Athletes Commit to Play in College
Six Orchard Park High School seniors committed to play their sports at the college level during a ceremony at the Orchard Park High School on Wednesday, November 13th.
Brooke Becker plans to attend Providence College to play girls ice hockey. Brooke has played hockey since she was 5 years old. She loves the connections that she has made through the sport even with players in other countries. Brooke couldn’t imagine not continuing to play hockey so she decided to continue in college. She selected Providence College, her father’s alma – mater because it felt like home. While there she plans to study biology with plans to go into Physical Therapy in the future.
Sophia Machowski will be attending St. Bonaventure next fall for cross country. She has been running competitively for six years but she began to love the sport when she participated in Girls on the Run in Elementary school. According to Sophia she loves running because it is a sport that relieves stress rather than creating it. Sophia chose to attend St. Bonaventure because it had everything she was looking for, the major that she wanted, a great cross country team and coaches and a beautiful campus. Sophia plans to study education and she hopes to become a Special Education teacher.
Abby Ryan plans to attend Robert Morris University in the fall to play volleyball. Abby has been playing volleyball since 7th grade when her physical education teacher suggested she try out. She has played for Orchard Park and Niagara Frontier Volleyball Club. Abby is looking forward to playing at the next level. She selected Robert Morris University because she knew she would fit in well with the coaches and the girls she also was drawn to the size of the school. She plans to major in Nursing and after gaining some experience she plans to go back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner or a Physician’s Assistant.
Maxwell Streety will be playing lacrosse at Pace University next year. Maxwell began playing lacrosse in Middle School. Before that he had been playing hockey but was ready for a change. Once he began playing lacrosse he excelled quickly in the sport. Since then he has continued playing for Orchard Park in addition to playing for Top Shelf and the Buffalo Lacrosse Academy. He loves to motivate his teammates and enjoys success individually as well as a part of the team. Max looks forward to every lacrosse game so he knew that he would continue to play in college like his brother and role model Mitchell is. He selected Pace University after looking at several colleges because he loved what the school had to offer as far as academics, he liked the lacrosse coach and feels he can be successful there. Maxwell is hoping to eventually go into law enforcement but as for now he is keeping his options open.
Jaden Swiatek plans to play softball at Niagara University. Jaden began playing softball when she was 7 years old for the Diamond Girls travel program. In 7th and 8th grade she played for Orchard Park’s junior varsity team and throughout her time at the Orchard Park High School she has played on the varsity team as well as continuing with the Diamond Girls. Jaden enjoys the competition of the sport and being able to spend time with friends she has made through softball. For the past 5 years Jaden has been a three sport athlete and has won 3 sectional titles in volleyball and softball for Orchard Park. She has also been named a 2018/19 First team all ECIC and First Team All Bee recipient in softball. Jaden has grown up around softball and both her sisters have gone on to play college level softball and she knew that was something that she also wanted for herself. She selected Niagara University as she wanted the opportunity to play high level softball but without traveling too far from home. When she visited Niagara University she enjoyed spending time with the team and the campus lifestyle. Jaden will begin with general education classes before she finalizes her career tract.
Charlotte Takacsy will be playing soccer at Carleton University next year. She has been playing soccer for twelve years. She was inspired by her aunt to play soccer and when she began playing on co-ed teams she loved it and the competition that came with it. Charlotte plays for Orchard Park and Western New York Flash. She loves the physical and mental challenges that playing at a high level entail, and the dependence and trust that come with being on a team. She has always wanted to play in college and continue pushing herself to the next level. She chose to attend Carleton University, located in Ottowa, because her extended family lives nearby and she fell in love with the campus, the courses offered and the soccer program. She plans to study criminology and hopes to become an environmental lawyer so she can help protect the environment.