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Sports Archives The Altamont Enterprise, July 3, 2008
Blackbirds building new nests
By Tim Matteson
VOORHEESVILLE Numerous recent Voorheesville graduates will be looking to have success in college both in the classroom and on the playing fields and courts.
A plethora of Blackbird athletes will be competing in college on various athletic teams.
“For a school our size,” said Voorheesville Athletic Director Joe Sapienza, “it’s a good number. I think all the kids are in great situations. The programs are at great academic institutions.”
Sapienza, who is also the school’s varsity football coach, will see a large group of his athletes playing on college gridirons.
Three of his players Chris Massaroni, Dan Flynn, and Sean Fitzmaurice will be on the team at Hartwick College in Oneonta this fall. Jay Conde will be on the team at St. Lawarence, where he also will play baseball.
Adam Duncan will play football at Alfred College as will Jordan Murphy.
There will also be some Voorheesville athletes running in colleges, starting in the fall.
Hilary Edmunds will take her long-distance running ability to Colgate University. Section II champion Mackey Lloyd will run cross-country and track at The College of Saint Rose next fall and spring.
Other sports will also have Voorheesville representation.
Evan Christner will play basketball at Springfield College in Massachusetts, Lindsey Dembo will play soccer at St. Lawrence, Tom Pasqualli will play baseball at St. Lawrence, and Taryn Smith will play volleyball at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire.
“We’re proud with how our kids do academically and athletically,” Sapienza said. “And now they are going to do it at the next level. It’s not so much where they go, but where they are a year from now. Our kids are making the transition to the next level and we are very proud of that.”
The number of athletes in different sports is also something that amazes Sapienza.
“A school our size representing a variety of sports says a lot,” Sapienza said.
It also shows what Sapienza has always felt about Voorheesville students.
“Academically and athletically, we do the right things,” he said. “It’s a sign of the times. Colleges want student-athletes that they know can excel.”