Achievements

Highlights from 2016-2017

CFA students-athletes and coaches had a very successful 2016-2017 athletic year. CFA finished 4th among all NCISAA 2A schools in the Wells Fargo(Wachovia) Cup standings and highest of the CRC conference schools. This is the highest finish in school history in the Wells Fargo (Wachovia) Cup standings in school history. CFA teams won six conference team championships and six team conference runner-up finishes at the MS, JV, and Varsity levels. The CFA Varsity Boys Lacrosse team won the NCISAA State Boys Lacrosse title in May and the Varsity Girls Tennis team was NCISAA state runner-up in October. CFA had an individual student-athlete win three state titles in the 100m, 200m, and 400m at the NCISAA State track meet. CFA teams also had two top four finishes and three quarterfinal state finishes. CFA had 49 all-conference performers, 8 NCISAA all-state performers, three conference players/runner of the year, and three coaches of the year. Twenty-six student athletes were named first or second team all-area by the Wilmington Star News along with one area player of the year. Cape Fear Academy maintains a high level of athletic excellence while at the same time provided the core value of opportunity with over 90% of students Grades 7-12 participating in at least one sport per year.

In the fall, the Varsity Girls Tennis won their 12th straight conference title as well as going undefeated in New Hanover County and finishing as the NCISAA state runner-up. The Middle School Girls Tennis team finished 9-1 on the year. The Varsity Boys Soccer team finished ranked #7 in the NCISAA 2A state as a NCISAA state quarterfinalist. The Middle School Boys Soccer team fell in the SMSL championship game. The Varsity Field Hockey made their 8th straight appearance in the NCISAA state tournament falling in penalty strokes to Ravenscroft 1-0. The Varsity Volleyball team improved their win total by 7 games and finished 9-10 earning their first two conference wins in three years. The Varsity Girls Cross Country team had a dominating end of the season finish. CFA won the CRC championship for the second year in a row while also finishing 4th at the NCISAA State Championships out of 27 schools. The Varsity Boys Cross Country team finished second in the conference and 11th in the state. The CFA Surf team had 24 members and an individual compete in the Eastern Finals at Nags Head in September. CFA had an individual girl make finish in the top ten at the NCISAA State Girls Golf tournament. A student on the Sailing team represented CFA at the National High School Cressy Championship finishing 5th in Galveston, Texas.

In the winter, the Varsity Girls Basketball team finished 12-11 capped off by a player named to the first team Wilmington All-Area with four players being named all-conference or honorable mention all-conference.. The Varsity Boys Basketball team improved their win total by 6 games from last year while placing four players on the all-conference and honorable mention all-conference teams. The Varsity Boys Swim team finished second in the CRC Conference Championship meet, while the Varsity Girls Swim team finished 3rd with several school records broken. The 7th Grade Girls Basketball team finished 9-1 on the year and came away with some big time hardware with a SMSL Division II championship. The MS “B” Boys Basketball team finished 10-3 overall and won the SMSL Division II championship. The Middle School “A” Boys Basketball team finished as the runner-up in the SMSL Division I. CFA Varsity, JV, and Middle School Cheer teams led the way during Homecoming 2017 festivities.  

In the spring, all six CFA Varsity NCISAA teams qualified for their state tournaments. The Varsity Boys Lacrosse team won the NCISAA Boys Lacrosse Championship along with 15 games (15-6) and tied for the most wins in school history. CFA also won their 6th straight lacrosse conference title.  The Varsity Boys Tennis team finished 10-5-1 as the CRC Conference runner-up and lost in the NCISAA State Semifinals. The Varsity Girls Lacrosse team made their 9th straight state tournament appearance into the state quarterfinals. The Varsity Girls Soccer team finished as conference runner-up and made it to the state quarterfinals while finishing 13-5 overall. The Varsity Golf team finished 20-4 overall and won the CRC conference golf title for the second year in a row. CFA also finished 8th in the state tournament. Varsity Track had one individual win three state titles in the 100m, 200m, and 400m along with an individual placing in the top 5 in two events. MS Boys Tennis completed their season with an 9-3-2 record. The CFA Sailing team finished 8th out of 16 schools in the SAISA regatta in Beaufort, SC.


Cape Fear Academy Inducts Seven into Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame 

On Thursday, January 19 CFA inducted the inaugural class in Cape Fear Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Throughout our school’s first fifty years many outstanding students have had brilliant athletic careers, but seven have distinguished themselves to the extent to have their jerseys retired.  Exhibiting outstanding character as well, these men and women embodied our school’s core values of integrity, respect, resilience and accountability while at CFA and in their lives thereafter. CFA honored these individuals at a reception on the 19th and introduced them during halftime of the Homecoming Varsity Boys’ Basketball game the following night versus Harrells Christian Academy. The following CFA alumni were inducted:

Wendy Brock Rosinbaum, 1979 — Basketball
Will Stanfield, 1988 – Basketball
David Smith, 1988 – Basketball
Sprague Paynter, 2003 — Basketball
Elizabeth Cherry Stern, 2004 – Field Hockey
Paige Bufkin, 2009 — Softball
Alex Smith, 2009 – Lacrosse, Soccer

At the Hall of Fame reception, we also welcomed featured speaker Dr. Greg Dale, Director of Sport Psychology and Leadership Program for Duke Athletics.


State Championships (21)

NCISAA 2A State Champions – Boys Lacrosse – 2017
NCISAA 2A State Champions – Boys Tennis – 2015
NCISAA 2A State Champions – Girls Soccer- 2014
NCISAA 2A State Champions – Boys Tennis – 2014
NCISAA Large Varsity Division State Champions – Cheerleading – 2013
NCISAA 2A State Champions – Boys Tennis – 2012
NCISAA 2A State Champions – Boys Tennis – 2011
NCISAA 2A State Champions – Girls Tennis – 2010
NCISAA 2A State Champions – Boys Tennis – 2010
NCISAA 2A State Champions – Girls Tennis – 2009
NCISAA 2A State Champions – Boys Tennis – 2009
NCISAA 2A State Champions – Girls Tennis – 2008
NCISAA 2A State Champions – Boys Tennis – 2008
NCISAA 2A State Champions – Girls Tennis – 2007
NCISAA 2A State Champions – Girls Tennis – 2005
NCISAA 2A State Champions – Boys Cross Country – 2003
NCISAA 2A State Champions – Volleyball – 2000
NCISAA 1A State Champions – Boys Cross Country – 1996
NCISAA 1A State Champions – Boys Basketball – 1994
NCISAA 1A State Champions – Girls Soccer – 1992
NCISAA All-Classification State Champions – Boys Basketball – 1987


State Runner-up and All-Classification Final Four Appearances (18)

NCISAA 2A State Runners-Up – Girls Tennis – 2016
NCISAA 2A State Runners-Up – Boys Lacrosse – 2016
NCISAA 2A State Runners-Up – Girls Tennis – 2015
NCISAA 2A State Runners-Up – Girls Tennis – 2014
NCISAA 2A State Runners-Up – Girls Tennis – 2013
NCISAA All Classification Final Four – Girls Lacrosse – 2011
NCISAA All Classification Final Four – Boys Lacrosse – 2010
NCISAA All Classification Final Four – Girls Lacrosse – 2009
NCISAA 2A State Runners-Up – Girls Basketball- 2008
NCISAA 2A State Runners-Up – Girls Basketball – 2003
NCISAA 2A State Runners-Up – Girls Tennis-2000
NCISAA 1A State Runners-Up – Golf – 1994
NCISAA 1A State Runners-Up – Golf – 1993
NCISAA 1A State Runners-Up – Girls Soccer – 1991
NCISAA All-Classification State Runners-Up – Boys Basketball – 1983
NCISAA All-Classification State Runners-Up – Golf – 1975
NCISAA All-Classification State Runner-Up- Golf – 1974
NCISAA All-Classification State Runners-Up – Boys Tennis – 1974