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What is there that you cannot say about Courtney Chadburn? She has led the women’s soccer team to two-straight North Atlantic Conference titles, she has scored at least 20 goals a season since coming to Castleton in 2008, and she also holds the record for most goals scored at Castleton with 86.

Oh, and by the way, she also happens to have a cumulative GPA of 3.96, which got her named to the COSIDA Capital One Academic All-District First Team. Chadburn is the first Castleton student-athlete to receive this honor, and she is also eligible in voting for the Academic All-America team, which will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 29. To be able to perform on the field at that level and in the classroom is no easy feat.

Chadburn was also named the NAC Women’s Soccer Player of the Year for the fourth-straight season, amassing a league-best nine assists in conference play on top of her seven goals, totaling 23 points.

Can you imagine what it will be like when Chadburn leaves Castleton?

“I think you can go back and ask Phil Jackson that question about Michael Jordan. Court is like our Michael Jordan,” said coach Chris Chapdelaine. “I don’t think anyone will ever surpass her in points. I don’t think anyone will ever surpass her in goals, and I know no one will surpass her in the classroom.”

Chapdelaine won Coach of the Year honors for leading his team to a perfect 9-0 record in the NAC for the second-straight season. It is the fourth time in his seven years of being at Castleton that he has been honored.

I think it is safe to say that both Chadburn and Chapdelaine are shoe-ins for the Castleton Athletics Hall of Fame sometime down the road when they are “eligible.” And for a head coach to compare a player to Michael Jordan, that’s pretty heavy. It shows how important she has been, not only to the team, but also to this school.

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