MILLBURN, NJ - On National Letter of Intent (NLI) Signing Day three Millburn High School athletes upgraded their status from recruit to official signees to the college/university of their choice. Katherine “Katie” Delidow, Rachel Hubertus and Richard “Richie” Schiekofer surrounded by their family and coaches put pen to paper and signed their official NLI commitment letters.
“This is a great day.” Athletic Director Francesco Bifulco welcomed the families and staff to the library. Addressing the three signees, “You should be proud, the families should be proud. I know the administration here, Dr. Miron and Dr. Keenen and your coaches are proud.”
Delidow kicked off the signing committing to Northeastern to run track and cross country. The senior repeated as champion at the Super Essex Conference American Division Championships clocking a time of 19:17.5 among her other wins on the season. “’I am very excited to run for the team [at Northeastern] of course,” but she has her sights set beyond the track. “I chose Northeastern because they have a great nursing and PT (physical therapy) program and that’s the field I’d like to go into.”
Sporting a .627 career batting average, Hubertus will soon be hitting the books and the diamond at Fordham University. “Academics were number one,” when questioned on her selection, “then there is their softball team. I love their coaches, and they are very successful.” Hubertus 114 career RBI’s and 111 hits are sure to add value to the Fordham softball team next season.
“Being in the Big 10 conference is really important to me.” Schiekofer is looking ahead to the thrill of competition with the Maryland. Sporting a Terrapins hat, he signed on to join their baseball team next year. In 174 at bats, Schiekofer had 72 hits, 32 RBI’s and scored 75 runs so far with Millburn with another season with the Millers to add to his impressive stats.
National Signing Day begins on Wednesday November 9 and runs through November 16. This early signing period excludes Football, Soccer and Men’s Water Polo who hold signing days later in the year. According to the National Letter of Intent website, the NLI only apply to perspective student-athletes attending full-time at a four-year college or university for the first time. The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution whereas the prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters). In return, the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).