This was the day high school athletes all across the country could make their college dreams official.
Signing Day was Wednesday and, as per usual, it was a busy day for Section Five athletes.
At Aquinas, five students signed letters to continue their careers in college.
Mickey Knapp and Ryan Nugent are both going to Niagara. Knapp will play lacrosse and Nugent will be on the soccer team.
Danielle Hartman is also playing college soccer. She will join the Division II program at Mercyhurst next season.
Maeghan Kennard is a rare signing: a female from Section Five inking a letter of intent for Division I hockey. Section Five does not have a girls hockey division, but many girls do play on the boys teams, just like Kennard. She will play for the Division I women’s team at St. Michael’s in Vermont.
The Aquinas commit going to the program most fans will recognize is Caron Robinson. The football star will join the growing Division I program at the University of Buffalo.
“Seeing them on the rise, and seeing all the players really doing well and their future is very bright for them, it feels good for me to go and follow them,” Robinson said.
Aquinas has traditionally held signing ceremonies with different athletes from different sports all together. The kids appreciate it.
“Everyone has been super nice and it’s like a big family,” Kennard said. “Just being able to come through here and having all my friends and coaches everything behind me, and all my teachers being supportive too, it just means so much to me.”
Aquinas was far from the only school congratulating new college scholarship winners.
Irondequoit is sending Jadon Turner to Division I Stony Brook. The SeaWolves are an FCS program.
Turner chose Stony Brook over Rhode Island and Maine. He had over 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing and receiving last season for the Eagles.
A pair of Wilson Wildcats were also putting pen to paper.
Ricky Gamble will play Division I football at Albany while Deon Edwards is heading to Division II Carson-Newman University in Tennessee. Both helped Wilson to the school’s first ever football sectional title in 2017.
Although the ceremony was Tuesday, Honeoye Falls-Lima senior Wyatt Hulsey should be included on the Section Five list for 2019. He will run Division I track and cross country at St. Bonaventure.
Maine did not go empty handed in Section Five on this day. The Black Bears announced the official commit of McQuaid’s Connor Zamaria.
“Our staff is very excited about the potential of Connor at tight end,” said brand new Maine head coach Nick Charlton. “Connor is both a football and basketball star at McQuaid Jesuit in New York that has great upside on the football field.”
The upside of Section Five as a breeding ground for Division I dreams continues to also be great.