for his prodigious football ability, academic achievements,
and fierce competitiveness/ work ethic. In addition to his impeccable character,
Will values the importance of his teammates, classmates, and our community and we were truly humbled when Will contributed his $1,000 financial reward for his
Gatorade Player of the Year to WCWAA.
WCWAA would like to congratulate
Coach Capone and the Weddington Warriors who won the 2019 3AA State Championship
for the second consecutive year!
Will Shipley was named Offensive MVP & Overall MVP
with teammate, Alec Mock, named as Defensive MVP.
Several of these young players began their football careers at WCWAA playing Pop Warner Football and we are proud to acknowledge their accomplishments.
In the 2018 win, Will’s older brother, James Shipley(Class of 2019 now attending the University of Pennsylvania) was the overall MVP,
Whitner Litton (Class of 2019 now attending the Virginia Military Institute) was the Offensive MVP
Eamon Murphy (Class of 2019 now attending the West Point) was the Defensive MVP.
Each of these young men are also now playing collegiate Lacrosse.
Many of these young men & their families have also been members of WCWAA in our football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, & soccer programs.
The 2020 Weddington Team also included 6 players from our 2015 Titans Pop Warner Team that made it to the
Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship including:
Malik Mustapha – Starting Safety
Jalen Newman – Starting Corner
Will Owens – Starting Offensive Tackle
Will Shipley – Starting Running Back
Grady Brosterhous – Reserve Quarterback
Trey Gordan – Reserve Running Back
We are extremely proud of these athletes and many others who got their start at WCWAA and are spread across Union and Mecklenburg Counties.
Special Congratulations to Will Shipley for being named the
NC Gatorade Player of the Year
for his prodigious football ability, academic achievements, and fierce competitiveness/ work ethic. In addition to his impeccable character, Will values the importance of his teammates, classmates, and our community and we were truly humbled when Will contributed his $1,000 financial reward for his Gatorade Player of the Year to WCWAA.
Special Thanks to the many volunteer Coaches who make our sports team competitive and serve as role models for our developing athletes.
One such example is Chris Morales who played for James Shipley and Mike Newman’s Titans Pop Warner Team where he developed his love for the game. Chris continued to work on his football skills, got the chance to play on the Varsity squad & made the roster for the playoffs this year. Chris’ dream to play the game (as well as many others) was made possible through his start at WCWAA.
There have been many mentors for these two Championship teams and we would like to recognize several past and current coaches directly involved in building and shaping these young folks: James and Tammy Shipley, Mike and Nakia Newman, Matt Macia, Dennis DiCarlo, Dave Niemeyer, Jason and Ashleigh Mock, Butch Foley, James Hyatt, and many more to whom our community thanks.
We also have the cycle starting again as our graduates, like Anthony Boone, (former Weddington and Duke University Quarterback) returns home to mentor our future leaders.
Finally, we would like to recognize Alan and Jan Williams for the commitment of their time to our young people. Sadly, we lost Alan last year, and while our hearts are heavy, we are comforted by his legacy embodied by the success of the young folks he coached.
Please join us in congratulating Will, his teammates, and the volunteers who give their time to our programs and are our community’s future through our youth.
Lastly, WCWAA is in the middle of a campaign to begin much needed maintenance repairs to our 12 yr old turf field.
Please consider following Will Shipley’s lead and consider a small donation to help with repairs so that we can continue to offer the same opportunities for our youth for years to come.
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