Naples High School, Naples Community School and Gulf Coast High School are expected to hold signing ceremonies on Wednesday. Recaps and more will be added here as the day progresses.
Four High Eagles from Naples fly to colleges
Two baseball players, a lacrosse player and a golfer signed letters of intent during a ceremony in the Naples High auditorium on Wednesday morning.
Lacrosse player Lane Calkins and golfer Sam Kodak will attend Division I schools in Princeton and Florida State respectively.
Calkins was an All-Area First Team player as a junior and second-year Player of the Year finalist. Last year, she had 64 goals and 13 assists, 102 rushing balls and 88 draw checks.
Calkins made his choice last September and said it was easy.
“Not only is it world class for academics, but women’s lacrosse performs regularly on the national stage almost every year,” said Calkins, who also won the Naples High Pittman Award for best junior student-athlete. . “Just the culture on the team and within the program and throughout the school was something that really appealed to me as a student-athlete.”
Kodak was the Southwest Florida Boys Golfer of the Year last year and is heading to the State Class 2A tournament this weekend with his team which includes his brother Tom.
Like Calkins, he made his choice some time ago, selecting Florida State last December.
“I love the coach and his new assistant,” said Kodak, who is looking forward to joining former high school teammate James Tureskis with the Seminoles. “I always wanted to stay in Florida, obviously.
“It’s kind of like my hometown, but I didn’t want to go too close to home. It’s kind of the right decision for me, and I think I have a very good chance of being successful there. -low.”
Outfielder CJ Bussell and infielder / pitcher Marcos Torres, a transfer from Gulf Coast High, remain in the state and travel to NCAA Division II schools Barry and Flagler.
“That’s what I’ve been trying to get all my life,” said Bussell, a 6-foot-3 outfielder who also throws. “Thank God for finally getting there. It’s a place I want to go, so it’s perfect.”
“It’s awesome,” Torres said. “It has always been my dream to play at the next level, to keep improving and keep sacrificing. And all the sacrifices and late hours of hard work and training pay off.”
– Greg Hardwig
Three CSN Volleyball players left a legacy
Three community school volleyball stars took to the pen on Wednesday afternoon at the Moe Kent Family Fieldhouse.
Elly Beshears (Emory), Cassidy Bloom (University of Albany) and Becca Micelle (Clemson) signed letters of intent in front of their families and teammates.
For coach Alicia MacIntyre, it was a special day seeing three of her own signing together.
“It’s almost like your family is growing up,” MacIntyre said. “Since I saw them, I could have told you that they would be there. They just have something unique that most athletes don’t have. That determination and athletic ability didn’t go any further, but they were determined to what their goal was. There was no one who was going to tell them otherwise.
“They worked harder than anyone else I have ever had. They came on the weekends, after practice, early in the morning to make sure not only to have success during the high school season, but also to have a future with the game. You hope for that kind of thing. ‘athletes, and I think they left a legacy where we’re going to have more of them in the future.
Micelle holds the school’s excavation record and looks forward to furthering her career with the ACC.
“I was so excited to have it official,” Micelle said. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was eight years old. It has always been my dream. For finally having done it, and I did, which is crazy for me to think that my dream is coming true today. I was excited to go to Clemson and have fun and play the sport I love. I wouldn’t have made it here without CSN volleyball.
Beshears, finalist for 2020-21 Southwest Florida Volleyball Player of the Year, is a member of the 1,000 Kills Club and joined older brother Jay (Northwestern baseball) to continue her career at the higher level.
“It was kind of like it was my birthday, in a way, because people kept congratulating me all day long,” Beshears said. “Knowing that all the hard work finally paid off and receiving congratulations from everyone is one of the most fulfilling moments I have experienced. I love it, and I’m proud of everyone who has supported me, proud of myself for taking it to the next level, and I’m super excited to move on to this new family at Emory.
Bloom played opposite Beshears, providing a spark throughout the playoffs for the Seahawks, who have arguably played in the toughest region in the entire state. Like Beshears, Bloom is also part of the CSN 1,000 Kill Club.
“It’s pretty surreal,” Bloom said. “I’ve been with this team since seventh year so I never thought that day would come. I’m so glad I got to get involved with my two best friends. They mean the world to me. We have been playing together since the age of 10. The fact that I was able to finish with them means so much to me.
– Alex Martin
Four sharks ink with colleges
It was a special day for four Gulf Coast athletes and their families.
Elliott Fox (Rollins, Girls Swimming), Connor French (Grand Valley State, Boys Swimming), Ria Vlachos (Girls Soccer, Embry-Riddle) and Katie Ambrose (Girls Basketball, St. Francis) all put pen on paper to inside the Sharks Hall.
Fox and French will travel to Stuart on Friday to try to win national swimming medals. Both said winning the Collier County Championship this season was a defining moment in their high school careers.
“Besides the fact that the campus is so beautiful, the team is amazing,” Fox said of Rollins. “They are all very welcoming and supportive. I haven’t even gotten there yet and someone reached out to someone to try and build a relationship. “
French Added: “I wasn’t too sure about Michigan at first, because of the location and the cold, obviously. But when I went there, I realized how nice it is, it’s a school of 24,000 children. The class sizes were small, and that’s one thing I liked about it. I liked the coaches and a lot of the swimmers seemed very nice. I thought the change in weather was worth it.
Vlachos, who was just named Southwest Florida football player to watch, wanted to stay in the state and will be heading to Daytona Beach next fall. As a junior, Vlachos was named the finalist for Southwest Florida’s Football Player of the Year after scoring 18 goals and 6 assists.
“I chose it because it’s in Florida and I wanted to stay in Florida,” Vlachos said. “The coaches are really nice at school and the teammates were very welcoming to me.
Ambrose chose St. Francis, located in rural Pennsylvania just outside of Altoona. The shooting guard has been essential to the Sharks’ success since moving from Canterbury to the Gulf Coast a few years ago. Ambrose has 1,222 career points.
“It’s a very small school, and I really like it,” Ambrose said. “A lot of people wonder why I go to a very cold place. I’ve missed the change of seasons since growing up in Missouri. The coaching staff there are amazing and their academics are really good for my major. “
Mark Woodruff said Ambrose pushed herself to be a Division I player.
“His work ethic is unmatched,” said Woodruff. “Basically we have to tell him it’s good to take the day off and stay healthy. She has tunnel vision. She wanted to play college football, she wanted to play at the highest level, and she knew she had to work to get there, and she got down to work.
– Alex Martin
Greg Hardwig is a sports reporter for the Naples Daily News and The News-Press. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @NDN_Ghardwig, email him at [email protected] Support local journalism with this special subscription offer on https://cm.naplesnews.com/specialoffer/