Written by Sophia Muce |
Sports are a huge part of the lives of some Morgan students. Many seniors of the Class of 2018 will be continuing to play their favorite sports in college. From soccer to track, students will pursue their athletic passions after they leave The Morgan School.
Senior Kate Daley will be attending UCONN in the fall of 2018. She will be apart of the Division I cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams. She has been participating in these sports since she was a sophomore in high school. Kate disclosed that she will be running the 5k and 6k for cross country, and she has yet to find out which events she will be running in indoor and outdoor class. When asked how she’s planning to juggle academics and athletics, Kate said, “luckily there are a lot of resources to help me out, but I think it will be helpful to play a sport in college because it will help manage my time.”
Senior Madison Seeger is planning to play lacrosse at Bridgewater State University. She contacted the coach of the team, attended a prospect camp, and had the coach of the team come to watch her play at a club tournament in order to get recruited. Madison will be playing as an “attack” on the Division III team. She is excited to play and said that she has met her teammates. She has even done an overnight with them. Seeger is confident that she will balance sports and academics because the coach strongly believes that academics come before athletics.
Senior Juan Avila will be playing soccer for Southern Connecticut State University. He is hoping to play the position of “striker” for the Division II team, but they haven’t decided on his position yet. Juan has been playing the sport for fifteen years now and was one of the captains that led The Morgan School boys soccer team to a win at the Class S CIAC States Tournament. Southern first started to scout him during UCONN’s Summer ID Camp that he attended for three days during his sophomore year. “They couldn’t talk to me until my junior year because of the NCAA rules,” Juan admitted. He also revealed that the coach and the teammates were the reason that he wanted to play for Southern because “they just made me feel at home.”
Senior Matthew Newfield has committed to Salve Regina University for the fall of 2018. He has been recruited to play tennis for the Division III team. Matt is planning to play doubles in college because he “likes it better” than playing singles. He’s been playing tennis for three years now and is excited to continue the sport at Salve. Matt showed his interest in playing for the team by emailing the coach. He has since met the coach and says that he is a “very nice guy.” He is not concerned about juggling sports and academics because he feels that if “I can do it now; I can do it in college. It’s not that hard.”
Senior Jhan Carlos Bermeo will be attending Mitchell College after he graduates high school. He has played soccer his whole life, and he’ll be continuing to play throughout college. He is playing the position of “center midfield” for the Division III school. When asked how he was recruited for the team, Jhan explained, “the coach came to one of my games and talked to me afterward saying that he really wanted me to play for his team.” The coach also told Jhan that the school would assist him financially. Although he has met his coaches, he has yet to meet his teammates. Jhan plans to excel academically as well as athletically by getting his homework done on time and studying.
Other seniors including Courtney Viglione, Anes Gadun, and Cameron LeClaire will be playing sports in college as well. Senior Courtney Viglione will be playing soccer at Southern Connecticut State University. Senior Anes Gadun will also be playing soccer at the University of St. Joseph. Senior Cameron LeClaire will be playing softball for Newbury College.