Montreat College head golf coach John Sullivan has announced the signing of Emma Roberts to a letter of intent to compete on the women's golf team in 2016-2017.
Emma is a native of Burlington, NC and competed at Western Alamance High School. She was an All-Conference performer in 2016 and finished 5th in the 2016 Mideast Region Championships. Emma also excelled in the classroom, graduating with a 4.0 GPA while being inducted into the National Honor Society.
Quote from Emma – "My high school coach mentioned Montreat to me during my senior year. As soon as I looked into the school I loved it and to find out I could major in Outdoor Ministry made it even better. As soon as I visited the campus it felt like home. I am so excited for the opportunity to play the sport I love at the school of my dreams, as God leads me on to the next adventure in the plan He has for me".
"We are extremely excited to welcome Emma to the Cavalier family," said Coach Sullivan. "Her heart for the Lord and her desire to pursue a career in ministry make her a perfect fit as we continue to lay a foundation for a Christ-centered team culture. She has already had an opportunity to spend some time with the other girls on the team and has very quickly begun to fit in. We are excited to see her make an immediate impact not only from the golf side, but from a team perspective as well."
Emma is the daughter of Chad and Danielle Roberts and plans to major in Youth & Family Ministry.
Montreat College head women's lacrosse coach Katy Ferguson has announced the signing of three student-athletes to letters of intent to compete for the Cavaliers during the 2016-2017 season.
Chloe King is a goalie out of Sevier County High School in Tennessee. She is a three-time All-Region honoree and made the first team in 2016. She is the daughter of Bryan and Susan King and plans to major in Marketing.
Azzure "Tiger" Breeden also hails from Sevier County High School. The midfielder excelled not only on the field, but also in the classroom as she finished in the top 10% of her graduating class.She plans to major in Pre-Professional Medicine and is the daughter of Mark and Christina Breeden.
Ariella Ortiz is a goalie/defender out of West Brunswick High School in Shallotte, NC. In 2016, she finished with the second highest save percentage in the conference. Ariella is also a standout student, as she was inducted into the National Honor Society. The daughter of Jorge and Robin Ortiz, she plans to major in Cybersecurity.
Montreat - Rodney Williams (Winston-Salem, NC) is a rising senior on the men's lacrosse team and is one of the original members of the Montreat squad from 2015. This spring he took up the long-stick midfielder (LSM) position for the Cavaliers. An LSM must possess the ability to play strong defense, push the ball in transition, man the wing on faceoffs, and regularly gather in groundballs while using a defenseman's 6' long pole. As 2016 progressed and the Cavs steadily improved, Williams proved invaluable at the spot. The midfielder also shone in the classroom as he was one of a league-leading three Cavaliers named to the eight-man Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) All-Academic team.
How did you decide on Montreat?
God decided for me. I was looking for a fresh start after leaving my previous school [Gardner-Webb] – a place where I could play lacrosse again and develop spiritually. Coach McMinn spoke with my high school coach and as a result, I was led to come to Montreat after realizing it had all that I wanted.
How did you hear about the team? What was your prior playing experience?
I was recruited and I played lacrosse for Forsyth Country Day School before attending Montreat College.
You're an LSM. What are the hard parts about the position and what do you enjoy most?
The most challenging part is trusting my brothers. I love them, but I was used to making the big plays in high school football. The trust translated into lacrosse the more I learned about the game. As to the hard parts – one is not getting down on myself when I make a mistake. I enjoy getting ground balls and making good checks. Especially unexpected trail checks (when necessary).
You guys are around each other a lot; one place is at Chapel each week. What's it like to attend as a team and what is an impact that it's having?
I believe attending Chapel is important altogether. From a spiritual aspect, I believe it helps us grow closer to each other and God.
What do you hope to do after college?
I hope to attend Wake Forest University for Medical School. I would like to be a psychiatrist one day.
What are your plans for the summer?
For my summer, I am completing an internship at [Winston-Salem based] Top Priority Care Services. I shadow therapists and psychiatrists. I also learn how to diagnose clients and include play therapy when necessary.
What are your best or most significant memories since you arrived at Montreat?
Persevering with my brothers, playing video games, and cracking jokes are all among the memories I will always cherish. In addition to seeing them all grow into men along with myself.