Another high school sports calendar is in the books, ending with an exciting spring sports season. In the first part of a two-part series, we’re taking a look at locals who received all-state athletic honors.
Caesar Rodney and Polytech led the way locally with 21 combined all-state selections for the spring sports season.
Four Lady Riders from the CR girls’ soccer state finalists team were selected to the all-state team including senior forward Lexi Prillaman (First Team) who also earned the Gatorade Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year award, junior forward Alexa Faulmino (First Team), junior midfielder Janiah Moore (Second Team) and sophomore forward Aleya Cummings (Third Team).
“They’re both very dynamic,” said CR girls’ soccer coach Darrell Gravatt earlier this season. “They’re both two-footed with speed; they have incredible vision which makes them both special players.”
The Riders boys’ lacrosse squad claimed four all-state selections as well, including All-American senior attacker Hunter Schaeffer (First Team), junior defensemen Kevin Sheahan (First Team), junior attacker David Schmidt (Honorable Mention), and junior midfielder Thomas Aloe (Honorable Mention). This season, CR advanced to the state semifinals under first-year head coach Matt Faircloth.
While some on the Riders boys’ lacrosse squad have become used to accolades, for others it’s the first time they’ve been recognized as one of the best at their sport. For Schmidt, it’s been a three year journey filled with hard work.
“It definitely feels awesome to get some recognition for once,” said Schmidt. “The past three seasons it has definitely become more of a challenge for me. I now usually pick up the second best pole and teams know how I play, which has made it tough.”
Three members of the CR girls’ lacrosse squad earned all-state honors, including sophomore attacker Delaney Steele (Second Team), sophomore midfielder Kourtney Olsen (Second Team), and sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Longest (Second Team).
Rounding out the list of Caesar Rodney all-state athletes was Seth Brosius who earned Honorable Mention honors for his work on the baseball diamond behind the plate and on the mound.
The Polytech Panthers earned nine all-state selections overall in the spring sports season in baseball, softball, girls and boys lacrosse, and girls soccer.
Leading the way for Polytech was the girls’ lacrosse team with three all-state selections including sophomore midfielder and All-American Jamie Trabaudo (First Team), sophomore infielder Alison McKay (Second Team), and sophomore midfielder/defense Kaitlin Bergold (Second Team).
For Trabaudo, who helped lead the Lady Panthers to an 11-3 record and a berth in the state tournament, being named to the all-state team was something she’s strived for over her first two years of high school competition.
“It’s always been a goal of mine to make all-state during my high school years, let alone all-American,” Trabaudo said. “It’s such an honor to know that coaches all over the state respect the way I play the game and believe that I have the skill and ability to be named all-state and all-American alongside juniors and seniors.”
Trabaudo, who tallied her 100th career goal for the Panthers this season, is thrilled with her maturation and is excited with the direction of the Polytech girls’ lacrosse program.
“This year was definitely one to remember, scoring my 100th goal, making it to the state tournament and receiving post-season honors,” Trabaudo said. “I never could have done it without my amazing team and coaches; they are who I play hardest for every day. I believe that our team is going to be very successful in the near future. We have a ton of talented underclassmen that I know are willing to step up to the plate and help to make Polytech a competitive force.”
Both the baseball and softball teams for Polytech earned two all-state selections.
Polytech senior Conner Chasanov representing the Panthers’ baseball club earned first-team all-state honors at two positions for his work on the mound and in the outfield. Joining Chasanov was Polytech senior CJ Baker who also earned first-team honors as a utility player.
Junior pitcher Shaina Reed and junior outfielder Brandi Dalious both earned first-team all-state honors as standouts on the Lady Panthers’ softball squad.
Polytech boys’ senior goalkeeper Tom Bailey (Third Team) and girls’ soccer standout junior Allysa Jacobs (Third Team) also earned all-state selections to round out the Panthers’ honorees.
Next week we’ll feature the all-state selections from Dover, Lake Forest, and St. Thomas More.