10 Owen J. Roberts senior student/athletes announce college destinations

 
Ten Owen J. Roberts senior student/athletes, representing seven scholastic sports and all three NCAA Division levels, announced their college destinations during a recent event at the high school attended by family, coaches and friends.
 
All photos courtesy of Owen J. Roberts athletic department
 
Jarred Berish – Golf – Bloomsburg
Front row (L-R)- Melissa Berish (mother), Jarred Berish, Michael Berish (father)
Back row (L-R) - Coach Ted Snyder, Eric MacCluen
Major athletic honors/awards: 2-time District One and PAC Championship qualifier; 2021 – tied for third in PAC Individual tournament; first team All-Area (Mercury) and first team All-PAC in 2021
College major: Business
Parents: Melissa and Michael Berish
Other schools under consideration: Campbell, West Chester
Why did you choose this school? “Nice campus and strong golf program.”
Reflections on your high school career: “(Enjoyed) hanging out with my friends almost every day.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “Make it to the conference championship.”
 
Thomas Damiani – Cross Country/Track – Carnegie Mellon
Front row (L-R) - Ron Damiani (father), Thomas Damiani, Carrie Damiani (mother)
Back row- OJR Coach Tim Marcoe
Event: Distance
Major athletic honors/awards: PAC All-Conference 1st team, All-Area 1st team (Mercury), state medalist (18th), 2-time District 1 medalist, finishing 5th in 2021; 4th place in 2021 PAC Championship meet
Academic/community service: Tech-Pack Technology help desk
College major: Computer science
Parents: Ron and Carrie Damiani
Other schools under consideration: Tufts, Johns Hopkins, Georgia Tech
Why did you choose this school? “Excellent computer science program, experienced coach, excellent cross country program.”
Reflections on your high school career: “I had great coaches throughout my career, and I had a great time all four years with great teammates. I ended cross country as a district and state medalist and PAC champion for the team.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “I hope to run in the national championships for cross country and track and improve my personal best times in all of my events.”
Coach Tim Marcoe: “Thomas is an excellent leader and advocate for our team and program. We are looking forward to the future successes he is sure to have.”
 
Avrey Grimm – Football – Lebanon Valley College
Front row (L-R) - Laina Grimm, Avrey Grimm, Ryker Grimm
Back row (L-R) - Janelle Grimm (mother), OJR Coach Rich Kolka, Chad Grimm (father)
Position: Running back, Slot back
Major athletic honors/awards: 2020 – 1st team All-PAC, 1st team All-Area (Mercury) RB; 2021 – 1st team All-PAC Liberty, 1st team All-Area RB (Mercury), Mini-Maxwell Award winner; OJR offensive MVP 2020 and 2021; PAC rushing title in 2021 (1677 yards) after finishing second in pandemic-abbreviated 2020 (661) season
Academic/community service: Volunteer youth football coach, Youth group leader, Honor student – 3.5 GPA all four years of high school
College major: Secondary education
Parents: Janelle and Chad Grimm
Other schools under consideration: Shippensburg, Waynesburg, Franklin & Marshall, Delaware Valley
Why did you choose this school? “Everything was great – the atmosphere at the school, the coaches and the school’s reputation for job placement after college is good.”
Reflections on your high school career: “I learned that hard work pays off and that size doesn’t matter. I’m proud of the legacy I left at Owen J. I loved the coaches and made some great memories with my friends.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “I plan to make an impact at Lebanon Valley and leave a legacy there as well.”
 
Caroline Halsey – Volleyball – Millersville
Front row (L-R) - Coach Amanda Lynch, Caroline Halsey, Jen Halsey (mother)
Back row - Brian Halsey (father)
Position: Middle hitter, Outside hitter
Club affiliation: Royal Legends VBC
Major athletic honors/awards: 2021 All-PAC Frontier 2nd team, All-District 2nd team, All-Area (Mercury) honorable mention
Parents: Brian and Jen Halsey
Other school under consideration: West Chester University
College major: Business
Why did you choose this school? “I chose Millersville because of the beautiful campus and the amazing opportunities I will receive playing volleyball there.”
Reflections on your high school career: “I didn’t start playing volleyball until my freshman year, but I’ve loved it since the first moment I stepped on the court.”
Goals/expectations for your college career: “My goals are to constantly play to the best of my ability and never stop improving.”
 
Jonathan Havrilak – Football – Chestnut Hill
Front row (L-R) - Angela Havrilak (mother), Jonathan Havrilak, John Havrilak (father)
Back row – OJR Coach Rich Kolka
Positions: Defensive end and offensive center
Major athletic honors/awards: 2020 – OJR Coaches Award 2-way Player of the Year; 2020 -1st team All-PAC Liberty Defense, 2nd team All-PAC Liberty Offense; 2021 – 1st team All-PAC Liberty defense and offense; All-Area (Mercury) OL 2nd team in 2021
College major: Psychology
Parents: Angela and John Havrilak
Other schools under consideration: King’s College, Lebanon Valley College, Wilkes
Why did you choose this school? “After being recruited by Coach Thomas I visited the school and felt it was the perfect fit for me.”
Reflections on your high school career: “Playing football has been one of the best times of my high school career. I will miss the memories made on and off the field with my teammates who have become lifelong friends.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “I want to dedicate myself to being the best player I can be and help my team have winning seasons.”
 
Carson Johnson – Soccer – Delaware Valley
Front row (L-R): Lee Johnson (father), Carson Johnson, Barbara Johnson (mother)
Bac row: OJR boys soccer coach Eric Wentzel
Position: Defense – Right back, center back
Club affiliation: Lionville
Major athletic honors/awards: 2021 - Co-captain of boys soccer team at OJR; 2nd team All-PAC Liberty, All-Area (Mercury) honorable mention in boys soccer; Football - 2nd team All-PAC Liberty kicker in 2021
College major: Criminal Justice
Parents: Barbara and Lee Johnson
Why did you choose this school? “I chose Del Val because it feels like a good fit for me.”
Reflections on your high school career: “The boys and friendships made it amazing. These past years and last season making districts was the best way to end it.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “My goal is to be competitive against other players and to help my team have a winning season.”
 
Tommy Lewman – Baseball – Albright
Front row (L-R) – Tom Lewman (father), Tommy Lewman, Michelle Lewman (mother)
Back row (L-R) – Greg Gilbert (OJR head coach), Alex Condello (assistant coach), Maddy Lewman (sister)
Position: Catcher, 2nd base
Club affiliation: Uncommon Baseball
Major athletic honors/awards: Captain of the JV team at OJR
College major: Business
Parents: Tom and Michelle Lewman
Why did you choose this school? “Albright College is a smaller school and closer to home. It provides me an opportunity to continue my baseball career.”
Reflections on your high school career: “While my high school baseball career has presented some challenges with limited playing time and COVID, it helped to keep my work ethic strong and the never-give-up (attitude alive).”
Goals/expectations for college career: “I am excited to continue my baseball career while obtaining a good education to set myself up for a successful future.”
 
Victor Mominey – Golf – West Chester
Seated (L-R) Stephanie Mominey (mother), Victor Mominey, Chris Mominey (father)
Standing: OJR coach Ted Snyder
Major athletic honors/awards: OJR Coaches Award
Academic/community service: President of the Ultimate Frisbee Club, member of the Cat Pack
College major: Business Administration
Parents: Stephanie and Chris Mominey
Other schools under consideration: Thomas Jefferson, Millersville, Utica College, Mount Aloysius College, Eastern Mennonite, York College (PA), Methodist University
Why did you choose this school? “West Chester was my best athletic and academic opportunity as well as being close to home. It’s a great town and campus. Coach Hammond is also one of the best college golf coaches in the country and it will be a great privilege to be able to play for him and be able to represent West Chester University and Penn Oaks Golf Club.”
Reflections on your high school career: “High school golf is not like any of the other sports at Owen J. There are so few kids on a team. You form a bond with everybody and you spend a lot of time with these people over four years. You form great friendships and memories with your teammates both on and off the golf course and I’m glad that we have all become friends over the last few years. I really enjoyed playing for OJR and I can’t wait to see what the next few years hold for the ones who aren’t graduating.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “I hope to be an active member of the golf team for the next four years and I hope not only to improve myself and my game but the game of those around me.”
Coach Ted Snyder: “Victor had an outstanding four-year career on the Owen J. Roberts golf team. He is very knowledgeable about the game of golf and has improved tremendously during his career. He played his best in big matches and I’m sure that his best golf is still ahead of him. Victor will be a great asset to the WCU program.”
 
Damian Swech – Lacrosse – Cabrini
Seated (L-R): Heather Swech (mother), Damian Swech, Chris Swech (father)
Position: Face-Off Specialist (Short stick specialist)
Club affiliation: NXT
Major athletic honors/awards: 2021 All-PAC 2nd team, All-Area (Mercury) 2nd team short stick specialist; 2021 high school stats – 70% faceoff success, 56 groundballs, 3 goals, 11 assists; 2020 Baltimore Lacrosse Showcase All-Star team FOGO; 2019 Best National All-Showcase team FOGO
College major: Business
Parents: Heather and Christopher Swech
Other schools under consideration: Mount St. Mary’s, Richmond, Mercer
Why did you choose this school? “I chose Cabrini for the student/athlete fit. They have a great business school, access to a variety of world class businesses, small class size and individual attention as well as a dominant lacrosse program. Coach Colfer developed and led this winning program for the last 21 years. Cabrini men’s lacrosse has made the last 20 Conference Championships (since 2001) and made the last 19 NCAA Tournaments (since 2002). I want to be a part of this program, its history and make an impact. I really clicked with the coaching staff.”
Reflections on your high school career: “I have never had a close team due to COVID and several coaching changes over the last few years, until this upcoming senior year. I have very high hopes for this season, for this dedicated team and am ready to go full steam ahead.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “Super excited to play, be part of a legacy and make an impact on such a dominant program. It has been my dream for years. Will do everything I can to work hard and push forward to fill my role on the team and help us win the next Conference and NCAA championships.”
Coach’s comments: “Damian is the type of player that will do whatever is asked of him. If you told him to run through a wall, he would. He wants to be pushed both on and off the field and will do whatever it takes to improve. I am excited to have a full season with him and I am looking forward to seeing his growth and development throughout the year.”
 
Blaine Waltimyer – Baseball – Penn State (Harrisburg)
Front row (L-R): Michele Waltimyer (mother), Blaine Waltimyer, Eric Waltimyer (father)
Back row (L-R): Greg Gilbert (OJR head coach), Alex Condello (assistant coach)
Position:  Third base
College major: Business
Parents: Eric and Michele Waltimyer
Why did you choose this school? “I know I will get an outstanding education and the baseball program is nationally ranked.”
Reflections on your high school career: “The guys on the team are my closest friends and we have some great memories playing together since seventh grade.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “To earn a degree in business in four years, make great friends and have a successful college baseball career.”