Thursday, April 24, 2014
Some of southern Maine’s top high school athletes are making college commitments.
November is here, and that means the first reminders of winter chills plus the wonders of Thanksgiving traditions.
For talented high school athletes it means one other thing – signing a national letter of intent to the college of their choice.
At Scarborough High, Ben Greenberg (baseball) and Alyssa Williamson (softball) signed Wednesday in a brief ceremony in the school’s auditorium. Greenberg committed to a scholarship offer from Fordham in New York and Williamson did the same for Drexel in Philadelphia.
Both said they had other offers but were drawn to their choices because of interest shown by the head coaches.
“The Drexel coach, Miranda Ervin, made me feel welcome,” said Williamson. “She introduced me to the players. Ever since the seventh grade it’s been a goal of mine to get a softball scholarship.”
Along with the recruiting process, Greenberg liked the campus at Fordham, which is in the Bronx.
“The coach has told me I’ll get a chance to pitch right away,” said Greenberg, last year’s Maine Sunday Telegram Player of the Year.
Both players are outstanding hitters who play in the field when not pitching.
Williamson plays first base. Greenberg plays third base and first when needed.
Both have put up impressive statistics. As a left-handed pitcher, Williamson hasn’t lost a game in three seasons, going a gaudy 23-0.
As a power hitter, she has 15 career home runs and hasn’t struck out over the past two seasons.
Williamson wants to be a pitcher first and a hitter second in college, and likes the fact that Drexel will give her that opportunity.
In her three seasons, the Red Storm have won two Class A state championships, including last year.
Greenberg, who just finished a strong football season at quarterback, was just as impressive at the plate as he was on the mound last year.
Greenberg batted a power-accented .415 while going 6-0 on the mound with a 0.54 ERA. He struck out 46 in 39 innings.
His fastball has consistently been measured in the high 80s, also touching in the low 90s at times. He works with pitching coach Bob Agger, who pitched at Portland High and Fordham.
There are a slew of other signings expected in the next week. Dustin Cole, a basketball guard for Bonny Eagle, will sign Thursday to attend Division II Franklin Pierce in Rindge, N.H. Cole has been a three-year standout for the Scots and the program’s all-time leading scorer.
Swimmer Colby Harvey of Waynflete will sign with Florida State.
Harvey, who lives in Cape Elizabeth, holds the Class B state record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.6 seconds. She has won the 100 fly at the state meet the last three years.
She also won the 200 freestyle last winter at the state meet and tied in the 100 breast stroke as a sophomore. She is ranked in the top 25 in the country in the 100 fly with a personal best of 54.8. Harvey also had offers from Indiana and Arkansas.
Next Wednesday, Megan Murrell, a softball catcher from Scarborough, will sign with St. Anselm, a Division II school in Manchester, N.H., and Erin Brayden, a first baseman at Thornton Academy, will sign with Stonehill in Easton, Mass.
McAuley High basketball standouts Allie Clement and Olivia Smith will have a joint signing Monday.
Clement is headed to Marist, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Smith will attend Dartmouth, in Hanover, N.H.
Clement has been a starter since her freshman year. Smith was a key reserve as a sophomore and a starter last season.
Tiana Jo Carter of Lake Region will sign Tuesday to play basketball at the University of Albany, which competes against Maine in America East. Carter, a 6-foot-2 center, has been a standout for the Lakers the past three seasons.
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