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Addy Foudray is the 2014 Fauquier Times Kettle Run Girls Athlete of the Year

Wednesday, Jul. 2 | By Fred Hodge
Addy Foudray played lacrosse, field hockey and basketball for Kettle Run. --Photo By Adam Goings
Addy Foudray has a fascination with the number three.

She's had it emblazoned on the front and back of her jerseys in all three sports she competed in.

"It's the only number I've ever wanted," Foudray admitted. "It's a small number, and I'm a small person," she said of how the numbering became a part of her life.

Foudray, who graduated from Kettle Run High School on June 6 after accumulating 10 varsity letters, is the Fauquier Times Kettle Run Girls Athlete of the Year.

She said her first No. 3 uniform came in the spring of her eighth grade softball season.

It gradually become more relevant as you learn more about Foudray., who has three older siblings and is religious. "Three is a holy number," she added, pointing to the large role her religious belief in the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost plays in her every day life.

There were some non-three season until her sophomore year at Kettle Run.

She recalled her freshman basketball campaign when an upperclassmen already was wearing three, so she thought she might try 33 instead.

"It was huge!" she said, laughing at the size differential that exists between the smaller numbers and the higher ones.

"Everyone wants No. 1," she said, wearing an expression that says 'what's with that.'

"Then there's No. 2," she continued.

The quest for No. 3 extends into her non-athletic life as well. When parking places were being distributed last summer for the Cougar Class of 2014, Foudray arose to be at the school at 2:30 a.m. to be first in line.

Spot No. 1 already had gone to classmate Rebecca McGilvery as a prom prize the previous spring

Sam, her mother, firmly stated Addy could not wait in the dark alone, so Foudray convinced one of her friends to join her. The school changed its procedure this year, saying the numbered spots would given out in order rather than by choice, so Foudray moved her friend ahead to guarantee No. 3.

Foudray will be headed to the University of Mount Olive, a Christian-based liberal arts school in eastern North Carolina, this fall to play lacrosse . She admits to taking a sneak peek at the lacrosse roster and found No.. 3 already on use.

"She's a sophomore," Foudray said of the player currently wearing "her" number. "I don't know if she just got that number, or whether she wanted it."

The Cougar laughingly said she may opt for a little attempted bribery upon arrival to see if her future teammate might like to part with the precious No. 3.

After starting her organized athletic career as a munchkin soccer player at age 5, Foudray played volleyball, basketball and softball in middle school, adjusting to the offerings at the high school level for field hockey, basketball and lacrosse.

She played varsity basketball and lacrosse for four years and two years of varsity field hockey.

Joanie DeGoosh, her field hockey and lacrosse coach, had seen Foudray in the school's physical education classes earlier in the year, and she recalls early lacrosse practices that spring.

"She was the Energizer Bunny...run, run, run, run," the coach began. "She's very competitive. You could tell that early on."

Foudray, who had previously been most partial to basketball, developed a quick affinity for lacrosse despite never picking up a stick until the spring of her freshman year.

The issue of a stick was one of the first remembrances DeGoosh related when asked for memories of Foudray in the athletic arena.

"Her freshman year, we went to a [preseason] jubilee at Liberty. Addy shows up with the shortest stick I've ever seen," coach Degoosh said. "I asked her, and she said the [shaft] had been cut to the length of her arm.

"Afterward, I asked if she now understood the advantage of having a longer stick. Monday, she showed up with a new stick."

"We (the family) didn't know anything about lacrosse. My dad (Ron) went out and found a video." Foudray said of the memories.

"It was an old video that said having a stick the length of your arm was an advantage. It was wrong."

DeGoosh said she has tried to convince Foudray to relinquish the short stick to become a part of her coaching memorabilia, but the Cougar will instead mount it on her wall as a keepsake of the start of her lacrosse career.

"It became apparent Addy enjoyed lacrosse the most of her three sports. She just fell in love with the game," DeGoosh said.

"She's a die hard."

Colleges take notice

Universities and colleges were attracted to Foudray's lacrosse feats, and she considered a few Division I schools at the beginning.

"It's every little kid's dream to get to a big Division I school," Foudray said, but she began to realize bigger is not always better.

"In Division I, the classes are huge," she said of visiting schools like Drexel and St. Joseph's, so she began to focus on the Division II schools interested in her such as Catawba in North Carolina, Florida's Rollins and Kentucky's Georgetown College.

Then came a late phone call

"It was the week before making a decision," Foudray said. "Out of nowhere I get a call from Mount Olive. The coach said he had seen tape of me playing and he was interested."

The result was a whirlwind courtship resulting in Mount Olive being her selection, and she will receive athletic scholarship aid estimated worth $60,000 at the school.

She leaves with 156 career goals, which puts her in second place on Kettle Run's all-time list. She tallied 53 goals both as a junior and a senior, leading the team as a senior.

"It blew my mind," Foudray said of her visit. "Mount Olive is such a great community. They are about you as a person, not just an athlete."

She is planning to major in criminal justice with a minor in accounting. She hopes to become an FBI field agent.

There are highlights galore during the past four years. Foudray recalled a junior basketball game when the Cougars knocked off visiting Liberty one year removed from the Eagles' state title.

"We were the first Kettle Run team ever to beat Liberty in girls basketball. That was so cool.," she said.

Then was her first-ever lacrosse score as a freshman.

"I was 'Wait, did that just go in?' I've got to do that again," Foudray said, adding a pair of lacrosse wins versus a powerhouse Brentsville team when she was a freshman.

Then there was that junior field hockey game versus arch rival Fauquier when Foudray tallied the game-winning score in a contest for the district championship

"I was so sick...I had bronchitis. The score was tied at 1-1 [before the goal]," she said." It was so cool to see all my teammates so happy and crowded around me."

Of course, downsides usually exist when dealing with athletics on a long-term basis, and this Cougar is no exception. When asked about any disappointments, she recalled two sports-related memories.

Because lacrosse is her first love, the end of the 2014 season may have been the most painful.

Fauquier and Kettle Run split regular-season games to finish tied atop the Battlefield Group regular-season standings. Almost all local observers expected the two squads to win the post-season semifinals and meet for the third time this spring.

The much anticipated third encounter did not happen.

Kettle Run suffered a 15-13 loss to visiting Eastern View for an unexpected end to a enjoyable season..

"[Eastern View] had the ball as the game was ending. There wasn't anything we could do," Foudray said somberly. "That was heart breaking."

To add a little sting to the defeat was Fauquier's narrow 13-12 win over Culpeper which led to the conference title and a berth in the South Zone regional playoffs when the Cougars felt they could have just as successful;.

Basketball was more of a long-term lament.

"I wish we had been more success in basketball," she offered, as the team won just four games last winter.

That does not mean there were not bright spots during the hard court campaign, as she recalled Senior Night.

Kettle Run hosted Fauquier for that game, with the Cougars taking their third win of the season over the Falcons.

"That was a true Senior Night," Foudray recalled, as Kettle Run seniors accounted for 57 of the 60 Cougar points. [And] I had a career high [of 21 points]."

Her high school years have been filled with achievements and a few low spots, but now it's off to the new challenges presented by the world of collegiate academics and athletics. Foudray feels she is ready because of her experiences at Kettle Run High School.

"Kettle Run is an awesome school. The people at Kettle Run are involved with you in classes and sports," the senior said gratefully.

"This has been an awesome experience. I've learned so much that will help me in the future."

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The Foudray File

Family: Father Ron works for Northrup Grumman. Mother Sam. Sister Heather, 28, is a mother. Sister Katelyn, 25, is working on a master's degree in psychology at the University of Central Florida. Bother Trey, 24, works at Northrup Grumman and is an Army reservist.

Favorite Place: New York City. "I love the city. It's so cool. You leave and come back at night. It wakes you up. You can go to that city every year and still find new things to do."

Favorite food: I love Italian; it's the best. Four cheese ravioli and pizza (mostly cheese). Everything about cheese is so good.

Favorite music: Pop, hip hop, rock. Favorite artists are Demi Lovato and Linkin Park.

Favorite movies: Star Wars is so perfect. Harry Potter, Divergent, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Favorite television shows: Criminal Minds. "You get to see the FBI stuff." Grey's Anatomy is one of those girly shows but its still a drama.

Hobbies: "I play the piano. I like to write novels and songs. I love helping out with community service. I help coach the Fillies youth lacrosse team, and I volunteer with the Food Coalition."

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