Yesterday, friends, family and coaches gathered together to recognize and celebrate the Wheatley student-athletes who have committed to pursuing athletics in college. Mr. Scaturro provided a write-up of these remarkable members of the Class of 2021. Thank you to Natalie Scudero (Class of 2021) for most of the photos!
Nadeem has been a hard-working four-year varsity track and field student-athlete here at Wheatley. He is the type of athlete to go above and beyond not only for himself but his teammates as well. He has no problem jumping into an event that he was not planning on doing just to get the team some extra points and is always the first person to cheer on teammates during their own events. Nadeem has seen success at every level of his high school career. From his four All-Conference awards, three All-County awards and not to mention competing at the state championships twice. There is no doubt he would have received more postseason awards if it was not for COVID-19 interfering. Nadeem’s hard-working attitude, as well as his pre and post-meet speeches, will be missed.
For soccer, Nadeem was a three-year member of the Varsity Boys Soccer team, leading the team as a captain this past fall. He was named All-County as a senior and All-County Honorable Mention as a junior. Nadeem was one of the smallest players on the field as a sophomore; however, he played with the biggest heart, desire and energy on the team. He is always a larger-than-life character. He is a leader not only vocally but by example. He is well respected and looked up to by all his teammates and coaches. We wish him the best at Seton Hill University, where he will run track and play soccer. Congratulations Nadeem!
Frankie has played varsity baseball since 2019 as a sophomore, started at second base and batted leadoff every day. He was one of our best contact hitters and rarely struck out. After a slow start, he batted over .500 in the second half of the season and finished with a respectable .420 average. He is an excellent middle infielder with sure hands and a strong arm. This season, he is our starting shortstop and, in certain circumstances, our closer. Frankie is off to a great start this spring and we are looking to finish the season successfully. His leadership abilities earned him the designation of team captain this spring as he is a great role model for the younger players. Frankie will be continuing his baseball career at Mercy College in the Fall. Congratulations Frankie, best of luck to you!
James is an outstanding two-sport athlete here at Wheatley, playing both football and lacrosse. This fall James was the WIldcat Award winner for Football for his outstanding efforts on the football field. This spring he was named captain of the Boys Lacrosse team for his excellent leadership qualities. He has a tremendous work ethic and commitment to both programs. He is a true team player as a long stick and close defenseman. He has been a three-year starter on Varsity Boys Lacrosse with sound fundamental skills. James will continue his lacrosse career at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. Congratulations, James, best of luck to you!
Jack has been a three-year member of the Varsity Boys Lacrosse team and is the captain during his senior season. Jack plays many positions such as offense, defense, faceoff wing and extra man. He is described as an IRON MAN by Coach Donovan and an excellent all-around midfielder by playing between the lines in the most demanding position on the field. Jack is known to shoot well with both hands while on the run. Jack will continue his lacrosse career at Endicott College in Massachusetts. Congratulations Jack, best of luck to you!
Laura has been a three-year starter on the Varsity Girls Lacrosse team and has contributed both on and off the field. Laura started off as a defensive player in 9th and 10th grade and currently plays both defense and midfield. Laura received the Spirit Award in 10th grade for her positive and helpful attitude on the team. She thanks Coach Grace and Coach Stein as they helped her develop her lacrosse skills through high school. She was also a member of the 2019 Conference Championship team. Laura is excited to continue her career as a lacrosse player at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Congratulations Laura, best of luck to you!
Aarushi started rowing for the first time in the 7th grade and immediately fell in love with the sport. She grew attached to the demons of the sport and the serenity of being on the water. In the fall of her 8th-grade year, she joined Port Rowing. In her 10th-grade year, Aarushi switched to coxing, this is the person that is in charge of steering and navigating the boat. Coxing gave her the chance to be a leader and to be challenged mentally. During her junior year, she was chosen to be captain of the varsity team. Aarushi is excited to continue her crew career at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.