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9, 10, 11, 12
Class of 1992
A two-sport All-Scholastic who was an integral part of four state championship teams in tennis and soccer, Wendy Crabtree went on to become the first singles All-American in the University of Notre Dame tennis history.
Crabtree grew up the youngest of three daughters (sister Laurel is a 1986 CCHS graduate while sister Jennifer '89 was a tennis standout at CC and Miami of Ohio) and began playing tennis at and Soccer at age six under the guidance of father Paul and mother Marybeth, a Hall of Famer who coached her daughter's high school tennis teams.
Crabtree made an immediate splash in the fall of 1988 as a freshman on the soccer team under legendary player/coach Karyn Hesse Copeland, earning a starting role and the first of four consecutive Dual County League all-star nods. Crabtree would go on to start for four consecutive years, and was named Boston Herald All-Scholastic, All-Eastern Massachusetts and All-State as a junior in 1990. That 1990 team capped an improbable run to the program's third state title, a 2-1 victory over heavily-favored Sutton High School at WPI. Crabtree was a quad-captain her senior season, capping her career by earning team MVP and All-New England honors in 1991.
Playing for her mother, Crabtree's legacy on the tennis court is nothing short of legendary, as she was part of three state championship teams and the vaunted 160-match, 13-year winning streak in DCL play. As a freshman, Crabtree teamed with Stephanie Lipstadt to win the state doubles title and earn the first of four straight Boston Globe and Herald All-Scholastic honors. Sophomore year saw Crabtree help the Patriots recapture the state team championship from rival Brookline, a crown the Patriots would hold for the next two years. As a junior, Crabtree won the first of two straight state individual singles titles and a second straight team championship with a victory over Longmeadow at Holy Cross. Crabtree ended her career in style as a senior, captaining the Patriots to a third straight state team title and capped her high school career with an astounding 93-2 record
The final honor of Crabtree's high school career came at commencement in 1992, when she was voted as the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete by the CCHS faculty.
Crabtree earned a full tennis scholarship to Notre Dame, where she excelled on the tennis court as one of the most decorated players in Fighting Irish history. A four-year letter winner, three-time team MVP and senior captain, Crabtree played first singles and doubles in her career, and was named an ITA All-American in three of her four years. As a junior, Crabtree garnered the prestigious Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award in the Mid-West region, and was ranked #6 nationally in singles entering her senior year. As a senior, Crabtree helped the Irish achieve a #6 national ranking as a team, and won the Kanaley Award as the top student-athlete at ND.
"My favorite memories from CCHS are winning the state championship in soccer as a junior and earning back the team state championship as a sophomore after losing out freshman year," said Crabtree.
Crabtree, who has completed several Boston Marathons, currently resides in Boston where she is employed as Vice President, Investor Relations, for Delta Partners. Her fiancée Jim Krayer, is a former Boston College hockey player, and the pair can often be found golfing at Concord Country Club.