Raiders News · Raiders sign to play at the next level in Swim and Soccer

Randolph is excited to celebrate the decisions by two senior student-athletes. Their determination and dedication in the classroom, on the pitch and in the pool have led them to this day and the opportunity to further their education and athletic endeavors beyond high school.  Lets take this opportunity to recognize each student-athlete and their accomplishments.

Randolph Soccer and currently basketball student-athlete, Parker League

Starting Randolph as a kindergartner, Parker is a lifer who has excelled in the classroom, being inducted into both The National AND Cum Laude Honor Societies as well as both the Math AND Spanish Honor Societies. He has served on the Honor Council throughout Upper School where he’s also participated in Cross Country, Indoor Track, Basketball and Soccer teams.  During most of these school seasons, he was also participating in a demanding club soccer schedule.

Parker has always been known as an active kid, evidenced by his childhood nickname of Taz, short for the Tasmanian devil cartoon character who was also in constant motion. In an attempt to burn his endless energy, Parker’s parents signed him up for soccer at the age of 4. Having no idea it would become his eventual passion, it was interesting to see his love for the game develop so early. A favorite family story is when a 4-year-old Parker told a teammate playing in the dirt “Hey! We have a game and you should be paying attention!”

A review of some of Parker’s athletic accomplishments include the following:

  • Parker has been a varsity basketball player since his sophomore year. He was named the Defensive MVP last year, but after scoring 23 points in a game earlier this week he might be gunning for the Offensive MVP this year.
  • Parker’s primary passion is soccer however and it’s easy to see he’s made a good run at it so far. His club career is highlighted by being captain of Alabama Futbol Club, scoring over 15 goals and being on the east coast ECNL Championship team, but that’s only the start of the championship list.
  • Parker has been a starter on both Randolph State Championship teams the past two years and will be aiming for a 6A title this coming spring.
  • In his unfinished career of 3 years on the Randolph soccer team, Parker is a 3-time Area Champion, 3-time Final Four participant and 2-time state champion. He was named to the all metro team in 2017 and 2018, the all state team in 2018 and was on the AHSAA North All-Star team last summer.
  • So far Parker has racked up 43 assists and 51 goals which includes being the leading goal scorer his freshman year which brings his total assists and goals to third most during the tenure of Coach Alex Tomlinson.

Parker’s parents wanted to mention the following: Throughout all these school and sports activities, Parker has had an incredible support system in his extended family, teachers, coaches and friends.  Raising a child truly takes a village.  Many thanks to each and every one of you for being an instrumental part of Parker’s village.

Randolph School is proud to announce that Parker League will be attending the University of South Carolina next year to play for the Gamecock’s Soccer team which many of you may not know is an NCAA D1 member of Conference USA.  Congrats Parker!

Randolph Swimmer student-athlete, Cal Shockley.

Cal started attending Randolph in Kindergarten and has been swimming for Randolph’s varsity Swim Team since 7th grade while also swimming in the HSA (Huntsville Swim Association) program each of those 6 years.

Cal started his swimming career 13 years ago competing in the Rocket City Swim League as a member of the Greenwyche Gators Swim Team each year. During that span Cal helped the gators win the City Meet 3 times. He swam in finals and/or consoles for all individual strokes at all City Meets except one. He won the High point Award for his age group 5 times.

Cal has also given back to the sport of swimming by coaching the Greenwyche Swim Team and Dolphins Special Needs Swim Team the past 2 years.

Cal’s six years of year round swimming for the HSA Club Swim Team is highlighted by being named a Southeastern Qualifier each of those 6 years.

Cal missed one year of swimming due to an incredibly intense battle with Ulcerative Colitis which required two emergency surgeries and the second surgery literally saved his life. In time built back strength and endurance and after yet another surgery, Cal was back in the pool competing at a high level again. This incredible journey of perseverance and tenacity resulted in Cal receiving The Comeback Kid Award from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation in 2011. Earlier this year, the success he has attained since overcoming Ulcerative Colitis resulted in him being named Randolph School’s Bryant-Jordan Achievement Award winner and his journey will compete against others in the state next month for Bryant-Jordan Scholarship money.

Cal’s Randolph Swimming career that has resulted in qualifying in the AHSAA state swim meet each of his 6 years is highlighted by the following:

  • In 2016 Cal finished 3rd in 200 Free, 3rd in 500 Free
  • In 2017 Cal was the 1A-5A AHSAA State Champion in the 200 Free and he was First-runner-up in 500 Free
  • This year AHSAA’s reclassification process moved Randolph’s Swim team to the 6-7A level where Cal took 6th in 200 Free and 6th in 500 Free

During his time on the Randolph Swim team Cal has won the MVP award each of the past two years and in case you’re wondering, this year’s award has not been handed out yet.

Randolph School is proud to announce that Cal will be attending Birmingham Southern College next year where he will be swimming for the Panthers.

Well done Cal!

Once again, congratulations to these seniors, their families and coaches. We are very proud of you both and we can’t wait to watch you continue to shine in college.  View photos in Vidigami.