Chase Robertson ‘21 has chosen to attend Anderson University in South Carolina. He will be able to play at a high level of lacrosse and get a well rounded education there.
Robertson has been interested in lacrosse for a long time. “I constantly wanted to go outside and play,” Robertson said, “so when I was able to begin organized sports, I fell in love with lacrosse and basketball.”
He has continued his career in lacrosse at North Cross School since 2019, and he plays defence on the team. The lacrosse team’s coach, Christopher Pollock, said that Robertson has been a great leader for the team throughout the last two years.
“He has started the last two years, but has been playing lacrosse for club teams for years with some of the other seniors,” Pollock said. “Chase has been a great addition to the team and North Cross community.”
Robertson has also played on the Varsity basketball team at North Cross for the last three years. Shannon Taylor, the coach of the team, said that Robertson is willing to do whatever he can to help the team win.
“Chase was the toughest player on the team and often guarded the other teams biggest player, often giving up four to six inches,” Taylor said. “Chase was the heart of the team, he was our enforcer, he was a pleasure to coach.”
Robertson said that playing lacrosse and basketball has been his favorite experience at North Cross. “I was able to play lacrosse with the same guys I started my career with,” Robertson said, “at a program that is unmatched in Roanoke.”
During the last few months, many sports practices and events have been affected due to COVID-19. Robertson expressed that, with all of the COVID precautions, playing sports has become harder.
“I've had to test every week so there has been a possibility of me or my team not being able to play certain games,” Robertson said. “I've also had to practice more spaced out by my teammates and we haven't been able to do certain drills.”
For his future life and career, Robertson looks up to his father. Despite coming from a low income background, his father worked hard throughout school to advance in life.
“My role model would be my father, Stuart,” Robertson said. “He is able to give me a lot of privileges in life such as private school, a car, and a phone; all stuff he wasn't able to get from his parents. I hope that I am able to provide for my kids the way he has done.”
To new students, Robertson’s advice is to “embrace the North Cross community by participating in as many clubs or sports as possible. Also don't over stress about school work, stress doesn't do you any good, especially in school.”
Written by Hania Raza