College Destinations: Two girls from Section 4 to play basketball at St. Bonaventure

College Destinations: Two girls from Section 4 to play basketball at St. Bonaventure

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College Destinations: Two girls from Section 4 to play basketball at St. Bonaventure

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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:

Maine-Endwell

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.

Owego

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.

Union-Endicott

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.

Vestal

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.

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