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MHS Grads Making Strides In College Sports

Sports are a big deal at Manchester High, and after graduation some students stay involved athletically at the college level.

Here’s a quick look at some recent grads who are still making a name for themselves -- and making us proud -- at colleges and universities.

You can click on the player’s name to see statistics and get other Internet info but that tells just part of the story, so anyone who has info to add is welcome to do so using this link):

Women’s Soccer

Michelle Rossignol (MHS’ 2012)  a senior captain at Elms College in Chicopee, Mass., scored nine goals ( including a league-high five game-winning goals) and four assists. She was named to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's soccer all-conference team. Marlee Coleman  (2015), a freshman at the University of Charleston, started all 21 games and made second-team all-league (Mountain East Conference.) Anna Mansur (2014) who is at Eastern Connecticut State University after transferring from Delaware. She scored two goals and had one assist this season.

Men’s soccer

Manny Caicedo (2013) is a junior at ECSU, and a three-year starter on the soccer team. Jake Garlitz (2015) played for the Mitchell College team as a freshman.

Golf

Blake Kelley (2015) is a freshman on the golf team at UConn.

Cross-country

Joe Ruggerio (2015) is a freshman on the cross-country team at Trinity and Ryan Adams (2015) a freshman on the cross-country team at ECSU. Among the women, Jackie Ofria (2012) is a senior at Salve Regina, where she ran all four years

Football

Seth DeValve (2011) just finished his career at Princeton. As a senior tight end he played 6 games and caught 33 passes with one TD. Last year, Seth played in only two games due to injuries. As a sophomore, he had been ranked in the Top 50 nationally in receptions (5.4) and the Top 100 in receiving yards (58.6); both totals ranked among the Top 10 in the Ivy League.

Andrew Isaacs (2013) is on the Maryland football team but did not play in any games this year. In 2014, as a sophomore, he appeared in the first four games of the season and started three at tight end but suffered a season-ending injury at Syracuse. He is expected to play next year and still has great potential.

Among younger players, Raekwon Jenkins (2015) played for the Hudson Valley Community College football team, while Delano Oquendo (2015) was on the American International College team and Miles Thomas (2015) on the Southern CT State University team.

Hasson Daniels (2015) and Kharon Daniels (2015) both played for Canterbury Prep School team, while  Demetrius “DJ” Evans (2015) and Jayson Matthews (2015) both play for Southwest Connecticut Grizzlies prep team.

Also Of Note

Ashley Perez (2012), who transferred from St. John’s to James Madison in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is getting ready for her senior year. Robert Adams-Michaud  (2015) attends the University of Delaware on a swimming scholarship and Shaun Herzog  (2015) is on the  University of Minnesota gymnastics team that starts its season in January. In softball, Lauren Yaffa (2013) is looking forward to to the softball season at Southern Connecticut and ditto for Kristin DeCiantis (2015) at UHar. In baseball, David Stiehl (2015) graduated in June and went to Cheshire Academy but has since received a scholarship to Northeastern. Bryton Ferris (2014) is at Mitchell, as is Dan Frattaroli (2015). More baseball players: Eric Nagle (2013) d Evan Rodrigue (2014) are at Endicott College (in Beverly Mass.), and Ben Petersen (2015) is at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass.

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