OSWEGO, NY – Seven Oswego High School student-athletes officially announced their intent to continue their academics and sports activities during National Letter of Intent signing at Oswego High School on Wednesday.
Athletic Director Scott Sugar welcomed students, parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers, coaches, administrators and members of the Board of Education to the signing ceremony in the Ralph M. Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts.
The seven seniors will be followed by two others (who will announce next Tuesday) in continuing their athletic endeavors at the next level.
This is the most students in one year to take this step as in the past a handful of student-athletes would indicate their intentions.
Sectional and school recordholder Drake Becksted heard from over 130 colleges, but has selected Division I Virginia Tech. He is the first Oswego student to attend Va Tech and presented the school banner to Sugar during the ceremonies.
Becksted said, “I rally enjoyed the campus, liked the coaches and team. I really felt I belonged there as it appears to be very family oriented.” He hopes to major in U.S. History and Business.
The Lady Bucs lacrosse program was well represented as four young ladies are bound for the next step.
Taylor Giglio will be playing at Division I University of Albany and noted, “I never expected to stay in New York State and play, but I loved the layout and the coach at Albany.” She is looking forward to playing attack and hopes to eventually major in Pharmacy.
Tayler Bowman, a goalie, is bound for Division I Towson University in Maryland. Currently ranked sixth in the nation in her age group by ESPN, Bowman noted, “I always wanted to go there. I attended an all-american tournament there when I was in tenth grade and loved it.” She hopes to major in exercise science and among the other schools she looked at were Mercyhurst, Gannon, Merrimack and James Madison.
Mikayla Place, another member of the attack unit for the Lady Bucs, will play next at St. Bonaventure University. She said, “I loved the campus and it was very family oriented.” She considered Gannon, Boston University, Rutgers and Duquenze before deciding that St. Bonnie would be her next stop.
Rebecca “Becca” Martin will be playing at Edinboro College. Once again, much like her classmates, Martin said, “I really enjoyed the campus and it was very family oriented.” She hopes to move into a career in Law Enforcement.
Softball player Allie Yule will be playing at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa. where she will major in biology and neural sciences.
Soccer player Jamie Bouffard is bound to Liberty University.
Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist said, “I congratulate each one of our student-athletes and I am very proud of what they have accomplished. They were driven to do their best. They will have the unique opportunity of continuing their love for their sport at the next level while also preparing for the rest of their life. Most of them still have a season left at Oswego High and I am looking forward to watching them compete one final time before the hometown fans.”