Former Berkeley Prep goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin, who graduated in December and enrolled early at UNC, was named to the female "18 under 18 list by ESPNHS. The list, according to the press release, "recognizes 18 high school student-athletes who are doing incredible things on the field, in the classroom and in the community."
In addition to signing with the Tar Heels, who have won 20 (out of a possible 30) NCAA championships, Heaberlin, center in blue, created a foundation to raise money to aid Haitian soccer players ravaged by the 2010 earthquake on the island. She was in Haiti shortly after the earthquake as the starting keeper for the U.S. U-17 national team in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. After her team beat the Haitians handily, she hugged Haiti’s goalkeeper, drawing nationwide attention for her act of goodwill.
In summer 2010, Heaberlin’s foundation brought the U-17 Haitian national team to ESPN Wide World of Sports to compete in a friendly tournament, in part to open their eyes to a new world and give them an escape. Last March, Heaberlin and her father, Bryan, led a caravan to Haiti with 900 pounds of clothing, supplies and educational materials for the team. She also hopes to have a scholarship next fall that brings at least one player from Haiti to attend and play at an in-state junior college.
On the field for the Buccanneers, she was 48-18-4 with 20 shutouts and also led Berkeley to the 3A state final as a sophomore.