• Boys and Girls Cross Country
  • Girls Field Hockey
  • Girls Golf
  • Boys and Girls Sailing
  • Boys Soccer
  • Surfing
  • Girls Tennis
  • Girls Volleyball


  • Boys and Girls Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Boys and Girls Swimming


  • Boys Golf
  • Boys and Girls Lacrosse
  • Girls Soccer
  • Boys and Girls Sailing
  • Boys Tennis
  • Boys and Girls Track

Students with varying abilities are provided opportunities to participate. We encourage each student to participate and learn the values of self-discipline, teamwork, self-respect, and sportsmanship.

The Cape Fear Academy athletic program is geared toward traditional team sport competition in grades 7-12. The athletic program is an integral part of the student’s full educational experience. It is CFA’s desire to promote character and teach many values to the students. The values that help athletes and competitors to become responsible adults include: sportsmanship, leadership on and off the field, commitment to one’s team or activity, critical thinking during practice and competition, time management, self-discipline, and enjoyment. The Cape Fear Academy athletic department encourages all students to take full advantage of the variety of athletic offerings during their years in the Middle and Upper Schools and encourages and allows for participation by all students at any level of competition. The CFA goal is to challenge student athletes to strive to be the best they can be on and off the field. It is beneficial for athletes to have fun, to fight adversity, to risk failure, to get up when knocked down, to compete as diligently as possible, to not use excuses, and to learn how to win and lose gracefully. Our desire is to build positive memories.

Good sportsmanship is a trademark of Cape Fear Academy. Students are expected to make a special effort to welcome visiting teams and their fans. As representatives of Cape Fear Academy, students must behave in exemplary fashion at all times. Athletes, coaches, and spectators are expected to exhibit good sportsmanship in all competitions and venues.

Leagues in which we compete:

North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA)
This is a league of private schools (day and boarding) in North Carolina. The Cape Fear Academy athletic program is governed by the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association. NCISAA website:

Coastal Rivers Conference (CRC)
This is a league of independent day schools that are located in the Cape Fear River Region of North Carolina and are members of the NCISAA 2A/3A classification. The schools in the league include: Cape Fear Academy, Coastal Christian HS, Harrells Christian Academy, and Fayetteville Academy.
CRC awards league championships in Baseball, Basketball (B & G), Cross Country (B & G), Golf, Soccer (B & G), Softball, Swimming (B & G), Tennis (B & G), Track (B & G) and Volleyball.

Southeastern Middle School League (SMSL)
Started in the fall of 2006, the SMSL is an eight-school league for private schools in Southeastern North Carolina. SMSL awards league championships in Baseball (Div I), Basketball (B & G – Div I, II), Soccer (Div I), and Volleyball (Div I and Div II).
The schools in the league include: Cape Fear Academy, Friends School of Wilmington, Harrells Christian Academy, Myrtle Grove Christian School, St. Mark Catholic School, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Southeastern Academy, and Wilmington Christian Academy.

Since 2003, CFA has had 49 students go on to play at the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior College, and sanctioned club level. Recent student athletes include:

2021: Devon Cavanaugh (University of Pittsburgh) Lacrosse, Matthew Ezzell (Washington and Lee University) Lacrosse, Liza Murtagh (Boston College) Swimming, Gavin Guion (Georgia Southwestern University) Basketball, Evan Marinov (Luther College) Basketball

2020: Emmanuel Bonsu (Stonehill College) Basketball, Caroline Crumrine (Furman University) Golf, Chloe Kernan (Washington University in St. Louis) Basketball, Lacey Kleppinger (Belmont Abbey College) Tennis, Lilly Lancaster (Wake Forest University) Field Hockey, Georges Lefebvre (University of Vermont) Basketball, Connor Smith (Davidson College) Soccer

2019: Matt Kiatipis (Simon Fraser University) Basketball, Preston Meehl (Rhodes College) Lacrosse, Ethan Miles (Virginia Military Institute) Soccer, Libby Moore (UNC Chapel Hill) Soccer, Henry Murtagh (Stevens Institute of Technology) Lacrosse, Holt Robinson (Colgate University) Soccer

2018: Cole Boggio (Roanoke College) Lacrosse; Chase Carraway (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) Men’s Sailing; Delaney Mitchell (Towson University) Soccer

2017: William Coverdale (Volunteer State) basketball

2016: Tony Batchler (Guilford College) lacrosse

2015: Trey Moore (Washington and Lee) soccer; Trey Carraway (Jacksonville University) sailing

2014: Brooke Graham (Wofford College) tennis; Rebecca McLean (Appalachian State) field hockey; Ross Robison (University of North Carolina – Wilmington) golf

2013: Pat Regan (St. Mary’s of Maryland) lacrosse; A.J. Aziz (Boston College) tennis; Taylor James (Meredith College) lacrosse