M-W athletes sign National Letters of Intent

on November 29, 2016
Monroe-Woodbury athletes sign national letters of intent.

M-W athletes sign National Letters of Intent. From left, back row: Luke Saternow, Nick Weyant, Drew Guerra, Richard Martucci, and Evan Barczak. From left, front row: Annie Kurdziel, Willow Duffell, Erica Bachiller and Corinne Buttner.

Nine Monroe-Woodbury High School varsity athletes signed national letters of intent during a recent ceremony at Monroe-Woodbury High School with friends, family and members of the Monroe-Woodbury administration and staff in attendance.

“What a great day for Monroe-Woodbury Athletics! Congratulations to our student athletes who have signed their National Letters of Intent. We are so proud of their athletic and academic accomplishments and wish them the best of luck at their respective schools next year. Thank you for being such positive representatives of the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District,” said M-W Director of Athletics Lori Hock.

Congratulations to:

Evan Barczak, Wrestling

  • College: Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Major: Construction Management/Education
  • NCAA Division I
  • 3 time Section 9 Champion
  • 2 time state place-finisher
  • Ranked 18th at 152 by Flowrestling
  • 176 Varsity career wins
  • M-W coaches: John Gartiser, Steve Fischbein, Scott Johannemann

“I want to thank my family, friends and coaches for everything they have done for me,” said Barczak.

Erica Bachiller, Swimming & Diving

  • College: State University of New York/Binghamton
  • Major: Nursing
  • NCAA Division I
  • 100 Freestyle record holder
  • County champion
  • Section champion
  • 100 Backstroke county champion
  • 4 time state qualifier
  • Placed 6th in 100 backstroke at state meet –  2016
  • M-W coach: Justin Wright and Patrick Capriglione

“Thank you to my parents and coaches for making my high school swim career an unforgettable experience. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve half the things I did without their guidance, encouragement and unconditional support,” said Bachiller.

Corinne Buttner, Lacrosse

  • College: St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Major: Education; Minor: History
  • NCAA Division I
  • Varsity 845 first team – 2016
  • All-star team – 2016
  • 139 saves –  2016
  • Most Improved Player award – 2016
  • M-W coach: Sam Garnet

“Thanks to my parents for all they have done for me and to my coaches for pushing me to do my best,” said Buttner.

Willow Duffell, Basketball

  • College: Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Major: Undecided
  • NCAA Division I
  • Basketball
    • 2 section titles
    • MVP – sophomore year
    • MVP and captain – junior year
  • Soccer
    • 3 section titles
    • 1 regional title
    • Team captain
  • M-W Varsity basketball coaches: Coach Trapani and Coach Hayes
  • M-W Varsity soccer coaches: Coach Leslie Ahlborn, Coach Schellberg, Coach Garnet and William Mpasiakos

“Thanks to my family and teammates for always supporting me through the tough games and struggles and for telling me to never give up. And to my AAU coaches Pete DeLeo and Nick Volchok for making me the player I am today and for always pushing to make me better,” said Duffell.

Drew Guerra, Baseball

  • College: State University of New York/Albany
  • Major: Undecided
  • NCAA Division I
  • Played in section championship game
  • M-W Coach: Christopher Vero

“Thanks to Coach Vero and the baseball staff, my teammates and my friends and family, especially my mom and dad,” said Guerra.

Annie Kurdziel, Cross Country/Track and Field

  • College: State University of New York/Buffalo
  • Major: Pharmacy
  • NCAA Division I
  • 4 year member of the girls cross country team and indoor and outdoor track and field teams
  • 1 year captain of the girls cross country team
  • 3 time cross country state meet qualifier
  • 3 time cross country federation meet qualifier
  • 3 time team section 9 champions in girls cross country, indoor and outdoor track
  • Part of the 4x800m outdoor track state medalist team
  • Part of the section 9 record holding team in the 4×1 mile
  • #9 on Monroe-Woodbury all time list at Bear Mountain
  • Scholar Athlete
  • M-W Coaches: Christopher Goodwin, Matthew Hemmer and Ashley Vero, girls cross country; William Mpasiakos, indoor and outdoor girls track and field

“Thanks to my parents and family for driving me to every practice and every meet and for being my support system and biggest fans. I also want to thank my coaches for believing in me and for giving me the constant drive to be better and faster, and to run harder. Thanks to my teammates for helping me realize my love of running, for being a wonderful running family, for keeping me sane and my head level throughout this journey, and for never failing to make me smile,” said Kurdziel.

Richard Martucci, Lacrosse

  • College: Pace University, New York, NY
  • Major: Biology
  • NCAA Division II
  • 3 year member of the Varsity boys lacrosse team
  • 2 year starter
  • All county section defensemen – 2015
  • All section defensemen – 2015
  • 2 year member of the Varsity football team; named rookie of the year – 2015
  • Starting quarterback – 2016
  • 4 year member of the Varsity swimming team; state qualifier as member of the 200 free relay team – 2015
  • Scholar Athlete
  • M-W Coach:  Steve Brown

“Thanks to my entire family for always supporting me. Thanks to Coach Wright, Coach Brown, Coach Sebald and all my club lacrosse coaches for helping me reach my goals,”said Martucci.

Luke Saternow, Lacrosse

  • College: Long Island University, Post Campus, Greenvale, NY
  • Major: Business finance
  • NCAA Division II
  • 4 year member of the boys Varsity lacrosse team
  • 3 year starter

“Thank you to my family: my father for taking me to countless tournaments and games and my mother for being supportive whenever I need her,” said Saternow.

Nick Weyant, Baseball

  • College: Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
  • Major: Undecided
  • NCAA Division I
  • Member of a team that set a new standard for M-W baseball
  • M-W Coach: Mr. Christopher Vero

“Thanks to my family, friends and coaches for supporting me and guiding me to achieving this lifelong goal,” said Weyant.