LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston boys basketball’s Kevin Hunter and girls lacrosse’s Nikki Bonvini signed their individual “Letters of Intent” to play at King’s College and Muhlenberg College, respectively, with their families standing nearby to witness the official announcements on Wednesday.
“Personally, it’s extra exciting for me because, as a former college athlete, I recognize the time it takes to get there, where you’re a candidate to play on the next level,” said Athletic Director Dave Cohen. “And as a resident of this town, two people that I would see throughout the summer working hard were Nikki and Kevin—whether it was [Nikki] running in the street or [Kevin] being in the gym. Your hard work has truly paid off. A lot of kids think it’s easy to play in college, but it’s very difficult and the price you pay to do that is exactly what you guys went through—a lot of hours.”
Boys basketball head coach Brett Bisconti echoed Cohen’s remarks about Hunter being a hard worker, stating that Hunter could be seen in the gym or running the bleachers at the football field all summer trying to stay in shape for the season.
“He was a fantastic player, shooter, good teammate and he was our leading scorer,” said Bisconti. “He carried us in most games this year, so we’re going to miss his scoring and his ability to handle the basketball and play defense.”
Bonvini, whose lacrosse team is currently 3-0 in the league and 4-2 overall, was happy to report that the Lancers have been progressing as the season goes on and that the team works really well together.
“What I’m going to miss the most next year is playing with all of the younger girls—I really work well with them,” said Bonvini. “I’m looking forward to playing at the college level as well as getting an education.”
Cohen thanked the parents of both athletes for their support over the years. He congratulated Hunter and Bonvini on their accomplishments and said he looks forward to continuing to follow their journeys.
“The age of the Internet affords us the opportunity from a distance to keep track and see what you’re doing, so we look forward to doing that as well,” said Cohen. “Coach [Jodi] Mensch and Coach Bisconti are also very proud of you. We don’t take lightly the fact that you guys have worked so hard and now will continue playing in college.”