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Tuesday April 25, 2017 at 3:14pm Age: 211 days
Category: High School, Athletics, District

SIX MINISINK ATHLETES SIGN NCAA LETTERS OF INTENT


Minisink Valley High School is proud to announce and recognize six additional seniors in the athletics program who are slated to pursue their sport at college level in the fall.

Joined by their coaches and family members, Garrett Doherty (swimming), Nicholas Abruzzese (ice hockey), Zachary Knowlton (lacrosse), Arthur Scrima (cross country), Olivia Leger (swimming) and Thomas Reiser (track & field) signed their Letters of Intent with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in a ceremony held in the high school gymnasium on Wednesday, April 19.   

  • Nicholas Abruzzese – Ice Hockey – Coach Brian Golden
    Nicholas ranks 10 in a class of 360, and has a grade point average (GPA) of 98. “He is an outstanding ice hockey player and athlete,” Coach Golden said. “He could have lettered in any number of sports at Minisink if he had so chosen.” Nicholas is headed to the University of Vermont.

  • Garrett Doherty – Swimming – Coach Brian Golden
    A five-year team member, Garrett made it to states as a sophomore and as a junior, and he’s a natural leader. “Garrett leads by the way he competes and the way he treats others,” Coach Golden said. “He has left his mark in Minisink in a huge way.” Garrett plans to swim on scholarship at Le Moyne College next season. 

  • Zachary Knowlton – Lacrosse – Coach Chad Lakeman
    Zachary has been a vital member of the Minisink’s lacrosse program for many years. “His enthusiasm for the game is evident at every practice and game. I don’t think he ever missed a practice this year,” Coach Lakeman said. “His ability to communicate with his teammates, and his dedication to improving his individual game has made him a leader on the defensive side of the ball this year.” Zachary plans to study athletic training at Dominican College next fall.

  • Olivia Leger – Swimming – Coach Megan Donnelly
    Olivia has been a dedicated leader to Minisink’s girls swim team for the past five years. Her leadership and work ethic have been recognized by her coaches and teammates alike. She was elected to serve as captain in her junior and senior seasons. “Olivia is a self-motivated athlete who constantly works on improving herself,” Coach Donnelly said. “She is her own toughest critic, and I have full confidence she will continue to excel.” Olivia plans to study nursing and pursue her passion for swimming at Adelphi University.

  • Tom Reiser – Track and Field – Coach Kara Anderson-Winchell
    Thomas had a very exciting and productive indoor track season. He won the New York State Public School Championships, and The Millrose Games where he set a meet record. At the New Balance Indoor Nationals, Tom set a new personal best (73” 0.75’), finished 6, and achieved All-American status. For the outdoor track season, Thomas is focused on the hammer throw. He currently ranks 4 in the nation, with a throw over 200 ft. Thomas will play Division I at the University of Wisconsin, and he has his sights set on the NCAA Division I National Championship meet and the U.S. Olympic qualifying meet in 2020.

  • Arthur Scrima – Cross Country – Coach Joseph D’Antono
    Arthur has been an invaluable member of Minisink’s cross country and track & field teams over the past four years. Coach D’Antono highlighted Arthur’s demonstrated work ethic and his team spirit.  As a freshman, Arthur struggled to break 20 minutes in cross country over most of the 3-mile courses. Through his dedication and perseverance, he was able to consistently run around 18 minutes as a senior. On the track, he competed admirably in the mile, half-mile, and the 4 x 800 meter relay team. “When Arthur is not competing, he is always encouraging his teammates and urging them to push themselves to do better,” Coach D’Antono said. Arthur’s physical ability coupled with his determination will be an asset to Nyack College where he is headed.    

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!