Student Athletes Commit To Play In College
This Spring 14 Orchard Park High School seniors committed to play their sports at the college level.
Bebe Choroser plans to attend Loyola Marymount University in the fall for swimming. She has been swimming competitively since she was six-years-old. She started at Hickory Hill and has swam for Hickory Hill, USA Club team and TWST in addition to swimming on the Orchard Park Varsity team for the past 4 years. She attributes much of her success to her TWST Coach Becky Sapio. Next year Bebe plans to major in Political Science with plans to go on to law school.
Griffin Dietrich will be playing baseball at Monroe Community College next year. He has been playing since he was about 5 years old. Griffin loves the competitive side of the sport and he loves being able to show off his skills. He is looking forward to being able to continue playing in college and continuing to improve his skills. He selected Monroe Community College because the facilities are beautiful and it felt like home. He plans to study Exercise Science.
Jack Duffek is planning to play baseball at Allegheny College next year. He has been playing since he was four years old. He plays for Academy Stars and in a AAABA league. He loves the competition of the sport. Jack wanted to continue to play in college because he can’t imagine not continuing to play. He has a strong work ethic and feels that has helped him succeed in baseball. He chose to attend Allegheny College because of the great coaching staff and loved the campus. He is currently undecided about a major.
Brad Fowler will be attending St. John Fisher to play basketball in the fall. He began playing OPYBA in Elementary school. In addition to OPYBA Brad has played for the Orchard Park Thunder, Buffalo Titans, Lake Shore Sonics and WNY Elite 32. Brad loves how fast paced the game is and how competitive the players get. According to Brad, when you take a shot and you know it’s going in – there is no other feeling in the world like that. Brad attributes much of his success to his determination to do better. Brad has always wanted to continue playing Basketball in college. He chose to attend St. John Fisher because he felt it was the right fit; he liked the coaches and the facilities. He plans to study Criminal Justice and he hopes to work for the FBI or become a detective.
Megan Giese will be attending Canisius to play softball next year. She has been playing since she was 8 years old. She began playing in a house league for Orchard Park and enjoyed it so she joined a travel team. Megan played for the Orchard Park Starz and the New York Diamond Girls. Megan attributes her success to continuous practicing and support from her parents. She loves being able to play with friends who share a similar passion. Megan believes she has gained some of her greatest friendships from both her school team and travel team. Megan has always wanted to play in college. She feels that if she can play four more years why not! She selected Canisius because they have a good softball program and a good teaching department. She plans to major in Early Childhood Education and continue on to earn her Master’s degree.
Jack Heraty will be running cross country and track next year at SUNY Geneseo. Jack began participating in both cross country and track during Middle School. Jack loves that running is only as difficult as you make it. The sport is all about pushing one’s physical and mental boundaries. According to Jack, it’s such a simple act, running, but there’s much more to it than just putting one foot in front of the other. Jack attributes much of his success to consistently putting in the hard work. Jack is passionate about the sport and he feels lucky that there were colleges who were willing to help him continue his athletic career. Jack selected to attend Geneseo because he liked the location, the team and the environment. He plans to major in Accounting or Business Administration, and to obtain a Master’s degree. Jack plans to earn his CPA and become a professional accountant. He hopes to continue running for as long as possible.
Thomas Hollander is planning to attend Buffalo State next year to play football. He began playing football his junior year of high school. He loves the feeling of family that the team brings. He loves the game and was motivated to continue playing in college. He feels his motivation to continue improving is one of the things that makes him a successful football player. He selected Buffalo State because of their Psychology program and the team they made him feel as though he already belonged when he visited. Thomas plans to study psychology and hopes to become an FBI agent.
John Lander plans to attend Norwich University to play football next year. John began playing flag football at six-years-old and started playing Little Loop at age 12. He loves the competition that football involves. It captures a feeling for Jon that no other sport does. He attributes his success to his determination to always get better. He chose to play football in college because he has always enjoyed it so much. He feels there is something special about being part of a team. According to John Norwich football has a reputation of a very close brotherhood and he is looking forward to that experience. John plans to major in Physical Therapy with an emphasis on Sports Training.
Next year Dylan Moffet will be attending Muskingum University to play lacrosse. Dylan has been playing for three years and he loves the fast pace of the game and playing in the ultimate defensive postion as the goalie. In addition to playing for Orchard Park Dylan has also played for OP Topshelf travel team. Dylan chose to continue playing during college because he enjoys the competitive energy and camaraderie of a team sport and looks forward to continuing that at the next level. He chose to attend Muskingum because of the strong coaching staff, which Dylan is looking forward to working with and learning from. Dylan is currently undecided about a major but is interested in Criminal Justice, Political Science and History. He is looking forward to exploring these interests in college.
Kathryn Pazderski plans to attend St. John Fisher to play soccer in the fall. She has been playing soccer ten years. She loves the competitiveness of the sport and playing with her teammates. She attributes her success to her work ethic and aggressive play along with the level of training she received from the amazing coaches at Flash. She chose to play in college because she wanted to continue growing as a soccer player, competing and being a part of a team. Kathryn chose to attend St. John Fisher because according to her it is a smaller school with a big school feel, it has the program she was looking for and it isn’t too far from home. At St. John Fisher Kathryn will attend their pharmacy program and hopes to minor in business.
Ethan Swiatek will be attending Nazareth College in the fall to play volleyball. Ethan is a 4 year varsity player and a 6 six year participant in the Orchard Park volleyball program. He likes how fast-paced volleyball is. Ethan looks forward to his next challenge of being a student athlete at the collegiate level. He would like to thank all of his teammates, Coach Delucia for introducing him to volleyball and especially Coach Albano for working and helping him achieve his goals. Ethan follows his siblings, all Orchard Park student athletes Taylor (Buffalo State 11'), Shaye (UAlbany 15') and Jaden ( Niagara 20') on to the next step in his career. Ethan plans to pursue a degree in Business and management.
Nicholas Thomas plans to play volleyball next year at SUNY Potsdam. He began playing when he was 12-years-old. In addition to playing for Orchard Park he has played for the Eden Volleyball Club and the Niagara Frontier Volleyball Club. He attributes his success to his love of the game and his competitive nature. Nicholas loves the constant movement and the competitive atmosphere of the game. He chose to attend SUNY Potsdam because he felt he would have a good opportunity to play as an underclassman. Nicholas is currently undecided about his major but plans to select something by the end of his first year.
Bode Vance will play tennis at Duquesne University next year. Bode has been playing tennis seven years. He began playing in the youth tennis program at Hickory Hill and then began to train with college level coaches at the Miller Tennis Center. He currently plays Junior tournaments around NYS through USTA. Bode loves competing and the physical nature of the sport. Since he began his training it has been a goal of Bode’s to continue playing tennis during college. He selected Duquesne University because it is a very academic school with a great business department and the tennis team is highly competitive and represents a big challenge. Bode attributes his success to a natural competiveness and athleticism along with some great coaching and many hours on the court. Bode plans to study Finance and or Accounting next year.
Matt Wagner plans to play football at Alfred next year. He has been playing for 8 years and got started with Orchard Park Little Loop Football. Matt loves the physical nature of football and the bonds that are created between teammates. He decided to play football in college because he loves the sport. He is the recipient of the 2019 Coach Gene Tundo Award, he received the Character Athlete of the Game Award in 2019 and he received the 2019 All Western NY Academic Team Award. He chose to attend Alfred because it has a great finance program and some of the best facilities. Matt is going to major in finance, and use that major to find a career that he will enjoy.