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Katie Wayland Rodriguez

Class of 2001

One of the most accomplished two-sport stars of her era, Katie Wayland was a soccer and basketball standout who helped guide the basketball team to the only state title in school history before embarking on a successful soccer career at Stanford University.

The middle child between brothers Bobby and Mark, Wayland grew up on Sudbury Road and attended Alcott and Peabody Schools. Wayland played a variety of sports as a kid, learning from dedicated parent coaches and playing with her talented classmates in middle school.

Soccer was where Wayland could be found in the fall, as she was part of some very successful teams under the direction of coach Nancy Slocum. Wayland was a four-time DCL All-Star selection and was named DCL Offensive Player of the Year during her junior and senior seasons, and helped the Patriots make deep advances in to the MIAA state tournament both years. An All-State selection as a senior, Wayland was also a senior captain and team MVP that year. She was also a key member of the Charles River United club team that won the Massachusetts State Championship three consecutive years (1999-2001).

Wayland was the heart and soul of the basketball team, which built around her talented and athletic class that featured four future Division I athletes, including Lisa Andrews (Holy Cross, basketball) and Courtney and Erin Flynn (Northwestern, lacrosse) and featured a deep and athletic bench of players. Coach Dick DiMare knew he had something special in the class of 2001, and gave them significant playing time as sophomores in preparation for what was ahead. Wayland took over at the point as a junior, earning DCL All-Star honors after leading the Patriots to the Division 2 North finals where they fell just short against Melrose. As a senior, Wayland ran the show as CC went 25-0, and she again was named All-DCL. The Patriots defeated archrival Westford Academy – led by Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year Jessalyn Deveny (who went on to play at Boston College) – three times, twice in DCL play and in the North sectional final. In the state semifinals, C-C posted a 49-43 overtime win against an unbeaten Walpole team that included Nicole Wolff, who would play for the University of Connecticut. The Patriots captured the first, and still only, state title in program history with an easy 59-34 win over Oxford at the Worcester Centrum.

“I have so many distinct memories of my time at CCHS, and the incredible teammates and friends,” said Wayland. “We all really came together in middle school, and we continued to push each other and play for each other at CCHS. We were fortunate to have invested coaches who made us better, and the The community support around the basketball team was also incredible.”

Following graduation, Wayland headed to Stanford, where she lettered all four years for the Cardinal. She appeared in 41 matches in her years in Palo Alto, scoring a pair of goals in a win over Arizona as a freshman and earning Pac-10 All-Academic as a senior.

Katie currently resides in Newton with husband Luis and their dog, Lyna. She works for Altman Vilandyik