BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Nearly 40 high school athletes from Somerset County will see their college dreams realized Feb. 2, when Zoned Sports Academy, in Bridgewater, hosts its 3rd Annual Signing Day event. 

Cheered on by family and friends, these hard-driving youths will celebrate the next stage of their athletic careers, representing their chosen colleges on the baseball or softball diamonds. 

It will also be a special day for parents, who have spent countless nights sitting in bleachers, enduring all kinds of weather, cheering on their kids with reckless abandon in the hope that their little sluggers and hurlers might one day make it big. 

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Zoned student-athletes have earned over $10.3 million in college scholarships. Last year’s 37 signing athletes hailed from all over the tri-state area, representing high schools such as Montgomery, Bridgewater, Oratory Prep, Pingry, Watchung Hills, J.P. Stevens, Stroudsburg, Somerville and Ridge.

Those student continued their journey to colleges including University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Kean University, Monmouth University, Montclair State University, Fordham University, University of Rhode Island, Pomona College and Caldwell University.      

“Zoned Sports Academy strives to give every student-athlete a chance to ‘sign,’” said Duke Baxter, owner of Zoned, and himself a former professional baseball player.  “Not everyone has the opportunity to sign a National Letter of Intent. So Signing Day is a great chance for all of the student-athletes and their families to get together and celebrate the culmination of every inch it took to get to where they are today.” 

The staff at Zoned will call up each student-athlete individually to walk the “turf carpet” with his or her family.  After posing for a photo and applause for their college signing, each will also receive a “Certificate of Excellence” to recognize all the hard work and effort that brought each to this moment. 

“Our ultimate goal is for our kids to play at the collegiate level, and we take great pride in seeing so many of our student-athletes enter the next chapter in their academic and athletic careers,” said Baxter.  “Some of these kids have trained with us for over 10 years, and we are so proud to see them leave the nest and fly on to bigger and better things.  These kids’ success is something we all can celebrate.”

Zoned Signing Day is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 2, and athletes will be joined by guests from the professional sports world and the community. The event is open to the public.

PARTIAL LIST OF STUDENT ATHLETES

BEING RECOGNIZED FEB. 2

 

Name

Town

College

     

Brandon Warick

South Brunswick

Adelphi University

Jeffrey Praml

Bridgewater

Southern New Hampshire University

Matt Ryan

Montgomery 

University of Delaware

Victor Cruz

Westfield

Rowan University

Eric Vaz

Edison 

Johns Hopkins University

Jack Carroll

Randolph 

Susquehanna University

Kevin Sylvestri

Warren

George Washington University

Jared Daszkiewicz

East Brunswick

Middlesex County College

Vin Doren

Berkeley Heights 

Frankin & Marshall College

Sean Savage

Berkeley Heights 

Clark University

Kelly Duffy

Sayerville 

Pace University 

Reese Guevarra 

Washington Township

University of Connecticut

Victoria Alonso

North Rockland

Manhattan College

Bella Chiorazzi

North Rockland

Manhattan College

Kira Ferriolo

Montgomery

Sacred Heart

Rachel Hubertus

Millburn

Fordham

Winston Allen

Delbarton

Universityof Delaware

Alexa Penna

Hillsborough

Montclair

Dan Baroff

Berkeley Heights 

Frankin & Marshall College

Nick Cochia

Berkeley Heights 

Montclair State