Bucks County Herald

CB South seniors select colleges

MARY JANE SOUDER



At Central Bucks South’s signing ceremony are, from left, front row, Alexa Ortman, Isabella Manzella, Anna Green, Brooke Steigerwalt; back row, Joseph Loynd, Kylie Kenney, Casey Reilly, Michael Cannon Jr. and Alexa Brodie.

Michael Cannon Jr. has a passion for both track and music. The Central Bucks South senior will get the best of both worlds next year when he enrolls at Monmouth University.

“Monmouth was everything I was looking for in terms of academic opportunity and athletic opportunity,” Cannon said.

Cannon, one of nine seniors recognized last Tuesday at CB South’s signing day, began running track in third grade and quickly fell in love with the sport. He overcame stress reactions as a freshman to become an elite sprinter and was a member of South’s 4 x200 relay that finished second in indoor states last year.

The senior, an accomplished musician, chose Monmouth from a final list that included Rowan, Duquesne and Syracuse.

He will pursue a degree in music with a concentration in music industry.

“The specific music major that Monmouth was offering was something I couldn’t turn down,” said Cannon, whose goal is to one day become a professional artist. “Specifically, I saw that my future there would be exactly what I was hoping for. I couldn’t see myself studying music anywhere else with the passion for music that I have.

“The track team is excellent. When I visited there, everybody was so welcoming. The coaches and staff and team are a tight-knit community.”

For lacrosse standout Anna Green, who committed the winter of her sophomore year, Cincinnati was the hands down winner from the outset.

“I just fell in love with the campus as soon as soon as I got there,” the high-scoring midfielder said. “It wasn’t like any other school I went to before. As soon as I walked on the campus, I felt like I was meant to be there. I loved the school spirit, I loved the urban setting, and I really loved the team and coaches.

“I originally wanted to play soccer in college, but I got cut from the soccer team, so I dedicated my time to lacrosse, and I just fell in love with it even more.”

A four-year starter for the soccer team, Brooke Steigerwalt suffered a torn ACL midway through her senior season and was sidelined the remainder of the season. She says she told her father when she was 8 years old that she was going to receive a soccer scholarship.

“He didn’t believe me, but I kept my word on that,” she said.

In the end, it came down to the University of Tampa and Vermont. There were other D1 schools in the mix, but Tampa easily won out.

“I wanted to go down South, so I knew right away that would be such a nice school to go to and I would love it instantly, which I actually did,” said Steigerwalt, who will be studying marketing/sports management. “It was just the right fit.”

Isabella Manzella, a stalwart defender for the soccer team, also was sidelined with an injury for a good portion of her senior season. A pre-med major, she chose Wagner College over Towson, falling in loved with the New York City campus.

“I started playing soccer when I was 7 years old, and I loved it,” Manzella said. “I began realizing I would be able to play in college when I started playing for my VE (Vereinigung Erzgebirge) club team. My college coach from Wagner scouted me out sophomore year, and ever since then, I knew I wanted to go there.”

Alexa Brodie, who led the Titans to a state runner-up finish last year, will continue her basketball career at Colgate University, choosing the Patriot League school over Princeton and Providence.

“My first priority when I went to visit was definitely the family feel,” the all-state point guard said. “I want it to be more than basketball, and I got that feeling when I got there. I saw the type of family that the coaches were and how they were involved with the players and how close the players were with each other.

“I never really thought about (playing in college) until I started receiving interest in seventh and eighth grade. I think playing basketball will really fulfill the college experience for me.”

Joseph Loynd will continue his baseball career at the University of Delaware. He also considered La Salle but chose Delaware because of the atmosphere and beautiful campus.

“It was just the right fit for me,” the all-league shortstop said. “I’ve always wanted to play baseball in college, and after my sophomore year, I had a solid year in high school, and I think that’s when I knew I (could) play in college.”

Kylie Kenney and Alexa Ortman helped lead the Titans to a District One 6A softball championship last spring. Kenney dominated in the circle while Ortman anchored the outfield and also was clutch at the plate.

Kenney has committed to continue her career at Bryant University. She also considered Elon and Towson.

“Bryant is the perfect combination of academics and softball,” the Titans’ ace said. “It is a D1 school, but it’s academic focused, and it’s a smaller school, which I wanted.

“It was in the last couple of years that I decided I wanted to go play in college, especially when I switched to Rock for 18U (travel softball). That’s when I got involved in searching for schools and looking for the perfect fit.”

Ortman – who also considered Kutztown, Monmouth and Providence – has committed to La Salle, drawn to the softball program by its coach, CB South alum Brooke Darreff.

“She’s super nice, and I like the way she’s going to change the program,” Ortman said of the former South standout. “I liked the campus too.

“When I was younger, I started off wanting to go to the SEC, but once I got a little bit older I realized I would probably play D1 around here. I always knew I wanted to go D1.”

Casey Reilly will continue her field hockey career at La Salle, choosing the Big Five school from a final list that included Towson, Drexel, West Chester, Ursinus and Lock Haven.

“My coach at La Salle (Kelly Broadway) is my club coach too, and I really liked her as a coach,” the all-league midfielder said. “I really liked the girls on the team and the campus, and I like how it’s close to home.

“I started field hockey in first grade, and my aunt (Michelle Finegan) is a coach too, and she owns the club I play on. I really always knew I wanted to play in college.”




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