Plum seniors hope to make marks in sports at next level
Members of the Plum High School Class of 2016 accepted their diplomas last Thursday evening at Plum High School.
The ceremony capped an important chapter in their lives.
A number of students from that group of more than 300 will be starting new chapters soon with athletic and academic pursuits at institutions of higher learning in Pennsylvania and throughout the country.
These Plum graduates will take part in sports ranging from ice hockey, baseball, lacrosse and basketball to wrestling, tennis, football and volleyball.
Those graduated athletes are James Edwards, basketball, United States Air Force Academy; Patrick Crossey, football, Case Western Reserve; Jake Tecak, football, Slippery Rock; Jack Marold, basketball, Juniata; Zach Nolan, football, Georgetown; Dylan Whiteman, football, Slippery Rock; Chris Erfort, football, Slippery Rock; Jake Chapla, football, Slippery Rock; and Eric Trenz, football, Dennison.
Also taking part in collegiate sports are Noah Frederick, swimming, Pitt-Bradford; Tori Metz, swimming, Washington & Jefferson; Frank Casile, lacrosse, St. Vincent; Stephen Shields, junior league hockey; Nathan Puhala, ice hockey, Robert Morris; Ryan Binkley, baseball, Penn State New Kensington; Brandon Biss, soccer, Westminster; Nino Fratangelo, soccer, La Roche; Tyler Scharba, soccer, La Roche; Madison Gestrich, volleyball, La Roche; and Chelsea Hubner, soccer, West Virginia Wesleyan.
Others pursuing athletics in college are Leah Ruggerio, cheering, Pitt; Nicolette Casarcia, soccer, Robert Morris; Angela Campbell, tennis, Thiel; Rachel Valotta, cross country, Duquesne; Nathan Hoff, wrestling, Shippensburg; Ashley Amato, soccer, Akron; Ethan Winesburgh, baseball, Patrick Henry Junior College; Hannah Adamski, swimming, IUP; Allie Dick, bowling, Notre Dame College; Jake Susalla, cross country, Columbia; Leton Quao, football, St. Vincent; Ashton Teeter, football, Slippery Rock; Jason Hubner, football, Slippery Rock; Nick Pampena, football, Westminster; and Clairissa Hankinson, volleyball, Eastern Kentucky.
Senior Alex Kirilloff had committed to play baseball at Division I Liberty, but the general consensus is that he will forgo that opportunity and sign with a Major League Baseball team after he is selected in Thursday's draft.
It is one of the largest groups of student-athletes from one graduation class to continue with athletics in college in Plum history.
Michael Love is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.