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Monday November 14, 2016 at 2:24pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: District, High School


Minisink Valley High School is proud to recognize three seniors in the athletics program who are slated to pursue their sport at college level next year. 

Joined by family members, Carlos Forde (Boys Lacrosse), Sarah Smith (Girls Lacrosse), and Erin Clifford (Girls Diving) signed their Letters of Intent with the National Collegiate Athletic Association in a ceremony held in the high school gymnasium on Wednesday, Nov 9.  


Girls Diving Coach Gillian Sutera introduced Erin Clifford, a 4-year varsity letter recipient for Minisink Valley’s Swimming and Diving Program. Erin has set a new Section 9 record for eleven dives, shattered multiple meet records, pool records, and now holds every Minisink Valley school record for varsity diving. She is a two-time Section 9 champion, and a two-time place finisher at the New York State Diving Championships.


“Erin is an extraordinarily talented athlete and an exemplary student, with a GPA of over 100,” Coach Sutera said. “There is no doubt that Erin has made, and will continue to make, us extremely proud as she embarks on her next endeavor.” Erin signed to play Division I with the Huskies at the University of Connecticut.


Lacrosse Coach Chad Lakeman highlighted Carlos Forde’s exceptional three-year career at Minisink Valley. Counting 129 goals, and with his senior year still ahead of him, Carlos is the only player in Section 9 history to be voted in the categories of attackmen and face-off. Carlos' 77% season wins and 72% career wins are both records at Minisink Valley. He will be leading this season’s 2017 team as the only returning captain.


“Carlos leadership has the potential to take the Warriors to the sectional finals again,” Coach Lakeman said. “He has worked very hard in the classroom to make this day possible, and that might be the greatest of all his accomplishments.” Carlos will play in Division I and continue his education at Monmouth University next fall.

Girls Lacrosse Coach Billie Hanlon described Sarah Smith as a hard-working athlete, on and off the field. She heads into her senior year with 30 goals, 26 assists, 40 ground balls, 31 draw controls and 11 interceptions.  


“Sarah has been a key contributor to the girls’ lacrosse program and to our second and third consecutive Section 9 championships,” Coach Hanlon said. Sarah signed to play in Division I with the Brooklyn Blackbirds at Long Island University.


CONGRATULATIONS to Carlos Forde, Erin Clifford and Sarah Smith!