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Thomas Carver Region 3-A East Player of the Year

Story by Cindy Reid | Photos by Jami Brannen

Calvary Day School senior Thomas Carver was recently named Region 3-A East Player of the Year after completing his fourth year as the Cavs starting varsity quarterback. Thomas was also a star shortstop with the Calvary Day baseball team and a standout guard on their basketball team. “I have been in all sports, but football is my favorite. I think baseball is the most natural for me, whereas football I have to work at, but it is still the sport I enjoy the most”, says Thomas. He led the Calvary Day football team to the semifinals, where their season ended with a 43-36 loss to Savannah Christian.

Thomas has been an exceptional player throughout his time at Calvary Day, winning honors and accolades for his playing abilities and sportsmanship. In 2018 he was one of several players named as Honorable Mentions for Savannah Now Best of Preps Football Team and the he was the Savannah Morning News first team pick at quarterback after throwing for 1,993 yards with 18 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Thomas was also picked for the all-region team for 3-A, as voted by the league's coaches as one of the two players named offensive players of the year. (QB Thomas Carver and QB Karon Taylor, Claxton, So.)

On Oct 14, 2019, Thomas was named Optim Orthopedics Player of the week for “Four years of varsity football, three seasons as starting quarterback, where he completed 19 of 26 passes, for a total of 203 yards, and 37 rushing yards, and three touchdowns against St Johns.” It was also noted that he was “A team leader who brings energy to the team.” And this year, his final year at Calvary Day, Thomas was given the highest honor by being named Region 3-A East Player of the Year.

Pooler Recreation Department

The Carver family have all played competitive sports, his father Chad played basketball at Brewton- Parker, his mother Stacy played softball in high school and his sister Hannah played basketball, softball and volleyball. So, it was only natural that Thomas has been involved with community athletics from an early age. “The Pooler Recreation Department was a major part of Thomas' development. He played football, basketball and baseball growing up and learned so many valuable life lessons throughout his time there. Chris Kirby and Mike Welch were all instrumental in Thomas’ development as an all-around athlete as well as many other coaches including Billy Swinson and Mark Kessler. “says Chad Carver. Thomas says, “I played football, basketball and baseball since I was 5-6 years old.” He credits the Pooler Recreation Department with providing him with the opportunity to learn and thrive within their many athletic programs. A standout year was when, “I played on the basketball All Star team- we won regional and went to state when I was around 10 years old.” The Pooler Recreation Department truly embodies their Mission Statement: “To provide the best quality program and activities for the community that are safe, competitive, educational and that create, promote, and enhance a healthy lifestyle, as well as encouraging good sportsmanship, teamwork and fair play.” Their youth recreation program is second to none. They offer basketball, soccer, baseball, Tball, football, flag football, pep squad, volleyball as well as gymnastics, dance and tennis programs. Thomas says he was coached by many good coaches at “Pooler Rec’, “especially Billy Swinson in baseball. He says, “Coach Swinson taught me a lot of lessons that have stuck with me, and I learned a lot from basketball Coach Chris Kirby, also a great coach. “Thomas says his coaches not only taught the skills for a sport, they also “talked about facing adversity, to never quit, and stay persistent”.

Calvary Day School After many years honing his sports skills at Pooler Rec Department, Thomas started at Calvary Day School and played for the Cavs from middle school through high school. Calvary Day School is a private school located in Savannah and is part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has approximately 650 students and 16 varsity sports. Thomas says, “Calvary has a great family atmosphere. All the teachers want you to succeed. My favorite class is English, because I really like writing, especially essays. My second favorite is history because I enjoy learning about American history.” Thomas will be graduating in 2020 and says, “I want to say thank you to all the Calvary coaches and my teammates, it’s been a fun ride and I hate to see it end.” Although Thomas’ college plans have not yet been determined, he says “I would really like to play football or baseball in college and major in Business and Marketing. If I don’t play sports in college, I will most likely go to Georgia Southern”.

Hometown Fun

“For fun,” says Thomas, “I am really family orientated. My family lives close together and we do a lot of things together so my favorite thing to do is getting together with family and friends. We watch games, and I follow the hometown teams- the Hawks, the Falcons and of course the Braves.” His mother Stacy Carver says, “Most of Thomas’ life has revolved around sports and being a competitor. Once you get him off the fields or court, he’s just a big kid at heart who loves to have fun, laugh and spend time with his entire family. A perfect day for him would be taking infield, as they call it, in the back yard with all his older cousins. Thomas is very much a family guy and will never drift too far from home. “ Thomas says he loves his hometown, because “Everybody knows everybody. And now there is a lot to do in Pooler. Pooler is just a great community!”

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