CORAL SPRINGS, FL – If all goes as planned, 16 graduating seniors from City of Coral Springs Charter School will be playing college sports in the next school year.
That’s a lot of student-athletes heading off to play football, baseball, and softball in college, including NCAA Division 1 teams, said Kate Hearn, the school’s assistant athletic director.
“Yes, it’s one of our biggest classes going to play in college,” she said.
Last year, 14 students from the school went on to play in the college leagues, she said. And, in years prior to that, eight to 12 students, on average each year, made it onto college teams.
What made this year’s class of student-athletes unique is that many of them have played together since middle school, which is the starting grade at the 1,700-student Coral Springs Charter School. That has given players a chance to improve their performance through the years and allowed teams to have continuity in players, Hearn said.
“They’ve played together for a long time and that helps,” she said.
All of this year’s students heading to college received full or part scholarships, she said.
Depending on what happens with the coronavirus, they are expected to start practicing with their teams in the fall or later in the school year.
Here are the students, according to Hearn.
- Cassidy Crump, softball, Florida International University, Division 1
- Chris Kahler, baseball, George Washington University, Division 1
- Khadafi Bristol, football, Stetson University, Division 1
- Alina Varga, softball, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Division 1
- Ladarius Edwards, football, Florida Memorial University, Division 1
- Gavin Barnell, baseball, Flagler College, Division 2
- Justin Chung, baseball, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Division 2
- Cameron Reed, baseball, American International University, Division 2
- Andrew Allisson, football, Capital University, Division 3
- Andrew Russo, baseball, Penn State York, Division 3
- Tyreek Ormil, football, Alfred University, Division 3
- Joe Leonatti, football, University of New England, Division 3
- Jolstin Valcin, football, Avila University, NAIA 1
- Xavier McNee, football, ASA College, JUCO 1
- Joe Pouzzoli, football, Webber International University, NAIA 1
- Wendell Shepherd, football, Webber International University, NAIA 1
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