Cadie Higginson helped leave a legacy at Ben Franklin that will be difficult to duplicate.
The senior racked up four state championships in four years at the school, and her best performance came this past season when she recorded 52 goals and 23 assists, all while playing out of her natural position.
For much of her career, she was a center back only to move to center-mid two years ago. When the Falcons needed a scoring threat this season, the Navy signee accepted the challenge.
“She’s a player that can play any position,” Ben Franklin coach Jose Ferrand said. “She started in the midfield, and we realized that we need a threat up top, so she stepped into that role. It’s a testament to her hard work. She is by far the most competitive player that I’ve met in my life.”
That competitive fire helped the senior recover from two knee injuries early in her high school career when she tore her ACL in one knee her freshman year and on the other knee her sophomore year.
Now healthy and headed to Navy, Higginson said leaving Ben Franklin on top was a credit to the entire team.
“This season was amazing,” she said. “We knew it would be hard this year, but we came together as a team. When they put me up top this season, I was about to ask (former Ben Franklin star) Alex (Thomas) for advice to play forward. It was kind of weird at first, but since Noelle (Higginson) was still playing center -mid, we could still connect. That helped a lot. It was just an amazing season.”
Gabbi Anderson/St. Scholastica, junior
Sophie Andry/Newman, junior
Sam Bourgeois/Mount Carmel, senior
Marlena Cutura/Pope John Paul II, junior
Mia Dubroc/Mandeville, senior
Emma Claire Furman/Lakeshore, senior
Cadie Higginson/Ben Franklin, senior
Noelle Higginson/Ben Franklin, senior
Marcelle Kepper/Dominican, junior
Caroline Licciardi/Sacred Heart, senior
Stefanie Pappas/Mount Carmel, sophomore
Amalia Skalos/Ben Franklin, senior
Coach of the Year
Pavlos Petrou/Mount Carmel
In his 10th season at Mount Carmel, Petrou faced one of his biggest coaching jobs head on. The Cubs started seven sophomores this past season, so there were growing pains, but he never doubted his team’s effort. It paid off with a thrilling 2-1 win in stoppage time of the Division I championship over Byrd. “It took a little time, but we have a good group,” he said. “We knew they were jelling, so I felt more and more confident every game. I think they did too, and it paid off.”
It was Petrou’s second state title in four final appearances at Mount Carmel.