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  • Eight Severna Park student-athletes took part in a Signing Day ceremony at Severna Park on Wednesday, which began the early period for high school athletes to sign National Letters of Intent.
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    Eight Severna Park student-athletes took part in a Signing Day ceremony at Severna Park on Wednesday, which began the early period for high school athletes to sign National Letters of Intent.

Signing Day 2017: Severna Park Athletes Make College Commitments

November 9, 2017

By Colin Murphy and Anna Grace Keller

Eight Severna Park athletes realized their dreams on Wednesday by signing National Letters of Intent to play college athletics.

Wednesday began the early period for high school athletes to officially commit to their college sports teams, and the Falcons held a Signing-Day ceremony in the Severna Park High School library to mark the occasion.

This year’s class of Falcon early signees are committing in girls lacrosse, boys lacrosse and baseball:

Joshua Coffman, University of Maryland, boys lacrosse

Dean Draughn, Army West Point, boys lacrosse

Jack Thomas, UMBC, boys lacrosse

Chase Cope, United States Naval Academy, boys lacrosse

Kody Milton, University of Maryland, baseball

Kelly Kazmarek, La Salle University, girls lacrosse

Mallory Martel, Arizona State, girls lacrosse

Emilee Hardesty, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, girls lacrosse

Family members, coaches and athletic administrators joined the student-athletes in what was a proud day for the Falcon community, the individual athletes and their families.

Martel, a two-sport athlete in basketball and lacrosse, reflected on athletics as a fulcrum for time-management skills and said she’s excited for the opportunities her passion for lacrosse is bringing her.

“Some challenges I faced were finding balance between athletics, academics and my social life,” said Martel. “I eventually figured it out, because it is totally manageable. Figuring out that happy medium between schoolwork, practices, games and friends has helped me become better at using my time wisely and becoming more confident in decision-making.

Being an athlete, one of the most exciting aspects is trying new things and experiencing different opportunities. I’m excited to be a part of a team that is brand new and in a new conference, the PAC 12. The competition at that level is intense, and I’ll be able to travel

from coast to coast to different universities, which is super cool, too.”

Milton, also a two-sport athlete in basketball and baseball who has risen to become one of the nation’s best high school baseball players, said taking the next step is exciting because of his love for the game.

“Having a career as an athlete is very exciting for me, because every single day I get to do something I love,” said Milton.

As with many athletes, Milton said the the joy of being able to play goes hand in hand with the relationships forged along with way with teammates and coaches.

“Sports are something you can participate in and enjoy every second of it, as well as building lifelong relationships in the process,” said Milton, “and I am very grateful for this.”

Severna Park Voice student intern Anna Grace Keller contributed reporting to this article.

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