Ten Goshen High School seniors signed letters of intent to continue their education and athletic careers at college in the fall.
Lauren Sanders, Robert Armistead, Brenna Politoski, Max Heinrich, Rob Hensey Jr., Julia McMahon, Tom Stickley, Xavier McKenna, Ryan Garton and Jeremy Pantoni signed their college acceptance letters in front of family and friends during a ceremony in their honor on March 14. Each of them thanked their families, coaches, teachers and friends for their support and helping them to succeed.
“While this ceremony is bittersweet, because in many ways it symbolizes the end of a chapter in their academic and athletic journeys, my hope is that you allow this ceremony to serve as a reminder that you can achieve whatever you set their mind to and that we are all here to support you in the rest of their journey,” said Matthew O’Brien, Assistant Principal/Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. “Students, please know regardless of where your journey takes you, Goshen will always be your home and everyone here will be watching and rooting for you every step of the way.”
At the young age of 5, Lauren Sanders began her soccer career. After many years of travel soccer and after many tournaments and showcases, Lauren played Varsity Soccer for the Gladiators for 3 years and served as captain of the team this past season, her senior year. She is a two-time section champ, a two-time division champ and has a NYS Final Four appearance in 2015 under her belt.
Lauren’s impressive accomplishments extended to the classroom as well – she is a 4-time Honor Roll recipient, member of the NHS, member of the WLHS and a scholarship recipient at SUNY Oneonta. She plans to study Biology at Oneonta in addition to continuing her Soccer career.
As a sophomore, Robert Armistead joined the Varsity Swim Team and as a senior, Robert was a co-captain of the team.
As a student here at GHS, Robert loves History and as a student at CTEC his interest is in plumbing/HVAC. That is part of the reason his future at SUNY Delhi has him so excited – SUNY DELHI offers the broader program of Construction Management as well as, of course, a Men’s Swim Program.
Brenna Politoski was a member of the inaugural girls varsity lacrosse team as an eighth grader and has been a five year starter, playing defense and midfield. In 2016, Brenna was named Section 9 All-Division and was selected as the Goshen Defensive Player of the Year.. In 2017 she was named a Section 9-All Division Honorable mention and she was a big part of the program’s first Section 9 Championship.
This year Brenna was named Captain of the lacrosse team. This past year she also was part of the Girls Soccer team and Indoor track. Through her high school career, Brenna has made honor roll and merit roll several times. She participated in the high school internship program teaching physical education at Scotchtown Elementary and Health education at CJ Hooker. In November, she officially committed to play lacrosse at Springfield College in Massachusetts and is excited to pursue a degree in Health and Physical Education.
Max has been the starting kicker/punter for Goshen football for the past four years. Since his freshman year, Max has competed in camps among the top kickers and punters in the nation and has been ranked nationally as a punter/kicker. Max has maintained the status of Scholar Athlete from 9th through 12th grade competing in all varsity sports. In Max’s junior year, he was inducted into the National Honor Society along with being named 845 Player of the Year 2nd Team and All State Honorable Mention. In Max’s senior year, he was named All Section and All League along with All State 2nd team. Max caught the attention of Marist College when he competed at their prospect camp in the summer of his senior year. He also competed in other college prospect camps and received multiple interests from Div I schools. Max is excited to be playing at the Div I AA FCS level at Marist where he will also join other Goshen football players, Tom and Joe Giordano. Max plans to major in Human Resource Management.
One special achievement Max is extremely proud of is his most recent Eagle Scout achievement. Max started scouting in 2nd grade and has worked on his Eagle Scout with tons of community service and volunteer work.
Rob Hensey Jr.
Rob has been a starter on the Varsity baseball team since his freshman year under Coach Mardyniak. Rob has spent many summers playing American Legion baseball where he has had the opportunity to play alongside some of the best talent in the area.
In the classroom, Rob has maintained an overall average of 92 and is a two-time member of the National Honor Society.
Unfortunately, an injury kept Rob from playing baseball in his junior year, and the injury also hindered the recruiting process a little bit – Rob would like to thank pitching coach Willy Frazer and John Rahn of BELIEVE ELITE ATHLETIC TRAINING for getting him back on track. Rob has committed to pitch for Division 1 Monmouth University.
As an 8th grader, Julia McMahon was a key player on the JV softball team and again as a 9th grader. As a sophomore, she joined the Varsity team and is now entering her third year as a member of the team. She is a solid force for the Gladiators behind the plate, but also offers them some versatility in the outfield, 1st base and 3rd base.
Last season, she helped lead the Gladiators to a Section Title – batting 367. She has committed to SUNY Geneseo and plans to study Biology in addition to playing softball.
Thomas Stickley is a four-year starter for Goshen High School’s Varsity Soccer team. He has captained the team for the last two years and was honored as the Varsity 845 Player of the Year this past season. As some of the upperclassman graduated, Thomas moved on to lead the midfield finishing this year with 12 goals and 15 assists. In addition to playing for Goshen during the school season, Thomas plays year round for TSF Academy out of Wayne, NJ. He’s also had the opportunity to play for TSF in Argentina and in Madrid as a part of the Adidas Next Generation program. He played for TSF FC, a semi-pro team and he will continue to play for them this summer.
Thomas’ accomplishments have not just come on the field, but in the classroom too. He is an honors student with a 97 average. He is a member of the World Language Honor Society as well as the National Honor Society. He intends on majoring in Business next year at Fairfield University. Thomas volunteers as a student coach for one of Goshen Soccer Club girl’s travel teams, the Spirit. He learned his love of soccer on the fields of Goshen at a young age playing alongside many of his longtime friends for the Goshen Galaxy.
Xavier McKenna was a three sport athlete for his freshman and sophomore years. He was named most improved as a football player his freshman year and was offensive player of the year for lacrosse. He continued as a two sport athlete for his junior and senior years. Xavier was captain of the football team his senior year leading the team in forced fumbles, interceptions, and defensive touchdowns. He was named defensive MVP this past season.
Throughout his high school career he maintained a 3.2 gpa earning him the Castleton Scholars award. He also earned the Citizenship Scholarship at Castleton for his involvement in extracurriculars. Xavier has committed to playing football at Castleton University.
In a short amount of time – Ryan Garton has accomplished a tremendous amount as a member of the Gladiators Baseball team. Those accomplishments include winning Rookie of the Year on the Varsity team as a sophomore, winning the Cy Young Award for his excellence in pitching as a junior and most recently, receiving the scholar athlete award. He looks forward to attending Suffolk University in the Fall where he plans to major in media and film and also continue his baseball career.
Over the past four years, Jeremy Pantoni has demonstrated a tremendous commitment to both soccer and academics. He has maintained an average in the 90s over that span and was inducted into both the NHS and WLHS as a junior.
Jeremy has also demonstrated excellence in soccer – after returning his senior year to Goshen soccer after playing academy soccer as a junior, Jeremy put on quite the show. This past season, Jeremy scored 34 goals and recorded 11 assists, was selected as a Varsity 845 All-Star, was an All-State 1st Team selection, an All-Metro Team selection, an All-Region Team selection and received honors as a United Soccer Coaches All-American. In the fall, Jeremy will be attending SUNY ONEONTA.
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