Owen J. Roberts' Dede, Gebert, Mancini, McCutchen, Rantz headed to next level

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Andrew Dede – Lacrosse – Lycoming
Pictured from left: Kimberly Dede (mother), Andrew Dede, Scott Dede (father).
 
Position: LSM/Defense
Club affiliation: Freedom Lacrosse Club
Past athletic achievements/accolades: Two-time varsity letterman
Academic/community service: National Honor Society, Junior Classical League
Parents: Kimberly and Scott Dede
Anticipated college major: Undecided
Other schools under consideration:McDaniel, Hood
Why did you choose this school? “Great campus feel, felt welcomed around town.”
Reflections on high school career: “I have made lifelong friends and will always remember the guys I have played with.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “Step in and make an impact as soon as possible.”
 
Eloise Gebert – Lacrosse – Navy
OJR senior Eloise Gebert, flanked by parents Margie and Paul Gebert, signs a national letter of intent to continue her academic and lacrosse career at the Division I U.S. Naval Academy during a recent ceremony at the high school.
Position: Midfield/attack
Past athletic achievements/accolades: Lacrosse - Represented Philly in National Tournament 3 years; 2018 – OJR team MVP; Academic All-American; All-PAC first team Liberty MF, All-Area (Mercury) first team MF; 2017 - All-PAC second team Liberty MF, All-Area (Mercury) second team MF; Field hockey – 2017 and 2018 National Field Hockey Academic selection; All-Area honorable mention (2018)
Academic/community service: National Honor Society; Server/cook at homeless shelters in Coatesville, Pottstown; Service clubs: Leo Club, NAHS; Downingtown Crop Walk
Parents: Paul and Margie Gebert
Anticipated college major: Oceanography
Why did you choose this school? “The Naval Academy is an amazing school with great opportunities. It had the major I intended to study (Oceanography) and I will get to travel the world while serving my country. The campus is gorgeous and the technology is incredible. The coaches have been extremely supportive and I do not want to pass up the opportunity to play for and learn from them.”
Reflections on high school career at OJR: “I have had a great time playing the sport I love next to some of my best friends.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “I want to make an impact on the lacrosse field but I also would like to do well in my oceanography major, get into flight school and become a Navy pilot.”
 
Dan Mancini – Wrestling – Virginia Tech
Pictured from left: Steve Derafelo (OJR head coach), Debbie Mancini (mother), Dan Mancini, Pat Mancini (father), Mike Brilla (OJR asst coach).
Weight class: 157/165, middleweight
Parents: Pat and Debbie Mancini
Past athletic achievements/accolades: Fargo All-American; PA State medalist in 2018 (4th at 152), 3-time state qualifier, 141-34 career record entering 2019 PIAA Championships; 2018-19 SE-AAA Region placed third
Academic/community service: North Coventry Food Pantry
Anticipated college major: Building Construction
Why did you choose this school? “Virginia Tech will provide the right environment to achieve my goals.”
Reflections on high school career: “Awesome support from coaching staff and OJR wrestling family.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “NCAA and ACC champion.”
 
Ricky McCutchen – Wrestling – Elizabethtown
Pictured from left: Scott McCutchen (father), Steve DeRafelo (OJR head coach), Ricky McCutchen, Mike Brilla (OJR asst coach).
Weight class: 157/165, middleweight
Past athletic achievements/accolades: 2018 district champion, 1st team districts, 2nd team All-PAC; state qualifier in 2018-19
Academic/community service: Coventry Food Pantry
Parent: Scott McCutchen (father)
Anticipated college major: Secondary Education
Other schools under consideration: Millersville, Washington & Jefferson, Delaware Valley
Why did you choose this school? “Elizabethtown reflected a positive outlook on life. They are encouraging and determined to have their students succeed.”
Goals/expectations for college career: “D3 national champion.”
 
Diana Rantz – Basketball – Lycoming
Pictured from left: Jeffrey Rantz (father), Barbara Rantz (mother), Diana Rantz, Jeremy Mellon (OJR head coach).
Position: Shooting guard
Club affiliation: Chester County Storm
Past athletic achievements/accolades: Captain junior and senior years; 3-time All-PAC second team, 3 varsity letters, 2018 OJR Coaches Award recipient; 100 career 3-point FGs
Academic/community service: National Honor Society, Leo Club, Junior Classical League (all service clubs)
Parents: Barbara and Jeffrey Rantz
Anticipated college major: Business Administration
Other schools under consideration:Gwynedd Mercy, Franklin and Marshall, Washington College
Why did you choose this school? “It is the perfect size and location, and has a supportive environment that will allow me to thrive academically and athletically.”
Reflections on high school career: “My team and I improved from year to year. Our hard work, especially this year, allowed us to accomplish a lot of program firsts."
Goals/expectations for college career: “Continue the tradition of success at Lycoming and my personal growth, along with having a positive impact on the women’s basketball program at Lycoming.”