‘Time and commitment’ of New Trier student-athletes pointed out during signing-day event
Student-athletes who want to continue their sport work hard to build a resume that will attract college scouts.
New Trier High School wrestler Jack Cummings had a good one but the major programs he sought weren’t biting.
Then, in February, he picked up a better opening line.
“After the state tournament, I started reaching out to more coaches, saying, ‘Hey, I just won state,'” Cummings said with a smirk.
Cummings’ story and commitment to the University of Michigan, where he will join former Trevian Matt McKenna, was one of 37 celebrated Wednesday, April 13, by the high school in a spring signing-day ceremony at the Northfield campus.
CLICK TO VIEW A LIST — BROKEN DOWN BY SPORT — OF THE TREVIANS HONORED AT SIGNING DAY
New Trier Athletic Director Augie Fontanetta presided over the event, which welcomed the students’ families and coaches, and said including the fall ceremony, 70 New Trier seniors will continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.
“We know how much time and commitment goes in as a family to support all of these endeavors,” Fontanetta told the crowd. “We appreciate everything you do.”
Cummings also was a linebacker for the Trevians football team and was joined at the “signing” tables by four of his gridiron mates: Andre Birmingham (linebacker, North Park University); Nevan Cremascoli (quarterback, Northern Illinois University), Luc Elias (offensive lineman, University of Illinois) and Jessie Mendoza (offensive lineman, Hillsdale College)
Many of the honorees are multi-sport athletes for New Trier, but only one will compete in two distinct sports at the next level.
Abby Ryan will run track (mid-distance and discus) and play basketball at Haverford College, just outside Philadelphia. To Ryan, the decision was about indecision as much as anything.
“I honestly couldn’t make a decision all four years of high school on which sport I liked more so I figured I may as well do both,” she said.
Other runners recognized were: George Cahill (Amherst, long distance), Ronan O’Neill (Villanova, mid distance), Margaret McNally (St. Laurence), Leela Desharnais (Carthage, cross-country) and Sam Fellman (Tufts, cross-country).
Boys basketball standout Noah Shannon recently locked in his commitment to Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minn., and joined teammate Jackson Murno (Dartmouth) at the event.
The largest contingent celebrated was the Trevians rowing program with nine student-athletes: Ben Barkal (MIT), Stephen Gloyd (Temple), Jordan Maxham (Colgate), Mateo Miller (Wisconsin), Cole Riedinger (Penn), Jameson Weyhrich (Georgetown), Luca Williams (Colgate), Caroline Eadie (Alabama) and Hannah Jiang (Tufts).
Equaling football, baseball also had four players honored, including two going to DePauw (Louis Florida and Alex Mendes). Sam Gossard (Carleton) and Will Hayes (Babson) also participated in the event.
New Trier student-athletes recognized during a spring signing day event on April 13:
Louis Florida (catcher) — DePauw University
Sam Gossard (outfielder) — Carleton College
Will Hayes (pitcher) — Babson College
Alex Mendes (infielder) — DePauw University
Jackson Munro (forward) — Dartmouth University
Noah Shannon (guard) — Macalester College
Abby Ryan (forward) — Haverford College
George Cahill — Amherst College
Leela Desharnais — Carthage College
Sam Fellman — Tufts University
Abby Geiger — Vassar College
Erika Kim — Tufts University
Andre Birmingham (linebacker) — North Park University
Nevan Cremascoli (quarterback) — Northern Illinois University
Luc Elias (offensive lineman) — University of Illinois
Jessie Mendoza (offensive lineman) — Hillsdale College
Chase Bruno (attack/midfield) — Rochester Institute of Technology
Ben Bakal — Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stephen Gloyd — Temple University
Jordan Maxham — Colgate University
Mateo Miller — University of Wisconsin
Cole Riedinger — University of Pennsylvania
Jameson Weyhrich — Georgetown University
Luca Williams — Colgate University
Caroline Eadie — University of Alabama
Hannah Jiang — Tufts University
Kendall Sierens (forward) — Denison University
Red Ricciardi — Denison University
Matt Plunkett — Case Western
TRACK AND FIELD
Ronan O’Neill (mid distance) — Villanova University
Margaret McNally — St. Laurence
Abby Ryan (mid distance, discus) — Haverford College
Stefan Gjaja (setter) — Princeton University
Scott Hopkins (libero) — Aquinas College
Eli Sternweiler (goalie) — University of the Pacific
Piper Dooley — Carthage College
Jack Cummings (185 pounds) — University of Michigan
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