Devil to Hose transition
The familiar royal blue replaces bright red for Izzy Worley on the lacrosse field, but the four-year lacrosse player for the Red Devils will carry with her to the next level the passion that led her to a 5-goal game against Byrnes.
“I went there knowing I would play the game of my life,” Worley said of her final varsity game. She also has played tennis and basketball for CHS Athletics.
Worley this morning signed a National Letter of Intent to attend PC and play NCAA Division I lacrosse for the Blue Hose. The up-and-coming program is similar in spirit to the CHS lacrosse program, which will be discontinued after next spring.
“We stuck together,” Worley said to an auditorium full of students and staff at CHS, including her lax teammates. “We were always the team that was looked down upon. We were a family - a lot of teams aren’t. We stuck together.
“I am proud we were able to do that.”
CHS lax players, coaches and parents got the word in early spring that 2016 would be the last season for the program. CHS Athletics reconsidered, so the current juniors with the program would have a senior season in 2017.
Playing lacrosse taught Worley that she would like to coach it one day. Her Senior Experience project was a lax camp for 5th grade girls - she had the chance, first-hand, to pass along her experience and passion.
“Lacrosse is a growing sport especially in the South,” where it can be played year-round with basically the expense of a few aluminum, netted sticks and two, netted goals.
Worley said she has experienced year-round lacrosse, through the high school season along with showcases and camps during the summer and fall.
“I am proud of you. I thank you for your four years,” CHS lax coach Ami Vaughn said to Worley. “I can’t wait to see you as a Blue Hose. I have watched you grow from a first grader.”
Worley said she originally had no intention of attending “close to home” Presbyterian College. Her college decision came down to Newberry, Converse and PC. “I went to a camp with a lot of the PC girls. I knew I could play with those girls,” Worley said. “I would think about it all season and it just seemed like the best fit for me.”
Once, in her mind, she had made the college decision, Worley said she was freed up to concentrate on the Byrnes game - her final game. Good thing, too, if she had had another game, she would have been suspended from play.
“I got two yellow cards. I got thrown out of that game,” Worley said - but not until after she put 5 of the Red Devil 6 goals on the scoreboard - “I was happy with myself. We put it all out there.”