Montreat - Gabe deBeus is a rising junior on the men's lacrosse team and is a critical part of the midfield unit as one of the Cavs' primary faceoff men. His ability to win draws, push the offense in transition after a faceoff, and score goals all proved critical in his first year with the team in 2016. deBeus is a graduate of Asheville's Christ School and attended North Carolina State University before becoming a Cavalier.
How did you first hear about Montreat? I was sent a letter by Montreat in high school, just like most schools do. I already had my eyes set on other schools at the time. A couple years later, after NC State, Coach McMinn approached me over the summer at a high school lacrosse tournament. He told me about the school and the team and it went from there.
Tell us about your major/minor My major is Cybersecurity at Montreat, but I am also working on a minor in Business. In regard to Cybersecurity, the challenge is that it's such a focused and complex field that is has a lot of curricula and information and a lot of studying.
How long have you been playing lacrosse and how did you get interested in it? I'll be coming into my 13th year of lacrosse. I lived in Virginia when I was young and I played youth baseball like any elementary school-aged kid. Then my mom mentioned this game called lacrosse to me and I gave it a shot. I guess the rest is history.
What's the hardest part about balancing academics and athletics? Actually, the thing with lacrosse and academics is that each helps me to keep the other "in check." In other words, academics keep me ready to play lacrosse, and lacrosse keeps me responsible for my academics. It can be a little overwhelming at times but it's all worth it so I'm fully committed to both.
What was one of your favorite memories from the 2016 lacrosse season? One of the best memories I have with the team is when we almost beat St. Ambrose; they managed to score with less than a minute left [to take the lead] and we couldn't retaliate but the drive, determination, and teamwork we showed that game was very promising and is a sign of good things to come.
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Beary is a recent graduate of Logos Christian Academy and is a resident of Apopka, Florida. Her junior year she went undefeated, as well as reaching the district finals in singles and state quarterfinals in doubles.
"I chose Montreat College because I had heard from a high school coach that the college had a new tennis program," Beary said. "I thought it would be a great challenge to set a solid foundation for generations to come."
"Elizabeth is going to be a great addition to our women's tennis team," said Coach Cobb. She is a very strong player with much experience and truly wants to learn everything she can about the game of tennis. She will come in and deepen our line-up and be one of the key foundation points for this program's future. I am very excited to have Elizabeth join us!"
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Montreat College head tennis coach Andrew Cobb has announced the signing of Shay'Tonya Missick of Freeport, Bahamas to a letter of intent to compete for the Cavaliers beginning in the fall of 2016.
Missick is a recent graduate of Grand Bahama Academy and has many years of experience in junior tennis tournaments, as well as ITF tournaments. She also represented the Bahamas National Tennis Team at junior team tournaments in El Salvador, Dominican Republic, and Curacao.
"I chose Montreat College because of it being a small college," Shay'Tonya said. "Another big key is the Christian values it places in its education. That's very vital."
"Shay is going to be a great asset to our women's tennis program. Her tournament experience in both singles and doubles will be a great foundation for the team," Coach Cobb said. "She is a great player with a true desire to be in a Christian environment. I'm very excited to add her to the women's tennis roster for this upcoming year."