Owen J. Roberts college commitments: 14 student/athletes headed to next level

 
Fourteen Owen J. Roberts senior student/athletes – Madeline Braun, Christian Brofft, Rory Cahill, Cooper Chamberlain, Hannah Delahaye, Cayden Jarvis, Jenna Kirby, Maddi Koury, Julia Lamb, Mikayla Niness, Haley O’Donnell, Antonio Petrucelli, Veronica Roach, Gavin Zorn - announced their college destinations during an event at the high school recently.
 
All photos courtesy of Owen J. Roberts athletic department
 
Madeline Braun – Rowing – Lehigh
Front- Leah Braun, Madeline Braun, Eric Braun; Back- Alex Braun, Principal Ken Napaver
Position: Port
Club affiliation:OJR Wildcat Crew Club
Parents:Leah and Eric Braun
Major Athletic Honors: 1st place at Frostbite Regatta, Stotesbury Cup and Scholastic National Championship
Academic/Community Service: National Honor Society, Kids for Kids Club, Be the Match, Alex’s Angels
College Major:Mechanical Engineering
Other schools under consideration: George Washington, Bucknell, Drexel
Why did you choose this school?“Lehigh has an amazing engineering program and a beautiful campus, small and personal yet still academically challenging.”
Reflections on your high school season/career:“I learned how to work hard and become more extroverted and developed a leadership role, becoming passionate about my sport.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “I hope to work my way up on the team and become a varsity rower in my first two years.”
 
Christian Brofft – Lacrosse – Boston University
Front- John Brofft, Christian Brofft, Joan Brofft; Back- Michael Brofft, Coach Ben Carville, Emily Brofft, Principal Ken Napaver
Position: Midfield
Club affiliation: Freedom LC
Parents: Joan and John Brofft
Major Athletic Honors: 2018 Nike Blue Chip All-Star, committed Combine Invitee; 2019 – 1st team All-PAC Liberty, 2nd team All-Area (Mercury)
Academic/Community Service: National Honor Society
College Major:Finance
Other schools under consideration: UMass, Cornell, Bryant, Amherst
Why did you choose this school?“Boston University is a great school with a great team, great coaches and great location. It is the perfect fit for me as a student/athlete.”
Reflections on your high school season/career:“I have made everlasting friendships with coaches and players and have been taught the importance of what hard work can get you.”
Goals/expectations for college career:“To assist Boston University in winning a Patriot League championship in whatever way I can.”
 
Rory Cahill – Field hockey – Indiana (PA)
Front row- Patrick Cahill, Rory Cahill, Janna Cahill; Back Row- Coach Amy Hoffman, Principal Ken Napaver
Position:Defense
Club affiliation:X-Calibur
Parents:Janna and Patrick Cahill
Major Athletic Honors: 2018 District champs, 2916 and 2018 PAC champs; All-PAC Academic; All-PAC Liberty first team; Philly Field Hockey All-Star game, OJR Defensive MVP Award
Academic/Community Service: PAC Academic Award
College Major:Sports Medicine
Other schools under consideration: Lock Haven, York
Why did you choose this school?“It felt like home when I walked on campus. Also, the team seems like a good fit for me, and they will be a good family away from home.”
Reflections on your high school season/career: “I’m proud of all my team’s work and dedication. I could not have achieved anything without them.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “To get a good education. Also, to help my team accomplish their goals.”
Coach Amy Hoffman:“It has been such a wonderful experience coaching Rory and watching her grow into such an intelligent and confident player. She stepped into the center back position this season and really became a leader on the field. Rory improved so much over thecourse of this past season – which leads us to believe that she will have an immediate impact on the program at IUP. We are excited to watch her shine over the next four years.”
 
Cooper Chamberlain – Lacrosse – Dickinson
Front- Cooper Chamberlain;  Back- Coach Ben Carville, Jill Chamberlain, Principal Ken Napaver
Position: Midfield/Attack
Club affiliation: Philadelphia Freedom
Parents:Jill and Jeff Chamberlain
Major Athletic Honors: Lax – 2019: first team All-Area, OJR team offensive MVP, 100 career points, varsity letters (3) since freshman season. Football – 2017 JV Scout Player of the Year, 2018: OJR Coaches Award, 2nd team PAC-Liberty QB, 2019: Team Captain, broke 3 school records, Winner of Art Andrey Sportsmanship Award (received scholarship), winner of Heisman High School Scholarship  
Academic/Community Service: Best Buddies, volunteer youth coach at OJR Lax Camps
College Major:History/Pre Law with minor in Astrononomy
Other schools under consideration: Muhlenberg, Hamilton College
Why did you choose this school?“I chose this school because it felt like the perfect place for me. It has all of the tools I will need to become more educated and it will allow me to grow as a person.”
Reflections on your high school season/career:“I’ve been blessed to be a varsity athlete in two sports for four years, which has taught me how to become a leader who people want to follow and listen to. I am proud of all the accolades I have received through my high school career, and I feel blessed for the memories and people I have played with.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “My goals and expectations are to grow as a person and athlete. I also want to continue to push myself in the classroom as well as on the field.”
 
Hannah Delahaye – Lacrosse – Towson
Front- Hannah Delahaye; Back- Coach David Schlesinger, Kim Yaculak, Principal Ken Napaver
Position: Attack/Midfield
Club affiliation:NXT
Parents: Kim Yaculak (mother)
Major Athletic Honors:Varsity starter at Hill (2017) – All-Maple 2017, All-Area (Mercury) 2017, 2018, 2019; High school lax Academic All-American; 2019 All-Philly Lacrosse, Philly All-Time leading scorer (No. 3) 2019; 2018 Philly All-time Leading Scorer Top 50; Brine all-Star 2017, 2018; MVP Philly Showcase 2017, 2018; Philly National team 2017, 2018; Philly Showcase All-Star
Academic/Community Service:National Honor Society, Best Buddies, Ski Club, Diving, Soccer
College Major: Environmental Science
Other schools under consideration: Florida, Boston University, Delaware, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, California-Berkley
Why did you choose this school?“I chose Towson for its style of lax – they are ‘gritty.’ It is a perfect athletic and academic school for me. I love the location and size.”
Goals/expectations for college career:“To see time on the field as a freshman, excel academically, put forth my best effort physically, mentally and emotionally and to enjoy my college experience.”
 
Cayden Jarvis – Lacrosse – Penn State
Front- Kristi Jarvis, Cayden Jarvis, Ed Jarvis; Back- Coach David Schlesinger, Principal Ken Napaver
Position: Goalie
Club affiliation: Ultimate CC
Parents:Ed and Kristi Jarvis
Major Athletic Honors: 3-time lacrosse PAC champion; PASLA All-Academic; first team All-PAC Liberty and All-Area (Mercury), Under Armour Uncommitted team
Academic/Community Service: Volunteer youth lacrosse coach, GETT ambassador
College Major:Mechanical Engineering
Other school under consideration: Temple
Why did you choose this school?“I loved the atmosphere on campus and the top-ranked engineering program.”
Reflections on your high school season/career:“I’m so proud of what our team has accomplished the past three years and I’m so excited to have one more season with them.”
Goals/expectations for college career:“I’m excited to continue to grow as a player and to push my play to the next level.”
OJR Coach David Schlesinger:“Cayden possesses remarkable quickness, toughness, talent and intelligence. Her clears are spot on and she has strong stick skills. Cayden is extremely smart and hard-working, always seeking extra work. She’s player her best in our biggest games.”
 
Jenna Kirby – Field hockey – Miami (Ohio)
Front- Yvonne Kirby, Jenna Kirby, Brad Kirby; Back- Coach Amy Hoffman, Aaron Kirby, Principal Ken Napaver
Position: Midfield
Club affiliation: X-Calibur
Parents: Yvonne and Brad Kirby
Major Athletic Honors:2016 and 2018 PAC champions, 2018 District 1 champions; first team All-State, All-PAC Liberty and All-Area
Academic/Community Service: National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Leo Club, Best Buddies Club
College Major:Kinesiology
Other schools under consideration: Delaware, Vermont
Why did you choose this school?“I chose Miami because of the beautiful campus, great kinesiology program and the family atmosphere the coaches create with their team.”
Reflections on your high school season/career: “I had an amazing four years playing for the OJR field hockey team. The team accomplished so much, including 2 PAC championships and one district title. I will definitely miss my coaches and teammates.”
Goals/expectations for college career:“I am looking forward to becoming a part of the Miami field hockey team and I hope to help the team continue its consecutive (championships) in the MAC Conference.”
Coach Amy Hoffman: “Jenna has been an incredible player and teammate for us in each of her four years. Her willingness to work hard, learn and do whatever it took has been admirable. Her tenacity and determination will be difficult to replace, but we are excited to follow her collegiate career and continue watching her grow and develop. We have no doubt that Jenna will be able to make an immediate impact at Miami-Ohio.”
 
Maddi Koury – Lacrosse – Mercer University
Front- Nikki Koury, Maddi Koury, Gabbi Koury; Back- Trip Koury, Coach David Schlesinger
Position: Attack
Club affiliation: NXT
Parents: Nicole and Sam Koury
Major Athletic Honors: High school team captain since sophomore season, 2018 Under Armour Top 150 selection; set new school record for assists in 2019, 2019 PASLA All-Academic, 2019 and 2018 second team All-PAC Liberty and All-Area (Mercury), 3-time National Tournament selection
Academic/Community Service: HOBY Service Project, 3-time CYLA Summer Camp helper, CYLA summer camp director, 6- time CYLA Tournament helper, 2-time NorChester practice helper, Norchester Clinic helper, Katie Sampson Festival participant, Clothing Drive (4 times)
College Major:Business
Other schools under consideration: Cincinnati, Old Dominion
Why did you choose this school?“It has good academics, the campus is beautiful and the team has an amazing family culture.”
Reflections on your high school season/career:“School lacrosse has been one of the most fun portions of my high school experience. I have had three different coaches in my time here, and have gotten so much from each one.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “I am super excited to have this opportunity and hope to be influential for my team and college.”
 
Julia Lamb – Field Hockey – Penn State
Front- Jeannette Lamb, Julia Lamb, Jim Lamb; Back- Coach Amy Hoffman, Principal Ken Napaver
Position: Midfield
Club affiliation: X-Calibur
Parents: James and Jeannette Lamb
Major Athletic Honors: Offensive MVP, Max Field Hockey Top 100, All-PAC Liberty first team, All-Area second team, All-State 2nd team, PAC champions (2018, 2016), District 1-AAA champions (2018)
Academic/Community Service: National Honor Society
College Major: Kinesiology
Other schools under consideration: James Madison, St. Joseph’s, Lafayette
Why did you choose this school?“The incredible atmosphere and large selection of majors.”
Reflections on your high school season/career: “We won PAC 2 of my four years and won districts one year. Past season went really well, making it all the way to the second round of states.”
Goals/expectations for college career:“To make an impact on the team while learning and growing as a player.”
Coach Amy Hoffman: “Julia is an incredible player. Her skills and ability to maneuver through so many defenders and take shots quickly are incomparable. She has grown significantly since her freshman year, and we believe that she will only continue to develop as a player at Penn State. We are excited to see the impact she will have at Penn State.”
 
Mikayla Niness – Swimming – West Chester
Claudine Niness, Mikayla Niness, Jim Niness, in back Coach Kevin Bott
Events:Sprint freestyle, butterfly
Club affiliation: Phoenixville Area YMCA
Parents: Jim and Claudine Niness
Major Athletic Honors: 2017 – District qualifier; 2018 – District qualifier, state qualifier; 2019 – District champion in 50 free, state qualifier
Academic/Community Service: Church Usher, Kyle’s Quillows, Best Buddies
College Major: Nursing
Other schools under consideration: Monmouth, Seton Hall, Bucknell, Ursinus
Why did you choose this school?“West Chester had my college major and I loved the team and coaches.”
Reflections on your high school season/career: “I really enjoyed my time at Owen J. Roberts and will always cherish the memories I made. I can’t wait to see what comes in the future.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “I want to hopefully become a pediatric nurse or focus on orthopedics.”
Coach Kevin Bott: “Mikayla is a true pleasure to coach. She has the respect of all of her coaches, teachers and teammates.”
 
Haley O’Donnell – Rowing – UMass (Amherst)
Front- Tom O’Donnell, Haley O’Donnell, Kelly O’Donnell; Back- Hugh O’Donnell, Principal Ken Napaver
Position: Rower
Club affiliation: OJR Wildcat Crew Club
Parents:Thomas and Kelly O’Donnell
Major Athletic Honors: 2019 Stokesbury Cup Champion (Girls JV 4r, SRAA Scholastic National Champion (Girls JV 4r)
Academic/Community Service: Girl Scouts of America, Kids for Kids Club, National Honor Society, NAHS
College Major: Exercise Science/Kinesiology
Other schools under consideration: Temple, Louisville, Drexel
Why did you choose this school?“I fell in love with the campus, the team and the academic programs.”
Reflections on your high school season/career:“I love the family I created with my team and the friendships I will have forever along with the passion I have found.”
Goals/expectations for college career:“I wish to expand my connections in the rowing community so one day I can be a coach and keep improving and bettering myself.”
 
Antonio Petrucelli – Wrestling – Pitt
Front- Denise Petrucelli, Antonio Petrucelli, Marc Petrucelli; Back- Coach Stephen DeRafelo, Coach Mike Brilla, Principal Ken Napaver
Weight:149-157
Club affiliation: Team Renegade
Parents: Marc and Denise Petrucelli
Major Athletic Honors:4th place finish at Cadet/Junior Nationals; 5th place finisher at PIAA Class AAA championships
College Major: Civil Engineering
Other schools under consideration: Virginia Tech, Lehigh
Why did you choose this school?“Pitt provides everything I need to succeed in wrestling and life. It’s an awesome coaching staff and environment.”
Reflections on your high school season/career: “I have grown up with my coaches and teammates so it will be bittersweet to have it end. But it is an experience I won’t forget. But I still have one year left to achieve my goal of winning states.”
Goals/expectations for college career:“To earn All-American status, win a national title and help my team succeed on all platforms.”
 
Veronica Roach – Soccer – West Virginia Wesleyan
Front- Carola Roach, Veronica Roach, Vince Roach; Back- Coach Joe Margusity, Principal Ken Napaver
Position:Forward
Club affiliation: Penn Fusion
Parents:Carola and Vince Roach
Major Athletic Honors: 2018 second team All-PAC Liberty, 2019 first team All-PAC Liberty, varsity captain
Academic/Community Service: Volunteer at youth lacrosse summer camps
College Major: Political Science
Why did you choose this school?“I wanted a small country college that felt like home. Wesleyan was the perfect fit.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “To compete and win a national championship.”
 
Gavin Zorn – Soccer – Trine University
Front- Brandi Coats, Gavin Zorn, Martin Coats; Back- Principal Ken Napaver
Position:Forward/Outside Mid
Club affiliation: Coventy Union
Parents: Brandi and Martin Coats
Major Athletic Honors: All-PAC Liberty second team
Academic/Community Service: Teacher Assistant, Coventry Soccer Camp
College Major: Design Engineering
Other school under consideration: Pennsylvania College of Technology
Why did you choose this school?“It offered two majors in which I was looking at plus the idea of college soccer.”
Reflections on your high school season/career: “I had a very fun time with the kids who I’ve known for the longest time. It was also great meeting new players and coaches that helped me through my career.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “To perform to the best of my ability to help the team.”