Ger­man­town Acad­emy ath­letes sign let­ters of in­tent

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Mike Prince mprince@mont­gomerynews. com

Over the years, Ger­man­town Acad­emy has been well-rep­re­sented with some of the top ath­letes in the area in a vast num­ber of sports. And this year is no dif­fer­ent.

In a let­ter of in­tent “sign­ing” cer­e­mony June 10 in Ger­man­town Acad­emy’s Com­mon Room, 32 dif­fer­ent GA se­nior stu­dent-ath­letes were rec­og­nized for their com­mit­ments to var­i­ous schools around the coun­try.

“It’s one of those sit­u­a­tions where we get to say that we unGHUVWDnG KRZ GLI­fiFuOW LW LV to go through a school that is as aca­dem­i­cally rig­or­ous as GA while still be­ing able to play your sport to the point of where that sport is ac­tu­ally help­ing you go to col­lege,” GA ath­letic di­rec­tor and boys’ bas­ket­ball coach Jim Fen­erty said. “The kids face a very tough aca­demic cur­ricu­lum at GA and they also play their sport at a very high level.”

Among the ath­letes who com­mit­ted to Di­vi­sion I schools, four come from the boys’ and girls’ bas­ket­ball pro­grams, in­clud­ing Ju­lian Moore (Penn State), Nicholas Lind­ner (Lafayette), Dempsey Cooper (Rhode Is­land) and Kier­nan McCloskey (Le­high).

Other Di­vi­sion I ath­letes in­clude mem­bers of the crew team Eric Blood (Brown) and Alexan­dra Takei (Uni- ver­sity of Penn), wrestler Wil­liam “BJ” Crozier (Vir­ginia Mil­i­tary In­sti­tute), football player Robert Flood (Elon), swim­mers Con­all Lough­lin (Penn State) and Rachel wil­in­skas (Ge­or­gia), cross coun­try and track star Ben­jamin Ritz (Columbia) and lacrosse player Caro­line Haynie (Le­high).

Earl Edwards, who also played on the bas­ket­ball team, will be at­tend­ing Di­vi­sion II More­house Col­lege IRU WUDFN DnG fiHOG.

“Earl could’ve gone to sev­eral Di­vi­sion III bas­ket­ball schools, but he loves track,” Fen­erty said. “He re­ally has fallen in love with the sport and it’s a great slot for him.”

The re­main­ing GA ath­letes who will be play­ing sports at the col­le­giate level in­clude 19 se­niors who will be at­tend­ing Di­vi­sion III col­leges.

From the Pa­tri­ots’ football team, Louis Stevens (Wes­leyan), Robert “Joe” Tay­lor (Catholic Univer­sity), Cullen Doyle (Salve Regina), Robert Gor­man (Johns Hop­kins) and Matthew Levy (Rhodes Col­lege) were all rec­og­nized.

Bas­ket­ball play­ers Me­lanie Re­pella (NYU), Frances Sweeney (Emory), An­gela Up­right (Ursi­nus) and James Drury (Wash­ing­ton Col­lege) all com­mit­ted to their re­spec­tive schools, while big man Greg Dot­son, who will be play­ing bas­ket­ball in col­lege, is still two or three weeks away from de­cid­ing which col­lege he will be at­tend­ing.

“All eight of my se­nior guys were el­i­gi­ble to be there at our cer­e­mony and I have a great group of guys who just re­ally made me look good,” Fen­erty said. “Greg [Dot­son] has his stuff nar­rowed down to three or four schools and will be pick­ing soon. I am just re­ally proud of all of them and it’s one of those WKLnJV WKDW ZKHn ZH fin­ished af­ter grad­u­a­tion on Fri­day, I be­came less of a coach to them.”

From the soc­cer pro­grams, Sarah Ar­mato (Franklin C Mar­shall), Lau­ren Budin­sky (NYE) and Adam Vil­lari (Bos­ton Col- lege) were in­cluded, while wa­ter polo mem­bers Brett Fel­goise (Ursi­nus Col­lege) and Bri­anna Har­rity (Con­necti­cut Col­lege) were also in at­ten­dance. Cather­ine Perl­mut­ter (Dick­in­son ColOHJH) RI WKH fiHOG KRFNHy team, soft­ball player Brynn Riesen­berg (Ober­lin Col­lege), lacrosse player Pa­trick Sawyer (Scran­ton) and multi-sport ath­lete Jared WKLWPDn (WUDFN DnG fiHOG, soc­cer; Mid­dle­bury Col­lege) rounded out the ath­letes hon­ored.

“It’s one of those sit­u­a­tions where we don’t just limit it to Di­vi­sion I,” Fen­erty said. “I’m real proud of ev­ery­one in­volved and I thank their fam­i­lies for send­ing them to GA.”

Sub­mit­ted photo

In Novem­ber, six GA stu­dent-ath­letes com­mit­ted to Di­vi­sion I pro­grams. Front row from left: Dempsey Cooper (bas­ket­ball; Univer­sity of Rhode Is­land), Rachel Zilin­skas (swim­ming: Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia), Kier­nan McCloskey (bas­ket­ball: Le­high Univer­sity). Back row from left: Nicholas Lin­der (bas­ket­ball: Lafayette Col­lege); Ju­lian Moore (bas­ket­ball; Penn State Univer­sity); Brad Gar­cia (lacrosse: Stony Brook Univer­sity).

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