Athlete Profile: Cade Heverly

Cade Heverly

Sport: Lacrosse

Position: Midfield
Grade: Senior
College Commitment: Georgetown

February 20th might have been the best day ever for Cade Heverly as he got some great news. Cade was cleared for full contact from his doctors and was finally fully charged to go. Last season, on April 19th, 2016 against Harriton, Cade suffered a torn ACL and torn meniscus injuries that required surgery and caused Heverly to undergo massive rehabilitation to return to physical normalcy. Now he is gearing up to start his senior season before moving on to play in college next year. Cade’s journey to where he is now from almost one year ago, is unimaginative and most surely is just happy to be back on the field.

Cade in just how good he is on the field, is almost equally as good on the mat. Heverly is a two sport athlete; he excels in lacrosse as much as he does in wrestling and compiled 55 wins in three years of wrestling. On lacrosse side, Cade excels in two areas: face-offs and as a midfielder, he is a very skilled face off specialist and has won the majority of them over his career, as well as a midfielder. Cade is a 3-year starter on varsity as he has started his entire high school career. Heverly will look to help a Green Raiders team, who return many talented starters, make the playoffs after being ousted last year in the first round. The Raiders are slotted high again in a very tough, talented Central League, but have many talented players, and hopefully can gel together to have a good season and hopefully in the end a Central League, and state championship.

One month after tearing his ACL and meniscus, on May 19th Cade got surgery to repair the damaged ligaments. He was itching to get back on the field and help his teammates, because that’s just the kind of person Cade is. “On the field he is a supportive teammate always giving constructive criticism and pointers on what to do” said teammate and fellow midfielder Eric Stewart (Jr.). That shows the leadership qualities that he has demonstrated over his time as a Green Raider.

Staff photos by Tom Kelly IV Ridley's Cade Heverly (26) fires a shot on goal during the Garnet Valley at Ridley boys lacrosse game on Thursday night.
Staff photos by Tom Kelly IV
Ridley’s Cade Heverly (26) fires a shot on goal during the Garnet Valley at Ridley boys lacrosse game on Thursday night.

Cade’s teammates know how hard he works and the skill level he has. His teammates think quite highly of him. In describing his importance and play for the team, teammate Zane Johnston (Jr.) said that Cade is “very important because winning face-offs keep momentum and possession on our side”. Also asked what is one of his top attributes, Stewart said “Brains, Cade knows a lot about the game and knows what to do in every situation”. These just show how much valued and a terrific player Cade Heverly is and which is why he has committed to play at Georgetown University next year. The Hoyas are getting a tough, smart, and skilled player and Heverly easily fits up there in the D1 level.

 

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Cade has been working tough to get back to speed. A torn ACL is a very tough injury to come back from and is hard to rehab. But his coach thinks he is doing fine and will definitely be 100% healthy. About how he’s taken on the challenge, Head Coach Rory Friel said “I see a kid determined to be great again. He has put in as many hours as he can to make sure he’s back and ready to go”. Gearing up toward his final senior season for Ridley and hopefully leads them to a playoff berth and a deep run in the state playoffs. Cade is definitely one of those leaders and key guys to get them there. “He is a senior leader, and will be asked to take a majority of draws. He’s going to have to play some defense. It’s a game of momentum and we need it to win a lot of games. We’ll rely on Heverly as our face off guy” said Friel. Shows how important Cade is to the team. Friel went on to say that “as a person he is a fantastic kid. He embodies the Ridley student body and has tremendous work ethic inside and out of the classroom. Cade’s a born leader; He sets guidelines for every underclassmen to come through”. If anyone could come back from a severe injury like that it’s Cade and hopefully his hard work, dedication, and skill payoff in the end as the most important thing for him is to win because that’s all he cares about.

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