7 Methacton senior student/athletes announce college destinations

Seven Methacton High School senior student/athletes announced their plans to continue their academic and sports careers at the next level during a ceremony at the high school attended my family, coaches and teammates.
All photos courtesy of Methacton athletic department

Tori Bockrath – Basketball/Softball - Delaware Valley

In photo from left, Christian Bockrath (father), Tori Bockrath, Rose Ann Bockrath (mother)
Position: Basketball (Forward); Softball (Shortstop/Middle Infield)
Parents: Rose Anne and Chris Bockrath
Academic/community service: Minithon
College Major: Food Science
Why did you choose this school? "I chose this school to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather and my dad to pursue food science at Del Val’s very good program."
Reflections on high school career: "High school sports are a lot of fun and I have enjoyed every second of it."
Lydia Deardoff – Cheerleading – Saint Joseph’s University
Seated from left, Charles (father), Lydia Deardoff, Dana (mother)
Club Affiliation: Airborne Elite All Stars
Parents: Dana Deardoff (mother), Christopher St. George (step-father), Charles Deardoff (father)
College Major: Political Science
Other schools in the mix: Temple, University of Delaware, and Rutgers
Why did you choose this school? "I chose SJU because I love the campus, location, and opportunities."
Giancarlo DeFilippis – Lacrosse – Kean University
Seated from left, Victor DeFilippis (father), Giancarlo DeFilippis, Dana DeFilippis (mother)
Position: Midfield
Club Affiliation: Chosen Lacrosse Club
Parents: Dana and Victor DeFilippis
Major Athletic Honors: Bandits 2022 Coaches Award
Academic/community service: Woodland Chess Club Assistant, Mini-Thon Operations Committee
College Major: Accounting
Other schools in the mix: Eastern, Hood
Why did you choose this school?  "I chose Kean for its affordability, its urban location, and its successful lacrosse program."
Reflections on high school career: "High school lacrosse flew by and I hope to make the most of my final year with some of my best friends."
Addison Gormley – Track and field – West Chester
Event: High jump
Parents: Joseph and Karyn Gormley
Major Athletic Honors: PAC High Jump Honorable Mention 2021
College Major: Exercise Science
Other schools in the mix: East Stroudsburg University and Saint Francis University
Why did you choose this school? "Because it checked all my boxes for a school."
Reflections on high school career: "High school track brought me some of my best friends, and was the best part of the last four years."
Kayla Kaufman – Basketball – Gwynedd Mercy
(In photo from left, Mike Kaufman (father), Kayla Kaufman, Kelly Kaufman (mother), Jenna (sister)
Position: Forward
Club Affiliation: Eastern PA Elite
Parents: Mike and Kelly Kaufman
Major Athletic Honors: Field Hockey JV captain
Academic/community service: COVID food drive
College Major: X-Ray Technician
Other school in the mix: Bloomsburg
Why did you choose this school? "They have a really good program for my major and an amazing basketball program."
Reflections on high school career: "Methacton Basketball really gave me my best friends and a family. It was a place to have fun and forget your stress. Basketball has always been my favorite and Methacton basketball made me work hard for that position or in that game. It has taught me that I have to work hard and push myself in the real world as I would on the court."
Chris McGlynn - Cross Country/Track - Robert Morris
Event: Distance
Parents: Sue and Paul McGlynn
Major Athletic Honors: Mercury All-Area First Team, PAC First Team All-Conference
Academic/community service: PAC Academic All-Conference, St. Andrews Lutheran Church Sunday School/VBS helper
College Major: Cybersecurity
Other schools in the mix: Duquesne, Penn State
Why did you choose this school? "Robert Morris University has a great Cross Country team as well as a great Cybersecurity program. They have everything I need to succeed while attending a beautiful suburban campus."
Reflections on high school career:  "I have found running Track and Cross Country in high school to be extremely fun, rewarding and a great way to meet others. Methacton has a different type of cross country and distance track programs. Both programs are led by very positive and encouraging coaches. Coach Steve Savitz coached me in Cross Country all 4 years and Coach Chris Torpey for Winter and  Spring Track for the last 2 years. I thank them for coaching! Athletes who run cross country or distance track at Methacton become great friends. I truly believe we have the most fun out of any team in the state or even the nation. I will never forget my Methacton High School athletics!"
Coach Christopher Torpey: "Chris has been a gem to coach over the past few seasons. He has the rare combination of talent, discipline, and willingness to learn that has allowed him to progress by leaps and bounds. While he has excelled at the high school level, I believe he will thrive at the longer collegiate races. Above all, I hope he remains an inspired fan of distance running throughout his future. The team and I will certainly be rooting for Chris from Methacton wherever he goes."
Coach Steve Savitz: "It is rare for a coach to come across an athlete whose dedication to the sport mirrors their natural talent. Chris is that athlete. There is no coincidence that Chris broke the 16-minute barrier for a 5K race along with setting the school record. These achievements come with motivation, discipline, and hard work. Chris also makes every runner on the team feel important, from the runners on varsity to the freshmen just starting out on their journey. It is these qualities that made him a team captain. He is the type of runner that every coach hopes to have on their team, and I look forward to watching his next achievements, as he runs at Robert Morris University."
Nicole Timko – Basketball - Christopher Newport
Pictured from left, Timothy Timko (father), Nicole Timko (seated), Cheryl Timko (mother)
Position: Shooting guard
Club Affiliation: Philadelphia Belles
Parents: Tim and Cheryl Timko
Major Athletic Honors: Methacton All-Time Leading Scorer, Methacton Single Season Scoring Record, Career record for 3 Pointers Made at Methacton, Mercury First Team All-Area, PAC First Team All-Conference (Liberty), Methacton Girls Basketball Player of the Year
College Major: Business
Other schools in the mix: Caldwell, Gettysburg, Johns Hopkins, Washington & Lee, Carnegie Mellon
Why did you choose this school? “Combination of academics, basketball program and campus.”