Seven Country Day seniors were formally recognized in a ceremony on November 30 for their commitments to play college sports at NCAA Division I schools.
During this first of three signing ceremonies the school will hold this year, the following student-athletes were recognized:
- Trent Alley (Furman University, baseball)
- John Donohue (Colgate University, men’s lacrosse)
- Riley Harrison (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, women’s lacrosse)
- Kathryn Holland (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, field hockey)
- Carrie Lewis (North Carolina State University, women’s soccer)
- Natalee Palmer (Dartmouth College, women’s lacrosse)
- Lucy Pedlow (Cornell University, women’s lacrosse)
“We are extremely proud of this group of student-athletes,” Abe Wehmiller, director of Athletics, said. “Individually and collectively, they have made significant contributions to their teams, our program, and our school. We hope what they’ve learned here will serve them well as they take the next steps in their athletic careers.”
Over the past three years, Harrison, Palmer and Pedlow have helped the Country Day girls’ varsity lacrosse team compile a 44-8 record and earn three consecutive state championships. Harrison, an attacker, and Pedlow, a midfielder, have both been named to the Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association All-Conference team and the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletics Association All-State team in each of their first three years at the varsity level. Both also earned US Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-American status as sophomores and First Team All-American status as juniors, and both have earned three varsity letters in other sports—Harrison in field hockey and Pedlow in basketball. Palmer, a midfielder and a defender, joined Harrison and Pedlow on the All-Conference and All-State teams her sophomore and junior years.
Alley has been an anchor on the Bucs’ baseball team the past two seasons, contributing as an infielder in 2014 and adding his arm to the pitching rotation in 2015. Last spring, he helped the Bucs to an appearance in the state quarterfinals, throwing a perfect game and earning All-State recognition along the way.
Lewis, a standout midfielder for the Bucs girls’ soccer team for the past three years and a team captain for the past two, will graduate early from Country Day in order to join the Wolfpack for spring practices. Among her many accomplishments in her time at Country Day are being named an NSCAA/TopDrawerSoccer.com National High School Player of the Week finalist in 2014 and a North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association All-Region Team member in 2015.
Donohue, a two-sport star in football and lacrosse, has been a starter on Country Day’s boys’ lacrosse team since his freshman year. A defenseman known for his dominating size and physical play, he helped lead the team to back-to-back appearances in the state semifinals and earned All-State and All-American honors this past spring.
Holland, a four-year letter winner in field hockey, has been a central figure on a team that has played in three straight state championships and won two of them. Holland was recognized with All-Conference and All-State honors in her junior and senior year, and added National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Region recognition as a junior and NFCA All-American honors as a senior. Twice in her career, she scored overtime game-winning goals in playoff defeats of rival Durham Academy—first in the 2014 state finals and again this past fall in the state semifinals.
“The fact that we have seven seniors committed to playing Division I sports at this early point in the year is a testament to the hard work of our student-athletes, coaches, and other staff,” Wehmiller said. “We’re looking forward to recognizing even more members of this class as they solidify their commitments in the winter and spring.”