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Wednesday April 18, 2018 at 11:44am Age: 183 days
Category: Athletics, District, High School

SIX MINISINK VALLEY STUDENTS SIGN NCAA LETTERS OF INTENT


Joined by their coaches and family members, six MVHS seniors and athletic standouts signed letters of intent with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in a ceremony held in the school gymnasium on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Jamie Granata is a two-year member of Minisink Valley’s cross country team, and four-year member of the indoor and outdoor track and field teams. He holds the school record in the 3200 meters, and was a member of three record relay teams: the 4x800, the Distance Medley, and the 4x1600. As a freshman, Jamie broke two individual school records; as a junior, he qualified for the New York State Championship meet in his first cross country season. This winter, with fellow runner Scott Wortman, Jamie was a part of the first 4x800 meter relay team in the school’s history to compete at the state championships. Over the course of his career, he qualified for five state championship meets. “The cross country and track and field programs will miss Jamie’s leadership and team scoring next year,” Coach Joe D’Antono said. Jamie will continue his studies at Cornell University and compete in Division 1. 

Scott Wortmann is a three-year member of Minisink’s cross country team, and four-year member of the indoor and outdoor track and field programs. He holds the school record in the 1000 meters, and was a member of two record-setting relay teams: the 4x800 and the Distance Medley. With fellow runner Jamie Granata, Scott was a member of the first 4x800 meter relay team in Minisink history to qualify for the New York State Championships this past winter. Over the last four years, Scott participated in four different state championship meets, twice qualifying in cross country. “The running programs at Minisink will miss Scott’s contributions next year, but we wish him the best,” Coach Joe D’Antono said. Scott will pursue his studies at Binghamton University and compete in Division I. 

Ashleigh Convery is a four-year member of Minisink’s track and field team and has developed into one of the top multi-throw athletes in Section 9. This winter, she won the Section 9 meet, as well as divisionals in weight throw. Ashleigh is finishing her high school career with a throw over 43 feet and qualifying for the event’s nationals. Last year, she placed second in the discus at section’s and won the hammer throw, qualifying for nationals. “Ashleigh has been a tremendous asset to the team, and a true leader. She leads by her example and work ethics,” Coach Kara Anderson said. One of Minisink’s top scorers for the past two years, Ashleigh will continue her studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University and compete in Division I.

Juliana Tobin has been a four-year member of Minisink Valley’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams. One of the top throwers in Section 9, she holds her school’s shot put and weight throw records. She is throwing over 45 feet and qualified twice for the event’s state and national meets. Building off the weight throw, Juliana is also a top hammer thrower, twice qualifying for the event’s national meet. She has also developed into one of the section’s top shot put throwers, throwing over 36 feet in the event. “Juliana has demonstrated a tremendous work ethic, and has been a great teammate in her time competing for the Warriors,” Coach Kara Anderson said. “She is someone we look to for help in teaching the younger throwers at practice and leading warm ups.” One of Minisink’s top scorers for the past two years, Juliana will continue her studies at Binghamton University and compete in Division I. 

Nikki Colantuono was the lead scorer offensive player for Minisink’s girls varsity soccer team for four years, totalling 74 career goals. She has been a member of the Coaches’ All-Section Team and the Varsity 845 1st Team All-Stars for three consecutive seasons. She was a 2017 Esmark All-American, and made the 2017 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Preseason Girls Soccer Team. “This day is the culmination of a lot of hard work, blood, sweat, turf burns, and 4/3/2/1s,” Coach Erin Natalizion said. “Most importantly, it’s a day to celebrate the excellence you’ve brought to the program, and the impact you’ve had in our school community.” Nikki signed with the University of Notre Dame to pursue her studies and her soccer career in Division I.

Hunter Brennan is a four-year starter player for Minisink’s boys varsity soccer program. In his four-year tenure, he scored 5 goals and recorded 3 assists. As a defender, Hunter played a major role in the success of Minisink’s 2016 soccer team, which allowed only 22 goals in 17 games, the lowest total for a school season since 2009. “Hunter’s passion and work ethic on the soccer field have helped him develop into the player he is today,” Coach Kevin Burns said. In the fall, Hunter will continue his studies at Stonehill College and play in Division 2.

CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes to all!