• And they’re off . . . to new, exciting athletic adventures

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 6/25/2024 3:00:00 AM

    Winter athletics Signing Day has seniors looking forward


    A festive atmosphere prevailed in the library on January 30
    th, where four young men sat anxiously at a table decorated in balloons and brightly colored banners. They were the star of the show on this day as family, friends and teammates gathered to celebrate. As part of an athletic signing ceremony, the four signed their letters of intent to their respective colleges, where they will continue to play their favorite sport. Four boys sitting at table

     

    Michael Berman Annunzita was the first to sign his letter amongst applause from the crowd. He will be attending Clark University where he will play lacrosse.

     

    “I preferred the mix of academics and sports,” Michael said of his choice.

     

    He said amongst his fondest memories of playing at Blind Brook High School was the fact that lacrosse was not one of the major sports and he had an opportunity to watch the program grow over the years.

     

    Emcee Athletic Director Kim Saxton shared that Michael began playing lacrosse when he was four years old and has made a name for himself in the sport. 

     

    “He has been Blind Brook offensive player of the year, all-league recipient, achieved 100 assists, and also was named captain of the first ever league title lacrosse team,” Ms. Saxton said.

    Senior Will Jaffee made his mark on the track. He is ranked in the top 25 in Westchester County in the 55 Meter dash. Among his other achievements include winning the 1000M race at last year's Section 1 Class C Championships, anchoring Blind Brook's 4X1 and 4X4 teams that medaled at the 2023 Loucks Games in a school record time and competed at Nike Nationals in Eugene, OR. Will also holds the official indoor track school records in the 55M, 300M, 600M and 1,000M. He’s earned 10 varsity letters in Cross-Country and Track and two JV letters in basketball and he found time to play for Rye Brook Travel Soccer, Triple Threat's AAU tournament basketball teams and Rye Brook Rebels baseball.

    In the fall he will be attending SUNY Geneseo, where not surprisingly, he will join the track and field team.

    “They had a really welcoming atmosphere,” Will said of his chosen college.  “It’s a mix of sport and athletics, but I really felt welcomed there.”

    Will said his fondest memory while an athlete at BBHS was participating in the Nike Nationals. It was the school’s first time competing in the event and getting there was an adventure.

    Seth Low became a part of the BBHS lacrosse team at the recommendation of a friend. His friend must have seen his talent, for throughout his high school career Seth took to the sport like a natural. He earned the title of BBHS Defender of the Year twice, All-League, and contributing to Blind Brook’s first-ever league championships victory last year. During the summers, he joined the Westchester Warriors club team and attended countless showcases, even earning the Primetime Colonial Clash All Showcase Team.

    It came as no surprise when Seth decided to play lacrosse at Muhlenberg College.

    “During a campus visit I met with the guys, and I liked the team culture,” Seth said of his choice. “It’s something I wanted to be a part of.”

    He said he will always remember attending his first lacrosse game as a freshman and he said seeing how much fun the team was having inspired him to want to play the sport too.

    Andrew Rogovic shared his athletic talents with the BBHS Baseball team, and he hopes to do the same as part of the team at Northeastern University.

    “It was someplace I felt I could develop in both baseball and personally,” Andrew said of his college choice.

    During his career at BBHS he was named 2023 All League, All Section, League and Section Pitcher of Year, LoHud 1st Team All Star and he led all of Section 1 in Strikeouts in 2023 with 115 on the year, which is also a Blind Brook single season record and he was ranked in the top 500 players in the country by Perfect Game.

     

    “The entire season last year,” Andrew said of what his favorite memory was. “It was a great group of guys.”

     

    Ms. Saxton ended the ceremony wishing the student athletes all the best in their future endeavors.

     

    “You are now among the empowered men and women to go on to college and play in the sport that you love,” she said. “We congratulate you all and wish for nothing but success in all you do.”

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  • Senior athletes ready to make a splash in their collegiate careers

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 5/16/2024

    Girl signing paper

    Blind Brook High School seniors Sydney Goldberg and Neelam Govindaraj have a few things in common, they are both graduating in June and are athletes. Mostly, they both love spending time by the water — Sydney in the pool, and Neelam rowing on the water.

     

    Their passion for the water will continue in college as the two recently signed to swim and row at the colleges of their choice —Sydney at Lafayette College and Neelam at Georgetown University.


    Surrounded by their family and friends, the two signed their collegiate letters of intent during a special ceremony in the Blind Brook High School library.

     

    “I’ve heard her happy place is the pool,” said Athletic Director Kim Saxton before introducing Sydney to those gathered.

     

    “I chose Lafayette because I felt welcomed by the swimmers and coaches and the community as well as the academics,” Sydney said, adding that her fondest memory of swimming was when she and her team realized they qualified for states.

     

    “That was definitely an inspirational moment for us,” Sydney said.

     

    According to Ms. Saxton, the swimmer has been in the pool since the age of six months. Throughout her athletic career, she has swum for the Empire Swim Team for 10 years and the merged swim team since her sophomore year at BBHS. She’s been named All-Section and All-League, and she qualified for the states in two relay events. This year she served as captain of the varsity swim team.

     

    For Neelam, he has been rowing since he was 12 for Greenwich Crew in Greenwich, CT. He’s been awarded the Most Valuable Athlete in his Novice Crew during his freshman year. That same year his u17 boat won the gold medal at the Head of the Charles in Boston, Mass. He’s the recipient one gold and two silver medals while with Greenwich Crew. This past summer his team rowed in the Henley Royal Regatta in England. Naleem served as captain of the team during his senior year.

     

    Naleem said he chose Georgetown for the balance of athletics and academics rigor and for the opportunity to live in the nation’s capital.

     

    “It’s been a dream of mine,” he said of living in Washington, DC.

     

    Before the photo ops began with family and friends, Ms. Saxton offered one more congratulations to the two athletes.

     

    “Signees, you are now among the empowered men and women to go on to college and play in the sport that you love,” Ms. Saxton said. “We congratulate you all and wish for nothing but success in all you do!”

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  • BBHS Athletes sign on to continue play in college

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 6/27/2023 1:00:00 PM

    Three students sit at table surrounded by balloonsCongratulations to Blind Brook High School senior athletes!

    Halle Greaige, SUNY Purchase, D-3 Baseball
    John “JP” D’Inverno, Sacred Hearth University, Football
    Corey Piller, Central Connecticut State University, Track & Field

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  • Athlete Signing Day

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 2/6/2023 10:35:00 AM

    Four students sit at table surrounded by balloonsDedicated student-athletes.
    Every year, a number of Blind Brook student-athletes commit to play their sport competitively at the collegiate level.

    Congratulations to these young men and women and their families!

     

    Congratulations to our Class of 2023!

    Signing day was held on Jan. 31, 2022

    Nili Sprecher

    University of Virgina

    Squash

    Nico Gonzalez

    Franklin & Marshall College

    Soccer

    Ethan Taerstein

    Colby University

    Lacrosse

    Alyssa Trokie

    SUNY New Paltz

    Tennis

     

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