William Floyd honors college-bound student-athletes with Signing Day Ceremony

The William Floyd School District held its annual signing day ceremony on Friday, April 21 to recognize the 28 senior student-athletes who have been recruited and committed to play sports at the college level from the upcoming class of 2018. The student-athletes were on hand, along with parents, family members, coaches, and teachers to celebrate their accomplishments in the John Pidgeon Gymnasium at William Floyd High School.

William Floyd honors college-bound student-athletes with Signing Day Ceremony

“Less than one percent of all high school athletes in the country go on to play college sports,” said Mark Mensch, athletic director, William Floyd School District. “We have 28 athletes who have committed to play in college. That is a big accomplishment for you, a big accomplishment for parents, and a big accomplishment for the school,” he said to those in attendance.

Some of the student-athletes are receiving full scholarships and others are receiving partial packages to bring their talents to the college level. Among the student-athletes are 14 boys and 14 girls from track, lacrosse, soccer, football, baseball, softball, basketball and tennis.

The following William Floyd student-athletes have committed to participate in college athletics:

Girls Track

Sandra Vivar Martin, St. Joseph’s College; and Antoinette Miller, University of Buffalo. Coach: John Ryan

Boys Lacrosse

Andrew Brust, St. Joseph’s College. Coach: Desmond Megna

Girls Lacrosse

Alexis Ramdeen, New York Institute of Technology; Courtney Connelly, LIU Brooklyn; and Cassidy Connelly, LIU Brooklyn. Coach: Paul Vassallo


K.J. Berberich, Muhlenberg College; Brandon Zack, Wagner College; Danny Torres, Ithaca College; Nick Golde, Catholic University of America; Mike Parris, Curry College; Robert Taiani, Wagner College;  and James Taitt, Springfield College. Coach: Paul Longo

Girls Tennis

Brooke Fernandez, Le Moyne College; Delaney Kane, Suffolk County Community College; and Jessica Jones, Suffolk County Community College. Coach: Dave Pia

Boys Tennis

Tom Panicola, Suffolk County Community College. Coach: Dave Pia

Girls Basketball

Amber Rowe, Suffolk County Community College. Coach: Rich Sinclair


Kenneth Beeman Jr., Cazenovia College; and Nolan DeMelfi, Belmont Abbey or Alderson Broaddus. Coach: Keith Kobasiuk


Jayna Rios, LIU Post; Brianna LoMonaco, SUNY Oswego; Julia Mastrup, SUNY New Paltz; and Talia Dongvort, Mount St. Mary’s University. Coach: Fred Luhrs

Boys Soccer

Evan Meinke, Marist College; Joseph Ditillo, SUNY Plattsburgh; and Danny Lombardo, Manhattanville College. Coach: Paul Paniccia

Girls Soccer

Shannon Pierce, Warner University. Coach: Tim Trava

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