Cape Fear Academy set to induct inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame class

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WILMINGTON — Cape Fear Academy (CFA) hangs its hat on providing a quality education and learning environment through the school’s core values: integrity, respect, resilience and accountability. Those four standards are also synonymous with experiences gained playing sports.

Alex Smith was a two-sport athlete at Cape Fear Academy. Photos courtesy- Paula Sneeden.
Alex Smith was a two-sport athlete at Cape Fear Academy. Photos courtesy- Paula Sneeden.

Over the last half-century, many students at CFA have had successful athletic careers. For that reason, seven distinguished alumni will be recognized as part of CFA’s inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, at Cape Fear Country Club.

The seven inductees range in age and sport, come from all walks of life and from different parts of the country. They include:

  • Alex Smith, 2009 – Lacrosse, Soccer

Smith was a two-time all-state soccer player and holds the record for most goals in school history. In lacrosse, he was also a three year captain and a member of the NCISAA All-State lacrosse team during his senior year.  After graduating from CFA in 2009, Smith attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with a bachelor of science in biology. His wife, Sarah, is also a CFA alum, as well as a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, too. They have lived in Oklahoma City for the past four years as Alex completes medical school at the University of Oklahoma. He plans to graduate this year and begin his residency training in general surgery during the summer.

  • Wendy Brock Rosinbaum, 1979 — Basketball 

    Wendy Brock Rosinbaum.
    Wendy Brock Rosinbaum.

Rosinbaum was an All-Conference performer all four years of her high school basketball career. She was also an accomplished volleyball and softball player, earning team most valuable in volleyball and best defensive awards in softball. Rosinbaum graduated from Mt. Olive College, summa cum laude, with a BS in early childhood education. She has been the director of the after school program at Ogden Baptist Church and the director of the day care at Hampstead Baptist Church. Rosinbaum is married, with seven children.

  • Will Stanfield, 1988 – Basketball

Stanfield was named to the NCISAA All State Basketball team during his junior and senior years. He is the leading scorer in school history with 1,866 points. He was Most Valuable Player his senior year while leading his team to the NCISAA 1987 State Championship. Stanfield graduated from Hampden Sydney College in 1992. He is married to Robin Stanfield and they have two sons, William IV and Walker. Stanfield is the president of Cape Fear Bonded Warehouse, a public warehouse facility that handles import/export cargo.

  • David Smith, 1988 – Basketball 

Smith was a member of the CFA 1987 NCISAA State Championship team.   A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with a bachelor of arts in political science, he works for First Citizens Bank in the mortgage lending division. Smith is actively involved with the Mortgage Bankers Association of the Lower Cape Fear, Wilmington Cape Fear Builders Association, and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.

Sprague Paynter
Sprague Paynter
  • Sprague Paynter, 2003 — Basketball

Paynter scored over 1,000 career points for the girls’ team. She was EPIC All-Conference in 2001, 2002, and 2003, and the first CFA athlete to be named three times to the NCISAA All-State team in those same years. Paynter previously worked in community relations / public relations for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream and community relations for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. She is a current board member for two nonprofit organizations based in Atlanta– Free Bikes 4 Kidz Atlanta and Power of Girls, a mentoring program for middle school girls.

  • Elizabeth Cherry Stern, 2004 – Field Hockey

Stern was instrumental in the starting of field hockey at CFA. She left her mark by being the first field hockey player to play Division I NCAA hockey at Providence College. After transferring to UNC-Chapel Hill, Stern joined the UNC Club Field Hockey team. She received a BS in exercise and sport science and is now enrolled at Wake Forest University School of Medicine within the physician assistant program. She is married to Ian Stern and lives in Raleigh.

Paige Buffkin.
Paige Buffkin.
  • Paige Bufkin, 2009 — Softball

Bufkin was a four-year captain of the softball team. She was three times named to the NCISAA All-State Softball team.  Bufkin was the Alumni Athlete of the Year her sophomore, junior, and senior years. She graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Bufkin currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, and works at Exponential Engineering Company, an electrical engineering consulting firm.

Dr. Greg Dale, Director of Sport Psychology and Leadership Program for Duke Athletics, will serve as the banquets featured speaker.  As seen on Good Morning America, MSNBC, and numerous national radio programs, Dale speaks throughout the country on excellence and ethics in sports and has worked closely with Duke’s interscholastic teams.

In addition to his work with Duke, Dale consults with numerous college and professional teams as well as high school teaching and coaching staffs.