By ROB JONAS
BRUNSWICK – Eight Tamarac seniors signed their letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college at a ceremony in the high school library Tuesday, May 14.
Soccer players Isabella Bisceglia and Haley Honsinger are heading to SUNY Oneonta, while teammate Abbie Hudspath heads farther west to play for Alfred University.
Bisceglia and Honsinger said their decisions to continue playing together at Oneonta happened over the recruiting process, and they are looking forward to suiting up for the Red Dragons.
“The team is so nice, and they were very welcoming to us,” said Bisceglia. “Also, our coach [Sanada Bailey] played there.”
Hudspath said Alfred was the best fit for her, and she is ready for the challenge to play at the NCAA Division III level.
“I definitely feel like I can do it,” said Hudspath, who will be a pre-med student at Alfred. “If I work at it, I think I can be a good fit for Division III.”
Softball players Gabrielle Castiglione and Alexis D’Agostino are staying close to home for college, as they will join the Hudson Valley Community College team next spring.
“I always wanted to stay close to home,” said D’Agostino. “I wanted to play softball, but not at the highest level. That’s why Hudson Valley was a good fit.”
McKenna Ryan is also continuing her softball career in the Capital Region, as she will attend The College of Saint Rose in Albany.
“I wanted my parents to be able to watch my local games,” said Ryan. “It’s definitely a real benefit that [Saint Rose has] a nice softball field and a nice campus – a win-win.”
Basketball player Renna Poulin is heading to Sage College in Albany, where she’s hoping to get back on track after a torn ACL sidelined her for the entire 2018-19 high school season.
“I’m really excited to get back out there,” said Poulin. “I’ve had six months of rehab, and I’m feeling stronger each and every day.”
Swimmer Sara Kuiken will compete for Utica College. Kuiken has swum for the Uncle Sam club team in Troy during her high school career, since Tamarac does not have its own program.
“I liked Utica because it was close to home. It has a good swim team and a great occupational therapy program,” said Kuiken.
Castiglione, D’Agostino and Ryan have some unfinished business to attend to before graduating from Tamarac. The trio is hoping to lead the Bengals to a Section 2 Class B title after making a deep playoff run last season.
“This year, we’re just going to stay focused and work hard,” said Ryan. “We won the Wasaren League last year, but we just lost to Mechanicville last week. We’ll be coming for them [in Sectionals.]”