Mount St. Mary Academy hosted its Spring Signing Day at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in honor of eight Mount St. Mary students in the senior class who signed NCAA National Letters of Intent.
The students represent Thunder Varsity sports across the board, signing to play softball, soccer, track and field, and ice hockey at Division I, Division II, and Division III schools.
“We could not be prouder of these amazing young women,” Mount St. Mary Academy Principal Katherine Spillman said on Wednesday. “Aside from being impressive athletes, they’re intelligent students, thoughtful friends and passionate advocates in their communities.”
Skye Dorcely started her first year in varsity athletics her senior year, throwing shot put for the Thunder Varsity Indoor Track and Field team. Dorcely trained diligently and improved at every meet – each successive event in which she competed was her personal best. Apart from her talent for the sport, Dorcely is a natural born leader, according to her coaches. Throughout her high school career, she has also been involved in the arts, participating in the school musical and chorus.
Dorcely earned a partial scholarship to Daemen College, where she will pursue her degree in physical therapy while competing on the Division II indoor track and field team.
Jillian Fittry has played four years each for the Thunder Varsity Softball team and the Thunder Varsity Basketball team. Fittry was on the All-Catholic first team and All-WNY third team for softball her junior year and All-Catholic first team for basketball her senior year. She can play any position on the softball field but plays primarily center field and short stop. Fittry also played two years for the Thunder Varsity Soccer team and plays on the Amherst Lightning travel softball team, which has won multiple tournaments during her athletic career, including the NSA Nationals in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Fittry is planning to study mathematical sciences at Binghamton University (SUNY) and will be playing for the university’s Division I softball team.
Leah Gath has spent four years running for the Thunder Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Track and Field teams. She has been a scholar athlete already for the Fall and Winter seasons, and MVP in all three of her chosen sports and a captain and leader on her teams. It was also recently announced that Gath is the valedictorian of her class with a 100 percent average. In addition to all this, Gath goes above and beyond in her volunteer work.
Gath will go on to Hofstra University where she will study biomedical engineering and join the Division I track and field team. She plans to run for all three athletic seasons in college.
Francesca Kobee is a three-sport athlete – soccer, bowling and softball – who has proven herself to be a valuable and versatile player. She has been known to step into the goalie position when the Thunder soccer team needed one. In past seasons with Thunder athletics, Kobee has been named to the All-Catholic first team and second team for soccer. She also plays travel soccer for the Kenmore Soccer Club.
Kobee will continue her higher education at D’Youville College where she will major in psychology and play Division III soccer.
Megan Persico plays soccer, basketball and softball for Mount St. Mary Academy. She has played four years of varsity soccer and three years of varsity basketball and softball. In soccer, Persico was the team MVP and was named to the All-Catholic team her sophomore, junior and senior years. She has also been named a Max Prep Player of the Week. Outside of Thunder athletics, Persico plays travel soccer for the Kenmore Soccer Club.
Persico will be attending Gannon University in the fall, where she will study athletic training and play Division II soccer.
Julia Stranges has been a four-year varsity starter in soccer – her first three years for Niagara Catholic High School and her senior year at Mount St. Mary Academy after transferring. She has also played two years of varsity tennis and participated in winter and spring crew her senior year. Stranges played five years of travel soccer with Global Premier Soccer and currently trains with Buffalo Soccer Academy. She’s involved in a great deal of volunteer work and other non-athletic extracurricular activities.
Stranges plans to attend Mercyhurst University in the fall where she will major in intelligence studies with a minor in Spanish and play Division II soccer.
Ava Tower has been on the Monsignor Martin Varsity Ice Hockey team for all four years of her high school athletic career. The team won the championship her freshman year. In her senior year, she was named to the All-Western New York third team. Tower also has played four years for the Thunder lacrosse teams, three of those on varsity. She was named to the All-Catholic second team her junior year and the team won the league and playoffs her sophomore year.
Tower will go on to study psychology at SUNY Morrisville where she will play Division III ice hockey.
Emily Matthew is another all-around athlete who has played golf, ice hockey, tennis and volleyball during her high school career, focusing her time on ice hockey, and golf her senior year. Matthew was named to the All Federation team for ice hockey in her senior year as part of the Monsignor Martin team. She also plays travel hockey with the Niagara Junior Purple Eagles Girls 19U team, where she serves as an alternate captain. Matthew is a coach to younger players at Red Line Hockey School in her free time.
Matthew was not in town on the day of the event. She was participating in a Virtual Enterprises entrepreneurship competition in New York City with some of her Mount St. Mary classmates.
Matthew will be will be studying graphic and multimedia design at SUNY Canton where she has signed on to play Division III ice hockey.
Two Mount St. Mary Academy students in the Class of 2019 signed National Letters of Intent in the fall. Lois Garlow will play Division I lacrosse at Coastal Carolina University and Isabel Treanor will be on the Division II crew team at Nova Southeastern University.