National Signing Day showcases Poland athletes


Carolyn Boccieri commits to University of Mount Union for Soccer

On Wednesday, February 5, also known as National Signing Day, five Poland seniors signed their letters of intent in front of friends, family, and administrators. Among them was senior Carolyn Boccieri who committed to the University of Mount Union. She will be joining the Raiders to play for the women’s soccer team. 

Upon visiting the school Boccieri said, “I loved the coaching staff and meeting some of my future teammates.”

Boccieri has been a part of the PSHS soccer team for the past four years and was captain this past season. When deciding on Mount Union, she liked the small size of the university and thought it was the perfect distance from home. 

“Mount Union was everything I was looking for in academics and athletics. There is such a strong sense of community within the university,” she said.

Next year, Boccieri is looking forward to meeting new people and playing with her team. She is planning on obtaining a degree relating to health sciences. 

Next Stop for Gianna Stanich Purdue University of Fort Wayne for Cross Country

Recently,  Gianna Stanich, senior at Poland Seminary High School,  signed with Purdue University of Fort Wayne. After having an extremely successful final cross country season, she is headed to continue her cross country and track and field career at Purdue. Individually qualifying to the state cross country tournament and helping the rest of the team qualify was definitely one of her biggest accomplishments of her senior year. It is exciting for her to bring that energy into the next level. 

We sat down with Gianna to ask her a few questions regarding her acceptance to Purdue.  The senior is excited to be able to continue her cross country career at Purdue. 

Stanich said, “Yes I’m very excited, the coaching staff and the team is very nice. I’m really looking forward to continuing. My passion is for running. I’m going to be in season all the time; I’m in indoor running, outdoor running, and cross country,” said Stanich.

The all star athlete is also excited to open a new chapter in her life with her decision to go to Purdue. 

Stanich said, “Well, I was looking between YSU and Purdue, but I made my final decision with Purdue because I was looking for something new and meet new people.”

Stanich is planning on majoring in something with science and then continuing her education at a PA school. We wish her the best of luck in her career.

With all of her victories and successes, we know that Gianna will have an amazing time furthering her running. Her teammates and coaches are all so excited for her and all wish her well. 

KaiLi Gross commits to Case Western Reserve for Softball

Senior softball player KaiLi Gross announced her commitment to Case Western Reserve University on Wednesday, February 5.

When asked what made her choose this school, she explained it was an easy pick for her. “

Their academics are great; the softball coaches I really liked, and the environment was very positive. They all have the same goals there,” said Gross.

Gross said that she did an overnight stay, and that’s what helped her in the process of committing. 

“I did an overnight and the girls were super nice and welcoming. Although the school is division three, it’s very large and open in the city of Cleveland,” she said. 

Gross plans to major in chemical or biomedical engineering and says she looks forward to having a fun and successful senior season with her teammates in the spring.  

Mason McCurdy signs with the Blue Streaks for Baseball

Mason McCurdy, a senior at Poland Seminary High School, recently signed to continue his baseball career at John Carroll University. 

He said, “Playing in college is something I’ve always wanted to do since I was young, playing the game I love, and it got me into a great institution that with hard work will set me up well for my future.” 

McCurdy’s friends and family will be the first to tell you how much he has loved baseball and how hard he has worked for this moment since he was a kid.

McCurdy’s piece of advice to kids wanting to play at the next level is to “just keep working, and it will happen. Those times when nobody is watching, and you’re out putting in the extra work are the most important times, and those times will show.”

McCurdy chose JCU over the many different places he could have decided on. 

He emphasized, “When I went up there it felt like home, it just felt like a good fit; sometimes, I guess you just know.”

We look forward to seeing McCurdy on the baseball field this spring with our Bulldogs, and we wish him the best of luck with his career as a John Carroll Blue Streak.

Allyson Nittoli signs with Mount Union for softball

Senior softball player Allyson Nittoli has announced her commitment to the University of Mount Union on Wednesday, February 5.

Nittoli was asked why she has chosen this school out of a couple different options. 

“I really liked the campus, and I seemed to fit in well. I had a few options although I chose the school that made me feel most at home,” said Nittoli.

 Nittoli explained that she has visited the school over three times along with an overnight. 

“Yes, I did an overnight and spent the weekend with the softball team. The team was very funny and chill, while the coaches were also very welcoming.” 

Nittoli plans to major in special education or early childhood education. She talks about the upcoming softball season. 

“I would like to have a fun season with all my teammates as a captain. Also, I would like to go further than the previous season and win state.”