Catching up with CCHS alumni as fall sports conclude 

By Bruce Hack  Correspondent
November 30, 2023

The fall sports have completed their seasons, with the boys’ soccer team bringing home its sixth state championship and other teams enjoying successful seasons.  

Winter sports will soon be starting up as student-athletes transition to the next round of athletic endeavors. 

Meanwhile, here’s a check-in on Concord-Carlisle High School alumni and their accomplishments on the collegiate athletic fields. 

On November 19 at the Jennings Family Stadium in Newport News, Virginia, the NCAA Division 3 Field Hockey championship game saw three former CCHS field hockey players battling for the national title. 

Middlebury College won its sixth consecutive national championship with a 2-0 victory over Johns Hopkins. Coming off the bench for Middlebury was C-C grad junior Emily Stone, who has been part of three national championship teams at Middlebury. Playing for Johns Hopkins was C-C grad Courtney Piper. She is also a junior defender. She has twice earned National Field Hockey Coaches Association, National Academic Squad (2021, 22), NFHCA Scholar of Distinction (2022) and made the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll (2022). Piper is majoring in molecular and cellular biology with minors in business and Spanish.  

Also at Johns Hopkins is sophomore Grace Waldeck. She had eight goals and two assists for the NCAA runner-up squad. In 2022, Waldeck was named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad. She was also an NFHCA Scholar of Distinction in 2022. Waldeck is majoring in public health and behavioral biology.  

Another Patriot participating in the NCAA Field Hockey tournament: Emma Gebhart with Denison University. The first-year attacker had a team-high nine goals and added an assist for a team-high 19 points on the season. She scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Ohio Wesleyan University in the North Coast Athletic Conference championship game to give Denison its first NCAC tournament title since 2019. She was named to the NCAC All-Tournament Team. Denison was knocked out of the NCAA tournament by York, 3-0.  

Girls’ Soccer Alumna Nia Hislop recently completed her sophomore season at UMass. She started and played in all 18 games as the team went 9-5-4 overall and 6-2-2 in the Atlantic 10. Hislop scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win at Stony Brook University in this season’s opener. It was her first collegiate goal. She finished the season with a goal and four assists. In 2022, she was selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. Hislop has assisted her father, Shaka, with his nonprofit, Second Half Sports Foundation, which provides secondhand soccer gear to youth in Trinidad and Tobago. 

Amherst first-year runner Harrison Dow competed in the NCAA Division 3 cross country championship. Dow was the fifth finisher for Amherst in 125th place in 25:52.1 for the 8K race. Amherst finished 18th overall and was third among New England colleges.  

Nora Johnson also competed at the NCAAs with her Williams College team. She finished 48th in a time of 22:09.0. Williams finished 4th and was first among New England colleges.  

Also running for Willams, on the men’s team, was senior Chris Ratcliffe. He finished in 158th with a time of 26:04.0 while the Williams team came in fourth, first among New England colleges.  

Haverford’s women’s team had two Concord student-athletes on its roster. Sophomore Audrey Carter, a CCHS grad, is also a member of the track & field team. She was named to the Centennial Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll. Haverford was fourth at the conference championships. Grace Chen, a Concord Academy grad, competed in three events this fall. In the spring of 2023, she was the 2023 Eastern Independent League Track & Field 3000-meter champion for Concord Academy. 

Congratulations to senior Tatiana Zaft, who signed her NCAA National Letter of Intent to fence at the University of North Carolina.