we enjoyed the time we had with each of you. 

MaryKate was new to the team as a senior.   Through just a few short weeks, we were very impressed with her skill level, effort, and commitment to the team.  We have no doubt she would have been a key player for us. 

Lexi always kept us on our toes and made us chuckle every day. She was loyal, committed, hardworking, and a beast on defense! Her presence on the field will be greatly missed. 

Lara always had a smile on her face, even when we would yell at her to “pick up the ball” she would smile back at us. She was committed and loyal to the team and we will miss seeing her smiling face!

Addie was so easy to coach because she was one of the hardest workers, most respectful, dedicated, and natural leaders that we have worked with. She put 100% into her training, games, and into her teammates every day. We will miss her leadership and presence on the field!

To all our seniors; Thank you for everything you have done for CA Soccer.  It has been a pleasure to work with each of you and I wish you nothing but success in the future.

In their own words

Lara Crochik

Lara Crochik

Lara Crochik

I would like to thank all the amazing coaches I’ve had at CA over the past 6 years. Coach Frank, thank you for introducing me to soccer. To this day I still question how you let me on the Blue team after never having played before, but I’m so thankful you did. Coach Howering, thank you for always managing to put a smile on all our faces and making soccer fun. Coach “Jandy”, thank you for being patient with me. I really appreciate all the time and effort you took with me and you’ve taught me so much. Coach Jones, thank you for always answering my questions about whether a game was cancelled about the rain and all the support you and the rest of the athletic department have given us.  I’d also like to thank all the parents that have consistently supported us and all the members of the facilities teams that have dealt with the upkeep of the fields.  Also, thank you to MK for being the best co-captain I could have had in 8th grade, Lexi for all of the jokes/complaints we’d share, and Addie for always inspiring me to push myself harder. 

Lara Crochik

The past six years have been a rollercoaster, but I’ve learned so much about myself and the sport. I will never forget when Coach Frank put me in the goal for the first time as a joke because of how horrible he thought I would be! That turned out great for both of us ?

I would like to leave behind my bench to anyone who wants it (and doesn’t want it), teasing Talia to Danica Ginsberg, being goofy at practice to Kendyl, and lots of wins to the whole team.  Soccer has introduced me to some of my favorite people, and we will always be a family.

This upcoming fall, COVID-19 permitting, I will attend the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and pursue majors in Global Studies and Political Science. 

Lara Crochik

MaryKate Englehardt

MaryKate Englehardt

MaryKate Englehardt

I want to thank Coach Kristen and Coach Frank for giving me the chance to return to a sport I have always loved, even though I am a little rusty. Soccer has always been a place to let out my competitive edge but also a reminder not to take myself too seriously. 

MaryKate Englehardt

My favorite memories include playing alongside Lexi since we were seven (Go Twisters!), laughing at/with Lara, and of course chest-bumps with Addie. I would like to leave my love to the whole team and soccer tennis specifically to Vicky. I wish I would have gotten more time with all of you but thank you for making my senior year a whole lot brighter!

In the fall, I will be attending Wake Forest University to pursue Business. 

MaryKate Englehardt

Addie Esposito

Addie Esposito

Addie Esposito

A huge thank you to Kristen and Frank for helping me improve as a player, my teammates for making me smile, and my parents for 12 years of cheering me on. Soccer wears so many hats in my life—dissolving my stress, expanding my limits, teaching me lessons, and giving me another family. I’m truly happy on the field, surrounded by girls I’m proud to call my teammates. 

Addie Esposito

Although there are plenty, my favorite soccer memories include Vicky playing soccer tennis, the team water gun fight, and the incredible grit of the team when we had only 10 players against Providence Day (our last game my sophomore year). 

I leave the team sisterhood to the Ginsbergs and everything else to my little sister, Emma. As for future plans, I will study Government and German at Harvard after a gap year and play some club/intramural soccer. And of course, I’ll come cheer on my girls whenever I can. I’m so lucky to have had 3.2 seasons on the team, and I will never forget how much I love my teammates, coaches, and the game—thanks for everything, vsocc:)

Addie Esposito

Lexi Lierman

Lexi Lierman

Lexi Lierman

I would first like to start off by giving a huge thank you to Coach Kristen our head coach and especially Coach Frank. I first met Coach Frank in middle school when he coached the Blue Girls soccer team my 7th and 8th grade years, but after the transition to high school soccer, I did not get to see him as much. In my senior year, I was convinced to attend a last-minute tryout and decided to play club soccer for NCFC again after quitting once before in 8th grade to pursue school sports. Coach Frank was the one who had convinced me to play my final year and was my coach for the fall and winter seasons at NCFC. Frank has watched me grow and become the great soccer player I am today, and I am very thankful for all the time, effort, and patience he has given me over the many years of knowing him. I would also like to thank the whole team for being amazing teammates and always having a smile on your beautiful faces. Also, thank you for somehow allowing me to come up with a crazy question to ask at every practice that always made people uncomfortable. And finally, I would like to thank my parents for bringing me into this amazing sport at a very young age and for coaching, cheering, and encouraging me at every game and tournament. Thank you for supporting my dreams and helping me succeed.

Lexi Lierman

As your favorite non-captain senior, here is what I leave to the NEW rising seniors. I leave my aggressiveness and sassiness to feisty Talia Ginsberg, and my goalie gloves that I got at a discount at Omega to Samantha Lattanze (also my old cleats), and finally my back line and all my passion for the game and the fight to miss Estella Multari. And let the record show, even though we lost 3-1, I (left defender) scored the only goal of the game and (for that matter) the season. Thank you.

In the fall, I will be attending the University of South Carolina as a Capstone Scholar studying Environmental Science with a minor in International Business.

Lexi Lierman

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Senior Nights: Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse

May 7, 2020

With the Spring 2020 athletics season disrupted by COVID-19, we are celebrating the athletes of Cary Academy’s Class of 2020 via ‘virtual Senior Nights’ each week. On Senior Night, each player is introduced by their coaches and then given the opportunity to make remarks.

Carson Baker

Carson Baker

Carson Baker

From the coaches

Last year was Carson’s first year playing lacrosse. He is a natural athlete who we wanted to find a way to on the field to take advantage of his athleticism. Carson has excellent foot speed and became a multipurpose player for us who would cover the best offensive threats on the opposing teams. This year we moved Carson to a starting defensive position.  Carson has been a welcomed asset to our team.  Thank You Carson, we wish you well as you pursue future endeavors.

In his own words

I want to thank both Coach Olive and Chakey for welcoming me to the lacrosse program. They have incredible visions that I know they will bring the team success. I also want to thank my parents for their genetics and unwavering support through all my athletic commitments. 

I only played lacrosse for a short time but it was a way for me to grow as an athlete and a person. I transitioned from an individual sport to this team game which gave me Brotherhood and memories for life. 

My favorite memories include our bus trips and team bonding activities.  Aside from these, I leave my shooting ability to Matt Logel, dropping the shoulder to Landon and my minutes on the field to Tucker. Score some goals for me. 

Next year I will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in Business.

Parker Courts

Parker Courts

Parker Courts

From the coaches

Unfortunately, this was Parker’s first and last season in Varsity Lacrosse and we wish we could have had him sooner. Parker is a gifted athlete who spent a several seasons on the Soccer field.  With his background in Soccer, Parker picked up the game of lacrosse quickly and would have been a benefit for our team if we had more time to work with him.  We wish you well Parker.

In his own words

As a soccer player, Lacrosse was meant to be a senior yolo where I tired a different sport for the first time in 10 years.  Even in the little time we had I was able to learn a new skill set and make friends.  Thanks to the coaches and the boys for making the season fun while it lasted, and good luck to next year’s team! 

I will be attending Wake Forest University in the fall and plan on studying business.  

Ben Logel

Ben Logel

Ben Logel

From the coaches

Throughout his tenure at CA, been quickly earned the respect of his coaches and teammates.  The past two seasons, Ben was our team captain.  He is a natural leader who kept his approach positive and supportive. Ben’s contributions to the Lacrosse program will absolutely be missed; he will be remembered as one of the best lacrosse players in Cary Academy history.  Ben, thank you for all that you have done for CA Lacrosse, we wish you the best next year and in your future.

In his own words

Since I was in 1st grade, lacrosse has meant everything to me.  I’ve played with a lot of different guys, and for a lot of different teams, but nothing can really compare to the experience I had being able to suit up for my school. Even though I was determined to make my senior season my best one yet, and it was cut short, I wouldn’t change anything about my career as a lacrosse player at CA. Through the ups and downs, it has been nothing short of unforgettable. I’ve made some incredible friends and learned an incredible amount about myself and how to deal with adversity. I owe all of this to my teammates and coaches.

 Coach Olive and Coach Chakey have come into the program and made an immediate impact. I can’t wait to come back and see where the team is in a few years, and I am so grateful for the time and energy you guys gave to our team. 

Perhaps the most important thank you I should give is the thank you to my parents. Since I was little, they’ve supported me every step of the way. Mom has always made sure I have water and food for practice, and Dad was always ready to get reps with me and cheer me on, no matter what. Looking back, I realize I wouldn’t be half the player or person I am without them. 

There are so many good memories from my years on the team, but my favorites will always be the ones I shared with my brother, Matt. We’ve always had to play on different club teams with our age difference and being able to play on the same high school team has been a dream come true for me and him; it’s been so fun. 

As far as leaving things behind, I would just like to leave work ethic to the entire team. Just remember, as the lacrosse team at CA, you always have something to prove to other people. Class of 2022, y’all are going to be the first class to have all 4 years with Chakey/Olive. Lead by example, lead well, and lead strong. I’m going to miss this team, and I’m excited to see them excel in the coming years. 

Next year, I will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill and likely majoring in environmental science. 

David White

David White

David White

From the coaches

Though only with the Lacrosse program for two seasons, the coaching staff enjoyed working with David.  Last season his hard work earned him a starting position on defense; not an easy feat as a first year player.  This year his leadership and dedication made it David an easy choice as one of our team captains.  David, we wish you well – Good Luck next year!

In his own words

First off, I’d like to thank everybody who makes lacrosse season possible. Coach Olive and Coach Chakey have put in so much time and effort in order to help us grow- as lacrosse players, students, and people. They’ve developed a still-growing culture of hard work and I can’t wait to see where the program will be in a few years under their guidance. 

I’d also like to thank Ms. Logel for every team event, snack, or gathering that has been organized. You put in so much time and effort for us and I truly cannot imagine our program without you. 

I want to thank my mom- a lifelong lacrosse fan- and my dad – an easy convert- for coming to my games, giving me encouragement, and so much more during my brief but action-packed career. 

And, finally, I thank the players. You guys gave me the courage to play lacrosse for the first time as a junior and welcomed me with open arms. We have everything from year-round lax bros to newly-padded up freshman, and I could not be any prouder of all you guys. I see how hard you work in and out of season and I hope you’ll keep playing as long as you can. 

Though our record may have been less than stellar, I was never anything short of absolutely proud to call myself a member of the team. We had so many great bus trips and thrilling games and it’s one of the few teams I’ve ever been on in which the group was both a ton of fun to be around and hard workers when it came to game time.

I leave the defense to Coop and for Owen to inherit after. Never let the aggression die. 

Next year I will attend the NC State College of Engineering in the fall (hopefully) where I’ll most likely major in computer science. 

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Senior Nights: Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse

May 7, 2020

With the Spring 2020 athletics season disrupted by COVID-19, we are celebrating the athletes of Cary Academy’s Class of 2020 via ‘virtual Senior Nights’ each week. On Senior Night, each player is introduced by their coaches and then given the opportunity to make remarks.

From coach Kathryn O’Mara

I have been coaching for a long time – long enough that I am not often surprised by my players. I like to think that I have seen a good deal of what to expect from teenagers. And yet, this year caught me off guard. It would be easy to say that the incredibly unfortunate end to the beginning of this season is the real surprise here; I certainly didn’t foresee a global pandemic. Nope. I hadn’t seen that before. But what really caught me off guard happened well before any social distancing disrupted the 2020 spring. As we have the last few years, the coaches posed the challenge to players at the close of the 2019 season: make an effort to participate in at least three of the following activities – summer league lacrosse, the Pumpkin Shootout tournament, Cary Academy field hockey, Cary Academy basketball, or winter league lacrosse. It’s a challenge that we, as coaches, know is hard for people to meet simply because Cary Academy students are busy – and frankly, distracted. It takes planning to anticipate involvement in seasonal activities like these, particularly when so many other events demand your time. Nevertheless, beginning last August, people showed up to meet the challenge. And not just any people, but the people you most want to show up – your leaders, your seniors. And they kept showing up. 

The Cary Academy girls’ lacrosse Class of 2020 is a group of students unlike any I have ever had the pleasure to coach. They are cohesive and yet clearly individuals. They are intensely focused and yet deeply understanding of their teammates’ needs. They are oriented towards achievement and yet they always manage to remember to celebrate the littlest victories (like completing the very last day of that awful preseason running!). In short, they are incredibly special. And they reminded me day in and day out during our short season that the sum of the whole is greater than its parts. The Class of 2020 – Jaida Jett, Haley McGuire, Dorrit Eisenbeis, Laura Cunningham, and Anna Lane, is irreplaceable. There may not be a line in the record books to affirm what I know to be true – their impact on the Cary Academy lacrosse program is indelible and unforgettable.  Thank you, ladies, for reminding me every day why I love to coach. 

In their own words

Laura Cunningham

Laura Cunningham

Laura Cunningham

Thank you so much to Coach Katy, Coach Summer, and Coach C for bringing lacrosse into my life. Being a part of this team since its inaugural season has been such a special part of my Cary Academy experience. Thank you for pushing me further than I ever thought I could go. I’m so glad that I took a chance by starting lacrosse from square one during my freshman year. This season obviously isn’t reflective of the work this team has put in over the past few months and four years, but in my heart, I know that it was still a great one. 

Some of my favorite memories include our first ever game as a program where everyone cheered at every single completed pass as well as our battles with St. Mary’s every year on their senior night; I know this would’ve been the year that we would’ve finally got them. 

Laura Cunningham

To Ellie, I leave the defense. I know your first season was cut short, but you’re still such a superstar in my eyes. To Lily, I leave Ms. Jones and charger spirit. Take good care of them, they’ll need you in my absence!! To Abby, I leave being a leader on the team. While I know that’s not just my property to give, I’m sure my fellow seniors recognize how much of an inspiration you are to the rest of the team. Everything else in my possession goes to my sweet underclassmen—you guys have still have so much time left with this incredible program, I know you’ll all make it count <3.  Also, don’t let the senior night t-shirt tradition die!. 

In the fall, I’m planning to attend UNC-Chapel Hill with a major in Linguistics. Sko heels, sko CA glax, & SKO GERS 4EVER <3 

Laura Cunningham

Dorrit Eisenbeis

Dorrit Eisenbeis

Dorrit Eisenbeis

To Begin, I want to thank Coach Katy for believing and trusting in me my sophomore year. It was a hard decision for me to move change sports and start playing lacrosse, but it is one of the best decisions I have made. Not only is it such a fun sport but I have made so many friends and learned a lot from tremendous coaches! Although I only played for 2 seasons, I have made a life’s worth of memories! 

My favorite memory has to be when we were playing Virginia Episcopal, and being a new team, we thought we were going to get killed. We ended up playing one of our best games ever and finishing the game with a W!  Another favorite memories involved our last game against Ravenscroft.  Our defense played remarkable as we held them for 15 minutes without a goal; the defeat in their faces was so rewarding! 

Dorrit Eisenbeis

I want to leave behind tripping on the field to Abby, pre and post jams to Lily, and the oh-so-lovely middie sprints to Gabrie and Jaya. To the rest of the team, I wish you the best of luck next year and I know you are all going to kill it! Don’t worry, I will be coming to as many games as I can, as I will be attending UNC Chapel Hill in the fall, majoring in Exercise and Sports Science and playing Varsity Field Hockey! Make CA Glax proud and play your heart out for these lost practices, games, and memories! I love you all so much!

Dorrit Eisenbeis

Jaida Jett

Jaida Jett

Jaida Jett

First and foremost, a big thank you to my wonderful parents.  You inspire me everyday with your strength and love! To Coach Katy, Coach Summer, Coach C, Robyn, and Grace, you have made such a huge impact on me in such a short amount of time. Thank you for showing me the joy of lacrosse! To my other seniors and the rest of glax, thank you for welcoming me to the best team at CA. 

To Abby, I leave the best bus rides and trips to the arboretum. To Ellie, I leave all the perks of being a newbie: enjoy it while you can! To Zoey, pre practice throws with Chad and to Lily, all the shooting spaces possible in pizza. To the entire team, I leave all my love <333 

In the fall, I’ll be attending UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in Business and Global Studies!

Jaida Jett

Anna Lane

Anna Lane

Anna Lane

My lacrosse career was very short lived, by the time it started it practically ended; I don’t think the world was quite ready for me to play lacrosse. However, I really enjoyed my 2-3 weeks of being on the team. Everyone was so supportive of my senior yolo and the fact I didn’t even know how to hold my stick. I’m so happy I joined because I still got to know some really amazing girls better. 

Thank you Coach Katy for your help and support and thank you to everyone on the team that helped me during pre-season. I wish I got to wear this uniform for real in a game, but maybe I’ll play lacrosse intramurally in college. I wish I got to spend the rest of the season with the team, but I’m glad I got the time I did. 

Haley McGuire

Haley McGuire

Haley McGuire

I would first like to thank Coach Katy, Coach Summer, and Coach C for always believing in me for the past four years of high school. I also want to thank my parents for being so supportive of me changing sports many times before I found one I truly loved. Being a freshman on a brand new varsity team was terrifying, but I always felt welcomed and challenged. I discovered a new sense of community and family, and even though I am devastated that our season was taken away from us this year, I am so incredibly grateful for the past 3 years – and the first 4 weeks of this season ?.

Thank you to my team, I love all of you so much and I always laughed the hardest out on the field with you, even if we were running. I will always laugh when thinking of Dorrit falling or Abby getting smacked in the face by her own free position shot. My favorite memory is from my junior year when we started out practice with a fun and harmless Easter egg hunt with candy!! It was so much fun, until we had to get on the line and do fitness right after. We all learned a lesson about eating right before practice that day. 

I leave my love for this sport to the whole team, you guys will be amazing next year and I can’t wait to come watch you play.

 I will be attending Boston College next year and majoring in communications. Thank you for everything. This sport and team will always be a huge part of me.

Haley McGuire

Written by Dan Smith, Digital Content Producer and Social Media Manager

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Senior Nights: Varsity Baseball

April 30, 2020

With the Spring 2020 athletics season disrupted by COVID-19, we are celebrating the athletes of Cary Academy’s Class of 2020 via ‘virtual Senior Nights’ each week. On Senior Night, each player is introduced by their coaches and then given the opportunity to make remarks.

Adam Cervenka

Adam Cervenka 

Parents: Gordon & Patty Cervenka
Adam Cervanka

From the coaches

Adam has been a member of the varsity baseball team for the past four years and has played a big part in our success over the years. He has held down the hot corner (3rd Base) like nobody else. This fall, Adam will be attending “The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University” where he plans on majoring in Business

Ladies and Gentlemen  …  #21 Adam Cervenka

Adam Cervanka

In his own words

I would like to start by thanking all of the coaches and everyone who has dedicated their time to this program and making my four years on the baseball team a success. Thank you to my parents for supporting me and getting me to and from practices and games. I have really enjoyed my time playing baseball at Cary Academy and am thankful for all the great friends I have made along the way. Although we had high hopes for this season, I still enjoyed and was happy to be a part of our short but glorious undefeated season. 

As Raiden did before me, I pass my T-Rex Café stuffed dino collection on to Griffin, in hopes the tradition may be revitalized. As well, I leave being the first person, and occasionally the last person, to the locker room every day to Griffin. To Lincoln, Christian, Wyatt, and Griffin, I leave you the responsibility of keeping things fun both on and off the field. To Charlie, I hope you will carry on the adventures of Leprechaun hunting by selecting a new hunting partner. To Michael, I leave you my Cerv Apparel pullover so that it might inspire you to pursue all your dreams. To all the boys, I leave you the responsibility of properly stretching before every practice and game to prevent injury, specifically by participating in Cerv’s Stretch, the stretchiest stretch out there.

Ryan Erickson

Ryan Erickson

Parents: Chris & Amy Erickson
Ryan Erickson

Ryan has been a member of the varsity baseball team for the past four years. He has served as a team captain and has done a great job in bringing along the younger players. With his height and wingspan nothing got by him at first base; he will be missed at that position. This fall Ryan will be attending University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he plans on majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Business.

Ladies and Gentlemen  …  #4 Ryan Erickson

Ryan Erickson

In his own words

First, I would like to thank my parents for their continued support, driving me early in the morning and late at night while always supporting me playing the game I love. I also thank my siblings for showing up and being loud at the games. I would also like to thank the entire coaching staff for never giving up on me and for pushing me to become the baseball player and man I am today. Lastly, I would like to thank my CA teammates for making my baseball experience so much fun. From America’s Favorite Game, to our undefeated senior season on the Disney field, it has been quite a ride and I thank you all for letting me join the CA baseball family.

 I would like to leave first base to Lincoln, keeping the locker room in check to Griffin and the fountain tradition to Evan. Next year I will be attending UNC Chapel Hill where I plan to major in computer science with a minor in business. 

Harrison Reed

Harrison Reed

Parents: Dennis & Bonnie Reed
Harrison Reed

Harrison has been a member of the varsity baseball team for four years. He has served as a team captain the past two seasons and has done a great job in that leadership role. His willingness to play multiple positions shows how versatile and unselfish of a player Harrison is. This fall, Harrison will be attending Southern Methodist University, where he plans on double majoring in Finance and Supply Chain, with a minor in Chinese. 

Ladies and Gentlemen  …  #5 Harrison Reed

Harrison Reed

In his own words

I would first like to start by thanking all the Coaches: Coach Pope, Coach Brandon, Coach Trent, Coach Wheeler, Coach Pendergast and Coach Woodell for your time and dedication to the baseball program and ensuring that we not only become better baseball players but better men.

I would like to send an extended thank you to Coach Pope.  Coach you have allowed my family the honor of being around Cary Academy Varsity Baseball for the past eight years and we are forever in your debt for what you have taught both me and my older brother Spencer. I look at you as another Grandfather and I cannot imagine where I would be in life without your guidance and love. You brought me into the program my 6th grade year and allowed me to be the teams bat boy, an experience I will truly never forget. You also trusted in me by making me a captain my Junior year and you pushed me to become a better leader and man.  So once again Coach Pope, thank you for everything!  

I would now like to thank my parents.  Baseball has been the most important part of my life since I was 5 years old and that’s because of you. You drove me to practices and games, threw with me in the yard and were always my biggest fans. Now recently baseball has been a little rough on me with the surgery I had last fall; you guys were my rock and I can’t imagine how I would’ve gotten through the rehab process without your faith in me. I love you guys so much.

Finally, I would like to thank my older brother Spencer. Spencer, you have been my role model since I was born.  You pushed towards excellence and I always wanted to be exactly like you. You taught me most of what I know about baseball and I am forever grateful. When Coach Pope gave me your uniform number my freshmen year, I knew I had big shoes to fill; I wanted to get us that State Championship.  I’m sorry I couldn’t get it done for you, but it was a true honor to wear your number and compete for the Reed Family. 

To my teammates – my brothers – thank you for being there for me when times were rough. I’m sorry that the season had to end the way it did this year but I have all the faith in the world you guys will get the job done next year.  Christian, I love you buddy and I know you’re going to achieve great things in life.  To you I leave the team.  Your work ethic is unmatched and I know that you have what it takes to lead this team.  Lawson, I’ve always thought of you as a little brother.  I leave you Shortstop and the teams future alongside Andon and Ben. 

Next fall I will be attending Southern Methodist University and plan to study Finance and Supply Chain while minoring in Chinese.   

One Last Thank You to Baseball… I love you and I will miss you!

Tim Werner

Tim Werner

Parents: Joe & Laura Werner
Tim Werner

Tim has been a member of the varsity baseball team for the past three years. He has served as a team captain and has done a great job in that leadership role. His willingness to do whatever it took for the team was a great example for his teammates. This fall Tim will be attending North Carolina State University, where he plans on majoring in Marketing.

Ladies and Gentlemen …  #20 Tim Werner

Tim Werner

In his own words

It was pouring, freezing cold, and late in the evening. It was my last home game. I now realize that I misunderstood those miserable conditions – they were fun, not miserable. I would do anything I could to get back out on that field, with my team, and play in any weather.  That’s why I love the game of baseball. It will eat you up, spit you out, and yes, even strike you out with a curveball.  But after all that, you want to get back up and go back out there. 

It’s unfortunate how this season came to an end, but that’s just that. I loved every part of it and am grateful for being able to be a part of such a great team. I want to thank all the coaches, but Coach Pope in particular, for consistently providing me with numerous opportunities to grow on and off the field. I can say with confidence the coaches have helped me learn who I am as a person, teammate and leader and have pushed me to become a better version of myself. 

I love all the boys on this team and won’t forget the memories we’ve made. I leave my yaks to Andon and my diving catches to Christian; don’t be stupid and break your arm though! 

I’ve been blessed to play on such a great field with a great team. “All-in” forever.

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Senior Nights: Varsity Softball

April 30, 2020

With the Spring 2020 athletics season disrupted by COVID-19, we are celebrating the athletes of Cary Academy’s Class of 2020 via ‘virtual Senior Nights’ each week. On Senior Night, each player is introduced by their coaches and then given the opportunity to make remarks.

Amy Han

Amy Han

Parents: Bing Han & Michael Zhou

From the coaches

Amy, we’ve been together a long time.  From the years of playing for the Town of Cary rec league until this final year, it has been my pleasure!  As an All Conference and All State player, you have been a rock star; anchoring third base and as an offensive juggernaut – hitting for both contact and power.  However, that is just a small part of what you have meant to our team.  Your smile, laughter and engaging personality are infectious.  You have done an excellent job keeping the team loose, yet focused.  And, this year in particular, you have stepped seamlessly into a leadership role.  While being compassionate and welcoming to new players, you have kept our high standards intact. 

 I want to personally thank you for everything you have done for CA softball.  The foundation that you and Claire have built upon from other captains continues to make us better.  While this season was cut short, remember the good times; Disney, your teammates and your final hit – a home run over the wall at the Wide World of Sports!

We wish you continued success and nothing but the best next year and in the year’s to come – we love and will miss you – CA Softball!  

Amy Han and Claire Marshall

In her own words

First, I want to thank my parents for always supporting me. They have come to almost all my games and when they couldn’t make it, they were always eager to hear about every play I made and every hit I had. I love you guys!

Dad, I am forever grateful that you played alongside me for most of my softball career. Thank you for taking me out to the field to work on my skills and coaching me to be a better player. Thank you for all the time that you have spent dealing with my stubbornness. I always knew you were right, I just didn’t want to admit it then?

Mom, every time I see you at my games it makes me immediately happier. Thank you for cheering me on and always being there and taking care of me. It was awesome that you got to come to Disney with the team. I am blessed to have a mom like you. 

Thank you to all my coaches. Coach Jones, you are the best coach I have ever had through all my years of playing softball. Thank you for putting your faith in me and believing in me even when I did not believe in myself. I am honored that I got to have you as a mentor. You have helped me gain my confidence as a player and shaped me into a leader. 

Coach Bright, thank you for always being there for me. I will miss getting to high five you at first base. Thank you for pushing me to always be the best version of myself. Even when I was down on myself for making a mistake or not hitting as well as I wanted to, you never failed to encourage me. Thank you for sacrificing your time to help the team for the past few years. It meant a lot that you decided to stay this year for Claire and me. 

Coach Mark, thank you for getting me through ruts and constantly reminding me to be great. I know that I can always rely on you to help me out or give me pointers. Thank you for working with me on pitching and believing that I could do it. You have made me a better player and I am grateful that I was able to work with you. 

Coach Velto, even though you have only been an official coach for one year, I am glad that you were there. Thank you for always helping the team and making sure no one felt discouraged. 

Amy Han

I started playing softball when I was 8 and I have been playing ever since, moving through the Cary Recreational Leagues and eventually to Captain of the Cary Academy Varsity Softball Team. Softball has allowed me to form unbreakable friendships and bonds with a lot of amazing people. It has taught me how to be a team player, a leader, a friend, and most importantly, a better person. It still feels surreal that I did not get to have a full season with such an amazing team, but I know we would’ve been crushing it this season. 

I will miss the Disney Trips dearly. This year’s trip was arguably the best trip ever. The best memories of the team that I have had throughout the years were mostly all in Disney. I am so thankful that I got to bond with the team this year, and even though we only played 2 games, you guys are the best team ever.

Ryan and Hannah, you are going to make amazing captains next year; I sincerely believe you will be awesome. Ryan, I will miss our moments in the infield together. I will miss the times we shot each other goofy faces or complained about a bogus call by an umpire. Hannah, you are such a hard worker and a dedicated teammate. Seeing you battle it out on the pitcher’s mound every game inspires me to work harder. I am thankful that I got to play with both of you for the past few seasons. 

I leave everyone on the team the joys of softball. I want you all to have the same amount of fun, if not more, that I have had the past few years. I hope you guys will continue to be amazing, kind, and hard-working young women. Remember not to bully Coach Jones too much!

I am going to NC State for Industrial Design this fall. I am grateful to everyone who has helped me along the way and excited for what is yet to come.

Claire Marshall

Claire Marshall

Parents: Amy & Michael Marshall

From the coaches

Claire, I have truly enjoyed watching you grow as both a player and a person these past six years.  While becoming more comfortable at the plate, you have really come to Own centerfield.  When balls are hit your way, we know it’s a sure out or the right play will be made.  But your biggest stride was on full display this season.  Your confidence and mentorship was exactly what our other young outfielders needed.  I still think about you stopping practices in Disney to explain to the other girls why the play was here or there; that’s leadership!

I was fortunate to have two amazing captains this year.  I consistently overheard the new girls talk about how nice you are and what a good job you did of making them feel a part of the team.  While it’s a difficult job as a leader to befriend your teammates while also holding them accountable, you did it flawlessly.  You earned everyone’s respect and friendship; well done!

With the pieces we had in place this year, I truly expected to have a special season.  While cut short, the time away has given me an opportunity to reflect on how much I appreciate our team and the atmosphere you and Amy have continued to cultivate. Thank You!

As you transition into the next phase of your life, I wish you continued success.  We love and will miss you – CA Softball!

In her own words

First, I would like to thank my coaches for everything they have done for me the past several years. Coach Jones, thank you for sticking with me and Amy for the past six years – your ability to push our team forward while having fun with us has taught me how to approach life. Coach Bright, thank you for continuing to support, encourage, and push us even when our team was struggling. Coach Mark, thank you for believing in me more than anyone else and spending so much time with me perfecting my crow hop. Coach Velto, thank you for dealing with our crazy team and supporting us through it all. T

Thank you to my teammates – you guys are the most fun and amazing group of girls.  I am so lucky to have each and every one of you in my life. My favorite part of the season every year was going to Disney together, but I have to say that this year’s Disney trip was extra special, especially all our Skyliner trips!

Amy Han and Claire Marshall

I leave the outfield to Stella, Ava, and Mia, joking around constantly to Bella and Cici, and British accents to the Spice Girls. To Hannah and Ryan, I leave this crazy bunch of girls – I know you will be amazing captains next year. 

Lastly, I want to thank my family.  Mom and dad, you didn’t miss a single game and I can’t thank you enough for the endless amount of support. Thomas and Tyler, thank you for supporting me from afar and working with me in the offseason. 

Next year, I will be attending the University of Notre Dame where I plan to double major in biochemistry and economics. 

Amy Han and Claire Marshall

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