Pine-Richland senior athletes commit to colleges
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 2:34 PM
Student athletes participated in National Signing Day on Nov. 13, at Pine-Richland High Schools. Here is a profile on each senior who signed or committed to universities and colleges so far this year. Additional signing days will be held on Feb. 5, 2020, and April 15, 2020. Student athletes planning to sign a letter to commit (National Letter of Intent) should mark the next date in their calendar, obtain a letter from the university/college that would be signed on signing day, contact their coach, and complete an online form at https://forms.gle/YFikw1eAS3uEt2fs8.
Saint Bonaventure University
“I have been playing baseball since I was four, and I have put in countless hours of work to be where I am today,” said Marshall. “Baseball has been a huge part of my life and to be able to continue playing the game I love at a place like Saint Bonaventure is truly a blessing.”
Marshall has played school, league, and travel baseball for 14 years, most recently for the Youngstown B League, Pine-Richland, and Steel City Select. He finished in the top 10 in RBIs, slugging percentage and top 3 in triples in Youngstown B League in nine games. He is second in outfield arm velocity as reported for the PA Prep Baseball Report.
Academically, he has reached the highest honor roll for each year of high school and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Marshall has also recently been promoted from “Junior Firefighter” to “Exterior Firefighter” at #228 Wexford Fire Station, where he has volunteered for the past two years. He has also spent many hours volunteering at Temple Ohav Shalom as a teaching assistant, landscaper, and fundraising events.
Marshall will major in Biology at St. Bonaventure, where he has also applied to the St. Bonaventure/Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) dual degree program, which would allow him to enter medical school at LECOM upon graduation from St. Bonaventure.
Slippery Rock University
Field Hockey Player
“This opportunity means I get the chance to continue playing the sport I love,” said Keegan. “I can’t wait to see what the next level of play feels like. I have been playing field hockey since second grade and I’m so happy to be given the opportunity to be able to share my passion with my new school, coaches and teammates!”
Keegan has been a four-year varsity player and a three-year starter. She has helped the team win the WPIAL title in 2017 and 2019. It has been the first time in Pine-Richland history for the field hockey team to win a title in 2017. She has achieved the high/highest honor roll for all four years. Over the years, she has volunteered with the youth field hockey program and is involved in student government. Keegan plans to major in Business at Slippery Rock University.
University of Findlay
“I have always dreamed of being able to pursue a career in golf since I was very young, and I am very excited to get an opportunity to do so,” said Donnie.
Donnie Professori has been a four-year letterman for golf and qualified for the PA State Golf Championship twice. He finished 10th in the PIAA Championships as a senior. Donnie captured first place at the Section 1-AAA qualifier and finished seventh-place at the WPIAL individual finals. Academically, he is an honor-roll student.
Robert Morris University
“This scholarship means the world to me,” said Ashley. “I am very excited to continue something I love doing and will never forget. The opportunity to grow and create new memories revolving around my favorite thing is indescribable. I want to thank everyone who made rowing such an impactful and fun sport. I want to thank my parents, sister (Abby), extended family, coaches, and of course the people who made everything possible, my teammates. My teammates are my best friends and I would have not made it through to this point without every single word of encouragement. Without my parents’ support, my world would not be the same. I thank them for being the people to teach me and encourage me to be the best I can. Everything happens for a reason and it’s all finally coming together.”
Ashley earned first-year varsity and second-year varsity letters, four gold medals, three silver medals, and three bronze medals at races including the Head of Cuyahoga and Head of the Ohio regatta. She has earned honor roll throughout her high school career.
“This scholarship means everything to me because it’s allowing me to continue my soccer career and continue to do the things I love at a school I want to attend,” said Izzi Boyd.
Izzi Boyd has been recognized to the Big 56 First Team and named All-Section I. She plans on majoring in biology at Ohio University. On the field, she was named caption of her soccer team her senior year. She helped the team get to the first round of the WPIALs
Slippery Rock University
“Being able to play a sport is college means so much to me because it gives me the opportunity to continue playing and improve my skills,” said Jiley Berger.
Jiley Berger as named to the PA Big 56 Honorable Mention Team in 2018 and 2019. She plans on majoring in accounting at Slippery Rock University, where she will play. She helped PR make it to the second round of the WPIALs.
Slippery Rock University
“It means a lot because I get to keep playing volleyball throughout college,” said Maryellen Berger.
She will join her sister at Slippery Rock University and also major in accounting. She was named to the Big 56 2nd Team in 2018 and the 1st Team in 2019. She earned honor roll while in high school and served as a captain of the volleyball team.
George Mason University
“This scholarship means that I have four more years to play the game that I love,” said Grace Kristofic. “It’s another chance to improve as a player and as a person. I cannot be more excited!”
Grace Kristofic plans to major in business finance at George Mason University. While at PRHS, she earned the highest honor roll all four years. She earned the PRHS Social Studies Department Award in ninth grade. She earned 2nd Team All-Conference three years in a row. She was a four-year letter winner in volleyball and a three-year letter winner in track. She participated in the Keystone Regional Volleyball Association High-Performance Team and competed at USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships three times. She is the captain of both the volleyball and track teams.