St. Bonaventure coach Jim Crowley has returned to his roots to land a pair of women’s basketball recruits.
Windsor native Crowley’s incoming class for the 2014-15 season is to include Miranda Drummond of Harpursville and Mariah Ruff of Oneonta, both seniors who last season led their respective teams to the final four of state playoffs.
A 6-foot-1 forward, Drummond was a 22.3-point, nine-rebound producer for last season’s Hornets, who closed a 20-4 season as state runners-up. She was recognized as a first-team all-state selection. She was named Elite 10 Girls Player of the Year by the Press & Sun-Bulletin, Elmira Star Gazette and The Ithaca Journal.
“Miranda has done a lot of winning in her high school career,” Crowley said. “She is very versatile and has a motor that can go for days. She can bring the ball up, shoot the 3 and post up, and her length and athletic ability make her someone who could be a very good defender for us.”
Ruff earned first-team all-state selection in Class B after leading the Yellowjackets to a 21-2 season.
“Mariah is another winner and high-level athlete who we feel will contribute right away with her play and approach,” Crowley said. “She is very skilled and very competitive and I think just getting going with where she can end up as a player. She is a scoring guard who makes people better.”
Also making known their collegiate intentions:
Taylor Chidester will join the softball program at Mansfield University. While representing the Spartans, she has earned all-state honors at shortstop and All-Conference honors at third base.
Tyler Ford will join the lacrosse program at Syracuse University, and Rachel Merrill will join the basketball program at the University of Vermont.
Ford has a varsity faceoff percentage of 66.8, and has 112 goals and 56 assists for a 168-point total that stands fourth on the Indians’ all-time list.
Merrill, BCANY Class A Player of the Year in 2012, has 771 points and 471 rebounds as a varsity player. Her 126 blocked shots ranks second all-time at Owego, and the Indians have posted a 39-19 record with her on the floor.
C.J. Krowiak will play baseball at Binghamton University, Matt Eastman will play baseball at St. Bonaventure, and Lexi Eastman — Matt’s twin sister — will play softball at Le Moyne College.
Krowiak was co-MVP for the 2013 Section 4-champion Tigers, starting every game at shortstop and leading the team in average, stolen bases, at-bats, hits, doubles, and runs. Teammate Matt Eastman (1B/OF) led the 2013 team in RBI and on-base percentage.
Lexi Eastman has helped the softball program to multiple Section 4 championships in her four varsity seasons on the varsity. A pitcher/infielder, she struck out 121 batters in 80 innings in 2013 while posting a 1.48 ERA, and batted .330 with a team-record 11 doubles.
Pat Carlin will join the lacrosse program at Syracuse University. He has played three seasons of varsity lacrosse and football for the Golden Bears, earning all-star recognition in each sport.
Nick Wegmann will join the baseball program at Binghamton University. As a junior, he was named third-team all-state in Class A as a pitcher-outfielder. Mike Osinski will join the baseball program at Longwood University.
Alyssa Mullins, a three-year member of the varsity basketball team, will join the basketball program at Mansfield University.
Jennifer Shelp, twice a STAC Metro Division basketball all-star and team leader in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals the last two seasons, will continue in that sport at Southern New Hampshire.