Saturday, July 2 2022

There’s a little more variety in the latest edition of College Signings.

In fact, baseball, women’s basketball and women’s soccer are all in the spotlight as the 2021-22 school year rolls around in June.

Three of the four student-athletes play women’s sports, including two teammates. And, when it comes to level of competition, one student-athlete will compete at the Division 2 level while the other three will enroll in Division 3 schools.

Again, Advance/ will share the good news in the following report.

We also have a number of past signings over the last few months down below. Also give them another look, if you want.

Brianna Cinque, Tottenville

Tottenville High School’s Brianna Cinque, seated, is joined, from left, by Tottenville varsity coach Ron Nathanson, father Frank, sister Gabriella Cinque, mother Shannon Cinque and brother Michael Cinque after committing to SUNY-Cortland. (Courtesy of Ron Nathanson)

Tottenville High School’s Brianna Cinque plans to continue her basketball career at SUNY-Cortland beginning in the fall.

The Annadale resident, who played three years in varsity hoops — including her second season at St. Joseph by-the-Sea — said personal trainer Doug Elwell played a role in contacting the Cortland’s assistant, Audra Clark. Cinque and Clark started talking in February and eventually Cinque visited the Division 3 school and met head coach Jacey Brooks.

“Cortland has a big campus for a Division 3 school, the facility is advanced and I really liked the practice facility and the basketball court,” explained Cinque, who played travel hoops for the Cardinals. of Jersey. “My aunt had gone to school (in Cortland), and she loved it, and I just felt like she was the right fit for me.”

In 14 PSAL regular season games last season, the 5-foot-10 Cinque averaged 9.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. She also averaged 16.0 points and 6.7 boards per game in three playoff meetings. Cinque also made 12 three-point shots and made 59 trips to the charity strip while burying 37.

“(Coaching staff) specifically said they know I’m not the greatest (front court player) at 5-10, but they like that I’m playing like I’m 6- 2,” Cinque said. “They think I play hard against bigger girls, I’m aggressive and I play with heart.

“Hearing all of this made me feel good and confident,” she added. “And giving me that kind of confidence made me want to go to this school.”

Cinque, 18, said Cortland’s coaching staff generally has a deep rotation.

“They said they like to play against everyone and if I work hard maybe I can get some minutes in my freshman year,” she added. “It gave me extra motivation to go there and I plan to work hard.”

Cinque, who will be majoring in biology, has also caught the interest of Cabrini and Rowan.

Brianna Dore, Susan Wagner

Brianna Dore

Susan Wagner’s Brianna Dore, seated center, is joined by, clockwise from left, mom Christina, SW principal David Cugini, best friend Emily Albano, sister Sabrina, coach- SW chief Carleen Rago, SW athletic director Scott McBratney and dad Brian after he recently made a commitment to the Staten Island College official. (Courtesy of Scott McBratney)

Susan Wagner’s goaltender Brianna Dore will continue her football career at the College of Staten Island beginning in the fall.

Dore, 18, who was a three-year college starter for the Falcons, said CSI head coach Brendan Guzman reached out to her first and it got things going with her recruitment.

“We started talking and I eventually sent him a highlight video,” Dore said. “He offered me a spot on the CSI roster in January and I think that’s the best place for me to develop as a player.

“I’m very happy with my decision,” added the 5-foot-5 goaltender, who said she was impressed with the Dolphins facilities during her visit. “It was quite important for me to play in Division 2. I’ve worked hard all my life to get here and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Dore, who plays travel ball for Staten Island Soccer Club, had an impressive season for the Staten Island PSAL Division champions Falcons, who finished 13-0 in the regular season. In 16 games, including three PSAL playoff games, the keeper made 44 saves and allowed just four goals all season.

The Great Kills resident said Guzman was intrigued by several aspects of her game.

“He likes my footwork in the back of the net and my overall aggression,” Dore said. “The coach also likes my knowledge of the game.

“I felt pretty good with the things he was saying. I will also have the opportunity to show what I am capable of for a possible starting place. This also influenced my decision.”

Dore, who plans to major in social work, has also attracted interest from two SUNY schools, including Oneonta and New Paltz.

matt venezia

matt venezia

Southpaw Matt Venezia, who primarily throws three pitches, will attend college in Pennsylvania in the fall. (Courtesy of John Venezia)

Huguenot left-handed pitcher Matt Venezia will continue his baseball career at Marywood University starting in the fall.

Venezia, 18, who plays travel ball for the Staten Island Stallions, said her connection to Marywood stemmed from her desire to learn to fly planes.

“I want to be an airline pilot and they have a program (Aviation-Pilot Management) that suited me perfectly,” Venezia explained. “Once I was accepted into the program, I contacted their baseball program, finally showed them a video about me, and they decided to give me an opportunity.

“It’s really a gift (to be able to play baseball too),” he added, noting that he had spoken with Marywood baseball coach Jason Thiel. “Not everyone can play (a sport) in college, and to be able to play at the next level is a dream. I’m honored to be able to do that.”

The 6-foot-2 Venezia, who will graduate from St. Peter’s on Friday, considers himself a junk-baller who tops out at 80 miles per hour. He mainly throws three pitches, including a two-seam fastball, a changeover, and a slider.

“They said my mechanics looked good after seeing my video from last summer,” he said. “I’m looking forward to training over the summer and getting ready for the fall.”

Venezia has also attracted interest from Farmingdale State, FDU-Madison, St. Elizabeth’s and Drew.

Alexa Zambino, Tottenville

Alexa Zambino

Tottenville High School’s Alexa Zambino, seated, is joined by, from left, dad Michael, mom Jennifer, JV coach Jessica Althoff, varsity coach Ron Nathanson, principal Gina Battista and athletic director Cliff Bloom after recently making his commitment official at the University of Stockton. (Courtesy of Ron Nathanson)

Tottenville center Alexa Zambino recently made the decision to play women’s basketball at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ, starting in the fall.

The 5-foot-11 Zambino, a two-year college player with the Pirates, said she was drafted to play as a power forward with the Division 3 Ospreys.

Stockton head coach Devin Jefferson was present when Zambino competed with Team Sharp, his travel team, at the USJN Nationals in Maryland. Zambino and Jefferson eventually had a talk, and Zambino was convinced to pay Stockton a visit.

“The campus is beautiful and (Jefferson) is really nice,” said Zambino, 17. “I immediately had a connection and took a liking to her and just felt like this was the place for me.

“Playing college basketball is something I’ve wanted to do since I was 6. I’ve played all over the country (with Team Sharp) and the recruiting process can be stressful,” she said. added “But I’m very happy with my choice.”

Zambino had a strong senior season with the Pirates after averaging 16.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in 14 PSAL regular season games. She also stepped her game up a notch in three playoff competitions after averaging 17.7 points and 9.3 cards per game. In those 17 games, Zambino crossed the free throw line 84 times (4.9 attempts per game) and drained seven treys.

“(Jefferson) likes that I can play inside, but I can also go out and shoot from the perimeter, including threesome,” Zambino said. “We didn’t discuss (playing time), but she said the team needed strikers and she intended to make me the four (power striker).

“It definitely made me feel good,” she added. “It gives me confidence going into first year and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Zambino plans to specialize in corporate finance. The Eltingville resident has also attracted interest from East Stroudsberg, Nyack and SUNY-Oneonta.

Other recent signings

Angelina Olah by Susan Wagner (athletics)

Susan Wagner’s Michael Rodriguez-King (athletics)

Tottenville’s Louis Spezio (soccer)

Olanrewaju Adeyemi of Curtis, Sam Martin and Osahon Noruwa (soccer)

Michael Walsh of Saint-Pierre (Baseball)

Chris Polemeni of St. Pierre (Baseball)

Julian Velazquez of St. Pierre (Baseball)

NDA’s Saranda Capani (Athletics)

NDA’s Meghan Leonard (athletics, cross country)

Alyssia Brown (Athletics, XC) from NES

Angela Cavalieri of St. Joseph Hill (athletics, cross country)

Jacob Stewart of St. Joseph by-the-Sea (soccer)

Julia Harsche of St. Joseph by-the-Sea (softball)

Devin Malvasio of St. Joseph by-the-Sea (Baseball)

Bishop Farrell’s Joe Badyna (soccer)

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University Dedications 13 (May 20)


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