This past January, athletic directors and coaches from Roanoke Catholic and North Cross announced plans to resume their football rivalry on August 26 following a seven-year drought.
The big game opens the door for more than just a renewed rivalry, though. North Cross Coach Stephen Alexander and Roanoke Catholic Coach Bob Price have seized the opportunity to rebuild relations among the teams by scheduling a joint community service project on Saturday, August 20 from 10 am - 1 pm.
The North Cross and Roanoke Catholic football teams will be meeting near the Gainsboro Library for a community service project focused on the beautification of the Gainsboro area. The teams will be split into groups, intermixed with each other, and sent to separate locations in the area. The teams will have a cookout at the library after their projects are complete.
It is hard to believe but the calendar just flipped over to August and with school opening three days earlier than usual, Convocation is right around the corner. The change in our start date and the three day Labor Day weekend are exercises in delayed gratification for us all, as the earlier than usual start of the year will be mitigated by the joy of having an entire week off for Thanksgiving! We also have a bonus day off on the Monday after New Year’s Day.
If you have been on campus recently, you know Cook field is not yet done. We have several legitimate reasons for the additional time required. The County took longer than anyone expected to give us the approval to proceed and our contractor, RSG, ran into delays getting trees and some rock removed. Since then we have had a lot of heavy rains and at inopportune times. For example, just last week the bank behind the field was hydro seeded and we had 3 inches of rain resulting in a complete erosion of that bank and ponding on the field. The drainage has not yet been installed.
Sharon Daly and Miranda Greear will be lead teachers in the recently split second grade.
In addition to the new faculty members announced last week, we are also glad to welcome some new faces to our administrative offices:
Lilly Judge has hit the ground running, literally, as our new Varsity Field Hockey coach whose team started practices August 1. She will also serve as our Girls Lacrosse coach in the spring. Originally from Annapolis Maryland, Lilly is a recent graduate of Roanoke College where she earned her degree in Health and Exercise Science. Although, only playing one year of field hockey in her senior year of high school, Lilly fell in love with the sport. Also a lacrosse player, she began playing lacrosse at the age of 8 and continued her lacrosse career at Roanoke College for 4 years. Coach Judge has had a passion and desire to enter the world of coaching and to use her degree in the advancement of this personal goal. “After being in the difficult position of locating a coach in the middle of the summer, Coach Judge offered an almost seamless transition for our field hockey girls as they begin their conditioning in August.” commented Coach Lawrence.
Jessica Schindhelm began her role as Director of Marketing this summer. Jessica is a parent with two children, Annie ’25 and Oscar ’28. Prior to her full-time job as a parent and part-time work as a graphic design freelancer, Ms. Schindhelm spent over 15 years in the design and communications industry, primarily in the non-profit sector.
Alexander Vance takes over as Aquatics Director at the Carter Athletic Center.
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