Alumni in Athletics

Athletics at St. Andrew's-Sewanee are an integral part of the total school curriculum. It is one of the means by which students build character, exercise leadership skills and learn the value of discipline, teamwork and sportsmanship. In recent years several SAS alumni have taken these skills and their athletic prowess to the next level -- intercollegiate athletics.

Classroom Stars, Too

Players and teams are recognized not only for their athletic ability, but also their academic achievements. Five swimmers have been named All American Academic winners in recent years. The varsity girls' soccer team received the NSCAA High School Team Academic Award for four straight years. All SAS varsity teams have honor students on their roster.

Abby Mainzer '16, Wrestling, Oklahoma City University

Abby Mainzer '16
Abby Mainzer '16 wrestles for Oklahoma City University (OCU), a national powerhouse in women's collegiate wrestling.
A three-year MVP in wrestling at SAS, Abby placed first in the 185-pound weight class in the 2014 and 2015 TSSAA State Wrestling Championships. After moving to the more competitive weight class of 148-pounds this year, she qualified for the state championship by placing third at the regional tournament, she placed third at the state championship, and helped propel her team to a fifth place finish.

In addition to her wrestling accolades, Abby was a four-year varsity starter on the basketball team, a former MVP in mountain biking, and a former Most Improved Player in softball. She served SAS in a variety of leadership roles including Student Ambassador, member of the Honor Council, and Proctor. She was also a member of the Civil Air Patrol and is first lieutenant of the Tullahoma Cadet Squadron and Cadet Commander. In 2015, she received the General Billy Mitchell Award, awarded to only 5 percent of CAP cadets nationwide.

Jenna Burris '14, Golf, Middle Tennessee State

Jenna Burris '14 plays golf for Division-I Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). During her SAS career, Burris has received Tennessee Golf Association and All-American Junior Golf Tour honors. She won Player of the Year honors on the 2012 TGA Taylor-Made Adidas Jr. Tour and MVP for the 2013 Tennessee Junior Cup. She played in her first state tournament in 2009 as an 8th grader, tying for 8th place that year. As a junior, she played 4th in the state tournament and finished 3rd her senior year. Burris also played volleyball and basketball at SAS. She was the recipient of Best Female Athlete of the Year.

Katie Craighill '13, Rugby, Bowdoin College

Katie Craighill '13 plays rugby for the Bowdoin College Polar Bears who were ranked #4 in the nation in 2014. A fullback, Katie began playing the sport as a college freshman.

At SAS, Katie excelled on the soccer field and in the classroom, graduating as valedictorian of her class. She was goalie and team captain for the women's soccer team, a swimmer, and a track athlete. Katie received the Day Student Award, was co-recipient of the Best Female Athlete award, and was a member of Cum Laude, the school's honor society. She served as a Proctor and as the girls' soccer captain and goalkeeper and was named to the All-Region D-II Soccer Team.

Allyson Hale '12, Soccer, Maryville College

Allyson Hale '12 played starting forward on the Maryville College soccer team. Hale played and started all 18 games as a sophomore and finished the season with 9 goals and a team high 7 assists. Her strong performances earned her a spot on the USA South Athletic Conference All-Conference 3rd team, and she was voted by her peers as Team Offensive MVP. Allyson had a strong freshman season that saw her play in all 17 games and starting in 13 of them. She finished the season with 3 goals, 2 assists, and 8 points.
At SAS, Allyson was named the MVP for soccer, basketball and track. She was also named to the Tennessee High School Soccer Coaches Association East/Middle Division II-A All-State Team. Allyson was an honors student, Proctor, and co-recipient of Best Female Athlete of the Year.


Sadie Shackelford '12, Tennis, Middlebury College

Sadie Shackelford '12 played tennis for Middlebury College.
While at SAS, she was an honors student, a member of the Cum Laude Society, and winner of the Danny Griffiths Award for Excellence in English. She was the state tennis champion in Tennessee's Division II-A twice. She also played soccer and basketball while at SAS. She received the coaches' award in basketball for two years and the MVP tennis award for four years. She was an SAS Ambassador and co-recipient of Best Female Athlete of the Year.

Trevor Laymance '11, Lacrosse, Tennessee Wesleyan

Trevor Laymance '11 played lacrosse at the midfielder position for Tennessee Wesleyan.
While at SAS, his classmates elected Trevor a senior class officer. He was co-captain of the wrestling team, a state-qualifying wrestler, and was awarded the Most Improved Award in wrestling. A talented musician, Trevor also performed at the school's Creative Expression Assemblies. It is interesting to note that Trevor had never played lacrosse before getting to college.

Keeley Stewart '10, Cross Country, UT-Chattanooga

Keeley Stewart '10 is a member of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga cross country, and track team. She placed 6th in the 2013 PowerAde Run with a time of 11:50.59. Keeley is on the UTC Dean's List and Athletics Director's Honor Roll and was named to the Southern Conference All-Academic Team. She is an Education Pre-K-3 Major and is also getting her middle grades endorsement.
While at SAS, Keeley was a three-time cross country MVP, and region and state champion in 2007 and 2008. She received the Coaches' Awards in both softball and track. She was an Honor Roll student, thespian, class representative, and on the Honor Council.

Anna Obermiller '09, Swimming, Randolph-Macon College

Anna Obermiller '09 swam for Randolph-Macon College. As a sophomore (2011-12) Anna swam the 100 Back, 200 Back, and the 200 Breast for the Yellow Jackets. She posted fourth best team times in the 100 and 200 Back with times of 1:08.25 and 2:28.63, respectively. As a Freshman (2010-11) her time for the 200 Breast (2:51.30) ranked 13th in the ODAC and 5th on the team, and her time for the 200 Back (2:26.79) ranked 15th in the ODAC and 4th on the team.
As a student at SAS, Anna broke numerous school records and still holds the records in the 50 and 100 Back and 50 and 100 Breast. Anna was an Honors student and served as a student ambassador.She was captain of the swim team and was chosen Most Valuable and Most Improved swimmer during her years of involvement. Anna worked a lifeguard, teaching swim classes, and helping to coach the Sewanee Tiger Sharks summer swim team.

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