MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — Even though graduation is months away, Middle Township High School gifted two of its best senior athletes to NCAA Division II programs for next season.
Lacrosse goalie Maggie Slavin and baseball pitcher/first baseman Zach Wyatt signed letters of intent at the high school Monday morning.
Slavin will play for Nyack (New York) College, while Wyatt will take the mound for Bloomsburg (Pennsylvania) University.
Slavin was happy the recruiting process was behind her.
“It feels so amazing,” she said. “This is what I wanted.”
As so often happens, Slavin was the beneficiary of a school recruiting for positional needs. Nyack does not have a returning goalie on the roster, so she expects a good bit of playing time next year.
“I should see a lot of time on the field,” said Slavin, an 18-year-old from the Swainton section of Middle Township. “I’m hoping to get some starts.”
Wyatt was so focused on college baseball, he was even willing to skip a celebratory dinner in order to hone his craft.
“I’m just going to go out tonight and throw some more pitches to get ready for college,” the 17-year-old from Cape May Court House said. “It’s going to be a great experience.”
Both athletes were focused on the long-term benefits of college athletics as well as the obvious ones.
“Joining a lacrosse team like I will be doing is just like joining a sorority,” Slavin said. “You’re basically joining a new family. I can’t wait to meet my new teammates.”
Wyatt felt the same way.
“The baseball team (at Bloomsburg) treats each other like brothers,” he said. “When you walk into a situation like that, you can’t help but be ready to play.”
New Middle Township High School Athletic Director Sharon Rementer was more than happy to celebrate her students’ prowess.
“We have a great student-athlete culture at this school,” she said. “These signings are a perfect example of that.”