Jillian Risavi, Ali Durkin, Tim Skeval and AJ Ortega
Editors of Production, Assistant Editor of Production and Staff Writer
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, five Jamesville-DeWitt High School seniors chose to continue their athletic careers in their respective sports by signing their National Letter of Intent.
Senior Casey Platenik, signed his National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Cleveland State University. Along with Platenik, senior Emily Pomeroy signed to play lacrosse at Siena College, located in Albany, NY, and senior Elizabeth O’Brien signed to play lacrosse at Lafayette College, located in Easton, Penn. Also, senior Megan Alkins signed to participate on the swimming and diving team at Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY and senior Casey Kretch signed to play baseball locally at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY.
In February of 2015, Platenik committed to Cleveland State University to play lacrosse. “(The recruiting process) was difficult and stressful, but I picked a great school; a school I really like,” said Platenik. There were many factors that went into Platenik’s decision to attend Cleveland State, like the look and style of the campus and the state-of-the-art lacrosse facilities that will help him improve on the field. Platenik also liked the fact that Cleveland State is in the city where there are “lots of things to do” in “the little free time” Platenik will get while there. Platenik is thinking about majoring in business or athletic training in the fall of 2017 but is still considering other options.
Like Platenik, Pomeroy also verbally committed to Siena in February of her junior year (2015). “There were a many factors that impacted my decision to go there but a main one was being close to home so my parents could come and watch me play ” said Pomeroy, which is very important to her. The head coach and coaching staff was also a factor in her decision to attend Siena to play lacrosse. “The coaching staff is a make or break in important decisions like this,” said Pomeroy. At Siena, Pomeroy will study and major in neuroscience in the fall of 2017 and is still deciding on possible minors.
O’Brien officially committed to Lafayette College in the winter of her sophomore year (2014) to play lacrosse. Like Pomeroy, the location of the school was important for O’Brien, as well as the coaching staff and academics. The recruiting process was “complicated” for O’Brien. It consisted of attending many tournaments and camps to showcase her skills for college coaches. She then was asked to visit Lafayette by the head coach and was offered a scholarship. O'Brien hasn't decided on a major yet but she believes she will just enter as undecided and see where that takes her. “I’m really excited and looking forward to this opportunity,” said O’Brien.
Alkins will be attending Binghamton University in the fall and will be participating on the swimming and diving team. In early October of her senior year she made a verbal commitment to the school. Considering the wide range of aspects that go into choosing a school, the location of Binghamton was an important one. “It is far enough away from home, but I know that if I need to come home, then I can,” says Alkins. Along with that, the team dynamics helped push her decision. She felt comfortable with the team, and seeing the “family feel,” she knew that she would be a perfect fit. The academics were another key piece in her choice, which were another great fit for Alkins. With some help from her parents, she made the final decision as to where she would like to continue her swimming and diving career and experiencing college doing the thing she loves most.
Heading to Le Moyne College, Kretch committed to play baseball for the Dolphins on June 29, 2016. Like Alkins and Pomeroy, Kretch wanted a college close to home so he made. At an early age, Kretch knew he wanted to play baseball in his college years, playing for multiple travel teams such as Sports Zone and Baseball U. Along with the travel teams, Kretch has been a key piece of J-DHS’s baseball team. The J-D team, his parents and coaches were all key components to help Kretch make his decision. “In the end, it came down to baseball,” says Kretch.