Scenes from Signing Day
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A host of Shore Conference athletes across numerous sports, including basketball and baseball, signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday during fall’s National Signing Day.
Christian Brothers Academy had a group of over a dozen athletes across all sports sign their National Letters of Intent, including Gatorade New Jersey Baseball Player of the Year Luca Dalatri, state medalist and first-team All-Shore wrestler Sebastian Rivera and first-team All-Shore basketball star Pat Andree.
Dalatri signed with North Carolina, where he will be joined by CBA catcher Brandon Martorano. Dalatri, who is also a potential Major League Baseball first-round draft pick, led CBA to five championships last season as the Colts finished No. 1 in the state. The 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher went 9-0 with a 0.88 earned run average with 122 strikeouts in 71 innings, and is one of the top baseball recruits in the country.
"It's a dream come true, when you come in (to high school) you wait for this day, especially with North Carolina being one of my dream schools," Dalatri said. "It's a great feeling to know it's all secured and I'm trying to enjoy the moment."
Rivera signed to wrestler at Northwestern, which competes in the top collegiate wrestling conference, the Big Ten. As a junior, Rivera went 37-2 and finished fifth in the NJSIAA Tournament at 113 pounds. He also captured his first Region VI title and second District 22 championship. He will enter his senior year with an 80-13 record and as one of the favorites to take home the 2016 120-pound championship.
"I went out there and really like it; all the coaches and teammates, the campus and the wrestling room," Rivera said. "It was just the perfect fit academically and with wrestling."
Andree, who is believed to be the first freshman to ever start for CBA's basketball team, signed with Lehigh. He became the first Colts player in 31 years to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career as a junior. He averaged 19.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game to lead CBA to its first NJSIAA South Jersey Non-Public A championship since 2009.
On behalf of CBA, I would like to express just how proud we all are of our exceptional student-athletes here today,” said CBA athletic director Vito Chiaravalloti via press release. “What’s most impressive is not that they are talented enough to continue their athletic careers, rather that they have placed a priority on their studies, giving themselves the opportunity to attend some of the best colleges in the nation. These young men truly embody what it means to be a student-athlete.”
CBA had 15 total athletes sign on Wednesday: Andree of Colts Neck (Basketball: Lehigh University); Kenny Campbell of Brick (Baseball: Lafayette University); Dalatri of Wall (Baseball: University of North Carolina); Brian Dengler of Rumson (Cross Country: Bucknell University); Zach DiGiaro of Middletown (Swimming: Bryant University); Brendan Galvin of Spring Lake (Baseball: Princeton University); John Hall of Little Silver (Swimming: Dartmouth University); Ryan Hutzley of Ocean (Crew: Princeton University); Tyler Kauth of Wall (Swimming: Seton Hall University); Paul Knepple of Point Pleasant (Cross Country: University of Richmond); Brandon Martorano of Marlboro (Baseball: University of North Carolina); William Miksic of Spring Lake (Crew: Cornell University); Sebastian Rivera of Jackson (Wrestling: Northwestern University); John Salcedo of Little Silver (Lacrosse: Bucknell University); and Mike Zupko of Old Bridge (Track: Princeton University).
Red Bank Catholic senior Brett Habich (center) signed with Division I Sienna College for lacrosse, and was part of a group of 11 Caseys athletes to sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. The group also included (from bottom left, below) Tess Griswold (Furman softball), Nicole Totland (Monmouth golf), Kelly Whitlock (St. Francis lacrosse), Lizzie Small (Sacred Heart lacrosse), Cameron Lynch (Elon lacrosse) and (from top left) Annie Flego (Providence softball), Bryce Sullivan (Belmont Abbey volleyball), Brett Habich, Jack Ipsen (Bryant baseball) and Evan Madigan (Bucknell baseball).
Starting bottom left - Caleigh Farrell (New Hampshire soccer), Nicole Whitley (Rutgers soccer), Lacey Powell (Temple soccer), Victoria Coppa (St. Peter's soccer). Top left - Victoria Camassa (Villanova lacrosse), Mark Fasano (American Univ. soccer), Colleen Gillis (Miami crew).