On Thursday, May 24, the Asheville School community celebrated this year's outstanding student athletes for their contributions to the athletic department. Athletic Director Carl Boland led the ceremony.
First, he thanked students who earned three varsity letters this year. "I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to each of you for your service to the school," he said. "A small school with a large athletic program could not exist without multi-sport athletes who take pride in representing their school through interscholastic competition."
Three Sport Varsity Letter Winners:
Ahmad Galimore, Linden Jones, Evan Mellon, Darden Smith, Riley Sullivan, Jack Temple, Ousmane Diallo, Major Eason, Titus Morrison, Sam Shealy, Jose Gonzalez Gerard, Connor Hovendon, Proud Jiao, Kris Castro, Declan Mettee, Olivia Bledsoe, Heather Capps, Stella Gregory, Rylynn Pierson, Jennifer Fish, Claire Hill, Julia Noletti, Lauren Reaves, Grayson Sword, Caroline Bridges, Sasha Jones, Sara Frances Jones, Audrey Shores, and Vivian Gregory.
This year, one student was recognized as a 13 Sport Varsity Letter Winner. Boland honored Rylynn Pierson on this achievement: "We have one remarkable senior athlete who has distinguished herself from the others by earning 13 varsity letters in four different sports during her years at Asheville School. Most extraordinary, however, is that she achieved all this in athletics while earning High Honors in each of her eight semesters at Asheville School."
Associate Director of the Athletic Department Tyler Ortiz then recognized Asheville School's NCISAA State Champions, All-State award winners and athletes who set new school records over the course of the year.
All-State Award Winners:
Jake Drum – Lacrosse
Tim Lee – Lacrosse
Evan Mellon – Lacrosse
Major Eason – Cross Country
Ahmad Galimore – Football Honorable Mention
Rachel Kuehn – Golf
Sarah Abernethy – Tennis
Individual State Champions:
Rachel Kuehn – 3A Girls Golf
Kamryn Graham – 3A Girls Shot Put
New School Records:
Nathan Alleyne – Boys Swimming, 50 Free and 100 Free
Abby Kriegler – Girls Swimming, 200 Free
Heather Capps – Girls Track and Field, Pole Vault
Kamryn Graham – Girls Track and Field, Shot Put
Boland then recognized collegiate athletes: those students who earned the opportunity to participate in athletics at the college level.
Abby Kriegler 2019 – NC State, Swimming
Rachel Kuehn 2019 – Wake Forest University, Golf
J.P. Schill 2018 – Centre College, Football
Anna Gouveia 2018 – Bates College, Field Hockey
Joshua Wong 2018 – Roanoke University, Swimming
Ahmad Galimore 2018 – North Greenville University, Football
Heather Capps 2018 – Lenoir– Rhyne University, Track and Field
Boland then gave Bromley Pins to athletes who earned their third varsity letter. Bromley Pins honor long-time faculty member Ron Bromley, who taught math and coached football and track at Asheville School for over 30 years.
2018 Bromley Pin Recipients:
Mary Alice Faunce, Anna Gouveia, Evan Kim, Kate McLemore, Evan Mellon, Nina Mendoza, Stewart Mitchell, Alec Sands, Darden Smith, Jared Valentin, Bennett Zimmerman, Miles Buddy, Major Eason, Oliver Ferenbach, Jennifer Fish, Kamryn Graham, Bo Johnson, Bella King, Jackson Kingree, Abby Kriegler, Rachel Kuehn, Tim Lee, Malik McRae, Dave Newman, Kera Ramsey, Lauren Reaves, Audrey Shores, Samantha Smith, Adam Stewart, Skylan Thompson, Tristan Thompson, Miles Wike, Kanoni Wilder, Alex Wu, Anna Bernstein, Izzy Boulware, Scott Burns, Jack Campbell, Jose Gonzalez Gerard, Raja Gopal, Emma Guerrieri, Madeline Hepting, Connor Hovendon, Proud Jiao, Sara Frances Jones, Sasha Jones, Ali Pensky, Cabot Thommasson-Croll, Kyzik Wachacha, Mei Mei Whelchel, Cooper Williamson, Kris Castro, Vivian Gregory, and Declan Mettee
Boland then recognized the Valier Award winners and outstanding participant winners from the course of the year. After each athletic season the Athletic Council decides on Valier and Outstanding award recipients in each varsity sport. These awards are given to the athletes who, by sportsmanship, general spirit, effort and ability have proven themselves as the most valuable players or contenders in their sport.
Valier Award in Football – Ahmad Galimore
Outstanding in Volleyball – Heather Capps
David Joseph Sielewicz Award in Boys Cross Country – Major Eason
W. Earl Mitchell Award in Girls Cross Country – Claire Hill
Outstanding in Field Hockey – Hannah Chay
Louis A. Valier award in Boys Soccer – Sagi Ashkenov
Outstanding in Girls Tennis – Sarah Abernethy
Edward L. Valier Award in Boys Basketball – Titus Morrison
Edward T. McBride Award in Wrestling – John McCurry
Outstanding in Girls Basketball – Raven Walters and Counti McCutchen
Outstanding in Girls Swimming – Abby Kriegler
Outstanding in Boys Swimming – Nathan Alleyne
Frank H. Valier Award in Boys Track – Nathan Alleyne
Outstanding in Girls Track – Nicole Alleyne
Outstanding in Girls Soccer – Sydney Clark
Robert C. Valier Award in Baseball – J.P. Schill
Outstanding in Boys Tennis – Jose Gonzalez Gerard
Outstanding in Boys Lacrosse – Tim Lee
Outstanding in Girls Lacrosse – Caroline M. Frisch
The evening ended with the presentation of the end-of-year awards.
Equestrian Award – Grace Karegeannes
James G. "Pop" Hollandswoth Award for Mountaineering – Counti McCutchen
Charles N. Carter Leadership Award – Kelly Beam, for coaching in Field Hockey, Basketball and Lacrosse
Finally, the evening ended with awards recognizing the school's top athletes. In the final weeks of the school year, the Athletic Council meets to decide the deserving recipients of its most prestigious awards.
The Joseph A. Riggs, Jr. Award for Best Female Athlete – Rachel Kuehn
The David R. Millard, Jr. Award for Best Male Athlete – Major Eason
The Gene M. Hamilton Sportsmanship Award – J.P. Schill