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South Charlotte Sports Report “HOMETOWN TEAMS ... HOMETOWN KIDS” Volume 14, Issue 15 www.southcharlottesports.com @SCSportsReport March 5, 2020 - FREE WHITNEY FORMON HAS FOUND SUCCESS ON AND OFF THE SOFTBALL FIELD Park lost to AL Brown my Freshman year in state last goal that I have is to make the state playoffs playoffs and it was a really tough loss. I took it hard again. We haven’t made them since my Freshman because it ended our season for that year with a good year and it was a one of a kind experience and the group of Seniors graduating. We played AL Brown atmosphere was phenomenal. I just hope to have again at Myers Park and it was a close game up until that feeling again.” the end. We fought hard and worked together as a Whitney has been an amazing student at Myers team and the whole game was on the line with one Park. She has recorded all A’s her entire career ex- swing of the bat. We ended up scoring and winning cept for one B in AP Psychology. These grades have that year and the team felt incredibly accomplished. allowed her to just about have her choice of colleges everyone played an important role into the game to attend. and it was a truly amazing feeling to feel united and “I have not made any definite plans, but I hope to accomplished.” attend either Eckerd College or College of Charles- Looking at this season, Whitney shares her ton and study environmental science. I have always goals. been passionate about environmental science and “I hope that this year at Myers Park our team can feel as if it is a way that I can make a positive impact really mesh together and beat Butler and Hickory on the world. One of the requirements for my col- Ridge. We have worked so hard together and the lege was to have a beach and either school would be past couple of years it hasn’t worked in our favor an amazing fit. and we have lost to the good teams in our confer- The South Charlotte Sports Report salutes ence. I hope that the team chemistry stays the same Whitney Formon for a job well done. We hope you and that we can learn together how to balance hav- enjoy your senior season and continue to chase ing fun with being serious and into the game. The dreams as you enter into college. Myers Park High School senior softball player Whitney Formon is a well-rounded student-athlete. The daughter of Kory and Jenny Formon found the proper balance to athletics, academics and life to achieve a very successful high school experience. She enters her final season of softball, playing for her father at Myers Park, with a ton of confidence and a feeling of accomplishment before heading off for college. Whitney is a defensive dynamo at second base. She was recognized by the Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League as the Softball Golden Glove Defen- sive Player of the Year last month. Last year she recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. At the plate, Whitney has batted over .300 all three years of high school play. Whitney has made sure to have fun on the soft- ball field. Her favorite memory came when, “Myers RECEIVE THE SOUTH CHARLOTTE SPORTS REPORT IN YOUR EMAIL BOX VISIT www.SouthCharlotteSports.com/Subscribe Subscribe For Free Online At www.SouthCharlotteSports.com/subscribe
Page BEYOND THE GAME WITH HANNAH COHEN Volume 14, Issue 15 Written by Grace Stein, Cuthbertson High School Cuthbertson High School junior softball player Hannah Cohen has been on the varsity team since I was a freshman, but the team has exciting goals for her the upcoming softball season. The daughter of never made it to the second round of state playoffs. Of course every Matthew and Draunta Cohen has been a dedicated and hard working team dreams of winning the state championship, but I plan to take one student-athlete by taking rigorous courses and making the varsity team game at a time.” since her freshman year. With a new head, Coach Dakota Keller and a dedicated team behind her back, Hannah hopes to lead the Cava- Do you play softball away from school? liers throughout the upcoming season and to make it far into the state “I have played softball since I was five years old. I played at WCWAA playoffs this Spring. Let’s Go Beyond the Game to learn more about until I was about 8 and then I joined my first travel team, the Outlaws. Hannah. I played on that team until I was about 10 and then joined The Lady Blues which is where the game of softball advanced and my love of What are your top three athletic accomplishments? the game became stronger. Unfortunately that team fell apart but I “As a twelve year old, my travel softball team travelled to Kansas City, then joined Team NC Lousville Slugger, where we traveled all over the Missouri for a national tournament. At the end of this tournament we country and I made lifelong friends.” had the honor of placing fourth out of 200 teams. Another accomplish- ment would include making the varsity Cuthbertson softball team as a How well do you perform in the classroom? freshman.” “I have always taken rigorous classes and challenged myself. I took Math One Honors as a seventh grader and now as a junior I am tak- What is your favorite sports memory? ing AP Calculus. I have taken mostly honors classes and a few APs “My favorite sports memory would have to be my first ever home run. throughout my high school years. I have also taken 3 years of French. I had not known at the time but my old coach from when I was young- I have maintained mostly straight A’s and have a GPA of 4.306 and I er had attended our game just as I was up to bat. This coach taught am ranked 67th out of my class of 500. I am part of many clubs and me how to love the game and taught me everything I know today. Coach Chris meant national honor societies such as Young Life, FCA, Beta Club, National Honor Society, a lot to me and having him there when I hit my first home run made me remember Mu Alpha Theta, National English Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society. that feeling, even up to this day.” Are you involved in any community service activities? What are your goals for this season? “Through Mu Alpha Theta I help tutor math students throughout my high school. I “My goals for the Cuthbertson High School Softball team this upcoming season would have also worked with a local thrift shop to help organize their store; including books, be of course to have fun but to also work very hard. We have an amazing new head clothing items, jewelry, shoes, etc. I also help package meals through FCA and local coach, Dakota Keller, and I know she has high hopes for us this season, as do I. I have churches.” STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK Ridr Knowlton Maggie Miller Marvin Ridge High School senior lacrosse player Ridr Knowlton Metrolina Christian Academy senior soccer player Maggie Miller has been named the Architech Sports and Physical Therapy has been named the Architech Sports and Physical Therapy Student Athlete of the Week. The son of Ridr and Sue Knowl- Student Athlete of the Week. The daughter of Ryan and Wallace ton will serve as a team captain and help to lead the Mavericks Miller is one of the top players in the area. Following her senior from his attack position this spring. Ridr was a second team year, the center back / defender will head south to Furman All-County player last year and he is planning to play lacrosse University to continue her education and soccer career. Maggie next year at Centre College in Danville, KY. has been a member of the Charlotte based US Developmental Academy Soccer team for the past three years. Ridr has one goal for the spring season and that is to win the state championship. Ridr knows there are some very talented With her college plans secure, Maggie is looking forward to teams standing in the way, but he hopes the Mavericks will be playing with her teammates and younger sister at Metrolina up to the challenge. Christian. “I get to play with my sister this year! That will never happen again. I have played for a soccer league the past three Inside the classroom, Ridr is an A/B Honor Roll student. years that has not allowed me to play high school soccer so I am He enjoys spending time away from school by working with really excited to play again.” younger lacrosse players. Last season he helped to coach one of the Marvin Ridge Middle School lacrosse teams. Congratulations to Ridr Knowlton for Maggie is a successful student, carrying a 4.2 grade point average and she will graduate being named the Architech Sports and Physical Therapy Student Athlete of the Week. with 12 college credits. She has served as a volunteer at her church for the last five years and also participates in the leadership of vacation bible school. Congratulations to Maggie Miller for being named the Architech Sports and Physical Therapy Student Athlete of the Week. 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Volume 14, Issue 15 Page BEYOND THE GAME WITH ALLY BIGHAM “Gamer.” A five letter word used to de- at this amazing college. This school will provide many opportunities in the scribe Marvin Ridge High School soft- workplace after I graduate as well. I plan on double majoring in Spanish and ball player Ally Bigham. The daughter Business. I don’t exactly know what I want to do after college but I will figure of Bryan and Donna Bigham is always it out later on down the road.” ready for the next game, the next play, the next chance to create excitement. A How well do you perform in the classroom? hard working senior middle infielder that “I currently have a 4.2 weighted GPA. I am an active member of BETA Club, is recognized by her peers for her desire National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Being a member of these and passion to play the game of softball. clubs, I work a lot of volunteer hours and service events at places such as the Ally will head to Samford University next YMCA and Waltonwood which is a local senior resident home. I am a Marvin year to play softball and continue her Ridge Ambassador and I help new students at school feel comfortable at Mar- education. Let’s go Beyond The Game to vin and help with orientation and throughout the first week of school. I also learn more about Ally Bigham. serve on the Marvin Ridge Athletic Leadership Council.” What are your top three athletic Can you share an interesting fact about yourself? accomplishments? “I am a big dog person and have a Catahoula mix along with a Hound dog “I am a 3-time all-conference player mix. Both are shelter dogs that we rescued and I love spending time with and I won the 2020 Greater Charlotte them.” Hot Stove League Softball Gamer of the Year and the 2017 Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Softball Youth Player of the Year Awards.” What is your favorite sports memory? “Beating rival Piedmont High School in the conference championship during my freshman year. Piedmont was the higher seed and was very talented with a great coach. The moment we stepped on the bus to go to the game, I noticed that everyone was very hyped up and excited to play. It was just a lot of fun. From the first pitch we were so sharp both offensively and defensively. My best friend, Abbey Pierotti, hit a homerun that game, which was exciting and we won the conference championship.” What are your goals for the season? “Consistency: I want to be more consistent this season both offensively and defensively. My junior year included some big moments but I struggled with consistency at times, especially compared to prior seasons. I want to bounce back and finish my high school career with a bang. I plan to pay more at- tention to the quality of my at bats instead of the results. I’m pretty hard on myself which can make some games less fun than others, but this year, I want to have a lot of fun with my team before we go to college. For some girls, it is their last season of playing softball and I want to contribute to making it an unforgettable season for all of them.” Have you made any college plans? “I am attending Samford University located in Birmingham, Alabama in the fall. Samford is in the Southern Conference and my sister actually plays at Furman which is in the same conference. Last spring we were at Samford watching my sister play and I told my Dad, “I could really see myself play- ing here.” Next thing I knew, God opened a lot of new doors for me and plans that I had shifted. I went to camp and committed in July. I knew Samford was the place for me because I fell in love with every aspect of it. The cam- pus is beautiful, it is a strong academic university, the softball program is amazing and supportive and I felt that this would be the best opportunity to continue growing in my faith as it is a Christian school. I’m so grateful that Coach Mandy Burford-Johnson gave me an opportunity to live out my dream
Volume 14, Issue 15 Page 3rd Annual Greater Charlotte Lacrosse Awards To Be Held May 3rd The 3rd Annual Greater Charlotte Lacrosse Awards Night will be held on Nominations for all awards are now open at www.CharlotteLacrosseAwards. Sunday May 3rd at the Sheraton Airport Conference Center in Charlotte. This com Please make sure to visit the site and nominate all the deserving players special night of High School and Middle School lacrosse player recognition will and teams you are aware of. A selection committee of area coaches, officials and honor the best and brightest Lacrosse Student-Athletes in the Greater Charlotte former players will determine the finalists for each award and then vote on a area. Twenty unique awards will be presented and all finalists will be recognized winner in each category. on this special night. Finalists in all categories will be announced near the end of April. The awards The first-class evening of fun and fellowship will once again bring both the are based on year round performance, including both school and club play. male and female lacrosse communities together to honor the game and the youth Tickets to this special night are available at www.CharlotteLacrosseAwards. that work hard to excel on and off the field of play. This annual special event com Join many of your friends and peers for the # 1 night of lacrosse in the for lacrosse Student-Athletes and their families is presented by Tripp Roakes, Carolinas. Publisher of the South Charlotte Sports Report and owner of the 14th Annual Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League Baseball and Softball Awards, Co-Owner of the 10th Annual Charlotte Youth Football and Cheerleading Awards and owner of the 2nd Annual Greater Charlotte Basketball Awards. These three events are among the largest Student-Athlete recognition events in the country. “I am so excited to present the Greater Charlotte Lacrosse Awards Night,” said Roakes. “Over the last 14 years with our newspaper and other youth events I am involved with, I have watched firsthand the amazing growth of lacrosse here in the Greater Charlotte area. There are so many special students and fami- lies involved in the sport and I am excited to again recognize many of the stu- dents at the event.” “Two years ago we kicked this event off with a wonderful debut,” said Roakes.”Last year the event took another big step forward and I expect the ex- citement for the event to grow even more this year now. This year, we are going to put a bigger emphasis on the character and leadership awards in addition to the on-field recognition awards. As with all the other events we hold, we are excited to include both boys and girls in the award categories.” In addition to the awards banquet, guests will enjoy dinner, a silent auction, entertainment, a Yeti Cooler raffle and fellowship with other members of the Greater Charlotte Lacrosse communities. Awards To Be Presented High School Lacrosse Player of the Year High School Offensive Player of the Year High School Defensive Player of the Year High School Face-Off Player of the Year High School Goalie of the Year High School Leadership Award High School Rising Star of the Year (Classes of /2021/2022/2023) High School Scholar Athlete of the Year High School Leadership Award Youth Lacrosse Player of the Year (8th Grade and younger) Youth Lacrosse Leadership Award (8th Grade and younger) Youth Team of the Year Youth Lacrosse Coach’s Award (overall character) Lacrosse Team of the Year High School Community Hero Award (Community Service Leader) Contributions to the Game of Lacrosse Award *** Each award will be presented to a male and female Student-athlete ***
Page Volume 14, Issue 15 SPONSOR The Shoeless Enterprises THE TEAM OF THE WEEK AWARD Leadership Award • Great Exposure Foard Scott • Affordable Cost Charlotte Christian School senior Foard • Positive News Scott has been named the winner of the Shoeless Enterprises Leadership Award. Email TrippRoakes@gmail.com The son of John and Christen Scott plays football and tennis for the Knights. Team of the Week Foard helped the football team to a state championship in 2018-2019 and has been a key member of the tennis team over the years. This year he serves as Coach Burns YMCA 12U Team a team captain and will play singles from the three spot and doubles as a one The YMCA 12U Basketball Team coached by Chris Burns has seed. been named the South Charlotte Sports Report Team of the Week. With a strong regular season, the squad of boys were “My main goal for the upcoming tennis able to claim gold at the end of the year. Hard work, fundamen- season is for everyone to work hard and tals and a continued focus on fun allowed the team to have a see the rewards on the court. Even if the season to remember. season is tough (like it has been in previ- ous years), I will keep my morale high despite being frustrated or tired. I hope Congratulations to the YMCA 12U Basketball Team for being that we can make it to the playoffs, like we did last year. But this time I hope named the South Charlotte Sports Report Team of the Week. we will be more successful and win in the first round. Even if that isn’t possible, I want all on our team to improve and do better than last year.” Foard says, “I like to think that I perform well in the classroom. I am always engaged in class and focus on the lesson at hand. I have taken four AP classes and have been involved with various clubs at school.” Foard is an active volunteer at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte at ImaginOn. He also enjoys volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Congratulations to Foard Scott for being named the winner of the Shoeless Enterprises Leader- ship Award. Front Row: (L-R) Marc Dedrick, Wyatt Green, Omar Ashour, Josh Goldsmith Back Row: (L-R) Bannon Dolph, Patrick Burns, Coach Chris Burns, Akmal Nazir, Justin Furey To nominate your team for the Team of the Week, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Volume 14, Issue 15 Page The Park Sharon Athletic Association Basketball Team, coached by John Bennett Front Row: (L-R) Head Coach John Bennett, Drew Collins, Tyson Mays, Owen Rideout, Asst. Coach Jason Rideout Back Row: (L-R) Jonathan Holt, Joseph Swift, Liam Thorne, Jack Bennett
Page Volume 14, Issue 15 BEYOND THE GAME WITH DREW METZ Marvin Ridge High School senior tennis player Drew Metz hopes to help lead the Mavericks to a successful season on the courts. The son of Dan and Beverly Metz is looking to the sky as he ponders life beyond high school. Drew plans to pursue a career in aviation following college. Let’s go Beyond Boating Without Owning The Game to learn more about Drew. - It’s About TIME! What are your top three athletic accomplishments? Rising Star Award “Going to the 3A State Championship and helping my team by winning my match. Staying undefeated throughout the state Ella McClain playoffs to help us go to the championship. Metrolina Christian Academy sophomore And being selected as captain for our team soccer and basketball player Ella McClain has this year is a huge honor for me.” been named the Carefree Boat Club Rising Star of the Week. The daughter of Shawn and What is your favorite sports memory? Debbie McClain began playing varsity soccer in “Driving 3 hours in a bus to Asheville and being part of a nail biter match that seventh grade at Metrolina Christian. Ella also came down to the final singles line that sent us to the state championship in joined the varsity basketball team in the ninth Burlington.” grade and the varsity volleyball team in the tenth grade. She will have the opportunity to What are your goals for the season? earn 12 letters in her prep career. “I want to do my best to lead all of my teammates to not only be better players, but also better people. I hope I can help inspire this team to be the best both on Ella is proud of her comeback from a serious and off the court. Also, my goal is to have an undefeated singles record that will injury. “After competing and finishing out an help lead us to winning the state championship.” entire soccer season with a torn hip labrum, I quickly had surgery to repair my labrum. This surgery and recovery was Have you made any college plans to date? much more intense than expected. This surgery had a preset and extend- “In the fall, I plan to study professional flight in college. My goal is to be an ed recovery timeframe. Regardless of the challenge, I pushed myself from airline pilot. I am close to deciding which school I will attend.” relearning to walk on my recovering hip, to playing volleyball and starting on varsity basketball just 5 months later. It was a long process with an How well do you perform in the classroom? overabundance of trips to physical therapy, but I finally was able to play “I have a 4.0 GPA and take honors and AP classes. I also do dual enrollment soccer” courses at South Piedmont Community College so I can knock out some credit hours before next Fall.” This soccer season, Ella has her focus set on a conference championship for Metrolina Christian. Are you heavily involved in any community service events? “I help run our neighborhood annual food drive for the Matthews Help Center. Inside the classroom, Ella carries a 4.45 grade point average and she is I also organize a neighborhood back to school clothing drive for Turning Point, a member of the National Honor Society. Ella is also involved with the which serves families of domestic abuse. On Saturdays I referee kids who play Student Leadership Club and the National Junior Civitan Club, She also sports for Champs at Calvary Church.” interns Heart for Monroe. Congratulations to Ella McClain for being named the Carefree Boat Club Rising Star of the Week. Please share any interesting human interest fact about yourself. “I have always loved flying and began taking lessons at Aerowood Aviation at Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport when I was 16. My grandpa and uncle Marc@CarefreeBoats.com introduced me to flying at a young age and it has become my passion. I also like learning how to play music on the piano by listening to songs or making 704-557-0848 ext. 4 up my own riffs. I am very thankful for my parents, all of my family, coaches, teammates and friends who have helped me through all these years.” www.CarefreeBoats.com
Volume 14, Issue 15 Page 704-248-8000 Student-Athlete of the Week CAMERON JOFFE Marvin Ridge senior soccer player Cameron Joffe has been named the Towne Insurance Student Athlete of the Week, Sponsored by Auto-Owners Insurance. The daughter of Jon and Angie Joffe plays midfield and for- ward for the Mavericks and has been a four year member of the varsity team. Cameron helped her club team to a State Cup Cham- pionship and she hopes to lead the Maver- icks to a state championship this spring. Cameron has set her goals for the season, and they include; “to be the best leader, supporter and role model for the younger and less experienced varsity soccer play- ers. I will work hard to have a great season, play my best and prepare myself for college soccer.” Following the school season, Cameron will attend Rockhurst University where she received an athletic and academic scholarship. She plans to major in Health Sciences at Rockhurst. Inside the classroom, Cameron has found great success and she is en- rolled in both Honors and AP classes. Outside of class, Cameron enjoys MACS GOOD SPORT AWARD working with animals and volunteering to help find rescue homes for kit- tens. SPONSORSHIP NEEDED The Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools Good Sport Award has been Congratulations to Cameron Joffe for being named the Towne Insurance sponsored in the South Charlotte Sports Report for over a decade. With Student Athlete of the Week, Sponsored by Auto-Owners Insurance. the calendar turning to 2020, the award is open for sponsorship for the first time in many years. Based on the popularity of the award over the last SPONSORED BY decade, we would like to continue to present this award and are looking for a new sponsor. If your family or business is part of or supports the MACS system and are interested in helping to keep the award in the South Charlotte Sports Report, please email TrippRoakes@gmail.com Great Exposure! Help us to continue to promote positive news about Student-Athletes attending MACS schools. Thank you for considering.
Page 10 Volume 14, Issue 15 Union County Student-Athlete of the Week Powered by Huntington Learning Center Weddington / Wesley Chapel / Waxhaw Subject Tutoring, K-12, and ACT and SAT Exam Prep Ryan Gundersen Sun Valley High School senior lacrosse and football player Ryan Gunderson has been named the Union County Student Athlete of the Week, Presented by Huntington Learning Center. The son of Erik and Aimi Gunderson is all set for a strong lacrosse season for the Spartans. Following graduation, Ryan will head to Anderson University to continue his lacrosse and education careers. Adversity has been the name of the game for Ryan. On the second play of his first varsity football scrim- mage his sophomore year Ryan tore his ACL, medial and lateral meniscus in his left knee. He rehabbed, joined the lacrosse team in April, and tore his ACL, medial and lateral meniscus in his right knee in his second game back against Weddington. Both times he was initially mis-diagnosed, so he didn’t have sur- gery for 4-5 weeks following each injury. All is well now and Ryan is ready to go as an attack player for the lacrosse team. He is aiming for a 100 point season and All-American honors. Inside the classroom, Ryan has a 4.0 grade point average. Ryan says, “Academics are important be- cause sports alone are rarely enough to take you to success in life. My father always told me use lacrosse to get you where you want to be, it’s not about where you are in four years, but eight. My academic success has presented me with countless opportunities and I will continue to make the most out of it as I pursue a career in sports journalism.” Congratulations to Ryan Gunderson for being named the Union County Student Athlete of the Week, Presented by Huntington Learning Center. Community Hero Award Presented by The Union County Comets charlotte’s premier women’s basketball program Carter Blessing Providence Day School senior Carter Blessing has been named the Community Hero of the Week, Presented by The Union County Comets. The son of Peter and Lisa Blessing is a three year varsity lacrosse player and a Maverik All-American National Lacrosse Classic All-Star. Carter enters into the season with the goals of being a team leader to younger players and helping the Chargers compete for a conference and state championship. Carter will rely on his on the ball defensive skills and his ability to take the ball away from his opponent. Carter is committed to play lacrosse at Nazareth College in upstate NY following graduation. A strong student, Carter has his sights on majoring in Biomedical Sciences. Away from the field of play and classroom, Carter is a leader in the Students Of Service Club, Everyone Loves Lacrosse. He leads his group to Merry Oaks Elementary every Friday to teach underprivileged children how to play lacrosse. Carter says, “ Not only are we spreading this amazing sport, but we are teaching leadership, teamwork, and other characteristics that they will not only use in lacrosse, but will also use and need in the future. When all these kids come up to me and tell me how the only thing they could think about during school was that they get to come play lacrosse with me after school, it really confirms that what I am doing is making a difference in these kids lives. I am very fortunate to be able to play the sport I love. So being able to pass that on to these kids really makes me feel good.” Congratulations to Carter Blessing for being named the Community Hero of the Week, Presented by The Union County Comets. ww w. u n i o n c o u n t yc o m e t s. c o m
Volume 14, Issue 15 Page 11 Breakout Star of the Week “Honoring Student-Athletes Preparing For Future Success” Evan Smith Ardrey Kell High School sophomore basketball player Evan Smith has been named the Karsey Glass “Breakout” Star of the Week. Evan is a 6’1” point guard for one of the top basketball teams in the Greater Charlotte Area. His play at point guard has allowed the Knights to win their third consecutive conference tournament championship and advance to the Sweet 16 of the state playoffs again. Evan has started for the varsity team both years of high school and is beginning to receive Division 1 college interest. He has heard from UNCC, Ole Miss, Belmont and others. Evan enjoys playing in big games and working to achieve his peak performance each time out. Evan tries to improve his skills every time he steps onto the court for Coach Mike Craft. Whether is scoring or distributing the basketball, Evan will step into whatever role the team needs on each given night. Inside the classroom, Evan is a successful student and is enrolled in honors and one AP class this year. Congratulations to Evan Smith for being named the Karsey Glass “Breakout” Star of the Week. BEYOND THE GAME WITH MADELINE WASULKO Weddington High School senior tennis and softball How well do you perform in the classroom? player Madeline Wasulko in entering into her final “I take all AP and honors courses. I have a 4.4 gpa. I am treasurer of semester of high school and looking to close it out with National Honor Society as well as a member of the Spanish Honor Society.” a strong softball season. The daughter of Christopher and Victoria Wasulko will play first base Are you heavily involved in any community service events? and centerfield for Coach Claire Lyerly this spring. Let’s “I am involved at my church and work as a Sunday school youth leader and go Beyond The Game to learn more about Madeline. volunteer for Vacation Bible School.” What are your top three athletic accomplishments? “Being named women’s tennis all conference in 2018 and 2019, Receiving Women’s Varsity Tennis Coaches award in 2018 and 2019, and receiving the Women’s Varsity Softball Warrior Award in 2018.” What are your goals for the season? “My goal for the 2020 softball season is to have a winning record.” How can you most help your team this year? “I can help my team most this year by being a team player and a strong captain.” Have you made any college plans to date? “I will be attending North Carolina State University in the fall of 2020 through the Poole College of Management.”
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