Fall Athletic Awards applaud dedication of student-athletes

Fall Athletic Awards applaud dedication of student-athletes

Eight sports highlighted in Chapel ceremony celebrating fall athletes.

Yesterday, on a lovely autumn afternoon, sunlight beamed into WRA's historic Chapel as the Reserve community assembled to celebrate the latest chapter of Pioneer sports at the Fall Athletic Award ceremony.

Each fall sport came with its share of triumphs, lessons and growth. As the inaugural seasons of a new academic year, there was excitement abounding on the courts and the fields.

Director of Athletics Pete Hutchins opened the Athletic Awards with praise for the spirit and dedication on display across the WRA teams.

"Athletics are one of the most visible parts of the Reserve experience," Hutchins reflected. "This fall, our athletes cultivated lifelong friendships and developed lifelong skills as they took part in historic athletic programs."

Eight teams were the recipients of recognition, including Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Cross Country, Golf and Field Hockey.

Special shout-outs from Hutchins honored coaches who have become integral parts of Reserve Athletics: Jeff Warner completed his 35th season as the Head Coach of Girls Cross Country, Sherry Chlysta had her 20th year at the helm of Girls Volleyball and Brand Closen led Golf to a 10-1 record in his 10th year as Head Coach. Boys Soccer Coaches Herb Haller and Pat Sweeney were named Coaches of the Year in the Tri County Soccer League, a league that their team also won.

These milestones are equally as admirable as the stories that the coaches shared with the WRA community about their athletes. Stories of personal growth, dedication and sportsmanship imprinted a sense of pride upon all who were gathered.

Recipients of Spirit and Coach's Awards were lauded for "going the extra mile to build team chemistry" and "working tirelessly to set up teammates for success." The Most Improved Awards marveled at the perseverance and grit present in student-athletes who saw their abilities soar to new heights.

Coaches also noted their eager anticipation for next year's fall sports, as many stand-out performers named Most Valuable Player are currently in their second or third year at WRA and will have even more to accomplish in coming seasons.

The ceremony was wholeheartedly full of celebration and gratitude for a home like Reserve.

"Attending WRA is a privilege," Hutchins said. "I encourage you to take a moment to thank your parents and loved ones for making it possible to be part of such an incredible place."

View the full list of awards here.