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Monday April 29, 2019 at 1:34pm Age: 26 days
Category: Athletics, District, High School

DIVISIONS I & II STUDENT ATHLETES SIGN NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT


Joined by their coaches and family members, eight MVHS seniors and athletic standouts signed letters of intent with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in a ceremony held in the school gymnasium on Wednesday, April 24.


Andrea Andalis, a Division I golf athlete, competed on the boys golf team during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons. She is now a leader of the girls team and a co-captain. Andrea qualified for sections last year and is working hard to repeat the achievement as a sectional qualifier. A high Honor Roll student all four years of high school, Andrea is also treasurer of the Interact Club.


Claire Brenner, a cross country/track Division I athlete, was cross country team captain in her junior and senior years. Claire ran a  personal record of 20:46. "There is no quit in Claire,” Coach Ed Sucich said. “If she is not pleased with a particular performance, she thinks about what she can try differently and puts in the work to get better. I am proud of the person and runner she has become.” A member of the National Honor Society, Claire holds a 97.8 GPA, and is ranked 24th out of 335 in the 2019 Senior Class. She will continue her studies at Binghamton University in the fall. 

Caelan Munsch, a track and field Division I athlete, never says "no" to extra work. Caelan qualified to compete at the national level in his sophomore, junior and senior years, with individual performances at the state level. He boasts a low personal record of 1:53 minutes in the 800 meter. Caelan is an Honor Roll student taking multiple AP, college and honor classes. He has been actively involved in tutoring. In the fall, Caelan will attend Marist College and compete for the Red Foxes.

Austin Sullivan, a varsity football player, has been a starter on the defensive line for two years and an offensive tackle in his senior year. “What  Austin truly excels at is long snapping,” Coach Gallagher said. “He was recruited by Penn State and we are all thrilled.” Austin was also chosen to play in the East-West Summer All-Star Game and ranks in the county’s top-10 long snappers. A high Honor Roll student, Austin has a long history as a volunteer with the Warriors’ Youth Program, and at various local community events. “He’s not only a Division I football player but a great kid,” Coach Gallagher added.

Michael Gresser has been a major contributor to the Minisink lacrosse program for the last four years. In that time, the team has posted a 42-21 record with three consecutive trips to the section finals. Michael is a lacrosse clinic instructor and also an Honor Roll student and member of the Key Club. Michael has signed with Division II Mercy College, ranked third men's lacrosse team in the division, nationwide.

Arianna Guarracino is a three-year starting right fielder on the varsity softball team. She is gifted with tremendous speed, athleticism and a powerful arm. Her talent for the game is also evident at the plate, consistently finishing among the team leaders in both batting average and on base percentage. “More importantly Arianna is a great teammate,” Coach Bruce Guyette said. “She is enthusiastic, has a great work ethic, and is a pleasure to coach.” Arianna will continue her studies at Pace University and compete in Division II.

Anton Juncaj
, a Division II football player, qualified as 2nd-team All State as a junior, and 1st-team All State as a senior defensive end. He was also a two-year defensive MVP for Minisink, a two-year 1st-Team 845, and selected as top lineman by the Section IX Coaches Association. “Anton is the best defensive player I have ever coached,” Kevin Gallagher said. “We expect great things from Anton at Southern Connecticut University.” Anton was also praised for his work in the Warriors’ Youth Program and being a role model for the younger players he helped coach.  

Jayda Roman, a standout athlete in Section IX volleyball, was selected to the Section IX Class AA All-Star team as both a junior and a senior. This past year, she led the team offensively and defensively. Jayda has the top scores on the team for hitting and passing. She will graduate with an advanced Regents diploma.