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10 Riders commit to playing in college

Ten Ichabod Crane student-athletes sign their National Letters of Intent to compete at the college level.
June 8, 2018 12:22 pm

VALATIE — Ten Ichabod Crane student-athletes announced their commitment to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level in the fall.

The athletes included Peyton Mavrides (Castleton University, Football), Chad Salazar (Union College, Baseball), Seamus Wolfe (St. Lawrence University, Baseball), Alexandria McKearin (SUNY Plattsburgh, Softbal), Dell Potts (Hartwick College, Volleyball), Celia Gagnon (Hartwick College, Volleyball), Hunter Broockmann (Sage College, Field Hockey), Jessica Alessi (Gettysburg College, Track & Field), Chloe Pratt (Sage College, Soccer), Kevin Winglosky (Sage College, Soccer).

Wolfe was a three-year starter for the Riders, as well as one of the captains for the 2018 season. He holds a career batting average of .391 with 47 RBI, 66 hits, two home runs and 19 stolen bases. His career batting average in the Section II baseball tournament is an impressive .588. A 2017 and 2018 Colonial Council first team All-Star was selected as an eighth-team all-state second basemen by the NYSSWA.

Wolfe played travel baseball with the Columbia Clippers from 2009-15 and the South Troy Dodgers from 2016 to present. Some of his baseball highlights outside Ichabod Crane include the Valley Cats Fall Classic 18U Championship, the Under Amour National World Series at Pirate City, the Final four at the Perfect Game Super 25 National tournament as well as a 2017 Empire State Prospects Team Gold medalist.

Wolfe is honored to have the opportunity to study Biomedical Engineering at St. Lawrence and play for baseball for Coach Hoy.

Mavrides was the Ichabod Crane starter at quarterback the past three seasons. He holds single-game school records for passing yards and touchdowns and was the captain hi junior and senior years. Mavrides began playing football in third grade with Northern Columbia County Pop Warner.

Peyton was a multi-sport athlete (Football, Basketball and Lacrosse) and was selected Honorable Mention goalie and Wasaren League All-Star in lacrosse. He is a three-time scholar athlete and was on the High Honor Roll throughout high school. Mavrides plans to major in molecular and biomedical biology with pre-med tract at Castleton University.

From just moving to New York just two years ago, Winglosky has made many accomplishments. Athletically, he has participated in varsity soccer for three years. One year at his old school, and two years at Ichabod. At Ichabod he has helped lead the soccer team to two Colonial Council championships, two Section II championships, two Regional championships and two consecutive state playoff appearances.

Both years Winglosky has been awarded to the first team Colonial Council All-Stars, and this past year he was on the All-State team. Winglosky also participated in outdoor track this past spring season. During his first season running track, he qualified for the state qualifying meet for the 400-meter run and the 4x400 relay.

After graduating, Winglosky will be continuing his career majoring in nursing and playing soccer at Sage College of Albany.

Alessi will be continuing her track and field career as a thrower for Gettysburg College. She has been a member of the indoor and outdoor track teams for the past four years, and was a captain for the past two. This season was her best so far. She placed in championships for both shot put and discus, and then went on to win discus in sectionals.

Outside of track, she is a member of the National Honors Society and the Vice President of the Girls Athletic Council.

Broockmann has agreed to play Division III field hockey at the Sage Colleges. She will be majoring in nursing.

Broockmann started three years on varsity and was a captain her junior and senior years. Her sophomore year, she was selected as a second team All-Star, junior year she was a first team All-Star, and her senior year she was placed on the Section II All-State team.

In addition, she has been placed on High Honor Roll and her junior year was inducted into the National Honor Society. Hunter is also Assistant Treasurer for the Girls Athletic Council.

Potts, starting middle for Ichabod Crane Riders girls’ volleyball, is excited to announce her intention to continue her education and play Division III volleyball this fall for coach James Clar at Hartwick College in Oneonta.

Dell was a three-year starter on the varsity volleyball team for the Riders and co-captain her senior year. Senior year stats for Dell include: 177 kills (380 career); 45 blocks (87.5 career); 78 aces (152 career) and 144 digs (208 career).

In her senior year, because of her experience, Dell was asked to play in a less-than-traditional position for a middle and her balanced stats in digs and kills reflect that. This position did not gain her personal player recognition, but instead allowed the team to achieve success. Dell was proud to play this leadership role for the Riders.

Dell was selected as ICC Girls Volleyball Most Improved Player (2015, 2016) and as ICC Girls Volleyball Most Valuable Player (2017), to Colonial Council Second Team All-Star (2016) and Colonial Council First Team All-Star and Senior All-Star (2017). Additionally, Dell was picked to the All-Tournament team during the Voorheesville tournament (2017).

Salazar will continue his education and baseball career at Division III Union College in Schenectady.

Salazar, a National Honor Society member carried a 95 or greater GPA for every semester of his attendance at Ichabod Crane High School.

A baseball player since the age of 4, most noted for his “stretch” and “scoop” at first base, Salazar started pitching at age 10. At this young age he was recognized most for his calm disposition and dependable work on the mound.

Salazar has been a starting pitcher on Ichabod Crane’s varsity baseball team for all three seasons that he played varsity. During his varsity career he amassed a 14-3 record including five complete game shutouts, 130 strikeouts and a 1.04 ERA. He led his team to sectional appearances in all three seasons, compiling a 3-1 postseason record for the Ichabod Crane Riders Baseball.

In 58 Varsity games Chad batted .369 with 55 RBI.

Pratt will be playing soccer at The Sage College of Albany this fall. An aggressive and versatile player, she served as captain of the varsity team at Ichabod Crane.

She has always enjoyed both playing and coaching little kids in Recreation soccer for the town of Kinderhook. She recently received the Girl’s Athletic Council’s MVP (for soccer and indoor track), 12 Consecutive-Season Athlete, Scholar-Athlete, and Golden Key awards. Chloe is also a serious student, having been selected for The National Honor Society in her junior year and being involved in many clubs throughout her high school career.

Gagnon has decided to continue her volleyball career at Hartwick College in Oneonta, a division III private college.

She will be majoring in Psychology, with a possible focus in speech pathology. Celia began playing volleyball in seventh grade, at the junior varsity level as the youngest member of the team. The same year, she joined the Legion Volleyball Club, an elite travel team based in East Greenbush.

After her second JV season, she was injured, rendering her unable to play for two years. She was cleared to play during her junior year, and was a starting middle blocker for both the school and LVC club teams that season. Gagnon earned the position of varsity volleyball captain this year, and also was named 2nd team All-Star, as well as senior All-Star in the Colonial Council.

She was a six rotation outside hitter for her senior school season. LVC club volleyball was an integral part of Gagnon’s growth as a player, bringing her all along the east coast to different cities many weekends from January to May. She played with and against several D1, D2, and D3 players, exposing her to varying levels of talent.

McKearin has committed to play Division III softball and track and field at Plattsburgh State University, where she will be majoring in Medical Sciences with aspirations of becoming an MD.

McKearin started at first base for the ICC varsity team for the past three years, was a Colonial Council 1st team All-Star this year, was a co-captain, and helped the team to its second Section II Championship in the past three years. McKearin threw shot put for the varsity indoor track team the past two years; she made State Qualifiers this past season and has the second longest throw ever for ICC girls’ indoor track.

McKearin lettered in two additional sports; she was a member of the varsity soccer team her junior and senior years and ran cross country with the varsity team from 8th grade through her sophomore year.