Dreams do come true.
At least they have for nine Central Bucks South seniors, who came one step closer to realizing their dream of competing in sports at the next level when they were recognized for their college commitment at a special signing event earlier this month.
Brianna Jucewicz was involved in competitive swimming since she was 8 years old, but when she reached high school, she realized it was no longer her passion.
“I did cross country that fall, and I really liked it,” the CB South senior said. “After the swim season here, I did track and I was like, ‘This is what I want to do.’”
The SOL Colonial Division cross country champion this fall, Jucewicz has signed a letter of intent to continue her cross country and track career at Monmouth University, choosing the New Jersey school from a final list that included Delaware, West Chester and Bloomsburg.
“I met the coaches in the summer at a camp, and they were super awesome,” said Jucewicz, who will major in health studies/sciences. “I met a few girls at the camp. I came back for an official visit two months later, and I met more people, it was so awesome. When I toured the school for academics, my family and I just fell in love with it.”
Three South baseball players – JT Anderosky, Justin Marraccini and Robby Porco – have committed to continue their careers at the collegiate level.
Anderosky, an all-league outfielder, chose DeSales from a final list that also included Arcadia, Chestnut Hill and West Chester.
“I just really liked the whole coaching staff, and I really liked the feel when I was on campus,” said Anderosky, who is undecided on a major. “I always had the dream of playing in college. When I first started playing high school, that’s when it became real that I needed to focus and do what I needed to get done to be able to reach my goal.”
Marraccini, who will major in history, chose Elizabethtown from a final list that included Scranton, Arcadia and Ithaca.
“From baseball and the academic standpoint, it was the one that made the most sense,” Marraccini said. “It was the most balanced and where I could have the best opportunity for baseball as well as academics.”
The South senior pointed to the COVID-19 pandemic as a key in his progression in baseball.
“I had so much time to get in the weight room, build myself up, get on good throwing regiments – it put me on the map where I could now compete at a higher level,” Marraccini said.
Porco will take his talents on the mound to West Virginia University where he will major in computer science. He also considered Notre Dame and Stony Brook.
“The first time I stepped on campus on a tour for my sister – I knew I wanted to go there,” Porco said. “The campus is really pretty, the facilities are really nice, and the team is really good. There’s a family feel there.
“Ever since ninth grade, I’ve known I wanted to go and play in college. It was an exciting ride the whole way through.”
Taylor Hinkle – a first team all-league guard – has committed to continue her basketball career at Holy Family University, choosing the Philadelphia school from a final list that also included Jefferson and Chestnut Hill.
“The minute I walked on campus and saw everything – I knew it was home,” said Hinkle, who will major in health sciences. “They just had everything I wanted academic-wise and athletic-wise.
“I started playing basketball in second grade. I used to play softball too. In middle school, I narrowed it down quite early. I was like, basketball is my sport, it’s my passion. I’m just really excited for the next four years.”
Four members of this fall’s successful field hockey team – Julia Cooper, Kailey Sarrasin, Anna Shirley and Erin Smith – have committed to play collegiate hockey.
Cooper selected East Stroudsburg University from a final list that included Bryant, Ursinus, Davidson, Lock Haven and Franklin & Marshall. She is undecided on a major but is considering web design.
“East Stroudsburg has a really good field hockey program – they’re nationally ranked, and I was drawn to that,” Cooper said. “They also have a variety of majors, which was important to me because I don’t know what I want to do.
“My whole life I’ve actually played soccer, and I played both soccer and field hockey in middle school. When it came to high school, I decided I wanted to stick with field hockey instead, so I joined Mayhem, which is my club team, and then I knew from there I wanted to play in college because I loved it so much.”
Sarrasin, who will major in physical therapy, chose Lebanon Valley College but also considered Misericoridia.
“I chose Lebanon Valley for the environment and the people there,” Sarrasin said. “It was a better choice program-wise, and the team is so welcoming.
“I’ve always known I wanted to play since I was younger, and with the help of my coaches and friends, it was an easy choice that I knew I wanted to play in college.”
Shirley’s final list came down to Villanova University and Ursinus College. She chose Villanova where she will major in mathematics.
“Villanova has always been my top choice,” Shirley said. “I love the coaches, I loved the campus, and I love everything the team stands for.
“I’ve played hockey for as long as I can remember. I started playing in first grade, and during high school, I realized I wanted to continue playing because I didn’t want to give it up.”
Smith will continue her career at the University of New Haven where she will major in communications. Her final list also included La Salle and Wagner.
“I liked the location – it is very different from being in Pennsylvania,” Smith said. “It’s right between New York City and Boston, so I’ll have opportunities for careers.
“When I played club, I would email coaches and just do the whole recruiting thing, starting when I was in ninth grade. I started playing club with the goal in mind to end up playing in college.”