9, 10, 11, 12
9, 10, 11, 12
9, 10, 11, 12
Class of 1997
A rare three-sport DCL All-Star and senior captain of the soccer, ice hockey and baseball teams, Jason Hegger- ick won a total of 11 varsity letters in his time at CCHS.
Jason grew up in the shadow of White Pond, learning to play and compete in the neighborhood and from older brother Jarrod, himself an accomplished multi-sport athlete at CCHS. After attending Alcott, Willard and Pea- body schools, Jason made an immediate splash as he was just the second freshman to make varsity soccer under Hall of Fame coach Jack Murray.
Heggerick went on to be a four-year force on defense for the Patriots, helping the squad qualify for four con- secutive state tournaments and helping to set the table for the 1997 team’s run to the State Finals at Boston University. A three-year starter and a DCL All-Star as a junior and senior, Heggerick was honored by the league coaches as one of the circuit’s top five players in 1996.
Winter found Heggerick skating as a hard-charging forward under hockey coaches Duncan Finch and Frank Salvucci. A four-year letterwinner and two-year captain, Heggerick was a DCL All-Star all four years on teams that re-established CCHS Hockey on the regional scene, making tournament appearances in each year he played.
Baseball was where Heggerick also shone as a three-year letterwinner and senior captain in CF under long-time Patriot coach Joe Leone. An aggressive and well-rounded player, Heggerick batted over .340 as a junior and senior, leading the team in a host of offensive categories while playing superlative defense in the OF.
One of the most remarkable nights of his CCHS career came in the DCL All-Star game at Feeley Field in Sud- bury in the spring of 1997. Heggerick slammed two HR, a double and had 6 RBI to lead his team to victory. Ironically, they were the only HR that Heggerick hit in his high school career! Just a week later, Jason had a huge offensive game against rival Lincoln-Sudbury to help clinch the DCL title for the first time in five years. The Patriots went on to make a deep run in the North Sectional bracket of the state tournament before bowing to Danvers in the North Finals.
“Playing sports at CCHS was a great part of my experience, and taught me lessons that have stayed with me
to this day,” says Heggerick. “The opportunity to play hockey alongside my brother, Jarrod, freshman year
was a great experience, and to close out my high school career as part of the DCL champion baseball team was a special way to end things. All along, I was blessed to play for committed, dedicated coaches and alongside teammates who helped make the experience of high school sports something I look back on with pride and hap- piness.”
“Heggs was a quiet leader, was a very hard worker and did everything you asked of him,” says long-time Patriot baseball coach Joe Leone. “He was well respected by his teammates and the underclassmen looked up to him. His commitment to continuous improvement and to the team’s success was what helped him become the athlete he was. ”
Following graduation, Heggerick attended the University of Florida in Gainseville, playing four years of club soccer for the Gators. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy at Wake Forest and a graduate degree in Physician Assistant studies. Jason resides in Winston-Salem, NC where he is a Physician Assistant in Orthopedics. He and wife, Gretchen, have two sons: Ryan and Owen.