NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Fifteen seniors who have been part of the New Providence High School athletic programs took part in a virtual signing night Tuesday when athletic director Vinny Carangelo conducted a Zoom meeting to honor each of them.
This was the fifth year that New Providence has been holding such a night at the end of the school year. This was the first time--due to ongoing social distancing restrictions--that it was done virtually.
Of the 15 athletes, four of them had already signed their letters of intent earlier in the school year: Kaitlyn Cumiskey, a girls' lacrosse player going to the University of Pennsylvania; Sean Dillon, a boys basketball player going to Division 2 Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania; Christian Cadmus, a boys cross country runner headed to Bucknell University; and Autumn Keats-O’Connor, a swimmer who signed with Tulane University.
The 11 who signed their letters of commitment Tuesday night:
Mackenzie Landsittel - Clark University - Women’s Swimming
Moataz Zayed - NJIT - Men’s Swimming
John Goceljak - Stevens Institute of Technology - Men’s Swimming
Andrew Shen - Oberlin College - Baseball
Nate Scott - Ithaca College - Baseball
Aidan Donnelly - Union College - Football
Owen Kovacs - Muhlenberg College - Football
Marcello Boccellari - Caldwell University - Football
Mitchell Ping - Lycoming College - Football
Jules DeGeorge - Susquehanna University - Women’s Soccer
Molly Eng - Stockton University - Women’s Volleyball
While the athletes missed out on an in-person celebration that customarily took place in the NPHS media center, the virtual event was especially poignant for the three spring athletes who missed their senior seasons entirely because of the pandemic-prompted cancellation of the final three-and-a-half months of in-school attendance.
Cumiskey missed out on a chance to build upon her record-setting lacrosse career. And Shen and Scott (as well as Donnelly) figured to be integral parts of this spring's New Providence baseball team.
"He can flat out pitch," New Providence baseball coach Chris Brodeur said of Shen. "I'm glad to see him really come into his own. I am really proud of the fact he is taking the next step."
Of Scott, who was a big part of the Pioneers' Section 2, Group 1 championship team in 2019, Brodeur said, "Nate is what we look for in a Pioneer baseball player. He has done tremendous things on the field. I saw such growth at the end of his junior year. He had figured it out. I really think he had a shot to be one of the best in the county."