In the second of a pair of Collegiate Athlete Recognition Events, six Country Day seniors were formally recognized Thursday for their commitments to continue their athletics careers at the collegiate level.
The seniors celebrated for their commitments were:
- Kendall Addison (Howard University, Women’s Tennis)
- Patrick Dellinger (Hendrix College, Men’s Lacrosse)
- Anna Hawkins Dulaney (Sewanee: The University of the South, Women’s Swimming)
- Stephen Lostetter (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Football)
- Ellie McIntyre (Rhodes College, Women’s Track & Cross Country)
- Tyler Shearer (Saint Francis University, Football)
A four-year varsity letter winner, Addison had a prolific career as a member of the Buccaneer girls’ tennis program, garnering All-Conference honors the past two years and an All-State nod her senior year. In addition, she earned both the team’s Effort Award and Most Improved award her sophomore year, served as captain her senior year, and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in her final season. In her time at Country Day, she helped lead the team to North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state titles.
“Kendall is not just a great athlete, but a young woman that exhibits leadership, cares for others, and is a dedicated scholar-athlete,” said head varsity boys’ and girls’ tennis coach, Calvin Davis. “I am confident that she will carry on the tradition of greatness.”
A three-year member of the Bucs’ varsity boys’ lacrosse team, Dellinger has made a lasting impact on Buccaneer athletics. As a three-year member of the boys’ varsity soccer team, Dellinger racked up two Coach’s Awards, two All-Conference awards, and one All-State recognition, making him a natural leader on any field. In lacrosse, his coaches saw him mkae has made huge strides in his game and recognized him for selflessly making a position switch when the team was in need of additional defenders.
“Other players naturally gravitate to his positive, calm form of leadership and are prepared to follow his lead,” said Brad Touma, head varsity boys’ lacrosse coach. Touma also lauded Dellinger’s selfless commitment to the team, calling him the team’s “go-to leader.”
Dulaney is a four-year varsity letter winner in girls’ swimming. She quickly established herself as an integral part of the Buccaneer swim program through her passion and dedication to the team, earning the Effort Award her freshman year. She was a consistent presence for a Bucs team that finished seventh, fifth, sixth, and fifth at the NCISAA 3A state championships in her four years and was a major contributor on relays in particular.
Head varsity swim coach Bob Peterson commented, “Anna Hawkins has worked very hard over the past four years to earn the honor of competing at the next level. She has prepared herself for success at this next level, and I’m sure that her drive and determination will carry her on to even greater accomplishments there.”
A versatile athlete, Lostetter has participated in the football, boys’ lacrosse, and track and field programs in his time at Country Day. On the football field, he earned varsity letters in his junior and senior year and was honored with the Scott Benson Most Improved Player award this past fall.
“Stephen is an extremely hard working and relentless leader with a no-quit attitude,” said head varsity football coach, Drew Witman. “It has been an honor to be his coach. I am confident he will excel at whatever he does, because that’s just the kind of guy he is.”
McIntyre is one of five members of the Class of 2018 who will graduate this spring having competed in a sport every season during her four years in the Upper School. She is a four-year contributor to the cross country and track and field programs, ran one year of indoor track, and earned three varsity letters in swimming. She has captained both the cross country and track and field teams, earned second team All-Conference honors in cross country this fall after running a personal best at the conference championship meet, and has run a state meet qualifying time in the 3200 meters this spring.
“Ellie demonstrates kindness, leadership, and encouragement to those around her,” said head varsity cross country coach, Allison Niekras. “I feel fortunate to have coached her for these four seasons.”
Shearer joined the Country Day community in his junior year and earned varsity letters in football in both his junior and senior year. His coaches noticed his dedication to the program, both on and off the field, from his very first days on campus. This past fall, he stepped into the starting quarterback role late in the season and led the Bucs through an impressive NCISAA state playoff run.
“From day one, Tyler was calm, cool, and collected and a quality leader and teammate,” said Witman. “Tyler has a great heart and passion for football, his team, and this community.”
“We are proud of all these student-athletes for what they have accomplished in their time with us. Their presence here has added so much to our program, and they will all be missed. Their respective colleges and universities will be lucky to have them on their campuses in the fall.”
-- Abe Wehmiller, Director of Athletics