“If you’re not outlined in chalk, you’re fine to play” has been Catie Laraway’s motto for her past four years playing field hockey for the Williston Northampton School.
That kind of toughness and dedication resulted in some broken front teeth for the senior (since repaired) and a knee that has been smashed so often that her coach, Logan Brown, thinks it might now have multiple kneecaps.
It’s also resulted in Ms. Laraway setting a new career goals record at Williston—her 85 mark solidly broke the previous record of 60. She also set a new record for goals in a single season, with 38 this year, 10 over the previous record.
A lacrosse player described by her coach as “on fire,” signed with Catawba College on April 24 during a special ceremony at the Williston Northampton School.
Kirstyn Kruse ’13 signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division II lacrosse at the North Carolina school, fulfilling what her mother, Susan Kruse, said had been a dream since she started playing the sport at age seven.
“She loves the sport,” Mrs. Kruse said. “She’s been playing lacrosse since she was a little girl and she’s always wanted to play at the college level.”
Head coach Jen Fulcher described Ms. Kruse as a key member of the team and a great leader on and off the field. Ms. Fulcher noted that Ms. Kruse had been on a hot streak recently, scoring four goals with two assists in a recent game against Westminster.
“She is kind, funny, hardworking, and her teammates love being around her,” Ms. Fulcher said. “She will leave a huge hole as a person and an athlete after she graduates.”
With his coaches and teammates at his side, DonQuale Williams ’13 signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division II football with Assumption College in Worcester, MA on February 26 at the Williston Northampton School.
“It was the best fit for me academically and athletically,” said Williams, a native of Brooklyn, NY. When he visited the campus for the first time he thought it was very similar to Williston’s campus, which he has grown to call home over the past three years.
Last year, Eric Yarrows found himself staring at a small white ball, buried in the sand. It was the last hole in the first match of the season for boys varsity golf, and Yarrows was, as golfers put it, “legged in a bunker.” Yarrows squared his shoulders, took his club back and swung. The senior smiled as he remembered how the ball not only got up and out of the bunker, but how that match ended with a score of 36.
That moment came back to mind on Friday, when Yarrows sat down in the Reed Campus Center to sign National Letter of Intent to compete on the NCAA Division II men’s golf team at Florida Southern College. After six years at The Williston Northampton School, Yarrows said he had learned quite a bit from such “buried in sand” moments.
“Be patient in your own life, work hard, and stay focused,” he said. “It’s amazing what you can achieve in life.”
The Williston Northampton School’s Caitlyn Riley signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on the NCAA Division 1 women’s soccer team at Michigan State University during a special ceremony at Williston’s Reed Campus Center on February 1.
Riley joked that her face hurt from smiling so much as she signed the agreement to attend Michigan State as part of the Class of 2016. The letter indicates that other schools may no longer recruit Riley. Also at the ceremony were Director of Athletics Mark Conroy, Director of College Counseling Tim Cheney, and Riley’s parents and friends.