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Winter Sports Awards Winners

DSC_3591Congratulations to these student-athletes for their efforts during the winter sports season.

The awards are most valuable player, most improved player, and the Oak award. The OAK Award is presented to a student-athlete “who maximizes his or her abilities (Overachiever), exhibits the proper (Attitude) in practice and games, and is a real student of the sport (Knowledge).”

Varsity cheerleading: Gabby Leporati (OAK), Marisa Craig (MVP), Keady Rascona (MIP)

Middle School cheerleading: Lexi Hirschfeld (OAK)

DSC_3174Varsity girls’ basketball: Kristin Rempas (OAK), Shahra Madison (MVP), Darden Purrington (MIP)

JV girls’ basketball: Ellie Maus (OAK), Ashby Larkin (MVP)

Middle School OAKS girls’ basketball: Allison Casper (OAK)

Middle School BLUE girls’ basketball: Anna Winn (OAK)

Varsity wrestling: Reid Wilkinson (OAK), Corey Nichols (MVP), Jack Francis (MIP)

Middle School wrestling: Jacob Roth (OAK)

Varsity boys’ basketball: Adam Grant (OAK), Bash Townes (MVP), James Glover (MIP)

DSC_3503JV boys’ basketball: Jobin Chandi (OAK), Jimmy Hurley (MVP)

Middle School OAKS boys’ basketball: Josh Hutson (OAK)

Middle School BLUE boys’ basketball: Jordan Laster (OAK)

Middle School WHITE boys’ basketball: Austin Sisino (OAK)

Middle School RED boys’ basketball: Jake Reaghard (OAK)

Varsity girls’ swimming: Wren Thomas (OAK), Savannah Hoover (MVP), and Brooke Walthall (MIP)

Varsity boys’ swimming: Mitchell Addison (OAK), Jakob DSC_2698Gray (MVP), and Trafton Addison (MIP)


Also, special congratulations to the following managers for all of their extraordinary efforts this season: Lex Selig (Varsity girls’ basketball), Jacob Oliver (Varsity boys’ basketball), and Laura Gayle (JV girls’ basketball)

Standing-Room-Only Rally Opens Sports Season

The all sports athletic meeting transformed into an old-fashioned pep rally with chants of “Let’s Go Oaks!” echoing through a packed Watt-Baker Gymnasium Monday night.

The rally concluded with Collegiate coaches linking arms and giving one final “Oaks!” before sending the full house home.

New Athletic Director Mary Peccie promised her passionate, professional staff would build a sense of community within the school and better communicate with parents and students. Sports, she said, “is about building character as much as accomplishment. It’s about building the whole child.”

Peccie, who said moving from Norfolk Academy to Collegiate was the best thing she’d done in her professional life, turned cheerleader at the meeting’s end, orchestrating the crowd in chants.

Old Dominion University Athletic Director Wood Selig gave the keynote address, discussing Pat Conroy’s “My Losing Season” and highlighting some of the late UCLA basketball coach John Wooden’s favorite maxims.

Among them:

Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.

If you do not have the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over.

Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.

Be slow to criticize and quick to commend.

Much can be accomplished by teamwork when no one is concerned who gets credit.

Acquire peace of mind by making the effort to become the best of which you are capable.

Earlier in the meeting, Headmaster Scott Kennedy spoke about the school’s renewed focus on athletics and the whole student. Norfolk Collegiate, he noted fields more than 50 teams and 65 percent of students in grades six through 12 play at least one sport.

“We are committed to finding the resources our student athletes need,” Kennedy said, encouraging parents to donate to the Norfolk Collegiate Booster Club.

Reminder: All Sports Meeting Tonight



The meeting for parents and students interested in all sports runs from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Watt-Baker Gymnasium tonight. In the past, there have been meetings before each season, but this meeting is for all sports. 

Old Dominion University Athletic Director Wood Selig, a Norfolk Collegiate board member, will speak. Come out and fill the gym to hear about Collegiate’s renewed commitment to athletics.

Meeting for All Sports on Aug. 27

From Mary Peccie, the athletic director:

On Monday, August 27, from 7-8 p.m. we will hold our Athletic Information Night in the Watt-Baker Gymnasium (upper school gym) for all students who will participate in athletics and their parents. This event is for all athletes and parents, not just those who play in the fall. We will have important information regarding policies and expectations, and Wood Selig, NCS class of 1979 and director of athletics at Old Dominion University, will speak to us about the role of athletics at our school.

Don’t forget to get your athletic physicals before starting the fall season.

Cheerleaders In Rebuilding Year

With 12 seniors graduating from last year’s cheerleading squad, it’s a rebuilding year. Laurent Gates and Taylor Wilkinson, co-captains, return to the squad along with Riviera Boatman. “These ladies have been instrumental to our program by helping guide the new girls with learning stunts and routines,” said Coach Melissa Adams.

With several new squad members, Adams says working hard will be key. “Since our team doesn’t compete against another team, I would say our toughest opponent is ourselves,” she added. “Given that we have so many new girls on the team, we need to stay positive when learning new skills and not to get discouraged or frustrated when these skills become difficult.”