Senior fall commits look ahead to uncertainties

Sports

Many Kingswood Oxford seniors graduating this year aren’t leaving behind the sports they’ve played through high school, and through dedication and love of the sport, they will continue to excel in their sports at their new colleges. These Kingswood Oxford graduates have put in a tremendous amount of effort into their athletic development through high school, leading them to play for their chosen college.

The seniors who committed to their college for a fall sport include defensive end Joey Aiello playing football at Assumption College, quarterback Samuel Capodice playing football at Salve Regina University, outside back Galen Flynn playing soccer at Fordham University, defensive back Jaden Lovelace playing football at Endicott College, outside linebacker/slot back Wes Pierce playing football at Middlebury College, outside back Jamie Scarpantonio playing soccer at Connecticut College, wide receiver/defensive end/punter Nicholas Stolfi playing football at Carleton University, and running back/wide receiver/cornerback/free safety Jordan Walker playing football at Hobart and William Smith College.

The seniors committed to fall sports have put in a major amount of hard work in their athletic journeys, practicing to improve every part of their games. “I prepare for all seasons of soccer by not only showing up to practice ready to work hard, but I also make it a priority to work out and practice on my own,” Scarpantonio said. 

The athletes also acquire lots of experience through their athletic journeys, as they participate in teams outside of school. They play many games that are against tough opponents from a variety of locations. “For the spring season, we always take a trip outside of the country to play against pro-level teams from there getting us the match experience we need,” Flynn said. “This year we were able to make it to Spain and back before COVID-19 really hit hard.” Flynn described the level of competition against these pro-level teams as being very high, and those games are what helped him to become a better player.

Now that these athletes are committed, they still have to put in an immense amount of work before entering into their new athletic journey in college. “To prepare for the future, I am going to continue running, working out, and getting touches on the ball constantly,” Scarpontonio said. This summer, the athletes will continue to work on all parts of their game to improve their skills in order to be prepared for their fall seasons.

COVID-19 negatively impacted the seniors as it canceled many of their outside teams, but for some of the athletes, COVID-19 did have some benefits. “COVID-19 had ended my spring season at Oakwood,” Scarpantonio said about her club team. “This was a big season because it was my last before I went off to play soccer at the college level. This summer I am hoping that we are able to have this last season to prepare for the fall.” 

The committed seniors can’t wait to play at a high level at their new colleges, winning many games and meeting a number of terrific teammates. “I’m most looking forward to playing on a higher level against high-level competition,” Flynn said, “and creating lifelong friendships with teammates and most importantly winning championships.”