At the winter Collegiate Athlete Recognition Event held on February 9, nine members of Country Day’s Class of 2018 were celebrated for their commitments to compete in athletics at the collegiate level.
The seniors recognized for their commitments were:
- Carolyn Blackman (Skidmore College, Field Hockey)
- Linton Early (Davidson College, Women’s Soccer)
- John Hosmer (Davidson College, Baseball)
- Luke McClelland (Washington University in St. Louis, Men’s Tennis)
- Charlotte Pedlow (Elon University, Women’s Lacrosse)
- Thea Reddin (Colby College, Women’s Lacrosse)
- Broadus Roberson (UNC-Wilmington, Baseball)
- Lilly Whitman (Harvard University, Field Hockey)
- Stuart Windell (Denison University, Men’s Soccer)
Blackman was a three-year contributor to the Country Day field hockey program, playing two years at the varsity level. For her efforts both on the field and in the classroom, she was designated for the National Field Hockey Coaches Association High School National Academic Squad, and she was recognized as an Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) All-Conference player her senior year.
“Carolyn is one of those kids that every coach wants to have on their team,” said head varsity field hockey coach, Kayleigh Thies. “She is passionate, loving, poised, and demands respect in every aspect of her life. Her work ethic and ability to battle adversity are traits that will be true assets to her in college.”
A four-year two-sport athlete, Whitman has been a stalwart of the Country Day field hockey and girls’ lacrosse programs since her freshman year. She earned All-Conference honors in field hockey for the past three seasons, as well as North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) All-State nods for the past two. Like Blackman, Whitman was a 2017 NFHCA National Academic Squad member. Whitman was a team member on four NCISAA state championship teams, one in field hockey and three in lacrosse.
“Lilly is a leader with her voice and by example, and her ability to maintain composure is something that will be fabulous asset to her at the next level,” Thies said. “I am excited to see her go from high school superstar to dominant collegiate player.”
Early is a four-year girls’ soccer varsity letter winner for Country Day. She quickly established herself as an integral part of the Buccaneer soccer program, earning All-Conference honors as a sophomore. Early will continue her playing career at nearby Davidson College.
“Linton is a very versatile player who I have seen develop into a valuable member of the varsity soccer team, as well as playing highly competitive club soccer,” said head varsity girls’ soccer coach, Greg Ashton. “Despite some adversity with injuries, Linton has shown a great attitude and demonstrated tremendous resilience which I really believe will help her on and off the field in her college career.”
With a season of tennis still to play for the Bucs, McClelland will look to cement his place as one of the most successful student-athletes in a long line of tremendous Country Day boys’ tennis players. McClelland has earned All-Conference honors in each of his high school seasons, and was named All-State the past two years. In addition, he played the top line singles and doubles slots for the Bucs’ state championship-winning 2017 team. McClelland will join a Washington University in St. Louis program that has reached at least the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament in each of the past 10 years.
“A team captain and leader, Luke McClelland is a Country Day standout in both sports and academics,” Calvin Davis, head boys’ and girls’ varsity tennis coach, said. “Luke’s academic achievements here at Country Day qualified him for admission to many of America’s top universities. He chose a balanced approach, pursuing his academic goals as well as his tennis.”
A four-year member of the Bucs’ varsity girls’ lacrosse team, Pedlow has been a major factor in Country Day winning three consecutive state championships. A starting forward and midfielder at different points of her career, Pedlow has been a major contributor wherever she has played on the field. Pedlow was named All-Conference the past two seasons, and was an All-State honoree as a junior.
“Charlotte is the most balanced player I have been fortunate to coach,” Kristy Boyles, head varsity girls’ lacrosse coach, said. “She is full of fiery grit, and she’s one heck of a player.”
Also a member of the varsity girls’ lacrosse program since her freshman year, Reddin has improved dramatically each season, earning Most Improved Player accolades two times. She was named All-Conference in each of the past two years, and All-State in 2017. Reddin is not just known for her skill at lacrosse; she is a four-year three-sport student-athlete, having also competed in basketball, field hockey, and swimming. Boyles refers to Reddin as her “secret weapon,” consistently outperforming taller, more experienced opponents.
”Thea works harder and longer than anyone on that field to achieve her goals,” Boyles said. “Thea defines what it means to dig deep and to lead her peers by example. She will be impossible to replace.”
Hosmer, an All-Conference performer, team captain, and John Cook Award winner in football this past, is also a force on the baseball diamond. Hosmer was an All-Conference and All-State catcher his junior year, and also spent time in the outfield and as a relief pitcher. He was the Bucs’ Most Valuable Player last season.
“Hoz is a leader on the field; teammates respect his game, and they listen when he has something to say,” Mike Hennessey, head varsity baseball coach, said. “He is the guy we want at the plate when the game is on the line. Davidson College is lucky to get such a versatile, talented, and driven athlete.”
Like Hosmer, Roberson was also a football All-Conference honoree and team captain this past fall and an All-Conference performer in baseball last spring. On the baseball field, Roberson is exceptionally skilled on both offense and defense. The Bucs’ long-time starting center fielder, Roberson also hits for power and average at the plate and has considerable speed on the base paths.
“A quiet leader in the dugout, on the field, and off, Broadus is one of the hardest workers on our team, although he makes everything look easy,” Hennessey said. “He glides when he runs, and the ball jumps off of his bat. He is a great example of what hard work, dedication, and laser focus on your goal can do.”
Windell, a four-time varsity boys’ soccer letter winner, had a prolific career at Country Day, including one All-State and two All-Conference recognitions, two team Most Valuable Player designations, and one season as team captain. A physically imposing midfielder, Windell was successful throughout his career at dictating pace and possession. Throughout his tenure, the Bucs achieved consistent on-field success, reaching the state semifinals each of his four seasons and the state finals twice.
“The success we have had as a program is a direct result of the leadership and play of Stu,” Dustin Swinehart, boys’ soccer head coach, said. “I am confident he will continue to a make the same kind of impact at the next level as he moves on to Denison.”
"We are proud of these nine student-athletes for all they have accomplished in their careers here at Country Day. It is fitting that they are all choosing to attend schools where they can experience high caliber athletics and academics in the same way they have here at Country Day. We're excited to see what they are able to do at the next level."
-- Abe Wehmiller, Director of Athletics