Softball Canandaigua Academy Braves

Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight

#16 Samantha Baxter

Future Plans: Attending North Carolina State - Majoring in Biomedical Engineering

Favorite Memory: Open gyms and practices where we would play hot seat

#3 Mackenzie Depew

Future Plans: Attend Finger Lakes Community College - Majoring in Psychology

Favorite Memory: Beating Brighton in a very competitive and close game to move on in sectionals

#6 Arden Faiola

Future Plans: Attending SUNY Cortland - Majoring in Speech & Hearing Sciences with a minor in Spanish

Favorite Memory: When the softball and baseball team played games out on the beach at the hotel in Disney

#8 Madison Herman

Future Plans: Medaille College - Majoring in early childhood education & playing softball

Favorite Memory: Spending time and playing with the team at Disney- making memories we won't forget!

#11 Jill Jeneault

Future Plans: Attend Monroe Community College - Majoring in Theater- technical track & playing softball

Favorite Memory: When the team went to Disney World, even though I had a broken ankle, it was fun

#10 Chloe Richards

Future Plans: Attend the University of Buffalo; Majoring in Pharmacy

Favorite Memory: Attempting and failing to build a 3D puzzle of Pluto (from Mickey Mouse) as a team bonding activity at Disney

#9 Sky Weigert

Future Plans: Attend SUNY Cortland - Majoring in Biology

Favorite Memory: Wearing a helmet the whole plane ride to Disney for $10 and hitting a home run in the semi-finals against Mercy to tie the game!

From Coach Owdienko

Every group of seniors has their own set of stories, memories and special place in a coaches heart. This group is no different. Though the season was cut short by a pandemic, we still had an opportunity to start the season, and this experience only adds to their story.

I have known this group of seniors since they were in middle school, a few of them have been on Varsity for four years, others only 2 or 3 but regardless they made an impact on the softball program as a whole. I have been able to watch them grow and develop as players on the field, but more importantly as humans in life. It has been a pleasure and an honor to coach this group of wonderful, young women.

We are quick to comment on all you have lost, and though those experiences are real and significant, do not let it define you or change your thoughts on what you have accomplished. You have done so much in your career and the challenges you face now will only serve to help you in the future.

I hope that you can take pride in the athlete that you were, that you are, for the hard work you did to get ready for this season and the years of hard work in the past, and the memories you have made. I am, and I couldn't be prouder of you all, and especially how you have handled this surreal experience.

You are going to do great things and I cannot wait to see where life journey takes you. Remember though, Once a Brave....

Always a Brave